Friday Four-Reasons To Attend The 6th TCWF

One thing I love about Charlotte is the action! There is always something to do, somewhere to go. Where you are looking for casual entertainment or a little something more enriching, it’s here. On November 19th, come on down to KIPP Charlotte for an entire day of empowering family fun! It’s free, for the unnborn to the college student. You really shouldn’t miss it!

tcwfffThis is our 6th year, and every year we get better and larger. While staying true to our mission of keeping the focus on all seven branches of wellness ( Social, Spiritual, Enviromental. Educational, Physical, Social, and Financial)  This fair beagan in 2010 because I wanted to be the change I wanted to see. It just made since. Today more moms are helping to ensure it will always be a grand event for our diversefamilies to reflect our wonderful Queen City.  Here’s why you shouldn’t miss it!

Special Guest Appearance from:

zianna1Zianna Oliphant 9, year old that bravely spoke infron of the Charlotte City Counsil about BLM issues.

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Want To See Who Is Vending, Exhibiting, Sharing? Click HERE!

This fair is organized by Queen City Stay At Home Moms,but could never happen without the amazing vendors, sponsors and other fantastic supporters

1. Cooking With Kids Challenge- Hosted by Chef Michael Bowling. He will select the mini chefs from the crowd to compete in 30 yummy minutes of adrenaline pumping culinary action. 

2. The Re-Fashion Show- This part of the fair is a direct example for enviromental, social and finacial wellness. 

3. Family Dance Party w/Smothie Bar. Don’t hold back parents, go on and have a little fun with your child. Our live DJ will keep you  hyped while our teens staff keeps you hydrated with fresh locally sourced smoothies.

4. Pre-Holiday Shopping from some amazing vendors! This year, shop local. Support your local ecomoy. We have hand selected some of Charlotte’s best small business owners. Take your time to get to know them. Many of them are parents that have fallen in love with hier product service and cant wait to share it with you.  We gauarantee you that you find something for everyone on your holiday shopping list. 

If you have never attended, let this year be the first one toinclude in your family pre holiday traditions.  We are the first one’s in Charlotte to bring you holistic and inclusive family fun, entertaiment and empowerment for the unborn to the college student under one roof. You will love itor your admission rate will be refunded imediatley.  (ok, so it’s fre

We are asking everyone that attends to use hashtag #TCWF2016 . That way other will experience a bit of the fun no matter where they are.

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Wednesday Wow: Harlem Globetrotters

They’re coming BACK!!! Don’t miss the Harlem Globetrotters Saturday, March 28th
at UNC Charlotte’s Halton Arena

The iconic, world famous Harlem Globetrotters are coming to UNC Charlotte’s Halton Arena on Saturday, March 28th for games at 2 pm and 7pm, during the Harlem Globetrotters 90th Anniversary World Tour, presented by Krew Mobile.

On the court, fans can expect to see some of the greatest athletes and entertainers on the planet, with a star-studded roster featuring Big Easy Lofton, Ant Atkinson, Hi-Lite Bruton, Thunder Law, Bull Bullard and Cheese Chisholm – plus female stars TNT Maddox and Sweet J Ekworomadu. The Globetrotters’ one-of-a-kind show is unrivaled in the world of  family entertainment. Every game will showcase incredible ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, hilarious comedy and unequaled fan interaction. After the game, Globetrotter stars will sign autographs and take photos with fans.

Tickets are now available at ticketreturn.com, the Halton Arena box office, or by phone at 704-687-4949.

My family haven’t been there in 3 years. (This year and this year) That calls for a celebration! Join us! I’m giving away a family four pack! To get them just follow me & comment!

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Winner will be notified on Friday,the 25th! Good luck!

Go Cheetah Go! Wild Kratts!

“You Mean To Tell Me”…… you haven’t heard the news?

                             The Kratt brothers are coming to the QC! 

