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Harlem Globetrotter Game Tickets Available NOW!

Harlem Globetrotter Game Tickets Available NOW!

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Don't Miss The Harlem Globetrotters Coming to Chattanooga on Jan. 14th. Save $7 Off Select Tickets to any Harlem Globetrotter Game with promo code FAMGUIDE now on sale!

The iconic Harlem Globetrotters are coming to an arena near you with their unrivaled family show, featuring some of the greatest athletes on the planet. With incredible ball handling wizardry, amazing rim-rattling dunks and trick shots, side-splitting comedy and unequaled on-court fan interaction, this must-see event is guaranteed to entertain the whole family creating memories that will last a lifetime.

The Globetrotters will face a great challenge this year against the Washington Generals who were the last team to beat the Globetrotters in 1971, and are now coached by a former member of that team. They are on a mission and will do whatever it takes to win, with a new strategy that is sure to give the Globetrotters a run for their money. My Readers save $7 Off select tickets to any Globetrotter Game this season at http://www.harlemglobetrotters.com/tickets Use promo code FAMGUIDE
Friday, October 31, 2014 | 0 comments/Leave Comment | Read more...
Noah - A Wordless Picture Book by Mark Ludy

Noah - A Wordless Picture Book by Mark Ludy

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We all know the story of Noah and his ark.  Mark Ludy takes that story to new depths with his new wordless picture book NoahThis book reads more like a graphic novel and is visually unique. 


A hundred years before the Great Flood, a man named Noah came home talking crazy. God wanted him to build the biggest ship the world had ever seen. The future of humanity depended on it. How would his wife respond? What would the neighbors think? Was it even feasible? This lavish re-imagining of one of the greatest stories of all time will fascinate children and adults alike. Nuanced and playful, yet meticulous in following the biblical narrative, Mark Ludy's world-class art digs deeper than the Sunday-school tale of cuddly animals, exploring Noah's relationship with his family, the natural world, God--and a formidable engineering challenge. Immerse yourself in this stunning wordless epic. Whatever your age, you'll never read this story in the same way again.

My Thoughts:

This was an interesting take on the beloved story of Noah.   The graphic novel style is very modern and visually appealing.  It is amazing that a book without words can be so powerful and have the capability of telling the whole story.  Ludy seamlessly weaves the tale with his beautiful illustrations.  I thought the book gave me some new insight and thoughts about this well known story. 

You can purchase your copy of Noah: A Wordless Picture Book at your local retailer or online at stores like Amazon. 
Thursday, October 30, 2014 | 0 comments/Leave Comment | Read more...
One Step Ahead's Week #3 of "5 Weeks of Holiday Sweeps" Going On Now

One Step Ahead's Week #3 of "5 Weeks of Holiday Sweeps" Going On Now

Have you heard about  One Step Ahead "5 Weeks of Holiday Sweeps"? They are currently on week #3 so be sure to check it out!  You can ENTER NOW to win this week's prize set of either a "Let's Get Creative" or "Fab Family Game Room" prize pack (entry deadline for this week is Oct. 31)

The winners pick the price set of their choice!!  A new Facebook sweeps with fantastic prizes will go live each week, ending with a GRAND PRIZE the week of Nov. 10.  You can enter each week to win!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 | 0 comments/Leave Comment | Read more...
Holiday Gift Guide: Denver The Last Dinosaur DVD

Holiday Gift Guide: Denver The Last Dinosaur DVD

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Relive the magic of everyone's favorite skateboarding Corythosaurus with Denver The Last Dinosaur: Complete Series.  This fun collection arrived on DVD in September and contains 50 episodes. Denver first aired from 1988-1990 so I'm sure that a lot of my readers remember him.  With bringing engaging and non-violent storylines, it's recommended by the National Educational Association.

My soon to be four year old enjoys watching a wide variety of dvds and I'm never so sure what he will like.  He absolutely adores Denver which makes me happy.  It's hard to find stories like these in our society today.

