Parenting Through The Decades! I am a Mom that once was a "Girl" with a definite plan!
I got what I wanted, but not in the order, or way that I wanted it! I had 3 children, the first in my 20's, the second in my 30's, and the third in my 40's. You never really know what life has in store for you! Proud to be a Travel,Theme Park, Hotel, Event, Concert, Movie, and Review Blogger! Honored to be recognized as a Sesame Place Ambassador Blogger,PBS Kids Club Thirteen Ambassador,ELGeorgia@aol.com
There is nothing in the world like a newborn baby. If you have been blessed in your life to have children or be close to children in your life you know the joy a baby can bring into your life. As a mom of three, I have had the experience over and over of having that little bundle put into my arms. My last baby was a little girl who is now seven years old. She is a total doll lover, just as I was a child. As a young girl I was never found without a doll in my arms and so the tradition continues. In saying that, as soon as I was advised that a Madame Alexander Newborn Nursery Baby would arrive at our house I got a little butterfly inside my stomach. That feeling came about just thinking of the special moments it would create between Emily and her new dolly.
If you are a mom you know exactly what I am talking about. I think that little girls either love dolls or don't, my daughter is in the LOVE category! She treats her dolls as if they are real friends, each one with their own personality and each one she loves in a special way. It's incredible to watch her play with dolls and makes me think back to the many many memories I have had with my own dollies and how they taught me about love, caring, and understanding.
From the minute I laid eyes on this precious little baby doll, I knew it would be instant love for Emily and the baby. It was really special to me, too. Emily was just under five pounds when she was born, the smallest of my three children. Little does she know but the baby she was holding was about the same size as her the day she was born. Wow, kind of a surreal moment of me, too.
Madame Alexander Newborn Nursery babies arrive dressed in white adorned with both a pink and blue bow on the cap and pink and blue buttons. You child can make the decision if they would like the baby to be a boy or girl. There are also many varieties of the baby available where you can choose skin, eye and hair color. This is a baby anyone would love. Your child can be much younger or older than seven and still enjoy the beauty of this newborn baby. It looks and feels like a newborn. Note to moms: You will love this baby, too!
http://www.madamealexander.com/newborn-nursery.html Disclosure: Diane Sullivan is a member of the Madame Alexander Moms Advisory Board and is sent samples during the year to provide feedback. No compensation was given for this post. Contact me at ELGeorgia@aol.com.
Believe it or not Fall is here and with the crispy falling leaves and the scent of pumpkin spice in the air most of us are also preparing for Halloween. Looking for an amazing experience for Sesame Street fans in your family, look no further. Sesame Place is now open and celebrating The Count's Halloween Spooktacular. Honestly, if you have never been to the Halloween celebration at Sesame Place this should be year. Don't delay.
Sesame Place has wonderful Trick-Or-Treating. Your children can dress in their costumes and have a ball. You never know how the weather will be this Halloween, so why wait to trick-or-treat! It's a great time for the entire family and some of the stands even have healthy treats!
There are awesome Halloween shows that you can only see during the Count's Halloween Spooktackular. The shows are located at the same places as in the summer time, but they are all changed up to have Halloween themes and one show is better than the next. We had a chance to see all of them during the past weekend. You can check out Elmo the Musical Live: Halloween(New), Who Said Boo?(new), and The Not So Spooky Halloween Radio Show. There is also a special Halloween themed parade and all of the characters are in their own Halloween costumes! What a great feeling to see your favorite Sesame Street characters in their costumes!
There is a special Halloween Fall Menu including Pumpkin Spice Funnel Cake and heartwarming comfort foods for lunch and dinner. This special menu is only available during the Halloween Spooktacular. There is even a special Kids' Meal plate and drink cup featuring the Halloween logo.
There are several different Dine With Me options and special event dining opps. These are absolutely perfect for up close play time with the characters!
While you are Sesame Place don't forget to visit the pumpkin patch where you can view the pumpkins donated by the Season Pass holders and buy and decorate your own pumpkin to take home with you.
