A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place – Giveaway

Here it is, December, and it’s time for Sesame Place’s Very Furry Christmas!

December is always a magical time of year, but we add to it’s “special-ness” with a trip to Sesame Place to see our friends!

(We call it the QueenvannaCreations Company “Staff” Christmas Party!) after dealing with mom working full-on for the month of November, we all deserve it.


“ELMO THE MUSICAL – CHRISTMAS” SHOW is NEW!: Rosita and Grover deliver a special (and mysterious!) Christmas message from Santa to Elmo, telling him to “…keep a lookout for a very special gift…it comes in all shapes and sizes and is the most wonderful gift of all.”  Right then, a very tired and over-worked Package Delivery Monster (Grover) begins delivering all of Elmo’s gifts, helping Elmo learn something that makes this Christmas extra special!  Oh, the sweetness….

A special character dine includes milk and cookies with Santa (we are SO doing this again this year!)

Rides, parades and MORE!

Wholesome family fun!

Enter to win a family 4-pack of single-day passes to A Very Furry Christmas below, and maybe we’ll see you there!

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Disclosure:  I am a Sesame Place Blog Ambassador for the 2014 season.  No monetary compensation was provided for this post.  All opinions are my own.

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School Picture Day

It’s school picture day!

Does anyone else have to have “the talk” with their kids on picture day?  The talk that goes:

“If those pictures come back and your hair is different, if your clothes are different or changed, there will be trouble.”

Last year, little girl’s part in her hair wandered waaaaay over to the side like she had given herself a comb over.  The year before she had a dirt smudge from recess between her eyebrows so she looked like she had a caveman uni-brow.  It’s pretty clear the photographers aren’t giving them the once-over, so it’s up to the kids.  Yikes.  Today was the speech:  Do not tie or untie any bows, do not put on or take off any layers, do not add any hair accessories, necklaces, makeup, water, etc.  Can’t wait to see how they come out!

Also:  I’m bummed that it is jacket weather.  Can’t wait for late spring!


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Sesame Place – Season Passes 2015

Let’s talk Sesame Place season passes.  I love charts like this:

We’ve had the Big Bird Season Pass for the last 2 years.  The unlimited visits are great if you’re local(ish), or feel up to traveling a few times, parking is included in several of the options, but besides all that I have found the other perks to make our visits even more special and memorable.

(Meet n Greet before the parade!)

The Member events are pretty special -there’s usually some cool swag, more time to spend with the characters, trying out the new rides before everyone else…  Preferred seating for shows and early entry for rides in the summer = awesome.

The 30% off in-park food, merchandise and Dine-With-Me is a perk we use every time we visit.  We’ve saved tons.


Buy your season pass for next year now and you can use it the rest of THIS year.  That’s a bargain – There’s still a few weeks of The Count’s Spooktacular (AND fun character dines every weekend in October!)!  And it’ll be Very Furry Christmas time before we know it (we’ll be there!)  There’s a payment plan so you’re not zapped all at once, I can’t think of a reason season passes aren’t great if you’re planning to visit Sesame Place!

Season Pass Image Card

Disclosure: I am a Sesame Place Blog Ambassador for the 2014 season. No monetary compensation was provided for this post. All opinions are my own.

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To Lyme Disease or Not to Lyme Disease

I had kinda a rough summer.  I started our first weekend of vacation by feeling like I was passing out while driving on the highway.  The next day something similar happened and I ended up at Urgent Care, then getting a real Dr (I haven’t had one in years), and a physical and a list of appointments and a therapist and lots of other fun stuff for “panic attacks”…  We still had a great vacation away from school but I was a little relieved when it was time for the girls to go back so we’d all have a routine.

For the past 4 months I haven’t been able to pinpoint something that was stressing me out or making me feel anxious and dread just about every activity I had to do, I just figured it was a little bit of everything.  It did cross my mind that it could be some sort of virus or an inner ear thing, because really – what do *I* have to be anxious about?  The Dr said she really felt it was general anxiety, but hey let’s take a little more blood and rule out a few more things.  After 2 and a half additional weeks of waiting, all the results are in and it was Lyme Disease.  Maybe.  Let’s wait another month and take some new blood.  Nope, negative – don’t have it, never had it, carry on.

That wasn’t a valid answer for me.  Where I do feel loads better, I do not feel good.  I do not feel even close to good, or even normal.


Lyme Disease would explain a lot of little naggy things that I haven’t complained about too much (I hope!) – My “sprained” ankle from early June that just won’t stop aching (it’s not sprained, it’s probably arthritis), when the tech read the initial x-ray he mentioned that he saw a little arthritis but no big deal…  When I had my physical I had a low fever and I blamed it on maybe having a little cold… My insomnia at 3a eight nights out of 10 and the weird exhaustion that I feel around 7p, like I cannot stand up or do one more thing for one more second (other than stare at the television or watch my twitter feed scroll by), joint stiffness that I blamed on needing to lose a few lbs (I still need to lose a few lbs, but now I don’t think it’s causing my achiness!)

