July 1, 2015

Staycation Destination: Museums with Free Admission

Firebird at +Bechtler Museum of Modern Art / Photo: +Maricris G 

You probably didn't know museums have Free Admission days. Well, they do. Now you know. And as I know you already know, FREE is always good when you have more than one kid to entertain the whole Summer or on any given time. Museums are also a great place where the whole family can go to and do things together while saving you money at the same time. Now that's a No-Brainer!

Check these Museums in Charlotte with Free Admission Days or Always Free to get your Summer on the right track:

Summer Perks: Movie Theaters with Free Admission and Summer Deals

Photo: +Maricris G 

It's that time of the year again. Popcorn and Free movies? Heck yeah baby. Who would say no to free movies and unlimited popcorn galore? I sure can't and won't. So should you too! Thankfully, Summer is here and most theaters offer perks that are FREE, dirt cheap or almost free to its young patrons and their budget-conscious parents -  the entire Summer. Sweeeet! Not to say, it's a great escape plan when cabin fever starts to set in and you want to give your air conditioner a break.

Check out this list of local Movie Theaters in Charlotte with Summer deals for 2015 and make your Summer awesome!

June 28, 2015

Carowinds Live Event: Daughtry in Concert + Special Discount Code For You

Summer is officially here which means Charlotte's premier Summer destination, Carowinds, have opened its gates for another year of awesome fun! And for the music lover and big fan of their live concert series, you're in luck! The multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated band Daughtry is performing at Paladium Amphitheater on Thursday, July 2 at 7 PM with rock band 21st Century Goliath opening for the show. This is a great start to your 4th of July celebration for sure! Then to top it all, grab the special discount code for some cool savings to make it more super-duper-extra-fun for you!

June 18, 2015

Disney's Inside Out Will Give You An Inside Look At What Goes On Inside Your Pubescent Child's Head + Free Emotion Posters

Inside Out officially opens on Friday, June 19th and I'm so excited I can squeeeee my pants and top off! Ok, that was brutally visual. I can just imagine you giving me that same look as those characters in the photo above right now. But if you must know, I was invited to preview the movie earlier but I couldn't go, so just imagine how beyond eager I'm now to finally see it. And there's also an underlying reason why I'm this excited. Not that you need to know, but I'll tell you anyway. I have a tween. That should sum it all. If you're smart you get what I mean. If you have a "tween" then you should get me more. Kapeesh?!

Check the funny explanation of what the cast think goes into making the animated movie:

June 17, 2015

47 Refreshing Destinations in North Carolina To Help You beat the Summer Heat

Photo: Maricris Guadagna

Summer is not officially here yet but my goodness, the weather is already making us feel otherwise. Yesterday, our car temperature sensor topped a whopping 100° F while out doing errands late in the afternoon. And now, it's even hotter with real feel of 109° F. No freaking way! But as it is - it is hot out there and getting hotter each day. It's that time of the year I wish I live near a cool pool of water somewhere. And please, heavily chlorinated public swimming pools are so. no. way! If I'm going to swim Summer heat away, I'd rather much prefer soaking in a natural body of water sans the stinky chemical any time of the day!

Now the great thing about North Carolina (and living here) is that, its got amazing destinations for a refreshing Summer adventure for every heat-overwhelmed City dwellers like me.

No Hammer No Armor No Problem - Take A Sneak Peek of Marvel's New Superhero Ant-Man + FREE Movie Posters

Genre:                         Action-Adventure
U.S. Release date:      July 17, 2015

The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man.” Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

Marvel’s “Ant-Man” stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang aka Ant-Man, Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne, Corey Stoll as Darren Cross aka Yellowjacket, Bobby Cannavale as Paxton, Michael Peña as Luis, Tip “T.I.” Harris as Dave, Wood Harris as Gale, Judy Greer as Maggie, David Dastmalchian as Kurt, and Michael Douglas as Dr. Hank Pym. Directed by Peyton Reed and produced by Kevin Feige, Marvel’s “Ant-Man” delivers a high-stakes, tension-filled adventure.

Take a sneak peek:

June 15, 2015

These Children Put Their Lives on the Line Each Day To Get To School

School is finally out for the school year in my city and I can't be any prouder with my child for ending her year with high honors, including an award from our U.S. President's Education Awards Program for Outstanding Academic Achievement. As a parent, it's definitely one of our proud moments. I'm blessed that my child have the passion to learn, best of all, the love to go to school. I'm equally grateful that she lives in a country that provide good schools and amenities for everyone. Not all countries in this world offers the same privilege, and kids her age in these underprivileged countries suffer the dire consequences and have to persevere each day just so that they can go to school and learn.

DIY Makeover: How I Updated the Look of an Old Plain Chalk Pedestal

I have this cute white pedestal with an intricate weave design around it and have been with me for about 8 years now which means, time has weathered away its look and aged its appearance. The poor thing look pathetic now but I didn't have the heart to toss it away. Which in turn means, it found itself on my creative table and got itself a total makeover.

If you've got one like it, then check this very easy DIY project to give your own dull, ugly-looking chalk pedestal a needed makeover - all you need is paint!

June 13, 2015

Top Picks: 11 No-Brainer Father's Day Gift Ideas Under $50!

Father's day is just around the corner. Have you gotten your gifts for that best dad in your life yet? No clue what to buy? Out of ideas? Well, we've curated this no-brainer guide to help you out. Pick your choice. The best thing about this collection? They're all under $50! 

June 12, 2015

DIY: How to Repurpose an Old Toy Chest into a Chic Living Room Accent Furniture

Got kids? My bet then is you have the popular Circo white toy chest as well.

If I'm right, here's a fun, easy and quick DIY project for you. This is of course if you want to keep them instead of tossing them away or donating them to Goodwill. I kept mine because my daughter's toy chest not only held her toys then but also memories. Memories of her being a baby and growing up. That toy chest stayed in her room for years all the way to when we moved to our new house. She's a tween now and the toy chest is no longer appropriate. And because of that, I got to put my creative genius in repurposing her old toy chest and giving it a total makeover.

If you have the same one or similar and would rather keep it, then read on for the tutorial and turn yours into a whole new furniture that's chic and useful.