Wednesday, October 30, 2013

the Polar Express is coming to the Texas State Railroad

All Aboard! THE POLAR EXPRESS comes to life this holiday season as the Texas State Railroad rolls out of the station bound for the “North Pole!” Come early and climb aboard with your family to cozy-up and enjoy our festively-decorated vintage train cars. Dancing chefs deliver hot chocolate and a cookie to each guest to savor while music from the Polar Express movie plays en route to the North Pole. Make sure to have your tickets handy, because your conductor will be by shortly to punch each child’s ticket.
Before arriving at the North Pole, the iconic book, The Polar Express is read as your Chef turns the pages to share the beautiful illustrations in the original book. With the station far away, THE POLAR EXPRESS magically arrives at the outskirts of Santa’s North Pole village, where Santa Claus himself and his elves joyously welcome the train! As you stay comfortably settled and warm in your seat, Santa and his helper elf board the train! During the return trip, Santa will greet each child with his signature holiday spirit and the first gift of Christmas: a bell cut from his sleigh. It is said that only children and those who still believe can actually hear the bell ring. Join in the singing as your Chef or Conductor lead Christmas caroling on the 30-minute return trip.
For those wanting the magic to last or to do a little Christmas shopping, visit our gift shop in the station for special POLAR EXPRESS gifts and merchandise. Oh, one last thing, children are encouraged to wear their PJ’s; adults who still believe have been known to wear them, too! So, are you coming? All Aboard!
Dates and Times 

Nov 15-17, 22-24, 29-30
Dec 1, 4-8, 11-23, 26-29
Park Road 70, Palestine, TX
All Aboard the Polar Express is coming to the Texas State Railroad, visit or call 877-726-7245 to climb aboard.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Lego Kids Fest 2014 Tour Announcment - It's Finally Here!

Giant Family Expo Kicks Off 6th Year of National Tour
  • Raleigh, NC:  February 28 - March 2
  • Novi, MI:  April 25 - 27 
  • Calgary, AB, Canada:  May 16 - 18
  • Atlanta, GA:  June 27 - 29
  • Dallas, TX:  August 29 - 31
  • Richmond, VA:  October 3 - 5  
  • Indianpolis, IN:  November 7-9  

Ready your building skills!  The LEGO KidsFest, a nationally-traveling giant LEGO expo, is coming to a city near you!  This interactive LEGO extravaganza brings all of the creative hands-on, minds-on fun of LEGO building and experiences together in an activity- and entertainment-packed family event for children of all ages and builders of all skills and interests.
Among the many LEGO attractions, families will find:
  • LEGO Model Gallery: dozens of life-sized models made entirely from LEGO bricks
  • LEGO Master Builders: live demonstrations and activities from the crew who get paid to play
  • Creation Nation: build your own creation to add to a custom map of the U.S. (in U.S. Markets only)
  • Race Ramps: build your own custom car, then race it down the ramp against friends and family
  • Construction Zones: creative free build, play and display areas
  • LEGO DUPLO®: younger visitors can explore imagination through building
  • LEGO Retail and KidsFest Marketplace: purchase LEGO and official KidsFest tour merchandise
  • Brick Pile: a gigantic pile full of LEGO bricks for creative play and enjoyment
  • Monochromatic Builds: bricks of a single color to foster group creativity
  • Brickscapes: fantastic displays that combine lots of LEGO and DUPLO sets
  • LEGO CHIMA: choose your tribe and test your Speedor battling skills
  • And much more, covering over 150,000+ square feet of space
On tour since 2009, nearly 420,000 have attended a LEGO KidsFest.  Previous tour stops include Minneapolis, Boston, Austin, Cincinnati, Denver, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Hartford, Milwaukee, San Jose, Phoenix, Louisville, Cleveland and Raleigh.  Tickets for many cities have sold out with 27,000 to 30,000 visitors in attendance at each venue.

Based on sell-out attendance in previous markets, advance ticket purchase is strongly encouraged. Tickets for all 2014 tour stops are on sale 
Five sessions - all identical and 4 1/2 hours each - are available for the each tour stop.  For full details, visit the website at

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Just for Halloween - New FREE iPad game from Elfishki

Hi friends,

Great news!  Elfishki has just released a FREE iPad game just in time for Halloween!  Your kids will have a ton of fun decorating their own Halloween Cake with 24 animated spooky ingredients, including: skulls, ghosts, bugs, pumpkins and many more. !

See how imaginative and creative your kids can be, create your own Halloween Card with the cake and send it to all your friends and relatives by e-mail.  

