Veteran’s Day is one of few days a year that many American establishments honor service members and their families for their sacrifice & service, so you’ll want to be sure to do something to celebrate. But making Veteran’s Day a success requires careful planning, so knowing what’s available is important. Keep reading for a listing of the best Veteran’s Day happenings in travel, activities and dining the whole family can enjoy to celebrate their very own hero. Read more
Monarch butterflies are an integral part of nature, but like bees they’re sadly dwindling in number. So the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) has created an opportunity for families to spend more time together and help save butterflies at the same time. It takes just 10 minutes or less of your day to make a big difference in the world of a butterfly (and ultimately us all, really), but these activities area also a great way to educate kids about life sciences and the value of giving back to nature. Read more
From Doc McStuffins to Jake and Sofia, the Disney Junior Live On Tour: Pirate & Princess Adventure is packed with entertainment. If you’ve been to Disneyland, you’ve likely seen a Disney Junior Live performance, the group also had a tour for the Power of Doing Good traveling across country earlier in the year with free shows at local venues. But this performance is the first to have real people dressed as the characters rather than dressed in giant character costumes, or using puppets made to look like the characters. The adventure was definitely unique, and this post will tell you all about it. Keep reading for tips before you go to the show.
Similar to Disney on Ice, the show is introduced by Mickey and Minnie Mouse, then brings you into the world of the first story: Sofia the First. This performance tells the story of Sofia’s first time in the castle with music, dancing, singing, and viewer participation. Cinderella makes an appearance when Sofia’s amulet calls her for help to show Sofia what’s most important when choosing a gift. There’s an intermission after Sofia’s story, then Mickey and Minnie introduce Jake and the Neverland Pirates. Jake and his crew need the audience’s help to find a volcano filled with treasure. Hook captures Jake and tries to steal the treasure for himself, but only a true pirate can get the treasure. With the help of Peter Pan, Jake escapes and makes it to the treasure, but when he sees that the tick-tock crocodile is after Hook, Jake saves the day first since it’s the right thing to do. Once Jake reaches the treasure volcano it erupts with gold coins that shower the audience. There’s a special Clinic with Doc McStuffins before the show, too, but I didn’t arrive to the show in time for that.
Though it may depend on the venue, the vendors for this show seem to be exactly the same as Disney on Ice. If you enjoy not too flavorful cotton candy, there’s a giant bag with a Sofia crown or Jake hat for $12. Thirsty? How about a $15 snow cone in one of the fine Disney collectors cups? You can also get your picture taken with either a cardboard cutout of Jake and his crew or Sofia (or both) for $15 per photo, and buy many other licensed collectors items such as the program, and light up wands and such. Conclusion: Feed your kids before you go, brings snacks, and agree to only buy maybe one thing. Basically refer to 6 Tips For Going to Disney on Ice.
Depending on your child they’ll either love the entire show or just part of it. My daughter watches both Jake and the Neverland Pirates and Sofia the First on Disney Junior so the whole show was entertaining for her. My nephew isn’t into Sofia so he told his mom that part of the show was putting him to sleep (until he saw the bubbles at the end of the story), but once Jake came on he was super attentive. All the kids left saying they had a great time, but not every kid loves every part of it. I think the cast was dressed well and played the parts nicely, though. There were times when some of the songs reminded me of an episode of Yo Gabba Gabba, and I felt like I was watching Disney Junior episodes I had heard my daughter playing on my phone dozens of times before, but it was still fun.
Savvy Every Day was not compensated for this review. All opinions are that of the author.
Savvy Every Day was recently invited to attend LUNAFEST, a traveling film festival by, about and for women that’s showing films across North America in Support of charity. One hundred percent of of net proceeds from LUNAFEST go to charity, with 15 percent dedicated to the event’s main beneficiary, Breast Cancer Fund, and the rest given to the nonprofit chosen by each LUNAFEST host location. According to LUNAFEST, the event has raised $1.9 million dollars for more than 750 worthy causes since it started in 2000! I love the idea of women empowering women and girls through film, and sharing their game-changing stories. I especially like that the event is put on by LUNA Bar, a brand dedicated to women, and that these events give back to charity both locally and nationally so I really wanted to attend the event but I couldn’t find a sitter.
