Silver Dollar City Branson, MO

 

*I received complimentary tickets to Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO to facilitate my review. All thoughts are 100% honest and my own.

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Silver Dollar City

My husband and I were able to spend all day at the Silver Dollar City theme park.  We arrived right at opening and were able to see a special “Celebrating America” opening ceremony. In fact, we saw a few “old friends” during the ceremony.

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SIX singing at Silver Dollar City

Yes, SIX was one of the acts!  We also ran into the Showmen.

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The Showmen at Silver Dollar City

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Silver Dollar City World Fest

The whole park was decorated very patriotically.  There was also the World Fest going on while we were there.

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Food from Silver Dollar City World Fest

We were able to taste so many foods from different countries. They were all delicious!  We were also able to see different shows. My absolute favorite was Amamos Argentina!

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Argentinian Dancers Silver Dollar City

They were so amazing! They danced many of the Argentinian dances. It was a very high energy and entertaining show.

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Amamos Argentina show Silver Dollar City

 Amamos Argentina featuring Los Pampas Gauchos drummers and folk dancers. Originated by Argentinian national folk dancing champion Andres Sosa, Los Pampas Gauchos has performed around the globe thrilling audiences with their unique blend of drums, dancing and comedy. Comedy and colorful costuming complete this exhilarating show.

During the show they asked for volunteers. Natasha and her husband “Juan” from Houseful of Nichole’s volunteered. Of course, being the good friend I am, I *HAD* to record them :)

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Houseful of Nicholes in the Amamos Argentina Show Silver Dollar City

We were able to meet and talk to the performers afterwards. They were so nice! They even took a picture with my hubby and I.

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Amamos Argentina Silver Dollar City

Of course while we were there we had to ride the rides!

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Powder Keg Roller Coaster Silver Dollar City

This picture is from the Powder Keg roller coaster. It cracks me up!  The theme park is a lot of fun and offers something for all ages!

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Branson Belle Showboat Branson, MO

 

*I received complimentary tickets to a dinner cruise on the Showboat, Branson Belle in Branson, MO to facilitate my review. All thoughts are 100% honest and my own.

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Branson Belle Showboat

While on our Branson vacation we had the opportunity to have dinner on the Branson Belle Showboat dinner cruise.  The ship is really beautiful and you couldn’t even tell you were moving unless you looked out the window.

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Myles and I on the Branson Belle Showboat

 

While you’re eating dinner there is a band that plays and you get to enjoy your meal.  My favorite was the dessert.

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Amazing pie on the Branson Belle Showboat

 

They had the most delicious Lemon Berry Ice Cream pie! They also have children’s meals and specialty meals for those with dietary restrictions.

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Christopher James and I

 

Christopher James hosted the night’s festivities and was absolutely hysterical! Check out his “60 second Escape”

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The Showmen on the Branson Belle Showboat

 

One of the other acts were the Showmen. They were five young men that sang together. They’re voices are fantastic and they are very high energy! Check out their version of “Happy” below.

They did a variety of songs, but most were the “all-american” songs from the 50′s and 60′s and they also had a patriotic medley.

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The Showmen on the Branson Belle Showboat

 

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Janice Martin

The third performer was Janice Martin. Where do I begin? She plays the violin, she plays the piano, she sings, AND she’s does an aerial routine!! It doesn’t stop there though. She plays her violin upside down during her aerial routine!

She was phenomenal!

If you’re looking for a unique experience, the Branson Belle Showboat is for you!

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The Titanic Museum and Acrobats of China Branson, MO #ExploreBranson

 

*I received complimentary tickets to the Titanic Museum and Acrobats of China show in Branson, MO to facilitate my review. All thoughts are 100% honest and my own.

Neither of these locations allowed photography. All pictures in this post came from their websites.

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Go inside the Titanic for the Big Picture – Permanent, Interactive Experience

I love history and I love watching shows on the Titanic and salvaging expeditions. So, I was really excited to check out the Titanic Museum when I was in Branson, MO.  When you enter the museum you are handed a boarding pass with your name, class, and a little bit about yourself.  My lady was Helen Candee, an author.  

The tour is a self guided tour but you have a device where you can listen about the different exhibits.  I had a lot of fun walking around learning facts and seeing some of the artifacts. They also had rooms and different items pertaining to the Titanic built to scale.