See for yourself, and download it now.

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The Conjuring Blu-ray Giveaway #TheConjuring

About The Conjuring

Based on a true story, the movie tells the horrifying account of how famed paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren were summoned to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse which they recently bought. In fighting this powerful demonic being, the Warrens find themselves in the middle of the most terrifying case of their lives!
Get The Conjuring on Blu-ray & DVD October 22nd!
5 Things to Know Before You Watch The Conjuring: Interactive GIFs! - Move your mouse across the GIFs to control them and read the freaky facts to prepare for the scariest movie of the year!
The Conjuring 5 Things to know… INTERACTIVE GIFS!
 1) The Conjuring is directed by the acclaimed James Wan, the Australian-born director of the fright-fests Insidious and the Saw series. His Twitter handle is @CreepyPuppet. Say no more.
 2) The Conjuring has been given an “R” rating by the MPAA. Not because of blood, gore, or violence, but simply because it’s just so scary from start to finish!
3) The Conjuring’s cast and crew experienced creepy events during filming. Scratches appeared out of nowhere on Vera Farmiga’s computer soon after she agreed to act in the movie, the crew were routinely woken by something in the “witching hour” between 3 and 4AM, and the real-life Carolyn Perron fell and broke her hip while visiting the set.
 4) The Rhode Island farmhouse where The Conjuring is set once belonged to an accused witch, Bathsheba, who tried to sacrifice her children to the devil and killed herself in 1863.
 5) Hold your applause! The Conjuring will make you terrified to clap! Whether it’s playing a traditional game of hide-and-seek by following the clapping sounds like the mother and daughter in the movie, or being terrorized by ghostly claps in different rooms of the haunted farmhouse, these claps throughout the movie will give you the creeps!


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Sunday, October 20, 2013

V8 V-Fusion® Refreshers #V8Refreshers

New V8 V-Fusion Refreshers are a light and crisp juice drink with a 20-25% blend of fruit and vegetable juices that come in four delicious – and unique – family pleasing flavors. Made with both fruit and vegetable juices, V8 V-Fusion Refreshers are naturally sweetened, contain no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives and are an excellent source of Vitamin C.

V8 V-Fusion Refreshers are available in four tasty flavors, Black Cherry Berry, Cranberry Grape, Tangerine Passionfruit and Peach Strawberry, providing premium juice refreshments that will make the whole family happy.

My family and I had the chance to review Peach Strawberry and Cranberry Grape flavors

If you would like to learn more about V8 V-Fusion® Refreshers, stop by the website.  The website is has alot of great info including a bunch of great recipes using these products and some great smoothies.

An 8 ounce serving of this drink contains just 100 calories.  There’s 25 grams of sugars, 90 mg of Potassium, no fat and no cholesterol.  You’ll also get 100% of your daily value of Vitamin C and 4% of Vitamin A.  The suggested retail price for a 46 ounce bottle is just $3.49.

 Grab a glass of V8 V-Fusion Refreshers because you deserve a break.

My kiddos don't drink much juice! They cleared these bottles out FAST! I have 3 picky teenagers and they each liked the V8 drinks. I make a smoothie and Popsicles out of the Cranberry grape and the kiddos loved them! We are definitely going to grab more bottles on our next shopping trip!
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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Green Giant "Raise a Giant"

At Green Giant® we know it takes a lot more to raise a healthy child then just getting them to eat their vegetables. Kids these days live in a world that is bigger and scarier than the world we grew up in, and they need help and encouragement to navigate that world with confidence and pride.
Unfortunately one of the hardest things kids have to deal with is bullying. When a child is bullied by a peer it can turn his or her life into a daily gauntlet of fear and anxiety.
That’s why Green Giant® is partnering with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center and We Day Minnesota to help parents Raise A Giant and put a stop to bullying in their community.
What Does it Mean To Be A Giant?
Being a giant isn’t about being the biggest or the best. Being a giant means standing up for others. It means lending a hand to those who are in trouble and speaking up for those who sometimes find it hard to speak up for themselves.
Studies show that an effective way to stop bullying is for kids to simply speak up and say, “That’s not okay” when they see bullying happening.
But asking kids to have the courage to stand up to bullying is a tall order and that’s why they need our help.
How Do You Raise A Giant?
We’re asking parents to write a letter to their kids telling them how special they are and encouraging them to be part of the bullying prevention solution by being a giant.
To get started parents can visit our community at and read the letters others have written.
We Are Proud To Partner With:
PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center
- Green Giant is partnering with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center to develop The We Will Generation, an in-school student-to-student curriculum helping students understand how they can handle bullying.
- This partnership enables us to help those impacted directly by bullying – students.
We Day Minnesota
- Green Giant is one of the title sponsors for We Day Minnesota – a stadium sized event to celebrate students who are making an impact either locally or globally.
- By sponsoring We Day, Green Giant is able to provide tips on how to handle bullying with those impacted most – students.

