Tinkertoy exhibit at Discovery Gateway $6.50 admission through January 6 #slc #mom #activities

My son is out of school this week. It’s only Monday and we’re getting antsy. So, I’ve been researching some fun local Salt Lake Activities and saw that the Tinkertoy Exhibit at Discovery Gateway is still open and admission is only $6.50!

Would anyone be up for meeting and going together?

Build Your Imagination at Discovery Gateway!

As a gift to patrons, Discovery Gateway: The children’s museum of Utah™ is offering a chance to visit the TINKERTOY®: Build Your Imagination™ exhibit before it leaves the building on Jan. 6, with $6.50 admission Monday-Saturday and $5 admission on Sundays during the month of December

Now  through January 6th

There’s no limit to what kids can do in TINKERTOY®: Build Your Imagination™, a new interactive exhibit at Discovery Gateway!

Giant replicas of the classic TINKERTOY® construction set provide the framework for fun, educational activities inspired by GE technologies that turn imagination into working solutions to real world challenges. Bring the whole family to the exhibit and enjoy a variety of activities that promote imagination and collaboration:

Invent – Children are encouraged to think about where ideas come from, and to explore the emerging field of biomimicry – nature’s influence on design. Visitors can match real inventions with their natural inspiration and create a design of their own.

Collaborate – Dual-sided panels allow visitors to work independently or with a partner to create TINKERTOY designs.

Energize – Children can explore GE’s commitment to renewable energy as they use a kid-powered fan to test their own wind-powered TINKERTOY creations.

Change – A Rube Goldberg-like contraption illustrates the power of creative thinking and how simple mechanisms work. The activity lets children select and position words to build silly – but thought-provoking! – sentences that serve as the springboard for innovation.

Process/Connect – TINKERTOY-inspired equipment lets children explore the concept of filtration, while a companion activity invites them to build ball tracks that illustrate how GE technologies help address the challenge of providing clean water. Finding the correct path through a graphic maze answers children’s curiosity about “Where does the water go?”

Develop – Visitors will enjoy filling a life-size human form with TINKERTOY hubs, providing a great photo opportunity and revealing the elements of a healthy lifestyle – and emptying the piece is fun, too! A special rotating TINKERTOY hub array inspires children to consider the impact of their personal choices, highlighting one of our most important responsibilities: taking care of ourselves so that we can do anything!

Create – This open play area reserved for children age 3 and older features a spectacular assortment of TINKERTOY pieces – the perfect place to build their imagination. Pictures of remarkable TINKERTOY creations and special tips provide guidance and inspiration.

The Tinker Tank – A walk-in size replica of a TINKERTOY canister is the starting point for the exhibit’s challenging scavenger hunt, a must for those with an eye for detail and a nose for knowledge! The Tinker Tank contains a variety of educational materials that attest to the impact of unconventional ideas on some of the world’s greatest – and strangest – inventions, and serve as a reminder that “If at first you don’t succeed…”

Visit The Gateway

Location

The Gateway is located in the heart of Salt Lake City, Utah, along 400 West, between 200 South and South Temple.

Shopping Hours

  • Monday – Thursday, 10 am – 9 pm
  • Friday & Saturday, 10 am – 9 pm
  • Sunday, 12 pm – 6 pm
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The Hasbro Elves from Santa’s workshop deliver Kre-o Transformers for our children to test! @HasbroNews #hasbrokreo #transformers #christmas #review

Pst…the Hasbro Elves from Santa’s Workshop arrived at our house and asked the kids to test out their Kre-o Transformers.

Watch this video to see what they think of Kre-O Transformers:

As part of the Hasbro’s KRE-O Tranformers Blog Tour we were sent three boxes to review and as you saw in the above video, it was a huge success.

What we loved about the Kre-o Transformers:

– Colorful pieces

– Box picture was fun and told a story.

– The box can be reused to store the toys in

– Provided HOURS of fun (this is really important to me: when looking at toys for our children I like to compare the dollars spent compared to the houses of use. I call it “cost per use”.)

– Instructions were very simple and easy to follow

What we didn’t love:

– The construction workers faces are pretty burley

– The big box contained almost 600 pieces and really wish they could come pre-sorted by color

More about Kre-o Transformers

Hasbro’s KRE-­‐O TRANSFORMERS sets lets your kids build Transformer characters in two ways: a robot or a vehicle – using the same bricks!

Each set also comes with KREON figures (mini figs) that are called Autobots and Decptioncons.

Kre-O Transformers sets make great presents and stocking stuffers.