The wildly popular PBS KIDS® television show, Wild Kratts LIVE! will be at

Animated Kratt Brothers, Martin and Chris, “come to real life” in a classically Wild Kratts story. Off “To the Creature Rescue!” the Emmy nominated Kratt Brothers activate some fan favorite Creature Power Suits to confront a comic villain. Through hilarious pratfalls and amazing animal ‘wow facts’ the Wild Kratts team rescues their favorite invention from Zach’s clutches so the animals of the creature world are safe once again.

Wild Kratts LIVE! is created for the stage by the imaginative minds of Martin Kratt and Chris Kratt from Zooboomafoo, Kratt’s Creatures and Be the Creature. The Kratt Brothers’ national tours draw tens of thousands of creature-crazy kids and their families and the not-for-profit Kratt Brothers Creature Hero Society, together with kids, has successfully protected critical wildlife habitats through the creation of nature reserves.

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One of the things I love the most about Wild Kratts is the theme song. It’s catchy, upbeat, and makes you want to watch the show, like all theme songs should. Plus, it was made by the same people who wrote the songs from Zoboomafoo: Pure West Music.           https://youtu.be/PAXMa3w43Dk

Want to see them live in Charlotte next weekend?  I have a family four pack  to give away. Here’s how to get them!

You are now the director. Tell me what your show would be about. Where would you send the Kratt Brothers? What animals would they be? What country would they visit?

Leave your answer below. Then follow me on one of the following (increase your chances by following all of them)—>

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Can’t wait to see your entries! Start watching the WildKratts now! {Click Here}for full episodes.

Event Showing:

February 13, 2016
1:00 pm
February 13, 2016
4:30 pm
Buy tickets HERE!

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See you on the creature trail!

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Wednesday Wow: Sister SoulJah in the QC

Happy Black History Month people! My month of reflection began last week when Sister SoulJah visited the Beatties Ford Rd. library in Charlotte NC. It was like a dream come true. I now have one less thing to accomplish on my Bucket List!

I believe in divine interventions. I believe that you are where you are, sent elsewhere, drawn toward something or some one beyond your conscious efforts. It’s like the minute you intentional strive to be a certain way, your path opens up! The I decided that I would be the best mom I could be. So I sought support. I know I wanted  to connect with people who have taken various paths in life to become the incredible leaders they are today.  (In this video, it’s another great woman, Cheryl LittleJohn of Gastonnia)

During a recent visit to my local library, I seen a flyer saying Sister Souljah was coming to Charlotte for a book signing of her book The Coldest Winter Ever  (you can buy it on Amazon via the high light link)

This was perfect because I had just received her first book from my daughters. They found it in a bin at a local book store for free!

It’s called, No DISRESPECT.  It took me 3 weeks to read it. Not that it’s a hard read or anything, it’s just that I wanted to break it up in sections to use as a conversation piece while taking my girls to school across town in the mornings. It proved to be an asset. Our conversations were deeper. They opened up about the peers and day environment more easily. It’s because she is so relative, approachable, and in sync, I know her books will always  have a place within my family’s book shelf.

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It was a honor to be in her presence with my teen daughters.  Sometimes when we tell our children things, they don’t always “get it!” Even if you experience it and crying your eyes out to warn them. But when it comes from another person. that speaks to them on their level. Spitting out a”  MF*”  here and there….. they tend to get it!

Here’s my short handed-cliff notes. I wrote them on the back of the paper I had signed for two mama friends. I wrote what she said. Do not let your child read it before you.

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It’s been a long time. I haven’t wasted even a second. Been writing, editing, learning, teaching, and traveling the globe. This year, from 11/11 onward, is for the readers and book buyers. We will meet face to face. Share thoughts and converse meaningfully, and become better than we were before, each and all of us, InshaAllah.