At the end of the tour there is a wall with the names of all the passengers. You find your class, your person’s name, and their fate. I really enjoyed learning about both my passenger and the Titanic.  You can find the museum on Facebook here.

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We were also able to attend the Acrobats of China show. They were amazing! I could hardly believe how they were able to contort their bodies. Their strength was incredible. I was also surprised at how young they were! Some of their performers were 11 and 12 years old! It was highly entertaining. I recommend visiting. It’s a great show for the whole family! You can find them on Facebook and Twitter.

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Branson Zipline Branson, MO #Explore Branson

 

*I received a complimentary zip lining experience at Branson Zipline in Branson, MO to facilitate my review. All thoughts are 100% honest and my own.

Conveniently located  in the heart of the Ozark Mountains, just minutes north of Branson, Wolfe Creek Preserve is home to one of the premier Eco-Adventure experiences in the world: Branson Zipline & Canopy Tours.

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One of my very favorite things that we did while we were on vacation was the Branson Zipline!  I got to go with some of my awesome blogging buddies pictured above (bottom to top). Quinn & Betsy from The Dallas Socials,  me, Ericka from Ericka Saves, and Natasha & Shomari from Houseful of Nicholes.  All pictures were taken by Branson Zipline & Canopy Tours staff.

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It started out with a ride up the mountain so we could ride the zip lines down!

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Can you tell we’re ready?!  The staff does an awesome job at explaining things and we were never ever not attached to the line. They took all safety precautions.  Our guides, Steven & Tawny were awesome! Tawny shared stories and history about the area we were zipping through and even why some of the towers had the names they did. Steven patiently waited at the other end for each of us and took most of the pictures.

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Here we are with our fearless guide, Tawny.  They made the experience so much fun! We had one girl who was a little nervous. (Don’t worry, Natasha, I won’t tell them who it was)  They did great with her and really helped her relax and enjoy the experience.  You can read Natasha’s review here.

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We stopped to take a mid mountain snack. They served us bird seed and almond brittle. This sounds funny, but they’re the most delicious snacks!

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I had so much fun that I went again! My hubby wasn’t able to be there the first time so this time just he and I went. We had so much fun. Here are some of our pics going down the zip line.

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Since we went again with a different group I got to experience two new guides!

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Ryan and Declan were awesome too! This picture was taken after we completed all 7 zip lines and 10 suspension bridges!  After this Myles and I decided to  do the Blue Streak Fast Line!

Find yourself soaring at heights of over 150-feet, taking in panoramic views of the surrounding Ozark hills, and zipping at speeds fast enough to feel the wind in your hair.You will zip  nearly a quarter of a mile on our longest & fastest line followed by a freefall drop from Everest,  our tallest platform.

Of course because this was another course we had two more guides! Megan and Hunter were also fantastic!  The drop was so exhilarating. You don’t feel the harness catch (you are fully attached and harnessed in the whole time) the first 30 feet of the free fall.  It takes your breath away!  I absolutely loved it!!

Here are pics of both my hubby and I after our jump!

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They also offer a safari guided walking tour!  Check out this video from their staff and find out why they’re so #Happy

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Welk Resorts in Branson, MO – Review #ExploreBranson

 

*I received a complimentary stay in the Welk Resort in Branson, MO to facilitate my review. All thoughts are 100% honest and my own.

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Great vacations begin at Welk Resorts!
My husband and I just got back from Branson, MO and had the best time! I loved our hotel. We stayed at the Welks Resort in town.
Nestled in the breathtaking Ozarks, Welk Resorts and Hotels Branson Missouri is a first class destination resort offering lodging, lodge luxury vacation rentals, dining, activities, fitness center, mini golf, game room and live theater entertainment in Missouri.
Check out our great package deals. Your family will love The Splash-A-Torium! Branson’s new indoor water attraction is open year round and features an amazing 117-foot water slide. The Welk Resort Branson Missouri is close to Silver Dollar City. Bring your family to join ours for a great vacation!
There was so much room that we did not feel cramped.  And they even had a sweet gift basket welcoming me!
A few of my favorite things that were those that don’t seem that big of a deal, but they’re a HUGE deal to me when I travel.
They had awesome water pressure and very hot water. I don’t drink coffee in the morning. Instead, I like to take a hot shower. I like the hot water to massage my shoulders and wake me up. The pressure was fabulous (and could totally be changed if you have a different preference). Not only did the water get hot, but it stayed hot.
They also had LOTS of towels. Again, this seems small, but I like using one towel for my hair and one to dry off. They had more than enough towels and wash cloths.  You could also choose to have them not washed every day (same with the sheets) to conserve water.
The breakfast buffet was delicious!  They had these amazing southwest eggs and potatoes.  They also had a pancake bar and fresh fruit.  There were biscuits, sausage & gravy, bacon, and more!  It was really nice to be able to head over there in the morning and grab a delicious meal.
If you are planning a trip in the Branson area I highly recommend staying at Welk Resorts!
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I’m so excited to #ExploreBranson this weekend!