When a pleasant and unusually intelligent dinosaur unexpectedly hates from a fossilized egg in present day California, a group of teenagers adopt him as their new best friend. Join in on the excitement as they protect him from the prying eyes of other humans and teach him their favorite pastimes, including skateboarding.

Denver The Last Dinosaur: Complete Series revolves around the adventures of the last dinosaur, Denver, a Corythosaurus who has been released from his egg by a group of multicultural modern California teens: Jeremy, Mario, Shakes, Wally and Casey, along with tag-along older sister, Heather.  The kids teach Denver the finer points of skateboarding and other pastimes while protecting him from concert promoter Morton Fizzback who wants to use the dinosaur to make money!

All in all my kids have really enjoyed it and the picture and sound quality is great!  This would make an awesome addition to a holiday gift list!

Denver The Last Dinosaur: Complete Series can be purchased for $42.25.

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Why Give Candy For Halloween, When You Can Give CLIF Kid Zbars!!

Why Give Candy For Halloween, When You Can Give CLIF Kid Zbars!!

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My boys love CLIF kid Zbars.  It's the one bar that we always keep on hand year round and one that I feel good about giving them. We take them on hiking trips, biking trips and even camping trips.

This Halloween, CLIF Zbars are back with the Monster Chocolate Mint bar.  Chocolate Mint is huge in our house and I always keep an eye for these bars this time of year.

Taking a bike break to enjoy his CLIF Kid Zbar Monster Chocolate Mint
I know that jack o' lanterns full of sugary candy can easily excite little ghouls and goblins at Halloween, but bring a parents I would rather my kiddos not have it. I would much rather them  have a tasty treat of CLIF Kid Zbars any day than chocolate mint candies.  The Zbars have USDA-certified organic ingredients and bring 8 grams of whole grains with each bar!

The Zbar Monster Chocolate Mint combines the flavors of chocolate with a hint of cool peppermint. The mint flavor is more mild than that of the CLIF Builder Mint, which makes it perfect for the little ones.  Also, the Zbar doesn't contain trans fat, hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, colors or preservatives, or ingredients sourced from GMOs.

We are able to find the CLIF Kid Zbar Monster Chocolate Mint at our local department and grocery store which I'm very happy about!!  So if your little ones are going to be having Halloween parties at school or at home, consider the Zbars for the special treats over all the sugary candies!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 | 0 comments/Leave Comment | Read more...
Amp Up Your Workout w/ "Can't Stop the Beet" Promotion from Love Beets

Amp Up Your Workout w/ "Can't Stop the Beet" Promotion from Love Beets

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It is true that beets are good for you in so many ways, but did you know that eating beets can increase exercise performance and stamina, allowing for a better and more efficient workout?

Now I admit that I was never a huge fan of beets until this year.  My husband has always loved them and finally took the plunge and planted some in our garden.  I looked at these awesome ways to prepare them and quickly fell in love.  Not only in the taste but the health benefits that beets offer.

Love Beets, a delicious line of all natural, freshly cooked and flavor-infused beets, is kicking off its “Can’t Stop the Beet” campaign, encouraging not just beet lovers, but everyone to get moving and incorporate beets into pre and post-workout diets.

I haven't had the opportunity to taste Love Beets yet because I wanted to share this promotion with all my readers since it will be coming to an end very soon!  I will be following with a review of this particular product at a later date.  So are you curious how this works?

Well first you can go and checkout their microsite here, which features an interactive music playlist of songs containing the word "beat" from Michael Jackson's "Beat it" to The Go Go's "We Got the Beat".  Once you visit the site, you can "rank" and re-organize the songs to create your own "Ultimate Beet Playlist".  After you have created your list you can then share it via your social networks and invite friends to do the same.  Everyone that participates will have a chance to win a weekly prize, which includes an iPod shuffle and five free Love Beets products by ranking the playlists.  From there you will be entered to win a grand prize!  The Grand Prize winner will be randomly selected at the end of the campaign (November 17th) and will receive an iPod shuffle, a Love Beets Prize Pack (including a Love Beets bag, t-shirt, and 10 free product vouchers) and a one-year gym membership!! How awesome is that?

