January 9, 2017

Giveaway: Win 4 Tickets to Monster Jam!

I am a Feld Family Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion on this blog, as well as keeping you up to date on the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows and opportunities to attend private Feld pre-Show events.

Happy Monday! Ready to end your January with a monster sized bang? Then you'll want head to the Verizon Center January 28 and 29 to see Monster Jam Triple Threat Series presented by AMSOIL!
What's that? Not a monster truck fan? Need a little convincing? My son, who turns five this month, is a monster truck expert and he's sharing his top three reasons monster trucks are awesome with you:

1. They go vrooom vrooom FAST!
2. They look cool!
3. They go over huge jumps!

You're convinced now, I can tell. Monster Jam will be performing at the Verizon Center on:
  • Saturday, January 28 @ 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 29 @ 1:00 p.m.
In addition, Pit Parties (on Saturday, January 28 and Sunday, January 29 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) give fans the opportunity to meet the Monster Jam athletes and get up close to the Monster Jam trucks. Pit Passes are available for $10 at the arena box office, online at www.ticketmaster.com or Charge by Phone at 800-745-3000. Same day event ticket along with Pit Pass required for entry.

The AMSOIL series can only be seen in select cities across the country and features the most extreme athletes of Monster Jam.  Washington D.C. fans will witness a fierce battle for the championship with each competitor using customized high-powered vehicles: Monster Jam Speedsters, Monster Jam ATVs and the famous Monster Jam trucks. These premier athletes vying to be the nation’s capital champion are:

  • Grave Digger
  • El Toro Loco
  • Pirate’s Curse
  • Shark
  • Alien Invasion
  • Zombie
  • Monster Mutt Rottweiler
  • Blue Thunder
*Trucks/drivers subject to change

Approximately 12 feet tall and about 12 feet wide, Monster Jam trucks are custom-designed machines that sit atop 66-inch-tall tires and weigh a minimum of 10,000 pounds. Built for short, high-powered bursts of speed, Monster Jam trucks generate 1,500 to 2,000 horsepower and are capable of speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. Monster Jam trucks can fly up to 125 to 130 feet in distance and up to 35 feet in the air.

Tickets start at $15 and are available at www.ticketmaster.com and the Verizon Center box office.

And...I've got four tickets to give away for the Saturday, January 28, 1PM show! Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter. Contest closes at midnight on January 15. Good luck!

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January 1, 2017

Make it a monster of a new year with Monster Jam!

I am a Feld Family Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion on this blog, as well as keeping you up to date on the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows and opportunities to attend private Feld pre-Show events.

 Happy New Year! Did you make a resolution to have more fun this year? Maybe you resolved to try something new, or to spend time with the ones you love. If you did, then do I have a deal for you...because the Monster Jam Triple Threat Series presented  by AMSOIL is coming to the Verizon Center at the end of this month, and you won't want to miss it!

My son, who turns five this month, is a vehicle aficionado, and monster trucks are near the very top of his list of extremely awesome things on wheels. He has his own mini version of Grave Digger, and we are very excited to take mini Grave Digger to meet the real Grave Digger at the end of this month.

Next week I'll be bringing you the chance to win 4 tickets to Monster Jam, but if you can't wait to get in on the monster truck action, you can use the code ICE to save $5 on tickets through January 20.

June 13, 2016

Simple, Easy, Awesome: An Evening with Comcast and XFINITY

We've been Comcast customers for as long as we've lived in Maryland (which is quite awhile). And I didn't think much about our cable service until a few months ago, when our old cable box quietly stopped working. When the replacement arrived, I was surprised to see a fancy new display that didn't look a thing like our old cable, and so I did what any reasonable person would do: I avoided using it because it looked confusing and complicated, and I didn't really have time to sit down and figure it out. 

Recently, Comcast and XFINITY invited me and several other local bloggers to their Silver Spring store to learn about XFINITY's latest offerings. 

 Photo courtesy of XFINITY

Friends, you better believe I accepted that invitation in the hopes that I would go home knowing how to work that fancy cable box. Not only did I learn how to work my TV again, I also learned about XFINITY's latest high-tech offerings, which go so far beyond the cable, internet, and DVR you may be thinking of when you hear the name XFINITY.

The woman who led my group in our first demo said XFINITY's goal in creating new services is to make things simple, easy, and awesome, and that really became the theme for the evening. XFINITY is making life at home simple, easy, and awesome with XFINITY Home.

XFINITY Home is part high-tech peace of mind, part household helper. Wish you could turn off that lamp you left on downstairs without getting out of bed? Wish you could do that when you're miles away from home on vacation because you just now remembered you left that darn lamp on? With a few clicks, XFINITY Home lets you do just that.