 

*I received a trip to Branson, MO to facilitate my review. All thoughts are 100% honest and my own.

 

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I am so excited to spend the weekend with my hubby in Branson, Missouri.  Did you know there are tons of tourist attractions there? Not only is it great for a romantic getaway – there is fun for the whole family!

I’ll be tweeting from Branson using hashtag #ExploreBranson so make sure you follow me to keep up with all of the fun!
Here are some savings for you so you can plan your vacation to Branson! Summer is just around the corner and after seeing all the fun I have I think you’ll totally want to go too! :)
Branson Tracks - To Schedule your visit please email Julie Wilson at julie@bransontracks.com
World’s Largest Toy Museum - To Schedule your visit please email Ron Howard at thetoymuseum@gmail.com
#World’sLargestToyMuseum SAVE $2 Off Admission!
 Shoot for the Starz Mini-Golf - To schedule your visit please email Aileen Stein at Aileen@kuverapartners.com
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Heart Charts Communication Aid

 

*I received a Heart Chart to facilitate my review. All thoughts are 100% honest and my own.

Heart Charts Communication Aid

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Studies demonstrate that men and women tend to have significantly different communication styles.  Ironically, effective communication is among the most critical elements of a healthy relationship!  Heart Charts help couples bridge those natural communication styles keeping their relationships happy, healthy, and sustainable.

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Myles and I on our wedding day

Myles and I will be celebrating our 8 year wedding anniversary this July! It seems like we were married just the other day.

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We’ve been married for almost 8 years!

Eight years later he is still my best friend and we really do have a lot of fun together. I believe we have a healthy relationship because we have learned to communicate.  Any good relationship takes hard work.  We choose to work and love each other even when we aren’t being very “lovable” (grouchy, cranky, etc).

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Heart Charts

Heart Charts is a great communication tool!  What is it? I’m glad you asked :)

Heart Charts helps women “show” their man when she needs to sit down and talk about an issue that is bothering her.  Conversely, Heart Charts helps men “take action” to alert their woman that although he’s either hurt and shut down or ready to blow a gasket, he wants to sit down and have a conversation that leads to a resolution.   In each instance, these issues are easier to talk about sooner rather than later after problems fester.  That’s where Heart Charts can help!

Place your magnet on the colored heart that represents the way your heart feels.
Green representshappy, satisfied, content, loved.
Yellow represents: we need to talk, I’m upset, or we have an issue.
Red represents:    very serious issue, our relationship is in jeopardy, drop what you’re doing and let’s discuss the problem.
Ideally, you will rarely move to red because when you receive a yellow warning from your spouse, you will resolve the issue and return to green.

Basically you don’t want to let the issue stay hidden.  I tend to “stuff” things and I’m the type of person that will “swallow” it when I am upset and that can be dangerous.  If you keep piling up issues you have a bigger chance to “explode”.  This allows me to let my hubby know I’m upset or that something bothers me without having to ignore it.

Another great thing about this is that it lets the other one know. Often we get so busy that we can be so focused on our kids, our work, events going on, etc that we don’t have time to notice things. I know for me it makes me realize I need to stop and address something if I see Myles has moved his down to yellow.

With all that being said this is a tool. Obviously if you use it and really work on communication it’s a positive thing and will help. If you use it just to let off steam and tell your mate how mad you are, it’s not going to help.  Communication is key! When my husband and I discovered we think totally different it made all the difference in the world. I can’t expect him to “fix things” or apologize if he doesn’t even know I have hurt feelings.

I think it’s a great tool for any couple!

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In addition to helping families communicate more effectively and keeping kids in a safe loving environment.  Hearts Charts Inc. is committed to donating 10% of its profits to mission work around the world.  You can learn more about donating to help them out and receive your own Heart Chart over on Indiegogo!

