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*Disclosure: We received two free bags of Randoms gummies. All opinions are my own honest opinions.*

Randoms is a new Wonka gummy candy. Randoms are made up of 70 different shapes, 7 different flavors, and 3 different textures so you never know what you’re going to get in your next bag- it’s random.

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When we received our bags of Randoms I gave the boys the smaller bag and they loved them. They finished the bag right away and I didn’t even get any pictures of what was in the first bag but at least I know they enjoyed them.

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From what I saw of the second bag we probably had about 20-25 of the different shapes in that bag. I took a picture of some but it’s a little difficult to tell what they are in the picture.

Some of the shapes in the picture are a sun, button, candy, bow, train engine, giraffe, seahorse, and mustache.

Some of the shapes in the picture are a sun, button, candy, bow, train engine, giraffe, seahorse, and mustache.

I asked the boys at different times which was their favorite and I was surprised when they told me the exact same thing. Both boys told me that their favorite gummies were the ones with the white back because they are juicy. They also said they like to bite a hole at the bottom of those. I tested this out for myself and some of the white backed gummies are filled with some sort of jelly or something.

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I also had the boys do some Randoms art. I was thinking they could do a Randoms collage but they wanted to paint. They each randomly picked out some Randoms out of the bag and painted a picture of them.

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Connor ended up with a sun, candy, bow, badminton thing, and a button.

Connor ended up with a sun, candy, bow, badminton thing, and a button.

JT got a racecar, seahorse, badminton thing, and fish. I can't figure out what the two others are.

JT got a racecar, seahorse, badminton thing, and fish. I can’t figure out what the two others are.

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Have you gotten Randoms?

T-Rex Cafe

There are two T-Rex Cafés; one at Disney World and one in Kansas City, Kansas. We’ve been to both of them in the past six months so I thought I’d do a comparison of the two.

For the Disney T-Rex I’m using our newest visit pictures as well as pictures from previous years.
We’ll start with the entrance.

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Disney World at night.

Disney World at night.

Connor acting like a dinosaur.

Connor acting like a dinosaur.

This is the side of the Kansas City location. This is what I saw from the parking lot so I knew where to park.

This is the side of the Kansas City location. This is what I saw from the parking lot so I knew where to park.

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The outsides are pretty similar so let’s move on to the inside. Connor thought that the Kansas City location was bigger and he might be right because it also has an upstairs dining area. The Disney T-Rex has a sea bar area, jungly main dining area, and the ice cave.

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Kansas City has the sea themed bar and a sea themed dining area. They also have a non jungle dinosaur area and then upstairs is the ice cave and the jungle dining area.

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This was our view from our table. There is a cool ice waterfall on the wall.

This was our view from our table. There is a cool ice waterfall on the wall.

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Moving on to the food. The menus are different. They have a few of the same things but overall the menus are completely different. The kids menus however are almost exactly the same. The big difference on the kid’s menu was that the boys wanted ICEEs and the Disney location told us we could only order ICEEs in the souvenir cup and the Kansas City location let us get ICEEs without buying cups.

Supersaurus Sampler- they have one at Kansas City but it's a little different. We really loved everything on here.

Supersaurus Sampler- they have one at Kansas City but it’s a little different. We really loved everything on here.

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Brachiosaurus Bruschetta

T-Rexadillas & Onion Rings My picture of the bottom layer is blurry so I'm not using it but it is Chile con Queso dip.

T-Rexadillas & Onion Rings
My picture of the bottom layer is blurry so I’m not using it but it is Chile con Queso dip.

JT's cheeseburger with mashed potatoes

JT’s cheeseburger with mashed potatoes

Dexter's Dual Dip- this another one that they had at the Disney location but again it is a little different. This one had Chili con Queso dip and Spinach and Pepper Jack Queso dip. Both were really good.

Dexter’s Dual Dip- this another one that they had at the Disney location but again it is a little different. This one had Chili con Queso dip and Spinach and Pepper Jack Queso dip. Both were really good.

The boys got the Paint-A-Dino which was really cute. It is served on a plate shaped like an artist's palette. It comes with a dinosaur Rice Kristie Treat, a paintbrush, red and blue "paint", and some mini M&Ms.

The boys got the Paint-A-Dino which was really cute. It is served on a plate shaped like an artist’s palette. It comes with a dinosaur Rice Kristie Treat, a paintbrush, red and blue “paint”, and some mini M&Ms.

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Connor's finished creation.

Connor’s finished creation.

