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Alice Through the Looking Glass – Movie Review

Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass” is a beautiful new film based on the stories of Lewis Carroll. Alice returns to the whimsical world of Underland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter. “Alice Through the Looking Glass”, directed by James Bobin revisits the visually stunning world created in Tim Burton’s 2010 film, “Alice in Wonderland”. You’ll be greeted by many beloved characters played by the returning cast of Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Matt Lucas and Helena Bonham Carter and introduced to a few new characters played by Rhys Ifans and Sasha Baron Cohen. Also back are the talented voices of Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen, Timothy Spall, Barbara Windsor and Paul Whitehouse, who are joined by Matt Vogel.

Alice Kingsleigh has spent the past few years following in her father’s footsteps and sailing the high seas. Upon her return to London, she comes across a magical looking glass and returns to the fantastical realm of Underland and her friends the White Rabbit, Absolem, the Cheshire Cat and the Mad Hatter, who is not himself. The Hatter has lost his Muchness, so Mirana sends Alice on a quest to borrow the Chronosphere, a metallic globe inside the chamber of the Grand Clock which powers all time. Returning to the past, she comes across friends – and enemies – at different points in their lives, and embarks on a perilous race to save the Hatter before time runs out.

I had the pleasure of attending a pre-screening of “Alice Through the Looking Glass” a few night ago and it was a delightful film. Funny, stunningly beautiful, heart-warming and stimulating are all words I would use to describe this fun movie. I particularly loved the wonderful morals and positive themes that run through the film. Messages about the merit of how time is spent, the value of relationships, the strength of women and the importance of family. And even though the film hit on some very thought provoking issues the story continued in the typical whimsical fashion you’d expect while traveling through Underland.

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Characters like Time and the Mad Hatter were sure to provide a laugh while simultaneously tugging at your heart strings. We get to look further into the relationship between the royal sisters, Mirana and Iracebeth. Alice is charming and thoughtful and strong and confident.

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One of the compelling thing about Alice and the Underland from Carroll’s books is how fantastical everything is. Everything is larger than life (or smaller), bright, exciting and deep. If you’re looking for a realistic interpretation of something as magical as Alice you might find yourself disappointed because Alice is meant to be otherworldly. The entire film is vibrant even in the darkest moments. It’s a visual feast for the eyes and the story carries the audience right along side Alice on her magical journey.

Presented in Digital 3D™, Real D 3D and IMAX® 3D, Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass” opens in U.S. theaters on May 27, 2016.

Travel Through The Looking Glass

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Getting Ready for Summer Camp with Mabel’s Labels

We are officially on summer break here at the Lieb house. The boys finished school last week and now we’re preparing for all our fun summer adventures. This summer we have so many fun activities planned like vacation bible school, swim team, science camp, cub scouts and of course some fun camping adventures. To get prepared for our active summer I grabbed some of the new Camp Labels.

I’ve been using Mabel’s Labels for years they offer quality personalized labels that you can use for just about anything. They take great care in providing durable labels that are not only fun but extremely functional. This year they are offering 2 new camp theme labels, Day Camp Labels and Sleepaway Camp Labels. I ordered the Sleepaway Camp labels because our boys do a lot of camping and they really just loved the design.

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Now I have labels on all of their camping gear like back packs, flashlights, hiking boots, jackets, water bottles and much more.

The Sleepaway Camp Labels include:

  • 10 Personalized Name Stickers: 70mm x 16mm (2-3/4″ x 5/8″)
  • 24 Mini Custom Name Stickers: 38mm x 8mm (1-1/2″ x 5/16″)
  • 50 Tag Mates™ Stick On Clothing Labels: 21mm x 10mm (13/16″ x 3/8″)
  • 8 Custom Shoe Stickers: 33mm (1.3″)
  • 2 Personalized Bag Tags: 57mm x 32mm (2-1/4″ x 1-1/4″)

Mabel’s Labels also offers Custom Emergency Bracelets which are great for trips to amusements parks or field trips. The disposable bracelets are easily customized with vital information and contact details to help lessen the panic of being separated in a crowd. Plus, Mabel’s Labels donates a portion of all sales of this product to Autism Speaks, an organization that promotes research and awareness about autism.

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Buy: You can purchase Mabel’s Labels Camp labels online starting at $19.99.

