Back to School with Kids Headquarters

Ok people, we interrupt this daily activity with a minor freak out about back to school!

My son Boston is beyond painful when it comes to buying back to school clothes.  If it's not Under Armour or something Kevin Durant he's worse than a girl.  Sorry Boston...but #JustSayin.  A few weeks ago I got the distinct honor of heading to the WORLD HEADQUARTERS for Kids Headquarters!  What was so super cool about that was the fact that it was in the top of the Empire State Building.  And that I was apart of the whole process of how they market Tommy Hilfiger Kids, UNDER ARMOUR, Quiksilver, Dockers, IZOD and more.  

Now, I've never thought of myself as a 'fashionista' but don't my dudes look awesome? 

Be sure you get to know Kids Headquarters on all their social outlets.  It's been a total pleasure getting to know this brand and learning about the process of marketing the coolest kids clothes on the planet!   FacebookInstagram and Twitter

 

Disclosure:  I got some very cool stuff from Kids Headquarters when I was apart of their Back to School experience.  But all opinions are my kids & not my own. 

7 Ways to Find Yourself in Myrtle Beach #RelaxinMYR

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Hi.  I might be a little of my rocker and a bit slow in the midst of telling you all about my latest adventure. Maybe I'm on island time still.  Or that my mind has not given up on it being vacation anymore either.  Ahhhhh. Either way, kids go to school in my town on Tuesday and the thought of this amazing trip to Myrtle Beach is a constant smell of salt water in my memory!

This past week I was invited by the amazing team at My Myrtle Beach to come on a little trip to get familiar with the area.  Now, you might remember my jaunt to celebrate my parents 40th wedding anniversary a few years ago.  It was an amazing trip up until the very end when my older sister decided to take matters in her own hands on something.  And honestly, that really put the kabosh on any love that I had from the trip.  What a bummer, right?  It all really seals the deal when you go on vacation with people who decide the outcome of your trip.  

Well, it's been 5 years and this was a great opportunity to really get there and change the final outcome of my one and only trip to Myrtle Beach that happened in 2010.  I actually even walked to the house that we stayed at when we were there and sat on the curb nearby and relived the trip in my mind.

You can't control everything in life - but you can take steps to make things better in YOUR life.  And if that means retracing your steps on something and going for a different outcome than the one you had before?  Do. IT.  Cause now I can't even wait to go back to that beautiful place!  

This year has been a tough one on me.  From soured relationships to my dads health, my husband and I trying to get our house up to par, my kids growing older, and of course that conference that I planned in July that I no longer do.  It was a bunch of ups and downs.  And my church sermon on Sunday really put it out there.  (Isn't it amazing how God doesn't give you what you can't handle in your life?)  I won't go all into religion on you - but I will tell you this.  The message was really about if you feed the beast it will grow - and if you starve it - it will die.  So what I took from that message really was that the more I dwell on all the negative things that happened this year - the more it will continue to haunt me.  But by doing things to make me a better person and focusing on ME and my family? All the bad will starve and die.  (Well, at least the bad people in my life that has caused me hurt and heartache this year will *hopefully* disappear.)

BACK TO THE BEACH.

Myrtle Beach was a beautiful trip.  I got to stay in this INSANELY amazing house that was literally ocean front.  I opened my doors to the 3rd floor every morning and sat out on the deck watching the surfers.  I sure loved that deck.  I assume NO ONE saw me but at night, I'd go out there cranked my itunes and danced all alone. HA.  Yes.  That was ME.  SOBER.  Dancing on a deck. Frizzy hair in the ocean breeze.  Jamming to my favorite music really pondering what I want to do next with my life. 

I could sit here and tell you all about my trip or I could share with you the ways I really found myself in this trip. 

First off - If you're in Philly, you can actually fly nonstop to MYR on Spirit Airlines. If you've never flown Spirit - do yourself a GIANT favor and get to know all of their secret rules and ways they like to sneak in fees.  I'm not going to go into details on my flight horror in this post (but since they weren't a sponsor of this trip I'll happily share with you in a later post where they went wrong with ME and why I'll never fly them again.)  BUT... if you're cool with their procedures - then nonstop to MYR is really the best way to go.  You want to make sure you have a car when there too.  It's impossible to get around the area without one, fyi.

