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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Giveaway: FERDINAND Advance Screening

We had our first movie outing to a real movie theater over the summer to see Despicable Me 3. Armed with a big bag of popcorn BabyCakes sat through the whole movie! We really enjoyed it. During the previews for the movie we saw the trailer for FERDINAND, the story of a giant bull with a big heart. After being mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure. Set in Spain, Ferdinand proves you can't judge a bull by its cover.


From Blue Sky Studios and Carlos Saldanha, the director of "Rio" and inspired by the beloved book "The Story of Ferdinand" by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson, "Ferdinand" is a heartwarming animated comedy adventure with an all-star cast that includes John Cena, Kate McKinnon, Gina Rodriguez, Anthony Anderson and many more.

Ferdinand


The movie comes out December 15th, but the FERDINAND team has offered me tickets to an advance screening of FERDINAND on December 9th at UA Riverview (1400 S Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia). Enter to win tickets in the Rafflecopter widget below!

Winners will be notified by 11/26.

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

How to Make Time to Read When You Don't Have Time

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How to make time to read when you don't have time

I’ve been searching for a “thing.” A pastime or hobby that’s all my own. A Facebook group I’m a part of recently started a book club and I thought that would be a great idea to give me something to do that’s not connected to Hubs or BabyCakes. So I excitedly bought the book. Then I thought: When in the world am I going to have time to read? I have a job, a husband, a home, a daughter, and a theater company. When was I going to read?!

I’ve found that I can make time for reading. It doesn’t look like it used to, snuggling up with a book for as long as I want to, but I can make it happen.

How to make time to read when you don’t have time:

The first thing that is imperative to this for me is having the Kindle app on my smartphone. We always have our phones with us. It’s much easier to read on something you always have than from a physical book, or even an actual Kindle, that you have to remember to carry around. I also always buy the accompanying audio book when I buy my kindle books on Amazon. The app lets you transition seamlessly from reading your book to listening to your book, and back again.

Read, don’t scroll


Most of us spend a lot of time scrolling social media. You can turn that same time into reading a book on your phone. You can make it through your book with these 15 minutes chunks of time when you’d usually scroll. Times like waiting in line at the post office, waiting for your child in the pickup area at school, in the bathroom, etc

Read on your commute


Of course this is easy if you have a long commute on public transportation. But even if you only have a 15 minute walk or ride, take that that time read or listen to your book.

Read While You Cook


This is where having the audio book accompaniment really comes in handy. While you’re prepping your food or cooking on the stove top you can listen to your book. While food is baking in the oven you can read. I’ve been getting a good 30-45 minutes of reading time in while making dinner.

Listen during chores


Listen to your book while folding clothes or cleaning. It will make your chores go by faster and is a great time when you’re generally alone anyway, to get some reading/listening of your book in.

Incorporate into self-care


What I’ve realized in making my time for reading is that I’m inadvertently making more time for myself, which is much needed.

Make time solely for you a priority, and if you’d like time to spend that time reading I hope these tips help!

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Brick-or-Treat

Thank you to LEGOLAND Discovery Center Philadelphia for our complimentary admission. 


LEGOLAND Discovery Center Philadelphia Brick-or-Treat



Today we had our second visit to LEGOLAND Discovery Center Philadelphia. Our first visit was last spring on Easter. We had an even better time this visit for a few reasons. 

Every October weekend is a Brick-or-Treat experience. There is Halloween themed decor, lego pumpkin building, Halloween photo ops, and more. You can also wear Halloween costumes. We decked BabyCakes out in a Halloween themed outfit.


The first time we visited LEGOLAND Discovery Center Philadelphia the Imagination Express train ride was having technical difficulties. This time we got to ride it and it was so much fun. We rode the train from the entrance into the center. Inside was an interactive train ride where each rider gets a wand and there are screens where you have to shoot your wand to gain points and help the train move forward. They take a picture during your ride. Here's our family popping bubbles and escaping the sharks with our wands lol


We were able to do one of the 4D movies this time around. The movies are only about 15 minutes long but we didn't think BabyCakes had the patience the first time we went. It was so cool. You get 3D glasses and the 4D elements are things like wind, snow, rain, and smoke that make you really feel like you're in the scene. We enjoyed it a lot. 

Legoland Discovery Center Philadelphia 4D Movie


This visit BabyCakes was also big enough to go in the Pirate Adventure Island area, which is a kids only pay area. You have to be taller than 3ft to enter and she just made the cut! She held her own running around with all boys who were older than her. 

She had a great time exploring and building with LEGOS. Probably her favorite part was the LEGO bubble machine. 