 

Summer Bucket List

2016 Summer Bucket List – Raleigh, NC

This week is the final week of preschool for Noah and Simon. Jude will finish his school work shortly thereafter. That means it’s time to start planning our summer awesomeness. We already spend a ton of time outside or exploring new local parks but without the time constraints of school we’re free to roam as much as possible.

For my birthday my awesome in-laws bought me a membership to a local gym… with childcare. I’m beyond excited. Even though I’m very active with my boys there is only so much “exercise” I can fit in with 4 small kids in tow. Plus, I’m trying to spend a little time on myself this year. Get an hour or so all to myself sounds lovely even if I’m just walking on the treadmill. Although I do hope to try a few new classes and the pool. So a few days a week we’ll hit the gym but the rest of the days we need to explore.

I’ve compiled a 2016 summer buckets for our family. Some of the items on our bucket list are at home activities but most of them are destinations or outings.

In no particular order, our 2016 Summer Bucket List…

  • Go to the pool
  • Have a picnic
  • Make homemade lemonade
  • Watch the planes take off at the airport
  • Visit the Farmer’s Market
  • Ride the Train at Pullen Park
  • Ride the Carousel at Chavis Park
  • Collect seashells on the beach
  • Visit the Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem
  • Draw with sidewalk chalk (Write words of encouragement at the park)
  • Mail a letter
  • Play family board game night
  • Family movie at home w/ popcorn
  • Visit the art museum park (Visit the hobbit house)
  • Bake something new
  • Visit the NC Aquarium
  • Visit the NC Zoo
  • Visit a new library
  • Visit Museum of Natural Science
  • Eat Lick’s Ice Cream
  • 5 ROAK (Random Acts of Kindness)
  • Pelican’s SnoBalls
  • Play at Kids Together Playground
  • Make edible necklaces
  • Make homemade popsicles

I may add to the list as I think of new ideas but I hope to share our adventures and repeatedly update this list throughout the summer.

I’ve also created a generic Summer Bucket List so you can plan some fun summer adventures of your own.

Color Version:

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Download Summer Bucket List Color PDF

Black & White Version: Summer-Bucket-ListBW

Download Summer Bucket List B&W PDF

I added a few extra lines so you can add your own items to the list.

What are some items on your summer bucket list?

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Discount Code for Sesame Street Live (Raleigh, NC)

Sesame Street Live is coming back to the PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC  – June 3-5

If you didn’t win my giveaway don’t worry I have a special discount code for my readers.

DISCOUNT
Use promotional code ERNIE in the discount offer post for $3 off select tickets.

*Offer excludes Sunny Seats. Cannot be combined with other offers or used on previously purchased tickets. Additional fees may apply.

    • Friday, June 3, 2016 @ 10:30 AM
    • Saturday, June 4, 2016 @ 10:30 AM
    • Saturday, June 4, 2016 @ 2:00 PM
    • Sunday, June 5, 2016 @ 2:00 PM

TicketsTickets can be purchased online at ThePNCArena.com, the PNC Arena Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets or by phone at 1.800.745.3000.
$18, $25, $35 – Gold Circle Seats
$62 – Sunny Seats
*Ticket prices include a 6.75% sales tax.

All children 1-year and older are required to have a ticket for entry.

Parking
Cars and Vans: $15

Disclosure: I received free media passes to list and review this show . The opinions expressed in this post are my own and not influenced by the company.

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Surviving Spring Allergies with Scotties

Every Spring my allergies act up. My eyes water, my nose runs and the sneezing is out of control. I’m not totally sure what type of plant or pollen triggers my symptoms but one day I’ll be fine and the next day I’m in allergy hell.

When spring approaches I always keep tissues around the house because I never know when my allergies will strike. They’re like little pollen ninjas that quietly and unpredictably attack my nose. Sneaky little buggers. (See what I did there?)

I keep of box of Scotties Tissues beside my bed, in the den and even in the car. There’s nothing worse than having a runny nose and no tissue around. And it’s not just me that uses all of the tissues, the kids get runny noses too. Joe calls them snotterfalls, just a constant flow of snot. It’s gross but it’s part of being a parent I guess.

