Friday, December 30, 2011

12/30/11: Disney on Ice Dare to Dream Pre-sale and WIN Tickets!

CONTEST CLOSED:  Congratulations Mommy Glow!  Enjoy the show.
Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream is coming to the TD Garden over February vacation week and as my lucky readers I have a Pre-sale code for you and read on how you can win 4 tickets to the show on Opening Night Friday, February 17th!
Playing School Vacation Week!  Fri. FEB. 17 - Sun. FEB. 26 | TD Garden 
3 Easy Steps To Purchase pre-sale discounted tickets available till January 5th, so hurry!
Step 1: Choose your performance
Step 2: Under Advance or Promotion Ticket Selection, choose the $25 price level
Step 3: Enter code EARLYMOM
Fri. FEB. 17 at the 7:00 PM performance.(Excludes Rinkside, VIP and Club seats. No double discounts. Cannot be used for prior purchases or group sales orders. Additional service charges, handling and facility fees will apply. Please note that prices reflected on INCLUDE service charges and facility fees. Select “Price Details” on the purchase page to confirm any discounts.)

More about the show:
Get tangled up in the newest thrilling show to hit the ice, Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream. Experience Disney’s hilarious hair-raising escapade, Tangled; as Rapunzel, her unlikely companion, Flynn, and Maximus, embark on an uproarious journey that takes adventure to new lengths! Boogie to the beat of the bayou with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen in a magical, musical journey that all begins with a fateful kiss. And fanciful dreams become reality as Cinderella meets her Prince Charming, with a glass slipper fit for an unforgettable fantasy come true. All your favorite princesses take to the ice in a spectacular finale at the ultimate Disney Princess event of a lifetime! Experience the beauty, sparkle, and spirit when Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream comes to your hometown!
You can also find Disney on Ice on Facebook
Or check out some Reviews of the Show Here
You can check out a preview of the show:
Here is how to enter to Win 4 tickets to the show on Friday, February 17th at 7:00 pm:
1 entry for each item:
Mandatory Entry:
- Have you ever gone to Disney on Ice before?  If you have tell me which one was your favorite show? (comment section at the bottom). Note if you are logging in anonymously please include your email so I can contact you.  Make sure you see comment posted.
Additional Entries:
- Like Evan and Lauren's Cool Blog on Facebook.
- Like Disney on Ice on Facebook and then comment here that you did.
- Subscribe to Evan and Lauren's Cool Blog (and verify the subscription to be valid) and leave a separate comment that you did.
- Subscribe via Google Friend Connect to Evan and Lauren's Cool Blog (on the Right hand side)
- Already a subscriber (thank you) then leave a comment stating you are
- Share this link on your Facebook page and leave a comment here stating you did.
- Follow me on Twitter @galiberti If you already follow me, just leave a comment here that you are a Follower.
- Tweet this Giveaway (you can do this daily): Win 4 tickets to @Disney_On_Ice Dare to Dream at the @TDGarden in Boston from @galiberti.  #Giveaway #Win
Contest closes Wednesday, January 11th, 2012.
Winner will be chosen by and their tickets will be at Will Call at the TD Garden on the night of the show.
Disclosure: I received a family four pack of tickets for the show to promote it. All opinions are my own and no other compensation was received.

12/30/11: Museum of Science Fun - What Makes an Ocean Wave Wave?

The kids always have a great time at the Museum of Science.  I am fortunate enough to get free tickets to the exhibit hall, Planetarium Shows and Omni Shows from my company who is a corporate sponsor of the Museum.  Today was especially busy at the Museum with school vacation week but we still had a great time and took in an Omni show called Ring of Fire which was really cool.  Evan loves Dinosaurs so he had to pose with one.  He especially likes his scarf.
 Lauren controlling the Space Capsule.  Maybe taking after her Mom in interests.  See my earlier post to learn more.
 Every time I see this I have to say "What makes an ocean wave wave?"  If you have lived around Boston as long as I have this will be a throw back to the old commercial for the Museum of Science. 
 I actually found that old commercial, here is the video:
There are always new exhibits every time we go.  Plus the kids love the kids play area.  Here is Lauren seeing what it is like to be a Bee.
 Evan releasing his fishy in to the water.
Can't wait for our next visit.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

