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Win Tickets to The Nutcracker!

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Last year I started on the hunt for a great kid friendly Nutcracker performance... I know ballet is not for everyone, but I feel like The Nutcracker is!  A great holiday tradition for you and your littles to enjoy!  

Every year when I was younger my Grandma, a dancer herself, would take us to the Fort Wayne Ballet's presentation. It was always magical. We'd get dressed up in our Sunday Best which included party dresses and patent leather shoes, and we would go soak up the music, the tiny ballerinas dancing on air, Clara running from the Mouse King with the Nutcracker Prince, and of course her whimsical journey to the Kingdom of Sweets. I remember sitting in the seats at the Arts United Center where you would enter from the sides, and the doors would all close at the same time and you were transported to a magical realm filled with fairies, snow, and dancing of course!
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Back-to-school recipes + $100 Walmart gift card giveaway!

Here's the truth: As moms, we need all the help we can get when it comes to healthy snack ideas. I've seen our theCityMoms members sharing pins and links these past few weeks as we all prepare to send kids back to school or beef up our own recipe books.

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And since we were already fans of Shamrock Farms mmmmilk {see Emerson indulging in their On-the-go mmmmilk 2% strawberry flavor above?} I decided to try out some of their Roxie's Midday Menu snack recipes to see if my back-to-schoolers would, well, bite.

Shamrock Farms aims to inspire busy moms and dads by creating the Roxie’s Midday Menu – the recipes are protein-packed, simple to make and pair perfectly with the milk varieties. 

 

Recipe Tryouts #1: Fruit Kabobs

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My son - ever the picky eater - was helpful in assembling the kabobs, but did NOT want to eat them. It wasn't until he noticed his younger sister tossing the blueberries into the air to catch in her mouth that he decided to join in the fun. Snacktime ended with a clean kabob and the Shamrock Farms mmmmilk 2% strawberry was gone in a heartbeat. Get the recipe.

 

Recipe Tryouts #2: Banana Roll-Ups

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This might be cheating: We are already head-over-heels in love with banana roll-ups and they dot my kids lunchbox at least once a week during the school year. But this great recipe from Shamrock Farms mmmmilk upped the ante - I never thought to add a little cinnamon and the kids loved it. A fight broke out over the chocolate milk too. Luckily I still had one hiding in the fridge. Get the recipe. 

 

Recipe Tryouts #3: Healthy S'mores

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To celebrate the launch of Shamrock Farms mmmmilks in Walmart stores, one lucky reader will win a $100 Walmart gift card! Here's how to enter:

 

 

 

 

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CityMom Report + GIVEAWAY: TCM After Dark
Date nights. Who needs them, right? Well, hubby and I did for one. I think the last time we had gone out solo was for a viewing of John Wick in theaters {i.e. months ago}. Then we caught wind of The Children's Museum Of Indianapolis After Dark events. An adults-only opportunity to live it up in THE Museum after hours? We hightailed it. 

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Photo credit: Kasey Lennox
The Children's Museum After Darkis a monthly activity open to adults ages 21+. It allows attendees the opportunity to visit select exhibits of the Museum in a more casual setting than during regular hours. Bless them but NO kids, just adults milling around socializing and enjoying the low-key atmosphere.

In addition to exhibits, admission includes lights appetizers and one FREE brew from SunKing  - add'l beer and wine is available at $5/each.

We giggled as we walked in {well, figurative giggles - my husband isn't a 'giggler' per se} because it was the first time we'd been to the Children's Museum without a shrieking 7- and 4-year-old skipping enthusiastically through the tunnel from the parking garage. Although truth be told, we felt like skipping thanks to the solo date night.

