February 2, 2014

Color Me Rad 5K Details + Giveaway

The Color Me Rad 5K is back and word on the street is, it’s radder than ever.

rad raceWhat makes a 5K rad? Atmosphere. No one is out there to win a race (except maybe that one guy); everyone is there to have fun. And get messy.

Color Me Rad is April 26 beginning at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The first wave at 9 a.m. is sold out; wave 2 is at 9:15 a.m. It’s a very flat course.

That’s the wave you’ll find me and Farley in. That’s right, my race buddy is 4. It’s that kind of 5K- no pressure to set a PR. I think he’ll have a blast!

I did it two years ago with a group.

My sister and her husband invited Mr. Wonderful and I to be on their team two years ago. That was our first time doing a race where volunteers threw things at us.

My sister and her husband invited Mr. Wonderful and I to be on their team two years ago. That was our first time doing a race where volunteers threw things at us.

I was expecting to run most of it, but turns out everyone likes to linger at the color bomb stations, getting as multi-hued as possible. Knowing what I know now, I’m tossing my competitive streak aside and just looking forward to seeing my son finish his first 5K.

If that sounds like fun to you, I’ve got a totally rad giveaway for you!

One winner will receive two entries into the April 26 Color Me Rad race! That’s a $70+value*!

Just enter the Rafflecopter entry form, put on your favorite sweatband and cross your fingers. A random name will be drawn on Sunday, Feb. 9, at 11:59 p.m. I’ll let the winner know how to get his or her free passes by email.

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*Early bird registrants pay $35 until Feb. 28 and then it goes up from there. However, I’ve got a discount code for you! Use the code Kneehigh5 at checkout and save $5 off – plus you’ll get a pair of Color Me Rad socks. Be the envy of everyone on your block. Like the early bird deadline, this code is only good through Feb. 28.

Thank you to Katie at Yellow Mango Life and the totally awesome organizers of Color Me Rad for providing the two race entries to giveaway and providing complimentary entries for me and Farley!

 

February 1, 2014

My Daughter’s First Show At The Orpheum Theater

The Orpheum Theater’s splendor never gets old for me. I go there often for my job, and each time I walk in, I feel inspired. Awed. How cool is it that I work here (OK, I really work at the Holland Center, but some nights, it’s my job to be at the Orpheum).

Seeing the building through a child’s eyes, though, is an even more impressive experience.

On Thursday, Mr. Wonderful and I took the kids to see “Sid the Science Kid Live!” presented by Omaha Performing Arts at the Orpheum.  It was Mooch’s first time at the theater. I think she liked it.

My 2-year-old's first show at Omaha's Orpheum Theater.

My 2-year-old’s first show at Omaha’s Orpheum Theater.

We arrived about a half-hour before the show so we could take part in the activities in the KIDS ZONE. Alas, 900 other people thought the same thing.

So, we colored a little and then waited in line for balloon animals.

Mooch can't resist a chance to color. Luckily, no wait here.

Mooch can’t resist a chance to color. Luckily, no wait here.

Then it was show time.

Farley was transfixed the entire time. The songs, the colors, the characters, even the way they talked, everything about “Sid” spoke to him. Mooch sat for most of it, but she’s still young enough to be interested in the treats we ate than the story. Mr. Wonderful zoned out while the kid seated behind him repeatedly waved his light up toy in his face.

At intermission, we explored the theater. Up and down the grand stairs we went, Mooch having to do it herself, carrying her half-deflated balloon dog with her.

Mr. Wonderful, the kids and the lone surviving balloon animal.

Mr. Wonderful, the kids and the lone surviving balloon animal.

The second half of the show rolled along quickly, but not quick enough for little Mooch. Mr. Wonderful left early with her to get the car while Farley and I watched and danced to the end of the show.

“Sid the Science Kid Live!” entertained the preschool to grade school crowd; not really the adults. That’s pretty much what I expected. As parents, it was enough to see our kids’ excited reactions to it all – and I’ll admit, it was a relief to make it through without any meltdowns.

January 31, 2014

Kid Tattoos I Approve Of + Giveaway

I got some Safety Tats in the mail and they are so smart, I kick myself for not having found them sooner.

