Time for More Monster Jam

It’s time for #MoreMonsterJam in Cleveland, Ohio this month!

An exciting thing this year is that Cleveland is debuting the Soldier Fortune Black Ops truck driven by Tony Ochs- a Northwest PA resident who is considering the Cleveland show his ‘hometown return!’ Tony is a U.S. Army veteran and former Apache helicopter crew chief and comes to Monster Jam after touring with Feld Entertainment’s Marvel Universe LIVE! as a motorcycle crew chief. Ochs spent 10 years in the Army, half of which were spent on base in Fort Hood and Fort Bliss, Texas, and the other overseas. Ochs has completed tours in Korea, Iraq and Afghanistan over that 10 year span. Here’s a preview of what to expect from Tony:

 

Showtimes

Saturday, February 13     2pm  &  7:30pm

Sunday, February 14        1pm  & 6pm

Party in the Pits

Saturday, February 13     10:30am to 12pm

Sunday, February 14       10am to 11:30am

Tickets

Children – $12

Adults    – $20-$57

Discount Code Available

4 tickets for $48 using code FAM48 on theqarena.com

*Not valid on premium seating. No double discounts.

 

*Giveaway is closed. Thanks to all who entered to win!*

ENTER TO WIN A Family 4 pack to Monster Jam in Cleveland!

*Sunday, 6pm showtime

Be sure to do the mandatory entry listed below. After that, feel free to do any of the extra entries for more chances to win. Entries will be accepted until 9pm, Tuesday, February 9, 2016. A winner will then be chosen via random.org and will be announced on Facebook and on our giveaway winners post. The winner will also receive an e-mail and will have 12 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

MANDATORY ENTRIES: You must do at least ONE of the mandatory entries. Feel free to do both if you’d like.

1 Entry – “Like” The Boy Meets Girl Blog on Facebook

1 Entry – Follow The Boy Meets Girl Blog via e-mail (right side of blog).

BONUS Entries:

1 Entry – “Like” Monster Jam on Facebook!

2 Entries – Follow thebmgblog on Twitter

2 Entries – Get a friend to enter this giveaway. (They must leave a comment with your name. You must also do your two entry comments for it to count.)

3 Entries – Tweet/Retweet about this giveaway for 3 extra entries EVERYDAY.

3 Entries – Comment on a non-giveaway post.

4 Entries – Enter another current giveaway (when available).

4 Entries – Read All About Monster Trucks and tell us something you learned.

 

*I received event tickets from FELD in exchange for this post.

Being Happy in my Current Season of Life

Just in time for our daughter to start Kindergarten, we moved to a smaller city with better schools. We quickly got to know many of our neighbors via the bus stop. All of the other families had older children while we had our Kindergartner and a two year old. While many of the mom’s were spending their days volunteering at the school or hanging out together, I was working full time. While I loved my job, I hated being away and being that mom that couldn’t participate in special activities and missing out on so much.

A few months in to that school year, I lost my job. I had some health issues to get through when that happened and it was the holiday’s. After that, my husband and I both searched for jobs. We decided whoever found a good job would be the working parent and the other would stay home. I was sad to not be at my old job anymore and helping the families I worked with. BUT, I was LOVING being home with my boy all day and being there for my daughter when she got on the bus and got off. Needless to say, I was excited when my husband found a job that seemed to be MADE for him. So we swapped roles again.

Since I was home with our boy, I had more time on my hands. Not that a two year wasn’t a handful. :)  I was invited to help out with various events at the school. It was difficult since I was home with a toddler and no vehicle. I was able to get rides to the school from time to time and took him along with me. It worked for some things, but some things, it didn’t. It was difficult wanting to be there for all of the events since I wasn’t tied down to a job, but it was only possible if my boy was able to be there as well.

I didn’t get to attend much at the school. With three PTA moms in our neighborhood and at the bus stop, my daughter noticed that they were ALWAYS at the school and I was not. She understood the struggles I had with being able to be there like them, but I still felt bad. I expressed many times how I hated not being able to do what the other mom’s were doing by being actively part of their kids’ school.

