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Because the countdown to my son’s next birthday always begins the day after his birthday, I am faced with the challenge of picking something exciting to do each year. My house is on the small side and we can’t plan one outside due to the unpredictability of the weather in October, so I usually do parties off site.

This year we decided to try out Bullseye Battlefield in Colorado Springs . Bullseye Battlefield is an indoor Nerf arena for kids 5 and up. When I decided to book the party, my son and I had never been to Bullseye so we were unsure what to expect. I knew my son liked Nerf Guns so you can’t go wrong. Below is a review of our experience.

 

IMG_0713Party Package and Party Area: The party package costs $225 for the following; Party area, Party host, Level One Equipment Rental, Safety Briefing.  They offer add ons as well, if you want them to supply plates, food etc. We had our party on a Sunday which is an extra $150 but you get the arena to yourself, no outsiders. It should be noted the $225 package isn’t private, which means there could be other players while you party is playing. I don’t see this as a huge issue because the more people you have the more fun it is to play.

 

 

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Review of Package:  The party from beginning to end ran very smoothly. This was in great part because of our party host. From the moment we arrived until we left she coordinated everything. The checking in process can be hectic, and to have someone coordinate is great. They even have a thank you card list that they put together for you. I loved that. They have two party rooms one downstairs one up, we had the upstairs room and it was great.

 

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Equipment: With the party package you receive level 1 equipment. They then have 2 more levels of guns, but you have to pay extra. One major thing I forgot to tell my guests was that they can BRING THEIR OWN GUNS! It wasn’t a huge deals because 6 year old boys loving playing with different guns. they have a huge variety of guns, so it’s great. The guns pictured are Level 1 Guns.

 

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Safety: I love that Bullseye puts a focus on safety and teamwork. Everyone gets a safety briefing prior to play and everyone wears a vest and safety glasses. I loved that there was a director on the arena to give the kids games and challenges. I even joined in and it was a blast! They do not allow shooting others between play and they monitor the arena to make sure everyone is following the rules.

 

 

On a scale of 1-10 for birthday parties. I would rate Bullseye Battlefield a 10. My son had a blast went without a hitch. For more information on Bullseye Battlefield. Click here.  

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The Springs Fitness is giving away a free month’s membership to their new club.

 This is a great opportunity to get into an elite fitness facility for the whole family.

 

 

Membership Includes:

  • Fitness Coach to work with you on your goals and nutrition

  • Childcare

  • A Full Range of Classes such as Zumba, Pilates, Barre, Kickboxing, Swim and More

 

 

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Last night I decided to tackle my spice cabinet. You can see from the photo I had to gear up for this with a glass of wine. After about 15 minutes of pulling everything out, I realized I was doing nothing but pulling all of this out, only to put it back in and have the same messy cabinet a week later.

 

I realized I needed help, so I asked our readers what their best tips were for organizing a  spice cabinet.  Below are the top suggestions along with the system I chose.

 

 

1. Drink more wine. I personally love that suggestion

2. Organize them “by season” so things like nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice, etc go in one corner, everyday spices     up front and condiments, “extras” have their own separate space…works for me!

3. Alphabetize

4. Get rid of everything expired and don’t replace until you need the spice. Try sticking with one brand so      that they all match eventually. And then I put my most used spices on the bottom shelf, occasional use    middle, and hardly ever used on the top/hard to reach shelf.

5. Get rid of the middle shelf and get stair steps. You can get them at the Container Store. They work great and you’ll be able to see everything.

6. Get one of these “as seen on t.v.” shelves, at Walmart or online. I got one. It was very helpful.

I received many great suggestions, but in the end I went with the “As Seen on TV Product” You can order one from Walmart or go straight to www.asseenontv.com.

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If your kids loved Hotel Transylvania, they will love number 2! If you are an adult that has to accompany said child to all things animated, you won’t be disappointed. I didn’t care for the first Hotel Transylvania, but the sequel kept me engaged the entire time. The storyline is good and there are plenty of one liners that adults will enjoy. We opted for the 3D showing and it was great. MOMMY RATING: 5 out of 5! Age Range 3+

 

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It’s Farmer’s Market season! In my house that means it is also fruit fly season. Those pesky little bugs are driving me insane. So I am using my sure fire method to get rid of them. Here you go!

 

 

 

 

1. Pour Apple Cider Vinegar into a bowl

2. Put a few drops of liquid dish detergent in the bowl

3. Stir with your finger to get some bubble going

Now wait for the buggers to fly into the bowl!

