Snow Day: Tips to Keep Kids Busy

Thumbnail image for kids_snowmen.gifIt sure is a snowy winter so far! If you live somewhere that’s not cold, wet and white, then I am jealous and you should go outside and enjoy it! When you are stuck in the house with a six year old and a three year old, you have to get creative. I am not at all the “Martha Stewart” type, however I have some helpful tips to make the day fly by. Arts and crafts time is a must and I usually rely on the pre-packaged kits. I love the Melissa and Doug decorate-your-own Crafts. Most are $9.99 and under, they keep the kids busy for a while and they can proudly display the finished product. I like to keep a bunch in my basement for these type of days.

Next, I recommend some board games so they don’t get bored (ok, bad joke). Our new favorite is The Best of Charades for Kids. You act out different items from the cards provided and move your piece around the board when others guess correctly. It’s fun for kids of all ages and adults too!

Then, bundle them up and get them outside! Bribe them with some extra allowance and get them shoveling (with some play time thrown in). When they come inside it’s all about the hot chocolate. I make it with milk and let them add the chocolate and of course the marshmallows!
They should be nice and tired now from the snow angels and snowball fights. A perfect time to wind down with a good movie and a snack. Toy Story 3 is great to own! Amazon now has it on sale…

The bottom line… be safe, stay warm and have fun!

Super Bowl XLV: The Ultimate Man Date

iStock_000014026622Small.jpgAsk any football loving fan what their dream date would be and nine times out of 10 he’ll say tickets to the Super Bowl. As my father-in-law always says, “you can’t put a price on a good time,” so if you’re considering biting the bullet and treating your significant other to the ultimate “Man Date,” follow this game plan and you’ll come up a winner:
Super Bowl Tickets – You can reserve seats for the big game on StubHub – Ticket prices start at $2200 all the way up to nearly $400,000 for a coveted spot in the Hall of Fame Suite. If you’ve just won Powerball, then the Super Bowl Hall of Fame option is definitely for you. The best thing about Stub Hub is that fans are constantly buying and selling tickets on the site so you should keep checking back to see what’s available or hedge your bets, and lock in right now!
Flights – While you can always hit the websites for your favorite airlines, my suggestion is to head over to Trip Advisor where you can select whether you’d like to take a non-stop or connecting flight and they arrange everything by price. Plus, there are ratings by customers on which flights they prefer.
Hotel Reservations – Head on over to the Arlington, Texas website which has detailed information on hotels in the area. You can aim for the Ritz Carlton, Hilton or a motel (if you’ve blown all your cash on the Super Bowl tix.)
Rental Car – If you’re flying into Dallas/Ft. Worth airport, then head on over to RentalCars.com for a breakdown of all the rental car facilities near the airport. That way, you can choose from a diverse array of options and price points.
Parking – Finding parking at a football game is never easy, and the Super Bowl is no different. Luckily, ParkWhiz.com has the scoop on Cowboys Stadium parking with over 40 Super Bowl parking locations for you to choose from. The site is super easy to use, and you can print you parking pass instantly – no worrying if the Postal Service will deliver your ticket on time.
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Things to Do While in Arlington – If you’re in town for the weekend, visit the NFL Super Bowl website for details about some great charity events taking place throughout the weekend that feature appearances by NFL players. Plus, the City of Arlington’s official website also offers suggestions for attractions and dining options in the area.
So there you have it – treat your significant other to the ultimate “Man Date” and by the time Valentine’s Day hits, you should be on the receiving end of something big and sparkly.
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Week 2: Clean Start Challenge

Our second video for the SC Johnson Clean Start Challenge is currently airing on the Lifetime Moms website and it features an interview with Ross Ellis, the founder of Love Our Children USA and Stomp Out Bullying.
After a successful career in corporate events, Ross reached a point in her life where she wanted to devote her life to giving back to those in need. While she first began volunteering at organizations dedicated to helping families, Ross soon decided to start her own non-profit organization that would help protect children while providing important resources to parents. I’ve known Ross for more than a decade and am proud to serve on the advisory board of Love Our Children USA. I am also so excited to be working with Ross and her organization on a bullying prevention event for children and parents and can’t wait to share all the details with you! For now, check out the latest video and don’t forget to vote for Team Beth!

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