Safety Tats are temporary tattoos for your kids that can be personalized. So, say your kid has an allergy and he’s going to be a birthday party – slap on a customized tat that states his allergies and send him on his merry way.

But, even more brilliant, in my opinion, are the ones for your contact phone number. If you have a “runner” like my little Mooch, you know that panicky feeling when you lose sight of a kid in a crowd.  Mooch can’t tell a helpful adult how to call me, but her tat can.

So smart.

So the tattoos I received were these nifty quick stick write-on Safety Tattoos. They’re water-proof and last up to two weeks (next family vacation, I’m using them). It comes with a pen and skin prep wipes (so no water is needed).

tatThe theme is a zoo pack, so each has a cute animal picture. Mooch will want the Oo Oo Ah Ah one (that’s toddler-ese for monkey).

Safety Tat has branched into other kid-friendly tattoo designs that you should check out (as well as some for seniors). They have some fun ones for Valentine’s Day (check them out here and here) as well as tattoo kisses that work even on beyond Feb. 14.

Safety Tattoos Valentines DayThink your little one would love some Valentine’s Day tattoos? We’re giving away a package of Valentine Tats and a package of Tat Kisses to one lucky winner.

t1kiss01Contest ends Feb. 7 so you can get your tattoos in time for Valentine’s Day.

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary sample of Safety Tattoos for my review. All opinions expressed are mine.

 

January 14, 2014

Reading List For 2014

This is my first time planning a reading list. It’s a little daunting. I usually have no clue what the kind of book I’ll read next let alone what its title is; it just depends on my mood and what I had just finished.

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My reading preferences are eclectic. To give you an idea, here are the three books I’m in the middle of right now:

WAR HORSE 


I’ve never read YA fiction in about two decades, but since the play is coming to Omaha, and that’s kind of my thing,I’m reading the book.

Paris in Love: A Memoir

Mr. Wonderful saw this at a bookstore and thought I’d like it. I love travel stories, LOVE THEM, especially if they are funny, thoughtful, or set in France. This happens to have a bit of all three.

Nurturing the Soul of Your Family: 10 Ways to Reconnect and Find Peace in Everyday Life

This book by Renée Peterson Trudeau is an exercise in reflection and a good motivator.

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So, I can be a little random.

Book List For 2014

However, I have made a list of books that I want to check out from the library, so I’ll share that list with you. Part of list has come from friends recommending great books they’d just finished, part comes from a random tweet with a link to HuffPost column about meaningful books that all sounded fascinating, and the rest comes from Goodreads.com.

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption


This was a friend’s recommendation and it sounds absolutely engrossing.

Firefly Lane (Firefly Lane #1)


Another friend recommendation, and it’s a book about friendship. How apropo. It’s the first in the series, so if I like this one, then I can tack on the others.

The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun


I’ve heard a lot of great things about this book by Gretchen Rubin. Having more fun sounds good to me.

The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything


This was one of the “9 meaningful books to read” list I mentioned above. In fact, the author of the list said if you pick just one, pick this one to read. So, I’ll have a reading date with Sir Ken Robinson, Ph.D., someday in 2014.

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt


When I run out of friend recommendations, I turn to whatshouldireadnext.com. This book was one that keeps popping up on searches for other books I’ve enjoyed. I think I ought to check it out.

French Lessons: Adventures with Knife, Fork, and Corkscrew


A book about food and drink set in France? You know I’m interested.

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail


I enjoy reading the very funny, very good writer, Bill Bryson, and somehow have not read this one – the #1 travel book on Goodreads.

Bossypants


I have no idea why I have not managed to read Tina Fey’s book from a million years ago. I love her sense of humor, so maybe this year’s the year.

 A Thousand Splendid Suns


Since Khaled Husseini’s  “The Kite Runner” was really moving, I’ve been wanting to read this book of his for a long time.

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I’ll be honest. I’ll probably forget about half of these by May and I’ll have read something completely different. Someone check back on me mid-year and remind me of this post.

Your turn: What’s on your 2014 reading list?