Friday, October 31, 2014

Want an inexpensive place to take your kids that has something for everyone? Better Believe It! Read on!

When a Cici's Pizza opened near us years ago we were in HEAVEN.  Being in a large family, going out to eat can get expensive. Many times, you can't even agree on a place to go. One thing my family all agrees on is pizza.



Cici's Pizza is FANTASTIC.  Little bit of background info:  Cici's Pizza has been in business since 1985.  They currently have over 500 locations, in 32 states.  All their dough is made fresh daily from scratch.  Know what this means?  If you call up and say "Shoot!  I need 100 pizzas TODAY!" They got you covered.  Since the dough is fresh, they don't have to wait for it to thaw. They just make more.  The dough recipe has never changed. Ever. They have two types of dough: regular and deep dish.  The deep dish is used to make the deep dish pizzas, the cinnamon rolls, and the cheesy bread. The regular is used for the rest.

The cheese is 100% mozzarella that is shredded in house as well.You can get a buffet of pizza, salad, pasta, and dessert for the low price of $5.69/person.  (Drink additional) 

With all that being said, Cici's Pizza is changing things up starting November 2nd. I got invited to see all the new happenings, and they were delicious.  (Sorry for making you hungry in about 5 seconds)

They pretty much won V over first thing in the morning with the cinnamon rolls.

I mentioned changes earlier.  The dough is staying the same, but the pizzas are getting larger and with more toppings!  Let's compare a pepperoni pizza.

On the right is the old style.  It is 12" and it has about 4oz of cheese.  There are 20 slices of pepperoni.  On the left is the new and improved pizza!  It is 14", double the cheese, and about 38 pepperonis!  It just looks better,you know?  Also-do you spy what is above them?  CHEESE BREAD IS BACK!  They did away with it a while ago and replaced it with bread sticks.  It is back and I AM THIS EXCITED.  It might be my favorite thing there. I could eat an entire pan.


The cheese pizza now has almost triple the amount of cheese. TRIPLE.  Check out the cheese pull on this.  A large pizza now has HALF A POUND of cheese on it.


Larger pizza = more toppings. Check out this veggie they made for us!  They really are piling on the toppings!  Before and after cooking shots, obviously.


Not only did the pizza get a revamp,so did the salad bar.  There are up to 18 toppings now on each bar! 

 Cici's Pizza has amazing desserts. V's favorite was the brownies.  I enjoy the dessert pizzas.  They have a Bavarian one now, I am still a fan of the apple one.  Gotta get your fruit serving in! lol


 Cici's is very accommodating. If you go there and want one of their "special" topping pizzas and it isn't on the buffet at the time, they will make you an individual one!  This is a kids favorite.  Mac and cheese pizza. They have 28 different types to choose from!  When V and I went, we made our own half and half pizza.  Half cheese for her, half veggie for me.


One other thing I had NO clue about was the chicken wings.  These are NOT included in the buffet, but oh my gosh.  You need to try them.  They have Hot & Mild Buffalo, BBQ & Garlic Parmesan.  Try the award winning Garlic Parmesan. Seriously.  Do it. Do it now.


Overall, I have to say that it was an amazing morning.  The new pizzas are fantastic, the wings, CRAZY good, and everything is V approved!  What more can you ask for!

 So, are you going to head out after November 2nd when it launches everywhere and check it out? I know I am!

Cici's Pizza invited me out for a morning of pizza, dessert, and all around fun. All the opinions and pictures, (and stuffed tummy) are all my own.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

My childhood dreams were fulfilled last week.

When I was about 6 or so, my grandparents(on my dad's side)  LOVED to travel. They were the little old couple that traveled the country. They went to where highways end, they went to where 4 states touch (and  my Grammy put each foot in a different state and each hand in the remaining two!), what made me the absolute MOST jealous was when they went to Babyland General Hospital.

I grew up in the hayday of Cabbage Patch kids. When I was in Kindergarten that is ALL I wanted for Christmas. With it being the early 80's they were all sold out.

My mom bought me a "Special Kid" (knock off Cabbage Patch kid)  I cried.  Seriously.  I boo-hoo'd. Then my Poppy walked in with a package. My mom told him that she couldn't find me one.  HE DROVE TO CANADA TO GET ME ONE.  The adoption certificate was in French.  He was pretty much the most amazing man. I wish my kids could have had a chance to meet him. So, my grandparents going there and showing me pictures made me super jealous.

The other month I just happened to think about it and realized it was in Georgia. I mapquested and saw that it would be a touch out of the way, but I could swing by there on the way back from Missouri.