JT's finished creation.

JT’s finished creation.

Besides just eating there is a gift shop and a play area. Both locations have a Build-A-Dino. The boys both made dines during our first Disney visit. Connor made a superhero T-Rex named Roger Hager and JT made a Brachiosaurus named Walt. You can also purchase geodes and break them in a geode breaking machine. There is also a sluice and bags can be purchased containing different gems and rock to pan for. Last but not least there is a dig site. The big difference between the two locations is that the Kansas location charges to go in the play area so we did not do any of the activities there.

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So that is my comparison of the two. They’re both fun to go to but I do think that the Kansas City location should not charge to go in their play area. The boys had a ton of fun at the Disney location this past trip. They especially loved the dig and panning for gems.

Who else has been to T-Rex Café and what are your favorite things about it?

The Tale of Willaby Creek- Cover Reveal

I’m excited to share the cover reveal of The Tale of Willaby Creek by Victoria Lindstrom! This is a middle grade adventure fantasy that releases in June 2015. Make sure to check out the giveaway for a chance to win a copy of the book. 

About the Book:
A magical tale of amazing sacrifice…

When a violent windstorm strikes an enchanted rain forest many of the woodland creatures of Willaby Creek are stranded, injured, or lost forever to the frenzied force of the tempest. Basil, a black bear full of doubt and fear, becomes the unlikely leader to head the woodland creatures’ rescue. He is joined by Daphne, a spunky blue dryad; Oliver, a wise horned owl; Elbert, a noble elk; and a host of other creatures that inhabit the enchanted rain forest.

Dangerous twists and turns in this animal adventure fantasy cause Basil to discover a courage, and a conviction, he never knew he had. The answers to the ancient mysteries in this magical tale emerge in an extraordinary finale under the tall timbers of the hidden hinterland.

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About the Author:

VICTORIA LINDSTROM is a full-time writer, a voracious reader, and the author of the children’s picture book, The Scandinavian Santa. She loves to wander through the woods, capture the beauty of Nature in photographs, and visit museums and fine art galleries. She and her husband, Michael, live near the shore of the Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest. You may visit Victoria at: www.victorialindstrom.com

Giveaway:
One hardcover copy of The Tale of Willaby Creek (US) and an ebook of The Tale of Willaby Creek (INT)
(Books will be delivered upon release, or shortly before.)
Ends May 19, 2015


This event was organized by CBB Book Promotions.

Book Blast- The Adventures of Tabitha and Sparky

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Title: The Adventures of Tabitha and Sparky | Author: R.W. Deane | Illustrator: Dana Halbert | Publisher: Yellow Iris Press | Pages: 98 | Recommended Ages: 8+

About the Book

This is a delightful story of the unlikely friendship between a cat and a dog. A story comprised of poems and adventures. Tabitha is a very curious cat, always eager to find out about things that are often none of her business, which continually gets her into trouble. Sparky, on the other hand, is more sensible and reliable, and between the two of them they share many adventures which teach life long lessons.

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Chip ‘n Dale’s Harvest Feast at the Garden Grill

Today I’m flashing back about 4 1/2 years ago to the boys’ first trip to Disney World. The very first place we went after checking into the hotel was Epcot and I had made a dinner reservation at Garden Grill.

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Garden Grill is a rotating restaurant located inside The Land. If you aren’t familiar or haven’t been to Disney World, The Land is one of the pavilions in the Future World portion of Epcot. The restaurant rotates so that you can see different scenes from the Living with the Land attraction as you eat. Garden Grill is a character dining restaurant and features Chip ‘n Dale’s Harvest Feast. The meal here is served family style so they bring out platters for everyone to share. Here is the menu from when we went:

I wish this wasn't so blurry but here is what it says: Warm Bread with Maple Butter Harvest Inspired Farmer's Salad Char-grilled Beef Strip Loin with Herb Sea Salt Roasted All-Natural Turkey Breast with Cranberry-Orange Relish Sustainable Fish of the Day with a Florida Citrus Crumb Garden Fresh Vegetables, Smashed Potatoes and Turkey Dressing Apple-Current Crisp with Hand Whipped Vanilla Bean Cream Child's Platter Oven Roasted Chicken Drumstick, Baked Macaroni & Cheese, Broccoli, and Crispy Sweet Potato Sticks with Mickey "Mousse" Cookies & Cream

