Scoring Dodgers Tickets with ScoreBig

The Dodgers are our team.  We seriously love them.  Every single member of my family is a Dodgers fan, and that’s saying a lot since there are SEVEN of us!  Jeff tries to take the boys to as many games as he can during the season, but we’ve NEVER gone all together as a family.  Until now.  When ScoreBig introduced me to their service, I realized that this was my chance to get great tickets at a great price for all of us! {{fabulous!}}

dodgers

ScoreBig

scorebig

At ScoreBig you are guaranteed to save on sports, concert, theater, Broadway, family show and attraction tickets.  There are NO FEES, and free delivery, so the price you want to pay is the price you actually pay!  Additionally, you choose your seating area, and although you don’t get to choose your exact seats, you don’t need to worry, all seats ordered together are seated next to each other.  Unlike other sites that sell event tickets, at ScoreBig, you have control over how much you pay for your tickets, and that’s pretty darn cool!

dodgers11

What I Love:

scorebig

I love that you can choose the type of seats you want based on the price and then enter the price you want to pay per ticket.   Seats are categorized in Star categories.  The higher the star rating, the better the seats (and higher price of the tickets).  Once you select the level of seating you’d like you can put in how much you’d like to pay and you can get an idea of whether or not your “bid” will be accepted.  Once you place a bid, you’ll find out instantly if it’s been accepted!  As you can see, my chances of paying $35 for $60 seats was not very high.  I ended up paying $49 per ticket for my seats.  Remember, at ScoreBig you don’t have to pay any service or delivery fees.

I also love that they emailed my tickets to me so I didn’t have to wait for tickets to arrive in the mail or go to will call.  I’m sure each situation is different, though.

Other things to Appreciate:  ScoreBig has a live chat feature on the site if you have questions which is super helpful!

My Recommendation

If you like to control how much you pay for your event tickets, and you hate to pay service and delivery fees,  I’d  recommend giving ScoreBig a try. The website is super user friendly that it’s almost a shame to NOT use it.  {{smiling}}

score big

Connect with ScoreBig:

dodgersa

P.S.  The Dodgers WON!

Disclosure:  ScoreBig sent me a promo code which enabled me to buy a few tickets to check out their site.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  {{smiling}}

The Happy Mama Movement Take One {#HappyMama}

Starting in 2014, I joined forces with a group of mamas that made it our goal in 2014 to bring the happy back.  That isn’t to say there wasn’t happy in 2013, or 2012 or any of the years before, but we wanted to CALL ATTENTION to the happy in 2014.  We wanted to band together as mamas and invite other mamas like YOU to join us in a campaign to be happy together and SHOW it.   I’d like to invite you to join me and them as we share moments that make us happy.  Link up your posts and let’s visit each other and enjoy each other’s happy!

happy mamas logo-2 copy

I’m all for doing away with the negative and focusing on the positive.  So, every month in 2014, I’m going to post at least one picture of me and my family having a happy moment.  Now, I know that doesn’t seem like much, but to me, it’s a bunch.  Getting my family all together at the same time is almost impossible these days, so when it happens, Jeff and I do what we can do make the moments count.  At least we try.

Happy Mama Moments Take One {to 4}

happy mamaa

happy mama b

happy mama d

happy mama c

 It’s all about the moment, and I love that each of these pictures show us enjoying……each other.  I hope you’ll join us and share your Happy Mama moments, too!

The Happy Mama Team

happy mama movement logo copy

DudeMomThe Miss Elaine-ous LifeSimply StavishJennifer P. WilliamsMom of 6Mama MandolinReally? Are You Serious?Live and Love Out LoudSellabit MumWhat Now And Why?, Moments That Define Life and {me} Seven Clown Circus.

Wordful Wednesday – Halloween 2013

Wordful Wednesday 411Wordful Wednesday is like Wordless Wednesday, except WITH words. It’s for those of us that just cannot be wordless, no matter how much we try. Add my Wordful Wednesday badge to your post (right side bar under “WW”) if you really want to make me happy, and then add your post link to the linky below. Easy peasy.

I can’t believe it’s dress up time again!  I don’t know where the time goes!  This year we had a Halloween party to go to where dressing up was mandatory for me, so I actually dressed up, and wonder of all wonders, it’s actually kinda of fun when your costume isn’t lame!  {{laughing}}

Here were are all dressed up for the pre-Halloween parties last weekend.

