Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus – Fully Charged #RBBBATL

Have you ever been to a circus? I remember my last visit. I went with my sister, brother-in-law and 2 nieces when they were 3 and 4 years old. My nieces are now 15 and 16. I feel a little old thinking about my once cherub faced nieces then, and now driving and going to Prom, but last night I sure felt like a kid again. My own family and I were treated to a social media preview night for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Fully Charged show show at Philips Arena.

Upon arrival we received a warm welcome from Feld Entertainment (complete with bright red clown noses for everyone!), and then were led down to the circus floor for an up close and personal introduction to some of the circus animals and their wonderful trainers. Then we stayed in the floor area for the All Access Power Up Pre-show, which by the way, is open to the public with your ticket purchase. I strongly suggest you take advantage of the opportunity. It was so much fun!

The kids were able to step into the various rings and try on samples of the elaborate costumes and personally interact with the talented performers.

Baby loved having a turn sitting in the trapeze ring that she watched flying high above the ground with a graceful aerialist just minutes before.

After a little more meandering around the floor mingling with the clowns and watching Asia, the elephant paint a few portraits (for real!), we headed to our seats for the start of the show. Not sure why we had a full seat to sit on, since you really only needed the edge.

Our entire family was soon sharing big belly laughs over the antics of the clown team of Stas and Vas.  Their 14 year history of performing together solidifies their chemistry and comedic timing. There were more fun clown antics, like trying to change a giant light bulb, only to be followed by our jaws hitting the floor when the tightrope performers walked, leaped and even biked on the high wire.

The Fernandez brothers were absolutely amazing! Their turbines of terror performance requires such precision and balance. They had me gasping more than once in sheer awe.

Even DH’s eyes got as big as saucers when the tigers came out into the center ring. Holy cow! Those tigers are HUGE! I could have died when the trainer leaned in to one of the big cats for some “kisses”. I totally think the tiger was just checking the seasoning level of the trainer’s face! Egad! The trainer must have nerves of steel to be in a cage repeatedly with 13 massive tigers! When they stand on their hind legs, they tower over him in height. It was utterly amazing to watch their interaction.

Our family had a wonderfully fun night, even though we missed the final act of Brian Miser, the Human Fuse. I heard the crowd went wild seeing him launched from a self-made crossbow at over 65 miles per hour — while on fire! WOW! I sure hope one of my fellow GA Social Media Moms got that on video!

Interested is checking out this awesome show for yourself?

There is still time!

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Fully Charged will show at Philips Arena from Feb 15-20, 2012 and at the Arena at  Gwinnett from Fed 23-26. For ticket information visit www.ringling.com, call Ticketmaster at 404-249-6400 or visit any Ticketmaster retail location.

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Disclosure – I was provided free tickets for my family for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Fully Charged show in return for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

What’s in a Name? Flawless12

The Day 4 prompt for Project Flawless12 was discovering what the meaning was behind our name. I already knew Karen was a form of Katherine, which in basic definition means “Pure”.

B000000o-ring.

I decided to go the same route as Christie and check out the meaning of my name on a fun urban dictionary app called Slango. I downloaded the free version and looked up my name…quickly followed by a few chuckles. As you proceed below, you can see why…

Definitions by Slango app for iPhone

In a nutshell….
I am AWESOME.

Do you know what YOUR name means?

G!VEAWAY Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Fully Charged in Atlanta

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey is coming back to Atlanta, and you can catch the show at Philips Arena or Gwinnett Arena. You don’t want to miss the Most Electrifying Edition of The Greatest Show On Earth®!

Dates for Philips Arena Feb. 15 – 20
Dates for Gwinnett Arena Feb. 23-26

Fully Charged, the all-new surge of circus entertainment from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey where megawatts of thrills explode off of the arena floor with breathtaking dare-devilry, superhuman stunts and never-before-seen performances that energize Children Of All Ages, and runs Feb. 15-20 at Philips Arena in Atlanta and Feb. 23-26 at Gwinnett Arena in Duluth.

Do you want to go?
You have a chance right here to win 4 ticket vouchers for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, and a BIG Thank you to Feld Entertainment for supplying the 4 pack of vouchers!