I wish this wasn’t so blurry but here is what it says:
Warm Bread with Maple Butter
Harvest Inspired Farmer’s Salad
Char-grilled Beef Strip Loin with Herb Sea Salt
Roasted All-Natural Turkey Breast with Cranberry-Orange Relish
Sustainable Fish of the Day with a Florida Citrus Crumb
Garden Fresh Vegetables, Smashed Potatoes and Turkey Dressing
Apple-Current Crisp with Hand Whipped Vanilla Bean Cream
Child’s Platter
Oven Roasted Chicken Drumstick, Baked Macaroni & Cheese, Broccoli, and Crispy Sweet Potato Sticks with Mickey “Mousse” Cookies & Cream

Since this was a couple of years ago the menu has changed but it is still fairly similar. Bread, salad, beef, turkey, and fish are basically always on the menu with the main difference being how they are served. For example, currently the bread is served with an Orange Blossom Honey Butter which sounds delicious. The current Sustainable Fish of the Day is served with Tomato Jam and the dessert is always a seasonal skillet dessert.

All of the food was delicious.

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The Salad

Beef Strip Loin, Turkey, and Fish

Beef Strip Loin, Turkey, and Fish

Kid's Platter and the Bread

Kid’s Platter and the Bread

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Apple-Current Crisp

Mickey "Mousse" Cookies & Cream

Mickey “Mousse” Cookies & Cream

Now on to the characters. Characters here are Chip, Dale, Farmer Mickey, and Pluto. This was the boys’ first interaction at Disney World with the characters and JT was especially excited. He loved them, particularly his favorite, Mickey Mouse. I have more pictures of JT here than I do Connor because JT was just so excited and Connor is more on the shy side.

First up is Chip.

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Next up was Mickey!

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Mickey took JT by the hand and they walked away. JT was all too happy to go with him. He didn't even say goodbye.

Mickey took JT by the hand and they walked away. JT was all too happy to go with him. He didn’t even say goodbye.

The next one to come was Dale.

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Last but not least was Pluto.

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I highly recommend eating at Garden Grill. It is one of my favorites and one of the best character dining restaurants in my opinion.

Who else has eaten here and what other restaurants are your favorites?

Browne’s Irish Marketplace- Kansas City

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day I thought I’d write a short post about Browne’s Irish Marketplace in Kansas City, Missouri. I probably should have written it yesterday when it was actually St. Patrick’s Day but oh well.

Last week we went to Kansas City and one of the places we visited was Browne’s Irish Marketplace.

As we were driving to Browne’s there were Irish flags starting from a few blocks down and ending at Browne’s. I’m not sure whether they are always there or were just there because it was close to St. Patrick’s Day but it really helped me find it. When I saw them I knew I must be going in the right direction.

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When you walk into Browne’s you are entering the dining area which is a small room with a only a few tables. Browne’s is a deli so they have a variety of sandwiches, soups, and salads. We were there just for the Irish Potato Soup because I read on some forum somewhere that it was a must try.

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I believe there was only one size of soup but I can’t quite remember. It was a good size though. It was creamy with chunks of potato in it and paired really well with the oyster crackers they put on the side.

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Besides being a deli, Browne’s also sells Irish and Celtic items. They had some items for sale in the front room and another 6 rooms of items in the back. Browne’s also claims to be the oldest Irish business in North America having started in 1887.

I’m sure that this is place the to be in Kansas City on St. Patrick’s Day. I know that they have some special stuff going on that day. Has anyone else ever been to Browne’s? If you have let me know what you think about it and if you’ve ever been there on St. Patrick’s Day.

Thank for reading!

Reese’s Spreads VoxBox

I received a free Reese’s Spreads VoxBox from Influenster. A VoxBox is a box of items that Influenster sends out to its members to try for free.

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The boys were excited to sample the Reese’s Spread so I sliced up some apples and gave them some of the Reese’s Spread to dip their apples in. I never got any pictures but JT really enjoyed it and ate all of his. Connor tried it but didn’t like so he just ate the apples. I was really surprised that Connor was the one that didn’t like the spread because Connor loves both Reese’s and peanut butter.

I also tried Reese’s Spread on toast. I liked it but both boys refused to try it.

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Reese’s Spread is very creamy and very easy to spread. I liked that it wasn’t too sweet. I think it had just the right amount of sweetness. You can see the little clumps of peanut butter in the spread. The peanut butter taste is light so it does taste slightly like a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.

There are plenty of recipes to try on the Reese’s Spreads website and I really wanted to make some but just haven’t gotten around to it.

Have you tried Reese’s Spreads yet?

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.