Monday, August 3, 2015

Ringling Bros Wraps Up Southland Tour With Animal Open House at Honda Center Anaheim


Entertainment



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The 2015 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus XTREME show wrapped its Southland California tour yesterday with a roaring crowd of joyous families, including moms, dads, grandparents and kids representing a wide array of cultural backgrounds. From the looks of it everyone seemed to enjoy the fast-paced show at Honda Center in Anaheim. It also featured Ringling's free unique Animal Open House, a chance for those attending the Orange County venue to get up close and personal with the elephants, tigers, lions and other performing creatures outside before the live performance. 



In fact, closer than you'd ever get to see these animals at the zoo! I mean how often can you say you've been close enough to a real live leopard to be able to count all his spots? And the best part was the animal trainers and caregivers were standing by to answer everyone's questions.



Of course after kids and grown up big kids alike visited with the real stars of the show, everyone went inside the palacial Honda Center to enjoy a grand finale to celebrate the culmination of the 2015 Ringling Bros. tour. 


Image provided by Feld Entertainment
Image provided by Feld Entertainment
They'll be back in the Los Angeles metro area next summer, so stay tuned to this blog for next year's performance dates for Los Angeles, Ontario and Anaheim which will be announced in the spring of 2016. I can't wait, can you?



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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Twitter Party Calendar Aug 2 - Aug 8 Schedule of Parties w/ Prizes - Continuous Updates


Twitter Parties



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Master Twitter Party Calendar - Including USA & Canada



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Be sure to check back often during each week as new events are added on an ongoing basis -- often with new prize-winning opportunities added several times per day. You'll also get a sneak peek at Twitter parties coming up next week and in the month ahead. Now listing Facebook, Pinterest and Google+ parties with prizes too.


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The majority of parties are for U.S. only, unless indicated otherwise. Look for 
highlights in pink for Twitter Parties where CANADA residents are eligible for prizes.


THIS WEEK


Monday, August 3

Scott Tube Free at 1 pm ET with @scottproducts @aleamilham @mudpiesandtiara and others. Prizes: ONE (1) $50 Target giftcard, FIVE (5) $100 Target GCs. #ScottTubeFree RSVP

Water Only Better Twitter Party at 3 pm ET with @iamthemaven @simplybeingmom @bloggingmomof4. Prizes: ONE (1) $50 Walmart giftcard, FIVE (5) $100 Walmart GCs. #WaterOnlyBetter RSVP

The Nutro Dogs Twitter Party at 9 pm ET with @crowdtappers. Prizes: $750 in VISA giftcards. #TheNutroDogs RSVP

Tuesday, August 4

The Back to School Twitter Party at Noon ET with @elmers @mead_brand @trapperkeeper. Prizes: TBA. #TheBTSParty Details

SoFabU On the Road Twitter Party at 1 pm ET with @themommyfiles @miznelliebellie @sofabuniversity and others. Prizes: ONE (1) $50 Johnny Rockets giftcard, FOUR (4) SoFabU passes ARV $99, ONE (1) $100 gas GC, ONE (1) $250 Walmart GC, ONE (1) 16 GB Mini Tablet ARV $399. #SoFabUOTR RSVP

King of Flavor Twitter Party at 3 pm ET with @elyucateco @kellysluckyyou @2wired2tired and others. Prizes: ONE (1) $50 Meijer giftcard, FIVE (5) $100 Meijer GCs. #KingofFlavor RSVP

Inspired Start Twitter Party at 8:30 pm ET with @bromco @crissy @coffee_mate. Prizes: FIVE (5) $200 Target giftcards. #InspiredStart #Sweeps RSVP

Profit to the People at 9 pm ET with @communityamercu @enzasbargainsPrizes: $500 in prizes. #ProfitToThePeople RSVP

Poly Healing Index Twitter Party at 9 pm ET with @listentolena @polysporinca. Prizes: FOUR (4) prize packs that include a $50 Walmart giftcard + product gift baskets ARV $90 Canada residents ONLY eligible for prizes.#PolyHealingIndex RSVP

