4/24/17

World Vision Global 6K For Water: You Can Make a Difference! #WorldVision #sponsored

I received promotional items in partnership with World Vision's Global 6K For Water.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

Water is a vital need to sustain life.  Clean drinking water is something we probably take for granted every day in the US.  All we have to do is turn on the faucet and water is available to us to drink, clean our dishes, take a bath or a shower, and do our laundry. But people in other parts of the world are not as fortunate. Some have to walk miles to find fresh water every day.

Did you know that the average distance people in the developing world, often women and children, have to walk to find water is 6 kilometers (approx 3.7 miles)?    The walk can be tiring and dangerous, and the water is often contaminated with life-threatening diseases.  It's unfathomable!


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Photo Credit: World Vision

Just take a moment to think about having to walk nearly four miles just to have a glass of water.  Imagine that water not being drinkable, and causing diarrhea or other worse health problems. The death of any child from a lack of clean water is unconscionable. 

World Vision is having a Global 6K to help bring awareness to this issue and raise money to support people who live in struggling areas.
World Vision Global 6K For Water

On Saturday, May 6, 2017, 40,000 people from around the globe will join together to walk or run 6 kilometers to raise awareness of the global water crisis and support World Vision's water initiatives through the World Vision Global 6K for Water.   

Each participant's $50 registration fee supports World Vision's water programs.  Participants will receive a Global 6K for Water t-shirt, a race bib with a photo of a child he or she can sponsor, and a race medal by mail.



Make a Difference

Why am I sharing this with you?  In the hopes that you will join your church group, friends, or school to make a difference.

World Vision believes the global water and sanitation crisis can be solved within our lifetime. World Vision provides a new person with clean water every 30 seconds as part of a full solution to end poverty. In 2015, World Vision provided access to clean water to 2.3 million people, and the organization’s goal is to provide clean water and sanitation to one new person every 10 seconds by 2020.







How Can You Help?


  • Become a Global 6K Host Site: Work together with your church, school, community center or run club to register as a host site (it’s free!) and spread the word about how fun and easy it is to support clean water programs around the world! Whether your goal is 10 or 100 people, World Vision will equip you with all the marketing materials, race day signage and staff support for a successful race day. If you can’t become a host site, considering running or walking with other Global 6K for Water participants at a host site near you.

  • Start a Global 6K Virtual Team: Invite friends and family all around the country to join your “team” even though you will each be walking or running from your own neighborhoods on race day. Even those who wish to participate individually, whether on a treadmill or around the neighborhood, can take part in a global effort to support clean water!

  • Turn Coffee into Clean Water: Even small amounts of money can make a big difference for families around the world. Once a week, put the money that might normally be used to purchase your morning latte toward a “clean water fund.” Over the course of a year, you could set aside as much as $250 to support World Vision’s water programs.

  • Change a Life Through Child Sponsorship: Poverty is complex and rarely solved by one intervention. Sponsoring a child is a long-term way to get involved with World Vision and help a child – and his or her entire community – benefit from things like clean water through new or renovated wells, school fees and supplies, better education due to restored schools and teacher training, improved nutrition due to agricultural training, and healthcare clinics and immunizations.

  • Become a Part of Team World Vision: The Global 6K for Water is just one event organized by Team World Vision, a group of passionate people who run, walk and race to help children get clean water. Join Team World Vision for support in reaching your own fitness goals while helping others around the world.


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I hope you'll consider joing the Global 6K for Water in your community.   Click here to sign up.

To learn more about World Vision’s water programs, visit: https://www.worldvision.org/our-work/clean-water?campaign=108929307.



Giveaway:  

One reader will win a Global 6K Water Bottle & T-Shirt to raise awareness and participate

make a difference, give back in your community

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 5/8/17 at  11:59 PM 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.  Prize may take 6-12 weeks to ship from the sponsor. By entering the giveaway, you agree to the Giveaway terms/rules.

Disclosure:  I received promotional items in exchange for sharing this important information.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.  World Vision is providing the giveaway prize. For more info. see my Disclosure Policy.


4/19/17

National Geographic's MARS Now on Blu-ray #MARSDay #sponsored

I received MARS on Blu-ray and a book about MARS for review purposes as a Fox Home Insider. All opinions are my own.


National Geographic, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer

MARS has recently released on blu-ray from 20th Fox Home Entertainment and National Geographic.  My family recently viewed part of this dramatic series from executive producers Brian Grazer and Ron Howard.  


About MARS:

National Geographic, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer
photo credit: National Geographic Channels/Robert Viglasky
MARS follows a crew of courageous international astronauts on its exhilarating maiden voyage to Mars and quest to colonize the fourth planet from the sun.
In a unique blend of scripted drama intermixed with documentary sequences and feature-film-caliber visual effects, the series presents what the greatest minds in space exploration are doing to make traveling to Mars a reality, featuring Big Thinkers like Elon Musk, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Stephen Petranek. Experience MARS in breathtaking high-definition.



The must-own National Geographic sci-fi docudrama is jam packed with two hours of extras, including prequel BEFORE MARS, Living on Mars, Cast & Crew Interviews and more.


