The Diary of a Nouveau Soccer Mom

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

The Longest Ride {Giveaway}

What would you do for the love of your life?  The new movie, The Longest Ride, asks that very question!
Based on the bestselling novel by master storyteller Sparks, THE LONGEST RIDE centers on the star-crossed love affair between Luke, a former champion bull rider looking to make a comeback, and Sophia, a college student who is about to embark upon her dream job in New York City’s art world. As conflicting paths and ideals test their relationship, Sophia and Luke make an unexpected connection with Ira, whose memories of his own decades-long romance with his beloved wife deeply inspire the young couple. Spanning generations and two intertwining love stories, THE LONGEST RIDE explores the challenges and infinite rewards of enduring love.

The husband and I are getting set to celebrate 15 years married in a little over a month (we've been together 19 years now).  And now that we're living in the same state again, we're really loving having some time for an actual date night!  Deployment, then a surprise move where we had to stay behind for my job, was less than enjoyable.  But now?  Same state, same house, kids that have activities or are old enough to stay home once in awhile?  We're making up for lost time.

Would you like to win a copy and enjoy a movie night in with your favorite person? Just use the Rafflecopter below to leave me a comment telling me what your favorite date night is! For extra entries, you can tweet about the giveaway.

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Disclosure: This information, along with a copy of The Longest Ride and other goodies, was provided to me as part of my relationship with Fox Home Entertainment Insiders. All opinions expressed are my own. 

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Kids in Need Foundation & Duck Tape Cupcake Design Contest!


The Kids In Need Foundation is a not for profit that provides free school supplies to kids who need them nationwide.  And this year, they are celebrating the 20th birthday of The Kids In Need Foundation with something sweet!

Would you like a chance to win $5000? Just submit your original cupcake-themed design by August 3rd for an upcoming limited edition Duck Tape print, and it might be you!

Check out all the details at http://duckbrand.com/kidsinneed!   The site has the template you need to enter, along with lots more information about the contest and the Kids in Need Foundation.  You can also check out the foundation on Facebook to learn more.

Friday, June 26, 2015

The Beach Book by Fiona Danks & Jo Schofield {Review}


After spending the last nearly 4 years in Colorado, we are living life in Washington for a couple of years.  And this is the first time ever that my little native Texan children have ever lived near naturally occurring water.  We are blocks from Puget Sound, versus hours from the coast in Dallas, or wherever one finds water near Colorado.


We are currently loving The Beach Book by Fiona Danks and Jo Schofield.  As the cover suggests, it's all of things to do at lakes, rivers, and the seaside, and holds lots of ideas for those of us who are more used to pools/deserts and snow as normal options.  The book contains tons of ideas for games, art, imaginative play, even ideas for what to do at the beach at night.


We're extra excited to start exploring in our area, so we'll be trying many ideas in the book.  My favorite?  Chapter 4 hosts all sorts of art ideas and I love the idea of creating natural beach pictures in the sand, using shells, rocks, sticks, and more to create the design!  We did a version of this with snow and natural objects at Grand Teton a few months ago and the results were amazing, so I can't wait to see what the kids come up with at the beach.

Stayed tuned for our Washington water-type adventures!


Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Longest Ride {Sneak Peek!}


What would you do for the love of your life?

Coming to DVD on July 14th, The Longest Ride explores the challenges and infinite rewards of enduring love.  Check out the exclusive clip below for a preview:

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The Longest Ride tells the story of Luke, a former champion bull rider looking to make a comeback, and Sophia, a college student who is about to embark upon her dream job in New York City’s art world. As conflicting paths and ideals test their relationship, Sophia and Luke make an unexpected connection with Ira, whose memories of his own decades-long romance with his beloved wife deeply inspire the young couple.

Disclosure: This information, along with a copy of The Longest Ride and other goodies, was provided to me as part of my relationship with Fox Home Entertainment Insiders. All opinions expressed are my own. 

Friday, June 19, 2015

Great Green Activities for Kids this Summer



Looking for something fun and educational for the kids to do this summer?  We love using summertime to explore different interests while still learning.  The kids just finished attending Camp Invention in Colorado before we moved, and Ben is signed up for a few science based camps here in Washington.  Now that we are mostly unpacked, we're also looking for some fun at-home projects too.

A fun new idea we've just found is Think Earth, an award winning online green curriculum for kids.  Currently, it's available for grades K-3, but later this year will be available through 9th grade! Think Earth provides engaging activities, worksheets, and videos on things like natural resources, pollution and sustainability to help empower kids with behaviors that can make a difference to the planet, and generally help them learn about being good stewards of the earth.


Environmental education is vital as more than 7 billion people on Earth put pressure on both our natural and built systems. The Think Earth Environmental Education Foundation, a leading non-profit provider of environmental education for primary and secondary schools, is publishing its award-winning curriculum online. Parents and teachers can access the free Think Earth instructional units for about natural resources, pollution, sustainability, and more to help empower them with behaviors that can make a difference.

Take a look at some of the resources:
Want to know a little more about the Think Earth Objectives (and a peek at the older kids program, which I can't wait to see)?  Check out the Think Earth information for grades K-3.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Colorado Summer Love {Coupons & Deals}

Traveling to Colorado this summer?  Or just blessed to live in such a beautiful state?  We have tons of amazing deals for our readers, with coupons and discounts to all sorts of attractions.

Are you looking for specific Colorado Springs ideas?  Here are our Top Ten Outings with Kids in Colorado Springs.


Check them out below:

Copper Mountain Resort Association
Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park
Water World
Pirates Cove
The Splash at Fossil Trace
Boondocks Fun Center
Dinosaur Resource Center
Children's Museum of Denver
Butterfly Pavilion
Downtown Aquarium


Evolve Action Sports Park
A+ Athletics
Adventure Golf and Raceway
RaftColorado.net
Earth Treks Climbing Center
Broken Tee Golf Course
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park
American Paintball Coliseum
Grand Adventures
SK Horses
Putter's Pride Mini Golf


FatCats Bowling Centers
Putting Edge Glow-in-the-Dark Mini Golf & Arcade
Snow Mountain Ranch
Dart Warz
Unser Karting & Events
Bladium Sports & Fitness Club
K1 Speed
Colorado Sports Hall of Fame
Denver Firefighters Museum
Blitz Paintball
Silverthorne Recreation Center
Friends of Dinosaur Ridge
Gateway Park Fun Center

Disclosure: This post was written as a part of my ongoing relationship with US Family Guide. We have not received any direct compensation for this post, but can't wait to check out some of these attractions too!

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Turbo Fast, Season 1 {Giveaway}

New to DVD with Over 9 Hours of Fun--Turbo Fast, Season 1

Start your engines... and rev up the fun! From DreamWorks Animation, creators of the hit movie Turbo, comes the high-speed animated series that takes comedy, action and excitement to the extreme. Join the world's fastest snail and his Fast Action Stunt Team as they put their elite skills to the test against all- new opponents on and off the track. It's a Turbo-charged collection of heart-racing thrills!

We loved the original movies and the Netflix series, and are very excited about the DVD since it is perfect for long summer car trips.  Check out some other great printables to keep your little ones busy in the car (just click on each to enlarge to a printable file).



Even better, we have a copy of Turbo Fast, Season 1 to give away to one reader! Using the Rafflecopter below, leave me a comment telling me what your favorite summer plan is.  For an extra entry, you can tweet about the giveaway too.

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Disclosure: This information, along with a copy of Turbo Fast, Season 1, was provided to me as part of my relationship with Fox Home Entertainment Insiders. All opinions expressed are my own. 

 

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