So what now?  I have a lot of questions and I feel like I still have a long road ahead to be myself again.  Starting with a new doctor who won’t dismiss me with a fistful of antidepressants and the phone number to Weight Watchers.  If it’s not Lyme Disease, I need to know what it is.

I can’t help but see how sparse my blog has been, which is not super for a brand ambassador!  I haven’t been paying attention to my craft business and I haven’t been motivated to contact the other businesses who ask me to do work occasionally.  I haven’t been reaching out to my friends to chat or visit, I’m not volunteering the ways I used to, I’m just… bleh.  The therapist says that whatever I can do each day, I have to see as a success.  Some days I can get all the things done… the work, the errands, the responsibilities and obligations.  Other days everyone is clean and fed and where they need to be and loved and if that’s all I can do, that’s more than good enough.  So here I am on this little journey.  I’ll try not to moan too much about my aches and pains and I can’t wait for the day that I say man, I feel great!


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Have a Spooktacular Time!

It’s that time of year again!

It’s time for incredible weather…

It’s time for characters in costumes…

It’s time for mums, pumpkins and cornstalks…

and hayrides with friends…

A little trick-or-treating in your favorite neighborhood…

Halloween shows, too!

It’s time for The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular!

Celebrate silly, spooky fun at The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular at Sesame Place, September 20th through October 26th.

Come in costume and play at Sesame Place’s not-too-spooky Halloween haven featuring two new Halloween shows, themed mazes and a Sesame Street character hayride. Don’t miss exciting rides, the Neighborhood Street Party Halloween Parade, the all-new Cookie’s Monster Land, and everyone’s favorite furry friends dressed up in costume!

What a great time of year to enjoy Sesame Place!

Disclosure: I am a Sesame Place Blog Ambassador for the 2014 season. No monetary compensation was provided for this post. All opinions are my own.

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Top 10 Favorite Things about Sesame Place (5-1)

Well that was a long break!  I’m sure I’ll be explaining that one shortly, just waiting for a few more details to fall in to place.  ANYWAY!  Here are the next 5 reasons that Sesame Place is our favorite!

Neighborhood Street Party Parade!  (This is mom’s favorite part for sure.)  Once (or twice) in a lifetime (or 3 times in one trip, in our case!), you might be chosen to dance in the parade!

Eye on the prize, Little Girl ALWAYS tries to catch a poof.

Being tall enough…

There were just a few rides that the girls waited and waited to be tall enough to ride.  And even now that they’re tall enough for all of them, they still make sure they haven’t shrunk.

A Very Furry Christmas

The park is transformed in to a winter wonderland!  Santa’s there, the characters are bundled up and if you’re extra lucky, it’ll snow just enough to add a little extra something special to the experience!

Something new…  Every year there’s always a little something new or different, and this year was a big year with Cookie’s Monster Land!

Family time, family memories.  There’s nothing better.

This list certainly isn’t all inclusive, we also love the shows, the games, the water attractions, the rides, the gift shops, and on and on…  maybe there should be another list or 3.

Coming up next time (and I promise it’ll be soon!)  The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular – Lots of fall and Halloween themed Sesame fun, including 2 NEW Halloween shows!

Disclosure: I am a Sesame Place Blog Ambassador for the 2014 season. No monetary compensation was provided for this post. All opinions are my own.

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Top 10 Favorite Things about Sesame Place (10-6)

The girls and I have been making lists of our favorite Sesame Place memories.  We actually have WAY more than 10, so we might do a few more to the series, but for now, 10.  We’ll do 5 today and 5 in a few days!

SO NOW! Our Top 10 Favorite things about Sesame Place!

The Purple 1-2-3 Horse.  Every year, every visit, several times a visit.

Learning to love our furry friends.  The first visit we made, the girls wanted NOTHING to do with the characters.  The 2nd year, Big Girl got over herself and made fast friends.

Even with Mr. Noodle.

Little Girl thought it was all just fine from the safety of her stroller seat.

And after that we were all Best Furry Friends Forever.

Maps are great the day you’re at the park – directions, announcements, menus for the restaurants and more.  We bring one home to remember our visit and plan for next time!

Dine with Me!

We’ve tried breakfast lunch and dinner and they’ve all been great.  Extra special time to spend with our furry friends and family.

Grover’s Birthday Bash at Dine with Me!

(Special event meals)

Now that the girls are school aged, we plan Dinner Dines on Sunday evening… we pile in the car with full bellies afterwards and make the long treck home to CT with happy thoughts in our heads.  The children sleep a little and we’re all ready to go back to school on Monday! (kinda.)

And we just happen to have a thing for Grover.

Alrighty, like I said earlier, stay tuned for the next post with our next 5 favorite memories!