Special Features Include:

  • Making MARS
  • BEFORE MARS – A Prequel
  • BEFORE MARS Behind the Scenes
  • Getting to MARS Featurettes
  • Living on MARS Featurettes
  • More MARS Featurettes
  • Behind-the-scenes Featurettes
  • Cast & Crew Interviews


This series mixes facts with fiction and imagines what it would be like in the year 2033 to travel to Mars and begin a colony there.  

Did You Know?

  • Did you know that if you weigh 100 pounds on Earth, you only weigh 38 lbs on Mars?  I think I like this planet!
  • Because of its orbital speed, one year on #Mars is equal to nearly two years on Earth.  So you weigh less but look older.  Guess you can't have it all!  
  • Due to the difference in gravity, a person can jump 3 times higher than they can on earth!

I've always been fascinated with astronomy, ever since I watched Christa McAuliffe try to become the first teacher in space.   I really enjoyed learning more about the technology that is in progress to further explore Mars.   The special effects were pretty cool too.  

National Geographic
photo credit: National Geographic Channels/Robert Viglasky

You feel like you are experiencing what the crew is going through at each step on their journey, but in a unique way.  While the episodes may not have the quick action of Star Wars movies, MARS really makes you think about why space travel is important and what the future may hold.  I can see this being a great tool in science classes for middle school and up.

National Geographic
photo credit: National Geographic Channels/Robert Viglasky

National Geographic


Will people be living on Mars in the future?   Is interplanetary space travel going to be a normal reality in the future?   It's crazy to think about the possibilities.  


Prepare for Your Life on Mars

While watching the series, we had to think about what we would take if we were going to Mars.  I tend to overpack, so my list would be pretty long!




National Geographic MARS on Blu-Ray + Packing List


My Mars Packing List:


  • Plenty of Space Suits  {do they do laundry on Mars?}
  • Comfy Socks/Slippers
  • Baby Wipes {many uses!}
  • Portable Potty {we are potty training!}
  • Toilet Paper
  • Deodorant
  • Make-up Kit
  • Personal Women's Care items
  • Sunglasses
  • Emergency Kit {band aids, compress, neosporin etc}
  • Water Supply
  • Freeze Dried Food {allergy safe for my youngest}
  • Seeds to plant veggies, fruits, etc.
  • Chocolate, Gum, Mints 
  • Mountain Dew {my caffeine habit}
  • Apple Juice {my girls can't live without}
  • Medicine for the family  {including a stock of epi pens for my daughter}
  • Glasses Cleaner {gotta be able to see!}
  • Blankets, Sheets, Pillows
  • Batteries
  • Cell Phone/Satellite Link/Laptop something to communicate with Earth
  • Flashlights 
  • Power source ie. generator or other device depending on the technology available
  • Portable TV/Blu-ray Player
  • MP3 Player
  • E-Books 
  • Toys for my girls {favorite stuffed animal, doll}
  • Art Supplies
  • Camera to take photos of all the amazing things we'll see!
  • Scrapbook


Interested in seeing what other bloggers would pack?  Follow #MARSDay on Social Media to compare lists!

What must haves would you take for survival?

Giveaway:

One reader will win MARS on Blu-ray
National Geographic, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer
Just use the Rafflecopter 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 4/29/17 at  12:00 AM 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.  Prize may take 6-12 weeks to ship from the sponsor. By entering the giveaway, you agree to the Giveaway terms/rules.


Disclosure:  I received this DVD for review purposes.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.  Fox Home Insiders is providing the giveaway prize. For more info. see my Disclosure Policy.

4/18/17

Easter Bunny Train at Strasburg Rail Road @strasburgRR #sponsored #StrasburgRailRoad

I received tickets for the Easter Bunny Train at Strasburg Rail Road to review our experience.  All opinions are ours and you should definitely experience it for yourself.

Over Easter weekend, my family visited Strasburg Rail Road's Easter Bunny Train.  This yearly event includes a 45 minute train ride, Easter egg Hunt, plus fun extras like the Cranky Cars and Pint-sized Pufferbelly train ride.




The friendly conductors helped us get our tickets at the ticket window and directed us to the coach cars.



This historic train station was founded in 1832.  It feels like stepping back in time {or even a Harry Potter movie, since they have a platform 9 and 3/4 to boot}!








Once on board the train, you can see all the lovely details, including restored seats that change direction, a wood stove, and windows that open to let air in. {On this particular day, it was a bit gray and chilly}




The Easter Bunny, dressed in overalls and a conductor hat, came to visit each family during our ride.  Her helper was dressed in a beautiful costume and gave each child a lollipop.  

Note for allergy parents:  there was no allergy information available on the website for these lollipops (the website was listed on the packaging).  We had an alternate treat for my youngest who has peanut allergies.

A professional photographer was also on hand to take photos that you could retrieve later at the photo booth.  But you are also allowed to take your own photos as well.  {My two were already over posing by the time I shot these; especially my uncooperative two-year-old.}




Despite the cloudy weather, we saw some great views of farm land, many of which were Amish farms.  We also learned some interesting facts about the history of the Strasburg Rail Road. 