I did.

I went.

My camera battery died, but I managed to get some pictures with my phone. Not the greatest, but it works!  On the way there, I was going through some twisty turny roads and found an AMAZING pumpkin patch!  It was so organized.  My OCD heart loved it.


These were GIANT.


I finally made it to Babyland General.  It is a HUGE house that the employees told me it was built specifically for this purpose.  Babyland used to be in an old hospital.  This is a relatively new building.

These cabbages are GIANT.



 Yep.  Totally grabbed a random man with his wife and had him take my picture.  His wife made him sit next. He was such a  good sport!
Babyland General isn't huge.  The building is large. The land is giant. The "museum" part isn't that big. They have a few rooms with dolls in it.  You can grab any of them and buy them.  The inside of the building has the baby powder smell of the dolls!  It was AMAZING. 

THEN.. .they have dolls like this behind glass. 



Yes, you read that right....$15,000.  INSANE.

This box is toddler size.  I wish I had V with me!


Apparently Andy Warhol did Cabbage Patch paintings!



 She creeped me out.  A lot.



Outfits out the wazoo in the shopping area!


I tried to get a video of this, but randomly the dolls would move up and down and twirl.  It was awesome.

I was able to see a birth while I was there. Pretty punny!




This was the baby that was born.  I think the nurse was pretty surprised when she had to give the baby the last name of Slaughter. 


I found this one.  BE STILL MY HEART.  It is V in doll form.  She has no clue I purchased this. It is going to be a birthday or Christmas gift.  I haven't decided which yet. She was named Delores Faye.  Yeah....no. I changed her name to match Veronica and gave her V's birthday as well.  

I probably spent more than I should have ($69) BUT it is a Babyland General exclusive. These dolls are larger than the regular dolls and you get to name them! They said it was $3 to change the name and birthdate, but they didn't charge me.

GORGEOUS house.


I went with the purpose of checking it out to see if I would ever take V. It is about 3.5 hours from Charlotte. I think if I lived closer I would take her.  They even have a party room. I would probably have parties there.  Unless she goes CRAZY over the dolls, I probably won't be back.  If you have a Cabbage Patch addict, I would go.  It was cute and I am happy I went.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

If you are a parent, you should be aware of this company.

When I went to the Type A Conference last month I had the absolute honor of having lunch with Save the Children.  The lunch was fantastic and it was SUCH an informative, moving experience. Picture if you will, an entire room of grown women trying to eat while crying and wanting to hug their little ones.

Seriously.

I am NOT a crier. I was boo-hooing ALL OVER the place.  I am going to post a few videos for you.  Go get your tissues before you start. This is your last warning. Here is me with Lassie as a pre-crying apology.  Lassie is my new best friend. That dog is INSANELY trained. Yes, this is THE Lassie.  A movie star loves me. (it might have been the smeared chicken on my cheek)




Wednesday, Oct. 29 is the 2-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy’s landfall.  Sandy affected 24 states, killed 162 people, caused $50 million in damage and damaged or destroyed 650,000 homes and hundreds of child care centers and schools.  It was the day that life turned upside down for thousands of children who suddenly lost everything – including their very sense of stability.  Save the Children is still working with many of these children to help them rebound. 

Let's chat a bit about who they are before we get to crying together.  Save the Children is a FANTASTIC organization. While some organizations focus on the community as a whole, their focus is JUST on children. They go into relief areas and set up child friendly areas.  Areas where children can process everything that has happened on their level.  Areas where they can "forget" what happened and have a chance to play. 

Save the Children’s recent poll shows that 49% of U.S. parents don’t feel the very prepared to protect their children from disaster.

51% don’t think their child’s school or child care center is very prepared either. 

A whopping 74% of parents don’t think the federal government is prepared to protect their kids should disaster strike!

They are in 120 countries and as well as helping out in emergency times, Save the Children also helps prepare people for what might happen.  Their site has checklists you can printout to help get you prepared.  You can check out how your state measures up on their 2014 US Preparedness Map.  Spoiler alert for NC...we are doing great!

While there you can even sign their pledge to help protect children.

After meeting with them,I was so happy for my state, but sad for myself.  I realized that I have so much to learn and do. I don't even have a "go bag" ready! If there is one page I really want you to look at on their site, it would have to be their "Resources" page.  There you can find check lists, tips for many different emergencies, and links to different partner pages.

Do you have your tissues handy? Good. I can't even look at this little girl without losing it.Let's cry together.



 

I WARNED YOU.  Please don't hate me....here is another.