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Disney on Ice

 

*I received tickets to attend a Disney on Ice show to facilitate my review. All thoughts are 100% honest and my own.

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Get ready to rock out with some of the most magical characters of all in a musical showcase that features the hottest tunes and talent from across the kingdom in Disney On Ice presents Rockin’ Ever After!

Jam to a Scottish jig as a group of royal contenders from the latest Disney Pixar film, Brave, compete to win the heart of headstrong, sharp-shooting Merida, who is making her ice debut! Experience a show-stopping performance as Sebastian breaks out of his shell for one night only to make waves with Ariel. A chorus of harmless hooligans from Tangled unleashes musical mayhem when they get a visit from the sassy and spirited Rapunzel and her charming ally Flynn. And, get your feet moving as the Beast and his castle’s enchanted entourage take center stage in a spectacular show for Belle.  It will be a rockin’ remix of royalty!

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Rebecca and Lily (cousins) are huge Disney Princess fans!  They were so excited when we told them that we were going to Disney on Ice!
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Lily and I are ready for the show!
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Disney on Ice was such a great show, we had a girls night out with my daughter, my best friend and her daughter. I was not expecting it to be as good as it was…but we were impressed!
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Lily sang along to most of it, and so did I! The costumes and special effects were beautiful..fireworks, archery and people hanging from the ceiling! Our favorite Princess part was The Little Mermaid. The fish and sea creatures were amazing! You really have to go see it!
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Sorry about the pictures…I had a camera malfunction and was left only with my phone, which doesn’t take the best pictures in the dark. I did the best I could, but the pictures do not do it justice. The sets were gorgeous, it was a magical show!

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Pretzel Crisps® – Review

 

*I received a case of Pretzel Crisps®  to facilitate my review. All thoughts are 100% honest and my own.

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Jayden when he got his case of Pretzel Crisps®

Pretzel Crisps® are a modern twist on an old favorite. With its thin, crunchy, high-quality ingredients and sweet and savory flavors, it’s no wonder Pretzel Crisps are the go-to, better-for-you snack choice.

Jayden was so excited to receive his case of Pretzel Crisps® and could not wait to dig into them.

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Pretzel Crisps®

We got a case of Pretzel Crisps® with 9 flavors which included Original, Sea Salt, Sesame, Garlic Parmesan, Chipotle Cheddar, Buffalo Wings, Honey Mustard and Onion, Everything, and Jalapeño Jack.  Jayden did share with his brother and sister.

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Lily, Jayden, and Logan trying Pretzel Crisps®

And the results?!

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We have a winner!

Yes, they love Pretzel Crisps®! Not only are they tasty but they’re a much healthier snack option.

Available in a variety of low fat, baked varieties at only 110 calories per serving, Pretzel Crisps® are made without any trans fat, saturated fat or cholesterol.  The exceptionally thin, flat-baked pretzel crackers have multiple uses in snacking.  Whether eaten straight out of the bag, paired with other foods like meat, cheese, fruit and veggies or “skinny” dipped in your favorite low fat dip or spread, Pretzel Crisps® are the perfect snack to share with family and friends.  So, bag the chips and reach for Pretzel Crisps®!  One bite and you’ll rethink your pretzel!

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Jayden loves Pretzel Crisps®

Here are Jayden’s thoughts:

I got a case of Pretzel Crisps® and these are the flavors I got, Sea Salt, Sesame, Garlic Parmesan, Chipotle Cheddar, Buffalo Wings, Honey Mustard and Onion, Everything, Original and Jalapeno Jack.  I also got a reusable  bag that said Pretzel Crisps® on it and 3 dollar off coupons :)

I like all the tastes, but the one Honey Mustard and Onion. I just do not like and don’t know why. I do have a favorite, it is Buffalo Wing! I like everything about them!

There are many ways of eating them. I like dipping them in my favorite dip, which is guacamole that I made myself! Find other unique pairings here.

Pretzel Crisps® taste as  good as Potato Chips. I think all mom’s should buy this for their kids because it is healthy and has many flavors they would like. They all taste really good! :)

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#Divergent in Theaters today!

 

*I received a press invitation to the red carpet premier and screening. All thoughts are 100% honest and my own.