If you want to sing your book and listen to her in person, meet her at her next book signing: click below!

http://www.sistersouljah.com/tour/

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Friday Four: Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey’s Circus Extreme: Reveiw

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 Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey’s Circus Xtreme is rocking the Queen’s City !  How do I know? Because we attended this week of course!
Grab our family, run to the nearest Chick Fil A for a discount ticket and click on Ticketmaster for yourself!  You do not want to miss this show. We are the last show before the elephants retire to Florida!

While I am a serious  classic Ringling Brothers girl, I will say that I am open to change. Now my children on the other hand. They almost wanted to cry when i told them the elephants were retiring. I’m sure they will get over it! There’s so much more to love!

Even as you exist, the gifts continue! Guest were sent home with gift cards for free Chick Fil A food!chic 22

Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey’s Circus Extreme will be in Charlotte until Sunday the 31st! Get your tickets (here!)

Below are the remaining show dates and times-

Saturday January 30 at 3 p.m.  rb1

Saturday January 30 at 7 p.m.

Sunday January 31 at 11 a.m.

Sunday January 31 at 3 p.m.

Sunday January 31 at 7 p.m.

But That’s Not All…… Oh No! (cheesy saying but true!)

Free with your ticket purchase, is the All Access Pre-show. You and your family can meet international cast of performers and get up close to our menagerie of animals. You can touch, feel, ask questions, take a picture and make a new friend there!

 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Circus XTREME, along with local sponsor Chick-fil-A,  visited pediatric patients from Levine’s Children’s Hospital as well as hosted a Painting with Pachyderms Party for patients and their families. Children receiving treatment from Levine’s participated in two action-packed days filled with lots of Ringling entertainment, creativity, laughter and lots of fun! You should have seen the smiles on their faces! it’s was truly priceless. Even the guardians in attendance were  glowing with joy! 

 Watch the video HERE! It’s from the Pachyderm Painting Party! 

After the painting party,everyone was treated a to wonderful lunch from Chick Fil A. Which happens to be a sponsor of the event. Great team up if you ask me!

Here’s my four tips for attending a Ringling Brothers Circus:

1. Have a zoo party at home or go by the local party store for circus related accessories.
2. Eat before you arrive. Water is $2.00! I usually take fruits.
3. Get there at least an hour early to smell, touch and take pictures with the animals, and entertainers. The sweet memories will last longer!
4. Park On East Trade. There is a $5- FIVE dollar lot on the other side of the CAT’s bus area.

******Just so you know, I am a Feld Ambassador. For sharing my honest opinion, I am given tickets to the show. But the opinions are mine!  Well ours, as the kids help out with family shows like these. Come on and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, Tumbler, Pinterest, Google, and Youtube. 

Have a magical weekend!

Jabela

 

Charlotte Family Events

2016 is coming in like a lion! There is so much to enjoy this month! We started with Kwanzaa and now we’re getting ready for our next list of adventures. Take a look and come along! https://www.facebook.com/TheQCSupermom/videos/1007314052665244/

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The Laugh Out Loud Adventure In Theaters 1/15!

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TIME WARNER CABLE ARENA | JANUARY 8 & 9

MONSTER JAM

The 2016 touring season brings more Monster Jam excitement, providing entertainment tailored perfectly for your family’s budget, and these colorful, larger-than-life beasts are sure to capture the hearts of both young and old. This event will feature eight different trucks including Captain’s Curse, Doomsday, El Toro Loco, Grave Digger, Hot Wheels, Mad Scientist, MM Dalmatian and Zombie Hunter. Approximately 12-feet-tall and about 12-feet-wide, Monster Jam trucks are custom-designed machines that sit atop 66-inch-tall tires and weigh a minimum of 10,000 pounds. Built for short, high-powered bursts of speed, these trucks generate 1,500 to 2,000 horsepower and are capable of speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. Monster Jam trucks can fly up to 130 feet over 14 cars side-by-side and up to 35 feet in the air.

