5 Reasons Your Family Will Want to go see the Harlem Globetrotters

5 Reasons Your Family Will Want to go see the Harlem Globetrotters

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Going to see the Harlem Globetrotters play is a great event that the entire family can enjoy!  And as the mother of three boys, I knew this would be a big hit, but what I didn’t expect was how much more than basketball the Globetrotters show would actually be…

Anti-bullying message

Much of the Harlem Globetrotters show was very much geared towards kids and giving them encouraging messages.  One of those little talks encouraged kids to stand up to bullies.

Never give up

“Zeus,” number 30, shared how he was cut from every basketball team from 7th grade to 10th grade, but he grew and finally made the team his junior and senior year of high school… and, now plays for the world-renowned Harlem Globetrotters!  You just never know how your circumstance will change, so keep trying— a great message for all kids to hear!

Girls can do anything

“Hoops,” number 6, is the 15th woman to be a part of the Globetrotters.  Her story is very inspiring for all the girls in the crowd because she is proof that girls can do anything that a boy can do.

Great basketball

If you have any basketball fans in your family, they will definitely appreciate the great basketball skills that the Globetrotters showcase: the classic and iconic Globetrotter basketballs spins on one finger, shooting from the 4-point line, and passing the ball from player to player before finally taking it to the hoop!

They even showcase dribbling skills and trick shots using trampolines to soar to the basket…

Family entertainment

Besides great basketball skills, the Harlem Globetrotters are very entertaining.  Throughout the 2-hour show, they bring up kids (and adults!) from the audience and have them participate in games and little side skits that make the basketball game even more entertaining.

You may even get to come up and dance to “YMCA” with the Globetrotters:

Here’s just a sample of what you will see at a Globetrotters game:

You don’t want to miss out on this family fun!  Find a show near you by checking out the Harlem Globetrotters website here.

Right now, you can get your tickets SAVE 25% for ALL Harlem Globetrotters Games with promo code: FUNFAM

And you can even go down on the court after the game and get autographs from all your favorite players!



Bring the Magic of Christmas to your Child with Portable North Pole

Bring the Magic of Christmas to your Child with Portable North Pole

This post may contain affiliate links or sponsored content. Please know that all opinions are honestly conveyed and are mine alone.

The best part of Christmas is seeing how magical it is through the eyes of a child.  To hear a little one gasp with excitement when they see Santa or open the smallest of gifts, yet smile so big… and another way to help bring the magic of Christmas to your child this year is with the Portable North Pole.

 

Portable North Pole gives you several options to customize a video message or a phone call for your child.  While, it is a basic script, you are able to upload pictures and the name of your child to somewhat customize the message.

It even has messages for groups of grown-ups too.  So if you want to liven up your workplace during the holidays, it could add a bit of fun!

You can create several different videos or calls and your account is active until next year… so if you need to send a call to your child in July to remind them to be good and that Santa is watching all year long…. well, this just might do the trick to keep them on the nice list all year long!

 

Make Christmas Magic with Portable North Pole Portable North Pole 2017 (PNP) lets you make Christmas even more magical by sending personalized video messages and calls from Santa from the enchanted North Pole to children young and old. Watch them be amazed as they see Santa in his home, the magical reindeer, and the hustle and bustle of the elves as they prepare for Christmas Eve. As the top free mobile Santa app with more than 160 million videos viewed, PNP is a cherished, modern holiday tradition for families worldwide. In just moments, create an adorable video from Santa that you and your child will remember forever. Simply visit the PNP website or download the mobile app on iOS or Android.