Special Bonus: ALL the dry rides are open and now with Cookies Monsterland there are more rides than ever! There is so much to do! Arrive early to spend a day of fun, shows, food, characters and trick-or-treat fun. One of my daughter's favorite things to do is Abby's Cadabby's Magical Halloween Maze! It's adorable and perfect for even the tiniest of fans! There is also a hay ride complete with characters, singing and storytelling! Last but not least, we LOVE the Rubber Ducky Dance Party where kids and parents can show their dance moves! Happy Halloween. See You At Sesame Place! Check out more about Sesame Place here: http://sesameplace.com/langhorne/
Disclosure: Diane Sullivan is a Sesame Place Ambassador Blogger. We were invited to Sesame Place for Media Day and loved it! All opinions are that of Diane Sullivan. Contact me at ELGEorgia@aol.com.
By now you might be living under a shell if you have not heard of the new Twentieth Century Fox movie, The Book Of Life, which premieres this Halloween season in Reel FX. Recently, I had the pure pleasure of meeting up with Us The Duo. This dynamic super talented singing sensation is responsible for the song, "No Matter Where You Are" which comes in at the movie's end. I've not going to give away the interview. You can watch it below and check out how they came up with the song and more. PS. They are just adorable and you will love them! Catch The Book Of Life October 17th.
Who is looking for an awesome place to visit during the upcoming indoor months ahead of us? I know we are. It seems that Madame Tussauds is a perfect place for family, friends and even to go alone! Become a star at MADAME TUSSAUDS with over 85,000 square feet of interactive entertainment in the heart of Times Square. There are millions of things to see and do in New York City, but there is only one place where you can get up close with over 200 incredible wax figures of celebrities, historical icons, sports legends and more. From Marilyn Monroe to Barack Obama to Lady Gaga to Carmelo Anthony, there is a star for everyone! Don't miss the thrilling Marvel Super Heroes 4D theater featuring Marvel's legendary Super Heroes. Visit nycwax.com for more information.
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Looking For An Awesome Pick Your Own Pumpkins and Other Fall Activities Farm? Look No Further!Corn maize, Hay Ride, Pick Your Own Pumpkins, Duck Races, Barn yard, Pedal Karts, Picnic area. We will be visiting soon and let you know first hand how it goes. So far I have heard back from some blogger friends that it is wonderful! We are leaving behind city life and heading to the country! We cannot wait!
Save 33% off admission to the corn maze and barn yard.
The Disney Channel’s new show STAR WARS REBELS: SPARK OF REBELLION. The show will premiere on The Disney Channel on October 3 but we have a very special private event that you can be a part of on September 27 This event will be the only chance to see the first episode on the big screen. We’ll be having lots of fun activities for the whole family before the screening begins, including face painters, Star Wars crafts, a demonstration from Mad Science NYC and photo opps with Star Wars characters from the 501st. You and your family are even encouraged to come dressed as your favorite Star Wars characters to win prizes from Lucasfilm. Enter to WIN a Family 4pack to the special Private Screening Event! Saturday 27th NYC 9:30 am Sharp Enter by retweeting and following .@3decades3kids on Twitter: https://twitter.com/3decades3kids/status/514141570409701377 Like our facebook page and Leave a comment on our facebook page that you want to go to the Star Wars Private NYC Screening! https://www.facebook.com/3decades3kids We have FIVE family 4packs to giveaway! These are not screening passes. They are guaranteed seating. You name will be ON the RSVP list! See you there!
Synopsis: A Long Time Ago, In A Galaxy Far, Far Away…Against the might of the Galactic Empire, an unlikely band of heroes emerges to renew the fight for freedom. Witness the epic debut of the riveting animated series STAR WARS REBELS, in this one-hour movie event – showing on the big screen one time only!
The story unfolds during a dark time when the evil Empire is tightening its grip of power on the galaxy. Imperial foces have occupied a remote planet and are runining the lives of its people. The motley but clever crew of the starship Ghost is among a select few who are brace enough to stand against the Empire.