The vouchers are good for your choice of one of the following performances:
Philips Arena

  • Wed. Feb. 15 at Philips Arena 7:30 show
  • Thursday, Feb. 16 at Philips Arena 7:30 show
  • Friday, Feb. 17 at Philips arena 10:30 show (there is no pre-show for this performance)

Gwinnett Arena

  • Thurs. Feb. 23 at Gwinnett Arena 7:30 show
  • Friday, Feb. 24 at Gwinnett Arena 10:30 show (there is no pre-show for this performance)

Here’s how you can win!

1. Like In The Kitchen With KP on Facebook HERE and leave a comment on this post with your username.

2. Comment below letting me know your favorite act of the circus.

3. Tweet this giveaway up to 3x per day!
I want to win 4 tickets to the Barnum & Bailey Circus in #Atlanta via @InTheKitchenKP http://wp.me/pT7cz-Xd #Giveaway”

Oh, and an extra special tip…if you select one of the shows with a pre-show performance, you have the opportunity to arrive at the arena one hour before show time to check out the All Access Power Up Pre-Show. It’s FREE! You’ll be able to meet performers and animals in person! What an awesome bonus!

GOOD LUCK!

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The Fine Print:
Follow the entry methods listed above, one entry per method chosen unless otherwise stated.
Leave a separate comment for each entry.
Please be sure to add your email address in case you win!
Contest is open until 7:00 PM February 8th, 2012.
Winner will be chosen randomly and must respond to their email no later than February 9th at Noon in order to receive complete details for receiving 4 ticket vouchers for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus!

Disclosure: Barnum & Bailey will provide the vouchers directly to the winners. My family was given a four pack of tickets to a show in exchange for hosting the giveaway.

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Congratulations to winner, Jessica!
Comments are now closed for the giveaway.

Jumping Into Project #Flawless12

I’m not typically one to do daily blog projects, mainly because some weeks I can barely find extra time to write. I adore writing. I love the feeling when thoughts just melodiously flow from my brain, and can be easily transcribe onto paper or typed into a post.

Let’s face it, being a parent is a lot of work, throw in working full time and basically I can kiss finding time to write goodbye. I think that is why this blog project from my friend Christie, over at Chatterbox Christie spoke such volumes to me.

Christie has “created a series of prompts, one for each day of the the month, dedicated to creatively and boldly showing some self-love. The prompts can be answered in any way that moves you. Pictures, blog posts, videos, tweets, status updates, pins on Pinterest…whatever.

I love this.
Who doesn’t need a little time to focus on themselves once in a while?

So…I have now put myself up to the challenge, but of course am starting a day late. It seems finding some time for myself to write, and get the words flowing again was a little tougher than I thought. :-)

Today’s prompt:

The courage to hold my phone above my head, smile, snap a picture, and agree to accept the first picture taken no matter what.
#nofilter

Ok, I admit this is the second picture.
I chopped off the top of my head in the first one.
And it’s not first thing in the morning.
And I have some makeup on.
And I am at my desk at the office.
I’m such a rule breaker.

Tomorrow is another day, and I will be more prepared for the next challenge.
Promise.

If you are interested in reading more on Christie’s project Flawless12 you can go HERE.  Then jump over and subscribe to the daily prompts HERE if you want to join in too.

What was the subject of the first daily blog challenge you participated?

Mommy and Me Monday – Grilled Deliciousness at Chick Fil A

I love days off from work. Some days DH wrangles the kids so I can sleep in a little, and other days I enjoy sipping coffee and reading tweets while listening to the kids make pancakes with Daddy. Today was a little different. Our entire family was loaded in the car and on the road by 8:40 AM. A feat sometimes in itself.

We were heading out early to meet up with my friend, Maria, from Mamamlicious Maria, at the Chick Fil A Vinings. The location was a little bit of a drive for us, but worth it because, Maria was hosting a family-friendly get together to check out the new options for the Chick Fil A kids meals.

