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6/23/17

Day Out with Thomas Family Fun 2017 @strasburgRR #sponsored #DayOutWithThomas

I received tickets for my family to Day Out with Thomas at Strasburg Rail Road.  All opinions are mine.



This past weekend we visited Strasburg Rail Road in Ronks, PA for a Day Out with Thomas.  This is one of our favorite events that my girls look forward to each year!  If you have a Thomas and Friends fan at home, it is definitely a must-do activity with the family.

The weather forecast called for thunderstorms and humidity, but we were fortunate.  While it was very hot and humid, there were only a few drops of rain on the drive there and on the drive back.  

The set-up was a little different this year.  The paved parking lot was not available due to the tent arrangements, so we parked in the field.  Parking is free.



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Thomas the Tank departs every half hour during the designated times for a 20 minute ride.  While he's pulled into the station for his breaks, you can get your photo taken with him (either before or after your ride). Photographers will take your photo (they have a special package deal), but you can also take your own.  Percy is an add-on to your ticket with a shorter 12 minute ride.

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There is a designated line area with a clock so that you know what time to get in line.  They suggest arriving an hour before your train time so you can get your tickets and participate in some activities before your train.  They also have a designated place for stroller parking.



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We usually get in line about 15 minutes before ticket time to be at the front of the line and choose our train car.  We chose to sit in a train closest to Thomas so that we could exit quickly to get in line for our Thomas photos.   (There's nothing worse than an impatient toddler getting cranky in a long line when it's hot!)

A conductor visits everyone on the train during the ride. The train cars are very detailed and the seats are comfortable.  You can also adjust your seat to flip sides so that you don't have to sit going backwards.  The windows are open to let air flow through.  It was a bit hot waiting for the train to move, but was much more comfortable once we got going.


Thomas and friends, Strasburg Rail Road, Ronks PA, Lancaster County, things to do with kids in Lancaster, trains


After our train ride, we took a quick photo with Thomas and then headed over to take photos with Percy.


Thomas and friends, Strasburg Rail Road, Ronks PA, Lancaster County, things to do with kids in Lancaster, trains



Thomas and friends, Strasburg Rail Road, Ronks PA, Lancaster County, things to do with kids in Lancaster, trains

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There are many activities both under the tent and by the trains. Under the tents, you can get Thomas and Friends temporary tattoos, play at train tables, watch videos, hear live music, draw with sidewalk chalk, ride a mini-Thomas, grab a bite to eat, and purchase souvenirs.  There are also some cute photo opportunities, including a visit with Sir Topham Hat.   {AB did not want to take a photo with him this year}

Thomas and friends, Strasburg Rail Road, Ronks PA, Lancaster County, things to do with kids in Lancaster, trains


Thomas and friends, Strasburg Rail Road, Ronks PA, Lancaster County, things to do with kids in Lancaster, trains, Day out With Thomas


AB would have stayed on the mini Thomas train all day if she could have.  They had one longer track and several smaller round tracks and there was hardly a line when we were there.


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There are also cranky cars, the Puffer Belly train, and this year they added an additional train with a wagon behind it.  We also saw pump car rides which we haven't seen previously. 


Thomas and friends, Strasburg Rail Road, Ronks PA, Lancaster County, things to do with kids in Lancaster, trains





Tips:
Strasburg Rail Road



  • Arrive at least an hour before your train ride to allow for time to park and pick up your tickets at will-call if you haven't printed them at home
  • Bring a small portable fan to cool off with while waiting under the tents on hot days
  • Bring small snacks and water for the little ones 
  • Don't forget sunscreen!
  • You can take your own photos with your cell phone if you don't want to purchase a photo package
  • Rides with Percy are an additional add-on to your ticket
  • Day Out with Thomas is rain or shine


See a Re-cap of our Day Out with Thomas:





The cost of your ticket is well worth all the included activities.  We made some wonderful memories at Strasburg Rail Road and my girls are hoping to see Thomas and Percy again when he returns in September!



