We went to our first Disney On Ice show last year, and I have to say we loved it! Especially my 5 year old, he was on cloud nine when he saw Woody and Buzz from Toy Story. We are so excited for the new show coming up this year! I mean the kids and I have watched Frozen probably over 20 times, so for the kids to see Anna and Elsa ice skating will be a real treat. I am an ambassador with Feld Entertainment, and because of it, I was provided with a A family 4 pack ticket giveaway just for you guys!
Feld Entertainment, Inc., the worldwide leader in producing live touring family entertainment, announces it will bring the Academy Award ® winning and number one animated feature film of all time, Disney’s Frozen, to life. Disney On Ice presents Frozen visits Tampa from September 29 - October 1, 2017 for six performances at Amalie Arena ; tickets go on sale today. The Academy Award® winning tale will be told live for the first time in this production, capturing the dynamic of two royal sisters, Anna and Elsa.
Anna, a girl with an extraordinary heart, embarks on an epic journey to find her sister, the magical Elsa, who is determined to remain secluded as she finally feels free to test the limits of her powers.Rugged mountain man Kristoff, his loyal reindeer Sven, the lovable and hilarious snowman Olaf and the mystical trolls help Anna along the way in this story about love conquering fear. Audiences will get to sing along with such musical masterpieces as “Let it Go,” “DoYou Want to Build a Snowman?” and “Fixer Upper.”
“In our more than 30 years of producing Disney On Ice shows, Feld Entertainment has been waiting for a film like this,” says producer Nicole Feld. “While it might seem obvious that Frozen is well suited for the ice, this Disney On Ice production will touch audiences emotionally through innovative show elements and world-class skating.”Frozen directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee add, “Seeing audiences around the world embrace Frozen has been the experience of a lifetime. And to now have the chance to consult with the talented team at Feld Entertainment and watch their creation come to life on ice, is thrilling.”
In Disney On Ice presents Frozen, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse take the audience through the magical story based in Arendelle, with special appearances by beloved Disney princesses and favorite characters from Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story and Finding Nemo and Disney’s The Lion King, who come together to prove that true love is the greatest power of all. Director Patty Vincent says, “Our goal is to showcase these heartwarming characters in a way that allows the audience to cheer and sing along throughout this emotional journey.” To create a completely immersive experience for the audience, the set design will encompass the space from the ice surface up through the air, drawing everyone into the story and closer to the characters. Families will feel that they are trekking up to the North Mountains with Anna, Kristoff and Sven, and they will tangibly experience the storm inside Elsa. Elsa’s magic will be enhanced by state-of-the art special effects while her emotions will be conveyed through powerful skating.
Amalie Arena 401 Channelside Dr., Tampa, FL 33602
Friday, September 29th at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 30th at 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 1st at 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m.
Ticket Prices and Purchase:
All seats are reserved and tickets are available by calling 800-745- 3000, or at the Amalie Arena office. For group ticket sales and information, call 866-248-8740. For a complete list of tour dates, visit the Disney On Ice website (http://www.disneyonice.com) and stay current on the latest developments through social media.
Feld Entertainment® is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that uplift the human spirit and bring people together. Properties include Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, AMSOIL Arenacross, Disney On Ice, DisneyLive!, Sesame Street Live! and Marvel Universe LIVE! Across the brand portfolio Feld Entertainment has entertained millions of families in more than 75 countries and on six continents. Visit feldentertainment.com for more information.
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As a parent, you are responsible for teaching your kids a whole range of different skills. Getting them to feel comfortable in the water is one that is often overlooked, perhaps because you don’t live close to the ocean or go on holiday all that often, but teaching your kids water safety ensures that they can look after themselves and you don’t have to worry about them so much. Not only this, it is also a lot of fun too! Here are a few things you need to know if you are looking to teach your kids water safety and swimming skills.
Teach Awareness, Not Fear
Water can be so dangerous, so teaching your kidshow to be safe is one of the first things that you will want to do. But you also don’t want to go in the other direction and teach them to be afraid. Whether you are teaching your kids to swim yourself or they are having professional lessons, a balance between safety and enjoyment is what you are going for. If they are going swimming in the ocean, you should teach them the basics about tides and currents. Above everything, it is important that your kids know their limitations and don’t push themselves too hard.
Make it Fun
You will never be able to teach true water safety in a dry and boring manner, so you need to make sure that you add a sense of enjoyment to all your swimming sessions. There are plenty of water sports accessories out there which are great fun for the whole family. Once you encourage your kids to get over their initial worry, you will probably have a hard time dragging them out of the pool! But just make sure that you supervise them properly at all times.