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I have read so much about free range parenting lately, and I’m all for it. I am especially all for it if my son has an ever so stylish GPS tracker. I say this tongue in cheek, but I’m a bit serious. I am a child of the 70’s. I remember that my mother would send me to sit in the car ALONE if I misbehaved in the grocery store, I was 6 or 7 when this punishment started. I also remember the pure terror I felt the few times I actually got LOST at the mall or grocery store. Every family has their horror stories about lost kids. Some of these stories don’t have happy endings.

Summer break starts in a 10 short days for my son. This means many outings to very populated places. I really don’t want to be a nervous wreck the entire time, fearing I will lose him in the crowd. I’m going to invest in a cool GPS watch!  This GPS in no way means I can let him run wild, but it does bring me comfort in the event he gets lost. I found a great list of some great GPS options, you can check them out here. 

What are your thoughts? Do you use these devices? Do you think these products are a good idea? Post your comments below.

 

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It’s the end of the school year and I am trying to decide what to give to my son’s teacher to show my appreciation. In the past I have given gift cards, but I want to do something a bit different. Below are 3 great ideas I am considering.

A Day at the Pool Gift

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S’mores Kit

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Customized Teacher Tags

If you don’t have the time to put together something like the ideas above. Check out this site. It has FREE printables!

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Since the release of their debut album “Bad Blood” in 2013, Bastille fans have eagerly anticipated a second album, which according to lead singer Dan Smith should be arriving sometime “soon”. Bastille is known for their genre-bending music style with songs ranging from acoustic ballads to trap influenced covers to rockier, guitar-heavy tunes. Lyrically, they stray from the typical themes of pop music and tend to focus on story lines inspired by history, literature, films, and other people’s heartaches. It’s clear they love experimenting and pushing the envelope musically, and their next creative project is no exception.

 

 

On the cusp of their new, so-far-titleless album the band has lovingly nicknamed “LP2”, Dan Smith shares his thoughts on the new project, “we wanted to do something a little bit daring, something that would challenge us creatively, something that would change the face of music, and something that would stall the release of our next album. We’re hoping we’ve succeeded.” Smith is referring to their latest unexpected project called “LP2: The Musical” which is due to grace the theaters of Broadway late next Spring.

 

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Pictured above: Dan Smith and Kyle Simmons stretching their creative limits. (photo by @vanessa_leighs)

 

“We’ve always wanted to write, produce, and star in our own musical, and now seemed like the perfect time”, says Dan Smith. “ The release date of our album has been pushed back 23 times because of it, but we really feel the fans will understand when they see and embrace the finished production. Unless, they think it’s crap, which is actually more likely.”

 

LP2: The Musical was a collaborative effort with each band member taking the creative reigns when it came to designated tasks.  Dan Smith wrote and produced the musical in between naps, Chris Wood brilliantly executed hair and make-up, Kyle Simmons delightfully managed wardrobe, and Will Farquarson locked himself in a room and designed the set.  Band photographer, Gregory Nolan came on board to choreograph the entire production, and Tom Middleton filmed them from behind. He promises you’ll never see that footage anyway…

 

When asked what the story line behind LP2: The Musical is about, Smith shared, “I dunno. It’s kind of about deep self reflection, hedonism, failed relationships, transitional journeys and hardships. It actually has quite a dark and depressing tone throughout, but the music makes you want to dance, so it all balances out somehow. It’s totally and completely a different direction than we’ve ever taken before. I think fans will be shocked, or maybe not.”

The new musical is set to make it’s debut “soon”, coming to Broadway April 1st, 2016.  You know, April Fool’s Day. 

 

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Two dozen students at an elementary school in Texas were subjected to a partial strip search on Monday when school administrators said they kept finding feces on the gym floor and were determined to get to the bottom of it (pardon the pun).

They were divided in to groups of boys and girls and asked to pull their pants down so teachers could “check” them to see if they could find anything.

Maria Medina, the mother of an 11-year-old girl who was searched, says her daughter’s privacy was violated. She told WFAA the teachers involved should be fired. The 11-year-old girl said “I said I didn’t want to, but I was told I had to because all the kids had to.”

Gustine Independent School District Superintendent Ken Baugh agreed that asking the kids to drop their pants was wrong. “That’s not appropriate, and we do not condone that. So you would take disciplinary action.”

The school is currently under investigation, but parent’s are outraged and are planning a board meeting this week to help push the process along.

How would you handle this as a parent?