5/1/15

Moms are Free in May at Medieval Times Baltimore #MTFan #MedievalTimesMD

No compensation was received for this post. Thank you to Medieval Times Baltimore for providing this giveaway.


Mother's Day is coming up before you know it!  Medieval Times in Baltimore is once again bringing you a fun deal for Mother's Day.  Give mom the gift of a night out with the family and a meal with no clean-up!

Celebrate the mom in your life with this special Mother's Day Medieval Times offer:

Medieval Times Baltimore


Moms are FREE May 4-May 10 when accompanied by one full-paid adult admission.

* Moms should mention code: MOMWEB at the time of purchase. Not valid on prior purchases or gift certificates. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Advance reservations and payment required.



Pamper mom and upgrade for just $20 more and she will receive a special Mother's Day package including:


  1. Photo of “Queen Mom”
  2. “Queen of the Castle” Cape
  3. Mom’s choice of champagne, mimosa or cider in a souvenir champagne glass. 

Head on over to Medieval Times Baltimore at Arundel Mills to take advantage of this special offer.

Scroll down further and enter to win tickets!


Connect with Medieval Times:

Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament-Maryland Facebook
@MedievalTimesMD


 Happy Mother's Day! 




Giveaway:

One reader will win 2 tickets to Medieval Times Baltimore at Arundel Mills in Hanover 

Just use the Giveaway Tools form below.  You must be a US resident 18 or older to enter.  You must complete each task entirely or your entries will not count. 


 This giveaway is not in any way associated with or endorsed by Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram or Twitter.  Giveaway Ends 5/15/15 at  10AM EST.  US Residents **18 and older** only may enter. One entry per household and IP address.  Winner will be drawn using random.org and will have **48 hrs** to respond to email or another winner will be chosen. Entries are verified.  No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.  The Attic Girl is not responsible/liable for prize delivery.

4/28/15

Tuesday Giveaway Link up 4/28


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

So glad you could join us as we share our giveaways. 

Our co-host this week is Danelle @ Our Wolves Den

This link up will be posted Monday at 7 PM est. and run all week long! Stop in as often as you can to list your latest giveaways.

Here is how to use the Giveaway Link Up

1. Post your reviews and/or giveaways, as many as you have, be sure to add the end date (family friendly please)

2. Help spread the word about the giveaway link up by grabbing our button, Tweeting or posting on Facebook. (Not mandatory- but it helps get more exposure to your giveaways as well!)

3. Take a moment to enter any giveaway that strikes an interest to you!

If you would  like to follow the  hostesses, we will gladly follow you back! Simply leave us a message to do so.

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Thank you for linking up with Karen @ Tots and Me, Emily @ Emily Reviews and Shelly @ The Attic Girl along with Danelle @ Our Wolves Den.


4/22/15

White House Easter Egg Roll 2015 #gimmefive #DC

For the past few years, I have entered the White House Easter Egg Roll lottery online in the hopes that we would be chosen.  {The lottery rolls around in February and is an easy process.  Just create an account with recreation.gov and fill out the information when the lottery opens.  Then cross your fingers!} 

Each year I've been disappointed.  I've watched it online wishing that I could experience it with my kids in person.  After all, it isn't every day that you have the opportunity to see the White House up close.

This year I received this magical notice in my email saying that we were chosen.  I was over the moon excited to say the least!  {Just ask my hubby how I yelled from the computer}

After receiving the initial email, I waited for the day that I could download my tickets and print them.  And while we waited for the Monday after Easter to arrive, I attempted to prepare my four year old for her first visit to the White House.  We talked about who the President was, read a few children's books, and watched clips again from last year's egg roll.    Then we prayed for good weather and for all of us to be healthy enough to go (we'd been fighting the flu bug and a nasty virus for a couple of weeks).



Taking Metro to the White House

There are a few ways to travel to DC to the White House, but we chose to take the Metro to avoid traffic and parking issues.  We rode the orange line from New Carrollton to the Federal Triangle stop.   Then we walked a couple of blocks to the line for the ellipse.


White House Easter Egg Roll 2015


Waiting in Line

I wasn't sure what to expect as far as waiting in line to get into the event.  I figured that it would be pretty busy, but I did not expect the 2 hour wait that we had.  {We had already spent nearly an hour and a half in travel time to get to DC. }

The first line was a queue of sorts to get to the checkpoint where they scan your tickets and then send you to security.  It was a warm sunny afternoon without any shade.  I had my four year old sitting in the umbrella stroller we'd brought for her sister and the Attic baby was in the baby carrier with her daddy.  Needless to say, this was a long wait for little ones.

Once we had our tickets scanned and moved through security {the security check went very smoothly as I'd been careful how I packed the diaper bag}, we were pretty much body to body being herded toward the drink station.  There were also fun little activities but it was so crowded with the stroller, that we stayed with the mass of people and skipped them.  

We were given a little goody bag for each child with a program and schedule inside.  And then we were herded into another section of ropes and more waiting in the sun.  Luckily my preschooler didn't have to use the bathroom during this time.  I saw other moms walking with volunteers back through the line to get to the port-a-johns.  

AK & AB were both good sports; AB slept in her carrier that her daddy tried to shade and AK sat in the umbrella stroller munching on a few snacks I'd brought.  And we waited.  And waited....





Activities at the White House Easter Egg Roll

White House Easter Egg Roll 2015


Our entrance time was supposed to be 12:15 but we didn't make it in until nearly 1PM.  After the 1 1/2 hours of travel time and 2 hours in line, my 4 year old was already asking to go home.  So I knew there wasn't any chance she was going to wait in yet another long line to do the actual egg roll. 

