Vimbly Keeps Moms Connected!

* I was provided compensation for this post about Vimbly, but all opinions are my own.

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Do  you LOVE trying new things?  Looking to plan fun date nights, or events for you kids?  If you are, you have to check out Vimbly.  Vimbly is an awesome website that shows open time slots for activities, classes, & date ideas by listing different businesses on a single page and letting you book your activity directly.  These activities include dance, cooking, glassblowing, pizza making, wine tasting, intro to cigars, learning to DJ, improv, scotch pairing, samurai sword fighting, persuasion class, and thousands more.

If you are a NYC mom, this is AWESOME, because there is a whole section just for activities for NYC kids.  I went looking for an art class for this weekend (this post is written on Thursday afternoon).  I found FIVE options, including a seriously cool “Kids Circus” class, a dance class, a violin lesson, and a boxing class!  How great is it that you can schedule something at the last minute for your kiddos!  The prices are very reasonable too – the boxing class was 50% off and only $15!  There are even free events listed!  Vimbly is a great site to “have a life” and still stay on budget!

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And don’t worry – there are plenty of activities for adults too!  I searched for “wine” events in NYC this weekend and found everything from wine tastings, wine tours, to a Beginner’s Tango lesson with wine!  Does it get any better than that?  Vimbly is extremely easy (and fun!) to use and explore, so head over to see if your city is listed!

Even if you don’t live in one of these 18 major cities where Vimbly hangs out, this is perfect for the traveler! I occasionally travel to Chicago and NYC, so I definitely plan on using Vimbly to plan fun evening activities while I am in town!

 

And don’t sweat – if your city isn’t listed and you don’t travel, Vimbly expects to establish a national presence in 2015.

Are You Ready for Some Strange Magic? #StrangeMagic

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I’m so excited to share this with you!  Just found out about a new Lucas films movie that will be released on January 23, 2015 called Strange Magic!  There isn’t TOO much information available yet but I’m super excited because this is a musical, inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and features one of my FAVE Broadway actresses (Kristen Chenoweth) and is produced and composed by the same musical genius who did Moulin Rouge, Marius de Vries.  This is sure to be a good one, and I can’t wait until the trailer for Strange Magic comes out…

Here’s all the details from Lucas Films:

STRANGE MAGIC is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic, which created the CGI animation for 2011’s Academy Award®-winning film “Rango,” bring to life the fanciful forest turned upside down with world-class animation and visual effects.

With a story by George Lucas, STRANGE MAGIC is directed by Gary Rydstrom (“Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation,” “Lifted”), produced by Mark S. Miller (associate producer “Mars Attacks!”) and executive produced by George Lucas, with a screenplay by David Berenbaum (“Elf”), Irene Mecchi (“Brave,” “The Lion King”) and Rydstrom. An extraordinary roster of film, television and Broadway stars lend their voices to “Strange Magic,” including Alan Cumming (CBS’ “The Good Wife,” Broadway’s “Cabaret”), Evan Rachel Wood (“The Ides of March”), Kristin Chenoweth (Broadway’s “Wicked”), Maya Rudolph (“Big Hero 6,” “Bridesmaids”), Sam Palladio (ABC’s “Nashville”), newcomer Meredith Anne Bull, Alfred Molina (“Chocolat”), Elijah Kelley (“Hairspray,” “The Butler”), Bob Einstein (HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm”) and Peter Stormare (“Fargo”). Well-known music producer Marius de Vries (“Moulin Rouge”) serves as both the musical director and composer.

Make sure to keep up with developments by following Strange Magic on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Memorial Day Recipe from Disney’s The Hundred-Foot Journey!

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Happy Memorial Day everyone!  Memorial Day is a time for remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice, and for holding our families dear with food, fun, and time spent together.

Disney is celebrating Memorial Day as well, and in honor of their new movie, The Hundred-Foot Journey, they have passed on a wonderful recipe that is perfect for Memorial Day get-togethers.

In “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. Displaced from their native India, the Kadam family, led by Papa (Om Puri), settles in the quaint village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. Filled with charm, it is both picturesque and elegant – the ideal place to settle down and open an Indian restaurant, the Maison Mumbai. That is, until the chilly chef proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin starred, classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Academy Award®-winner Helen Mirren), gets wind of it. Her icy protests against the new Indian restaurant a hundred feet from her own escalate to all out war between the two establishments – until Hassan’s passion for French haute cuisine and for Mme. Mallory’s enchanting sous chef, Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon), combine with his mysteriously delicious talent to weave magic between their two cultures and imbue Saint-Antonin with the flavors of life that even Mme. Mallory cannot ignore. At first Mme. Mallory’s culinary rival, she eventually recognizes Hassan’s gift as a chef and takes him under her wing.

“The Hundred-Foot Journey” abounds with flavors that burst across the tongue. A stimulating triumph over exile, blossoming with passion and heart, with marjoram and madras, it is a portrayal of two worlds colliding and one boy’s drive to find the comfort of home, in every pot, wherever he may be.

As a foodie who LOVES to eat and cook, I will definitely be watching the Hundred-Foot Journey – and trying out this YUMMY Tandoori Chicken Recipe!

What yummy foods will you be eating this Memorial Day?

 

80’s Throwback {Almost Wordless Wednesday}

Today’s Almost Wordless Wednesday…my daughter just turned 13…isn’t she gorgeous?  And doesn’t she look like she dropped in from 1987??  Love it!