12/27/11: The BlankZ Toy Your Kids Can Design

My kids had the pleasure of trying out the blankZ "White Hound" and "Bare Hare".  They are called blankZ, because you fill in the blankZ!  The kids had lots of fun coloring their creations, plus you can wash them and they can redesign them!   
 Here are our two in their packages.  You can see more options at their blankZ Website.
 What a great toy with a $12.99 price tag.  Here is Lauren giving me her best Vana White showing me her blankZ.  I didn't have this in time for my Holiday Gift Guide, but Valentine's Day is right around the corner and this would be a cute little gift for any child.
 As you can see it comes with the animal, 5 markers, and a little background.
 Lauren loving how her creation is coming out.
 Lauren decorating the back.
 Evan creating.
 Both kids finding their creative side.  I love how they combined colors to create other colors they didn't have.  For example they created brown.  So cute.  They really enjoyed creating on it.
 Both kids working hard.
 Lauren with her creation.  She has asked me numerous times to wash it.  With the craziness of the holidays I haven't had time, but I will soon so she can create again.
 Evan proudly displaying his creation.  He already has plans for the next time he colors it.
 Lauren's Bunny!
 Evan's doggy!
Here is a little promotional video if you would like to watch it.
Give them some love:
Like them on Facebook
Follow them on Twitter:  @blankztoys
Check out their blog
Disclosure:  I received these products for review purposes.  No other compensation was received and all opions are my own.

Monday, December 26, 2011

12/26/11: Disney on Ice Treasure Trove - Fun for the Family

Today we were lucky enough to go to Disney on Ice Treasure Trove.  We go every year as part of my birthday celebration.  It has been a tradition since I was little.  Plus I love Mickey Mouse!  The show was wonderful as always and we got to have a special meet and greet with Mickey and Minnie.  Minnie liked my Minnie sweater.
Here are the kids all ready for the show.  As you can see they are excited in their Disney outfits. 
You can still buy tickets here as the show is in town until December 29th. 
The show includes Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Lion King, Snow White, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, Tangled, The Princess and the Frog, and all the Princesses at the end.  This was one of my favorite parts when the cards were skating around in the Alice in Wonderland part.
Here are the kids ready after intermission for the second half.
Here is Rapunzel and Flynn Rider.
At the end of the show with all the Princesses.
Here are some other cool pictures of the show.

Disclosure:  I was given 4 tickets and a special Meet and Greet after the show in exchange for this review.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

12/24-25/11: Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Festivities

We had another wonderful Christmas and Santa was extremely good to the kids.  Here they are with Santa Fred on Christmas Eve.  It was always my tradition growing up to open presents on Christmas Eve when Santa drops them off so we continue to do that now.  We do save some for the morning, but it is so fun to see the kids get excited as they see Santa go by the window.
 Almost present time, just have to eat dinner and hang out a bit.
 Santa Fred is all ready!
 Evan watching the window for Santa.
 Lauren watching.
 He came!  Let the ripping of Christmas wrapping paper begin!
 Lauren asked for everything Hello Kitty, and she got it!
 And Evan wanted everything Angry Birds which he also got.
 Checking out all the gifts.
 Fred was happy, Santa brought him a new bed.
 So cute, Lauren wanted to give Evan a big hug to thank him for his gifts.  They both shopped for each other at the Holiday Fair at school and got each other great stuff.
 When we woke in the morning it was snowing!  Very lightly but snow none the less.  Made for a little Christmas Magic.
 Christmas morning, round 2 of presents!
 And Lauren got an Ariel costume.
 Ok, that tree is quite full of gifts!
 Ready to go to Uncle Lou's on Christmas Day.
 The cousins.
What another great Christmas!  We are all truly blessed.

Friday, December 23, 2011

12/24/11: Formal Holiday Photos Through the Years

I love seeing the progression of the kids over the years.  What better time to look back then at the end of the year.  Evan grows more handsome and Lauren grows more beautiful with every passing year.
2007 (Lauren 7 Months, Evan 2 1/2):
 2008 Love these in PJs (Lauren 1 1/2, Evan 3 1/2):
This one shows off their personality at this age perfectly.
 2009 (Lauren 2 1/2, Evan 4 1/2):
 2010 (Lauren 3 1/2, Evan 5 1/2):
 2011 (Lauren 4 1/2, Evan 6 1/2):
Happy Holidays everyone!