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Have you heard of The Divergent Series?  They are a trilogy written by the amazing Veronica Roth.

One choice can transform you. Veronica Roth’s #1 New York Times bestselling debut is a gripping dystopian tale of electrifying choices, powerful consequences, unexpected romance, and a deeply flawed “perfect society.”

They have made the first book, Divergent, into a movie and it is in theaters today!!

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Standing on the Red Carpet #DivergentMOA

I had the amazing opportunity to the Red Carpet Screening *plus* interview the author and one of the actors. You can read all about it here.

I read the first book, Divergent,  in less than 24 hours!  It was so good I just couldn’t put it down.  So needless to say, I was so pumped to see the movie!

I have mixed feelings on the movie. As a movie, it was great! It was action packed and hit a lot of the important parts. At the same time it was missing some important (or what I thought were important) things.

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The Factions

 

For example, it just briefly touches on the five factions (Dauntless, Erudite, Candor, Abnegation, and Amity).  I do understand there is no way to fit a full book into a few hours of film.  I do think you get a better feel for the factions and what they represent in the book.  Also, the character of Peter.  In the movie he seems like an arrogant jerk. While he is, I feel he is a much more evil character in the book. I don’t think that comes across very clear in the movie.

The movie also changes some things (like the ending!). I won’t spill any spoilers, but be prepared.  If you like the movie and have not read the books yet, I highly suggest it. A lot of things will make more sense.

Would I watch it again? Absolutely!  I’m looking forward to them making Insurgent (the second book in the series) into a movie.

Veronica Roth actually makes a cameo appearance in the film!

I wanted to know what faction I’d be if I took the test and found this online test.

My results: You are Divergent- But Closest to Amity

I can totally see that :)

Here’s the trailer for the movie.  Make sure you don’t miss it!

Summit Entertainment Presents
A Red Wagon Entertainment Production A Neil Burger Film

Directed by Neil Burger
Screenplay by Evan Daugherty and Vanessa Taylor Based on the book by Veronica Roth
Produced by Douglas Wick, Lucy Fisher, Pouya Shahbazian Executive Producers John J. Kelly and Rachel Shane

Starring

Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ashley Judd, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Zoë Kravitz, Miles Teller, Tony Goldwyn, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, Mehki Phifer and Kate Winslet

Running Time: 140 Minutes Rated PG-13
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DIVERGENT is a thrilling action-adventure film set in a world where people are divided into distinct factions based on human virtues. Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy by a faction leader (Kate Winslet) to destroy all Divergents, Tris must learn to trust in the mysterious Four (Theo James) and together they must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it’s too late. Based on the best-selling book series by Veronica Roth.

The extremely popular young adult novel Divergent was written by first time author Veronica Roth and has topped the New York Times Bestsellers list since being published in May of 2011 by Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins Publishers. Divergent was named to NPR and Barnes & Nobles’ “Best Books of 2011,” and voted by readers of Goodreads as “Favorite Book of the Year.” The book was written by Roth while she was earning her undergraduate degree at Northwestern University. The studio acquired the film rights to the novel in early 2011 several months before Divergent was published.

Filmed on location in Chicago, the futuristic action adventure DIVERGENT is directed by Neil Burger, based on a novel by Veronica Roth, from a screenplay by Evan Daugherty and Vanessa Taylor. Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher produce the project via their Red Wagon Entertainment banner, along with Pouya Shahbazian. John J. Kelly and Rachel Shane serve as executive producers.

The highly anticipated feature film adaptation of DIVERGENT stars Golden Globe® nominated Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ashley Judd, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Zoë Kravitz, Miles Teller, Tony Goldwyn, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, Mekhi Phifer, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Christian Madsen, Amy Newbold, and Academy Award® winner Kate Winslet.

The accomplished behind-the-scenes talent includes: director of photography Alwin H. Küchler, BSC (R.I.P.D., Proof); production designer Andy Nicholson (Gravity, The Host); costume designer Carlo Poggioli (Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, Cold Mountain); Oscar® nominated visual effects supervisor Jim Berney (Green Lantern, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone); Oscar® nominated editor Richard Francis-Bruce (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, The Shawshank Redemption, Se7en,); editor Nancy Richardson (Warm Bodies, Twilight, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse); executive music producer Hans Zimmer (12 Years a Slave, Man of Steel); composer Junkie XL (Max Mad: Fury Road, 300: Rise of an Empire); and music supervisor Randall Poster (Skyfall, The Hangover).

