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Children's Science Center Virginia

Children’s Science Center in Fairfax, Virginia is a fun place for kids and parents to get creative, learn new things, and above all have fun! 

Children's Science Center Virginia

It is an interactive children’s museum focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. They believe learning should be fun and I agree completely! Children are more likely to retain information if it is presented in new and interesting ways. The Center provides experiential learning opportunities, problem solving and design challenges that help spark interest in STEM. 

We visited The Center for a special media preview and it just so happened to be the Pirate’s birthday too. He had a blast celebrating his birthday! 

One of his favorite places was this magnetic wall. You can move and arrange the pieces however you want. I couldn’t get him to slow down enough to snap a non-blurry shot! 

Children's Science Center Virginia

In the garage the Princess used her imagination to build using blocks. I got in on the action too using my days of building massive towers as a reference point on how to make a sturdy base.

Children's Science Center Virginia

Together we constructed Rapunzel’s Tower! 

Children's Science Center Virginia

Then they headed over to the gear table. The whole family tried our best to get all the gears spinning together! 

Children's Science Center Virginia

Inside The Tinker Shop The Princess and I teamed up to build something that would fly inside the air tube. I think our flower turned out pretty awesome and it ended up flying out of the top of the tube! My husband and the Pirate made a helicopter too!

Children's Science Center Virginia

Over at the Experiment Bar we cooked up recipes for slime, bubbles, and a rainbow! These recipes switch out so you never know what you are going to get to make. 

Children's Science Center Virginia

Children's Science Center Virginia

Children's Science Center Virginia

Children's Science Center Virginia

We ended our time engineering with giant foam tubes and blocks. My kids made their own roller coaster, with a little help from mom and dad. 

Children's Science Center Virginia

We really enjoyed our time at the Children’s Science Center. I especially like that it is designed not only for the kids to be involved but for mom and dad to get in on the action too. It is fun  and the kids learned a lot along the way. If you are local to Northern Virginia I definitely recommend you checking it out!

For more information about  The Center visit: ChildSci.org and connect with them on Facebook and Twitter 

 

We attended the Children’s Science Center for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.

Ant-Man movie review, Ant-Man movie stills, Paul Rudd, #AntMan

Ant-Man packs big action and fun! I was excited to be able to screen the movie while I was in New York City. It was only made better by the fact that Ant-Man himself, Paul Rudd, was there! You guys have no idea how cool that was for me as a fan of his since Clueless, plus my kids couldn’t believe that Ant-Man was at Ant-Man! 

Ant-Man movie review, Ant-Man movie stills, Paul Rudd, #AntMan

I went into the movie excited to see how they would bring Ant-Man to life. As Paul Rudd said it has been awhile since we had a shrinking movie and graphics have gotten a lot better since then. I recommend screening it in 3D because it gives you a better feel for the depth of the graphics when he is tiny. You feel like a kid again, almost like you’re wandering around the Honey I Shrunk the Kids playground at Disney World. 

Ant-Man surprised me, I didn’t think it would have the heart that it did. Scott Lang is the type of character we can relate to, as a normal guy. Maybe not the cat-burglary part of it but that he is a man who is just trying to get his life together. He is not a Norse god, a billionaire playboy philanthropist, or a super soldier. Scott is just Scott. The unlikely hero who does what needs to be done and gives it all he has.

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There always seems to be at least one comedic scene that sticks out in each movie. For this one it was when Scott asks why they just don’t call the Avengers! It also gives more insight into the Pym/Stark relationship. I think it allows a better understanding for those who questioned how Marvel would address how the cinematic universe deviated from the comics. 

Ant-Man movie review, Ant-Man movie stills, Paul Rudd, #AntMan

Evangeline Lilly is kick-butt as Hope Van Dyne. She is smart, strong, and takes no crap off of anyone including Scott. She also packs a mean punch! My daughter is getting more into female superheroes and as fan myself, it is nice to see a strong female lead character. Marvel does a great job at giving their female roles a true presence in the movies. 

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And then there is this guy, Darren Cross aka Yellow Jacket. He has a serious chip on his shoulder he has been nursing for years. His suit is scary, plus I hate yellow jackets. They are jerks. Ant-Man movie review, Ant-Man movie stills, Paul Rudd, #AntMan

Ant-Man movie review, Ant-Man movie stills, Paul Rudd, #AntMan

Michael Douglas is Dr. Hank Pym. The genius behind the suit. He also is a very opinionated old man, with a sarcastic side who is not a big fan of Tony Stark, his dad, the Iron Man suit, or anything Stark related.  