I'm looking forward to more seasonal events at LEGOLAND Discovery Center and seeing how our visits change as BabyCakes gets older. I could already see how much more outgoing and brave she was this visit compared to our last. She's growing so fast, and I cherish these family weekend adventures. 

If you're in the Philadelphia area make sure you don't miss the Brick-or-Treat events this October.

LEGOLAND Discovery Center


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Saturday, September 23, 2017

The ABCs of Fall: A is for Apples


One of my absolute favorite memories from childhood is each fall when we would visit the farm with our class. We would each get to pick out a pumpkin to bring home. The best part though, was the farm had a really big apple cider pressing machine. We got to watch the machine work, then drink a cup of fresh apple cider and bring home a small container of cider along with our pumpkin. I think those experiences shaped my absolute love for apple cider.

I find apple cider to be the PERFECT fall beverage. You can drink it cold, but even better, you can drink it warm, and even better than that, you can drink it warm with a shot of rum or brandy. ;-) Spiked warm apple cider is the perfect hot toddy when you are sick in the fall/winter as well.

I've put together a roundup of apple activities for the kids, and apple cocktails for mom, that I'm looking forward to trying this fall.

Educational Apple Activities


apple stamping activity

Mommy University has a great roundup of educational apple activities for kids.  

You can try out this apple volcano science experiment. 

This apple activity for toddlers is great for fine motor skills and teaching numbers or letter.

If you can bear to use your apples for non-eating purposes try out this apple stamping craft.


Apple Cocktails



Colleen from Souffle Bombay has a recipe for Apple Pie Moonshine.

Jo-Lynne shares an Apple Cider Mojito recipe.

How about this recipe for a caramel apple sangria?!

Wine in Mom has a recipe for Double Bourbon Apple Pie Ale.

What apple themed recipes, activities, or crafts are you looking forward to this fall?
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Sunday, September 17, 2017

5 Month Loc Journey

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While I've shared on my Twitter and Instagram, I haven't made the official announcement here on the blog: I've loc'd my hair! I'm currently five months into my loc journey and I'm loving it.

Why I loc'd my hair


Since I went natural in 2008 I've love experimenting with my hair. I've enjoyed taking care of it myself since I stopped getting relaxers and have spent plenty of hours researching styles and trying them out on my hair. I'd been thinking about locing for a while. After having my daughter I just didn't have as much time or desire to spend on my hair any longer. I had considered cutting it, but never went through with it. My husband has had locs since 2009 that I maintain for him so I was very familiar with locs and the locing process. I decided locing was the best thing to do to my hair to lessen the my maintenance and styling time. In April 2017 I finally took the plunge!

Starter locs
April 2017 - Day 1 of My Loc Journey

How I started my locs


I went to a professional stylist to start my locs. She started them with the comb coil method. I've gone to her four times for a wash and re-twist, and I've washed and re-twisted myself two times in these first five months. I've decided that unless I want a style for a special occasion I'll be re-twisting my hair myself in an effort to save money and the time spent in the salon.

My wash routine/moisture routine for locs


I'm washing and re-twisting my hair about every three to four weeks. I've been using Kinky Curly Come Clean Shampoo to wash and Shea Moisture Manuka Honey Conditioner to condition. Right after washing I use the Alikay Naturals Lemon Grass Leave-in Conditioner and Essential 17 Hair Growth Oil before I re-twist. Between washes to refresh moisture as needed I use Shea Moisture Hold & Shine Moisture Mist on my scalp and rosewater and coconut oil on my locs. This routine is keeping my hair soft and moisturized.


Loc Journey
May 2017


How I'm styling my locs


I recently decided to try out a roller set on my locs because my DIY styling spirit is still alive and well. I grabbed a bonnet hair dryer attachment and it worked so well to set the curls! I can tell this is going to be my go-to style. 


I really feel like my hair was meant to be loc'd. It has taken to the process so well. I'm loving the loc'd life and looking forward to continuing my journey.

If you have any questions leave them in the comment section! 

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Saturday, September 9, 2017

Last Beach Trip of the Summer


BabyCakes has been asking to go to the beach for weeks. This summer we went to Wildwood, NJ and Virginia Beach. This kid loves the water. Although it's after Labor Day and fall is on the way we thought it'd be a great day for our last beach trip of the summer.




We kept the trip simple and low cost, packing sandwiches for lunch, some snacks, and some adult beverages in water bottles :-).

BabyCakes believes the beach is made up of sand castles, bathing suits, and ice cream cones. We were able to easily make her dreams come true.




After we were sufficiently sandy we headed to the arcade because my husband is a skee-ball champion and has to play. I was excited to find that they had a little toddler sized skee-ball that my daughter could play!



This was a great end of summer trip. We're planning on making a post-Labor Day Wildwood trip an annual tradition. We ended our day with ice cream and smiles.




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