Here come The Boxtrolls! By now you have probably seen the commercials. We think it looks awesome and cannot wait for this movie to hit the big screen September 26th! In the meantime we have an awesome prize pack giveaway! Click on the link below to enter for a chance to win: Enter Here: PLEASE Enter 3decades3kids in order to officially enter. <<
- Sets of Markers
- Lunch Box
- Mini posters
- Sets of Pens
- Pencil pouch
- Slide puzzles
BOXTROLLS is starring Ben Kingsley and Jared Harris. BOXTROLLS is in theaters on September 26th. The movie is about a young orphaned boy who is raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors who try to save his friends from an evil exterminator. This movie is based on the children’s novel ‘Here Be Monsters’ by Alan Snow.
Disclosure; Diane Sullivan is a Focus Films partner blogger. No compensation was given for this post. Please contact me at ELGEorgia@aol.com.
As Moms and Dads sometimes it's tough to sit back and just laugh. We are so busy with our jobs and raising kids that sometimes just taking out a few minutes to laugh can seem like flying to the moon. After checking out a preview of Hector And The Search For Happiness I have to say it is just hilarious. It's rated R, so it's a great flick to take in with your wife, hubby or adult friend. Promise you will laugh!
Hector (Simon Pegg) is a quirky psychiatrist who has been increasingly tired of
his humdrum life. Deciding to break out of his deluded routine, he embarks on a global quest in hopes of uncovering the elusive formula for true happiness… and so begins his larger-than-life adventure with riotously funny results. You Are Invited:
Screening Date: September 18 Time: 7:00PM Theater: Regal E-Walk, 247 W 42nd Street
Grab a pair(2) of passes by clicking the link below! Remember that screenings are always overbooked to ensure a full house. Please arrive early.
Disclosure: Diane Sullivan is a Relativity Screening Partner. No compensation was given for this post. We love going to the movies and sharing screening passes with our readers. Please follow .@3decades3kids on Twitter for early access to passes on our site. Contact me at ELGEorgia@aol.com.
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Release: September 19th
Director: Matthew Warchus
PRIDE is inspired by an extraordinary true story. It’s the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers’ families. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person. As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all.
Disclosure: No compensation was given for this post. Diane Sullivan is a Gofobo.com movie partner and loves the movies and sharing screening passes with readers! All opinions are that of Diane Sullivan. See you at the movies! Contact me at ELGEorgia@aol.com.
Recently our family had a chance to see the Fresh Beat Band LIVE in Concert at the beginning of their Great Hits Live Tour! The live tour of Nickelodeon’s awesome preschool band made an appearance at NJPAC! Now, don't worry if you missed them, they will be back in NJ in December and NYC in January! The Fresh Beat Band which consists of Kiki (Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer), Shout (Thomas Hobson), Marina (Tara Perry) and Twist (Jon Beavers) bring their hit TV series to life by teaching music appreciation to children and allowing them to express themselves through movement, song and instrumental music. In the hit musical sitcom, original pop songs are set with preschool-friendly lyrics. Marina, Kiki, Twist and Shout are the Fresh Beats. They are four best band mates who go to music school together and love to sing and dance. From the moment the Fresh Beats wake up, just about any situation can lead to a fun-filled, full-blown, song-and-dance performance that the entire family will enjoy. Grab your tix here: http://www.freshbeatbandlive.com/splash
We did see The Fresh Beat Band a few years ago and loved them, so we could not wait to see them again. Even though they are a preschool band, I did see quite a few kids my daughter's age of about seven there. Now, let's get to the show! WOW! From the moment the Fresh Beat Band hits the stage you can just feel the energy. The kids absolutely go wild with singing and dancing! The aisles fill up, the kids are on their feet and the moms and dads cannot help but join into the fun! What an incredible show. It's as if the Fresh Beat Band is talking and singing directly to your child. They make total eye contact and even visit the audience. They are completely kid friendly! Your child will LOVE this show and so will you. If you watch the show with your kids, you already know all the songs. This was proven at NJPAC with everyone in the audience singing along!
