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Giving Gets Good with Jennaphr Frederick

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I'm definitely feeling under the weather today.  It's really a bummer because I have so much work to do.... So, if you're reading this - and I owe you an email, phone call, report, facebook message, text, or anything else...I have a GREAT excuse.  In fact, SANTA himSELF has pardoned me for being behind.  

Why?  Cause he hired me to be a messenger for him.  

I didn't realize how much work he WANTED from me...shew....but, it's SANTA.  And since I've asked him personally for a new car this year - I best do as I'm told.  

Today was the big GIVE - BIG BIG GIVE to a warm and deserving family!  And this year, Jennaphr Frederick said she wanted to join me when I do the Secret Scooter Santa Drop!

I feel like I can honestly say that I've gotten to know Jennaphr Fred. from Fox 29 pretty well the past years.  I've had an amazing opportunity to be on her show and she's continued to ask me back again & again!  It's a blessing to be able to strap my UGGS back on and step back into the 'limelight' of what I did for 20 years.  Radio & TV were my first drives.  Then came motherhood.  And within this time of motherhood - there has been some really awful experiences & I vowed never to return to radio again. lol 

Hence, I haven't done that - but I have been extremely blessed to have unique opportunities in tv.  One is with Jenn.  I don't know how I convinced her to have me on the first place - but SHE DID.  And I've been obsessed with her ever since. hahaha

Ok, no - I don't stalk JennFred.  But I do love to hang out with her!  She's really freaking hysterical.  What you see is what you get with her.  She's got a great heart too.  **SIDE NOTE** I can't wait to share with you a new feature I'm doing in 2015 that Jenn is kicking it off with me.  You'll love it as it's an inside look on the hearts of some of my favorite moms.  From celebs to neighbors & anyone I can get to come over that week.....lol...  In the MomCave...coming soon to my YouTube Channel!

In the meantime, my 2nd annual Secret Scooter Santa Drop with Razor was this morning!!!  I WAS SOOO HAPPY! Not because I got to see Jenn although I always love seeing her - but because this GREAT GRANDMA got rocked with Razor (& some other random yet amazing toys I had left from the Kisses for Kyle Event.)  -----> Speaking of Kisses for Kyle!!  That recap is well on its way!  AND a video I had produced too!  So I promise that will be worth the wait. 

In the meantime, watch - share - and be sure to register for our contest!!

GREAT GRANDMAS GOODIES FROM RAZOR

Wild StylePower Wings, A5, Mixi & Crazy Cart!

The breakdown - Power Wings - AWESOME for moms (and great grandmoms).  The Crazy Cart?  I LOVE it - but I'm a nut about making sure it's with older kids.  The younger ones are just so fragile!  Besides, Razor says NINE and UP!  

Mixi is adorable.  The A5 is a classic.  And Wild Style is wild with style!

 

DISCLOSURE:  Razor did not provide compensation for this appearance.  However, for the past two year Razor offered me up scooters to families.  It was THEIR idea and there was no strings attached.  That's a testament of what kind of company they are!  And hopefully the fact that I take the great products I get and GIVE them away is a testament to who I am and what Real Mom Media stands for as well.  Happy Holidays to you and your families!


Christmas in Hershey at the Sweetest Place on Earth

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Have I told you how much I LOVE that I'm a Hershey, PA ambassador yet?  I know.  I shouldn't rub it in.  But the thought of millions of lights surrounded by the sweet smell of chocolate in the sweetest place on Earth?  I can NOT wait!

This summer, you saw that I got hit with the conundrum of the fact that Hershey has me questioning my other favorite place, Cape May!!  Something about these two amazing history towns that cuddles up to my heart. 

Over the summer it was SO HOTT.  SO so SO SOOOOOO hott.  We came, we saw and conquered.  And now it's gonna be COLD!  But hot cocoa will probably be the BOMB and flowing EVERYWHERE, right?

HOTEL HERSHEY

Built in 1933, Hotel Hershey sits as a member of Historic Hotels of America with 3 restaurants, indoor and outdoor pools, kids club and even a sweet mini-golf spot!  

Hotel Hershey is a must do over the holidays!  That has been something that I have heard over and over since moving to Philly 7 years ago.  I'm thrilled that it's finally coming to fruition!