So head on over to Can't Stop The Beet for your chance to win!!
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 | 0 comments/Leave Comment | Read more...
TRUSOFT Rugs by StainMaster

TRUSOFT Rugs by StainMaster

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The holidays have almost arrived and it's the time of year when we all start getting a little busier. With family visits and holiday parties we tend to want our house to look perfect, and why wouldn't we?

Recently I had the opportunity to try out the new TruSoft By STAINMASTER  and they are AMAZING!  My boys weren't sure they wanted to put it in the bathroom because it was just too soft and our current rug wasn't even close to the feel of the TRUSOFT.  After awhile I finally convinced them that it was a wonder idea to put it in the bathroom so their little feet could feel the softness every time they got out of the bath.  It's been a month of testing out this rug and it's as soft now as the day I originally put it down.

The new TRUSOFT rugs are designed to dry quickly and help resist fading wash after wash, which has proven true to this point.  I have washed it twice since we have been trying it out and have yet to be disappointed!

The features of this rug are:
  • Absorb water and dry quickly
  • Feature a non-skid rubber backing that helps prevent the rug from sliding
  • Wash after wash, the color resists fading
We have the coffee bean color which matches our bathroom perfectly, but you can also purchase it in
  • Linen
  • Cherry
  • Wasabi
  • Bali Blue
  • Black Pepper
  • Blue Sky
  • Cobble Stone Grey
All in all we are very pleased with this product and I would highly recommend it, especially if you are looking for affordable ways to spruce up your home for the holidays!  The TruSoft By STAINMASTER  are available in sizes 17"x 24", 21"x36" and 24"x40" and are currently priced from $15.00-$39.00 depending on the size.


******Made in the USA******
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 | 0 comments/Leave Comment | Read more...
Monster Splash at Sahara Sams on October 30th!

Monster Splash at Sahara Sams on October 30th!

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If your looking for a great seasonal event for Halloween then you need to check out Sahara Sams' Monster Splash party.  This foamtastic party is sure to be a hit with your kids!  There is a DJ and all the lifeguards dress up as zombies! 

Event Date:  October 30th, 4-9 p.m. 

Tickets are $19.95 and can be purchased online here. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 | 0 comments/Leave Comment | Read more...
Bugs Big & Small: God Made Them All

Bugs Big & Small: God Made Them All

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Bugs...what little boy doesn't love them?  My boys love being outdoors surrounded by nature.  This past summer my seven year old started snapping pictures of the bugs that we would find while we were outdoors and come in and research them.  He has made a little book of the bugs he has found in our area.

Recently we had the opportunity to check out Bugs Big & Small God Made Them All through the Moms of Masterbooks and we loved it!  Both my three year old and seven year enjoyed it.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 | 0 comments/Leave Comment | Read more...
iSwimBand Review

iSwimBand Review

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My boys love to go swimming, but I admit that it can be a challenge keeping a close eye on both of them at the same time in the pool. My seven year old wants to go out deeper and so many of the pools are immediately too deep for my three year old. They know the rules and how far they can move away from me. Even though my seven year old can swim some, there is always that concern should I turn away for a second. With that comes the iSwimband .

The iSwimBand is the worlds first drowning prevention for swimmers and non-swimmers. What is so awesome about this band is that it can be used no only in pools, but lakes, oceans, spas and even bathtubs and works via a Bluetooth sensor that is worn by your children and alerts ours iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch should a swimmer remain submerged for too long a period of time or if a little one (like my three year and non-swimmer) should accidentally fall into the water.

When this first arrived my husband was kinda unsure about this.  His take is that you should never turn your back on the kids when they are near water in which I completely agree, but things happen..accidents happen and regardless to what we tell our children....parents do not have eyes on the back of their heads.

The reason the iSwimband was developed is because drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death of children under 18 in the US and is in fact, the number one cause of accidental death of children in 18 states.  Here is where it comes in to play with what I told my husband....amazingly 88% of drownings occur with some type of supervision present which means that it could of been preventable.  For every drowning victim, 5-7 near-drowning victims, primarily children, suffer from some type of neurological damage.