PNP offers a free video for every child with a new option to purchase a single premium video ($4.99) or upgrade to a premium package, including the Video Pass ($9.99) or Magic Pass ($13.99). Both packages provide six enchanting video storylines to choose from, with each offering five or more minutes of footage to watch, from exploring Santa’s workshop to the amazing gift-wrapping machine, as well as the Reaction Recorder (available on mobile app only). In addition, you can create an unlimited number of videos, and receive a special “Santa’s Coming” video to watch on Christmas Eve…

 

 

 

5-Minute Homemade Christmas Tree Ornaments

5-Minute Homemade Christmas Tree Ornaments

Do you ever look at all of the beautiful DIY Christmas crafts on Pinterest and think to yourself, “there’s no way that I could ever do that!”  Well, these Christmas ornaments are not only beautiful and sparkly on the tree, but they are quick and super-easy to make!  You can literally make these ornaments in less than 5 minutes!But I promise that no one will know, because they are so pretty it will look like you spent hours on them… it will just be our little secret…

And because these ornaments are so easy to make, they are perfect for your kids to help make.  Did I mention that all of the paint, glue, and glitter go inside the ornament??  So no worrying about letting the paint dry or having glitter fall off.

 

No mess, quick, easy… and last, but certainly not least, these ornaments are actually plastic (not glass!) so you don’t have to worry about your little ones or pets making them fall off the tree and break.

 

4 Ornaments in 5 Minutes:

 

Mixed Paint

  • Take the top off the ornament
  • Choose 3 colors of paint, carefully pour inside ornament
  • Put the top back on
  • Swirl paint around until inside of ornament is fully covered

Tip: Turn ornament occasionally until all the paint is dry inside to prevent paint from pooling in one area

 

Gift Wrap and Sparkle

  • Take the top off the ornament

Fill with gift basket filler, pieces of tinsel, pom-poms, etc…

  • Put the top back on

 

Glitter

  • Take the top off the ornament
  • Carefully pour clear glue inside ornament
  • Swirl around until the glue even coats the inside
  • Pour glitter in the ornament
  • Put the top back on
  • Shake around to help evenly spread out the glitter

Tip: Make sure not to pour too much glue in, just use enough to coat the inside.

 

Snowball

  • Take the top off the ornament
  • Carefully pour clear glue inside ornament
  • Swirl around until the glue even coats the inside
  • Pour iridescent snow flake sprinkles into ornament
  • Put the top back on
  • Shake around to help evenly spread out the snow flakes

 

Quick, easy and no-mess tutorial for making the ornaments:

 

 

More Christmas Crafts:

You might also enjoy learning how to make this ‘Warm Up with a Cup of Cheer’ DIY Rustic Christmas Sign.

 

Merry Christmas!

Northeast Ohio Christmas Lights Display: Magic of Lights

Northeast Ohio Christmas Lights Display: Magic of Lights

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Every year, we try to fit in fun Christmas activities and events leading up to Christmas.  It is easy to get busy with all of the things that have to get done, that actually relaxing and enjoying the holiday can get overlooked.  So just taking a family night to go and look at Christmas lights is a lot of fun!  This year, we chose Magic of Lights at Victory Park in North Ridgeville for our night out.

Magic of Lights features a variety of festive scenes celebrating the holiday season.  This light display is drive-through– which is great, because it was cold and snowy the night we went!  To add to the Christmas mood, it is suggested that guests tune into Cleveland’s Star 102.1 FM and enjoy Christmas music on the drive through the lights.

Magic of Lights  offers a winding 1-2 mile course through the park to view sparkling LED displays depicting the favorite characters of the season, including animated snowmen, elves, poinsettias, candy canes, and more!

It was pretty cool to find out that the light displays were actually created by local STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) students!  That had to be a fun learning activity!

The lights display even ends with a drive through tunnel!

You can pay at the gate, but you get a bit of a discount if you purchase your ticket ahead of time online at MagicOfLights.com.

 

Merry Christmas!

Package from Santa: a review

Package from Santa: a review

This post may contain affiliate links or sponsored content.  Please know that all opinions are honestly conveyed and are mine alone.

My youngest son is six years old… and has two older brothers, so keeping Christmas magical for him can be a bit of a challenge.  His older brothers are really good, though, about keeping the secret and helping to make things fun for him while he is still little.  So, this year, I thought it would be fun to surprise my little guy with a Package from Santa.

At packagefromsanta.com You can get personalized LETTERS, PACKAGES, CALLS and VIDEOS from SANTA!

As a parent, it is truly a joy to see your children’s face light up with excitement.  And it seems like Derek really thought his package from Santa was pretty cool!