The Right Equipment
There are all sorts of equipment available that you may need if you are planning a day at the pool or the beach. First of all, water wings are top of the safety list if your kids haven’t learned how to swim yet. Next, goggles can be very useful, especially in chlorine-filled swimming pools. And then there are the towels and sunscreen you will need if you are heading down to the beach on a hot day.
Join the Club
One of the best ways that you can get kids to feel comfortable in the water quickly is to get them to join a swimming club. After they have learned the basics, they can then start entering competitions. Swimming is a great form of exercise and an enjoyable one too. If your kids become more competitive, they may need different equipment so check out swimming caps from swimcapz. Ultimately, starting your kids off in the water from a young age could lead to a lifelong passion.
Teaching your kids to be safe and have fun in the water is an experience that you can enjoy as a whole family.
Being a mother is a lot more than just making sure kids are brought up happy and healthy. It’s a job, and one that takes up every single second you’re with your kid. Sometimes you will feel more like a manager than a mother and that’s okay. In fact, putting real effort into learning the skills a manager should know can be a huge help when it comes to raising little ones. What are the skills you need and how do you apply them?
This is the biggie. If you have kids, it can feel like time just goes down the drain and you don’t get enough done throughout the day. Making time for all the essentials of making meals, taking care of the home, helping with homework and so on will eat more time than you might think. So, smart moms start finding ways to save time. They wake up a little earlier than the kids to get things ready to go in the morning. They plan one big shop for the week to stop repeat trips taking time. They use grocery apps, calendar apps, banking apps, and food apps to get things done quicker. Most importantly, they know to make time for themselves, too.
Kids cost time, but they cost money, too. The days of having the opportunity to be slightly irresponsible with your money are long gone. Beyond knowing how to find savings and how to save, you need to start learning how to plan with your money. Identify your savings goals, such as an emergency fund in case something in the house breaks, and build a budget to save towards them. More importantly still, plan for when things go wrong. Have emergency reserves and tools like consolidate.loan at the ready when you’re forced to go into debt and need a reduction strategy. The budget can help you identify where exactly you’re spending money and highlight some of the habits that you can start dropping, too.
It might not feel like it, but healthy habits and keeping up with them are a skill and one you need to not only stick to but teach your kids about, as well. Activekids.com is full of advice on how to teach healthier habits to your children. Find the time to make healthier meals without distraction by getting them to help you prepare them, for instance. Get your exercise in while they get theirs in by taking walks and hikes and bike rides together. Your children aren’t going to grow up healthy and active alone. They learn it from you.
Stress (and the management thereof)
Any woman who says that motherhood is a walk in the park is lying. Stress is a real factor. Poor time management, misbehaving kids, hospital visits, the ever-ramping costs of children. They all add to it. If you don’t find your own stress-busting methods, such as hobbies, finding time for meditation or even extra exercise, it can become too much and that’s bad for both you and the kids.
As mom.me states, mothers and leaders share a lot of qualities. Correcting behavior, incentivizing people, teaching, and generally being the boss are all skills you have to make a real effort at learning. Without leadership, it can be hard for kids to feel any kind of direction as they grow and not really know why they’re trying at school, hobbies, creative pursuits and the like.
It’s a full-time job and it’s one that will undoubtedly exhaust you at times. But if you’re willing to put real effort into it, it can become the job you well and truly love.
When you’re looking for a magical escape with the kids, it doesn’t get better than Disney World, Orlando. This is, after all, a theme park designed with magic in mind. It’s a place where dreams come true. Children and adults alike can lose themselves inside Disney’s creations.
Of course, there are things you can do to extend the magic. Booking into the right hotel during your stay, or seeking one of the ever elusive ‘Magic Moments' will do the trick. Even simply booking a fast pass to avoid the queues will enhance your experience. But, nothing can further the magic than the pictures you take during your stay. After all is said and done, these are the things you’ll take home.Whether you’re taking them for yourself, or are intending on sending photo postcards to loved ones, it’s crucial you take plenty of snaps. It’s also essential that you don’t neglect to capture the classic Disney moments which will become so important to your time there. And, to help you do just that, we’re going to look at some Disney photo opportunities no guest should miss out on.The Magic Kingdom Castle Nothing says Disney World like the iconic Cinderella castle in the Magic Kingdom. This should be the first port of photo opportunity. Getting a snap of your kids in front of this baby is standard Disney stuff. And, the castle will look even better depending on what time you visit. There’s no denying that it looks its best at Christmas when the park pulls out all the stops to increase the magic a few notches. Time of day should also play a part in your photo here. While the castle looks fantastic during the day, it looks even better when lit up at night. If you can’t decide which would best suit your snap, you may well have to take two. It’s also worth getting a picture here during firework festivals, which happen each night. The castle often forms the centerpiece and looks amazing!