Did you know that President Abraham Lincoln made his inaugural train ride to Lancaster?  On February 22, 1861, President Lincoln made a stop at Leaman Place, en route to Lancaster via the Philadelphia & Columbia. His four-minute visit brought out nearly 5,000 people. To prepare for Lincoln’s visit, the Strasburg Rail Road had purchased its first passenger car to transport people to and from Leaman Place.




After our train ride, we headed over to the Easter Egg Hunt, which is located in a field and roped off into two separate areas; one was designated for ages 6+ and the other ages 5 and under.

I stayed with my youngest in the 5 and under group, which was much more crowded.  AB loved Easter egg hunting so much, she didn't want to leave after gathering her 5 eggs.  Each of her eggs held a Tootsie Roll, which was great because those are allergy safe candy for her!  {Her sister's candy varied}

AK was so excited that she found the Golden Egg!  Inside was a ticket to ride the train again on our next visit.



The extra activities available are some of my girls' favorites.  They love the Cranky Cars!  


This was AB's first time riding the cranky cars with a little help from her dad.  AK also rode the Pint-Sized Pufferbelly train {you'll see a clip in the video further down}.


After many times in line and lots of rides, our last stop was the gift shop.  Both girls picked out different kinds of train whistles.  




The Strasburg Rail Road Easter Bunny Train is a wonderful event for families to enjoy!  We had some good old-fashioned fun and can't wait for our next visit.

You can see a quick recap of our day in this video:




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4/17/17

Tuesday #Giveaway Link Up 4/17

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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.

We hope you had a very Happy Easter.  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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4/13/17

Sesame Street's Newest Character Julia Comes to Sesame Place for Variety Day #SeeAmazing

Variety Day, National Autism Month, Julia

One of our favorite amusement parks, Sesame Place, announced today that the Sesame Place Cares team will partner with Variety--the Children’s Charity--for the 30th consecutive year, in conjunction with National Autism Month.

Meet Julia


Autism, National Autism Awareness Month, See Amazing
Photo info: © 2017 Sesame Workshop.  All Rights Reserved.  

You may have heard about Sesame Street's newest muppet character, Julia, a sweet and curious 4-year-old who has autism. She will be appearing at Sesame Place for the first time during Variety Day.

Photo info: © 2017 Sesame Workshop.  All Rights Reserved.  Photo Credit: Zach Hyman


We think it is absolutely wonderful that there is a new character on Sesame Street who will help children learn to relate and interact with other children who have autism!   

Sesame Workshop debuted Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children in 2015 to help increase awareness and understanding of autism.  Julia, introduced last year in digital form, now comes to life as a Muppet on a special Sesame Street episode.  

Other Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children resources include digital videos, books, and e-books, available in both English and Spanish.  For more information, please visitsesamestreet.org/autism.

Autism Awareness Month, Variety Day at Sesame Place, Autism resources
Photo info: © 2017 Sesame Workshop.  All Rights Reserved.  Photo Credit: Zach Hyman


Variety Day at Sesame Place

On Saturday, April 22 from 11AM – 5PM, children with disabilities and their families will have the opportunity to experience an exclusive day at the park filled with one-of–a-kind furry fun. 

For Variety Day, Sesame Place officials will make special accommodations for children with autism, including designated quiet areas, low sensory shows and volume adjustments throughout the park to ensure every child has an unforgettable and enjoyable experience. The park will also host a resource fair, where families can learn and connect with others at their leisure.

Walkaround Julia will also be available for meet & greets.  Variety Day provides an opportunity for guests to have a better understanding about autism and for children with autism to see themselves reflected in a positive way.  

Guests will also receive a free storybook about Julia called “We’re Amazing, 1, 2, 3!”

Children's Books about Autism, Variety Day, Sesame Place
Photo Credit: Sesame Street 

“We are honored to welcome Sesame Street’s newest friend, Julia, to our Variety Day this year,” said Bob Caruso, Sesame Place, Park President.  “We admire Sesame Workshop’s dedication to spreading awareness about autism, and we’re excited to be a part of the initiative.” 




More Info:

Sesame Place Cares
is a collection of programs and initiatives at the park and in the community that conveys the park’s commitment to conservation, education and community service. The partnership with Variety began in 1988 and has expanded to include multiple Variety Days throughout the year dedicated to creating a special day for participating children and their families. 

Over the past 30 years, more than 200,000 children with disabilities have had the opportunity to experience a fun-filled day with their furry friends that they will always remember.  Isn't that amazing?

For complimentary admission, Variety Club members should contact Variety at VarietyPhila.org or (215) 735-0803. 

Parking will be $25 per vehicle and a portion of the proceeds will go to Variety - the Children’s Charity.

Sesame Place Variety Day, Autism Awareness
Photo info: © 2017 Sesame Workshop.  All Rights Reserved.  Photo Credit: Zach Hyman

No compensation was received for this post.  All information provided by Sesame Place and used with permission.


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