Til then, here’s some info on Season Passes and other cool stuff:

  • 2015 Passes went on sale a few weeks ago! This is a great deal- 2015 Passes include unlimited visits next year (including 2015 Spooktacular and 2015 A Very Furry Christmas) AND the rest of this year free (including 2014 Spooktacular and 2014 A Very Furry Christmas). http://bit.ly/1oE495T
  • Transferable Passes: Transferable Passes are a brand new pass! They are a little complicated to explain, but let’s use myself as an example! If I bought myself a Big Bird Season Pass, I could purchase a Transferable Pass. My Big Bird Season Pass would be considered the “host” pass. When I wanted to come to Sesame Place, I could bring anyone (my mom, my grandma, my sister) as my guest. The Person with the Transferable Pass must arrive with the host pass member, and Transferable Passes are limited to one visit per person per day. If you have any further questions, visit the FAQ page: http://bit.ly/1n4TKnk
  • Quick Pay on our Mobile App: Sync your credit card to our mobile app to make quick and convenient food and merchandise purchases! Once you’ve entered your credit card information, just open your app, and a team member can scan your phone to complete the purchase.  Easy Peasy!

Disclosure: I am a Sesame Place Blog Ambassador for the 2014 season. No monetary compensation was provided for this post. All opinions are my own.

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Activities to Keep the Kids Busy at Radisson Philadelphia Northeast

Our favorite place to stay while at Sesame Place is the Radisson Philadelphia Northeast.  Close, convenient and thoughtful.  This summer they’ve been hosting evening activities for kids staying at the hotel!

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Activities include:

Balloon twist

Kids pastry decorating class

Movie and popcorn night at 8pm

Pool activities

The Radisson Hotel Philadelphia Northeast will be hosting their first luau for our guests on Friday, August 22, 2014 from 7pm to 10pm. They will have live music, limbo contest, along with food and drink specials at the Cabana for their guests. Sounds awesome!

The activities are well planned and prepped, check out these pictures of cupcake decorating from their facebook page:

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If you’re staying here, be sure to check out what’s going on for kids!

Disclaimer:  No monetary compensation was provided for this post.  All opinions are my own.

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Check that off my bucket list

When we decided to go to Los Angeles this summer, we made all sorts of plans for the girls and their younger cousins.  Watermelon farm, San Diego Zoo, Science Center, Aquarium…  But there was one thing that I knew *I* had to do if I was so close.

late lateIf I was anywhere near CBS, I’d HAVE to see a taping of the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.  He’s been my favorite for so long.  His turn as host will be ending in December.  I had to go.

After lots of back and forth about what day was best, if we could even GET tickets, it was all set.

ticketsInsert Kermit flaily arms and beauty pageant vapors and tears.

Gorgeous day for a walk through The Grove.  I keep typing The Grover.  I can’t imagine why.

Judging from that smile, he was not too bummed out to go, too.  There were maybe 30 people in front of us in line, it was interesting to listen to their conversations.

In the end we got to see 2 tapings – one that aired that night, and the other that next Friday.  Our seats were way to the left, 2nd row.  For those in the know, we were in the seats behind “lesbian row” and could sometimes hear Josh Robert Thompson (Geoff the Robot Skeleton) in stereo because he was being amplified through the speakers and was actually on the other side of the wall separating our seats from backstage.  When Craig Ferguson sits to face his guests, he was facing us as well.  It was everything I had hoped it would be.

Afterwards we took about a mile walk up to Los Angeles County Museum of Art to kill time and hope for traffic to dissipate.

The museum was closed, but we saw the outdoor exhibits.  The light posts were really what I wanted to see.

One of my favorite days ever.

Disclaimer:  Tickets for the taping of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and other shows are free through 1iota.com. 

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Aaaand we’re back!

We took a family trip to sunny southern California last week.  I have to admit it was CRAZY stressful for me as this was the largest trip and/or undertaking for us as a family of 4.  People do it all the time I told myself, and once we were there, we *all* had a really good time.

First thing I’d like to talk about is the weather.  OMG, the weather.

At the Science Center:


At the pool:wpid-screenshot_2014-07-18-14-50-31_1.jpg

Absolutely no humidity.  My hair has never been so tame.

Going to the Aquarium:


Headed to a taping of The Late Late Show today!!!!:wpid-screenshot_2014-07-21-06-12-11_1.jpg

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A day at the San Diego Zoo:wpid-screenshot_2014-07-22-11-10-20_1.jpg

Headed home (ridiculous!):wpid-screenshot_2014-07-23-12-00-16_1.jpg

(It’s a dry heat.  All the better to spontaneously combust in, my dear.)

We landed in a thunderstorm, I did a good job keeping my sh!t together, the girls didn’t know how nervous I was (I’m not a good flyer).

Now we’re back in Connecticut, land of thunderstorms and 400% humidity.  Glad to be home, but with the A/C on.

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