You Can Help Spread The Word To Stand Up to Bullying

1. Write a letter to your child or children about standing up to bullying and post it in the Green Giant letter gallery and share it with others.
2. Encourage your friends and family to write their own letters and post them at RaiseAGiant
3. Share the Raise a Giant Video, Infographic, and Tips For Talking To Your Kids About Bullying on your blog, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter accounts.
4. Change your Facebook profile picture to the Raise A Giant icon to help spread the word. With your encouragement we can help all of our kids create a safer, happier world.

Disclosure: The information and prize pack have been provided by Green Giant® through MyBlogSpark.”

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Bring Your Family to See the Globetrotters for Free!

Join the Globetrotters fan club & you could win free tickets in their "Fans Rule" ticket giveaway.


Globetrotters "Fans Rule" Tour: Ticket Giveaway Sweepstakes
Every year, the Globetrotters play in front of millions of fans live on tour and on TV. With tickets for our 2014 "Fans Rule" World Tour going on sale, we want to give you, Globetrotter Nation, a chance to win tickets for your family to come watch a game.
Enter our "Globetrotters 'Fans Rule' Tour: Ticket Giveaway" sweepstakes for your chance to win four ticket vouchers redeemable for tickets to any Globetrotter game on our 2014 North American tour. FIVE lucky Globetrotter Nation members will win four ticket vouchers each for their family to any 2014 Tour game of their choosing*. That's a total of 20 tickets available exclusively to Globetrotter Nation members. Earn points for more entries and increase your chances of winning big!

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Join Fortune Girls - Empowering Tweens.

Fortune Girls is all about big girl power!

 If you dream big you get big things done! 
We are focused on empowering girls to let them know and believe that they can do anything! 
DREAM BIG!! Really BIG! We want young girls to know that there is no one like them because they are each special and unique in their own way. Fortune Girls was created by a tween and her mom, and it was a journey of development! 
We want to invite and empower tween girls to join us on this exciting journey and invite all their friends.

The Fortune Girls characters are all besties and share a wide variety of diversity. We hope girls will see themselves reflected in each of our characters as they each have their own blend of unique and sometimes quirky personalities. It’s been our long-term dream to bring these girls to life through animation and we hope to surpass our goal to have the funds to create a series of shorts. The animation at the end of our video will give you a better feel of how AWESOME our shorts will look and just how funny these girls are once they come to life!!!! 

Fortune Girls Is Changing The World And Needs your Help!!

So, What's FG All About??

We are incredibly excited to be on a mission to empower tween girls ages 6-12 all around the world through our multi-cultural Fortune Girls characters. We aim to raise $20,000 to produce an animated short featuring the Fortune Girls characters! We love these international girls, as they are super funny, quirky and very much like your average tween. . . or not!
Can you believe they were created by Madison Ruiz, now a teenager, when she was as young as 2 years old? Her mom never threw away any of her doodles. So, when Madison needed art in her room, her Mom pulled them all out, and the Fortune Girls were born! 
Fortune Girls is a movement! We want you to be a part of it - empowering tween girls every day!
Please visit us at for more information. 

Fortune Girls is all about Empowering Girls to dream. Join the Movement and please kindly support our Kickstarter campaign Today! Please $1.00-$5.00. Every little bit helps!

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It's Halloween Event

It’s Halloween Giveaway Event

MPM Network Bloggers are super excited to share their Halloween Recipes, Crafts, Decor Ideas and so much more with you this holiday season. Make sure you take a peek at the fabulous posts below. Surely you will find something that makes you smile!

One lucky reader will receive a $500 K-Mart Gift Card!

Giveaway ends October 28th at 11:59pm, open to US, ages 18+. To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck.
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John Paul Pet set Giveaway

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One lucky winner can pick any of John Paul Pet Pack.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Warner Bros. Spook-Tacular Movie GIVEAWAY!

About Spook-Tacular Movies!