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True Tot Tower Giveaway

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Do you have little ones at home?  Then you know how important it is to have the right gear for them!  Here is a great giveaway from mamathefox.com that will help your little one reach counters, sinks and more.

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6/19/17

Tuesday #Giveaway Link Up 6/19


Welcome to Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up with your hosts Karen @ Tots and Me, Emily @ Emily Reviews, Shelly @ The Attic Girl, and Rena @ An Ordinary Housewife.

Happy Monday! So glad you could join us as we share our giveaways!

This link up will be posted Monday at 7 PM est. and run all week long! 

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Put Me in The Story Summer Reading Giveaway @PutMeinTheStory #sponsored #SummerReading

I received two books from Put Me in the Story in exchange for sharing this Summer Reading list and giveaway.  All opinions are mine.

School is out and we are in summer fun mode!  Along with all of the outdoor activities, swimming, and camp, we are also working on our Summer Reading to prevent the dreaded summer learning loss.  AK grew so much over kindergarten this year, and we want her to be well prepared for first grade.

One of our favorite companies, Put Me in the Story, wants to help bring a healthy dose of learning to your family's summer routine!  


Put Me In The Story creates personalized books starring your child in beloved books and alongside their favorite characters to help them stay engaged in the story and foster a love of reading!

Check out some of Put Me In The Story’s favorite books to add to your child's Summer Reading List below:

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Pete the Cat is having one of those days—the kind where nothing is going his way. But when Grumpy Toad lends Pete a pair of cool, blue, magic sunglasses, that gloomy, dreary day turns itself around!

This personalized book about learning to see the world in a whole new way features your child’s name and photo along with an encouraging dedication message from you. Your child plays a special part in the story—they are the one to let Grumpy Toad borrow the magic sunglasses in the first place!

As Pete the Cat travels through town, he meets friends that could use a little bit of magic. A hungry squirrel, a tipped-over turtle, and a lonely alligator all get a boost of positive vibes from the magic sunglasses. But what happens when those magic sunglasses break?

Teach your child to find the good in every day with the help of this rockin’ story. Any day can go from gloomy to groovy—all it takes is a little magic from within!

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Now your little girl can dream bigger and reach higher than ever before with her very own personalized edition of Isabella: Girl in Charge!

Your child steps into the story as a spunky, purple-haired girl on a journey to the White House. Along the way, she learns about some of the amazing women who came before her. These doers, dreamers, lawmakers, and trailblazers helped create the world we live in today—a world where your little girl can be anything that she wants!

Put your girl in charge with her very own copy of Isabella: Girl in Charge. Include her name and photo along with a special message from you. And at the end of the book, she’ll be surprised to see her face appear next to some of the nation’s greatest leaders! How’s that for big dreams?!

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Take a trip back in time with this personalized guide through the prehistoric world! With full-color illustrations, quick facts, and pronunciation guides, National Geographic Little Kids Book of Dinosaurs has plenty of information to captivate your paleontologist-in-training.

This kid-friendly reference book includes dinosaurs of all kinds: big and small, scaled and feathered, meat-eating and plant-eating. Your kiddo will learn fun facts about each dinosaur and answer questions like, “How many plates do you see on the Stegosaurus?”

Personalized with your child’s name, photo, and special dedication message, National Geographic Little Kids Book of Dinosaurs will become a favorite read. On the final pages, your child can mark the dinosaur qualities they like best, then draw themselves as a dinosaur!

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Fancy Nancy, hostess extraordinaire, can’t wait to share her party-planning expertise with your little one! From recipes and crafts to etiquette tips and French lessons, this precious personalized book contains everything your child needs to throw the perfect tea party. A personalized letter from Nancy herself to your fancy kiddo? Oui! Plus, your child’s name is worked into the text and adorable illustrations throughout the book. Wrap up with a set of recipe cards from the Kitchen of Fancy Nancy, and best of all, cut out and frame the certificate declaring your child a graduate of Fancy Nancy’s Tea Party Course! Que magnifique!