The new meals now include the option of grilled chicken nuggets and Buddy Fruits applesauce. The new grilled nuggets were a total hit with Baby…she even ate Jed’s. Jed, however, was more interested in getting back to the slide in the indoor play area. There was plenty of food, fun and giveaways! We even had a visit from an adorable Chick Fil A cow.

The kids had a great time playing while I chatted with some of the great moms and dads from our Georgia Social Media Facebook group. We left after a ton of fun, and a little bribery of Chick Fil A’s hand spun milkshakes. Everything in moderation, you know. :-)

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Mom’s Night Out – Mia’s Pizza and Eats

Last week I had the pleasure of getting together with a few other local bloggers that live out in the sticks North of Atlanta. Most of the meetups I attend are in Buckhead or Midtown Atlanta, so an offer to get together close to my own house was a rare treat. No long commute back home before I can crawl into bed. Score!

Our mini meetup was organized by the lovely Mandi, from Cumming Local. If y’all remember, Mandi also organized the get together where I let my inner artist shine! Anywhoooo…we all got together to check out a fun family friendly restaurant called, Mia’s Pizza & Eats.

Owner’s, Mike and Clori opened the restaurant in 2009 and named it after their precious daughter, Mia. Our group was not only joined for dinner by Clori, but also the cute, pajama wearing, Mia, made the occasional appearance too. We happily chatted away learning about the origins of the restaurant, while feasting heartily on freshly prepared creations like the Mia Tomato Mop, a phenomenal goat cheese and marinara dip and some warm spinach artichoke dip. After appetizers, we were treated to a variety of pizzas, sandwiches, and calzones. Mia’s dough is made fresh every day in their kitchen and you can tell! It was all delicious!

Check out this adorable tiger pizza they offer on their kid’s menu!


Photo courtesy of Clori

After dinner, Clori arranged for some desserts to be brought out for us. Of course we were all stuffed, but trust me when I say we all made a little bit more room in our tummies to try some cheesecake, cannolis, and frozen oreo ice cream pie, all made right there at the restaurant!  I swear, you could have rolled us all out to our cars after this meal! I have to give a HUGE thank you to Mike and Clori for hosting our meetup. The food was over the top and the evening was delightful.

To further foster Mia’s family friendly atmosphere, they are partnering with Cumming Local to sponsor a FAMILY NIGHT OUT event that includes a discounted menu, kids’ crafts, favor bags, and giveaways. The event is free to participate (except for price of food ordered), but participants must register here and receive a ticket. The first 40 people to sign up get “swag bags” filled with coupons and certificates to area businesses. How awesome is that?!

FAMILY NIGHT OUT DETAILS
When: Monday, October 24th
Time: 5:00pm – 8:00pm (drop in)
Where: Mia’s Pizza &  Eats – 911 Marketplace Blvd, Cumming GA 30022
Don’t forget you must register in advance for this event HERE.

As an extra special treat from Clori and Mike, I left with a $20 gift certificate to Mia’s Pizza & Eats to offer up to you all! Make sure you keep and eye out next week, or go ahead and subscribe to my blog, so you don’t miss the announcement details of the giveaway.

By the way, did you know October is national Pizza Month?  If you need an excuse to eat pizza (not that my family ever does, especially on a Friday after a long school/work week), then this is it!  To celebrate Pizza Month, Mia’s is also featuring some weekly specialty pizzas featuring local ingredients.  YUM!

Mark your calendars for the FAMILY NIGHT OUT event and get your stretchy pants on to make your way over to Mia’s Pizza & Eats to chow down on some amazing Italian food!  Hopefully, we’ll see you there!

You can find Mia’s Pizza and Eats on Facebook here or on Twitter here.

Disney On Ice – Dare to Dream Captivates Atlanta!

I got Tangled last night!

I mean COMPLETELY wrapped up in the delight that is a Disney On Ice show.

Disney’s latest ice show, Dare To Dream features a storyline of three beautiful princesses – Tiana, Cinderella and Rapunzel.  But that is not all you get.  It is filled with popular sing along songs and movie voice tracks making you feel like you are part of a live version of each of the movies spotlighted.

