Parenting Through The Decades! I am a Mom that once was a "Girl" with a definite plan!
I got what I wanted, but not in the order, or way that I wanted it! I had 3 children, the first in my 20's, the second in my 30's, and the third in my 40's. You never really know what life has in store for you! Proud to be a Travel,Theme Park, Hotel, Event, Concert, Movie, and Review Blogger! Honored to be recognized as a Sesame Place Ambassador Blogger,PBS Kids Club Thirteen Ambassador,ELGeorgia@aol.com
What's the next best thing to taking a vacation to Walt Disney World? For our family it's heading to the mall to the Disney Store! There is something there for everyone and always something new to check out. It's a magical place to visit and shop. I was beyond excited to hear about a new Disney Store being opened in NJ at the Menlo Park Mall in Edison, NJ. Guests Are Invited to Meet Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse; First 500 Guests Will Receive Free Gift. On May 3, 2014, Disney Store will celebrate the grand opening of its newly-designed store at Menlo Park in Edison, New Jersey. Disney Store offers a unique, high quality selection of Disney, Marvel and Star Wars product while delivering a magical and immersive shopping experience through its Cast Members, who are dedicated to making every Store visit memorable. Complemented by DisneyStore.com, which is available 24 hours a day, the new Store design features storytelling elements that allow guests of all ages to interact with their favorite characters in unique ways.
Unique to the Menlo Park location, as guests enter the store and look above, they will see a customized skyline incorporating local landmarks, classic Disney features and magical storytelling moments. The Pixie Dust Trail guides guests through “Storytelling Neighborhoods” featured on either side of the path, highlighting favorite Disney, Marvel and Star Wars characters. The Disney Princess Neighborhood is home to the Disney Princess Castle, bringing the stories of the brave, kind and adventurous Disney Princess characters to life through costumes, accessories, dolls and more.
Disney Store’s signature Magical Trees line the Pixie Dust Trail, and are an integral part of the immersive storytelling experience, with iconic characters hidden throughout the overlapping patterns of blue foliage. The Disney Store Theatre is found at the end of the Pixie Dust Trail, where guests can choose from an ever-changing library of over 50 different clips consisting of Disney, Marvel and Star Warsfilm trailers, film clips, music videos, classic animation and more.
From the storytelling elements in the in-store design and exclusive product assortment, to Cast Members dedicated to making every Store visit memorable, Disney Store creates magical moments for guests of all ages.
One lucky child attending the grand opening will “unlock imagination” and officially open the Menlo Park Disney Store location at 10 a.m. on May 3. This signature opening ceremony will take place every day, giving guests an opportunity to participate in an unforgettable Disney Store experience.
Additionally, the first 500 guests to attend the grand opening celebration will receive a free gift, and from noon to 4 p.m. a Meet and Greet with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse will take place in the Center Court, with an opportunity for guests to take photos with the characters*.
He's fourteen, but for that slight second I had the chance to go back in time. For that slight second during the meet and greet with Megatron at Universal Studios Hollywood- He looked up at Megatron and he was seven....and I got teary eyed....very teary eyed. Thank goodness for sunglasses.
Boys grow up way too fast. I miss having little boys in my house. For sixteen years I was surrounded by Transformers, Star Wars, Spiderman, Batman, Superman, The Hulk...you get it.
I thought it would never end..but it did. It was nice to "GO BACK" for a moment.
Thank you Universal Studios and Transformers for this special moment.
If you are BoyMom...Little boys, big boys...This Meet and greet is a MUST DO!!
Disclosure: Special thanks to Universal Studios Hollywood for hosting our family. We had a wonderful time and never wanted to leave. All opinions are honest and my own. Contact Diane Sullivan at email@example.com or on twitter and everywhere else as .@3decades3kids.
Ever since I first laid eyes on the clip at the New York Toy Fair a few months ago, I could not stop thinking about how awesome this movie is going to be. I am thrilled to be able to share this Print and Play with you!
Just click on the picture box below and let the fun begin!
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PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE opens in theaters on July 18, 2014!
Disclosure: Diane Sullivan opinions are completely honest. Please contact me at ELGeorgia@aol.com or on Twitter and everywhere else at .@3decades3kids. We absolutely love Disney movies. No compensation was given for this post. See you at the movies!