Spaceship Earth Coming in a close second is Spaceship Earth in Future World. This iconic Disney globe is another must snap attraction. Bear in mind that this one may not be as easy to capture. To gain the full scope, you’ll need to stand a fair distance away. As such, getting your kids in the shot may not look as good. So, it’s worth getting creative. Why not play with the illusion, by getting your kids to hold their hand seemingly under the globe? It would certainly add something unique to your snaps!
The Character Quest Of course, when young kids visit Disney World, they look out for characters above all. This is what makes the park special, and every child dreams of getting a snap with their favorite. Make sure it happens by going on a character quest each day of your stay. Make this a fun game for your kids by setting them a challenge to get snaps with as many characters as possible. Keep your camera easy to access so that you can snap your child’s dream shot at a moment's notice!
The Parade If you want to catch all the characters at once, there’s no better opportunity than the iconic parades. With at least one show a day, there’s no reason for missing out here. You won't be able to get one on one snaps this way, but you could still get your children in the picture with the parade behind them. At least this way, you can guarantee to see all the characters in one place!The Mickey Mouse Ears Nobody can visit Disney World without getting a set of mickey mouse ears. It would be a form of blasphemy if you and your family didn’t get involved. And, as well as wearing your ears on a daily basis, it’s essential that you get a family snap to prove it. This could be the photo you send to all your loved ones. How better to show them all how much you’re enjoying your Disney experience?
The Queues If you opted not to get a FastPass, queues are going to become a part of your experience. So, it makes sense to snap these too. And, making this a photo opportunity is a sure way to pass the time. To increase the fun, you could have your kids doing different poses relating to each ride. Bear in mind, too, that those cunning characters could make a queue appearance at any time, too!
Want to make breakfast at home more exciting? You needn’t have to become a chef to cook an amazing breakfast. There are now many kitchen gadgets that can make preparing a tasty morning meal quick and easy. Here are a few contraption that could be worth buying for your kitchen.
For 100% fresh orange juice, why not squeeze your very own oranges? Modern slow juicers have taken all the effort out of juicing and can allow you to produce your own custom fruit juices to start the morning with. Some have different settings, allowing you to juice to the exact consistency that you like. There are even juicer/blenders on the market for those that like making smoothies and juices, eliminating the need to buy two different bits of kit and freeing up kitchen counter space.
Tea diffuser pot
For families of avid tea drinkers, a teapot is always handy, allowing you to use less teabags and less energy boiling water. Tea infuser pots meanwhile allow you to use raw tea leaves for an even more natural brew. Such pots can stay hot for long periods and can hold lots of liquid, making them great for big families or households with guests.
You don’t have to journey out to a café to enjoy freshly-baked waffles in the morning. Modern waffle makers work much like sandwich toasters, allowing you to easily cook up these tasty treats in the morning. You can even get creative with them and put your sandwiches in them to create waffle-shaped toasted sandwiches. They’re also great for creatively cooking up leftover pizza.
Plenty of people injure themselves cutting bagels with a knife. Fortunately, there are many bagel slicergadgets on the market that can make this task much safer and easier. You put your bagel in a cradle and a guillotine does the rest of the work. For those that like their bagels in the morning, this could be a worthwhile gadget to have.
Need to cook a fry-up for the whole family? Cooked breakfasts can be hard work and can involve using lots of pans in the process. You make the task easier and save on washing up by buying a multi-pan. These pans have different sections so that you can cook beans, bacon, egg and sausage all in one pan. On top of multi-frying pans, you can also get multi-sauce pans, which could be useful for rustling up other meals.
Boiling an egg isn’t always as easy a task as everyone makes out, especially if you’re having to keep your eye on other food at the same time. Egg boilers can boil your egg for a set time making it easy to enjoy boiled eggs specifically to your individual liking. Some egg boilers also double up as egg poachers. If you enjoy poached eggs but are often put off cooking them because of the hassle associated with them, a poaching device could be a great tool to have.
In previous decades, the word ‘family’ was very easy to understand. It just referred to the nuclear family - a mom, a dad, and their kids. However, that is all changing, and in this current day and age, the face of the modern family is a lot different to what it used to be.
A family doesn’t just have to be parents and children anymore. In fact, there are lots of different interpretations of the word ‘family’. Here are just a few of them.