 This will be our 3rd year and each year it’s absolutely amazing! Don’t wait to get your tickets ya’ll. Buy them here- at the

And  last but not least, for any mom that is afraid of her money, or allowing it to control her, this is for you. We will broadcast it live on Persicope! Under QCSUPERMOOM

Now our 3rd Family Valentines Day party…… it will be like the others —- AMAZING! Tickets are on sale NOW!

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#NormOfTheNorth, #TurboTaxParty , #MonsterJam,and #QCFamilyValentinesDayParty . We bring these things to you because we like having nice and safe fun with our precious children all over the QC

Friday Four: Thanksgiving- FIND YOURS

Thanksgiving carries different meanings for different people. My family on my dad side host a huge dinner. Everyone gathers at an elders family member home and we eat, laugh and lounge until the belt button pops! Then walk it off with our more fit aunts! The guys usually play a round of football or basketball.  Some even ride a horse. It’s awesome because everyone is included and made to feel welcomed and warm. All the family drama is left in the glove compartment for the day. Horse exercise

Now that I have a tribe of my own, I go there less often and try to establish my own family traditions. Although I want them to feel the generational love, I want to impress memories with them as well. The first dinner I did was before my 11 yr old past in 2004*. My now 23yr old son did the sweet potatoes and Mya did the cabbage. We had a simple yet delicious spread.  But ended up throwing away a large amount of meat and beans. I didn’t like that too much and knew that we had to try something different.

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So now, we take a little out for the local shelters before we eat.  Problem solved.

In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states.

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At any given moment, I have 14 arms to hug and love me unconditionally. At any given moment,I can bend over and pick something off the floor. At any given moment, I can walk outside my door and work in my garden. At any given moment, I can go to my sink and collect clean* water. At Any Given Moment, I can give THANKS to God for my life!

Here is how we do Thanksgiving.

  1. We recall what we are thankful for )loved ones, life, health, family and a peace of mind and everything in between)
  2. We will not gorge on this day. For we know that we must eat  well after that one day.
  3. We will find a way to bring joy in someone else life, via food, deed or both.
  4. We will build on what we have and find ways to care for and our current gifts.

More on Thanksgiving (Please check out the links and book offer. Each purchase from the books justify time given to this blog- THANKS IN ADVANCE. 🙂 )

The real cost of Thanksgiving

Oven Cautions!

The Latin Kitchen- How to cook in 3 hours!

Detox your self after the fest/ eat clean during it . Follow my pinterest board.

Recipes the kids can help make!

Buy the book! Teens Gobble Gobble MAD LIBs

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Thanksgiving Is For Giving

Children’s Books: WHAT’S FOR THANKSGIVING DINNER? (Delightfully Fun, Rhyming Bedtime Story/Picture Book for Beginner Readers About Making Friends and Being … Ages 2-8) (Happy Children’s Series 5)

and Little Critter: Just a Special Thanksgiving “This is a very cute book with really nice illustrations and such a good story. ”

Conversation-worth-Having-Image How do you celebrate Thanksgiving? I would LOVE to know.

Gobble Till You Wobble,

Kelle, QC Supermom

Operation Scarf Bombing In The QC!

It’s sweeping the country! Now it’s here in the Queen City! Scarf Bombing! Yes Charlotte, it’s our time to pay it forward with a good deed.

A few weeks ago, I had to pick my oldest daughter up from the transit around 9:30pm. My younger daughter was riding with me and she said “Ma, that guy is shivering on the bench. What do we have in here to give him?” Well, we didn’t have anything. But I promised her that  after we got her older sister back home, we would find him something to keep him warm. Once there, we picked up  that we use when we sit outdoors . It was one of our most compact blankets. We then zoomed back down Beatties Ford Rd. to give it to him. We were happy to see that he was still there and alive. He graciously accepted. No questions were asked or any words spoken during the warm, cozy ride back home. I was happy that she had a heart to care for someone else and I think she was happy to be a giver of something of value and much needed. Yet we knew there were others like him. Balled up in tents-cities’ and benches throughout the Queens City.