With us living near the lake as well as having a pond in our front yard, I am always on alert.  The kids know and have been told not to go near it and our eyes are never off them while they are playing in the side year, but the possibility is real. We all know that children aren't perfect and that they wonder where they shouldn't go.

A super cool thing that I love about the iSwimband is that it's a lightweight headband that swimers can also attach to their swim cap or water goggles.  My seven year old always wears his goggles while swimming so this is perfect to go hand in hand with that, without bringing attention.  If they go under water beyond a certain time limit it will trigger an alert to Bluetooth-enabled iOS or player (which is very quick and easy to set up)  For my three year old, the arm band is perfect! It works the same as the headband, but easily goes on their wrists instead.

Features of the iSwimband:
  • Comfortable lightweight headband fits most swimmers
  • Includes wristband or clip for toddlers
  • One-time setup takes only a few minutes
  • Works with goggles/swim caps
  • Monitor up to 8 iSwimbands per iOS device
  • Up to 100 foot range (depending on environmental conditions)
  • Includes free companion iSwimband app
All in all this is a product that we at As They Grow Up highly recommend.  Its easy to use, works fantastic and could help save your child's life (which is most important).

The iSwimband  is priced at $79.99 for a one pack and $129.99 for a two-pack bundle.


Monday, October 27, 2014 | 0 comments/Leave Comment | Read more...
Biking in Cades Cove Day 2

Biking in Cades Cove Day 2

Saturday we woke up to a very cold morning.  You know those mornings when you really don't want to climb out from under what little warmth you have found in the tent through the night?  Sadly someone has to get up to start the fire (the mister of course).

Our seven year old was the first one out of the tent and he decided he would whittle while waiting for his hot cocoa to get ready.

Now you can tell by the look on his face that he wasn't completely loving the cold weather which isn't like him at all. He would rather be outdoors camping any day than inside.

Shortly after Davis started enjoying his hot cocoa and really warming up by the fire, little Thing 2 came out all smiles and ready to start the day.

Once everyone ate breakfast we started getting the camp site packed up in order to start our bike ride.  For anyone looking for a place to camp, the Cades Cove Campground was a great place to stay!  We snapped one last picture of the camp site before heading off on our bike ride.

our campsite

Now I admit that when my husband first suggested the 11 mile Cades Cove loop for a bike ride instead of our original plan which was the Virginia Creeper I wasn't aware that we would be riding with the cars.  We had taken the girls when they were little to Cades Cove and I just assumed I had missed something since we drove through it with them.  I was a little nervous since Davis would be on his own bike and the amount of traffic through there is crazy!  Anyone that is familiar with the mountains of Western NC were we live or the area that Cades Cove is located, knows that you aren't going to get far without a hill.  Very little flat ground in our area.  Sure, Davis had been practicing on hills since that is his weakness but being only seven he still has a way to go when it comes to really being able to pull the hills.  That and he has a very hard time changing gears on his bike. 

Let's just say I was little nervous for him but apparently the thought of it didn't bother him much at all.  He did absolutely fantastic and I am so proud of him!  He pushed through a lot of the hills, but I did walk some with him and that's alright.  He gave it his all, 100% and is already asking if we are going to go back next year.  

He had his first real wreck on the ride which happened around 8 miles in or so.  I think my panic scared him more than the actual wreck.  He skid across the pavement and scraped up his hands and knees and ripped his biking pants. He was a little upset that his bike got a few scrapes and scratches but we assured him that those simply mean that he is now a real cyclist. 

There were two very nice people that ran to help him when he wrecked and gave him cold water to drink to help calm him down and a bandage for his cuts.  After he calmed down we took off again. He said his toe and leg were hurting after that but he pushed through and completed the 11-mile loop.  This was the longest ride he has done to date and the first one where he biked on the road.

I am sure we will do this again with them, but maybe time if for the time of year that the loop is closed to motor vehicles from 7am-10am and get a head start on the traffic.  