HIDDEN HERSHEY

There are really so many AMAZING things to do in Hershey BESIDES just eating chocolate ya know. Although that's never a BAD idea but there are so many great ideas that you can enjoy in Hershey, PA with your chocolate!  

From the Spa at the Hotel Hershey where their have the most amazing hot cocoa to the ice skating, chocolate making at Hershey Story and more. 

HERSHEYPARK HOLIDAYS

Ok, I'm off to experience and then return to share with you about CHRISTMAS IN HERSHEY!

Where is your favorite place to get in the holiday spirit?

 

#TravelTuesday Gaylord National Hotel Review

Everyone and their mother (including my own) knows how much I LOVE holiday decorations!  LOVE them.  They mean so much more to me than having a pile of stuff under the tree.  In fact, my oldest son is really remembering my love of decoration.  

It's awesome because when I ask him what he wants for Christmas, he never knows..but for 3 weeks in November he BEGGED me to put the holiday lights up!  Super cute.  So, the weekend before Thanksgiving we started to put things up.  That's what I love about the holiday.  And something that carries over from my childhood. 

Decorations and experiences are always my favorite - so to get the chance to take a trip with the kids to explore ICE at Gaylord National was a no brainer!  When I first heard about ICE!, I was going to college in Kentucky.  Nashville, TN was our closest hot spot city and there is a Gaylord Hotel location there as well.  My girlfriend shared with me that she was going there and I became obsessed with getting there for a visit myself!

So, I did!  Quite a few times!  And what's great is that each year has been just a little bit different. 

This year, their them is Frosty the Snowman. It brings a whole new meaning to Christmas on the Potomac!

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Top 5 Holiday Faves at Gaylord National

1) GINGY!!  We make a gingerbread house every year.  It's something Boston mentions all year long too!  The price for the Gingerbread House is a little high (approx $50) but the experience is well worth it!  Not to mention - they are GOURMET holiday houses. Yum!

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2) THE ICE! Yes!  Believe it - these awesome artists (40 of them to be exact) fly in from Harbin, China to make this spectacular! Seriously!  They work an entire month to rock this exhibit of awesome!  This year they have a new live carving zone, called The Frostbite Factory.  Brrrrr right?  To say the least, 5,000 blocks of ice weighing in at 2 million pounds.  Yeah.  Cold is an understatement!

Yeah! One of my Top 3 Fave Family Holiday Escapes! #RealMomTravels #Philly

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3) THE SCAVENGER HUNT!  Ok, so the true 'competitive' person comes out with this one.  I LOVE these Instagram/event scavenger hunts.  This one was adorable to see many of the kids get excited when they found the Reindeers in random places.  My fave was the one in the ceiling where you check into the hotel!  Look for it in the loops! 

4) THE GLASS MEGA-TREE!  So where do you get a 60 foot tall, 7,000 pound glass tree?!?!  Have someone make it of course!  It's only the world's ONLY suspended synthetic glass Christmas tree made of 108 hand creafted pieces of green holly leaves, 11 red berries and one big mega gold bow on top!  There is a nightly tree lighting show that families can love & the tree rocks the fountain show beautifully too!  It's a must see.

5) THE CHARACTERS!  Gaylord National has a partnership with Dreamworks and so many of your favorite characters come to life everyday!  There is a 'DreamWorks' Madagascar Crack A Lackin' Cook-in Character Breakfast available for about $30 for adults and $20 for kids 3-12.  Under 2 is free.  Yes, it is a little pricey, but your kids get entertained by King Julien, Alex the Lion and their friends!  We didn't do the breakfast - but we did see the characters walking by.  That was pretty cool to see Hudson my almost 2 year old have a light up face!! So cute.  The other times we went, I went NUTS over the GREEN chocolate fountain.  Granted, everything was Shrek related...so I get it - but they didn't have green chocolate this time.  BUMMER, right?  Cause of COURSE this mama goes for the chocolate fountain!!! It still tasted amazing green or brown. ha

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Ok, so those are my Top 5 Faves on this trip.  Have you ever been to Gaylord National?  Where is one of your favorite places to travel to take in the holiday festivities?

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Coming up next:  Christmas in Hershey!  As an ambassador we get to go there again!  I sure love to travel.  And add Christmas awesome to it? HEAVEN!

The OFFICIAL Real Mom Holiday Gift Guide

The OFFICIAL Real Mom Holiday Gift Guide

I CAN'T BELIEVE IT!!

