The Queen Rules at Medieval Times

It’s a new year and a new time –  and we’re thrilled to share that starting today, Medieval Times is debuting a new show based around a matriarch! So move on over King, because her majesty, the Queen, is now in charge as the sole ruler of the land.


We’re big fans of visiting the Lyndhurst, NJ castle – it makes for a really fun and entertaining experience for all generations.  Alongside the jousting, cheering and feasting with our hands – I can’t tell you how happy I am to have my kids (a daughter and son) see the new show with a female in charge as a firm and respected leader.  For the first time in 34-years – the Queen is cast in this leadership role. Right-on Medieval Times!


In addition to the Queen and the continuation of all the elements that viewers love, there are a bunch of exciting new changes to the show.

  • The new live-action film score is precisely synchronized with every element of the show: from lights to fights; jousts to jabs; the Queen’s entry to curtain closings and more.
  • More than 700 new costumes for all nine castles’ performers including horses, all of which are custom-designed and hand-made at a dedicated costume shop in Dallas, TX.
  • The sound and light team spends 120 hours programming 300 new music cues and 500 new lighting cues. Several castles are installing and programming a new LED lighting system that offers 256 colors (the previous system had 14 colors).  The system is powered by 10 miles of cable and an estimated million-dollar upgrade.
  • 200 new suits of armor, shields, and helmets, all of which are custom-designed and hand-made at a dedicated armory in Florida.
  • More than 350 team members and 225 horses train and rehearse new lines and fight scenes for three months while still presenting the current show.
  • New music – composed by Dr. Daniel May, a  composer and jazz pianist who highlights include scoring “Everest” and other films – and working with notable names including Sting and The Moody Blues. Dr. Daniel May directed and recorded Medieval Times’ new show composition in Kiev with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine. He directed the choir in Ukraine with lyrics written by poet and choir member Solomia Gorokhivska, and a solo cellist and violin player from Pittsburgh, PA.

Grab your tickets here!



A Modern Day Superhero Birthday Bash

 This post is part of the #PartyReddi campaign sponsored by Reddi-wip.  Opinions, as always are my own.  Thanks for reading!

Our little guy is approaching his fifth birthday and desperately needs to know “HOW MANY MORE DAYS?!!!”. While one month may not be soon enough for him, I have enough time to plan his summer bash.  We’re all for simple and fun kids’ birthday parties – and in that spirit we styled a cool monochrome-themed birthday dessert bar, fit for the modern day superhero.


With a cost-conscious focus on minimal prep time,  I grabbed all of the food, toppings, Reddi-wip® and some needed supplies at our local Walmart.  Here’s how the desert bar was set-up in a hot-after-school-matter-of-minutes.

  • Go for individual cake bowls. In lieu of baking a birthday cake, serve mini strawberry angel food cake bowls.  Simply follow these easy steps:
  1. Prepare macerated strawberries by washing and slicing strawberries, and then sprinkling with sugar.  Cover in a bowl and refrigerate overnight.
  2. layer Reddi-wip, macerated strawberries, a slice of angel food cake and repeat.
  3. Celebrate with Reddi-wip by adding delicious dollops! Have fun helping the kids select toppings.
  • Go for premade! Picking up an angel food cake at the Walmart bakery cuts party prep time in half.  And right now, Walmart is offering a free smash cake with any bakery purchase of $14.98.

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  • Serve no-fuss desserts.  In addition to the individual cakes – serve no fuss options like mini chilled chocolate milk jugs. Simply stick the milk in the freezer to chill a few minutes ahead of time for a frosty taste.  Also, go for options like pudding served in mini bowls.
  • Set up a toppings bar with options like blueberries, raspberries, granola, sprinkles and Reddi-wip.  Use this coupon to grab a $1.00 savings on any two Reddi-wip whipped topping products 6.5oz or larger with the purchase of fresh berries.
  • Personalize the party theme. Our little guy dreams of developing his own super powers!  Adding unique superhero masks to the dessert bar helps to pull the monochrome theme together.  And this age group will love morphing into superheroes while enjoying tasty treats!
  • Stick to the plan.  A fantastic budget friendly party is absolutely possible with the right preparations! Stick to your budget and enjoy the festivities and togetherness that will live on in your little ones’ memories.


