Sunday, August 31, 2014

Netflix #StreamTeam Monthly Picks

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 It is that time again when we all send our little one's out the front door & off to School. If you are like me, this will be the first year your home will be empty from 8am-3pm in years! I have so many mixed emotions but I am sure I can find something to do during those times ;). I can actually watch adult TV with out the mute button or waiting until darken hours at night. I don't know about you but I have not had control of my REMOTE in 5 years! 
The other day as I was searching around on Netflix I found a new series, ONCE.
 Mind you I am only on the first season, episode 10 but I am SOOO hooked! I think this will be a show I can definitely watch when Mac is at school! This is a fantasy series, a young woman is drawn to a small Maine town and discovers that it's filled with elements of the fairy tale world. It is a remake of fairy tales, whilst the people in the town are unaware of their true identities. It has action, drama, love, fighting, battles and best of all dragons & magic!
 Besides my new obsession series I also wanted to share some kid friendly movies. These are new and I am rather enjoying them. Freebirds is so cute incredibly cute and teaches some great educational lessons. I have to say I really miss that in many kid movies these days. I just want to throw out that "The Nut Job" is NOT my pick for this month but my son loves it and that has to count for something. Just be mindful of some of the language & implied things.
**I received a free subscription to Netflix to facilitate this review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.
Well These are my picks this Month for the Netflix Stream Team. Please check them out and stay tuned for next Months.

Friday, August 29, 2014

The Ride NYC tour Review #Familyfun

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**We received free tickets to facilitate this review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.
We were SUPER excited to try out the new tour bus circling Time Square, The Ride. If you have never been to NYC as soon as you walk out of the Port Authority building you are stopped by different tour bus companies trying to buy your time. They all have a special niche which many tourists are attracted too. Having never taken a tour bus, in NYC, I was delighted, The Ride, was half a theatrical show & half a tour bus.
Did I mention this was a VERY popular experience? Loads of people wanted to join our 2pm tour! 
Mclachlan was so excited once the bus pulled up.
Once on board you are seated sideways verses the standard front-way bus. This allowed us to look out the bay windows at the streets of NYC. 
 "THE RIDE is a multi-million dollar motor coach that comes equipped with state-of-the-art audio/visual technology, including 40 plasma screen TVs and over 3000 LED lights". The Bus, as you learn also can scan things around and give you interesting facts about them.
Then we were introduced to our tour guides/entertainers!
Might I add here they were dressed formal and suited this bus very well.
Meet Jackie........and...........Scott.
First stop was Times Square. There is a lot of construction going on but it didn't seem to matter because the buzz if NYC goes on with it. People gather to take in the views and arts of performers.
"On THE RIDE you watch the passersby look in pleasure at the theatrical indulgence of the performers on the sidewalk". This red "2014" New Years Eve dressed character was the first indulgence we experienced. He sang and cheered as we gave the crowd a fun "The Ride Cheer".
Then we were met further down by this gentlemen who in walking stride started ballet dancing. I could not really capture this in a photograph since it was so enticing to watch. What were the people on the street thinking? That is also one of the neat things because you sit facing the windows you can see their reactions!
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This was amazing her voice was to die for!!
The final performance was two ballet dancers at Central Park fountain. This was amazing to watch them dance around other NYC pedestrians.
I thought it gave the tour information a fun flip side that filled not only my theatrical creative side but I also learned things throughout The Ride.
What we loved: Facts, Theatrical surprises & interacting with outside city folk. The Ride was clean, well organized and the box office was extremely helpful!
What could be improved: Nothing, if you have followed my blog a while I rarely give out no criticism because I think everyone can learn from one another. This was the first time I have none. We enjoyed our time with Scott & Jackie and hope to see them again this Halloween for the Haunted Ride!
Tickets & Coupon discounts can be found HERE.