Did I mention there were huge inflatable beach balls? Oh yes, those were tossed into the audience for some awesome fun play! The kids went wild as the balls passed back and forth. So much fun! There also was a ton of confetti and streamers that made the crowd go . crazy. Some of our personal favorite songs included, Just Like a Rockstar, Reach For The Sky,Freeze Dance, Friend Like You, and Go Bananas! NaNaNaNaNaNa-Let's Go Bananas! and of course, Great Day!
Disclosure: Diane Sullivan was provided with concert passes. No compensation was given for this post. All opinions are completely honest. Contact me at ELGEorgia@aol.com or everywhere else at .@3decades3kids.
Have you ever been to the Big Apple Circus? Our family loves this show! We have been fans forever and try to catch it as often as we can. This year the Big Apple Circus is heading to Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park from October 17th- January 11th! It's a great show to see with your family, the kids or friends!
Be prepared to fly away to the magical All-New Show, METAMORPHOSIS. Be transported to a realm of enchantment and illusion, a dreamscape domain where no one sits more than 50 feet from ringside, and nothing is impossible! You will be thrilled by the Flying Trapeze, the razzle-dazzle of the Rolla-Bolla, the dynamo of the Diablo, the risky rhythms of the Risley team, the cunning conjurors of the Quick-Change, and the incredible flexible limbs of the Contortionists. See and hear the musical merriment of our featured clown and camels, horses, playful pooches and more. Come immerse yourself in the wonder, joy and astounding magic of METAMORPHOSIS! The show runs 2 hours with intermission. The Big Apple Circus is coming to Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park Oct. 17 - Jan 11 Save up to $25 off tickets with promo code: BIG APPLE www.bigapplecircus.org @bigapplecircus @usfg
It was not exactly love at first sight when I first saw Sophia Grace and Rosie on The Ellen Show a few years ago. But, like most kids I have come in contact with, they just kind of grew on my. Every time I saw them I thought they were cuter and cuter, until one day I had to admit that I thought the pint sized duo was just adorable. When I heard about the new movie coming to Nickelodeon my daughter and I decided it would definitely be on our "To Watch" list. We ended up watching it last night and again today. It's is just too cute! They are just plain little girl sweet and quite the little actresses!
Pint-size princesses Sophia Grace and Rosie made their royal debut In their first-ever movie, Sophia Grace and Rosie are sent by The Ellen DeGeneres Show to a fictional country called Switzelvania as special correspondents tasked with covering the coronation of a new queen.
“We are beyond excited that Nick will be airing our movie,” said Sophia Grace and Rosie. “From appearing on the Kids’ Choice Awards to guest starring on Sam & Cat, working with Nick has been a dream come true for us.”
In Sophia Grace and Rosie’s Royal Adventure, the girls head to Switzelvania as correspondents from The Ellen DeGeneres Show to cover the royal coronation. Upon their arrival, they are mistaken for the King’s great great grandnieces by castle staff and are invited to stay. After meeting the three princesses, Abigail, Imogen, and Cordelia, who are competing for the throne, Sophia Grace and Rosie take it upon themselves to help the best candidate win. It will take some serious princess lessons and fun musical numbers -- but if anyone is up for the job, it’s Sophia Grace and Rosie.
Fans can log on to nick.com/sophia-grace-and-rosie for all things Sophia Grace & Rosie including an exclusive sneak peek of the movie and a look back at the duos appearance on Sam & Cat. Disclosure: Diane Sullivan is a Nickelodeon Partner. All materials provided by Nickelodeon. All opinions are that of Diane Sullivan. Contact me at ELGEorgia@aol.com and everywhere else as .@3decades3kids.