One day, one of the mom’s told me that it’s all about the seasons of life. She told me that it may be difficult to see where I was at in life and compare it to everyone else. She reminded me that I need to enjoy and find happiness in MY current season in life. MY season was being a stay at home mom who was always with her two year old. I LOVED the time with my boy, but that conversation helped me a lot that week, year, and even still to this day.

These days, I’m still a stay at home mom. My boy has moved on to half day preschool this year and I’m saddened that in about 7 months, my boy is going off to BIG school, on the bus, with his sister, all day, everyday. I’m going to miss him so much just like I have missed my daughter all these years that she’s been in school. I am excited for him since he’s going to be learning and experiencing so many new things AND he gets to have his big sister on the bus with him and at his school for two years.

These past years I have indulged in the season of life I’ve been in and enjoyed it as much as I possibly could. I’ve loved it!

Years ago, as I looked in to the future of the time my boy would be in school, I thought about all the time I was going to have on my hands. I could invest more time into my home businesses. I could volunteer OFTEN at the school with BOTH my kids! Maybe I can get a part time job too. That season of my life was something I’ve looked forward to.

I no longer see myself with tons of time on my hands and I don’t see myself volunteering at the school as often as I like. But I’m okay, and happy with this.

This is because I’ll be entering a new, unexpected, but very much wanted, season of my life. I’ll be the stay at home mom, with two kids in BIG school, and a newborn to take care of! While some mom’s would go crazy starting over with an 8 and 5 year old, I am ecstatic. We had a rough year last year and this pregnancy, while stressful already, is giving us our precious third child to complete our family. I’m super excited about relearning all things pregnancy and baby and entering this new season of life.

If you find yourself unhappy in your current season, look for ways to make it work for you. It may not be exactly what you hoped for, but it’s up to YOU to find ways to appreciate what you have going on and indulge yourself into what you HAVE and what you CAN DO, RIGHT NOW. Don’t waste your current days, daydreaming about the future.

Tips for a Lego Themed Party

For my daughter’s last birthday, she wanted to do a Lego movie theme. Since we didn’t have access to the actual movie decorations and accessories, we put our own together based on a color scheme. Any Lego party can be put together in the same way.

For our daughter’s party, we used WyldStyle’s colors, black and pink along with blue and yellow. Here are some of the ways we put the party together.

Decorations

For our WyldStyle colored party, we bought a bunch of colored balloons from the Dollar Tree. Black, white, blue, and pink were all bundled nicely by the gift table. We used a black and pink Happy Birthday banner and pink and black table cloths.

food table

Accessories

 

We purchased multi colored accessories. Utensils were available in pink and blue and we had yellow cups. The straws were black and pink and so were the plates and napkins. I had a lot of fun building the utensil holders.

Food and Drinks

 

We had a simple meal at the party with pizza, wings, and sides. The side items were served in matching blue serving trays and bowls. Our drinks were pink and blue.

The most important items were the birthday girl’s cake and the cupcakes! Our friend and local bakery owner made these for us and they were wonderful.

Gift table

At the gift table, we used a large dry erase board to write the famous line from the Lego Movie, “Everything is Awesome”. Next to the gifts, we set out our ‘lego brick’ goodie bags.

 

The goodie bags were made with blue and pink lunch style bags that I found at WalMart for only 33cents a piece! I measured and cut out yellow circles and glued 6 to the front of each bag to resemble a lego brick. We filled them with a few party favors and left space for pinata goodies to go in as well. The kids enjoyed them and I was happy that they turned out so nicely. (I’m not super crafty.) :)

Gift Table

Activities

We only planned a few activities for our daughter’s party. With 40+ invited and it being outside, we knew there would have to be time for the kids to just simply play.

-We had a jar full of legos and we had our guests guess how many were in there.

-We did a lego run with kids versus adults. We set up two buckets full of legos and one spoon at the front of each line. Then, a few feet away there were two more empty buckets to be filled. Everyone took turns scooping up a spoonful of legos and walking it to the opposite bucket.