This simple kids birthday bash is easy and fun with a Reddi-wip party staple offering more birthday party for less!  We like the fact that it’s a healthier alternative to the food-colored options typically served to this age group, and a delicious, creamy alternative to other oil-based toppings.  With real dairy cream as the #1 ingredient, it’s a great party treat – even when the kids are caught red handed!


WIN IT! We’re excited to offer one lucky reader a $50 Walmart gift card to get #PartyReddi for that spring or summer birthday bash!  To enter, simply visit the rafflecopter below.  US only and best of luck!

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Essential Wedding Registry Items

This post is sponsored by Target.  Opinions are my own. Thanks for reading!

My husband and I will celebrate ten (TEN!) years of marriage this June. It’s hard to believe that we’ve known each other for more than half of our lives – but in some ways, It feels like he’s been a part of me forever.  Amidst the excitement of friends coming off of holiday engagements, we’ve partnered with Target to share our top must-have wedding registry items. Even ten years later, we’re grateful for so many things that were gifted at the start of our marriage.  And since Target has tons of fantastic variety, they help couples register without losing the uniqueness that merged them together in the first place.  Check out our favorite Target wedding registry picks below:


Wedding Registry Essentials

Threshold Bar Cart || KitchenAid Ultra Power 4.5 Qt Stand Mixer ||Threshold Etched Glass Drinkware Collection ||Nikon P530 16.1MP Digital Camera ||Calphalon Stainless Steel Cookware ||SONOS PLAY: 5 Wireless HiFi System

From cooking delicious homemade meals and baking treats to mark special occasions.  To enjoying favorite music and documenting forever memories on film.  To celebrating at home as a couple or entertaining company – Target registry has it all.  Our favorite gift options are perfect for creating those important date nights in, with the reassurance of quality brands that will last over time. The straightforward registry process including inspirational starter lists, a 15% off registry completion discount, and no-hassle returns makes Target the ideal wedding registry one-stop-shop.

Cheers to love!


And They All Screamed For Ice Cream

Our little big girl is officially seven!  She rang in her special day with an ice cream birthday party at the iconic Eddie’s Sweet Shop  in Forest Hills, Queens.

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With a goal of keeping things fun and simple we couldn’t think of a more perfect spot than this classic, family-owned ice cream parlor with old school charm.  The kiddos made sand art, ate pizza, and hopped on the shop’s spinning wooden stools to load up on temporary tattoos set up along the parlor’s bar.

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Want to know what seven year old’s are really great at? Making their own sundaes!  With over 20+ flavors of homemade ice cream to choice from in addition to sauces and toppings galore – the kiddos all screamed for ice cream.

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They were also pretty smitten with shopping for toys and treats with their own Eddie’s sweet shop bills.

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Cheers to our darling seven year old!

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And thank you to Eddie’s for this special day!

This post is not sponsored in any way. Sweet dress and coat c/o PS from Aeropostale.


Game Day Party – A Super Bowl Bash

I may not be much of a football fan but I do love a great gathering!  The Super Bowl is just weeks away and if you’re gearing up for a game day bash check out our party ideas and game day recipes over on Momtrends.

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Go, Fight, Win Y’all!


20 Holiday Cocktails to Get the Relatives Tipsy

Check out 20 Holiday Cocktails to Get The Relatives Tipsy

by Monica Marino at



The Holidays are upon us and sometimes it’s nice to keep family festivities Merry and Bright with a bit of help from the liquor cabinet.  Holiday parties also provide the perfect reason to break out the red lippy and create signature cocktails and large batch drinks.  For this month’s curated FOODIE collection, we rounded up a great selection of Christmas cocktails and Holiday drinks.  From a classic hot toddy and spiked eggnog to tequila mint hot chocolate and peppermint white Russians – our collection has a special beverage for every family member.  Enjoy the Holidays and please be responsible friends!

This post is sponsored by FOODIE by MODE Media.  Opinions, as always, are my own.