So we got in a few of the smaller lines for photo opps on the south lawn.   Attic Guy took our 4 year old around to various stations and to see characters while I sat with AB on the lawn and fed her a bottle.

There were more drink stations at the event thankfully so we could all rehydrate.  While the weather was beautiful, it was still a good 75 degrees {and even hotter without the shade}.

Word to the wise:  no outside food or drinks are allowed {I was allowed baby formula and baby food} so you will want to eat a big meal before you get to the event.






Besides the egg roll, there were lots of activities to choose from including egg decorating, crafts, and sports activities of all kinds.    There were also performances at the main stage {near where I was sitting} and people reading at the Storytime Stage.  

We had gotten in the gates too late to see Sesame Street, which was a bit disappointing.  But we did see Mrs. Obama from a distance reading with the Cat and the Hat and Genevieve Goings.


Mrs. Obama, The Cat & The Hat, Genevieve Goings, Thing 1 and Thing 2
Genevieve Goings, Thing 1, Mrs. Obama, Cat and the Hat, Thing 2

Mr. Easter Bunny

 
Mrs. Easter Bunny


Woodsy Owl


Daniel Tiger


At the performance stage, we were able to see MKTO perform as well as Cat Deeley and the So You Think You Can Dance All Stars.  My hubby and I watch that show so it was pretty neat to see them so close!










At the end of our designated time, we walked toward the exit to get our souvenir White House eggs.  {These are only given out to the children}  They also gave each of the girls a lollipop, a packet of seeds, and a pin to put in their bags. 


White House eggs


It truly was the opportunity of a lifetime and I am so glad that I was able to bring my kids to the White House Easter Egg Roll this year!  Although my girls are young and the baby definitely won't remember this, we will have great photos and souvenirs to show them of their visit. And we made some great family memories!  



Insider Tips to enjoy The White House Easter Egg Roll

Travel:  Plan your travel time carefully so that you don't end up waiting more than is necessary.  Metro was convenient for us. Your ticket will tell you what time the line opens and what time you are supposed to be allowed in.  But you may want to plan on getting there earlier so you won't be as far back in line when it starts moving.  We weren't in the actual event until 45 minutes past the time listed on our ticket.  This limits the time you have to do activities as you have to exit at a certain time too.

Food:  They do not allow outside food or drinks at this event.  You will want to eat a big meal before your visit and I suggest packing some small snacks to eat while you wait in line.  Just make sure those snacks are gone by the time you get to the security checkpoint {I saw a few moms having to throw out items at security}  They will provide water, and sports drinks.  And there are several food trucks at your exit point if you want to grab some food then.

Bathrooms:  There are port-a-johns by the roped areas where you wait in line, but no baby changing stations that I could see.  If someone in your party needs to use the bathroom, a volunteer can walk you back through the line area.  Once you get onto the White House grounds, there are some better bathroom areas with changing stations.  Those lines can be long so plan accordingly.

Strollers:  Depending on how crowded it is at your time slot, strollers are great for tired little ones.  We brought an umbrella stroller and that was difficult to maneuver on the dirt and rocks with the packed crowds.  But it was easier than a full size stroller for us.

Activities:  You can get a general idea of what is available and what celebrities/athletes will be there on the recreation.gov website in advance.  But you won't know who is in what time slot necessarily during your visit until you see the program when you enter.  Make a priority list of what you really don't want to miss {the egg roll for example or catching a story reading}.  The President and his wife make appearances throughout the day, but you never know if you'll see them while you're there.

Take Lots of Photos:  There are lots of photo opportunities throughout your visit.  Volunteers are standing at the stations and will take a photo of your entire group for you if asked.

4/20/15

Tuesday Giveaway Link Up 4/20


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

So glad you could join us as we share our giveaways.

Our co-host this week is Sue from My Photopage.

This link up will be posted Monday at 7 PM est. and run all week long! Stop in as often as you can to list your latest giveaways.

Here is how to use the Giveaway Link Up

1. Post your reviews and/or giveaways, as many as you have, be sure to add the end date (family friendly please)

2. Help spread the word about the giveaway link up by grabbing our button, Tweeting or posting on Facebook. (Not mandatory- but it helps get more exposure to your giveaways as well!)

3. Take a moment to enter any giveaway that strikes an interest to you!

If you would  like to follow the  hostesses, we will gladly follow you back! Simply leave us a message to do so.


Thank you for linking up with Karen @ Tots and Me, Emily @ Emily Reviews and Shelly @ The Attic Girl along with Sue @ My Photopage.


Free Mother's Day Gift Ideas for Kids: Kids Workshops at Home Depot & Lowe's

Can you believe that it's nearly May and that Mother's Day is just around the corner?  If you're looking for some fun and free kids gift ideas, you may want to check out these kids workshops designed for kids ages 5-12!


When you register your child for their first workshop, they will receive an apron (Lowe's also will give a pair of safety goggles).   At each workshop, Home Depot will give your child a special project pin, certificate of achievement, plus a snack and a drink.  Lowe's gives a project patch that can be ironed onto your apron.   

AK has done several of these workshops and they are a lot of fun! They allow younger children to participate as well with the help of a parent.  AK loves doing these with her daddy (and he's much more skilled in building things than I am).






Home Depot:

Learn How to Build a Picket Fence Photo Frame
Learn How to Build a Picket Fence Photo Frame for Mother's Day

Workshop Date:  Sat. May 2nd 9AM-12PM

Follow the link above to register; first come first served basis while supplies last



Lowe's Build & Grow:

Mother's Day Planter
Lowe's Build & Grow Workshop

Workshop Date:  Sat. May 9th at 10AM

Follow the link above to register; registration opens April 27th and fills fast!


Have you brought your kids to any of these workshops? 



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