-We finished off the activities with a pinata. Of course all of the kids enjoyed hitting it and gathering the goodies that fell.

Pinata

Many of our party supplies came from BirthdayExpress.com. This company has a wide variety of party themes available but for parties like ours, they also have a nice variety of colors to choose from in their various accessories. Our favorite product from them was the pinata which came with a cute blind fold and stick. They also offer candy AND toys to fill the pinata which I LOVE.

Be sure to check out their products for your next party. Place your order in a few clicks and spend the rest of your time planning out the rest of your party.

*We received products from BirthdayExpress.com in exchange for this post.

All About Monster Trucks

It’s that time of year again where NorthEast Ohio residents are gearing up for Monster Jam 2016!! Maybe you’ve been going every year, but how much do you actually know about the trucks themselves? Check out these facts and let us know what you’ve learned.

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 to125 to 130 feet (a distance greater than 14 cars side by side) and up to 35 feet in the air.

Tire Size – 66”/ 167cm / 1.7 Meters X 43”/ 109cm / 1 meter on a 25” / 63.5 cm Tall Wheel

Motor Type – Supercharged Fuel Injected Big Block American V8

Motor Size – less than 575 cubic Inches / 9.4 Litres displacement

Horsepower – 1350 – 2000+

Top Speed – 70 MPH/113 KM/H, Monster Jam trucks are equipped with tachometers which measure the working speed of an engine versus speedometers which measure vehicle speed

Suspension Travel – 20-32” Fully adjustable Nitrogen or Coilovers

Chassis – Custom Steel minimum of 8 points that attached to main chassis

Body – Fiberglass Composite with Lexan Windshield

Fuel Capacity – 22 Gallon/ 83 Litre Fuel Cell

Fuel Type – 99.9% Methanol (Alcohol)

Fuel Economy – 7 Gallons per Mile/17 Litres per Kilometer

Truck Safety

  • 50+ point safety inspection before each show
  • Remote Ignition Interrupter (RII), Track Officials can shut a truck off at any time
  • On Board Fire Extinguisher System

Driver Safety

  • 5 Point Racing Harness
  • Fire Resistant Suit, Shoes, Gloves and Racing Helmet

Transport Trailer (loaded) – 62,000 lbs / 28,000 Kilograms

Monster Truck frame

 

Today’s Monster Jam® trucks use lightweight bodies and tires so more strength and weight can be put into the frame without sacrificing speed, maneuverability, or safety.

  1. Body – Made of fiberglass, a Monster Jam truck body is custom designed to create a character or theme for the truck. Custom body trucks can be carved by hand out of styrofoam and wood to create a “plug” which is then used to create a fiberglass body mold or created by computers.

 

  1. Driver Seat – Most Monster Jam trucks have the driver seated in the center of the vehicle so he or she can best see the track for weight distribution. The seats are custom molded to each driver’s body and all drivers use head and neck restraint devices to keep their heads secure during rough landings. As a safety measure, all seatbelts employ a 5 point harness to restrain the driver’s body.

 

  1. Paint – Most Monster Jam trucks feature highly designed, customized airbrushed artwork on their bodies. Airbushing is expensive and time consuming as some trucks require more than 40 hours of paint time. Monster Jam body fabricators are always assured lots of work though, as their custom creations are routinely destroyed during the shows.

 

  1. Engines – Custom-built, supercharged and methanol-injected, a Monster Jam truck engine burns up to 10 liters of methanol per run (approximately 80 meters) and delivers about 1,500 horsepower.

 

  1. Suspension System – In order to allow the drivers to withstand the punishing impacts of jumping and crashing a Monster Jam truck during a performance, each truck is equipped with specially-engineered extra long 76cm shock absorbers filled with oil and nitrogen gas that are installed with each tire.
  2. Tires – Each Monster Jam truck tire is custom made. They must be 66 inches high and 43 inches wide. The average Monster Jam truck team will go through 8 tires in one year. Tires are designed differently to satisfy various track conditions and driver preference. Carving just one tire requires over 50 hours of exacting labor.