We enjoyed playing atih the Kre-o Transformers and it was a fun activity for us todo together. We spent the whole day orgaizing pieces, playing with the KREON Figures, making our own mini movies and most importantly, spending time together!

 

We took the small Cycle Chase set up to my moms house and our son played with the set while I cleaned and made lunch.

We love that the box can be reused and is a great way to store the pieces when you’re done playing.

The smaller sets are great for younger kids too, that might not be ready for the big sets.

Our son made his own video:

The Battle for Energon set includes pieces to build two Transformer characters – heroic Optiums Prime and evil Megatron – all in the same set.

The Deconstructor Site Devastator set is the ULTAMITE gift for advanced builders ages 8 and up. Our son had no problem following the “constructions”, as he calls them, to make his own vehicles. What we were really excited about with this set is that we can build four construction vehicles, four Constricticon robots or one big Decepticon robot Devastator. Our son wanted each of us (because there are four of us in the family) to pick out which vehical they wanted to make.

The KREON Micro-changers Mystery Bags make the perfect stocking stuffer. For only $2.99 , each mystery bag contains random KREON figure, which can also convert into an alternate mode like a jet or insect!

Connect with Kre-o Transformers

KRE-­‐O Transformers Website -­‐ http://hasb.ro/k9PiXF

KRE-O ­‐ Transformers Facebook Page-­  http://on.fb.me/k2e0Wb

Hasbro’sTwitter Account  http://bit.ly/QGGGEe

 

Disclaimer: I am part of the Mom It Forward blogger network. Mom It Forward and hasbro partnered in support of this campaign. Hasbro compensated me for participation in this campaign. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

  

Blickenstaffs Toy Store 12 Days of Christmas: On the First Day of Christmas… #blickenstaffs #christmas @blickenstaffs

Blickenstaffs toy store is hosting a fun 12 Days of Christmas giveaway series.

Today is the first day!

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Enter to win great prizes!

 Also, if you are heading down to the Gateway, be sure to check out the Lights for the “Starry Starry Nights Spectacular” it’s right next to Blickenstaffs

There are over  600,000 lights choreographed with the music of the Olympic Legacy Fountain.

Four show times nightly at 5pm, 6pm, 7pm and 8pm

10 Linea App and photo book giveaway

The other morning two of my neighbor friends were over and we got to talking about how wonderful digital pictures are, but how we don’t print the pictures anymore. I was the Queen of Scrapbooking and have dozens of scrapbooks from my childhood, college and first 4 years of marriage. Scrapbooking was a creative outlet, but also part of our family history.

Brittany mentioned that she makes a photo book at the end of each year with all her favorite pictures. I’ve been meaning to do this, but haven’t found a program that I loved. The big hang up for me is that I don’t want to have to go to another website and upload pictures.

Linea Photo Line is a great a sollution. It’s a an app that you download and can print photo books right from your ipad, amazing, huh?
Danish Mama is hosting a giveaway for 20 readers! We get to test out the product for them and get a LEGEACYBox and instructions how to make your own MosaicBook! These books are fully customizable from cover to cover and their photo boxes are made of the very best archival material – a great way to save even the oldest of photos.
I agreed to participate in this campaign because I thought it would be a fun project for us to do together! All you have to do is download the app and upload your photos to create your MosaicBook. It’s easy to make and botht he book and the box will be delivered straight to your door.

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More about LINEA: 
While digital cameras have made capturing moments easier, it’s also allowed our photo collections to get a little out of hand. With Linea, a new photo app available on the iPhone and iPad, you can instantly and effortlessly organize and share all of your images. Simply upload your photos and Linea automatically curates them into professionally arranged Photo Lines, where each new Line turns your photos into a dynamic visual story. Sleek, easy and secure, Linea takes care of your memories so that you can go on making more.

Linea is the first iPad app to offer printing services. With the tap of your finger, you can turn your Photo Lines into professional-grade photo books that are mailed straight to your door.
Setting up your account is a snap! 
Go to the Linea.com page and click the top right hand corner to create an account.


 Fill out your information and you can start using right away!
Another thing I really like about Linea is that you can invite other members to create the photo book. For example, when my father turned 60 we were trying to gather photos from all our family and it got messy with dropbox and different accounts. Linea can stream line the process in one place. 

Good luck and I’d love to see what you create with your new Linea photobook!



*Disalimer: I received compensation for hosting this giveaway. However, the opinions are my own and always try to give an unbiassed opinion. 