Wednesday, August 5

Fun Size Merienda Twitter Party at 3 pm ET with @smashbravoteam @candypo @coolchillmom and others. Prizes: ONE (1) $50 Walmart gifcard, FIVE (5) $100 Walmart GCs. #FullSizeMerienda RSVP

Shaun the Sheep Flock Twitter Party at 7 pm ET with @socialmoms @brettbmartin. Prizes: TWENTY (20) $20 Amazon giftcards, ONE (1) $500 Amazon GC. #ShaunTheSheepFlock RSVP

Making Sense of Cloud Storage Twitter Party at 7 pm ET with @thetechdad @robynsworld @theonlinemom. Prizes: TBA. #VZWBuzz RSVP

Wanna Play Chat Twitter Party at 8 pm ET with @canadiantire and others. Prizes: $1000 in prizes TBA Canada residents ONLY eligible for prizes. No RSVP, participate in party with hashtag #RoadToRio #WannaPlayChat Details

Varage Sale Twitter Party at 8 pm ET. Prizes: FOUR (4) $150 VISA giftcards, ONE (1) $400 VISA GC, Ontario Canada residents ONLY eligible for prizes #VarageSale RSVP

Summer Side Up Twitter Party at 9 pm ET with @chef_lynn @eggsoeufs @sjconsulting_ca. Prizes: $1500 worth of prizes Canada residents ONLY eligible for prizes. #SummerSideUp RSVP

Thursday, August 6

Healthy Essentials Twitter Party at 1 pm ET with @coopermunroe @emilymckhann @themotherhood and others. Prizes: FIVE (5) Healthy Essentials prize packs ARV $50. #HealthyEssentials RSVP

Hefty for Boxtops Twitter Party at 1 pm ET with @hefty @freebies4mom @amomsimpression and others. Prizes: ONE (1) $50 VISA giftcard, FIVE (5) $100 VISA GCs. #Hefty4Boxtops RSVP

Black Box Wines Twitter Party at 3 pm ET with @formulamom @blueviolet @outnumberedmama and others. Prizes: ONE (1) $50 VISA giftcard, FIVE (5) $100 VISA GCs. #BlackBoxWines RSVP

Care Share Grow Twitter Party at 4 pm ET with @shoplet. Prizes: TBA. #CareShareGrow Details

Vidalia Onion Twitter Party at 8 pm ET with @healthydelish @messy_baker @foxeslovelemons. Prizes: TWO (2) prize packs that include Vidalia Onions & swag ARV $30. No RSVP, participate in party with hashtag #VisforVidalia

TV Everywhere Twitter Party at 8 pm ET with @momspark @momsparkmedia @kellystilwell and others. Prizes: ONE (1) each $25 VISA GC + swag, $50 VISA GC + swag, $75 VISA GC + swag, $200 VISA GC + swag. #TVEverywhere RSVP

The Rise Release Twitter Party at 9 pm ET with @gollubjessica @mommyoutside @zoojourneys. Prizes: ONE (1) Kindle, THREE (3) signed copies of The Hummingbird Series - Canada and US residents eligible for prizesNo RSVP, participate in party with hashtag #TheRiseRelease Details 

Saturday, August 8

Soaring High Twitter Party at 5 pm ET with @beingthewriter @jenniferlott. Prizes: An e-book, $5 Starbucks Giftcard, $5 + $10 Amazon GCs - see RSVP link for full prize list. #SoaringHigh RSVP

NEXT WEEK

Wednesday, August 12

Confident Kids Twitter Party at 11 am ET with @dentistmel @blm03 @2wired2tired and others. Prizes: ONE (1) $50 CVS giftcard, FIVE (5) $100 CVS GCs. #ConfidentKids RSVP

Friday, August 14

How to Choose a Wireless Carrier Twitter Party at 3 pm ET with @thetechdad @robynsworld @theonlinemom. Prizes: TBA. #VZWBuzz RSVP

COMING SOON 

Monday, August 17

Stop Your Burn Twitter Party at 8:30 pm ET with @waterjeltech @joyofkosher @joyofkoshermag @jamiegeller @tamargenger @mommyblogexpert. Prizes: TBA. Watch #StopYourBurn hashtag, RSVP link to be posted here soon.