What is the best part about Halloween?
The pumpkin carving? The costumes? The free candy? All are amazing, but whether you are the bunch that loves dressing up and scaring the neighbors or you plan to stay-in, Warner Bros. has a line-up of Spook-Tacular Movies to get you in the holiday spirit. From classics likeIt's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown & Scooby-Doo The Goblin King to Adventure Time – Jake the Dad, you can count on a spook-tacular selection that the entire family can enjoy!
Before you and the kids take the neighborhood by storm, get in the mood by sharing some spooky stories! Download copies of the Spook-Tacular Story Time PDF, fire up the flashlights, and gather in a circle..... this Halloween it's STORY TIME! Perfect for kids ages 7 to 73!

enter below to win
(Prize will be chosen randomly from the titles below!)
• Scooby-Doo! 13 Spooky Tales: Run for your Rife!
• Regular Show – Fright Pack (V4)
• It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown Deluxe Edition
• Tom and Jerry: Tricks and Treats
• Bugs Bunny’s Howl-oween
• Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King
• Tom and Jerry: Halloween Hijinks
• Sesame Street: Elmo Says Boo!
• Adventure Time – Jake the Dad (V5)

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Movie Ticket Giveaway For I’m In Love With A Church Girl

About I'm in Love with a Church Girl ~
Have you ever had a crush that changed EVERYTHING? Miles Montego has it all. Including a past, but when Miles meets Vanessa Leon, a woman who is different than every other woman he’s met, he is drawn to her beauty and her faith. Increasingly, he is torn between a life that he knows and a love that he feels. As Vanessa experiences his lavish lifestyle, mobster-type friends, and encounters with past women, Vanessa must reconcile her faith in God and her growing love for Miles. I’M IN LOVE WITH A CHURCH GIRL is a powerful, inspiring story of a love between a man and a woman, a gift of second chances, and a family at home and in church that never stops praying and believing. I’m in Love With a Church Girl opens in theaters October 18. I'm in Love with a Church Girl CAST: Jeff "Ja Rule" Atkins Adrienne Bailon Stephen Baldwin Michael Madsen TobyMac

Enter below via the rafflecopter form to win 2 MOVIE TICKETS!
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Friday, October 11, 2013

Betty Crocker Smash Cakes

Betty Crocker, America’s baking expert, surveyed moms and found that the most memorable part of a first birthday party is the birthday cake itself. To help make the moment extra special with a homemade touch, Betty Crocker has created a line-up of easy-to-make birthday smash cake recipes that babies can’t wait to get their hands on.

Here are Betty Crocker’s favorite first birthday smash cake recipes, perfectly-sized for baby to dig right in! 

Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: No. 1 Cutout Cake
No. 1 Cutout Cake – This little cake says, “I’m one!” in a big way. Add your own twist to the toppings, including bits of fruit, crackers, sprinkles, cereal and more. 

Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Peas & Carrots Smash Cake
Peas & Carrots Smash Cake  If you’re looking to sneak some fruits and veggies into baby’s first sweet treat, this round smash cake is your best bet.

Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Polka Dot Smash Cake
Polka Dot Smash Cake – Encourage your budding artist to create a messy masterpiece with this two-layered, three-inch round smash cake. The red confetti polka dots and turquoise-frosted cake will create swirls of color.

Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Sprinkles Smash Cake
Sprinkles Smash Cake  Transform baby’s favorite toy into an edible creation. All you need is a No. 1 cut-out template and sprinkles for a cute contrast.

Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Striped Mini Smash Cake
Striped Mini Smash Cake – Pastel frosting with bright orange stripes and polka dots make this two-layered round cake beg for baby’s attention.

Description: Description: Confetti Cake Stack

Confetti Cake Stack – Confetti sprinkles make this mini smash cake sweet and simple.
Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Watercolor Cake
Watercolor Cake – This elegant little cake features purple and teal pastels. It’s almost too lovely to smash.

Baby's 1st Birthday is a BIG milestone make it better with Betty Crocker!

 I remember my kiddos 1st birthday! For Anthony's 1st birthday, I made him a Cookie monster cake of his own! I let him have a blast with it! He had blue icing everywhere!. For Jessica's 1st birthday i made her a cupcake of her own. She made a big mess with For Andrew's 1st birthday I made him a small round cake and let him have at it. They all made a huge mess. Thats the idea of a 1st birthday to me. no sense in being clean about it! 

My favorite cake from above is the Confetti cake stack. That would be fun to see a baby tear into that one.

Which Smash cake do you like that best from the ones above? Did you make a smash cake for you baby or try to keep them clean?

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