7 Ways to Find Yourself in Myrtle Beach

  1. Surround yourself with supportive people.  Of course I was there with a group of very amazing & intelligent influencers that I actually never met before!  (Except for Casey Mullins from Moosh in Indy)  This event was perfect for that.  I was totally myself with these women.  What did I have to lose?  Nothing.  And I'm so glad I did. 
  2. Remember how you got there.  No, no.  I'm not talking what kind of transportation you took, I'm talking where you came from.  And how you got there.  Often times we get so caught up in the daily mundane we don't stop and think about how far we've come.
  3. Visit something that brings out the kid in you.  Ya know, I'm not gonna lie.  At first I was like "an aquarium, museum and weird touch place?  How on EARTH is that going to be relaxing? That's where I'd take my kids!"  Ding Ding.  The ladies who produced this thing knew exactly what they were doing. HA!  We visited Ripley's Aquarium, Ripley's Believe It or Not!, WonderWorks & countless times I said out loud "I have to bring my kids here!  They would love this!"  So many things reminded me of my childhood too.  So even though it's insanity when you have your kids' with you take a minute and do something you'd do WITH them so you feel that kid-karma.
  4. Think in hashtags.  I know you think I'm crazy - but think in hashtags for realz! Think about it.  Hashtags are short, simple, to the point.  And always expressive and the focus of your whole tweet, right?  YES!  Think in hashtags.  #JustBe
  5. Eat your face off.  I am honestly STILL recovering from that gluttonous place of awesome!  I don't know how I managed to not gain a pound.  Seriously.  God was sending me a gift with that one.  Cause I enjoyed EVERY.SINGLE.BITE. from that trip.  I mean everything.  (And yes.  I am going to have to do a post JUST on the eating along.)
  6. Step out of your comfort zone but know when you need to step into you.  So, the very last day the group went to a vineyard.  We had just done an awesome day at a botanical garden (yes, story coming there too...) and my back was just causing me excruciating pain.  So I excused myself from that part of the trip.  And as gorgeous as I heard that place was, I am so so so so grateful that I did not go.  Because I took a little walk and ended up in front of the house my family stayed.  And I was able to set my intentions while setting those bad memories free.  That totally rocked.
  7. Change history.  You know you can do that, right? Yep.  And by visiting that place with the not so good memories, I was able to change history.  And now I totally look at Myrtle Beach with my eyes wide open. 

When can we go back again?

 

Be sure to return to get the reviews of Brookgreen Gardens, some of the best dining I've ever had at Tupelo Honey, Wicked Tuna & more... PLUS - need 5 fun things to do while in Myrtle Beach?  We've got the list for you! Check back soon!  Meanwhile, visit the Myrtle Beach site & check out their 60 Ways to Relax and Unwind!  

D23 Expo and Toy Story 4

Ok so I have to interrupt your life right now and share with you the amazing news straight out of D23 Expo in Anaheim, California!!  One of my blogging buddies did a BRILLIANT pic on Instagram of her trip to D23 Expo and it has totally gotten me seriously Disney curious!  @VeraSweeney from Lady and the Blog actually put a stormtrooper suit on and flagged a taxi as she was in her duds to head to Anaheim!  It was super fun to see her show her #DisneySide. 

I normally don't share these, but since this Disney get together is a BIG DEAL and many of you happen to come to me for my truth on Disney - then I gotta share my excitement for Toy Story 4!!!  I seriously can not even believe that Toy Story is doing the FOURTH movie.  That's just nuts.   

We have a VERY long time to wait.  Unfortunately.  But aren't you excited? I know I am!

Here's the official press release:

TOY STORY 4 / TOY STORY 20th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION (#ToyStory4)

Pixar Animation Studios marks the 20th Anniversary of TOY STORY this year. Said Lasseter, "All the characters from ‘Toy Story’—especially Woody and Buzz—are so close to us. They seem more like family members than just creations. Not only do we dearly love the characters, but we also love the world of ‘Toy Story’—the world where toys come to life when people are not in the room has always been rich with many story possibilities."