Since I couldn’t attend and share some of the great insider info from this empowering event, here’s a short video that speaks to the essence of the 9 films made for LUNAFEST this year:
But if you’re outside the SF Bay Area, you still have a chance to check out these films in person! LUNAFEST continues traveling across North America until June, and already has a great line up on the calendar visible until March.
This event had me thinking about the female game-changer in my life. I hope that I can be this person for my daughter one day, and that she encounters many positive influences. For me, I realized that I had more than one female influence impact my life, but a few that really stand out: My sixth grade teacher, my mom and my grandma. This teacher believed in me enough to get me out of resource classes (for kids with learning disabilities) at my school. Instead of helping me, these classes were adding workload to my day and making me feel like a mental patient (this is after years of these classes, lab testing, OCD/ADD kid support groups, and telling my parents I wouldn’t take Ritalin anymore). I needed to get out and feel normal, which is what she helped me do. It was a lot of work on my part, I had to rethink how I approached things in my life (things as simple as keeping my room more minimalistic to avoid having to have stuffed animals and everything in a certain place, or not caring how my numbers were written on my homework were actually big steps for me) but it was worth it.
My grandma taught me about love. I adore listening to personal stories if told right, and she and my grandpa used to tell the best, most romanticized love story about how they met and became husband and wife. It was as simple as him meeting her at the hair salon where she worked and him returning to see her again and again before he finally got to go on a date with her, but it was my favorite story as a kid — it gave me hope and a foundation. Her lovely stories and upbeat but no-guff attitude really guided me in life and even though she’s been gone for over 8 years now, I will always think of her.
Then there’s my mom. Growing up (around first grade), my mom was either at home crafting something for the house or in nursing school (she decided to switch gears from her English degree). Because my parents were divorcing around the time she went to school, I’d sometimes go to nursing classes with her — I’d take notes and even acted like I was a student in the class by trying to answer questions from the instructor or make comments during group time. Though it may have been the most stressful time for her to go back to school, it was also great for me as a kid to experience a different classroom setting (I wasn’t doing well with elementary school and tests), and to see that my mom was working towards a goal, which made her a sort a game-changer. She taught me it’s OK to change your path in life, and that getting through things takes hard work.
Now it’s your turn! Think about the game-changers in your life and give them a “shout out” so to speak by commenting about who they are and how they really changed your life or perspective. Or, comment about how you plan to be a positive influence and game-changer in your child’s life. I’m really looking forward to the conversations!
Thank you to LUNA Bar for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me with real women’s stories at LUNAFEST.
Kids and adults alike enjoy riding Thomas the Train and spending the day in a land like Sodor. Whether you’re a grandparent, parent, or aunt/uncle, spending a day with Thomas is probably something you’ve been considering (if you haven’t already done so). But before you go there are a few things to keep in mind. Read through the below quick tips then pass them along! If you have more tips to add, please post a comment. Read more
Camp MommyCon is coming to the Winter Park Resort in Denver, Colorado June 20-22! Camp activities start at 4 p.m. on Friday, June 20 with Expectant Mama VIP and a talk about sex after baby. The evening concludes with sweet gazebo campfire songs, s’mores, and storytime for the little ones. Camp MommyCon continues on June 21 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. for general admission, followed by a farewell breakfast on June 22. As usual, everything at this MommyCon event is a must-see/must-do. Saturday’s fun-filled schedule is packed with helpful classes like babywearing workout class, Attachment Parenting Methods for Preemies, Foster and Adoptive Families, and elimination communication 101. Plus, because MommyCon isn’t just for moms with infants, there’s even a class on how to talk to your kids about sex! I’m pretty sure that talk will have a full house.
The last day of MommyCon Camp will be bittersweet for so many moms ready to head home and use the goodies and info they got while at the event, but also so sad to leave! Sunday morning starts with a mommy and me workout, followed by breakfast, a blogger discussion, scavenger hunt, and . . . more prizes! This camp really is a can’t miss extravaganza, whether you live in Colorado or not, so MommyCon is giving away two three-day passes to camp! If you win and can’t go to camp, you can choose to get two general admission tickets to any of the other MommyCon events! Pretty nice, right? Enter at the form below before time runs out!
Want to buy your tickets before they’re all gone? Tickets can be purchased online, here.
*Savvy Every Day was not paid to write this post. Savvy Every Day is a part of the MommyCon ticket giveaway, where you need to “Like” our page to win.