It can also help busy parents monitor when kids leave and arrive home from school when cameras are added to the package. XFINITY Home also works with equipment from companies such as Nest and August, and more partnerships are in the works. 

The fancy new box that perplexed me for longer than I'd like to admit is XFINITY's X1, which is so much more than just a DVR and cable box. Want to restrict your kids to family-friendly fare? Welcome to Kid Zone, where you can find children's programming paired with Common Sense Media ratings and reviews to help you decide which shows are right for your family. 

Sports fans can access a wide range of stats right on the screen, and those stats update in real time as games progress. My husband is a huge fan of this feature!

Love movies but can't decide what to watch? X1 lets you search by actor and by many popular movie quotes. Using the incredibly awesome new voice command remote that pairs with the X1 box, you can speak into the remote and watch the results pop up onscreen. In our demo, "you can't handle the truth!" produced both A Few Good Men and a round of applause. At home, both of my children (ages 4 and 7) have delighted in calling out their favorite shows and watching them appear on the screen. 

I left the XFINITY event amazed at the range of products the company offers and ready to take advantage of the features on the box I once dismissed as "too tricky." Each of the bloggers I chatted with that evening said they had no idea XFINITY was so much more than cable, and at least a few left with appointments to upgrade or add services. 

If you're interested in learning more, connect with XFINITY online here!

Disclosure: Comcast Beltway and XFINITY invited me to a special blogging event to learn more about their product offerings in the DC area. I received a tablet and a gift bag in exchange for my honest opinions. #xfinitymoms #ad

February 29, 2016

Meet PEEP and EGG: Local Event Featuring New Children's Book 3/12

Disclosure: I received a free copy of  PEEP and EGG: I'm Not Hatching! in exchange for my honest review.

Spring is almost here...and not everyone is ready for it in a fun new book from local author Laura Gehl. Energetic, optimistic Peep is ready to play, but shy and hesitant Egg isn't so sure. Putting up a series of stalling tactics parents of young children may find very, very familiar, PEEP and EGG: I'm Not Hatching! is a sweet story about overcoming fears. My own children, ages six and four, love the cartoon-like drawings and Egg's determined refusals of Peep's fun plans.

Meet Peep and Egg in the book's trailer:

Locals can meet Laura Gehl and join in fun games and crafts related to the book on Saturday, March 12 at the Audubon Naturalist Society’s Woodend Nature Sanctuary.

Take a fun and engaging walk along the Woodend Nature Sanctuary trails, followed by a reading of PEEP and EGG: I'm Not Hatching! by Laura Gehl.  After story time, Gehl will lead interactive games related to the book.  Then make a "hatching" craft to take home, using materials collected on your walk!  Copies of PEEP and EGG will be available for purchase; Laura will personalize and sign books at the end of the morning. Perfect for preschool and kindergarten aged children and their parents.

The event is part of the Itsy Bitsy Audubon series. Click here to preregister for the event, which is $5 per child. Preregistration is required for the event!

February 16, 2016

JumpIt Pass Giveaway

Disclosure: I received a free month of JumpIt Pass in exchange for my honest review.

Parents in the DC area are fortunate to have dozens of great children's classes to choose from - but how do you know which one is right for your child? Wouldn't it be great if there was a way to try a class or two before you paid for a full session? And while we're dreaming, wouldn't it be fun to try a little bit of everything the area has to offer at once?

Thanks to JumpIt Pass, now families can not only try out classes before signing a contract but jump around from class to class, sampling some of the best children's programming the area has to offer for a single monthly rate. 

JumpIt Pass is a monthly membership service for access to the BEST kid’s classes at more than 3,000 venues in DC, Maryland and Virginia. Families can discover and schedule classes at a variety of venues: music, arts and crafts, dance, gymnastics, sports and much more. JumpIt Pass is $99 per month for unlimited classes. For now that price is just for one child, but there is a family plan for up to three kids coming soon. 

Wondering what membership gets you? JumpIt Pass members are free to sign up for as many classes as they like per month, though most venues do limit participants to three classes per billing cycle. Members can book classes up to two weeks in advance, and you're able to cancel classes up to 24 hours in advance. 

My son and I gave JumpIt pass a try...and while a blizzard and winter illness kept us from making the most of our membership, we had a blast at the Music Together class we were able to try. I wasn't sure what to expect as we dropped into a class full of regular students, but the instructor greeted us warmly by name and clearly knew we were going to be joining the group that day. 

Searching for classes is easy - you can search by day of the week, age group, city, and more. We were able to find classes every day of the week that sounded interesting, and every listing includes location information so it's easy to figure out if a class will be easy to get to before you sign up. 

Want to check JumpIt Pass out for yourself? I'm excited to be giving away TEN unlimited memberships for just $1 each. That's a savings of $98! The drawing is open to new users of JumpIt Pass  - good luck!

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