Looking for some amazing fun this May? We know where to go! Six Flags Great Adventure right here in Jackson, NJ! Check out the events below and mark your calendar because you are going to go to more than one of them!
Our family cannot wait! See you at Six Flags Great Adventure!
Academic Adventures: Biology Day – May 1
Six Flags is proud to bring biology students up close and personal with 1,200 animals from six continents in the 350-acre wildlife preserve, and marine mammals such as California sea lions and Asian small-clawed otters in the theme park. Experienced safari tour guides and marine mammal experts lead the day, and complete it with a fun and interactive game show in Showcase Theater. This event must be booked in advance and takes place on exclusive education days when the theme park is only open for schools/educational groups – park is closed to general public.
Cinco de Mayo presented by Ortega® – May 4
Six Flags Great Adventure will celebrate Cinco de Mayo presented by Ortega® on May 4 with a Fiesta Event featuring games, activities and trivia beginning at 1 p.m. Additionally, guests with valid event wristbands will be able to enjoy exclusive ride time on select rides 30 minutes after the park closes. Theme park admission is required to participate.
Now incorporating the new Safari Off Road Adventure, Six Flags takes students grades K-6 on a journey in learning with 1,200 animals from six continents through the 350-acre wildlife preserve lead by experienced tour guides. This program is limited to 400 students per day, and tickets are $19.99 + tax per person. This event must be booked in advance and takes place on exclusive education days when the safari is only open for schools/educational groups – theme park is closed to general public.
Theme Park Daily Operation Begins – May 22
Six Flags Great Adventure, which has been operating weekends since April 12, 2014, will begin daily operation May 22. For a full operating calendar with daily opening and closing times and a complete list of special events, visit www.sixflags.com/greatadventure.
TEEN TRUTH Anti-Bullying Day – May 23
TEEN TRUTH gives youth a voice, challenges you to think differently, and empowers everyone to be the difference in the movement against bullying. Featuring the most dynamic speakers, student-shot films and issue-focused programs in the industry, Teen Truth builds safe and connected school communities around the world. Assembly will take place at 10:30 a.m. (subject to change). Ticket and pricing information is available online.
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Opens for the 2014 Season – May 24
Six Flags Great Adventure will celebrate Memorial Day weekend with the 2014 season opening of Six Flags Hurricane Harbor. The 45-acre, elaborately-themed water park is one of America’s largest, and features a million-gallon wave pool, one of the country’s longest “lazy rivers,” a giant, two-story family water playground, and more than 25 high-speed thrill slides. The park’s signature water slides include the six-slide Big Wave Racer, the giant Tornado and venomous King Cobra.
R5 Concert: MIKE AND IKE® ZOURS® Six Flags Summer Concert Series – May 25
R5 released their EP, Ready Set Rock, in 2009 and in April 2012 they signed a record deal with Hollywood Records. For the past two years, they have been headlining and selling out shows across the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia. In early 2013, R5 put out another four-song EP titled Loud as they racked up their followers and fans on social media. Music has not been the only success for this foursome family from Denver, CO (plus a friend), with two of the brothers landing roles on Fox’s Glee and Disney Channel’s Austin and Ally. The concert is included with theme park admission or Season Pass in the Plymouth Rock Assurance® Arena and begins at 6 p.m.
More information is available at www.sixflags.com/greatadventure Disclosure: Diane Sullivan is a Six Flags blogger. No compensation was given for this post. All opinions are that of Diane Sullivan and 3decades3kids. #Roadtrip2fun Contact me at ELGeorgia@aol.com and everywhere else as .@3decades3kids. See you at Six Flags!
Honestly, I cannot believe it is almost May! That is such good news in many ways. I remember first hearing about Legends of Oz and thinking wow, that is really far off, not coming out all the way until May!
Now here we are and it's almost premiere time for this amazing movie. Are you an Oz fan?
I must confess that I am pretty much now and have always been obsessed with anything Oz.
Legend of Oz: Dorothy's Return opens in theaters Nationwide on May 9th, but you can see it here early!! Woot! Woot! I'm so excited to be able to share this with you. I already know I'm going to love this movie and seriously cannot wait to see it on the big screen!
Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return is a 3D-animated musical based on the adventure books by Roger Stanton Baum, the great-grandson of L. Frank Baum. A continuation of one of the world’s most popular and beloved fairy tales, Legends of Oz finds Dorothy (Lea Michele) waking to post-tornado Kansas, only to be whisked back to Oz to try to save her old friends the Scarecrow (Dan Aykroyd), the Lion (Jim Belushi), the Tin Man (Kelsey Grammer) and Glinda (Bernadette Peters) from a devious new villain, the Jester (Martin Short). Wiser the owl (Oliver Platt), Marshal Mallow (Hugh Dancy), China Princess (Megan Hilty) and Tugg the tugboat (Patrick Stewart) join Dorothy on her latest magical journey through the colorful landscape of Oz to restore order and happiness to Emerald City. Set to the tunes of Academy Award-nominated singer/songwriter Bryan Adams, Legends of Oz marks a charming, family-friendly return to the Oz franchise. http://www.legendsofozmovie.com/
Passes: Please join us on May 3rd To grab a 4pack of passes here just click on the link. You can see Legends Of Oz in NYC. Remember that screenings are overbooked so please arrive early to be sure you are seated and not turned away. Click on the link below for more information and for the location of the NYC theater.
LEGENDS OF OZ: DOROTHY’S RETURN OPENS IN THEATERS NATIONWIDE ON MAY 9th
Disclosure: Diane Sullivan 3decades3kids is a Gofobo.com partner. We are thrilled to partner with gofobo because we love movies. Passes provided by Legends of Oz. All opinions are that of Diane Sullivan. Contact me at ELGeorgia@aol.com or on Twitter and everywhere else as .@3decades3kids. No other compensation was given for this post. See you at the movies!
If you know Caillou most likely you love him. Since Caillou debuted on PBS almost fifteen years ago, we were there practically from the beginning of the USA run. My son is now fourteen and was obsessed with Caillou for most of his preschool life. We watched Caillou over and over and over. I remember the anticipation of Adam being three and almost as old as Caillou, then being the same age as Caillou, and the hearttug for Mama when my little guy became older than Caillou when he turned five. That really left a lump in my throat.
Needless to say, when Emily came along she was also introduced to Caillou and fell in love with him immediately. He's great to preschoolers because he deals with situations they are going through. He solves problems on a preschool level and the children can really relate to him. Parents love him, well, just because he's Caillou! He's just a kid who's four, each day he grows some more....Just like our own children.
The Caillou Talking Doll is the first licensed product that will hit shelves as the Caillou brand leads into its 25th anniversary and celebrates 15 years on the air on PBS in 2015. The new Caillou Talking Doll will hit stores across North America this Spring 2014. MSRP: $34.99.
The Caillou Talking Doll proposes a fresh new look for this world renowned character, with bright new school gear including a removable backpack and hat. The doll allows a whole new level of interaction between kids and Caillou, offering ten educational interactions meant to spark children’s creativity, including two quick and easy French words to learn and say. Imports Dragon joined the ranks of Caillou licensees in 2009, since then additional licensed merchandise for the brand include the award winning bath time series, play sets and figures.
Disclosure: Caillou Talking doll was provided for the purpose of review. No other compensation was given for this post. Please contact Diane Sullivan at ELGeorgia@aol.com or on Twitter and everywhere else as .@3decades3kids.
Most every little girl has a deep love for dolls. Growing up my friends and I would obsess over what dolls we had and which ones we wanted to get. We would play dolls for hours and when my friends would leave I would play dolls by myself. Now, many moons later, I see a lot of myself and my love for dolls in my seven year old daughter. She is caring and loving and can't wait to involve her dolls in every aspect of her day and night. Recently Madame Alexander Doll Company invited me to be a part of their very first Mom Advisory Board. I could not have been more thrilled. Now I can pass along all of the news coming straight from the hands of Madame Alexander Doll Company. How exciting!
So, let's talk dolls! As you already know, Madame Alexander has been around forever and is known for creating all different types of dolls. They have expanded their lines in many ways. You will be surprised as time goes on exactly what is in the works for 2014! I was beyond happy to receive a collectible doll - an 8 inch Tooth Fairy Maggie. They had me at the official box, but it does get better than that, of course.
