Newport Beach- A Carefree Vacation Spot

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Newport Beach for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. This week officiallly marks the beginning of our summer break.  Lately the mornings have seemed extra early and my family is definately ready to leave the hustle and bustle of school behind for a few months.  Now our sights are set on vacation time!  My family enjoys taking a break from our responsibilites and committments, and just have some plain old fun!  Both my husband and I grew up taking a family vacation and we have carried on this tradition with our own children.  … [Read more...]

King Arthur Flour’s Vermont Dream Getaway Sweepstakes

King Arthur Flour is running its biggest sweepstakes ever! From now through June 30,  enter the Win a Vermont Dream Getaway sweepstakes daily by liking King Arthur on Facebook and completing the entry form found there (Note: This cannot be done via the Facebook smartphone app). The grand prize is a five-night stay in Vermont, including three nights at the Norwich Inn, a private brewery tour, and classes at King Arthur Flour; two nights at the Basin Harbor Club in Vergennes, Vermont, plus a lake tour and photo shoot; and of course meals and travel. Runner-up prizes include- a 2-night … [Read more...]

Glimpses From New York City (#TheAvengersEvent)

As you all know,  I recently traveled to NYC with Disney for Marvel's The Avengers closing night screening at the Tribeca Film Festival.  I thought I would share some pics from my amazing visit. The weekend seems like magical dream now,  looking at these pictures assures me it did indeed happen! First our star spotting.... Andrew Garfield (the new Spiderman) & Emma Stone @FAO Schwartz  (I didn't get her in the pic- you'll have to trust me on that one:) Robert Downey Jr. at the Trump Soho hotel on his way to the red carpet. Michael J. Fox and his wife walking the red … [Read more...]

Marvel’s The Avengers Awesomeness This Weekend! (#TheAvengersEvent)

Yep, my big weekend is quickly arriving. Marvel's The Avengers at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City is this Saturday! Is it wrong that I just want to say keep saying- New York City, NYC, The Big Apple. I like the way it just rolls off my tongue:) After much deliberation I have finally finalized my outfits for the trip!  A big thank you to my followers who weighed in on my choices, especially JD:)  This is the land of Sex and the City, I knew my fashion choices required careful consideration:)  You'll have to stay with me via Twitter (#TheAvengersEvent) to see my … [Read more...]

IDAPT i1 Eco Universal Charger Review

Traveling for long periods of time shouldn’t prevent you from keeping your mobile devices charged at all times. For this reason, IDAPT has created the i1 Eco; an environmentally-friendly universal charger compatible with over 4,500 gadgets that allows its user to charge up to two devices simultaneously. This mobile-device charger can be plugged to a wall, car or computer, and works in almost any country in the world thanks to its dual-voltage system. It is also completely made of recyclable materials and has an “auto off” system designed to prevent the waste of electricity. I received the … [Read more...]

Red Carpet Bound! NYC Marvel’s The Avengers Screening at the Tribeca Film Festival (#TheAvengersEvent)

I have some big news, HUGE news!  The Mama Report is going on location to New York City!!  I'm heading to the Big Apple for the Red Carpet Tribeca Film Festival Closing Night Screening of MARVEL'S THE AVENGERS! Umm....yes, I'm totally in shock.  I can't quite believe it yet. I was selected along with 24 other top bloggers to travel to NYC for an all expense paid trip courtesy of Marvel/Disney.  For those of you who don't know a lot about me, I am a farm girl who grew up in the countryside of North Dakota.  I currently live near a small town in Minnesota.  Yep, it's definitely going to … [Read more...]

Winter Fun at Chuck E. Cheese’s!

Let's face it winter is long.  Really long, especially where I live- Minnesota.  Yep, sometimes we are lucky enough to have seven full months of winter.  My kids almost literally start bouncing off the walls.  Three boys.  Three energetic young boys.  You get the idea, they need a place to release some of that pent up energy. One of the best places to get out some of my young guys angst?  Chuck E. Cheese's of course!  We recently visited our local Chuck E. Cheese's in Rochester, Minnesota and I was truly impressed at its ability to entertain ALL of my boys.  My eldest is age seven, middle … [Read more...]