My Green Fills is offering a free month trial

Are you searching for some new laundry detergent, stain remover, and more for your family’s laundry? TODAY is the day to make the decision to try out a new brand!

My Green Fills is offering a special Cyber Monday trial offer. If you register today, you can choose one of three value packs to receive for FREE.

My Green Fills month trial

This is a TRIAL offer, and at the end of a month, if you’re happy with the product, you will be charged and receive another month’s supply of what you tested. If you’re not happy, all you have to do is notify the company, send back your jugs, and you will not have to worry about a thing.

Join Shutterfly for FREE prints & Cyber Monday Savings

I just joined Shutterfly and I’m going to receive 50 free prints, a free magnet, AND address labels! I was just thinking last night that I needed to print some more pictures so this was the best time to find this deal. You can also go sign up and get yourself some free prints for around your home or to share with family this holiday season!

Shutterfly Free Prints on Sign up

Also, today only, you can gather more Shutterfly savings with their Cyber Monday only discount code (CYBERDEAL) that gives an ADDITIONAL 25% off all purchases, sales items included!

Wait, that’s not all!

If you join with THIS LINK, you can get your holiday cards made for 50% OFF! What a deal!

So, what are you waiting for? Go sign up and take advantage of the Cyber Monday discount and the holiday cards discount! Order today to combine those savings together!

Shop Small, Shop Local on Small Business Saturday

It’s Saturday morning. Maybe you’re browsing the internet while sipping some coffee. Is that coffee made or sold locally? Haven’t thought about it? Many don’t.

As you go about your day today, I suggest that you intentionally think about where everything you consume or use, comes from.

Maybe you’re taking your children out for a special treat this afternoon. Are you going to a large chain restaurant or going to that local restaurant which is owned by your neighbor?

You’re attending a holiday party this evening. You enjoy the delicious food that is served and you know the host didn’t make it all. Maybe you could ask where they got it. Maybe, you could order from that local business to get your child’s birthday cake, your snacks for your own holiday gatherings, or for that dreaded company meeting.

The big question is this…

Are you supporting big box stores or mom and pop shops on a regular basis? Everyone has their preferences, and conveniences are wonderful. As a mom, I admit I take advantage of conveniences.

But maybe, sometimes, we can take that extra step and go out of our way to help others in a more personal way with our purchases. One small purchase can make a world of difference in a small business owners success.

Every individual purchase from a small business matters and makes a difference. MANY small business sales allow a mom to contribute to her family’s finances, puts food on the table for a local family, allows children to take dance lessons or join little league. If more people thought of it in that way, I think more would join us in supporting small businesses all the time.

Today is Small Business Saturday and we’d like to encourage you all to help support your local business owners. Your friend or neighbor that bakes, makes jewelry, sells candles, owns a bookstore, etc… Consider checking out their products or shops TODAY and make a purchase. If you can’t make a purchase, show support to your local businesses. Share them. Trust me, when I see someone simply share the existence of my businesses (even this blog!), it puts a smile on my face and hope in my heart.

Do you own a small business? Feel free to share your links in the comments below. Looking for some small businesses to support? Here are some businesses owned by your bloggers here at the Boy Meets Girl blog.

Keepin’ It Radio:
Radio Station focused solely on LOCAL and INDEPENDENT musicians from around the world.

Because of You Confections and Creations:
Handmade jewelry and homemade fudge, buckeyes, bread, and more!

American Serenade by Michelle Rouzzo:
Fair trade coffees, Organic teas, Wine, Chocolate Covered espresso beans and more!

Something Tiafied:
Cakes, Chocolate Covered Oreos, Coffee/Cocoa Stir Spoons and more!

 

Fire Kids Edition with Kid Proof Case is worth the extra expense

I have been hearing about the Fire tablet a lot lately and I was even asked if my daughter would like one for Christmas this year. It sounds great and I was shocked to see the low price of $34.99.