Recently my daughter and I were asked to review some new toys from Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood. As a child I was such a big fan of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood that I could not wait to see what was in store for us. When it comes to the holidays we shop early. When school starts, so does my holiday shopping! The Daniel Tiger Neighborhood Friends are just adorable and perfect for gifting to your favorite little friend!
We loved the Five Piece Daniel Tiger Neighborhood Friends 2.5” Figure Set. These pocket sized characters are great for kids and also fun to take along in your bag for the kids to play with on the go! The set includes Daniel Tiger, O the Owl, Katerina Kittycat, Prince Wednesday, and Miss Elaina. Their arms and legs and head are all movable. We had an awesome time playing with these little characters. They are perfect for little hands! You can find them at Target! (SRP $12.99, Ages 3+)
My daughter and I both loved the cuddly soft Katerina Kittycat! She is just simply adorable, dare I say, Purrrfect! Katerina Kittycat is a 12” Plush and is a wonderful friend for the favorite little person in your life. She definitely has gotten her share of hugs living with us! She says twelve phrases and even sings! So cute! She also teaches life lessons and sings about taking turns. Yay! You can find Katerina Kitty and this toy is also available as Daniel Tiger both at Target! (SRP $19.99, Ages 2+)
The third toy we checked out was the Daniel Tiger Mini Plush. What a cutie. Any child that loves Daniel Tiger will love this toy! It's a definite great little addition to the toy stack! They are seven inches long and perfect stocking stuffers for the holidays! There is a bunch of characters from the Neighbors Assortment. In addition to Daniel Tiger mini plush, you can find Katerina Kittycat, O the Owl, Prince Wednesday and Miss Elaina. They are available at Target. (SRP $7.99, Ages 2+)
Disclosure: Diane Sullivan was provided with Daniel Tiger Neighborhood toys to facilitate this review. No compensation was provided for this particular post. All opinions are that of Diane Sullivan and completely honest. Contact me at ELGEorgia@aol.com and everywhere else at .@3decades3kids.
Madison Square Garden All Access Madison Square Garden Reopens All Access Tour Following The Completion of the Arena's Historic Transformation! #MSGAllAccess
When I was given the opportunity by my fellow blogger friend Diane Sullivan from 3decades3kids to attend The Madison Square Garden All Access Tour I hit the roof!! Being a big sporting fan from the NYC, and attending various events at Madison Square Garden it was exciting to have the opportunity to experience it on a more personal level. I attended with my two nieces which are big Carmelo Anthony fans. Guest Post written by Karen Angustia.
The tour itself lasted about an hour and took you around the theater, the Knicks and Rangers locker rooms and into a Sky box which has an amazing view, if only I had the cash for one of those. The tour was well organised and very informative. I must say the staff is amazing. Many of them speak various languages to accommodate tourists who do not know the English language. For me the best part was being able to see for myself how luxurious the locker rooms were. (not at all what I imagined). These athletes get five star treatment with the amenities that MSG provides them.
The empty arena felt bigger as we stepped on the Chase Bridge. Did you know that the big screen at MSG weighs over 49,000 lb.
I recommend this tour to all ages. Its fun for the ids and informative for the adults. If you are ever in the NYC area you should definitely check it out. Mami Approves!! Disclosure: Thank you for covering this event for us, Karen Angustia- MamiDoesItAll.com
Please contact Diane Sullivan at ELGEorgia@aol.com or everywhere else at .@3decades3kids.
Hours and Ticket Prices4 Pennsylvania Plaza , Midtown West, NYC (between 31st and 33rd Streets) Daily, 10:30 am-3:00 pm. Reservations are not required. The first tour begins at 10:30 a.m. and they run continuously every half hour with the last tour leaving at 3:00 p.m. For more information please call 212-465-5801. Tour schedule may vary due to venue activity and is subject to change without notice. $26.95 for adults, $18.95 for seniors and students, and $17.95 for children. You can purchase them at the Madison Square Garden box office, online, or by phone at (866) 858-0008.