1950's housewife

{1950′s housewife}

rapunzel {Grace as Rapunzel with her friend Snow White}

Grace and Emma both made their costumes with their grandma.  Super fun to see their costumes to come together by their own hands!

dorothy wizard of oz

{Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz}

Hockey player

{Garrett as a Hockey Player}

viking

{Jacob as a Viking}

I wish I had had Jeff make a tutorial for this costume.  The fir came from a girls vest we bought at a thrift store and the base of the costume is a Luke Skywalker costume, also from a Thrift Store.  Jeff completely transformed pieces that we picked up and assembled this costume for about $25 including hat, shield, ax, and sword.

karate guy

{John as a karate guy}  No description needed.  {{smiling}}

Happy Halloween!  What do you have planned?

We’ve decided to only feature one awesome linker each week.    We hope this will mean that all of you will be excited about linking up and visiting our favorite.

3d ultrasound

Nothing happier than a new baby baking!  This week’s feature is the 3D ultrasound that Krystyn from Really, Are You Serious? shared with us!  Pop over and see if she’s adding another girl to her 3 lady household or if a boy is making an appearance!

Make sure to check in with my co-host Dude Mom, too!

Other Wordful Wednesday Posts You May Like:

Thanksgiving Teepees {copy cat} #LifeIsASpecialOccasion

One of the things I love about Fall is that it’s FULL of traditions.  Our family has lots of traditions centered around the holidays and if there’s one thing I can count on, it’s that my kids won’t forget them. There isn’t a chance in the world that we {my husband and I} can get away with forgetting to carve pumpkins or make costumes or pick mistletoe, bake goods for neighbors, go to parties or craft homemade gifts.   And, although these holiday traditions are important and help illustrate to my kids that life is a special occasion, it’s important to do things throughout the year to show them that memories can be created any minute, any hour, any day of the week.  Making memories together is important and we should all have too many special moments that make up our lives to count!  {{smiling}}

thanksgiving teepees

Life is a Special Occasion

Hallmark understands that. They get that life is a special occasion, every day of the year. Hallmark  produces cards and products that are more than meet the eye.  And they have for years.  I think that’s one of the reasons they’ve been around for so long and are so beloved!

Thanksgiving Teepees {copy cat}

Thanksgiving Teepee

So, this week, in keeping with making life a special occasion every day, I decided to make a Thanksgiving Teepee Cupcake recipe with my kids that I knew they’d love.  I wanted to create something with them that was creative, fun, and tasted great.  Although our Thanksgiving Teepee’s didn’t turn out as beautiful as Christie’s, it didn’t matter because it was the process that counted, and the memories that we made.  I can pretty much guarantee that my boys won’t forget our Thanksgiving Teepee’s, either, and that’s what matters!

Thanksgiving Teepee Process

Click here for the complete recipe and original directions for making Thanksgiving Teepee Cupcakes, since the recipe isn’t mine.  However, I wanted to share OUR process because the pictures of my boys enjoying this moment are so darn cute.

thanksgiving teepeesStep 1:  Poking holes in a pie tin *might* have been a favorite part of the whole process for child #3.  {{these were used for holding the batter filled cones in the oven}}

thanksgiving teepees

Step 2:  Mixing cake batter for cupcake filled cones was fun.  As you can clearly see.thanksgiving teepees

Step 3:  This part didn’t work out as planned for us.  Our cupcake cones didn’t want to stand up, but that’s OK. We made do.  For us, it was more about having fun than making perfect teepees.
thanksgiving teepees

Step 4:  And as you can see, our teepees turned out just fine despite their tilted baking.  Now, in the original tutorial, Christine stresses that you have to cut off the tip of the cone when they are still hot from the oven.  She’s right.

thanksgiving teepees

Step 5:  Next we added pretzels to the top of the teepees and dipped the bottom of the cones in frosting so that the green sprinkles would stick making the bottom of the teepees looking like grass.  I used frosting I had left over from cupcakes I had made a few days previously.  I’d recommend going with chocolate like in the original tutorial. thanksgiving teepees

 Step 6:  Then, I let the kids decorate their teepees and promptly devour them.  For us, this was definitely the best part!

hallmark m PM

Hallmark wants to know why it’s important for your family to create new memories and commemorate them. Visit Hallmark.com/Explore for product news and special offers. Life is a special occasion.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hallmark. The opinions and text are all mine.

Down Syndrome Awareness Month – {my niece}

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month, the perfect time to do a little bragging about my miracle niece.  The little peanut arrived by emergency C-Section and weighed in at 2 lbs. 11 oz. at birth.  A later intervention for delivery would have been……disastrous.  She was born with trisomy 21, but her parents didn’t know it at the time.  No one did.  And it didn’t matter.  All that mattered was that their beautiful little girl had arrived.