Then, I was sent a link to the Fire KIDS edition and I fell in love more. The Kids edition has a kid proof case that comes in blue or pink. The case being included alone had me excited since we would have been buying one for the regular tablet anyway. Knowing that it’s a KID PROOF case, made it that much better.

Fire Kids Edition

The Fire Kids edition is shown enduring spills and falls onto concrete in the video below. While my kids are pretty easy on electronics, they are still kids, so those perks are absolutely wonderful to me.

Here are the rest of the perks on the Amazon.com listing:

  • Up to $109 in savings on Fire, 1 year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited and a Kid-Proof Case, plus a 2-year worry-free guarantee
  • Not a toy, a full-featured Fire tablet with a 7″ IPS display and front and rear cameras. Add a microSD card for up to 128 GB of additional storage.
  • 2-year worry-free guarantee: if they break it, return it and we’ll replace it for free. No questions asked.
  • Unlimited, free access to 10,000 kid-friendly books, movies, TV shows, educational apps, and games with 1 year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited included
  • Best-in-class parental controls allow you to manage usage limits, content access, and educational goals

Okay, I was excited about a kid proof case. BUT if somehow we still managed to end up with a broken tablet in the first two years – we can get a new one FREE. No questions asked! (They must know they’d get some crazy stories from us parents!)

This tablet comes with a year of free, unlimited use of Amazon Freetime. This is what will give your child access to 10,000+ movies, books, games, and more. After the year, it’s only $2.99 to $4.99 a month to continue on which is absolutely reasonable and affordable.

My children are going to be 7 1/2 and 5 at Christmas this year. For about a year now I’ve been contemplating getting a tablet of some sort for them that allows for games but also educational apps, reading, movies, and more. One of my biggest concerns was giving them something with the ability to do all of that and have them stumble upon something not kid friendly. Knowing that the Fire Kids Edition has built in, manageable parental controls really sets my heart at ease.

The Fire Kids Edition can be purchased on Amazon for $99.99, free shipping. Yes, you could go with the cheaper ‘adult’ version, but all of the perks to the Fire Kids Edition are absolutely worth the price difference in my opinion.

 

*This post contains affiliate links. Purchasing through my link, helps my family. :)

TWO DAY savings with American Serenade

I am SO excited about this discount being offered to our customers for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday! You have TWO DAYS to figure out what products you want to stock up on and get them ordered.

Black Friday Special 15% off

I am a consultant for this company and it’s truly because THIS brand MADE me a coffee drinker. I’ve never been able to stand the taste of coffee until this came in to my life and now I have at least one cup a day. I believe it is because of the small businesses involved in getting this coffee to me. American Serenade offers fair trade and organic products which come from other small businesses in the United States. The coffees and teas are made in small batches which allows for better quality and taste and the coffee is ground upon each order.

Coffee, tea, wine, chocolate covered espresso beans and more… Head on over to www.americanserenade.com and order yours today. Please, choose Michelle Rouzzo as your consultant when you place your order.

Feel free to also connect with me on Facebook:
American Serenade by Michelle Rouzzo

 

Book an Amazon Home Service, Get $30 Gift Card

Did you know Amazon offers home services? This is definitely new knowledge to me. I just browsed through the 334 results of home service offerings. I am amazed! While some services are not available in all areas, they have a LOT to offer.

Need a garbage disposal installed? Let Amazon Home help you out!

Need assistance assembling your treadmill? Amazon Home can do that too!

Some of the other services offered include:

  • Light Fixture Replacement
  • Patio Heater Assembly
  • House Cleaning
  • Dryer Vent Cleaning

and SO many more.

It is definitely worth your time to check out the services offered over at Amazon Home. There may be a service you need now or will be in need of in the future.

Right now Amazon Home is offering a special deal for Black Friday and the weekend. If you book a service worth $75 or more, you’ll receive a $30 gift card. This special offer ends on Monday, November 30, 2015. Gift card is sent within three weeks of the service booking.