Alamo’s “Get the Gang Back Together” Sweepstakes & Free One Day Rental Certificate Giveaway

In celebration of Kermit the Frog's work at bringing his "gang" back together in the current "The Muppets" movie, Alamo Rent A Car wants one lucky winner to receive $5,000 cash towards a dream vacation to reunite with his or her own group of friends.  You can enter daily to increase your chances of winning plus after entering you have a chance at winning an instant game that includes prizes of gas cards, free Alamo rentals, Muppet prize packs and more! I just enter the "Get the Gang Back Together" Sweepstakes and took a chance at the instant win game.  No love for me:(  But hopefully you'll … [Read more...]

Progressive International Motorcycle Shows & A Giveaway

If you are looking for an event that provides excitement, entertainment and value for the whole family, look no further - the Progressive International Motorcycle Shows provide the perfect daycation. The Shows feature numerous engaging and interactive exhibitions including opportunities to become an artist for a day by using a digital paint can to design your own bike and to see a thrilling stunt show featuring the Smage Brothers, made famous by an impressive top 10 finish in a nationwide television talent competition. Additionally, every Sunday, the Progressive International Motorcycle Shows … [Read more...]

41st Annual Bob Evans Farm Festival (October 2011)+ a Flip Camera Giveaway!

As I mentioned in a previous post, my family recently traveled all the way from Southern Minnesota to Southeastern Ohio to attend the 41st Annual Bob Evans Farm Festival.  We piled into a rental van and set off to enjoy some good old fun "down on the farm".  We didn't entirely understand what a Bob Evans experience would entail as we set off.  Neither my husband or I were very familiar with Bob Evans restaurants and we had certainly never been to the Bob Evans farm in Rio Grande, Ohio.   But there is something special about festivals that take place in the fall.  There is no other place better … [Read more...]

Family Van, Ho! It’s Off To Bob Evans Farm We Go! #BEFarmFest

This coming weekend my family is piling into a rental van and heading to the Bob Evans Farm Festival in Rio Grande, Ohio!  Yep, The Mama Report is on assignment!  I even have an official looking press pass to wear!   I am an official Bob Evans Farm Festival Correspondent through BFPR.  The Bob Evans Farm Festival attracts more than 30,000 visitors from 19 states for a weekend of arts & crafts, entertainment and – of course – delicious food. Of course it is all too fitting that my travel assignment is a farm festival.   Farms might seem like distant novelties to some people, but for me … [Read more...]

Hampton Hotel & Suites- Eagan, Minnesota Review

My family took a mini vacation to the Cities this past weekend.  For those of you who aren't from Minnesota, "the Cities" means St. Paul and Minneapolis.  We live just a little over an hour away, but with the kids being so little it can make for a long day to drive there and back in one day.  We decided to stay at the Hampton Hotel & Suites in Eagan (a suburb of the Cities).  I picked this particular hotel because it offers a continental breakfast and a swimming pool.  My kids love having breakfast at the hotel as I let them eat in the room while they watch TV.  This never happens for … [Read more...]

President’s View Mt. Rushmore, Keystone, South Dakota Review

photo courtesy of Expedia.com The President's View Mt. Rushmore, Keystone, South Dakota In our cross country journey we stayed at quite a few hotels.  We mostly stayed at Super 8's and found a variety of amenities and comfort.  Our final night of our epic road trip we stayed at The President's View Mt. Rushmore, Keystone, South Dakota.  This night was supposed to be special since it was the only place that we had stayed at that had a pool and was the last night of our epic road trip.   I picked this hotel merely because of the fact that it was near Mt. Rushmore.  We wanted to wake up the … [Read more...]

Home Sweet Home- Images from our Epic Road Trip

Last night we arrived safe and sound back to our corner of the world.  Boy, does it feel good to be home!  We had a wonderful trip seeing some amazing sights and had a great time visiting with family and friends, but nothing beats your own bed and your own surroundings.  I'm sure it will feel like we never left in a couple of days, but I'm enjoying my simple pleasures for the moment anyway. Here are some of the highlights of our trip.  Is anybody else taking a road trip this summer?  Feel free to comment below! No trip is complete without a visit to the Giant Prairie Chicken!  Rothsay, … [Read more...]

On the Road….

We are officially on our epic road trip.  We are driving from Minnesota to Washington state. That within itself is not the big deal.  The big deal is that we have three children- ages 6 1/2 years, almost 4 years old, and 20 months.  Yikes!  Day one was a breeze.  Lets hope the rest of the trip is as easy.  I will be posting here and there, but I am not sure what I will be able to accomplish at this point. I will be also updating with glimpses of our trip.  We will be seeing a few sights along the way. Our ultimately destination is Seattle, where family awaits. All this being said, when … [Read more...]