Ant-Man movie review, Ant-Man movie stills, Paul Rudd, #AntMan

I had to share this picture because it is super sweet. This little girl loves her daddy, faults and all. She believes in him when he stops believing in himself, and is his inspiration for finally being man enough to become Ant-Man. 

Ant-Man movie review, Ant-Man movie stills, Paul Rudd, #AntMan

Verdict: I had a blast! It was funny, had a lot of heart, and the action was just what a Marvel fan is looking for. 

Ant-Man took us up, down, and all around the world of Scott in visuals that were pretty amazing. Like I said, the special effects have come along way since the last shrinking movie! Who knew I would become such a fan of ants?

Ant-Man movie review, Ant-Man movie stills, Paul Rudd, #AntMan

Both credit scenes were awesome, yes I said both. Two. And no one of them is not Paul Rudd eating shwarma. Seriously, the second one had me smacking my friend next to me saying did you see that?! That’s *&#@(T#@ sorry can’t tell you! Go see the movie and tweet me so we can gush about it!

The first one was awesome too but I knew that one was coming, at least I was hoping it would come. Regardless of my inclination towards what might happen I was still all yes! I knew it! Ahhh can’t wait! Can you tell I’m having a geek moment as I type this?

I cannot wait to see Ant-Man join up with Captain America and Iron Man in Captain America: Civil War.

Download these Free Ant-Man Activities!

Ant-Man is in theaters everywhere!

Corner Bakery New Flat Breads #UnflatEvent

If you remember my drool worthy pics from a few weeks ago then you’re going to love this news. Corner Bakery new Flatbreads are available now! These flatbreads are anything but flat. Packed with tasty goodness and not a ton of calories! 

At a local Corner Bakery, we were treated to a tasting of the new flatbreads from the head chef of Corner Bakery himself Ric Scicchitano. He shared with us what makes Corner Bakery better than the rest and a lot of jokes too. 

Corner Bakery New Flat Breads #UnflatEvent

Did you know that Corner Bakery makes their coleslaw, pickled onions, and more fresh daily? 

Corner Bakery New Flat Breads #UnflatEvent

These new Unflat breads have joined the lunch and dinner menus. They are all under 330 calories, and trust me they are filling!

Corner Bakery New Flat Breads #UnflatEvent

Available in four flavors:

  • Southwest Chicken with all-natural grilled chicken, zesty slaw, corn and tomato salsa, house-pickled jalapeños and avocado ranch dressing (280 calories)
  • Chicken Caesar with all-natural grilled chicken, romaine, bruschetta tomatoes, Parmesan cheese and Caesar dressing (330 calories)

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  • Caprese with fresh mozzarella, bruschetta tomatoes, arugula and Parmesan cheese (310 calories)
  • BBQ Pork with pulled barbecue pork, tangy slaw, house-pickled red onions and avocado ranch dressing (320 calories)

Ric also taught us the cheat way to make a great flatbread, use a bowl. Why didn’t I think of that? Now the kids can help make some at home without making a huge mess!

Corner Bakery New Flat Breads #UnflatEvent

If you’re like me you prefer whole wheat to white bread. Just ask to substitute for it and they will take care of the rest. 

Corner Bakery New Flat Breads #UnflatEvent

Okay this isn’t a flatbread but it was delicious. Freshly baked, right out of the oven goodness!

For more info on Corner Bakery connect with them on Facebook and Twitter.

Which Flatbread would you like to try first?

 

Clangers TV Show, #SproutClangers, preschool TV Shows

“​This is a sponsored post in collaboration with “Clangers”and Coolabi. All opinions are my own.”

Meet the Clangers, new on Sprout! They are an adorable, unique little family who live in space. These creatures are loving, supportive, curious, and kind. Clangers enjoy problem solving, celebrating diversity, working together, and being curious. William Shatner, as the narrator, takes us along on their daily adventures. The Clangers is a refreshing, unique show that reminds me of the kid shows I grew up watching. Simple, not a lot of dialogue, with endearing characters and stories that speak to the audience not at them. 