Now, since we are all blubbering messes together, stop crying, go hug your kids TIGHT, and sign the petition to say you will do all you can to protect children. GIVE THEM YOUR EMAIL and read the emails. You can never be too prepared when your little ones and other little ones are on the line.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Memebox Review! Korean makeup delivered to your door!

*affiliate links ahead!

 
No lie.  I LOVE subscription boxes. A lot. I think it is amazing getting an assortment of items that peak your interest.

A while ago I found Memebox and I just received my first one!  The cool thing about this company is they offer boxes BUT they are NOT a subscription service.  They are an online Korean beauty service. All boxes are put together by in house "experts" and are based on the hottest trends and cult classics in Korea.

So, here's the deal. You head to this page, scroll through, pick out a box, order, and wait for it to arrive. You DON'T have to worry about being charged every month AND you get to try an assortment of items.  They have three different types of boxes.  If you are new to Memebox they suggest a Signature Memebox .  They contain 4 - 7 full-sized items and deluxe samples, ranging from makeup and skin care to hair and body products.  Each Superbox comes with its own theme, and contains only full-sized items.  Then there are Collaborations.  Each month, they team up with style icons to curate special Superboxes featuring each collaborator's favorite items - keep an eye on these, they sell out fast!


For my review I received the Special #33 K-Style 2 box.  For some reason, I can not find this exact box on the site. I did find the K-Style 3 box! If you click through, you can get the idea of what it is, but they don't give away the contents.  I think that is what I LOVE so much. I like surprises.

So...now I will ruin the surprise of what is in the box I received. SPOILER ALERT!! Also....yep...crap ton of pictures.  What can I say?  I love my camera.

 So, there is the box. Six full size items.  Let's go through all of them, shall we?

First up...Ten Cushion Foundation ($32). I was a bit worried about it being too light.  This foundation came full size, works as a moisturizer and sunblock, AND it has a light coverage.  Oh, and a fantastic scent.

Pretty much the perfect coverage/color for me.  I hate sticky, thick foundations.

In the after picture up there I actually added on some cheek tint and brow filler. No one needs to see me without any cheek tint.

Next up, Shara Shara Color Eye Stick Shadow ($7). This is a creamy color. There was the possibility of two different colors. I received the sugar pink. I pretty much love it.  It adds a touch of sparkle without looking like a 12 year old girl.  I also love the expiration date on the tube. I will use it up by then.



 At this point, V started photographing the makeup as well.



They included eyelashes in the box ($7).  I am not a big fake eyelash person because I have some pretty long lashes already.  I think I will use these for Halloween though!


I received TWO liners.  The first was the Pantone Shade liner in Sweetly You ($12).  It glides on easily, but dries to a smudge proof finish.  It has a fantastic little sharpener on the bottom of the stick!

The second liner I received was the RiRe Luxe Mirror Eyeliner in Black ($14). THIS IS AWESOME.  It has a super thin applicator and there is a mirror ON THE BOTTLE.  Not a fuzzy, blurry mirror.  A clear view mini mirror.  I might be in love with this stuff.  I have a slight obsession with liquid liner.

Comparison shot of the two.  Eye selfies are hard.  I like how there is a night option and a day option in the box! 


 Last, but definitely not least, Eglips Real Color Lip Lacquer ($14).  I received the color RD01 and LOVE it. It goes on with a soft applicator and it has pretty good staying power!  I wore it this past week to the craft show and it lasted most of the day.  Granted I wasn't eating or drinking much.   A TAD bit sticky, but not horrid.




FINISHED PRODUCT!  I went back and did both eyes with the liquid black. I also,like I said, added some color to my cheeks and brows.  I also added mascara because it will be a cold day in you-know-where before I leave the house without it.


I received a box in order to facilitate my review.  All thoughts and images are my own.  Except the lovely one at the top. I got that from them. Links are affiliate links.

Sock it to me Winner announced!!

A while ago I posted about the Sock It To Me! sock design contest. They just announced the final winners of its 10th Anniversary International Design-A-Sock of Awesomeness Contest!!

The first place winner is 19-year-old Emily Mackey from San Luis Obispo, CA, for her design “Fir Sure.” She will receive $5,000 and have his/her design manufactured in Sock It to Me’s collection next Fall. Umm....when I was 19 I was not that cool.

Second place goes to Emily Dumas from Beverly, MA, for her design “Space Kitty,” and the third place to Cathie Gabe from Winterville, GA, for her design “The Rampage”.  The second and third place winners will receive $1,000 and $500, respectively. 

