Tuesday, July 29, 2014

DohVinci Review

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I had the opportunity to check out DohVinci by Play-Doh.  My daughters were so excited.  They love crafts.  DohVinci is squeezable Play-Doh.  It's softer than regular Play-Doh.  It comes with different tips and lots of fun colors.  You can use it in many different ways.  It hardens like regular Play-Doh, so you have a work of art when you finish your creation.

Check out some cool ideas from the video below.

There is really no limit to the fun you can have with DohVinci.  Your imagination can run wild.  My daughters used an old glass milk jug to decorate.  It is so easy to work with.  I wrote my name on it.  I also love the little butterfly shapes you could use to pipe it out.  The milk jug the girls made can be used for so many fun things!  They could use it as a piggy bank, vase, pencil holder, and so much more.

Would I recommend DohVinci?  Yes, my daughters loved it so much we ran out pretty quickly.  The only thing I did not like about it is the drying.  I'm afraid that their work of art is going to break off if I'm not super careful.

Where can you buy #DohVinci?  It is available at many stores including Hasbro, Toys R Us, and Amazon

*I received DohVinci to review from BzzAgent

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Planes Fire and Rescue Review


“Planes: Fire & Rescue” is a new comedy-adventure about second chances, featuring a dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfire. When world famous air racer Dusty (voice of Dane Cook) learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his courageous team, including spirited super scooper Dipper (voice of Julie Bowen), heavy-lift helicopter Windlifter, ex-military transport Cabbie and a lively bunch of brave all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers. Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero. Directed by Bobs Gannaway (“Secret of the Wings”), “Planes: Fire & Rescue” is currently showing in theaters in 3D. (WALT DISNEY PICTURES) This film is rated PG.

Last summer I took my youngest daughter to see Disney's Planes. You can read my previous review here. Last Friday I rented the movie from Redbox for the whole family to watch together. This week I took my two daughters (7 & 11) to a 3D pre-screening of Planes: Fire & Rescue. I liked it better than the original Planes. I am more interested in heroes like firefighters saving people, than racers and racing. Dusty the plane started out as a crop duster, then he became a racer, and now he has found his place as an aerial firefighter. There were plenty of laughs for children and adults alike. My daughters couldn't even pick a favorite part because they enjoyed the whole movie. My youngest described it as, "amazing and awesome!" It should be just as good in a regular viewing as it is in 3D. I highly recommend you take your family this summer. 

Watch the video clip below to see some of the exciting and funny moments.

Thunder - Planes: Fire & Rescue Trailer on Disney Video

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Visit the website: www.disney.com/Planes

Disney’s PLANES FIRE AND RESCUE now in theaters!

If you are looking for a fun family night out I suggest the Compuware arena drive-in in Plymouth, MI. We go there once every summer for a night the kids can stay up late. We bring our camp chairs, pillows, blankets, and our own drinks and snacks. Then we sit around the tailgate or in the trunk area of our van to watch the show on the big screen.

Here are the showings for 7/18-7/24:
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Monday, July 14, 2014

Enter to Win A $500 Amazon Gift Card

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 Now for the exciting part! One lucky fan is going to win a $500 Amazon Gift Card. Enter to win from Mom Among Chaos.
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Friday, July 11, 2014

Detroit Zoo Zoomance Review

Last night was a beautiful night.  The weather was perfect. Stephanie and I were able to attend the Zoomance at the Detroit Zoo.

What is a Zoomance you might ask?  Zoomance is for 21 and up.  You can stroll through the Zoo kid free with a cocktail in your hand if you wish.  It really is a perfect evening out.

The animals were really active last night.  We were able to get super close to the giraffes and the kangaroos.
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 This beautiful giraffe was getting fed leaves from a zoo keeper.  He was really enjoying himself.  They couldn't give him leaves fast enough.  It was a once in a lifetime experience getting that close.  He truly was a majestic animal.  I could have watched for hours.
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 The kangaroos were very active.  They were hopping right on to the walking path.  There was a few joeys.  Mommy kangaroo was very protective when the baby went over to the walking path.  Watching the kangaroos was such an unique experience.  They walk and hop really oddly.

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Would I recommend Zoomance? Yes, I would!  It is so beautiful and peaceful.  It's at a perfect time.  The lighting at that time of evening is perfect for pictures and the animals are active.  There is a bar, live music, Zookeeper talks, and much more.

Are you worried that you missed a wonderful event?  Don't worry there is another date approaching.  Summer Zoomance is also happening on 8/21/14 from 6-9.  You can purchase tickets, or find out more information about the event here.  

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Keep Momming

Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Shire. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

The relationship that exists between mothers and daughters is unlike any other. It has many unique moments, memories, and yes, even challenges along the way. The relationship dynamic can be even trickier when your daughter is in those tween-age years. What can be even more difficult is when some people dismiss certain behaviors as “typical tween girl behavior” when those behaviors can be symptoms of something more serious. Research suggests that girls are more likely than boys to report having mostly inattentive Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) symptoms. Since inattentive symptoms can be less noticeable than hyperactive and impulsive symptoms, it is important that moms know what to look for.

I’m proud to be joining forces with Shire, CHADD and Holly Robinson Peete to announce the launch of keep momming, a new public service initiative geared towards the moms of tween girls to raise awareness of ADHD.

The campaign is anchored within a new digital hub, KeepMomming.com, where you’ll find tips, tools and other go-to resources for moms, including a checklist to help recognize the symptoms of ADHD – inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity – and then encourages moms to talk to their daughter’s doctor. The keep momming initiative can help moms learn about ADHD and provide ideas on how to spark a conversation and stay connected with their tween.


Don’t miss Holly’s message about the keep momming initiative http://goo.gl/3tqd5q, and be sure to check out the website at KeepMomming.com.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Detroit Zoo Summer Zoomance


TAKE A CHANCE ON SUMMER ZOOMANCE
Thursday, July 10 at the Detroit Zoo
6 – 9:00 p.m.
21-and-over (No one under the age of 21 will be admitted)
Adults are invited to fall in love with the Detroit Zoo all over again at Summer Zoomance.  The after-hours, 21-and-older event takes place Thursday, July 10, 2014, 6 to 9 p.m.  Admission for all guests is $12 in advance and $14 after July 4. 

Summer Zoomance allows grownups to relive their fond memories of the Detroit Zoo while creating new ones with twilight stroll among the award-winning animal habitats. 

Blues guitarist and vocalist Laith Al-Saadi will perform, and food and adult beverages will be available for purchase.  The rain-or-shine event will also feature complimentary tram tours as well as animal enrichment and zookeeper talks at the Holden Reptile Conservation Center and the giraffe and snow monkey habitats.

Guests can take a spin on the Carousel for an additional $2 and enjoy a scenic ride through the Zoo on the Tauber Family Railroad for a one-way fare of $3. 


Crystal & I are so excited for this event! We look forward to moms nights out and date nights. It's not often that we have the opportunity to visit the zoo without kids. You can read all about the fun time we had at the Wild Wine Zoo event we attended last year:
We hope to see you there! 

July 10 is the first of two Summer Zoomance dates in 2014; a second event is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 21.  Tickets for Summer Zoomance can be purchased online at http://www.detroitzoo.org/events/zoomance as well as at the admission gates.