I mean, I've only been working on this thing for the past freaking YEAR! hahaha.  Actually, I have to give the kudos right of the gate.  Yes, I've been connecting, playing & picking the best of the best for the holiday season all year.... but my amazing editor, Stephanie Glover gets the credit for the beauty of it all!  She about killed me a few times - but we all survived and it's ready for YOU!!!!

Be sure to check back often as we post and share the products individually throughout the holiday season.  We'll even throw in some other products we got that missed the deadline to the guide as we're STILL getting new things daily!

For the 2nd year in a row we are partnering with Kisses for Kyle Foundation to bring you to the amazing kids and families within their organization.  This is honestly the best part of the holiday programming we do.  Sharon Snyder has been on Real Mom Radio with me and I just fell in love with her and her heart. What she and her team do for families who are affected by childhood cancer is commendable.  She's the real deal. 

I may look at my children and want to scream because of all their messes, not brushing their teeth, not picking up toys.... But at the end of the day?  I can't even imagine my life with children battling childhood cancer.  I hug them.  Love them.  Tell them they're the most important things in my life.  But it's really important for them to see and take part in the 'giving' side of what I do.  

My 20 years in traditional media - THIS is what it was all about.  GIVING.  And to be able to look at what I have been able to do and give through all of my hard work and ability to use this platform to keep it going? Awesome.  And I want to personally thank YOU for that.  Because of you coming to the site, following me on twitter, friending me on facebook, sharing - tweeting - reading - watching... I'm able to do this.  

Give back to those who need it more. 

Life is so short.  So vulnerable.  So full of ups and downs.  The older I get, the more I'm reminded about the blessings and opportunities I'm afforded. 

What are you doing to make a difference in your today? 

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#TravelTuesday 2015 Chevy Traverse

Well, traveling is one of my favorite things to talk and do!  But the weather is turning me into a pathetic depressed mess.  And this morning when I had to go warm up my car before taking my dudes to school and it was FREEZING in there?!?!  Yeah.  I really was yearning for the heated seats & heated car that I was spoiled with but I digress. 

Ahem. 

So, my latest AUTOMOBILE ESCAPADE was with the Chevy Traverse.  I have to tell you that I was actually a bit disappointed in this car.  It had no pickup!!  I don't know if it was because I just came off of driving the Tahoe - but the Traverse, I had to put the pedal to the metal to move.  I know.  I come out of the gate with a negative remark but I just couldn't stop thinking about it the entire time I drove it.  

But please know EVERYTHING and I mean EVERYTHING else was awesome about the car!  My kids loved it too.  You see, originally - the Traverse was what i was thinking I'd buy.  But thankfully Chevy let me drive it for some time to see if I like it before buying it.  And the exact opposite of the Tahoe!  I thought I'd hate the Tahoe and LOVED it!!  And I thought the Traverse would be a dream and it wasn't what I expected!

2015 Chevy Traverse LTZ 

What you WILL get with the Traverse:

  • 20-inch aluminum wheels
  • Power remote lift gate (lifesaver with hands full!)
  • Full chrome side window moldings and chrome lower grille bars
  • Chrome rear bumper pad
  • Perforated leather-appointed seating surfaces
  • Memory settings for driver seat
  • Side Blind Zone Alert with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert  -- this was AWESOME!!
  • Heated and cooled front seats  AWESOME!
  • Bright dual exhaust outlets
  • Heated steering wheel
  • 7 passenger seating
  • Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning - GREAT feature!  
  • 6 airbags

What you WON'T get with the Traverse:

  • A nanny
  • car cleaning service
  • Toy Pickup
  • French Fry Reproduction Services
  • Kids with an attitude

Ok, so maybe the kids with OUT attitudes aren't always possible.  But worth a shot, right? 

I think that the Chevy Traverse is really a nice family auto. I loved the little things that mattered in there.  Like the moving of the rearview mirrors?  That is so helpful!  The USB port, the sensors that light up in your side mirrors when someone is in your blind spot...all of the little things added up!

Overall, unless I test drive another Traverse only to find out that the pick up was something in that Chevy in particular - my plans have changed and no longer looking to buy a Traverse.  But, every single person I've talked to who has had the car LOVES it and has nothing but great things to say about them!

Ok... a month and 1/2 left before I make the big decision. 

What kind of car do you drive?

 

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