One of the things that I liked the best is that there were several themes to choose from:

This way, no matter what your current situation is, there is a letter that would be just perfect!  Once you choose a theme, you are still able to fully customize the letter to make the specific wording just the way you want.

Every package also comes with a FREE personalized CALL and VIDEO FROM SANTA that can be scheduled any time– so we chose to get a call from Santa on Christmas Eve!  I think he’s going to love hearing from Santa and knowing that he needs to get in bed so Santa can bring his gifts…

Review:
  1. Quick Service–Once ordered, our Package From Santa arrived within a few days.  Emails were sent confirming the order and letting me know when the package had been sent.
  2. Affordable pricing options– there are different packages to choose from, so it is easy to find one to fit your budget.
  3. Easily Customizable– I really liked all of the themes to choose from, and that each theme was fully customizable.  Having the ability to make the edits that I wanted to make it personal for my son truly made it more meaningful!

 

Get one for your child:

Click here to see a video to learn more about this very special Santa memory service that will be a part of my family for years to come!

The Silver Package ($24.95) comes in a red box & includes:

  • Personalized Letter from Santa
  • BONUS! Personalized Video from Santa (retail $9.99)
  • BONUS! Personalized Phone Call from Santa to a cell phone OR land line! (retail $9.99)
  • Personalized Nice List Certificate
  • Autographed Santa Claus Photo
  • Autographed Rudolph Photo
  • Genuine North Pole Stamp
  • …and so much more!

It also comes with a 60-Day money-back guarantee because they are THAT confident your child will LOVE it!

There are 3 different packages offered, so you can choose a price point that works with your budget. I will be reviewed the Silver package ($29.95).

 

How to order:

Order this holiday must-have for your child at PackageFromSanta.com and save 25% OFF your order when you use code: FAMS17 at checkout.

 

Peppermint Candy Cane Christmas Sugar Cookies

Peppermint Candy Cane Christmas Sugar Cookies

Here’s a fun twist to a Christmas cookie classic!  These peppermint sugar cookies are a great way to make festive-looking Christmas cookies without having to take the time to frost and decorate…

Of course, you can add icing and decorate with sprinkles, but these candy cane sugar cookies are beautiful on their own…

If you’ve ever made cut-out cookies, there are only a few extra steps that you need to take to make these beautiful, candy-cane striped cookies.

  1. Separate cookie dough into two parts
  2. Add red food coloring to one of the parts
  3. Refrigerate 15 minutes before using
  4. Take small pieces of each color and start rolling into long “ropes”
  5. Alternate color strands
  6. Roll out
  7. Cut out in candy cane shape

Here’s a quick video to walk you through the process:

Full recipe:

Candy Cane Sugar Cookies

Candy Cane Sugar Cookie Recipe

  • 3¾ cups sifted, all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks), room temperature
  • 1½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Red food coloring
  • *Optional* Peppermint extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a bowl, stir together flour and baking powder.

In another bowl, beat butter with sugar until fluffy and light.

Beat in eggs and vanilla.  Stir in flour mixture, a third at a time to make a stiff dough.

Separate dough into two equal parts and add red food coloring to half.  *Optional* You may also choose to add some peppermint extract.

*For best results, refrigerate for 15 minutes before rolling out cookie dough.

Take a small ball of dough and use your hands to roll into long cylinder (you know, the way you used to make a “snake” out of Play-doh?!)

Make several of these long ropes of cookie dough.  Alternating the red and white pieces, place close together and roll out, using a piece of wax paper between the dough and rolling pin.

Roll dough out on floured counter-top.  Make cookies approx. 3/8 inch thick.

You should be able to reuse the dough that remains around each cookie and still separate the colors if you keep it refrigerated between each use (if you let the dough get too warm, you two colors of dough will stick together and you probably won’t be able to re-use it).

Bake 8-10 minutes.

Icing
1 Tbsp butter, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla (or peppermint)
2 ½ cup confectioners sugar
3 Tbsp milk
Beat butter, vanilla, and confectioner’s sugar until smooth.
Add in milk 1 Tbsp at a time.