Who is ready for Christmas? {New Family Friendly Christmas Movie}

Christmas is my favorite holiday! I may or may not be playing Christmas music at work each day. There is so much joy surrounding Christmas. Last week, I received word about a new Christmas movie that will be released in theaters nationwide on November 22, 2017, just in time for this holiday season.

The Man Who Invented Christmas is a delightful family film! Dan Stevens brings beloved author Charles Dickens to life as we follow the inspiration that helped him craft one of the most cherished novels of all time, A Christmas Carol. The movie tells of the magical journey that led to the creation of Ebenezer Scrooge (Christopher Plummer), Tiny Tim and other classic characters from A Christmas Carol. The film shows how Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) mixed real life inspirations with his vivid imagination to conjure up unforgettable characters and a timeless tale, forever changing the holiday season into the celebration we know today.

Check out the official trailer and be sure to mark your calendars.

Carowinds celebrates Fall with The Great Pumpkin Fest

As cooler temperatures creep in, an incredible line-up of frightfully festivities are brewing at the place where the Carolinas come together. Guests of all ages can have a chilling Halloween experience at Carowinds’ Great Pumpkin Fest.


During the daytime, Planet Snoopy is transformed into the ultimate kids’ party at the Great Pumpkin Fest. On Saturdays and Sundays through October 30, bring out the little ghouls and goblins for some “fang-tastic” Halloween fun from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.!

Checkk out a few of these Great Pumpkin Fest activities:

– NEW! The Monsters Are Coming, Charlie Brown: It wouldn’t be a spooky celebration without Charlie Brown and his friends showing off their favorite costumes. Watch as they sing along to some kooky tunes!

– NEW! Halloween Hullabaloo: We’re digging up some frightful favorites in our family-oriented musical revue of Halloween Hits!

– Peter the Talking Pumpkin: Ever heard of a talking pumpkin? Your little ones can chat with Peter, the prize winning pumpkin, throughout the day.

Children can also dress up in their favorite costumes and take part in our daily Kids Costume Parade, go trick-or-treating, visit with their favorite barnyard animals and more! We’ll also celebrate 50 years of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” with screenings of the 1966 animated television special based on the PEANUTS(TM) comic strip, along with the reading of the classic book in PEANUTS(TM) Showplace.

Tweetsie Railroad Announces Early Season Pricing for Season Passes

It’s almost time to listen for the train whistle through the woods. It’s neat to have Tweetsie Railroad close by and we enjoy telling others about this beloved theme park.


A Golden Rail Season Pass is the best and most economical way to enjoy a season full of Wild West fun and adventure at Tweetsie Railroad. Between now and April 10, adults can purchase a 2016 Season Pass to North Carolina’s first theme park for the discounted price of $95, and children ages 3 through 12 for $65. After April 10, rates increase to $105 for adults and $75 for children. Children 2 and under are always admitted for free. Guests can purchase Season Passes or renew last year’s Season Passes online at Tweetsie.com.

Tweetsie Railroad will open for its 2016 season on April 8 and will remain open through October 30. Returning guests can expect a season filled with everything they have come to know and love about Tweetsie Railroad, and new guests can look forward to discovering why generations of families eagerly return to Tweetsie Railroad year after year.

The centerpiece of Tweetsie Railroad is its trains: guests are treated to a Wild West adventure while on board a train pulled by one of Tweetsie Railroad’s two historic steam locomotives. Visitors can also explore an authentic Western town, enjoy amusement rides, take in live shows and entertainment, pan for gold, and visit the animals at the Deer Park Zoo.

Tweetsie Railroad has a busy lineup of special events planned for the 2016 season. Popular annual events like:

  • Day Out With Thomas™
  • July Fourth Fireworks Extravaganza
  • K-9s in Flight Frisbee® Dogs
  • Tweetsie Railroad’s Ghost Train® Halloween Festival
  • Dora the Explorer and her cousin Diego – stars of Nickelodeon’s hit animated preschool series

Golden Rail Season Pass holders receive a full season of adventure at Tweetsie Railroad, along with other great benefits:

  • General park admission to Tweetsie Railroad throughout the 2016 season, including admission to all special events
  • Free parking for Tweetsie Railroad’s July Fourth Fireworks Extravaganza, the High Country’s most popular Independence Day celebration
  • One ride with Thomas the Tank Engine™ at no additional charge
  • One admission to Tweetsie Railroad’s Ghost Train® Halloween Festival on the night of your choice

To order or renew a Golden Rail Season Pass, visit Tweetsie.com or call 1-877-TWEETSIE.

Tweetsie Railroad will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting April 8, and seven days a week fromMay 27 through August 21. The park returns to the weekend schedule from August 22 through October 30, including Labor Day Monday. The 2016 season ends Sunday, October 30. The park’s regular hours are 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., but will be open until 9:00 p.m. on July 4th for the Fireworks Extravaganza and July 9, 16, 23 and 30 for Cool Summer Nights. Daily admission to Tweetsie Railroad is $44 for adults and $28 for children ages 3 through 12. Children 2 and under are admitted free. The Ghost Train® Halloween Festival will take placeFriday and Saturday nights September 23 through October 29 from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., with an admission price of $36 for adults and children. Tickets and Golden Rail Season Passes are available at Tweetsie.com.

Tweetsie Railroad is located on U.S. Highway 321 between Boone and Blowing Rock, North Carolina. For more information about the 2016 season at Tweetsie Railroad, visit Tweetsie.com or call 877.TWEETSIE(877.893.3874). Find Tweetsie Railroad on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Tweetsie

Snowed in? Beat the indoor blues with these activities!

The east coast was blanketed with snow this weekend thanks to Winter Storm Jonas. Thankfully, we were able to get out and enjoy it these past couple of days since the storm hit in NC first.

snow hill one moms world

I know others may have not had the opportunity to get out and the kids may be “bored.” Thanks to Juicy Juice, we have two activities that the kids can enjoy inside!

Let it “Snow”-men Launchers

snowmen launchers

Recycling Styrofoam is good for the environment, doing crafts with your kids is good for the soul. Kill two birds with one stone and create these Styrofoam cup snowmen with your little ones in minutes. Then let them play with them and launch “snow” (cotton balls) even when it’s unseasonably warm!

Click here for the complete directions.

Juice Box Snowmen

What’s cooler than a refreshing juice box? An ice cold refreshing Juicy Juice box snowman! Try this fun and easy craft activity to dress up your kids’ juice like a charming snowman for lunch. Inspire them to build their own to take out in the snow!

juice box snowman

Click here for the complete directions.

We are so thankful Juicy Juice is made with 100% juice and does not contain high fructose corn syrup, cane sugar or any artificial sweeteners. For even more even more activities and recipes, visit www.juicyjuice.com.

Why am I so excited?

I love the four seasons. The different seasons are the main reason why we enjoy living in NC. If I didn’t see snow in a given year, my feelings would be hurt. This girl loves her snow. The snow from today is just a tease to what is coming this weekend. We can expect at least a foot of snow starting Friday. Time will tell how much we will fall here in western NC. I say bring it on Winter Storm Jonas. We are ready.

Of course, I had to let the child in me enjoy sledding this evening. It’s a promise there will be more sledding fun this weekend. We’ll be sure to share our adventures!


I’ll leave you with this precious video of our shih tzu, Kingston, enjoying his favorite winter activity this evening.

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