Family Fun at Chuck E. Cheese in May and June

**Full Disclosure: I received a Chuck E. Cheese guest pass in exchange for this post.  All opinions are my own.

Reading with Chuck E.

Books and reading are critically important for kids from the get-go.  We have shelves and shelves of books – most of which are children’s books – because I think children’s books are adorable but also because I wanted my boys to have a huge selection of reading material.

I like when I can find storytime events like Reading with Chuck E. at Chuck E. Cheese locations.  My boys are both still in school so I headed to the Reading with Chuck E. event solo.  Except I went on the wrong day (Thursday rather than Tuesday) so I didn’t get to experience the reading first hand.

Chuck E. Cheese |

About Reading with Chuck E.: 

Chuck E. Cheese’s is partnering with HarperCollins Publishers, the second largest book publisher in the world, for weekly “I Can Read: Reading With Chuck E.” events at all Chuck E. Cheese’s locations in May and June.  Chuck E. Cheese and a cast member will lead the reading of the selected book every Tuesday beginning in May at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

The book for the month of May is Danny and the Dinosaur, the story of a boy who meets a prehistoric playmate in a museum.  The dinosaur comes to life and the two friends encounter extraordinary adventures together.  For June, Reading with Chuck E. will feature A Green Green Garden.  Little Critter and his family plant and grow their own fruits and vegetables to prepare a delicious dinner.  Both books are members of the “I Can Read!” series, the premier line of beginning readers books that are approved for all ages.

Chuck E. Cheese’s wants to reward young bookworms for reading everyday by providing 5 free tokens to guests that keep track of their reading through the Reading Rewards Calendar, which can be downloaded from  Once the calendar is full, bring it to the store and redeem it for the prize (tokens).

Chuck E. Cheese Pizza |

My youngest would love Reading with Chuck E., so we’ll go back and hear A Green, Green Garden after school’s out. I think Reading with Chuck E. is a great idea to get kids interested in hearing stories as well as motivating them to try to read on their own.  My kiddo is a pretty strong reader, but I am hoping hearing Chuck E. Cheese will encourage him to continue practicing through the summer months!

Would you take your kids to Reading with Chuck E.?

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You’ll Go Crazy for Best Fiends (Free App)! #LoveBestFiends

**Full Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Acorn (an Influence Company).  All opinions (and addictions) are my own.

Best Fiends Logo

Game apps I can put on my phone are great – if they serve many purposes, that’s even better.  I like to have games that my kids and I both enjoy because I am stingy with my phone space.

Best Fiends is good for the boys and I because it’s fun to play as it contains easy to play, hard to master puzzles. The game is perfect for all ages and is made with beautiful graphics.  I find Best Fiends to be fairly addictive but when you run out of energy, you have to wait to play again (or purchase more energy).

Beat the Slugs in Best Fiends |

About Best Fiends:


Meet the Best Fiends; these little guys are all that’s left after the Slugs rampaged across the land, rounding up their families and glooping up the countryside!

Now, in a desperate race against slime, they need to grow up and level-up fast, to unlock awesome new powers that will help them build a team capable of taking down the Slug Army.

Easy to play app |

You’ll start with one Best Fiend to help you defeat the slugs.  When you make combinations (3 or more) of the colored shapes, your fiend throws things at the slugs to demolish them.  Each level gives you different goals and a certain number of moves to complete the goals.  In the screenshot above, the goal was to get rid of three green leaves. In level 19 the goal is to defeat 8 slugs, collect 30 yellow flowers and 2 diamonds.
Best Character Fiends Brittle

I am up to level 19 and I am still working to find the last character, Bob.  I have Brittle – level 1, Temper – level 3, Howie – level 1 and Kwincy – level 2.

Brittle is my favorite character.  I mean, isn’t he the cutest?!

My boys are crazy about Best Fiends because it challenges them to think about the moves they are making.  I like it because it’s a nice way to decompress after (or during) a long day.

Would you play Best Fiends?

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Kids in the Kitchen: Thor Hammer Snacks

Kids in the Kitchen

My kids have only seen animated versions of MARVEL movies, but they really enjoy them.  I’ve seen a version of these cute little Thor Hammer Snacks floating around the internet so Colin and I finally decided to give them a go.

Thor Hammer Snacks |

You’ll Need: 

  • RITZ® Crackers
  • Pretzel Sticks
  • Cheese Slices (any flavor – we had Mozzarella)
  • Grapes
  • Knife
  • Small lightning bolt template (I printed mine from Word)

KITK Thor Snacks |


  1. Wash and dry the grapes.
  2. Using a paring knife and the template, cut the cheese into lightning shapes.
  3. Pop one grape onto the end of a pretzel stick.
  4. Lay one RITZ® cracker down, add the lightning shaped cheese and then the grape & pretzel hammer.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

KITK Plating Thor Snacks |

The hardest part is cutting the cheese (haha, you know what I meant!).  I did that part while Colin made the pretzel-grape hammers.  He stacked everything together to complete the Thor Hammer Snacks.

Thor Snacks |

He even shared with James and they enjoyed munching on them.  They are the entire plate of hammers and asked for more.  (Of course, I was ‘mean’ and told them no so they’d actually eat dinner!)

Who would you make Thor Hammer Snacks with?

Did you have fun in the “kitchen” this week?  Did you try a new food or a new kid friendly restaurant?  Did your little ones use their snacks to count to 10?  We invite you to share your experiences, photos, stories or recipes that include your #kidsinthekitchen!

Come join me each week by linking up a post, new or old, that features the theme Kids in the Kitchen.  It doesn’t matter what you are doing as long as you are doing it together, enjoying it and learning something along the way.

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SeaWorld San Antonio’s Seven Seas Event is Happening Now! #WildSide15

**Full Disclosure: As a proud Sea World 2015 Wildside Blogger, my family and I were provided with season passes.  I was not asked to write about my experience.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Seven Seas at SeaWorld San Antonio |

My family and I spent last Saturday at Sea World San Antonio.  We were checking out the new Seven Seas Food and Wine event – and it was awesome!  The festival offers 8 sip & sample stops, including: Mediterranean, Greece, North Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, South Atlantic, North Pacific and Pacific.

The Seven Seas Food Festival is included with any Fun Card, Pass or daily admission to the park.  Individual tastings are available for purchase separately.  We had the Food Wine & Brew Sampler which allowed each of us to select 3 foods and 3 drink samples.  (Note: You can use your food options for dessert.)  While I think the sampler pass is the way to go, you don’t have to go that route.  You can purchase menu items individually from each station.

My favorite sample was the Polenta Bolognese from the Mediterranean (Italy) station.  So much so, that I am working to re-create the recipe to share with you here!

Seven Seas Dish - Polenta Bolognese |

While we were there, we watched the Cooking with Coke demo.  We saw Chef Sam and he taught us how to make (essentially) pulled pork sandwiches with a fruity slaw topping.  The demo is free, but reservations are required on a first come, first serve basis in the park.

You’ll see local and celebrity chefs show you how to master unique recipes prepared with products of The Coca-Cola® Company.

  • May 9-10: Chef Virginia Willis
  • May 16-17: Chef Samuel Boisjoly, Omni Hotels
  • May 23-24: Chef Virginia Willis
  • May 30-31: Chef Samuel Boisjoly, Omni Hotels

Seven Seas Collage |

The Seven Seas menu items are only available during event days.  Each menu is listed here.

What tasty food would you like to see featured?