The Nuclear Family
Of course, the nuclear family isn’t dead just yet as it is still the most popular family arrangement. In fact, some studies show that the number of nuclear families has increased ever so slightly over the years. Most people choose to live this way as it provides the most financial stability, thanks to the two incomes from the parents. But that doesn’t mean it is better or worse than any of the following options.
Single Parent Families
Even though studies indicate that nuclear families are steadily on the increase, so are the numbers of single-parent families. These occur whenever the regular nuclear family breaks down, and the parents split up. However, there is also a small portion of single-parent families that are made up of women who have decided to have children without a partner. This is because they might have put their career before a relationship. Thanks to new scientific techniques, they are able to have children on their own using sperm from a donor.
Co-parenting is when a child has parents who are not linked romantically and are not in a relationship together. This is a very common situation in the LGBT community as gay men and women can have children together but don’t have to be together in the traditional way. However, it is also getting more popular with heterosexual people. Some women choose to co-parent children with their friends. Having a roommate with a child often leads people into this situation. It is also common for friends who have gone through a divorce to move in together so that they can help each other raise their children.
In some cases, the nuclear family is being enlarged to create extended families. This isn’t such a new family arrangement, as extended families have been around for quite some time already. In fact, in many Eastern cultures and societies, they are actively encouraged. They have become a lot more popular over the years over here in the west. These are when grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins move in with the family and all of the extended relatives live together. Most families decide to live like this if they need to take care of elderly relatives. It’s much easier to have everyone living together under the same roof!
Which family sounds most like yours? Each of these different arrangements comes with its own set of advantages and disadvantages, so there’s really no wonder different family types work for different people!
THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE opens in theaters on September 22nd! I know that my family and I are super excited to go and see the film! We had the privilege of getting to ride the Ninjago ride at Legoland a couple of months ago, and we loved it.
SYNOPSIS: In this big-screen NINJAGO® adventure, the battle for NINJAGO City calls to action young Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja (Dave Franco), along with his friends, who are all secret ninja warriors. Led by Master Wu (Jackie Chan), as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon (Justin Theroux), the Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd’s dad. Pitting mech against mech and father against son, the epic showdown will test this fierce but undisciplined team of modern-day ninjas who must learn to check their egos and pull together to unleash their inner power of Spinjitzu.
MPAA RATING: PG for “some mild action and rude humor.”
*We advise all movie-goers to arrive at least an hour prior to start time. Seating is on a first come, first serve bases.
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For most mothers-to-be, one of their main fears of pregnancy is the weight gain. Even though most of this weight gain is to be expected - you are carrying a baby after all - some women find that they put on a lot more than expected. This is probably because most women give up their usual exercise routine once they find out that they are pregnant. But is this really necessary? Thankfully, most health experts now believe that women can continue with their normal workouts for as long as they feel comfortable. Exercising isn’t dangerous for the baby, and some doctors believe that continuing to workout can actually help prevent problems in the later months and labor. You just need to remember the following pointers.
Ask Your Doctor
Firstly, you will need to consult your doctor about exercising during pregnancy. Every woman’s pregnancy is completely different from anyone else’s, and some people will be more at risk from certain health conditions and problems while they are pregnant. So, it’s a good idea to speak with your doctor to make sure that you aren’t going to aggravate any potential problems by exercising.
Get The Right Clothes
You will no doubt have bought plenty of maternity clothes for you to wear every day during your pregnancy. These will help you feel comfortable throughout the whole nine months. It’s also important that you buy special maternity workout clothes including a workout maternity bra, pants, and t-shirts. These will help you move your body while exercising, and will have plenty of room for your bump!
Get Plenty Of Calories
Exercising useslots of calories, and pregnancy will also require a lot of calories as well. So, it is important that you increase your daily calorie intake accordingly. You can judge how many extra calories you will need by looking at your pre-pregnancy weight. If you aren’t exactly sure how to figure out how many extra calories you will need, you should speak to your doctor or a nutritionist.
Avoid Dangerous Sports
Even though exercising is completely healthy during pregnancy, there are still some sports that should be avoided as they pose a threat from injury. For instance, you should stop taking part in gymnastics, horse riding, and skiing, as you could be putting your baby at risk if you end up falling. Sports with high contact, such as karate, football, and rugby should also be avoided.
Don’t Lie On Your Back
Once you are into your second trimester, you should not lie on your back for prolonged periods of time. Because of this, you shouldn’t take part in any exercises or workouts that require you to be on your back at all, such as Pilates and Yoga. When you are on your back, the pressure from the womb can reduce blood flow through one of the body’s major veins. You will find that this can make you very dizzy and nauseous.