Our After Dark fun for the evening included the new Transformers: Robots In Disguise exhibit, plus a spin around Dinosphere. We had been through Transformers earlier in the year with the kiddos, but the opportunity to see it ourselves - and at our own pace! - was quite welcomed. 
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{L-R}: Hubby pointing out a Transformers toy from his youth; our 'drink ticket' for the evening which was SO cool, I wanted to keep it; After Dark attendees trying their hand at line drawings of Transformers
Looking around, we saw groups of friends in their 20s, co-workers {including one of mine from Anthropologie}, couples, friends in their 40s out for an evening together and more. All of them had a little gleam in their eye that said the same as ours: We have the Museum to ourselves. 

Best part? The event is short and sweet, allowing you an opportunity to enjoy it then scoot off to other plans for the evening. In all, it's a great way to spend a Friday AND reignite the kid in yourself. 

MORE INFORMATION: The After Dark program runs monthly at the Children's Museum Of Indianapolis {located at 3000 Meridian Street, Indianapolis; 317-334-3000}. Admission is $25 for Museum members; $35 non-members. Corporate discounts are available. Visit childrensmuseum.org/visit/calendar/view/hot-wheels-racing-after-dark for more details.

With thanks to our incredible friends at The Children's Museum Of Indianapolis, we are thrilled to offer this giveaway:
Two tickets to the May 15th After Dark program, featuring the brand-new Hot Wheels: Race To Win exhibit! 
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The winner of the giveaway below will receive:
  • Two {2} tickets for entry* to the After Dark program on Friday, May 15, 2015 - a $70 value!
  • Two hours to yourself with a friend or date 
  • Access to the Hot Wheels: Race To Win and Dinosphere exhibits
  • Complimentary snacks
  • Complimentary non-alcoholic drinks
  • One free drink ticket 
  • A membership discount to the 1925 Society, the Children's Museum organization for young professionals
  • Learn more about this activity at The Children's Museum website
*There will be no physical tickets for this giveaway - winner's name will be provided to The Children's Museum Of Indianapolis for entry at the door.  Giveaway open until Tuesday, 5/12/2015 at 11:59pm. Winner announced Wednesday, 5/13/2015. Tickets provided courtesy of The Children's Museum Of Indianapolis. 
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GIVEAWAY: Three Acres of Educational Fun At LEGO® KidsFest
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#tCMtalking | #tCMCreepyCarnival | #LEGOkidsfest | #IndyFamilyFest | #KKBB
We are enjoying the FALLing temps and talking about....
                NOT scaring the pants off of moms this Halloween.....
                         FESTS.... Indy FamilyFest, LEGO® KidsFest, <insert name>Fest...

                                  We WILL find the cure to stretch marks and stop letting the iPad 
                                                                                                        do the babysitting...
                                               KKBB stands for Braiding AND a HUGE spoiler Alert!!!

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Chief Mom Jeanine braved The Children's Museum Creepy Carnivallast week....
Her advice: 
              "Take a brave toddler with you and hold hands tight because this year's haunted 'house' is fun and a little scary!"

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FESTIVALS   Festivals   festivals   FESTivals

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This weekend 
Indy FamilyFest is taking place at The Indiana State Fairgrounds.theCityMoms will be there as the 
Mom Squad 
forIndy's Child!

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YOU are seeing it here FIRST!!!!
We are giving away TWO (2) FREE ADMISSION passes to one of our lucky readers. 
LEGO KidsFest has been selling out across the country and is coming to Indy Nov. 7th-9th.
Check out OUR contest and try your luck.
'May the odds be ever in your favor'

BREAKING NEWS.....

A moms group {yep, that is us} is currently discussing the topic of stretch marks on their private member forum. Hope is, that by the end of the day, they will have found a cure and the group will now offer 'Stretch Mark Obliteration' as a new member perk. Stay Tuned....   {if you are a member join in | if not just go here}

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We had a blast at Kiss Kiss Bang Bang salon at our Mother/Daughter Night Out Braiding Workshop


we used to spend our Friday nights at slumber parties braiding our besties hair...now we spend it at a fabulous salonlearning to braid our daughters.


Talk about full circle!!!


SPOILER ALERT!!!!

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CityMom Anna would like to tell you...

"...the monster at the end of the book is Grover."


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