The Tooth Fairy could not have been a better choice for our family. Emily is in the midst of losing her baby teeth. She just lost her second top tooth and has a million Tooth Fairy questions.
Although the doll is a collectible and is sitting on her dresser, I did have to give her the chance to
check it out, and she did, head to toe!
The Madame Alexander Tooth Fairy Maggie is a must do for anyone with a little girl losing teeth.
This doll is pure magic from her tooth shaped wings to her little tiny pocket on her waist to hold a tooth.
Adorned in satin and tulle, you will actually have to think twice about keeping this gorgeous little sweetheart for yourself! Did I mention the hair with flowing curls and her eyes that open and close? There are so many little details, you will notice something each and every time you pick her up.
I think my heart skipped a beat when I saw my daughter's eyes gazing at Tooth Fairy Maggie as we opened the box. Emily loved her immediately and honestly I cannot blame her. This will be a special collectible that someday can bring her own daughter the love we both feel every time we look at Maggie.
There is a magic that comes with owning a Madame Alexander Doll. It's very hard to explain, it's like love, you know the feeling when you see the doll. I would highly recommend the Madame Alexander Tooth Fairy Maggie 8 inch doll for someone special in your life or for yourself. You can get more information on
Disclosure: Diane Sullivan is a Madame Alexander Mom Advisory Board Member. Doll was provided for review purpose. No other compensation was given this post. Please contact me at ELgeorgia@aol.com and .@3decades3kids on Twitter and everywhere else.
We have probably all been on the road and have seen a distracted driver. It makes me crazy driving next to someone that is looking as his phone instead of the road! I get so nervous wondering what will happen next and cannot believe what I am actually seeing. It’s bad enough to be distracted at a red light, but while driving is absolutely nuts!
April is Distracted Driving Awareness month! It’s time to accept the challenge against distracted driving by taking the pledge at www.FightDistractedDriving.com.
According to the results of a recent statewide distracted driving study of 1,000 Digital Natives - the first generation born into a digital world - commissioned by Plymouth Rock Assurance, 73 percent had witnessed a friend texting while driving and 70 percent have seen a friend using a phone without hands-free technology.
More alarming is that parents are not setting the best example, as 25 percent have witnessed a parent texting while driving and 57 percent have seen a parent using a phone without hands-free technology. Please help us to change these statistics.
There was once a time when wearing a seatbelt was optional and drinking and driving did not have the stigma it does today. Thankfully, things have changed. But, today we face an equally dangerous problem--cell phone use and other forms of distracted driving. Plymouth Rock Assurance is leading the charge to promote a cultural change by exposing the dangers of distracted driving.
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and Plymouth Rock is closing in fast on its Guinness World Records title for Most Pledges to a Safety Campaign. With your help, we can facilitate a movement garnering 25,000 signatures to the Pledge Against Distracted Driving.
Imagine, just imagine. When I think about Heaven there are quite a few loved ones including my mom that I would love to get a glimpse of again. I can't even imagine what this movie will be like. I'm assuming I will be needing a box of tissues watching this one.
Based on the #1 New York Times best-selling book of the same name, HEAVEN IS FOR REAL brings to the screen the true story of a small-town father who must find the courage and conviction to share his son’s extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world. The film stars Academy Award® nominee and Emmy® award winning actor Greg Kinnear as Todd Burpo and co-stars Kelly Reilly as Sonja Burpo, the real-life couple whose son Colton (newcomer Connor Corum) claims to have visited Heaven during a near death experience. Colton recounts the details of his amazing journey with childlike innocence and speaks matter-of-factly about things that happened before his birth ... things he couldn't possibly know. Todd and his family are then challenged to examine the meaning from this remarkable event.
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Do you have a little Mickey or Minnie fan? Disney Apparel by Jumping Beans is now available at
Kohl's and Kohls.com. Recently we took a trip to Kohl's and could not get enough of this new line.
Of course I did limit Emily to one outfit, she did love all of the Disney clothes. The clothes go from infant to
Size 7, so we were thrilled about that. My daughter and I just adored the My 1st Minnie Shirt!!