If you see a scarf wrapped around a tree nearby, here’s one possible explanation.

It’s called scarf bombing, similar to yarn bombing and it’s basically placing scarves or other knitted clothing around the city. Most have cards saying that the scarves aren’t trash, but instead donations for those who need them.  Scarf Bombing

There are reports from all around the nation including these from Oklahoma City to Jacksonville to Fort Wayne, Raleigh, NC. even in Ottawa, Canada and now Charlotte NC!

We even a Facebook event! Gloves, hats, and other warm items are also welcome for our operation on  December 14th. Our goal for the 1st year here in Charlotte is 100 scarfs*!  We will accept donations at 4 different locations in Charlotte if you can not attend. Those locations will be listed on the Facebook page. You may also contact me,directly at (704)756 9947 or message me at QCSuperMomInfo@Gmail.com

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Pioneer Square at night with downtown city lights with a homeless man sleeping on a park bench Seattle Washington State USA

It’s not exactly clear when the whole practice got started, but some sites suggest the scarves first started popping up in 2010. See how Michelle Chance-Sangthong Warms The Needy With Free Scarves. Now it’s on us!

We already have “Hallie” an awesome teen coordinator anxious to get started at her high school. Her mom shared: ” She’s excited and so am I. THANK YOU! You have no idea what a blessing this is for her right now.”

Come on Queen City, let’s show our  Southern Hospitality in the most meaningful way. Everyone that can help is encourage to do so in their own special way! Thanks in advance.

Jabela, QC Supermom

Chase the Chill of Central GA tied 144 scarves to trees for the taking.

Chase the Chill of Central GA tied 144 scarves to trees for the taking.

Ani leh-dodee veh-dodee lee = “I DO!”

I believe in Love. I believe in Family. I believe in Marriage……(Even though at any given time they can be a major pain in the rear at times.)

Sample Script

I’m walking in a new pair of shoes now……. I’m a official Universal Church Marriage Officiant. After 7 years of being ordained , I finally solemnized my first wedding and it was so bitter sweet!

Although I practice a zillion times, I bombed during the ceremony. HARD! I stressed on minor things like my hair, shoes, scarf – everything! More than my during my own wedding. The couple was so perfect for each other. The husband was a gentle sweetie. Just a tall teddy bear, the wife, who hired me was a straight shooter,and a business friend i respect a lot. The bills went straight to daddy and boy did he pay up. It was a dream weekend. No stones was left unturned. NOTHING!

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What I learned:

Put EVERYTHING IN WRITING. People forget what they say as the date gets closer. Having written details helps get you paid and keep confusions down. It benefits everyone.

Some brides know EVERY PART of a traditional wedding.  They have dreamed of this moment all of their lives. They could marry themselves if legally possible. SO no short cuts.

Offer my script  to allow them to make small changes and edits as desire*

Remember to ask “Who gives This woman to be married?”  (I was suppose to say:”  Who gives this woman to be married to this man?

Parents:
We do.

Then the bride is given away)

Remember to say “You My Now Kiss The Bride” -(I was suppose to say- ”

Celebrant:
May this couple be prepared to continue to give, be able to forgive and experience more and more joy with each passing day, with each passing year. (Groom’s Name) and (Bride’s Name), are now beginning their married life together, we hope that they may have loving assistance from their family, the constant support of friends, and a long life with good health and everlasting love. In so much as (Groom’s Name) and (Bride’s Name) have consented to live forever together in wedlock, and have witnessed the same before this company, having given and pledged their troth, each to the other, and having declared same by the giving and receiving of a ring, I pronounce that they are husband and wife.

Celebrant: (to the couple):
You may now seal the promises you have made with each other with a kiss.