After the 11-mile ride, we took the boys back to the picnic area for a tasty lunch before heading back home over the mountain.  They had an awesome time which in the end is all that really matters!!

Monday, October 27, 2014 | 0 comments/Leave Comment | Read more...
Be Well Fed With The Well Food Company's Delicious Snacks, Treats and Grassfed Protien Powder

Be Well Fed With The Well Food Company's Delicious Snacks, Treats and Grassfed Protien Powder

A the beginning of June our household went from three to four.  We permanently took on my step-son who is turning nine is about two weeks.  Since then, things have changed drastically, one of them being our grocery bill and learning to  plan and cook for an extra person.  I have since taken the opportunity to really take a deep look at what we eat, how it's prepared and what it does to our bodies.  It is funny how when we would get Jaydon every other weekend it would more or less be super quick and easy treat type meals. Think pizza, hot dogs and mac and cheese, tacos, etc. While I feel everything in moderation is perfectly fine, I knew that we couldn't eat these type of meals daily. I find that we are trying new foods more often, some are hits while others are definite one hit wonders.  Either way, we are slowly but surely working on cutting out that processsed junk and empty calories that is known to have negative effects on mood, attitude and in my case, weight.

Along with our change in actual meals comes a change in our snack options. We are big fruit eaters but we are no longer in fresh fruit and veggie season here in the mountains of North Carolina. I will still buy favorite fruits and vegetables at the grocery store but you better believe they come with a nice price tag as I am sure you very well know.  Fortunately, I was recently scanning the web when I stumbled upon Well Food Company.  I was immediately impressed with who they were and what they had to offer.  In fact, I couldn't say it any better than they can so here is who exactly is behind Well Food Company:

Who Are We?
We are Paleo.
We are Paleo for Power Athletes™.
We are CrossFitters, CrossFit Footballers, CrossFit Masters, Powerlifters, Olympic weightlifters, figure show competitors.
We train in our garages. We box in the ring.  We do yoga in the living room.

We are travelers who got sick of (and sick from) eating airport food.
We are frustrated with the lack of Paleo options on the road and in convenience stores.
We are fishermen and business people who got sick of Friday morning doughnuts and luncheon sandwiches.
We are athletes who couldn’t find soy free protein bars.
We are biochemists and organic chemists who believe in helping people.

We are now also parents.
We are sensitive to children with food allergies.
We are sensitive to everyone with an autoimmune disease.
We believe in a different version of the food pyramid.
We will never diet again.
We are fed up with marketing executives telling us what is healthy.

We have fundamentally changed the way that we view food and decide which food we allow into our homes.
We hope you join us in our quest for strong bodies and strong minds.

We have a simple direction: provide clean, accessible snack foods for Paleo parents, kids, and athletes everywhere.
If we wouldn’t feed it to our kids, we won’t feed it to you.
We are Well Food Company.

For those that know me well I bet you are thinking the chocolate caught my eye first. However, it was the jerky.  My family is die hard jerky fans.  Even Caroline can spot a jerky bag a mile away.  Its a wonder she didn't give up on it long ago when I admittedly would only rip off microscopic pieces in fear of her chocking on those big daddy pieces. Jaydon will sit and chew on jerky like it is bubble gum and the hubby can always count on a few bags in his Christmas stocking, for his birthday, at Easter, you name it. I often wondered what was in some of the jerky bags we have purchased over time but tried not to think to hard on it.  We bought a dehydrator and attempted to make it ourself but that didn't turn out the best.  I am excited to say that the jerky that comes from Well Food Company is made from 100% grass-fed beef and is free from gluten, soy, MSG and nitrates.  The pieces are thinner and much more softer than what you get in the stores.  There is a nice BBQ flavor but nothing too overpowering which I liked and nothing too spicy which is perfect for the little one. Best of all, when my Trackstars coach @lindsayslist says get protein within 30 minutes of a tough workout, I no longer have to scramble.  I can simply nibble on this jerky and enjoy every minute of it!

