Saturday, March 25, 2017

Turkey Hill Experience

On our way up to Sight & Sound Theatres, a couple weeks ago, we passed this building next to the freeway that said, "Turkey Hill Experience." Of course my natural curiosity kicked in and I searched on my phone to find out more. I think as a blogger I'm always on the lookout for new experiences.


As we kept driving towards Lancaster, I decided I would give them a call because I read on their website that visitors had the opportunity to create our own ice cream! Say WHAT?! Now mind you, this is a Saturday afternoon. I wasn't really expecting to talk to someone who'd work with me on the fly, but I had to try, right? As soon as they answered the phone, I was chatting with one of the managers, and the next thing I know, she's emailing me tickets for the next day!! Ice cream, here I we come!



Milk, glorious milk

We got up Sunday morning, had a leisurely breakfast, and then hit the road. We decided the night before that we'd check out some covered bridges on the way back to the Turkey Hill Experience. There were only a few near us, but I love bridges so...

When you visit the Turkey Hill experience, you have two options: THE only or THE + LAB. Either one gives you the opportunity to eat ice cream and sample drinks. The LAB is where you get to make your own ice cream, and honestly for the few extra dollars more, it's entirely worth it! If you choose to experience the LAB you should really make a reservation. Just showing up doesn't mean you'll be able to do it. The rooms hold about 58 people and run at various times during the day. It lasts a little under an hour and you want to get in line about 10 min early.

As you walk in you see the desk to purchase or pick up your tickets. Across from the desk is the Gift Shop. I purchased a shirt after we were done for our day, and I have got to tell you, I had to restrain myself because they prices were insanely affordable. There was a whole wall of shirts for under $8!


We headed upstairs to begin our tour. I think we got there at just the right time because it was noon on a Sunday so most people were probably just getting out of church. We were able to read all about the history of Turkey Hill. I love anything steeped in history, and Turkey Hill was just that!


I have a no so secret desire to live on a hobby farm. I've probably wanted that since I was 5 yrs old or whenever I saw my first horse. lol Learning about cows and dairy farming made my heart do flips. Fred convinced me to "milk" the cow. That was NOT easy. lol I don't know about you, but I remember when my mom used to have milk delivered to our home. We had the milk crate out front, and she would fill out a slip every week for the milk man. When I saw the order card on the wall, I had flashbacks of the days where my parents would talk about what they needed to order, and then coming home with our deliveries sitting outside our home.




My hubby loves tea. I think it's a southern thing. I'm personally not a tea kind of gal. Don't shoot! I do love my milk though. Well, at the Experience you can taste a variety of teas and take a test to see your tea personality. I gave all of the samples a Brownie sample, and ended up giving them to Fred who downed them. lol


We kept walking around and that's when I think I found where I wanted to spend the rest of my days and nights...at their ice cream sampling station. They had no limit to how much you ate. NO. LIMIT! I chose their Double Dunker. It was delicious!



It was getting close to our time for our LAB so we went to the stations where you create your virtual containers, create a flavor, and have fun with what you'd think it would be like when you're in the factory. My ice cream was called Mimi's Marvelous Moo. Kinda catchy, eh?


We got in line with a group of other people waiting to enter the LAB. This was where the magic happened. We started off with a pint of vanilla ice cream. As we went about our ice cream creations, an employee of THE taught us more about their whole process from the farm to the factory to the stores. It was fun making our creations while we learned more!


The great part was, she encouraged us to eat our ice cream as we folded, not stirred, our ice cream. I was all in. I took this part very seriously! We started by putting our flavoring in. I chose the ONE flavor where the more you put in the better. Everyone else was limited to their number of drops. My flavor...coffee! Mmmmmm

After we folded in our flavoring, we headed to the inclusion wall where we were able to add about 3 ingredients. Don't tell, but I picked 4. Well, two of the inclusions I chose were just "bits". I started off with toffee bits, then moved on to the espresso puffs. I definitely wanted cookie chunks, and finished with micro chocolate chips.


Then we went back to folding and folding. We all realized that our ice cream was starting to melt even though we were folding, not stirring. To top things off we could add one variegate. Mine was fudge! Right?! The assistants walked around and picked up all of our ice creams so they could sit in a deep freeze for a few minutes.


Once they were frozen again, we took our ice cream and headed back out to the experience. We had such a fun time! We want to go back again with all of the kids. It would be great if we could bring Mum and Pap with us, Fred's parents. Mum loves her ice cream.

What flavor ice cream would you create?

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Zonderkidz Activity & Coloring Books Reviews & Giveaway

You might have noticed that I've really enjoy sharing about the Berenstain Bears Activity books! I think they're such a great book for kids to learn from. When I was offered to review The Berenstain Bears Easter Fun Activity Book as well as The Beginner's Bible Coloring Book and Activity Book, I couldn't resist!


I remember when my kids were little around preschool age. I searched high and low for good resources for them to learn about their faith as well as educationally! Sadly, there wasn't much available unless you were a full fledged homeschooler, which I wasn't.

I've loved the combination of activities for the holidays as well as a general view of the holiday in the Berenstain Bear books. You get the traditional fun of thinking about spring and family traditions along with being reminded of why we celebrate Easter, Jesus' resurrection.