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Arrr, matey! Pirate Pete is ready to search for buried treasure, and he wants YOU to come along! Set sail with the goofy, gold-loving captain in the personalized edition of Pirate Pete.

As the scallywag’s first mate, your child tries to keep Pete on course to Mermaid Island, but it’s not easy! The captain wants to check every island for treasure. There might be doubloons hidden among the tasty treats on Candy Island. Or perhaps you and Pirate Pete can persuade a leprechaun on Clover Island to give up a pot of gold!

Personalize this high seas adventure with your little buccaneer’s name, photo, and dedication message. On the final pages, your child will find a personalized Pirate Pledge to cut out and display so that everyone will know they’re a true swashbuckler!
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Reach for the stars with the National Geographic Little Kids Book of Space! This personalized guide takes your child on a journey through our galaxy and beyond. Packed with fun facts and out-of-this-world illustrations, this book will spark your child's interest in the wonders of the universe.

As your kiddo flips through this book, they will encounter thoughtful questions addressed to them by name, such as "How many times have you been all the way around the sun?" On the final pages, your child can name their own comet and draw the night sky!

Personalized with your little one's name, photo, and special dedication message, this interactive book will show your junior space explorer that they live in a universe of infinite possibilities!

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Just how big can YOUR kid dream? In My Name Is Not Alexander, your son becomes the star of an entertaining exploration through history while learning about the great men that helped shape America. This adventure will become a fast favorite! Kickstart your son’s imagination and celebrate his opportunities ahead. Personalize the story with your child’s name and create a special dedication page with a photo and message from you.


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To help one family start their very own library, Put Me In The Story is hosting a HUGE Summer Reading Giveaway to one lucky winner!


Giveaway:

One lucky winner will receive:
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·         10 personalized books from Put Me In The Story
·         A beach bag
·         2 children’s beach towels
·         2 inner tubes
·         2 pairs of children’s sunglasses
·         1 beach ball


Enter now through July 5th, 2017 for a chance to win!

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6/16/17

Cars 3 Now In Theaters Review {No Spoilers} & New Clips #Cars 3

I attended a free screening for Cars 3.  All information provided by Walt Disney Studios and opinions are my own.



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Many times the third movie in a trilogy is a mistake or a disappointment.  However, Cars 3 is anything but a disappointment in my opinion. As Lightning McQueen finds himself aging in the Rusteeze franchise, he begins to encounter challenges trying to keep up with the high-tech rookies of the Piston Cup.


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CARS 3 / Disney/ Pixar© 2017

After experiencing a possible career-ending crash, Lightning McQueen now must face the reality of retirement or finding a way to compete with these rookies.


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CARS 3 / Disney/ Pixar© 2017

While he's training for a possible comeback, he meets a girl named Cruise who becomes his trainer.  The rest of the movie is filled with willpower and determination to overcome obstacles while offering plenty of laughter to audiences of all ages.


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CARS 3 / Disney/ Pixar© 2017

Don't worry, while there are several new characters, you'll still see many of your favorite ones such as Guido, Tow Mater, Sally Carrera, and Chick Hicks.


Cars 3 movie review
CARS 3 / Disney/ Pixar© 2017

Though I like many of today's modern conveniences and technological toys, the film showed the  value of how experience, hard-work and determination can triumph over modern advances. Sometimes old-school smarts beats new-school technology.

If you're a Cars fan, this movie will have you on the edge of your seat!  It has good messages for both boys and girls; my six-year-old daughter loved it!


This review was written by The Attic Guy.  



New Clips:







 


Don't forget to download these free Cars 3 activity pages before heading out to see it in theaters.


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No compensation was received for this post.  All photos and info. provided by Walt Disney Studios and used with permission.

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