 

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Almost Wordless Wednesday – Every Day

This week’s Almost Wordless Wednesday is dedicated to my oldest daughter – she makes me proud every day – not only with her accomplishments as an equestrian and in school, but the person that she is becoming.  She turned 13 last Thursday.  Love you, B!

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Almost Wordless Wednesday – A Rough Week for Sunny Dog

So, our Sunny dog has had a bit of a rough week.  She chewed up a pair of my fiance’s jeans and had an accident in my youngest’s room.  Not sure what has her off her game, but she had a rough go of it this week.  So this week’s Wordless Wednesday is dedicated to Sunny Dog, because she’s still the best dog in the world, even when she’s not.

 

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Win an all-inclusive stay at Skytop Lodge + Great Easter Deal!

 

I love traveling with my kids, but as you know, traveling with children can be EXHAUSTING.  One of my favorite ways to travel and to eliminate some of the hassle and stress is to travel to an all-inclusive resort.  Skytop Lodge is just the kind of resort that I like to travel to!  Skytop Lodge is located in the Poconos Mountain in Skytop, Pennsylvania.  This is a beautiful and awe-inspiring property that has just about everything you could possibly want.  From skiing in the winter, hiking in the summer, spa activities, fine dining, golf, and a new The Adventure Center, Skytop Lodge is sure to have something that will appeal to you and your family!  They have been recognized by Resorts & Lodges as being the #1 Luxury resort in the countries, and was also recognized by Travel & Leisure as one of the United State’s best all-inclusive resorts.

 

 

Skytop Lodge has some great deals that can help you make your family’s Easter special, or help celebrate the coming of spring!  Skytop Lodge is offering a 20% OFF PLUS KIDS FREE midweek special offer that would be great to combine with an extended stay over Easter and Spring Break.  There are many fun Easter activities planned through the week, including egg coloring, an easter egg hunt, lawn games, and an Easter Egg Nature Walk.  Rates start at $352, which includes accommodations for two, including 3 meals per night’s stay, Easter Brunch, and many activities!

If you already have spring plans, you have a chance to win a great tip to Skytop Lodge.

Enter to Win a Trip to Skytop Lodge

You have the chance to win a weekend getaway for a Family of Four, which is good for 1 year (Not valid in July, August, or on holidays, based on availability, and some restrictions may apply.).  You have the chance to win one room accommodation, three meals each day, and many of the activities that Skytop Lodge offers.  Make sure to enter right away, as a winner will be randomly chosen on May 10, 2013!

ENTER TO WIN A FAMILY GETAWAY!

 

Disclaimer:  I received the chance to win a trip to Skytop Lodge to help advertise their spring specials in conjunction with US Family Guide.
I received no other payment.  The Mama Games is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Traveling with Dogs + $350 Visa Gift Card Giveaway from Subaru #DogTested {Giveaway}

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Do you travel with your dogs?  We definitely travel with Sunny in car trips – we haven’t worked up to flying yet.  She’s a still a little nervous in new places even though we adopted her from the rescue over a year ago – I’m pretty sure a trip in the baggage compartment of a plane would make her a nervous wreck.   But car trips are perfect for her, and when we purchase our next car, we will take a look at a Subaru, like the dogs in this video  did…check it out, it’s pretty funny!

Sunny is definitely a pro in the car at this point, but here are a few tips that we follow to make sure that her trips are successful.

*  Take your dog to places besides the vet, the groomer’s or boarding kennel.  We take Sunny all kinds of places, whether it be on a longer trip, or just a trip out to the barn, horse shows, etc.  But we never have to fight her to get in the car because most places we go are pretty fun!

*  Bring your dog’s crate on long trips.  This is a life saver for hotels, and dogs are safer if they are crated or harnessed while driving.  Buckle up!

*   Stop for breaks.  But be careful about feeding your dog before you leave until you know if they get motion sickness.  You don’t want to be cleaning THAT up.

And don’t forget your dog’s driver’s license!  If your dog doesn’t have a driver’s license, make sure you visit Subaru’s Facebook App and create your own!  Here’s Sunny’s!

 

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Make sure that when you are using Subaru’s Facebook App that you use a fake address.!  While Sunny is a New Yorker, we don’t live in Woofersville, although that sounds like a pretty cool place!  Plus, you don’t want all of your dogs party animal friends to get your address of Facebook and show up at your house!

While you’re there, make sure you check out their other cool features such as Ask an Expert (Subaru live experts will answer your burning questions), Put Your Dog in a Subaru, and a Dog Matchmaker.  And of course, the Dog Driver’s License Creator!

The wonderful dog lovers over at Subaru are also sponsoring an AWESOME giveaway!  Enter using the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win a $350 Visa Gift card OR a $150 Visa Gift Card!

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This post is sponsored by Subaru. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about the Dog Tested. Dog Approved.™ campaign, but The Mama Games and Sunny the Dog only shares news for things we support..  The Mama Games is not responsible for prize shipment.  

 

Canter {Wordless Wednesday}

 

I am so proud of how she is progressing, both as a rider, and as a young lady.

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Ice Sword {Wordless Wednesday}

 

 

 

 

 

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Here in Western NY, we make icicles that will knock you out!  These are some small ones, but I thought they were pretty because as the formed, the wind bent them.

Happy Winter Everyone!