This year’s Design-A-Sock Contest was one of the most successful in the history of the company. They received a total of 4,681 entries from artists located in more than 60 countries around the world including Iran, India, Italy, Poland, Malaysia, Egypt, Iraq, Iceland and more. The artists ranged in talent and age, with the oldest entrant at 82 years old and the youngest at 3 years old. Why didn't I think of having the kids draw a design? I am sure they would have loved V's balloons and smiley faces!

Some of the fun design trends submitted included aliens, giraffes, snakes, ice cream, popcorn, pizza and watermelon, all of which will provide great inspiration for Sock It to Me’s future collections.  I would totally wear pizza socks.

The contest was held from September 5 – 26, and sock fanatics from around to world were invited to express their passion by submitting a unique sock design for a chance to win cash and products – and have their design manufactured on a sock. The company promoted the campaign through a Facebook campaign with fun and quirky advertising. The Mayor of Portland even announced a proclamation declaring October as Official Sock Month in celebration of the contest and Sock It to Me’s 10th birthday. 

A panel of celebrity judges including popular music group MisterWives, comedian Brian Posehn and a famous cat named Lil Bub helped narrow down the submissions, while fans ultimately selected the winning design by casting their ballot on Facebook from October 3-10.

For more information on Sock It to Me or the 10th Anniversary International Design-A-Sock of Awesomeness Contest, please visit www.sockittome.com.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

So yeah, I got locked in a Superman museum. (I am guessing that Lex Luthor did it)

I have been SOOO silent lately, but for a good reason. If you aren't aware, I own a small business BumbleFly~N~ButterBees. I typically just do shows around where I live and MAYBE go about 3 hours.

I decided to drive to Missouri for a Junior League show.  It was AWESOME.  The trip out was insane, the show fantastic, and then...I found Metropolis.

I was driving down the road and saw a TINY sign that said "Huge Superman Statue just off the exit".  I flew off the exit ramp, called my friend, and said I was running late.  Apparently "right off the exit" equals 3 miles in Illinois measuring.  

A photo posted by Sarah Dodson (@bumbleflies) on
 
HOW AWESOME IS THAT?!?!  It was HUGE. They even have a metal frame that you can walk around on to take a picture.  Selfies with the man of steel are still tricky though.

I snapped the picture and headed to the gift shop/museum.

 When you first walk in on the right, it is just the gift shop part.  TONS AND TONS of items. I asked the guy if the museum was worth the $5, of course he said yes.  I paid my $5 and he told me that I could use my camera.  There were about 8 others in the shop, we all left, I grabbed my camera, and I went back in.  It was just me and the employee.


Get ready for an onslaught of photos.  The museum was fantastic! 


original typewriters used in the show as well as in Dragnet.

The backpack containing the material used to make the outfit.

No clue why this shocks me, but the hair was a WIG!

It looks so real!

Cape worn by Christopher Reeves


Actual props from the movie



Supergirl outfit and harness. She did most of her own stunts!


I never watched Lois and Clark, but these made me chuckle.

Original phone booth
This next picture is rather interesting.  It is a flying pan.  After the pan BROKE and the actor fell SIXTEEN FEET they invented bluescreen.


Head casting for the huge statue outside.

 There was a huge section of just merchandise.  Is it just me, or does that look like Jay from "Jay and Silent Bob"?



NIGHTMARES

I want a giant Superman watch.


Awesome lithographs.




I did NOT touch it.


So, I silently walked around the museum.  I was back for about 30-45 minutes and came back out.  I figured I would buy a magnet,because unless you live there, how often are you in Metropolis?  I grabbed the magnet and tried to find the employee.  

His laptop was there.

He was not.

I peeked my head in the backroom and yelled. No one was there. It was then that I said screw it, and put the magnet back. It had been about 5 minutes and I wasn't waiting any longer.

I went to the front door and saw it locked.  There was a deadbolt and a handle lock.  JUST the handle was locked, but I knew for a fact that there was an alarm system.  It chimed when I walked in. Now the question was "Was I about to set off an alarm?"

Commence panic.

There were INSANELY expensive items in there.  If I set off the alarm, would they think I was trying to steal stuff?  They have TONS of cameras in the museum. Apparently the employee doesn't watch them.

I went back to the back, yelled again...nothing. Checked all the aisles. He was no where.

I held my breath, unlocked the door, and opened it.  The door chimed, but no siren.  I am willing to bet the employee went to go use the bathroom and forgot I was in there, but I like to think that Lex Luthor did it and I thwarted his dastardly plans!

GOOD WINS!