Great Deals on Groupon, With Mom in Mind!

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There’s nothing I like better than a great deal! Well, maybe a great deal on things to do around my town. Since having my second child I have to pay even more attention to our family’s spending but don’t want want to take away from 0ur fun activities. So when I’m looking to find something for me and/or my family to enjoy I hit up Groupon Things To Do.

Groupon For Post-Pregnancy

Almost 6 months ago I had my 2nd baby, A.J. As sweet and adorable as he is, it was tough and I was experiencing a serious need to get out of the house and do something for my mind & body. Lucky for me I found a great deal on a fitness bootcamp that was just up the street from my home which was perfect. I never knew it was there and was so grateful to be able to do a little something for my post-pregnant self. I felt refreshed and ready to take on a million diaper changes after that first class!

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Groupon For Date Night

Now that I’ve been feeling a little more energized these days, and the baby is bigger, I can’t wait to grab a groupon for a date night that hubby and I could sure use. Everything from movie ticket packages to wine tastings to paintball (yeah, that’s how we roll!) is right at our fingertips.

Groupon For “Me Time:

Of course, doing things for my body & health and enjoying quality time with my hubby is great, I don’t want to forget about my overall health & well-being. That means making sure I find time to just unwind and do something fun for myself. There was plenty of things I found that would let me enjoy a little “me time” like taking a cooking class, painting, maybe even check out a zombie convention because I’m a bit of a fan and my other half? Not so much, lol! 

Groupon For Family Fun:

And after taking care of myself I know I can be a better mami to my kids and we can enjoy more great Groupon deals together. I know we’ll be grabbing any bowling or bounce house deals because those are winners in my household but I can’t wait to explore new places & activities with the family!

Just remember to sign up for the Groupon emails tailored to your local Things To Do (you would provide your city or zip code to help locate the best deals in your area).

I just love the fact that Groupon shows us things that we may have never even known about and get to experience it at great deals . I hope you get the chance to try it out and enjoy life at a great price!

What is an awesome Things To Do Groupon deal you discovered or want to try out?

The Children’s Theatre Presents -The Magic Kite #ElPapaloteMagico #CLT

It was a beautiful Saturday morning in Charlotte, NC and I awoke feeling refreshed and blessed in so many ways. Mami2Mommy was invited to see The Magic Kite – El Papalote Magico at the Children’s Theatre and so I took my daughter, my sister and nephew to see the show. When I first heard about this show I was excited to see it because it resonated with me on so many levels. This beautifully written story is about a boy named, Tito, whose father is unexpectedly deported to Mexico. With the use of puppets and live music this magical story is told with a performance that is seamless and connects with children and your heartstrings.

Over the years I have had several conversations with my children about my childhood and how very different it was from theirs. I grew up in a small Hudson River town in New York with my family. We by no means were rich but my parents worked hard and gave us everything we needed. We were a Latino family from Peru growing up in a town that never treated us differently. To this day we still have strong ties to our hometown and friendships that have lasted a lifetime.

As we drove to the Children’s Theatre my sister, Jennifer, and I began to talk with our children about the show we were about to see. My daughter and nephew began asking us questions about deportation and why would a family member be sent away for no reason. My sister and I looked at each other and there in that moment a dialogue began and we shared with them our family story.

Without his family, my Papi traveled to New York from Peru to give us a better life of opportunities. At that time it was my mama, my sister and I. My sister and I were very young and only one year apart in age. I can tell you with certainty that I have no memory of my Papi leaving us, but my mama shared stories of how much we missed him and how difficult it was for all of us. After about a year my mama, sister, and I headed to New York to join my Papi and to begin our lives together in a new country. There were many challenges for us when we arrived. We knew no one, we had no family there and a language barrier made it even more difficult.

Over time we assimilated, began attending public schools, made friends and learned to speak English. We were making a life for ourselves in our new home in America. My mama even had another a child, a baby girl. But then one day something changed – something was very different. My parents told us we had to pack up and go back to Peru and my sisters and I didn’t know why. After a few months of living in Peru, I worried whether we would ever return? Thankfully we were able to go back home. Yes, I say home because America was and is my home. Without getting into all the details of what happened during that time, the story of the Magic Kite brought forth memories of how I felt when I was young – confused, afraid and unsure of what was to be for our future. But over time I realized that we were going to be okay and that my family would stay together. The love and unity of family made me the strong person I am today. My parents taught me to work hard and believe in myself. Because of them I am an educator, a blogger, a mother, a wife – I am Peruana.

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As I watched the show and got lost in all it’s beauty in the colors, music and language it made me teary eyed because it reminded me of what my own family went through. It also reminded me of the sacrifices my parents made by leaving everything and everyone that they knew and loved behind. My siblings and I didn’t get a chance to grow up with abuelitos (grandparents), primos y primas (cousins), tios y tias (uncles and aunts) but I wouldn’t change a thing in my life. Facing adversity made me a stronger person. This show demonstrated in a kid-friendly way that everything will be okay even when you are the most afraid. My favorite part of the show was when Tito chanted “Sube, Sube Magic Kite – Papalote to the Sky” and up, up, up, and away he flew on his magic kite that he and his father made together – priceless!