Mickey and Minnie kicked off the show transporting us down to New Orleans the setting of The Princess and The Frog.  We watched Tiana and Naveen’s bumpy journey to a happy ending filled with the antics of wise, Mama Odie, the spooky Shadow Man, Cajun accented firefly, Ray and even the neurotic trumpet playing alligator, Louis.

Next came the classic happily ever after story of Cinderella.  Similar to the movie, talking mice and evil step sisters made for many giggles in the audience  from children and parents alike.  After a brief intermission, the excitement started to rise as Flynn Rider made a Mission Impossible themed theft of the lost princesses’ crown, similar to the scene in Disney’s 50th animated feature, Tangled.  What followed was completely unexpected, and took my breath away.

Dramatic draping of fabric replicating Rapunzel’s flowing long locks hung from the rafters of the arena.  Thinking it was for decoration only, I was flabbbergasted when a section of the fabric was lowered down and Flynn and Rapunzel wrapped the fabric with ease around their arms and were lifted high above the ice.  The aerial acrobatics were absolutely magnificent, but running a close second to being my favorite, part of the show was the awesome “I Have a Dream” roughneck saloon reenactment.

There were a few times during the show my eyes welled with tears, similar to when I watch the actual movies with my kids.  The skaters truly brought the characters to life and the entire show was beautifully executed.  SO much in fact, that I have since purchased additional tickets to take my daughter to the show since she was unable to attend the preview with me last night.

You can check out this pretty awesome video sneak peek here, and if you are interested in tickets for the show…they are STILL AVAILABLE! Go here to check for availability. Hurry though! Shows only last through Sunday, October 16th!

Show Times:
Thurs., Oct. 13 – 7:30 pm
Fri., Oct. 14 – 10:30 am, 7:30 pm
Sat., Oct. 15 – 11 am, 2:30 pm, 6:30 pm
Sun., Oct. 16 – 12 pm, 4 pm

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Disclosure – I was provided a free ticket for the Dare To Dream show in return for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Girl’s Night Out…Painting the Pumpkin Orange

Y’all should know by now, that I am a pretty social gal! I love meeting online friends in real life and will jump at any opportunity to do so. When I saw fellow GA Social Media Mom, Mandi of Cumming Local post on twitter about a Girl’s Night Out at Glazed & Fired,  A Paint Your Own Pottery & Painting Studio, I was all in!  My creativity gene is relatively limited when it comes to originality, but I can paint a pre-made ceramic piece with the best of them.

Imagine my surprise though walking into the studio and seeing this.

It seems my creative talent was going to be put through a more difficult test.
We were going to be painting this fun harvest pumpkin.
Too cute, right?

So I listened carefully to the Art Instructor, Jeanne Matey.
“Make a semi squished kind of heart shape.”
Done.

The instructor made it look so easy, but I persevered through my own doubt in my ability, and kept working on my masterpiece. I have to admit it came out pretty good.

I am definitely no Van Gogh, but I do think it’s nice enough to hang in my entry way to kick off the Fall decorating of the house. The evening was great fun. Everyone enjoyed the cupcakes, gift bags, and multiple raffle drawings scattered throughout the evening. Personally, I most enjoyed just being out and not having to hear the word “Mom” 30 times and hour.

Many thanks to Mandi, Cumming Local and the numerous sponsors below for providing the raffle prizes and contents of the gift bags. It’s always fun to participate in a social event, and then also leave with some extra goodies. I can’t wait to check out more local businesses in my area.

Event Sponsors:
Glazed & Fired – Paint Your Own Pottery & Painting Studio
Jeanne Matey – Art Instructor
Simply Cupcakelicious – A cupcakery & more!
a*muse | studio – Creative Consultant Adriane Winchester – Rubber Stamps, Paper Crafting & More!
Arbonne – Independent Consultant Layla Kelling
– Educating Others about Health & Wellness
Digital Memories by Debbie Koehler
– Portrait Photography services for Families, Maternity, Children & Newborns
Mia’s Pizza & Eats
– Local Pizzeria serving a Variety of Foods all made with the Freshest Ingredients
Miche Bag
– One Bag … Endless Possibilities
Mountain Cottage Soaps – Handcrafted Soaps, Bath & Body Products
ninetyone10 – Offering Handmade Gifts from Hairbows to Eco-Friendly Snack Bags & Sandwich Wraps
Southern Woman Resale
– Resale Boutique for Maternity & Plus Size Clothing
Stella & Dot – Independent Stylist Geraldina Murtagh – From runway to your everyday, Stylish & Trend-Setting Jewelry
Studio Lotus – Pilates Studio offering Apparatus, Mat Classes, Tower Classes Kettlebell & Redcord Training
Trinkets & Treasures by MiMi – Fashionable Jewelry & Accessories