Roth followed Divergent with the novel Insurgent, which has also made its way to the #1 position on specific New York Times Bestsellers lists; and most recently Allegiant, the final book in the series, which achieved #1 at Target, #1 in Australia, #4 in UK, and #1 US indies (children’s series list) for week 1 sales. Total book sales for the three-book series have surpassed over 11 million copies. Pre-orders for Allegiant exceeded pre-orders of any HarperCollins book (adult or children’s) in the history of HarperCollins.

After the successful debut of Allegiant, the Divergent book series premiered at #1 on the New York Times Bestsellers List for 11 weeks straight. The novels have spent a combined 183 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller lists; and in January of 2014 Roth achieved a hat trick; Divergent, Insurgent, and Allegiant were featured as No. 1, 2 and 3 on USA Today’s Bestselling Books list. The Divergent series has been awarded numerous accolades, including those from Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone Magazine, the American Library Association, and Publishers Weekly.

Director Robert Schwentke (RED, Flightplan) is currently in pre-production on the adaptation of the second installment of the series Insurgent. Adapted by screenwriters Brian Duffield and Oscar® winner Akiva Goldsman, filming begins in May 2014. Insurgent is set for release on March 20, 2015. The final novel in author Veronica Roth’s trilogy, Allegiant hit bookstores on October 22, 2013 and Summit plans a March 18, 2016 release for the third film.

Summit Entertainment, a LIONSGATE® (NYSE: LGF) company, will release the film DIVERGENT in theaters on Friday, March 21, 2014.

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Family Fun at Boomer’s

 

*I received tickets to Boomer’s to facilitate my review. All thoughts are 100% honest and my own.

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Lily and I on the Go Karts

Are you looking for something to do with your family that everyone will enjoy? I highly suggest checking out Boomers!  They have locations in Florida, California, and New York. We went to the one in Boca Raton, FL.  My husband and I took our three kids (ages 11, 7, and 5) and my dad.

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Mike and Logan

Logan (age 7) thought it was awesome!  He says, “When I went on the bumper cars, Mommy went so fast and we won! My favorite was the bumper boats. ”

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My dad and Jayden

Jayden (age 11) thought it was a lot of fun and was a little bummed that he missed being able to drive the go karts by about an inch.  I’m sure he’ll be able to by next weekend at the rate he’s growing ;)

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Racing games with Jayden and Papa

Jayden said that his favorite part was the racing games with his Papa.

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Lily got a hole in one!

We played put put golf and Lily (age 5) was the only one to a hole in one!  She was so excited.  She said she can’t wait to go back again!

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Family fun!

We had such a great family day at Boomers. We all enjoyed it, from the youngest 5 yr old to the oldest 66 yr old. We rode go karts, played put put golf, played laser tag, video games and bumper boats. Lily screamed to me as we were racing down the go kart track, ‘this is the best day ever!’. It was so refreshing to kick back and really play with the kids. The staff at Boomer’s was phenomenal and the place itself was clean. We had so much fun that we can’t wait to go back…for real the kids have been begging me all week to go back this weekend!

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Doodle Pants Review

 
Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

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Doodle Pants is an exciting collection of quality leggings with colorful patterns, wild animal prints and charming original characters. Little ones (3 months to 2T) can squiggle and wiggle with ease thanks to a roomy seat, stretchy ribbed cuffs and a comfortable elastic waistband. They’re made with thick, flexible material that holds up and is easy to wash. We have recently introduced matching Hoodies to our collection!

I love buying cute things for my grand daughter who is 5 months. In fact I don’t go into baby clothing  stores very often because I find too much I love! I have to tell you about Doodle pants! They are the cutest!!! I just love all the tops and look at this adorable top!

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They’re high quality and adorable!! Our sweet potato is just too cute in them!

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Slap Koozies – Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Do you all remember slap bracelets?  I definitely do! SlapKooler has taken this great 80′s bracelet and turned it into a koozie!

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A unique slap-on-style beverage insulator that you can ‘slap’ around your can, bottle, wrist or people you just meet!

The SlapKooler is an amazing synergy between 80′s style slap bracelets and beverage insulators, the SlapKooler features dual recoiling slap bands embedded in a insulating and protective neoprene core. The slap koozie beverage insulator is the slap bracelet … reinvented!

