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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!


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 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, 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.

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.

Beach Getaway

This past week Joe and I (along with Abel) got to take a short trip to the beach to attend a wedding. Joe was a groomsman in his friend’s destination wedding and we got to take advantage of the wedding destination! Abel got to come along for the ride since he is still breastfed and doesn’t always sleep through the night. Plus he’s never been to the beach before.

We stayed at the Shell Island Resort in Wrightsville Beach, NC. I grew up going to Wrightsville Beach (or the surrounding area) so it’s kind of nice going some place familiar. I basically know my way around and I know some great places to hang out or dine. Although things have changed quite a bit over the past 25 years that we’ve been vacationing in the Wilmington area.

Overall, we liked staying at the Shell Island Resort. All of the rooms are on the ocean with a great view, they are also all suites meaning they have a kitchen/living/dining and bedroom. This was great because we were able to set up Abel’s pack n play in the living area and we had the bedroom all to ourselves. The wedding was held on the beach in front of the resort so all we had to do was walk downstairs to attend the wedding and reception. This was great because when it was time for Abel to go to bed I just took him upstairs and Joe got to stay at the reception. Although our room was directly over the reception hall so we could very clearly hear all the dance music. Luckily, everything wrapped up around 9:30pm. We liked our stay at Shell Island it’s not the nicest hotel we’ve stayed at but it was a good getaway and we might even consider taking the whole family back sometime.

In addition to all of our wedding duties we got to go out and do a little fun exploring in downtown Wilmington. I’ve always love walking around downtown there are so many great little shops and restaurants right on the river front. Although this time it seemed as if a lot of the unique shops had disappeared and been replaced with more touristy shops. I was kind of disappointed but we still had a great time walking around, enjoying the gorgeous spring weather.

It was nice to get away even with 1 child in tow. (He was a big hit at the wedding!) I missed the boys a lot but I was glad they all didn’t come with us. They got to stay home with Grandma and Grammy (2 grandmas for 1 weekend) they were super excited!

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Big Fun Inflatables – Knightdale, NC

You may or may not know that our family lives in my childhood home. When my parents built this house back in the late eighties there wasn’t much in our small town. Now 20 something years later we have all of the necessities you might need on a daily basis. But up until recently if you wanted to something fun to do you’d have to drive into Raleigh.

But now Knightdale, NC has a bounce house and party center, Big Fun Inflatables.

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Big Fun Inflatables is a local family owned business (ahem, my awesome neighbor!) They have a great facility in Knightdale where you can join open play, host a party, enjoy a parent’s night out and more. They also have a bounce house rental service so you can bring the bounce house party to your house/location.

Last year for Jude and Noah’s birthday party we rented a bounce house for our back yard party. The kids had an absolute blast.


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Big Fun Inflatables opened their Knightdale facility in January and we were fortunate enough to go to an pre-grand opening event and the boys had so much fun.

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I’m considered renting the party space for one of the boys’ birthday this year because I know they love it and it really is a great deal for a birthday party.

So if your in Knightdale or East Raleigh you should totally check out Big Fun Inflatables, your kids will love it!

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I received no compensation for this post. I just think my neighbor is awesome and want to help promote her business.

ABC11 Science Club

As a homeschool family we are always looking for new resources to expand and make learning fun. I’m thrilled to share out newest resources, The ABC11 Science Club.


The ABC11 Science Club, sponsored by BASF, is an interactive experience targeted to students in grades 4 to 6. Our goal is to make science fun, and bring it into homes across the Triangle. Each week our host, Lily, demonstrates science experiments on air and invites viewers to follow along! Segments air on Wednesdays during ABC11 Eyewitness News at 4:28 pm EST.


A few of the experiments are:

What we love is that all of these experiments are easy to do at home and can be recreated with thing you most likely already have on hand.

This week plan on starting the Avocado Tree project. I’ll try to keep you updated on our progress.

NC Zoo : Homeschool Field Trip

On Friday we took all of the boys to the NC Zoo with some of the other families from our Classical Conversations homeschool group. The last time we went to the Zoo was when Jude was about 2 years old (We only had 1 child) so this trip was much different.

Joe took the day off from work because I knew I would need the extra set of hands to wrangle all the boys. The weather was a little overcast and cool but it turned out to be a pretty great day to visit the zoo.

I decided to purchase a membership because I knew the boys wouldn’t be able to handle the whole zoo in one day. Plus the cost of admission was only a few dollars shy of what the family membership cost. So if we go back one more time we will have gotten our money’s worth. Plus, the membership gives you free or discounted admission to many other museums, zoos and aquariums throughout the country.

Because we had a membership we decided to only visit the Africa region of the zoo. We will plan another trip in the future to see the North America exhibits.

Some of the boys favorite exhibits were the lions, chimpanzees, elephants and giraffes. We had a great time and I’m already looking forward to our next trip.

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Our day at the NC BugFest

A few weekends ago I took Jude and Noah to the NC BugFest 2015.

Each year over 35,000 visitors come to BugFest to experience over 100 exhibits, crafts, games and activities. The NC Museum of Natural Sciences provides the opportunity for you to interact with entomologists and other scientists so you can continue learning about the fascinating world of bugs. They also feature Café Insecta, where the brave can sample buggy dishes prepared by local chefs. The best part is, it’s all free!

We didn’t dine on any buggy treats but we did have a lot of fun and learned about all kinds of bugs. IT was a super hot day so we didn’t stay out too long and of course we had to get an ice cream treat to help keep us cool. All-in-all we had a great time and I would highly advise attending next year’s NC BugFest.

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Art of the Brick Exhibit in Rocky Mount, NC

On Saturday we took the boys on a short road trip to the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences in Rocky Mount, NC to see the Art of the Brick exhibit. (It was about a 45 minute drive.)

I’ve been wanting to take the boys to an art museum but wasn’t sure how it would work with 4 young boys. So, when I saw Art of the Brick I knew a Lego based art form would be a hit.

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I was correct.

The Imperial Centre is a beautiful historic building that has been restored and now serves as a space for art, science, theater and other community activities. The renovated Imperial Tobacco company and old Braswell Memorial Library is located in downtown Rocky Mount, North Carolina.

This summer the Arts Center has been hosting Art of the Brick, the art of Nathan Sawaya. Sawaya crafts beautiful works of art using LEGO bricks.This exhibit features Sawaya’s sculptures along side the photography of Dean West.

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The LEGO sculptures were incorporated in the photographs of everyday scenes making for an unexpectedly fun photo.

The boys were thrilled to see art that was made entirely of LEGO bricks.

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Jude’s favorite piece was entitled, “trapped”.

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He now wants to be a LEGO artist like Sawaya.

After viewing the exhibit we discovered an interactive play area designed to allow children to interact with art. There was a LEGO table, dress-up area with stage, weaving, drawing, and other fun activities.

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The exhibit was free but it’s ending soon (September 6th) so check it out!

We didn’t get to explore the entire facility but I would love to go back and check out the children’s museum.