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Scotties Tissues offers a variety of tissue options for every nose. 2-ply, 3-ply or aloe they’ve got your nose covered. All Scotties products are made in the USA by Irving Tissue, Inc., a family owned company committed to operating in an environmentally sustainable and socially responsible manner. Did you know Irving Tree has a Tree Planting Promise, “WE plant three trees for every one we use to produce Scotties products”

So not only are my tissues helping me survive allergy season but they are helping our forests survive as well.

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GIVEAWAY
One lucky reader will win a Scotties Carepack and a $25 gift card. Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter. Giveaway Ends 5/30/16

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Giveaway ends on May 30, 2016. The winner to be chosen at random. Winner will be notified by email and has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. See giveaway rules for more information.

I’m hanging up my nursing bras… forever.

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It’s been about 48 hours since Abel last nursed. I think this might be the end of our breastfeeding journey. Like most milestones it’s bittersweet, I love the bonding time but I’m also happy to not be needed so frequently. At 17 months old he just decided he wasn’t interested.

We were only nursing before naps and bed and occasionally in the morning after he woke up. But yesterday he just decided he was done. He gets really angry if I try to nurse him and he bites me so I’m not really pushing it too hard. All of my boys stopped around 16 months or earlier so I shouldn’t be surprised. I think my body isn’t making much milk anymore and it’s just frustrating for him at this point.

I’m sad that it just ended out of the blue. I didn’t get to savor the last time although I’ve known it was coming for a couple months now.

I know not everyone has the ability to breastfeed or chooses not to breastfeed but I’m so glad I was able to breastfeed all of my boys. It wasn’t always easy and there were many times I wanted to quit but I had great support and I’m so thankful I was able to make it so far with all of my boys. There are so many special moments that only a mom and her baby share and breastfeeding is probably my favorite. I’ll miss the late night snuggles in the dark, listening to his slow and steady breathing. I’ll miss the moments we would sneak away from the chaos to find a quiet place to rest and eat. I’ll miss the sweaty ear print that’s left on my arm after a long nursing session. I’ll miss the sweet little hands pulling on my shirt, grabbing at my lips and playing with my hair. But most of all I’ll miss the “baby”. My baby is not a baby anymore.

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I love being their mama

Yesterday was Mother’s Day. I don’t need or want a lot of fancy gifts of special treatment for Mother’s Day. All I want is a break from cooking and a day spent with my family. I have to say my family is the best and they pulled off the best Mother’s Day.

We went to church where Abel was dedicated!

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Then we had lunch with my parents, grandma, aunt and uncle.

We had a lovely afternoon playing outside and relaxing.

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And we ended the evening with a lovely home cooked meal by Joe. Grilled Cuban Salmon with Beans and Rice!

My only negative comment from the day is that I had an on/off headache throughout the day. Otherwise it was pretty darn perfect.

Sesame Street Live comes to Raleigh, NC – GIVEAWAY

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Sesame Street Live is coming back to the PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC  – June 3-5

Hosted by two live performers, Sesame Street Live “Let’s Dance!” offers an up-close, interactive experience that includes dance parties. Elmo uses his imagination to ‘Do the Robot,’ Cookie teaches all ‘feets’ to dance, and Ernie shares the fun of dance with the Sesame Street favorite “Shake Your Head One Time.” Favorite friends join the audience on the floor – dancing with fans, not just for them. It’s Sesame Street Live like you’ve never experienced it before!

GIVEAWAY

One lucky reader will win 4 tickets for one of the upcoming Sesame Street Live performances at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC. Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter. Ends 5/17/16.

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Giveaway ends on May 17, 2016. The winner will be chosen using random.org and announced on this post. Winner to be chosen at random. Winner will be notified by email and has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. See giveaway rules for more information.

    • Friday, June 3, 2016 @ 10:30 AM
    • Saturday, June 4, 2016 @ 10:30 AM
    • Saturday, June 4, 2016 @ 2:00 PM
    • Sunday, June 5, 2016 @ 2:00 PM

TicketsTickets can be purchased online at ThePNCArena.com, the PNC Arena Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets or by phone at 1.800.745.3000.
$18, $25, $35 – Gold Circle Seats
$62 – Sunny Seats
*Ticket prices include a 6.75% sales tax.

All children 1-year and older are required to have a ticket for entry.

Parking
Cars and Vans: $15

Disclosure: I received free media passes to list and review this show . The opinions expressed in this post are my own and not influenced by the company.