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Jenny Hodges. Tampa Librarian. Book Lover. Slow Runner. Mom to Irish Triplets. Living and Traveling in the Autism World.


23. March 2013 20:50
by jennifer
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It's a Giveaway-Disney on Ice- Rockin' Ever After!!

23. March 2013 20:50 by jennifer | 21 Comments

Oh yes!! We are heading down to the Tampa Bay Times Forum to see Disney on Ice and their newest ice skating performance...Rockin' Ever After!! I think I am probably just as excited as my kids! Maybe even more so I have never been to an ice skating show, or ANY Disney show for that matter outside of the ones that they offer at the Disney Parks. And even then...since having children, I think we've only been to WDW twice. With Ronin's special needs, the overwhelming crowds and the  long lines just don't make for a pleasant experience.  BUT...that doesn't keep us from going and seeing the Disney movies when they are released!!  We know all the characters, songs, costumes, etc., so having the opportunity to see the characters up close (and hopefully they'll even have a meet and greet!!) will give the trio the Disney experience that they deserve! Of all the Disney characters that they will have at the performance, I am most excited to see Merida. I love her no holds barred attitude, and she gets bonus points because she's got curly red hair and is Scottish (just like my mama!!) Get ready to rock out with some of the most magical idols of all in a musical showcase that features the hottest tunes and talent from across the kingdom in Disney On Ice presents Rockin’ Ever After! Jam to a Scottish jig as a group of royal contenders from the latest Disney•Pixar film, Brave, competes to win the heart of headstrong, sharp-shooting Merida, making her ice debut! Experience a show-stopping performance as Sebastian breaks out of his shell for one night only to take waves with Ariel.  A chorus of harmless hooligans from Tangled unleashes musical mayhem when they get a visit from the  sassy and spirited Rapunzel and her charming ally Flynn.  And, get your feet moving as the Beast and his castle’s enchanted entourage take center stage in a spectacular show for Belle. It will be a rockin’ remix of royalty when Disney On Ice brings this superstar line-up to your hometown. Characters from Brave, Tangled, The Little Mermaid and Beauty and The Beast will skate their way into your heart in Tampa at the Tampa Bay Times Forum from Thursday May 16- Sunday May 19. Tickets went on sale yesterday March 22, 2013, so there are plenty of good seats still available for the 7 performances. Performance Dates and Times: Thursday, May 16 – 7:00 p.m. Friday, May 17 – 7:00 p.m. Saturday, May 18 – 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. Sun, May 19  -1:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. Ticket Prices: Rinkside Dining $75, VIP $45, $35, $30, $16. You can purchase your tickets online at www.tampabaytimesforum.com and save $5 on select performances with the code: MOMD13You can follow them on Twitter at @DisneyOnIce and on Facebook. AND....you can win a family 4 pack of tickets to the Tampa performance by leaving a comment on this post telling me who is your (or your child's) favorite Disney princess from the the Rockin' Ever After show: Merida, Belle, Ariel, or Rapunzel and why they are your favorite. Easy! I'll have Ronin pick a random winner on April 1st (No April Fools Day tricks, though!! I promise.)Hope to see you you there!!

20. February 2013 08:06
by jennifer
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How advertisers target your kids in online games and apps!

20. February 2013 08:06 by jennifer | 2 Comments

A few weeks ago the children and I were asked to appear on Fox 13 news. The segment aired last night. I think the kids did a great job  Let me know what you think! How do you monitor what your kids download and play? Would you let them play a game like this, filled with candy messages??

17. February 2013 22:35
by jennifer
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The weekend of backup plans

17. February 2013 22:35 by jennifer | 5 Comments

Sunday night. Sigh. Where did the weekend go? I feel like I managed to {somehow} get a lot of stuff done, yet not get anything done at the same time. Weird how that works out. I co-taught a cycle class on Saturday morning. I am really loving the song Sweet Nothing for fast sprints. Heavy gear and lots of speed for short 15 second spurts. Awesome.This song really makes me move! Came home from cycling and James, the kids and I did a lot of team-work and speed cleaned the house!! We knew a cold front was coming and we wanted to try to get outside and do something before it was too cold for us! Well, not all of us. James and Haley don't like the cold. I don't either, but I won't let it trap me inside the house. We decide we're going to head down to Lettuce Lake Park with our puppy and wouldn't luck have it, as soon as we are all dressed and ready to go IT STARTS TO RAIN! Are you kidding me?? Nope. Rain. And the rain brings with it the cold front. Ugh. Change of plans. We decide we're going to go and see a movie. We get the kids all excited to see a kid flick, drive down to the movies, and IT IS SOLD OUT! Are you kidding me?? Sold out?? A kids movie?? I honestly can't remember the last time we went to see a movie and it was sold out. The kids are upset, Ronin is even crying. Breaks my heart. We decide the next best thing to a movie is FroYo. And there is a new FroYo place that opened that the kids and I have been watching with baited breath. I convince my husband that he'll be happy with the choice, just trust me and off we go to the RACE TRAC! LOL. Yes, the GAS STATION! And people...it was GREAT!! Sample cups and everything. Totally self serve. They even had tables inside and a patio outside (but it was too cold to sit outside) so we made our yogurt and sat together and enjoyed it. Totally brought the mood around. We came home and though it was cold, it was no longer raining, so Ella, Ronin and I decide we're going to take Matthew on a trail walk. Can't find his leash. Haley messed with it while I was cycling (despite being told multiple times to not play with the dogs leash) and misplaced it. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?? We search for about 20 minutes and it is no where to be found. Fine. Load the 2 kids and the dog in my truck and we drive to the pet store. Get new leash and head out for our walk. We did just over 3 miles. It was nice. Cold, but we were dressed properly and we all really enjoyed it! Came home, had dinner, and it was bedtime. Sunday I love to do Hot Yoga at the Wellness Center, and I made sure to head out earlier today than I did last week because I had to fight for a spot last time and I don't like to be crushed up against anyone! Class was great and I came home feeling both relaxed and energized. We did some more chores, and decided we'd head back up to the Wellness Center for the Family Swim at 2pm. They had the pool heated and the room heated and it was so nice!! James and I took turns. One of us would swim laps while the other would swim with the kids. It was lovely That's Ronin in the photo below! We swam for just over an hour and then it started to get very busy and the kids started to get hungry and restless so we decided it was time to go. The locker room has this awesome little device. It dries your bathing suit! We came home showered, dry and ready to take Matthew for another walk on the trail when DOH I remember that I have to go and pick up Girl Scout cookies from our troop leader. Back in the car, get the cookies, come home, sort the cookies, start delivering the cookies, yada yada yada, and before I know it is 6pm! Ack! Time for a back-up plan for walking the dog. Ronin and I bundle up, I grab the leash (from a new secret hiding place) and off we go for a one mile walk through the neighborhood. Dinner, bed, lights-out! We're watching the Walking Dead and just relaxing after a weekend of backup plans. Tomorrow is President's Day, so the kids have no school. They'll be coming with me to the Wellness Center. I'll do a quick run and then Pilates and then we'll head off to Parkesdale Farm Market in Plant City for some yummy strawberry shakes. We've been dreaming of tomorrow for a few weeks now and we are all so excited that it is finally here! What did you do this weekend? Did any of your plans get messed up??