As you can see, if you exercise safely during pregnancy, there is no reason for giving it up completely!
As soon as you have a family, your priority becomes your little one’s health, happiness and well-being. That’s just part and parcel of being a parent. But you need to make sure that you take care of your own health and wellness at the same time too! After all, who’s going to look after your baby if you find yourself under the weather? You may think that there isn’t enough time to look out for yourself when you’re running about undertaking day to day tasks. But that’s where you’re wrong. You just have to get a little more organized and get a routine on the go. Let’s start out by looking at your dental care regime. Here are the steps that you should be taking to ensure that you and your little ones have great oral hygiene and mouths full of pearly whites.
When your child is particularly young, it’s easy to lose track of time. Days and nights intertwine and sometimes you find yourself not even knowing what day of the week it is. So your teeth cleaning routine can go a little out of the window. But it’s absolutely paramount that you still clean your teeth thoroughly twice a day. If your little one falls asleep in the morning, it’s fine to get a few hours kip alongside them. But don’t forget to give your teeth a good scrub before you put your head down to the pillow or when you wake up. This is a good time to start getting into good habits with your little one’s mouth care routine too. They may not have teeth yet, but you should still gently wipe their gums with a clean, damp, soft cloth. This will help to remove any bacteria that might be building up. As your child gets older, their teeth will break through, and you’ll have to invest in a soft bristled child’s toothbrush and some toothpaste formulated especially for baby teeth. Clean your teeth and your child’s teeth morning and night to avoid decay or infection.
Find a Good Family Dentist
It’s essential that you’re all registered with a reliable and professional family dentist. It’s recommended that you take your little one for their first trip around one year of age. So book yourself two appointments in a row. One for you and one for them. This will ensure that you’re both seen to and the dental practitioner can ensure that all of your teeth are in good working order. It’s important to check back in regularly. This will ensure that any problems are identified early on and reduce the risk of pain or discomfort from dental problems as time goes on. You can also check 1 800 Dentists for Dentists in your area.
Reduce Sugar in Your Family’s Diet
Kids don’t have all that much control over what they eat. If you give them lots of sweets and cakes, they’re going to take them. But you need to be a bit more sensible with what you hand to your child. Save the sugar filled snacks for treats and special occasions. This will reduce your child’s chances of having to have fillings or other unpleasant procedures before their adult teeth have even come through.
These simple steps will ensure that everyone is smiling when it comes to dental health! So don’t hesitate and start amending your routine now.
We all know that baby supplies can cost a lot of money, but there are plenty of tricks online that teach you how you can get the most out of your money like www.parents.com. Sometimes though, it really does count to pay that little bit extra. You can get away with paying the minimum on certain items like toys or clothes, but there comes a time when you need to choose quality over cost.
Here are all the things that will really make a difference the more you pay.
Although it may not seem like a big deal, your baby's skin is super sensitive, and you have to be very careful about what you put on them. Creams are vital to keeping their skin soft and protected, but don't just go for the cheapest option. You have to make sure that the lotion is first suitable for your little one, and that it won't damage their natural oils and tissue. There are many companies that claim to have the best option, but it's a very competitive industry so you may feel confused as what the best brand is. If you are struggling, speak to your local doctor or pediatrician and see what they deem the best for your baby.
It's essential that you get the best quality high chair. You will be using it for almost everything. They're not only useful when feeding your baby, but they're perfect for setting them up in while you have to attend to something else, like the washing up or preparing their bottles. Ideally, the best kind of chair will recline and convert into a lower version too. Your main concern is that it's comfortable, secure, safe, and easy to clean. Remember that your baby will make a mess with food, so you will want something that can be wiped down with ease. You can find some of the best high chairs on GetBabyChair.com, along with reviews and ratings to compare prices.
Diapers come in all different shapes, sizes, and prices, and while opting for the cheaper version may seem smart - your baby won't agree. We all know that babies are prone to getting diaper rashes because it rubs up against their sensitive spots and causes friction that leaves your baby itchy, uncomfortable, and sore, which is why we use special creams to help. But they are much more likely to have an issue like this if you get a cheaper brand. You should want to give your baby the best comfort possible, so choose a diaper that gives the impression of cotton on their skin, as a pose to a plastic fiber.
Although these are only a few things and may not seem that important - it's the basics that count, and if you start out on a good foot, you'll most likely sail through parenthood. So don't be afraid to spare the extra pennies - it's totally worth it for your little bundle of joy.