Celebrant:
Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the loving couple
Mr. and Mrs.” )

Remember to only take suggestions from the one whose getting married or paying me***

I found online these awesome tips: Some couples have wanted a sounding board to bounce ideas off of as they write their ceremonies, and some friends have needed a lot of writing and outline help to put words to their vision. But regardless of how much I was involved in the creation of the ceremony, what I found critical (and difficult!) was my role as General Ceremony Tone-Setter. See, if you’re the one standing up there, guests will be looking expectantly at you and taking your cues for what the overall mood is going to be. Even though your precise words or your outfit may not linger, how you say what you say, and how you manage the emotion and energy of the room will contribute to how they remember the ceremony.

That goes for the rehearsal, too. I found it really helpful to walk through the rehearsal with the couple beforehand, to get a sense of what they needed from me. If it’s the latter, I went incredibly slowly, repeated messy parts, practiced the walk in and out at least twice, and was the most generally cheerful Julie the Cruise Ship Director version of myself.

Ok, now that’s done, who’s next? But in the end….. As of Monday 10.19. 2015…… they are husband and wife! The original plan was accomplished.  This is fun! I get to meet awesome folks, get paid AND I get fed!

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I am a Chick Fil A Mom…. AGAIN

Who LOVES chicken? I mean good chicken? Good chicken AND good customer service? I mean REALLY GOOD CHICKEN AND FANTASTIC CUSTOMER SERVICE? Ok, then, you want Chick Fil A! I am a second year mom ambassador for this great brand!

I am proud of this honor for three reasons.

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1. I really love their spicy chicken sandwich. It’s not greasy, heavily breaded, or sloppy in appearance. I feel respected paying for it. Over the years, I’ve learned to respect my money better.

2. They love families. Many of them have free breakfast Wednesdays book fair nights and other incredible community building events and that in itself is rare!

3. They have the very best customer service in this world! I have dined at many of them in different states and have never been disappointed.  Trust me, when you have small children, that matters!

Chick-fil-A, Inc., Founder S. Truett Cathy died Sept. 8, 2014, at age 93. Cathy started the business in 1946, when he and his brother, Ben, opened an Atlanta diner known as The Dwarf Grill (later renamed The Dwarf House)

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Yes, the big cow and us go waaaaaaay back! Some of our children’s best parties have been there. I have ran into the Big Cow on a few occasions, he’s a pretty cool guy and believe it or not, he can do a nasty Stinky Leg (it’s a dance)

Let Me Tell You About the history of Chic Fil A right quick: The fried chicken chain generates more revenue per restaurant than any other fast food chain in the US, according to a new QSR report. Chick-fil-A’s average sales per restaurant in 2014 were $3.1 million, according to the report.

Chick-fil-A, Inc., Founder S. Truett Cathy died Sept. 8, 2014, at age 93. Cathy started the business in 1946, when he and his brother, Ben, opened an Atlanta diner known as The Dwarf Grill (later renamed The Dwarf House)

The Chick FilA Cow and friends

We have even had parties celebrating the dude! At our last birthday party there, he even came out for photo taking time! That was a HIT! See that vegan -gluten free cake that Cassie’s Sweet made. We submitted a video on how to get ready for Cow Appreciation Day. You don’t have to click it, but I won a prize pack for it! 🙂

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This is my second year invited in the exclusive mom group and I’m looking forward to this exciting journey. One of the perks of being an official Chick Fil A Mom is the freebies. We get really nice incentives for participating in various promotional campaigns both on and offline. Some of them I’m able to give to my mom friends, and my son in college. He appreciates that to the fullest. Especially when his funds and belly fuel are low! Other incentives  are just for me. It’s a cute token of appreciation, that goes a long way- No complaints from me! cassie smash cow

In closing, if you really like good chicken,and a  great family friendly environment check ChickFilA out. I bet they will have some type of incentive to keep you going back!   

Okay time to call it a day, be sure to enter in our Disney On Ice 100 years of Magic contest. Details Here!

See Ya Later Alligator Cow,

Jabela, QC Supermom