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Disclosure – I paid for my own ticket for the Girl’s Night Out event. I was not asked to blog about the sponsors, but wanted to share them and remind everyone to check out their own area for local businesses. By supporting local businesses and start ups, we can all make a difference. I’ll get down off my soapbox now.

3 Musketeers and Friends…a Match Made in Heaven

Last week I had the good fortune to spend an evening out without my children. Don’t get me wrong, I love spending time with my kids, but as individuals, we parents also deserve some time to socialize on our own.  Occasionally I need to reconnect with who I am as a person, and to be not be seen as the mom of Baby and Jed.

Some great social media friends were hosting an event for 3 Musketeers, and we were invited out to try the new formula with richer chocolate taste.

Let me get this straight.
You want me to come out to chat with some friends AND eat candy?
Where do I sign up?
You know you are thinking the same thing.
Admit it.

So thanks to 3 Musketeers, Desiree from Mommy Reporter, Alicia from The Mommy Insider and Caleb from What Now Atlanta hosted a LIKE UP here in Atlanta!  A bunch of us met at Two Urban Licks for fun snacks, a few raffle giveaways, great conversation and of course tweeting with the #3Musketeers hashtag.  Which on a completely separate note, I was misspelling the first half of the night. Immediately followed by the #BloggerFail hashtag. Oy.


*Photo courtesy of the lovely Ann from Mundane Magic.
Pictured L to R Alicia, Caleb and Desiree.

Major highlight of the evening was the beignets made with the new formula 3 Musketeers. They were amazing! Look at the smiles on our faces.
Can you say Sugar High?


*Photo courtesy of the lovely Ann from Mundane Magic.
Pictured L to R Ann, your truly, and Desiree.

There’s nothing better than a good friend, except a good friend with CHOCOLATE
–Linda Grayson

Mommy and Me Monday – Disney Summer Social


There are few moments in your life that are truly magical. To me, Disney defines the term magic. I have so many happy memories from childhood through adulthood that revolve around Disney and trips to Walt Disney World.

This past weekend I had an opportunity to experience a little bit of Disney magic with my family right here in Atlanta. The Disney Summer Social was held at the W hotel and a hosted by the lovely, dynamic duo of Leanne Jakubowski and Jennifer Wilkes.

Upon arrival, we found ourselves amid a sea of pirate, princess and traditional hats of Mickey ears. There were tables offering coloring, crafts, face painting, balloon animals and assortment of toys to inspire creative play.

I tell you what.
Disney throws a fun family party.
They had the wide variety of age groups covered so all the children could easily participate in the activities. Baby loved trying to hula hoop, and Jed could barely be torn away from the assortment of Cars2 toys and colorful bowling sets to eat his lunch.

The kid friendly lunch of sliders, chicken skewers, pizza triangles and fruit kabobs was a huge hit, but the dessert really knocked our socks off. Assorted mini cupcakes and plentiful Mickey themed treats were awesome! Everyone enjoyed nibbling on the variety of ears available.

We spent a wonderful day playing and connecting with other local bloggers and their families. Thank you so much Leanne, Jill and Disney for hosting such a memorable event.

To see more pictures of the festivities, please feel free to visit my blog’s fan page here. There is even a picture of me sporting the most coveted set of magical ears this side of Orlando.

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Disclosure – I attended the Disney Summer Social event with my family. I also received some fun Disney surprised when leaving. I received no other compensation, nor was I asked to blog about the event. I chose to do so on my own out of my personal love and appreciation for Disney. All opinions expressed are my very own.

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