 In addition to the jerky, Well Food Company sent me samples of everything else they have to offer.  I got to enjoy chocolate Paleo cookies which were unique and overall very delicious, soy free dark chocolate bars which were right up my ally, protein powder and bars and a keto pack.  The Keto Pack is ingenuity divided into two bags.  The first offers a nice blend of walnuts, coconut and almonds while the second is...you guessed it...jerky! The combined packs offer a low carb, high protein and all around delicious snack that will help satisfy your cravings and keep you on focused and on track until your next meal. There are no gluten, grains or wheat, no soy, added hormones or antibiotics and no preservatives to be found in the Keto Pack. It's that good!

My favorite product from the Well Food Company is the protein powder.  It comes in two flavors, chocolate and vanilla. Each scoop provides 15 grams of high quality protein.  Once again, free of all hormones, antibiotics, soy, preservatives, pesticides and GMOs.  I drink shakes almost daily but often times I lack the extra protein.  I love that these protein powders are a quick and clean way to increase protein consumption without forfeiting taste

I am so happy that I found Well Food Company.  They are sincere in what they do which speaks volume. The customer service is superb and I am confident they have found their niche in the world of Paleo and clean eating. I will be ordering from them again in the near future and encourage any of you looking for healthier clean options to give them a try.  Whether you are just getting started, still trying to figure it all out like myself, or are a clean eating veteran, Well Food Company has something to offer everyone.


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Biking in Cades Cove Day 1

Biking in Cades Cove Day 1

Since the original plans we had made for this weekend fell through we decided to take the boys on a bike ride and camping up on Cades Cove.  For those that aren't familiar with the area, it's an isolated valley located in the Tennessee section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

We headed out early Friday morning for our three-hour drive to arrive at Cades Cove.  Of course with the leaves being peak in color the drive was absolutely beautiful and we are so blessed to always be surrounded by the beauty of these mountains.

When we arrived at Cades Cove we had our picnic lunch.  Thanks to my fitmark bag, I was able to pack us all lunch, drinks and a few snacks for our meal.

Once we completed our lunch we headed to the campsite in hopes for an early check-in.  That way we could get camp set up and ready to go before we left for our ride.  Well that's when our day completely changed.  As we all know, life happens and plans changed.  Once we got to  the area we were going to be camping in I looked down and we had a flat.  Normally this wouldn't be a huge deal, but in the area of Cades Cove, you are 45 minutes to an hour away from most stores and you have cell phone service.
When we first arrived at camp
We got the spare put on and it had a flat, so we headed down to the camp store to see where could get air and get our other tire fixed.  The nice man at the store pumped up our tire and told us the nearest place to get the tire fixed.  It was around 1pm at this time so there was still time to get the tire fixed and take the boys on the bike ride, or so we thought.

When we arrived at the tire place, it was closed so on we went to try to find something else.  Once we were able to get cell phone connection we did a search and realized there was a Walmart, not close, but better than nothing.  We arrived there to get the car fixed and during that time grabbed breakfast for the next day and lunch (poor planning on my part with that one. I had forgotten that once in Cades Cove you are about an hour from any main stores).  We finally left Walmart at 5:30 and took the boys to get dinner there since they were both starving.

We found this awesome little place, Hot Rods 50's Diner in Alcoa, TN.  We decided to give it a try and it was pretty awesome!  They had over 70 different kinds of burgers.

I ordered the Guacamole Burger which is a steak burger topped with pepper jack cheese, bacon and guacamole and a side of onion rings.

The Mr. ordered the Reuben Burger which is a steak burger piled high with fresh corned beef, swiss, grilled sauerkraut and Thousand Island.

As we started back to camp we called the camp store to see if it was still open since they prefer you to not bring your own firewod into the park.  Once again the day didn't go as planned and the camp store was already closed.  One our way back we noticed and stopped at a firewood vending machine.  I didn't even know these things existed but it was pretty neat.

After that we headed to camp, started a fire, got all bundled up and enjoyed the rest of the evening.

Will we actually be able to go for our planned bike ride, or will something else change our plans?

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