On Movies in Theaters, Date Nights and Marriage

Spring arrived one week ago today, bringing with it a few inches of snow. I rushed to school pick-up with three umbrellas in hand and was delighted to find my husband waiting for us, in his car! It was a rare occurrence for a Friday afternoon.

Snow in spring

Our cards aligned with a last-minute sitter.  What should we do tonight – with a spontaneous date night on our hands.  I soon had a bar code for movie tickets sent to my phone via the Fandango app - and we laced up our boots for a walk to dinner in the snow.

Fandango movie tickets

We decided on The Divergent Series: InsurgentAnd I suppose that we were reminded of what once was – as we watched the suspenseful trajectory of Tris and Four, and the overall theme of goodness prevailing against the Erudite elite.  Back in college we’d dissect movies together after watching them.  Sometimes, my strange interests even left the two of us practically alone together in barren movie theaters.  As the kiddos came into our lives, our special date nights were reserved for dinners out and talking (without little people around!). Movies in theaters soon became PG family affairs.  Although I couldn’t even remember our last date in a theater – the young romance themed movie made us reminisce about where we began.

The next day, our smiley children had lots of questions about our ewe, disgusting date night.  We had a blast!  And despite their silly adjectives, the kids continue to show us how important these stolen moments are.

Special thanks to Fandango for sponsoring this post – and for the date night too! Thanks for reading friends.


Britax Marathon ClickTight Car Seat + Giveaway

When it comes to traveling with our precious little ones, safety comes first.  The safest car seats alongside proper installation and usage are of the utmost importance to us.  I’ve had my share of frustration installing car seats, and when I heard that Britax invented a solution, I couldn’t wait to learn more.  Last summer, I met with team Britax to test out their innovative ClickTight technology in their most popular convertible car seats – The Marathon, Boulevard, and Advocate.

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With friend Brianne at the ClickTight launch event.  Image via Margarita Corporan for Britax.

I shared details of the product launch over on Project Nursery – and our four-and-a-half-year-old has been comfortably traveling in the Britax Marathon ClickTight UltimateComfort Series Convertible Car Seat (exclusive to Babies “R” Us).  We’ve had big changes over the past month – I now have my own car for the first time in about 15 years!  As a two-car, two-kid family, it makes sense to keep one car seat installed in each car, transferring the third seat as needed.  Here’s where the Britax ClickTight ease of installation comes in.

Simply press the tab on the front of the seat, turn the knob to open the front compartment, slide the belt through the designated spots, buckle the seat belt and click the seat shut.  It’s straightforward and simple – and definitely the easiest to install car seat that we’ve ever owned.

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Our little guy is as snug-as-a-traveling-bug and I feel confident installing his car seat. The SafeCell Impact Protection technology keeps him cocooned in safety with an impact stabilizing steel frame, complete side impact protection, and other features far exceeding Federal Safety Requirements. I know that my son is secure – and I hope to never install anything other than a Britax ClickTight again!

Britax ClickTight Review GiveawayIn addition to all of the great features of the regular Britax ClickTight convertible car seats, the Babies “R” Us exclusive UltimateComfort Series models also include a layer of soft, resilient memory foam, exclusive fabric options, and a removable cup holder. We’re so excited to partner with Britax to give one away!

Win It: Enter to win a Britax Marathon ClickTight UltimateComfort Series Convertible Car Seat ($339.99 value) via the rafflecopter below. This giveaway is open to US only, and a winner will be displayed on the widget at contest completion. Best of luck!

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Sample provided.  Opinions, as always, are my own.


Summer Learning with Brain Chase

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This post is sponsored by Brain Chase via The Motherhood.  Opinions, as always are my own. Thanks for reading! We’re big proponents of preserving our children’s unstructured play time – during the school year and throughout the fluid summer months.  We also understand that many kids lose academic ground over the summer.  Meshing magical childhood […]

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Game Kicks

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With a moderate obsession of all things ’80s pop culture, I’m usually pretty fascinated with the reinvention of things reminiscent of my childhood. source So when Skechers sent our little guy their latest invention – an electronic sneaker with a fully-functional, interactive game feature stitched to the side – the whole family was pinning for […]

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On Combating Stress

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I’ve had more than my share of the sort of moments of clarity that tell me to get a better grip of life’s stressors. I know what it’s like to suppress stress, or vent it inappropriately.  And I’ve learned that how I choose to deal with stress is crucial to my wellbeing and that of […]

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Easter Dressing

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The snow and ice are finally melting, and we’re officially dreaming of all that’s warm and bright. Our little big girl has her heart pinned on celebrating spring and Easter and the family togetherness that comes with Holidays.  She was sent the most lovely heirloom-quality Easter dress by Isabel Garreton; a timeless, vintage-inspired design perfect […]

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