Thank you to the Children’s Theater of Charlotte, Jose Cruz Gonzalez – writer, Adam Burke – Director, Rosalia Torres-Weiner – artist, and all the performers for telling this story in a way that many families can connect with.

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The Magic Kite – El Papalote Magico will be showing from April 22 – May 1. There are still tickets available here.

Now to get you you even more excited about this show we want to set up (1) lucky reader with a (2) pack ticket voucher to see The Magic Kite at the Children’s Theatre. Winner has a choice of show date & time (with the exception of sold out shows).

To order tickets please visit: www.ctcharlotte.org

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JOIN THE HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS AS THEY CELEBRATE 90 AMAZING YEARS! {GIVEAWAY}

I have loved and cherished my memories of The Original Harlem Globetrotters ever since I was a kid growing up in New York. Any time that I’d hear they were coming to town it would put an automatic smile on my face because there was nothing like watching their amazing show! All the excitement of a professional basketball game with tons of tricks and comedy, it was a class-act event that had every kid (me included!) heading home wanting to watch it again!

Now, as an adult and mom, not only do I get to share in this family tradition with my son but I’ve come to realize just how much The Harlem Globetrotters have done for our communities and loving them even more now, knowing the positive impact they’ve had on so many families. That’s why I am super excited to be helping them promote their 2016 World Tour and cheering them on as they come see us in Charlotte on Saturday, March 26th!

Going on 90 years of providing smiles, sportsmanship and service to millions of people worldwide, the world famous Harlem Globetrotters will bring their unrivaled family show to UNC Charlotte’s Halton Arena on Saturday, March 26, 2016, at 2 p.m., and 7 p.m., during their 90th Anniversary World Tour, presented regionally by Krew Mobile, America’s new family cell phone service.

Known worldwide as the Ambassadors of Goodwill™, the Globetrotters will be giving back even more during their 90th year with The Great Assist program. Stars of the team will leave a mark in communities across North America with acts of goodwill during the tour that is set to play over 330 games in 260 cities.

Fans are encouraged to visit GreatAssist.com to nominate a worthwhile cause or a deserving family in need of a smile, and the Globetrotters will help as many fans as possible throughout the tour.  In addition to fan requests, the team is planning to bring their bullying prevention program to over 400 schools and community centers, talk to youth about character education and physical fitness, visit children’s hospitals and lend a hand to those in need.

On the court, the Globetrotters’ 90-year celebration will feature some of the greatest athletes and entertainers on the planet. With a star-studded roster featuring Big Easy Lofton, Ant Atkinson, Hi-Lite Bruton, Thunder Law, Bull Bullard and Cheese Chisholm – plus female stars TNT Maddox and Sweet J Ekworomadu* – the Globetrotters’ one-of-a-kind show is unrivaled in the world of family entertainment. Every game will showcase incredible ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, hilarious comedy and unequaled fan interaction. After the game, Globetrotter stars will sign autographs and take photos with fans. ^

Tickets are now available at harlemglobetrotters.com, ticketreturn.com, the Halton Arena box office, or by phone at 704-687-4949.  Information on group and scout tickets can also be found at harlemglobetrotters.com.

 

ABOUT THE HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS

The Harlem Globetrotters® are a worldwide icon, synonymous with one-of-a-kind family entertainment and great basketball skills. Throughout their history, the Original Harlem Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 122 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience. Proud inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Globetrotters have entertained hundreds of millions of fans – among them popes, kings, queens, and presidents – over nine thrilling decades. Sponsored by World Vision, Greyhound Lines and Baden Sports, Harlem Globetrotters International, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Herschend Enterprises, the largest family-owned themed entertainment company in the U.S. For the latest news and information about the Harlem Globetrotters, and to purchase tickets and team merchandise, visit the Globetrotters’ official Web site: www.harlemglobetrotters.com.

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Hot Pursuit – Movie Trailer & Giveaway Announcement!

With summer getting closer, it looks like things are also heating up in the movie theaters. One movie that caught my eye and already had me giggling was HOT PURSUIT. Oh my goodness, I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I laughed while watching the trailer and messaging my sisters over Facebook, telling them we absolutely had to make this a girls night out!

If you haven’t heard about the movie yet, no worries. We got you covered:

About the film

An uptight and by-the-book cop (Reese Witherspoon) tries to protect the sexy and outgoing widow (Sofía Vergara) of a drug boss as they race through Texas pursued by crooked cops and murderous gunmen.

Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Sofía Vergara, John Carroll Lynch, Rob Kazinsky, Richard T. Jones.

Directed by: Anne Fletcher

Rated PG-13

In theaters May 8, 2015

 You can also watch the trailer below to find out just how funny this movie is going to be!

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