Our overall Rating: We unanimously give it  *****!
THE RIDE gives you a front-row seat to the streets of New York City in a multi-million dollar motor coach that comes equipped with state-of-the-art audio/visual technology, including 40 plasma screen TVs and over 3000 LED lights - See more at: http://www.experiencetheride.com/about/#sthash.Cg2zk6Dv.dpuf
THE RIDE gives you a front-row seat to the streets of New York City in a multi-million dollar motor coach that comes equipped with state-of-the-art audio/visual technology, including 40 plasma screen TVs and over 3000 LED lights - See more at: http://www.experiencetheride.com/about/#sthash.Cg2zk6Dv.dpuf
THE RIDE gives you a front-row seat to the streets of New York City in a multi-million dollar motor coach that comes equipped with state-of-the-art audio/visual technology, including 40 plasma screen TVs and over 3000 LED lights - See more at: http://www.experiencetheride.com/about/#sthash.Cg2zk6Dv.dpuf
THE RIDE gives you a front-row seat to the streets of New York City in a multi-million dollar motor coach that comes equipped with state-of-the-art audio/visual technology, including 40 plasma screen TVs and over 3000 LED lights - See more at: http://www.experiencetheride.com/about/#sthash.Cg2zk6Dv.dpuf

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Legoland Discovery Center, NY

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We were invited out to the LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester near NYC. This location is within a walking outlet mall. It houses stores such as H&M, Children's Place, Gap, Gap kids etc. and the parking is only $3! This center is ideal for children aged 3-10 years, although children under the age of 2 are FREE. Tickets are priced around $16.50 each.
We were rather excited to go because my five year old has just started to LOVE Lego sets. I was hoping this would encourage him to build and create more on his own rather then follow the directions.
The first stop was a family photo and waiting on the "Doctor". 
This was about a 2-3 minute wait time.
Once inside we met a "Doctor" who showed the kids a interactive way of how Lego pieces are constructed. The children took turns helping melt, shape and create pieces. I really enjoy this educational room and Mac loved helping out!
After the Doctor room we had to ride a shuttle around and save a Lego princess from trolls. Notice I do not have a picture of this because Mac cried. He was scared by the dragon & troll sounds. Plus it was dark gloomy and not so younger kid friendly. I have to say I would have skipped that all together! 
Then we entered the NYC room.
They have NYC on display build and animated with Legos. This was just breathless, photos cannot even capture the art and time in must have taken to create these structures!
Mac love "Lady Liberty" as he calls her the most.
Then came the huge room of the Discover Center. They have several staged creations for you to stop and take a photo. I appreciate this because often times I do forget to take photos when you are in the moment. 
Plus, they were made out of Legos!
We stopped by the "buid a car" booth and created a fun vehicle. At first there was no wheels to get started with but the staff quickly found some for us to start building with. Her is Mac & Grandmas creations to then race down a track. You can also keep your creations for a price if you want.
Moving on we visited the Magic wizard ride, in which Mac was SUPER excited about. He was hoping for some Harry Potter Legos but they are discontinued.
They also have for purchase ($5) a Stamp packet. 
This is what it looks like above.
As you walk through the building locate these "Stamp stations" and stamp your cards. At the end of you visit you are rewarded with a special trinket.
I also wanted to mention the bathrooms because well this is a review and we had to use them. Thsi location was SUPER clean and I just LOVED the door art!
I mean who wouldn't want to walk into this awesome bathroom?
What we loved: Lego history, Lego building stations, Lego statues
What we could have lived without: Dragon sounds in the beginning, HUGE playground you cannot see in to watch your child & it takes up the entire middle area making walking to activities & it has nothing to do with Legos.
Mac (5yr old) Rating: *****.
My Rating: ***  .

Avocado Dip Recipe

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Avocado Dip Recipe
 We served this at our Avocado Party, take a look here.
What you will need:
3 ripe avocados, diced
1 lime, juiced 
 salt to taste
1/2 teaspoon cumin 
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper ( I used Organic Spicy Steak Spice)
1/2 tablespoon cilantro 
1/4-1/2 of a small onion, diced
2 roma tomatoes, diced 
1 clove garlic, minced
 Using a potato masher, mash the avocados until you’ve reached your desired consistency.
Add  lime juice in. Stir in salt, cumin & cayenne pepper. 
Fold in onion, tomatoes,  cilantro, and garlic.
Allow to sit at room temperature for about an hour for the best results. 
Serve with tortilla chips or veggies of your choice.