IMG_2556

She’s now a year old.  She can put her legs over her head like no body’s business.  She can jabber and coo and she can sit up.  She isn’t walking or crawling, but she’s going to get there.  She only weighs 13 lbs, but that’s just right for her.  She’s doing everything on her timeline, and that’s all that matters.

Is she going to grow up and go to school?  Absolutely!  Will she have a job when she gets old enough?  Yes.  Will she have responsibilities at home?  Yep.  Did her parents have to learn all kinds of things about extra medical conditions and paperwork and bureaucracy attached to have a special needs child?  Unfortunately, yes.  But that just makes their hearts swell even larger.

IMG_6937

Here’s what I’ve learned about Down Syndrome:  {{pass it on}}

Down Syndrome Facts

  • Down syndrome is the most commonly occurring chromosomal condition. 1:691 babies in the United States is born with Down syndrome.
  • There are three types of Down syndrome including trisomy 21, translocation and mosaicism.
  • There are more than 400,000 people living with Down syndrome in the United States.
  • 6,000 babies with Down syndrome are born in the United States each year.
  • The incidence of births of children with Down syndrome increases with the age of the mother. But due to higher fertility rates in younger women, 80% of children with Down syndrome are born to women under 35 years of age. 
  • A few of the common physical traits of Down syndrome are low muscle tone, small stature, an upward slant to the eyes, and a single deep crease across the center of the palm.
  • All people with Down syndrome experience cognitive delays, but the effect is usually mild to moderate and does not indicate the many strengths and talents that each individual possesses.

TRISOMY 21 (How it Happens)

Down syndrome is usually caused by an error in cell division called “nondisjunction.”  Nondisjunction results in an embryo with three copies of chromosome 21 instead of the usual two.  Prior to or at conception, a pair of 21st chromosomes in either the sperm or the egg does not separate.  As the embryo develops, the extra chromosome is replicated in every cell of the body.  This type of Down syndrome, which accounts for 95% of cases, is called trisomy 21.

IMG_1917

Our family feels super blessed to have a niece with Down Syndrome.  It’s my hope that you learn more this month about this condition (Trisomy 21), these special children, and their wonderful caregivers.  They deserve value and acceptance and could probably use a big hug, too.  {{smiling}}

Wordful Wednesday – Fishing in Utah

Wordful Wednesday 411Wordful Wednesday is like Wordless Wednesday, except WITH words. It’s for those of us that just cannot be wordless, no matter how much we try. Add my Wordful Wednesday badge to your post (right side bar under “WW”) if you really want to make me happy, and then add your post link to the linky below. Easy peasy.

This is it, my friends.  This is the end of my “Camping in Utah” posts.  I’m patting myself on the back for EVER finishing!

Another activity we do while we are camping in Utah is fishing.  I should amend that.  I don’t fish.  I go along for the ride.  Jeff and my dad bate and cast a million lines and then the kids get bored and then we pack up and go back to camp.  I don’t know why we bother, but we do it every year.  If nothing else, the scenery is beautiful. This year we drove about an hour to get to this lake and then a storm came up so our fishing trip didn’t last long.

fishing

fishing

photo-1110

fishing

photo-1107

We also found a great wading area one day…….

photo-1099

photo-1102

photo-1100

Until next year……….

pic of week 1

We’ve decided to only feature one awesome linker each week.  We hope this will mean that all of you will be excited about linking up and visiting our favorite.  To start it off, we’re featuring Kristi at Live and Love Outloud because after a wicked haircut, a girl really just needs some high fives.

Other Vacation Posts:

Wordful Wednesday – Camping in Utah 2013

Wordful Wednesday 411Wordful Wednesday is like Wordless Wednesday, except WITH words. It’s for those of us that just cannot be wordless, no matter how much we try. Add my Wordful Wednesday badge to your post (right side bar under “WW”) if you really want to make me happy, and then add your post link to the linky below. Easy peasy.

It’s finally time to circle back to our annual Utah camping trip.  I have so many pictures of the trip though that I’ve put it off.  I put all of my photos in a folder on my desktop and then I open it up and just stare at them, wondering how many chunks to break the trip into.  The problem is that I have so many photos I want to share and I don’t want to have to pick just a few….{smiling}.