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Say hello to the family! Granny, Major, Mother, Small, and Tiny Clanger live on a blue planet and speak to one another using their special sounds. In the words of my kids they look like a cross between a mouse and an elephant and all around so cute! They live inside the planet itself and their adventures take place outside on the surface or underground. The Clangers aren’t alone. We also meet the other creatures that inhabit the planet, like the Soup Dragons, Cloud that rains music notes, and the Iron Chicken.
One of our favorite episodes is about the Tiny’s Music Tree composition. The kids and I agreed we wish we could grow music trees! This might be my Star Trek days talking, but I think William Shatner is an ideal narrator for the show. His voice is calm, clear, and since the show airs at night soothing for little ones to hear before bedtime. 


 

To learn more about the Clangers visit www.clangers.com for games, videos, and more!

Also, connect with Clangers on Facebook,  Twitter #SproutClangers, and Pinterest!

 

Clangers TV Show, #SproutClangers, preschool TV Shows

The episode The Flying Froglets reminded me of my own grandmother. In the episode it is Granny Clangers birthday and they all try to come up with a great gift for her. Small wants his gift to be special and useful. In the end he creates a special invention for Granny and everyone loves it. It made Granny very happy. I know when it is my grandmother’s birthday I always try my best to get her something she will love that will put a smile on her.

The kids and I really enjoy snuggling up on the couch to watch the Clangers. If you have little ones at home, be sure to watch The Clangers, they will love it!

Watch Clangers on Sprout every day at 7pm EST!

Clangers TV Show, #SproutClangers, preschool TV Shows

Aflac #SummerSafety #ad

Summer is in full swing at my house. The days are long, hot, and we are trying to have as much as possible, despite seeing school supplies creeping back into the stores! I try to make Summer an accident free time of year. No time of year is ideal for injuries but I think we can agree that Summer is pretty bad. I’m sharing my Summer vacation tips to be ready for anything! 

  • Stay Hydrated. No brainer I know. I like to make sure we have water with us at all times. You never know when you might get stuck somewhere longer than expected and suddenly everyone is thirsty and you can either drink tap water or pay $5 for a bottle. No thanks I’ll bring my own. 
  • Travel Safety Kit. I keep stats of bandages, antiseptic, and gauze in the car just in case those daredevil moves on the playground turn bloody. 
  • Mineral Based Sunscreen & Organic/Natural Bug Spray. No-one wants a bug bite or a sunburn. Keep aloe handy just in case!
  • Helmets for Bikes, Scooters, Skateboards, etc. And padding, seriously do not even try to ride by me without a helmet!
  • Sneakers for the playground. I love flip flops and so do my kids however they are not ideal for the playground or anytime you are running around. No support at all, so lace up those sneakers.

My Princess loves dance, but in the Summer she takes a break from ballet and focuses on gymnastics. She also spends all her free time in the pool or running around with her brother. 

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Unfortunately, accidents do happen. No sooner had we kissed goodbye the school year and dove headfirst into Summer than this happened.  Hello ER goodbye pool. Summer Safety Tips, Aflac #SummerSafety #ad

Broken Ankle. Those are not words you want to hear ever, especially at the start of Summer. After a trip to the orthopedist, we wound up with this contraption that swallowed her foot but at least allowed her to walk. Although she couldn’t jump in the pool at least with this boot on we could still get out and about and have some fun. 

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Despite my preparedness for Summer something can always happen. Fortunately for you and I, Aflac is there to help save Summer. 

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Did you know according to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 2.6 million children 0-19 years old are treated in the emergency department each year for sports and recreation-related injuries? Also, each year, 2.6 million children visit emergency rooms for sports-related injuries! According to Bankrate.com, a recent study shows that if someone encounters a significant, unexpected expense, such as an emergency room visit, only 38 percent of respondents indicated they could cover it with cash they have on hand in a savings account or checking account. 

Accidents are more common than we think, but if we prepare ourselves with supplemental insurance like Aflac’s accident policy to help cover out-of-pocket expenses, we won’t have to feel burdened by the costs of an injury. 

For six decades, Aflac insurance policies have given policyholders the opportunity to focus on recovery, not financial stress. In 2015, Fortune magazine included Aflac on its list of Most Admired Companies for the 14th time, ranking the company No. 1 in innovation for the insurance, life and health category. Through its trailblazing One Day PaySM initiative, Aflac U.S. can receive process, approve and disburse payment for eligible claims in one business day. 

To learn more about Aflac and how they can help your family stay sage this Summer visit HERE.  

Would you add any tips to my list? Are you ready if something unexpected happens this summer? 

 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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