Friday, August 21

Mobile Entertainment Twitter Party at 3 pm ET with @thetechdad @robynsworld @theonlinemom. Prizes: TBA. #VZWBuzz RSVP

Friday August 28

Mobile Education and Back to School Twitter Party at 3 pm ET with @thetechdad @robynsworld @theonlinemom. Prizes: TBA. #VZWBuzz RSVP

Monday, August 31

Winn Dixie Rosh Hashanah Kosher Twitter Party at 8:30 pm ET with @joyofkosher @joyofkoshermag @jamiegeller @tamargenger @mommyblogexpert.
 Prizes: TBA. Watch hashtag #WinnDixieKosher, RSVP link to be posted here soon.

Tuesday, September 22


Supporting Friends Struggling to Conceive Twitter Party at 1 to 1:30 pm ET with @themotherhood @tmchathost @coopermunroe and others. Prizes: THREE (3) $25 CVS/Pharmacy giftcards. #TheStorkOTC RSVP

Wednesday, October 14

Healthy Mind & Body Twitter Party at 1 to 1:30 pm ET with @themotherhood @tmchathost @coopermunroe and others. Prizes: THREE (3) $25 CVS/Pharmacy giftcards. #TheStorkOTC RSVP

Thursday, November 12

Fertility Issues & Relationships Twitter Party at 1 to 1:30 pm ET with @themotherhood @tmchathost @coopermunroe and others. Prizes: THREE (3) $25 CVS/Pharmacy giftcards. #TheStorkOTC RSVP


About this Weekly Twitter Party List


Compiled by MommyBlogExpert.com Master Twitter Party Calendar, the most comprehensive, constantly updated Free resource of its kind online. However keep in mind that each party is run by a different brand and/or hosts and MommyBlogExpert, unless specified otherwise, is not responsible for any dealings readers have with these events including, but not limited to, prizing of any party on the calendar.


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Friday, July 31, 2015

Funny Dogs + Cats Video Pets Humanlike When It Comes to Lacking Patience


Pets

Happy Friday! Dogs and Cats are human too when it comes to lack of patience when they really want something badly. This @PetCo video is hilarious and says it all.


It doesn't get any more entertaining than this, does it?

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Coming Home My #SwitchersRemorse Story from Sullen Teen to Loving Adult Daughter


Life Lessons



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Who hasn't this happened to -- You do or say something you regret and you want to make a 360 degree turn and have a chance to do it all over again? For sure, except for that perfect person in the world that simply does not exist, #ComingHome AKA #SwitchersRemorse is a thought-provoking topic for everyone that bares even the most hardened soul among us.


Sullen on High School Graduation Day, MommyBlogExpert.com

My Own Coming Home Story


You see I'm the first to admit I've had more U-turns in my life than I can count on both hands where I wished I could have had the chance for replays to right my mistakes. To get a new lease on life, a chance to start over, to relive what I did wrong and make things right.

But, if I had to pick the most poignant life experience to do over again, it would have been this. How I defiantly moved away from home, wanting nothing more than to get as far away as possible from my parents for college. The photo above, which I grudgingly allowed my father of blessed memory to take of me on the day I graduated from high school, does a great job capturing that fireball of snarkiness of yesteryear. 

It wasn't until I grew into a mature woman, graduated from the university, and started my career that I realized how much pain I had caused my mom and dad during that rocky phase in my young and reckless life. From that moment of awakening forward, every time I went to visit my parents, coming home to embrace the family that loved me so much, it never felt so good.



Dad, Mom & I Together Again, MommyBlogExpert.com
What's your personal Coming Home #SwitchersRemorse story? Everyone has more than one. I've left and come back to Verizon Wireless at least twice over the years and am glad I'm back home for good. 

If you aren't home already yourself, why not consider coming back now with the Verizon Wireless Switch-and-Save program and get up to $300 with a trade-in?