NetZero Giveaway $300 in Products and Services

NetZero Giveaway $300 in Products and Services

One challenge of working from home is finding places to work that have reliable internet. I like to take my laptop to meetings, conferences and workshops. For example just yesterday, I was at an event and needed to pull up my email on my laptop, but didn’t have internet connection. I really wished I’d had a portable hotspot.

NetZero is back to incite another revolution in Internet access! Problem solved.

NetZero has some great hot spot services available that I’m really excited about. NetZero’s hot spots are reasonably priced and are the perfect Christmas gift for anyone on your list (especially bloggers!) Here are two great options:

  • The NetZero Stick is for laptops and works with a PC or Mac. I like that this fits easily into your pocket or purse.
  • The NetZero Hotspot allows you to become your own hotspot and not rely on guest access or business wifi. NetZero provides secure, mobile and super-fast 4G Internet connections.

Available in over 80 cities, NetZero 4G Mobile Broadband allows laptop, netbook and tablet owners to access the Internet anytime and anywhere in our coverage area.  Simply select a device and data plan and you’re set!

 

To help spread the word about their new services NetZero is giving one of you the chance to win $300 in products and services. Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter.

 

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Connect  with NetZero Facebook Page

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Disclaimer: I am part of the Mom it Forward blogger network. Mom it Forward and NetZero partnered in support of this campaign. NetZero compensated me for participation in this campaign. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

 

Macy’s Heart of Haiti #heartofhaiti #macys #beeverywhere

I love technology. It brings people together for great causes.

Last week Macy’s & Be Everywhere  coordinated an artisan interview with Haiti artisian Moro Baruk and two other bloggers.

Moro connected with Macy’s when a buyer for Macy’s found Moro on Facebook. This is a great social media case study for how social media can help in third world countries.

Moro has made masks and sold about 2,000 of them for carnival. These masks have also gotten the attention of Donna Karen. Moro now employes about 20 people. Half of them work in the factory and the other half work from home. Women are invloved and he sounds like a really great boss He said, “They walk in and out of production, tend to their family and meals” basically allowing them to come and go as need to care for their family.

When I asked Moro “How has your life changed since connecting with Macy’s?”, Moro replied, “It has added prestige to my business and made it so the workers are proud that their things are being sold in many department stores. It gives them a sense of belonging to something bigger than what they were doing before”.

Heart of Haiti

SHOP FOR HEART OF HAITI PRODUCTS

My favorite pick is the hand crafted vase:

Santa’s Coming to town! Macy’s welcomes Santa December 9th in Salt Lake City #believe #macys

JOIN SANTA AT MACY’S FOR HIS WHIRLWIND NATIONAL TOUR!

Santa Clause is coming to town! Salt Lake City welcomes Santa December 9th to Macy’s.

 Details:

December 9th at 2pm
Macy’s Valley Fair
W. Valley City, UT 84119
Kids Department
Santa will arrive at the South Entrance

Macy’s Santa Tour Schedule

There’s also  a wonderful Macy’s Santa Mail Box where you can drop off letters to Santa  (addressed to Santa At The North Pole of course!) stamp them and bring them with you to the event! There will be a Macy’s special Santa Letterbox and they’ll count up everyone’s letters and make sure they get to Santa. For each letter received, Macy’s is going to donate $1 to Make-A-Wish.

This has become one of our family traditions. Our son, now four, knows Macy’s as “Where you take letters to Santa”. No joke.

To help you write your letters to Santa, check out this great interactive website Macy’s has created MACY”S BELIEVE

Watch the YES VIRGINIA preview video, too! If you have an Amazon Prime membership you can view the DVD for FREE by using Prime DVD!

 *Disclosure: I received compensation for writing this post and attending the event, however the opinions and thoughts are my own. Plus, who doesn’t love Santa?

Mickey and Minnie are in Salt Lake City

Mickey and Minnie are visiting Salt Lake City for Disney on Ice!

Be sure to get your tickets before they run out. Mickey and Minnie made an appearance at The Gateway Mall yesterday. Our daughter was so excited to see them she cut through the line and went running up to her! Too cute. We love Mickey and Minnie and are happy there are here with the rest of the Disney on Ice team.

TICKETS: Ticket price levels are $16, $23, $37 (VIP) and $50 (Front Row).  Opening Night tickets available for only $12 each (not valid on premium seating). All seats are reserved; tickets are available from the EnergySolutions Box Office and all SmithTix locations, charge by phone at 801-355-SEAT or 800-888-TIXX and online at www.smithstix.com or www.energysolutionsarena.com.

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