How cute! Of course there is also an equally adorable My 1st Mickey Shirt! Speaking of Mickey, the boys line is incredible. I love how you can dress up your little boy in Mickey Mouse fashion. Where was this line when my big boys were little? Moms now are so lucky! Honestly, we could have bought one of each!
Now it's your turn to shop at Kohl's or Kohls.com.
On Kohl's behalf we are able to offer one lucky 3decades3kids reader a $50 gift card to shop the line or whatever you would like to shop for.
Winner will be chosen on April 12th at 10pm and contacted by email. Gift Card will be delivered
via registered mail to your address. No P.O. boxes/ USA only.
1.Leave a comment below telling me your favorite Disney moment you have shared with a friend or your family.
Our family never misses a chance to enjoy a day out together. We have had many fun times together at Monster Jam and Nuclear Cowboyz. So when we heard about the new Supercross coming to NJ for the very first time, we could not wait! I'm not sure what to expect yet, since it will be a first for us, but I will be sure to keep you up to date on any thing I find out! We can't wait to see this event up close and for the first time on April 26th right here at Met Life Stadium in NJ! The widely popular Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, makes its awaited debut at MetLife Stadium on Saturday, April 26. Saturday’s race marks the penultimate stop of the 17-race championship. Gates open at 12:30 p.m. with the Main Event starting at 7:00 p.m.
More than 500 truckloads of local dirt will be brought into MetLife Stadium and sculpted into a dirt battleground, complete with jumps that will send riders soaring 70’ in distance and 30’ in height. Throughout race day, over 150 riders, including supercross greats Ryan Villopoto, James Stewart and Chad Reed will be vying for spots in their respective division’s Main Events.
The state-of-the-art MetLife Stadium is not only one of the newest venues in the country, but it sits on one of the most iconic pieces of land in the history of major sports competition. For over 30 years, The Meadowlands, which was torn down a few years ago and before the resurrection of MetLife Stadium, has been the site of some of the biggest events in sports and entertainment, including a five-year period with Monster Energy Supercross in the late 80s and early 90s.
The Monster Energy Pit Parties averaged 21,000 – plus fans in 2013. With more than 20 interactive displays, the pit party gives fans an inside look at an array of products and the opportunity to get up close and personal with the starts of Monster Energy Supercross.
Tickets are available at the MetLife Stadium Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone (800) 745-3000, or online atwww.supercross.com or www.ticketmaster.com. Practice and qualifying begin at 12:30 p.m. and the Main Event starts at 7:00 p.m. Premium Club tickets are $85 Adult/Child; Club $55 Adult/Child; Field $45 Adult/Child; Endzone $35 Adult/Child; Value $25 Adult/Child. Fans can also get in to the Pits for FREE from 12:30-6 p.m. Race Day when they recycle a MONSTER Energy Can at the stadium’s pit entrance (valid only with event ticket).
This is AWESOME!!!!!!
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We have the absolute perfect place for you to stay and it's right across
the street from Sesame Place, literally! The Spring Hill Suites, Langhorne, Pa is located directly across the street from Sesame Place and next to the parking lot. You can walk to Sesame Place and walk right back to the hotel for a midday break, to take a nap or to get out of the sun for a little while.
Now, being located across the street for a theme park is great- but there are many hotels in the general area. Our family would not keep going back to Spring Hill Suites just because of the amazing location.
This hotel has much more to offer any family. First of all the rooms are clean! Yes, clean! We have stayed there numerous times and it's consistently clean. The rooms are also roomy. We travel with a family of five, we need breathing room. There is nothing worse than being squashed into a room after a long day at the park. You can also find a microwave and mini fridge in the room. That is perfect for leftovers and whatever you need refrigerated or warmed up.
Speaking of food, there is an awesome breakfast that is included with your room. This breakfast has something for everyone: eggs, sausage, oatmeal, bagels, yogurt and more! Yum!
Of course there are many other perks to Spring Hill Suites including the indoor pool and exercise room.
So start packing your bags, it's fun to travel with the kids and stay over!
Giveaway: One Night Stay at Spring Hill Suites Langhorne, PA location only.
I'm thrilled on behalf of Spring Hill Suites Langhorne, PA to be able to offer one lucky ready a one night stay this summer! The winner will be chosen on opening weekend of Sesame Place! See you at Spring Hill Suites this summer...and fall...and winter...
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