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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Rubik's Cube Fun For Kids + Serious Competitors Alike at US National Championships This Weekend


Gaming



by Jacob Elspas, Staff Blogger
MommyBlogExpert.com

Rubik's Cube, the original 3D mind game, was invented by Erno Rubik of Hungary back in 1974 long before handheld computer games arrived on the scene. This 3D puzzle, which was first known simply as the Magic Cube, still endures today for good reason. There are now hundreds of Rubik's Cube competitions at the local, regional, state and global level each year for both hobbyists and serious cubers alike.
You may have heard about the Rubik’s Cube World Championships which took place recently in Sao Paul, Brazil. At that contest thousands competed in solving a multitude of different types of Rubik’s Cubes and other similar puzzles in the fastest way possible. With all the renewed excitement today, it's no wonder that the small puzzle that perplexed you as a kid is making a huge comeback. 

How a Typical Competition Works
As an avid cuber myself, I recently participated in one of the regional Rubik’s cube competitions in Southern California. You can actually watch me doing a 3x3 solve with the standard Rubik's cube in 22.42 seconds during that contest in the video below. When another one occurs in my area I will definitely go and compete. Meanwhile, I'd like to encourage and inspire kids who love cubing to come out as spectators to competitions that are generally open to the public and always weem to be going on around the country. To be in a room of cubers is an experience you will not forget. 




The competition process is simple, regulated and overseen by the World Cube Association. Within each cubing competing event there are five rounds and each person gets the same scramble per round. So for example, in round two your cube's mixed up configuration looks just like everyone else's who is competing in that round. You are timed on how long it takes you to completely solve the puzzle each time and then your middle three times are averaged. The resulting time is your 'score.' All of the scores of players are then ranked in numerical order from fastest to slowest.  
Image from CubingUSA.com

Rubik's Cube National Championships 
The next big event is this weekend: the Rubik’s Cube United States National Championships in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina from July 31 through August 2. At the U.S. Nationals there will be almost 500 competitors competing in 18 different events (puzzles). The competition takes place over three days, and thousands of spectators will be passing through the venue throughout the competition. 

Participants will be competing in a variety of events, ranging from the standard Rubik’s Cube (9 squares per side with 3 layers) to ones with up to seven layers and even solving a Rubik’s Cube blindfolded or with your feet! And to think that you just peeled off the colored stickers to pretend you solved the whole puzzle.


Yes, this is really a Rubik's Cube competition category
Some favorites for the upcoming U.S. Nationals include 15 year old Collin Burns of the USA who won the U.S. Nationals last year with an average of a just 8.32 seconds and also has the world record for the fastest single solve in any competition, a mere 5.25 seconds. 

However, another potential winner for this year is 19 year old Australian Feliks Zemdegs, who is referred to by many in the speedcubing world as the best cuber on the globe. He just won the aforementioned world championships with an average of 7.56 seconds.

A few of the many Rubik's Cubes I own
There are also several others who have the ability and chance to be this year’s U.S. National champion, but when everything depends on a few milliseconds, people can get pretty nervous. There is only one solution to overcome this: Practice.  For sure, be on the lookout for some World Records that will inevitably be broken at this competition!

How to Take Cubing From Hobby to Competition
By reading this blogpost, as well as from what you already know about it, you'll notice a lot of these cubers are pretty young and mostly male. While it is true that the majority of speedcubers are teenagers and young adult males such as myself, if you don’t fall into this specific group, don’t think that this isn’t for you. 



Cubing is open to all people of all ages and genders. Anyone can become a cuber, it just takes determination and lots and lots of practice to get really good at it. So if you were ever deterred by the Rubik’s Cube as a kid because it just seemed impossible to solve, give it another go! There are quite a few amazing tutorials on YouTube like Dan Brown's that can teach you to consistently solve the cube in a matter of days. 

Get one for your daughter or son and learn how to solve it together! It improves your memory, fine motor skills and dexterity -- Not to mention it a great way to impress people. Most of all it is super fun! I got into speedcubing less than a year ago, and now I can reliably solve the standard Rubik's Cube in just around 20 seconds. You and your kids should not be discouraged, just keep working at it and practice to keep improving your solving times.

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