Lasseter, who’s one of Pixar’s three founders, celebrated 20 years since TOY STORY transformed the animation industry and the art of storytelling. He welcomed to the stage iconic two-time Oscar®-winning songwriter and longtime Pixar collaborator Randy Newman, whose Pixar credits include “Toy Story,” “A Bug’s Life,” “Toy Story 2,” “Monsters, Inc.” and “Cars.”

Also joining in the celebration were TOY STORY 4 co-director Josh Cooley (“Cars 2,” “Ratatouille”) and Producer Galyn Susman (“Toy Story OF TERROR!”). Screenwriters Rashida Jones and Will McCormack (“Celeste & Jesse Forever”) joined Buzz, Woody and Bo Peep for the celebration. "I’m very proud of our films,” said Lasseter. “When we made the first three TOY STORY films, we didn’t realize what we had done was to change the genre of each of the films’ story. For TOY STORY 4, we are doing a type of story we have not done before: a love story. It’s a story about a relationship between Woody and Bo Peep. "

TOY STORY 4, which will be directed by Lasseter and produced by Susman, is slated for release on June 16, 2017.

TRUCKerton at #TuckertonSeaport

It's that time of year again!  

We're heading to Tuckerton Seaport for their annual Food Truck Fest.  Ya'll know how much I love this place.  I really really like the place, but I have to tell you the truth.  I LOVE the people who work there!  Brooke & her amazing Seaport Sisters? ha.  (Don't kill me Brooke for saying that!)  But Brooke and her work family are some of the kindest, caring-ist people I've ever met!  Seriously!  Brooke is always sending me something.  She's super sweet & I've absolutely loved working with her, Jackie, Dianne & the 'Tuckerton Team'.  

Ok, so now that I'm a total CHEESE BALL lemme tell you about the CHEESE BALLS at TRUCKerton!  Seriously. There is a food truck called Cow and the Curd and it is fried cheese curds!!  Can you believe it?  Making my mouth water now.  

Ahem.  Ok, so if you follow along with the hashtag on Saturday you can drool too.  But don't drool on your phone.  Cause that's not good.  At all. But if you are up for a fun feast then join us!  I'll be there with some of my blogging buddies popping the curds and drowning my sorrows in the velvet cake milkshakes?!?!?  Lawd.  This is going to be one heck of a day. lol 

See you at TRUCKerton!

Ricki and the Flash in Theaters

Why yes, I DID promise you my review of Ricki and the Flash!

The movie hits theaters Friday and there are so many great pieces about it. Personally, I feel like the biggest mom-message is the struggles in mother/daughter relationships.  Personally, I am a mom.  And I'm a daughter.  But I don't have a daughter.  So I can't say I understand the 'mom' point of view by Meryl Streep as a daughter - but I know as a mom there is just something to be said about the gender equality problem we have.  

In the movie, Ricki (played by Meryl Streep) and her daughter (played by Meryl's real life daughter Mami Gummer)  reunite when Ricki's daughter found out her husband cheats on her and she goes through a drastic depression from it.  Ricki goes home to her daughter to be a mom.  Turns out her brother gets married at the same time and Ricki ends up shining in the end. 

Doing movie reviews are always hard for me cause I don't want to take away too much from the ending - but this one is a classic family struggle that every family can related in some way.

I attended the junket last Sunday and got a chance to hear Rick Springfield PLAY!  Plus we interviewed Meryl & her daughter.   In the beginning I thought Mamie Gummer was SUPER shy.  After about a zillion questions to Meryl & Rick - I piped in with my question. 

What do you think is the one thing that Mamie told me that she taught Meryl? Tune in next week to find out!

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Putting the TMI in Motherhood with #RealMomProblems from funny & fantastic to everything in between! Joey Fortman has been seen on Today Show, Good Morning America, Fox & Friends and more!