The Berenstain Bears Easter Fun Sticker & Activity Book is absolutely delightful! As always they have fun activities like mazes, matching, coloring, and using stickers are all together in one book. I also love the size of the book. It's long and great for little hands.



All of my kids spent time reading through The Beginner's Bible when they were really young. We loved reading the stories and looking at the pictures. It was such a great introduction to Scripture. My heart went pitter patter when I saw the new Coloring Book and Activity Book. Where have they been all my kids lives? We have them now so that's all that matters, right?


These books are exactly how I want my kids to learn. The coloring book gives 60 bible stories & characters to color and learn about! What a fun way to reinforce Bible stories. The stories really move wonderfully from the children's Bible to the coloring book.



The activity book is full of fun features. You can learn, you can be creative, and you can do both at the same time! Wouldn't these be wonderful to take to church for your kids to have something to keep their attention during the service? You could make a busy bag with them in it!

If you want to get a jump start on teaching your children academically at home, these books are such a great way to go. I really hope they have a whole line of these for parents to choose from!




You have the opportunity to win your choice of one of these books! That's right, I'll let you choose either the coloring book or one of the activity books! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Beauty And The Beast In Theaters & Activity Sheets

This past week I was able take my guys to see a preview of Beauty And The Beast. We saw it in 3D, which I'm not a big fan of, but was able to enjoy it for the most part. There were a couple moments when the 3D had me jumping! Thankful for the partnership I had that we were able to get tickets to preview this before it came out at the end of the week.

When the movie opened I was literally taken back in time to when the animated version came out. It was a bit emotional for me. My girls really enjoyed this movie, and I just remember watching it through their eyes. The songs were absolutely delightful, and I was so happy they stayed true to them. Don't you always worry that a remade movie will detour too far from the original that you and your children adored?


That's certainly not the case here. It was animation brought to life! It was so magical to see Lumiere and Cogsworth, Chip and Mrs. Potts, Plumette and Garderobe even as CGI. You really felt they were the same as the original, just "real." I didn't feel like Belle was nearly as feminine or wide eyed with wonder. My husband said that he saw an interview with Emma Watson where she mentioned she was intending to make Belle stronger. Not sure how I feel about that, but I still enjoyed her character.

As for the Beast, how Disney created him was pretty spectacular. I honestly thought I could reach out and feel his horns. There were moments when I thought his design was distorted, but that could've been because of the 3D. Of course you can't forget Gaston and Lefou, one who's a complete oaf and the other who's kind of a dingy wingman.


I wish I had watched the original before this release because there was a lot I had forgotten and it would've been nice to have that comparison fresh in my mind. I know there's a lot of talk about Lefou and his sexuality. Aside from a moment at the end and 1 other quick scene, I think it has been overplayed by the media to make it a "thing." I can't remember how the character is depicted in the animated movie, but I'm planning to watch it again this week to see if Lefou's character portrays a gay man back then or if he was just the goofy sidekick. My boys are teenagers so I didn't have to discuss this part of the movie with them. I actually think that if you have small children they won't actually realize that Lefou is gay.

Many of the scenes were mesmerizing! Of course "Be Our Guest" went above and beyond what a fan of the movie could hope for. I actually had to plug my ears at one point because the music was so loud. lol By the end of the song, I thought I was back at Disney World watching the fireworks finale. HA!


They added in a couple of extra songs, making them unique to the new movie. Because I couldn't remember all of the original, so much of Beauty And The Beast felt new to me. Of course, they weren't going to make it 100% the same, but it followed along so well, I enjoyed this version just as much as the first one.


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Friday, March 17, 2017

Precious Moments Fill My Heart With Cheer Care Bear Giveaway

When you think of ways to cheer up someone you know, how do you go about it? Maybe bring them a card, a bouquet of flowers, or some candy? While meaningful, they won't be a reminder of the care you have for the person who needs cheering. Well, when Precious Moments asked me to share about their Fill My Heart With Cheer figurine, I couldn't resist! I don't think there are many times in our lives where we don't have someone we know needing some cheering up!


I know that as soon as I pulled this figurine out of the box, it put a smile on my face. If it did for me, it would for anyone. I mean, it's so adorable! There are actually a couple unique pieces to this figurine. The rainbow is sparkly. I kept trying to capture it, but alas couldn't do it the justice it deserves. The other part is that the Care Bear is actually fuzzy! Isn't that fantastic?


So, while I did take it out of the box so I could show you how wonderful it is, I'll be gifting it to a friend of mine. I love that the purpose of this Precious Moments is to cheer someone up! Everyone goes through ups and downs, and to receive a thoughtful gift like this would be a reminder of how much they're loved.


Now for me, if I were to keep it because I need cheering sometimes, too, I'd add it to my entryway table. Then I could share the cheer with everyone who came into my home. What a gift to be able fill hearts with cheer with every visit.


This porcelain figuring stands at 5.25" high. It's made from a bisque porcelain and hand painted. It's so sweet that the little girl's headband matches the rainbow on Cheer Bear's belly. On the back paws of Cheer bear are the darker paw pads along with hearts on the front paws.


Now you have the chance to win one of your own sweet Fill My Heart With Cheer figurines! Now that's a sweet deal that's sure to cheer anyone up. a Rafflecopter giveaway

 
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