Our Annual Utah Camping Trip

I’ve mentioned before that we go camping every year with my side of the family in the mountains in Central Utah.  My dad, sisters and brother all attend and we do a ton of exploring on quads, motorcycles and 4×4 vehicles.  The mountains are absolutely gorgeous and it’s always so nice to get away from the normal hustle and bustle of life and enjoy nature without the interruption work, phones and the internet.  {{smiling}}  This post is all the shots I captured of us sitting around camp.  Obviously not everyone is in these shots.  They must not have been sitting around.  {{laughing}}

everyone camping

{my dad with his grandkids}

sheep camp

{my grandpa lent us his sheep camp to stay in so we didn’t have to “rough” it}

camp

{part of camp}

photo-1053

{my dad}

camping

{a few of the campers.  :)}

emma and kapri

emma and alexandra

sofia and kapri

{cousins}

photo-1096

{never too old to get down and play in the dirt!}

photo-1069

{brothers}

photo-1093

{making homemade root beer}

everyone camping

 {tie dye perfection}

Join us in our linky AFTER you check out Dude Mom(formerly Parenting by Dummies) and these 4 awesome posts from last week’s linky!

ww sept

This week let’s go International and visit a duck somewhere in Europe! Thanks, Jungle of my Life for sharing!  And, lament the passage of time {{cuz everyone is growing up so quickly at Multiple Mama}.  Must stop to enjoy the View from the Rail Trail {{gorgeous}} that Down Home Traveler captured, and Admire Babies & Bacons perfectly perfect view of Chicago!

Other Vacation Posts:

Wordful Wednesday – Back to School 2013

Wordful Wednesday 411Wordful Wednesday is like Wordless Wednesday, except WITH words. It’s for those of us that just cannot be wordless, no matter how much we try. Add my Wordful Wednesday badge to your post (right side bar under “WW”) if you really want to make me happy, and then add your post link to the linky below. Easy peasy.

My kids headed back to school last week and I’ve had a hard week, let me tell you.  Bisco the dog and I have been moping around the house wondering what to do with our selves.  It’s like the heart of our home is missing and it’s sad, sad, sad.  During the summer I just want a few minutes of peace and quiet, but now that the kids are gone I miss their noise and chaos.  Plus, I think it’s really hitting me how quickly they grow up and that I don’t have a ton of time left with them before they head off into the world to become independent creatures.   Of course, that’s the ultimate goal, but I didn’t think it would creep up so quickly.  Now, when you see the pictures you’ll wonder what I’m talking about.  My oldest isn’t even in high school yet. But she will be.  Next year.  And then everyone else will be and then they’ll be done.  I’ll blink and they’ll be gone.  I just know it.  But, enough of that.  Here’s a big part of my heart on the first day of school 2013:

Back to School 2013

lee kids 2013

grace

emma

garrett

twins

Wishing all of your kids a wonderful year!

Join us in our linky AFTER you check out Dude Mom (formerly Parenting by Dummies) and these 4 awesome posts from last week’s linky!

sept ww 1

sept ww 2

Same thing seems to be on everyone’s mind this week: back to school.  This week we went back to school with A Geek in Glasses, Jumpin’ Beans, The Idea Girl, and Better in Bulk too!

Other Back to School Posts:

Wordful Wednesday – Sanibel Island, Florida

Wordful Wednesday 411: Wordful Wednesday is like Wordless Wednesday, except WITH words.  It’s for those of us that just cannot be wordless, no matter how much we try.  Add my Wordful Wednesday badge to your post (right side bar under “WW”) if you really want to make me happy, and then add your post link to the linky below. Easy peasy.

Sanibel Island is one of our favorite vacation destinations.  I only wish it  were closer to home and not across the country.  Sanibel is known for it’s amazing shell beaches and wildlife refuge (J. N. “Ding” Darling), plus it’s home to one of my favorite restaurants, The Island Cow. We first came here two years ago, and loved it so much we had to come back again this year.  The laid-back atmosphere, fabulous shelling and Ding Darling refuge were a few things that we wanted to experience again.

Sanibel Island

I cannot even begin to tell you how fabulous the shells are.  The beaches are literally LITTERED with shells at places so thick you can’t even find the sand!  I could seashell here all day, everyday.

sanibel island

sanibel island

sanibel island

sanibel island

sanibel island

sanibel island

sanibel island

sanibel island

Ding Darling Refuge

The J. N. “Ding” Darling refuge is part of the largest undeveloped mangrove ecosystem in the United States!  We love spying birds and alligators!!!  {{check out the picture below}}

ding darling refuge

ding darling refuge

ding darling preserve

ding darling refuge

ding darling refuge

ding darling refuge

The Island Cow

If you ever find your self on Sanibel or Captiva Islands, be sure to stop in at The Island Cow.  The food is delicious!

the island cow

Have a Wordful post to share with us?   Join us in our linky AFTER you check out Dude Momfollow (formerly Parenting by Dummies)  and these 4 awesome posts from last week’s linky!  Last week’s awesome linkers brought us the cutest baby swim suit ever, an urban garden to remember, another garden DIY that taught us how to make a milk jug watering can, and JAWS!

wordful wednesday linky



Switch to our mobile site