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The SlapKooler is a one-of-a-kind promotional product that will elevate your event or party to a new level! Watch the grins go from ear-to-ear as your guests and fans light up with delight when they first try a SlapKooler!

They really are fun.  When my husband needed a koozie and I handed him this one he said “Hey it’s a slap bracelet!”  It’s unique and my friends think it’s pretty cool too.

SlapKooler Product Features:

All SlapKoolers contain dual recoiling steel bands encased in 4mm thick Neoprene (wetsuit material) topped with polyester fabric for easy personalization. No sharp edges so they are extremely kid-safe and fun!

We can print anything on the SlapKoolers, including pictures or complex illustrations!

Safe, durable & fun slap koozies are both fun and functional toys made for everyday use, and the kids will love these! With the slap koozie, you get a perfect beverage insulator, slap bracelet, wrist band, and stress reliever.. the possibilities are endless! Proudly made in the USA!

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Moms’ Night Out – Movie Review

 

*I received tickets to screen Moms’ Night Out to facilitate my review. All thoughts are 100% honest and my own.

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ABOUT THE FILM

All Allyson and her friends want is a peaceful, grown-up evening of dinner and conversation . . . a long-needed moms’ night out. But in order to enjoy high heels, adult conversation and food not served in a paper bag, they need their husbands to watch the kids for three hours—what could go wrong? MOMS’ NIGHT OUT is an endearing true-to-life family comedy that celebrates the beautiful mess called parenting.

Coming to theaters on May 9, get ready to see YOUR life on the big screen. But don’t worry … it’s a comedy! Meet the stars of MOMS’ NIGHT OUT!

MOMS’ NIGHT OUT is directed by The Erwin Brothers and produced by Kevin Downes, Jon Erwin, Andrew Erwin, and Daryl Lefever. Executive producers are Patricia Heaton and David Hunt.

This is a MUST see for every mom! It was just what I needed at just the right time. This comedy hits home for this mommy of 3. It was spot on and hilarious!! It brought to light some of the big struggles we deal with as moms, and thank God I am not the only one who feels that way!! In the end it slammed me with some pretty amazing truth and encouragement. My only complaint was that a bunch of my mommy friends, who could use a good laugh, a night out and some encouragement, were not there to see it with me….but you can be sure they will be on May 9th!! I can’t wait to see it again!

I did take my younger sister, Rachel, and this is what she thought:

Mom’s Night Out was a fantastic film.  It was both wholesome and real.  I felt an immediate connection with the main character, and really felt I could relate to her (even though I am not a mom).  It made me laugh, gave me chills, and even had me tearing up at certain parts.  I was entertained, and I also felt inspired.  I was reminded how critical we can be (especially women) about ourselves and our lives, but what matters the most is family, relationships, and God.  I really enjoyed the values in the movie and walked out of the moving feeling great.  I think this is a perfect movie for women, whether you are single, married, or a mom.

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Swiss Colony Spring Flower Tower Review

 

*I received a Swiss Colony Spring Flower Tower to facilitate my review. All thoughts are 100% honest and my own.
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I love gift baskets and this one is perfect for spring or even Mother’s Day! The Swiss Colony sells this awesome Spring Flower Tower as well as many other themed and no themed gift baskets and more!

Smiles will be as radiant as the flowers of these containers when the lids are lifted.

  • Nestled inside is a joyful array of delicious spring treats.
  • Mini Butter Toffee, Gumdrops, Fruit Gel Slices, Sixlets, foiled Chocolates, Mixed Nuts
  • BEEF LOG, Summer Sausage, Cheddar Cheese and Sweet Hot Mustard.
  • 1 lb. 8 3/4-oz. net wt.
  • Sixlets Reg. TM of SweetWorks, Inc.

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My favorite would have to be the Mini Butter toffee.  They are absolutely delicious!

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My other favorite were the spice drops. My grandma used to always have spice drops when I came over to her house.  They really brought back some great memories!

There was so much deliciousness packed in the beautiful boxes! It really makes a thoughtful and unique gift.

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I am keeping the tin the mixed nuts came in because I just love it! The bright colors are great!

 

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There was a little bit of everything in the tower.

 

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So this spring, or Mother’s Day, or any holiday at all, or no holiday at all think of Swiss Colony! They have the perfect gifts for everyone!!

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