New All Access Tour Provides A Behind-The-Scenes Look At The Newly Transformed, “World’s Most Famous Arena” , Madison Square Garden announced today the grand re-opening of the All Access Tour, following the Arena’s unprecedented, three-year, top-to-bottom Transformation. Beginning today, this 75-minute tour will be open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and will allow guests to experience the newly transformed Arena, while being immersed in The Garden’s rich history throughout the building. Madison Square Garden is a “must-see” when visiting New York City and the All Access Tour gives guests access to The World’s Most Famous Arena like never before. For over 130 years spanning four different buildings, Madison Square Garden has been a staple of New York City, delivering the very best in sports and entertainment. With the new All Access Tour, guests will get to explore the Arena, which hosts an average of 260 events and four million patrons each year, and have the opportunity to walk where legends have walked. Guests will also experience the new amenities that have resulted from The Garden’s $1 billion Transformation -- from the Chase Bridges to the VIP areas to the locker rooms. In October 2013, the completion of Madison Square Garden’s unprecedented three-year, top-to-bottom Transformation marked one of the most important moments in The Garden’s history. Now, with the brand new All Access Tour, guests will have a backstage pass, allowing them a behind-the-scenes look at the significant enhancements that have been made to every aspect of this historic Arena. This includes several new exhibits throughout the Arena that commemorate some of the most enduring and unforgettable moments in The Garden’s history.
Recently I had the pleasure of dining with Johnny Rockets as a part of Blogger Bash NYC! During the luncheon we feasted on yummy-rific foods, watched a ketchup artist create works of art before our very eyes and for dessert we were able to create our own shake. What an awesome lunch! Johnny Rockets has been pretty much a staple in our family between the delicious burger choices, fries, shakes and more!
It's a great place to just gather with the family and friends- to eat, chat and laugh!
When I heard that Johnny Rockets would be hosting a contest for the Blogger Bash attendees, I could not have been any more excited! Our family loves to spend kitchen time together and creating new dishes is pretty much a family affair. Of course we created a bunch of shakes during the past years, but for this contest we wanted to come up with something that our family loved and that also represented what Johnny Rockets means to us. We thought and thought. We thought about how we have visited Johnny Rockets and the one word that kept coming up over and over was America. It's how we came up with the name of our shake:
"Red, White and Blueberry-All American Shake"
Now that we had the name, we needed to make the shake to see if it lived up! It had to be good, no-it had to be great. As a mom, I was happy to sneak in those strawberries and blueberries.
It's a simple shake to make and I am happy to report a very yummy creation. I cannot believe we never came up with it before this, but I am sure glad we thought of it now. It's a real keeper!
We are so very proud of it. It's especially awesome that September is National Shake Month!
The kids love it and the parents love it, too. You can follow this simple recipe and enjoy it with your family and friends! Kid Approved! Parents Approved! Friends Approved! PS: Did I mention we were singing and dancing when the shakes were ready? If you have ever been to Johnny Rockets, you will know exactly what I mean!
"Red, White, and Blueberry- All American Shake"
1. Put one cup of milk into a blender with one cup of strawberries and one cup of ice cream.
Blend. Pour into shake glass for "red".
2. Put one cup of milk into a blender with one cup of ice cream. Blend.
Pour into shake glass for "white".
3.Put one cup of milk into a blender with one cup of blueberries and one cup of ice cream. Blend. Pour into glass for "blue".
Add more or less milk, ice cream, fruits to your liking.
4. Top shake with whipped cream, a cherry, and sprinkles.
5. Garnish with blueberries and strawberry.
6. Gather up your family and friends and enjoy!
My daughter dove into this shake the minute the photos were taken! She also adorned it with more strawberries and make it "her own". I did end up making six more shakes for the rest of the family and friends visiting! Everyone agreed on how delicious it tasted! Yum! #MyRocketShake
Disclosure: Diane Sullivan/ 3decades3kids attended Blogger Bash NYC and a luncheon hosted by Johnny Rockets. This blog post is my entry for the #MyRocketShake contest open to BBNYC attendees.
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