Day Out With Thomas: OKC +Giveaway


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Thomas and Friends and is 100% my own opinion. Thomas and Friends has not influenced, nor reviewed this post prior to it going live.

"They're two, they're four, they're six, they're eight, shunting trucks and hauling freight.."

Is your little one a fan of all things Thomas? Are you in the Oklahoma City area? If so, head out to the Oklahoma Railway Museum September 29th- October 1st or October 6th-8th to experience a one-of-a-kind Day Out With Thomas! Not only will you get to ride Thomas, you will also get to meet Sir Topham hat and participate in a variety of fun activities. 

This will be our 3rd year to attend and my kiddos cannot wait to ride on Thomas again and meet Sir Topham Hat and the Train Engineer! It's the perfect time to take advantage of hands on Thomas inspired activities including arts and crafts, storytelling, music, model trains and so much more! 

((GIVEAWAY)) Thomas and Friends is offering one lucky reader a family 4-pack of tickets to OKC's Day Out With Thomas on your choice of Friday, September 29th or Friday, October 6th between 9:50 a.m. - 3:40 p.m.! Head on over to my Facebook page for more details! 

Posted on September 10, 2017 and filed under Giveaways, Local - Oklahoma.

Cityscope App: Connecting Oklahomans to Their City at the Touch of a Finger

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cityscope and is 100% my own opinion.

As a mama I am always looking for things to do around the OKC metro area. From family friendly events to date night, we're always looking for a new adventure to partake in. We want adventure, culture, music, good food and entertainment and we want to be in the know. 

Wouldn't it be nice to be able to have access to hundreds of events in the OKC area at the press of a button? Well, look no further because the new Cityscope app is just that - an app that connects Oklahomans to their city at the touch of a finger. Literally. 

Better yet, it's FREE. Not only is it free to explore events near you, it's free to advertise community events as well. Talk about partnering with the entire community! 

The app is structured in such a way that it is very easy to use. You can conveniently filter through event categories and all important details such as date, time, description and price are listed in an easy to read format. I am already using the app to plan our next few weekends and I'm excited to have quick access to local event information.

The FREE Cityscope app is available for iOS and Android now!

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Double-themes Candy Buffet for Birthday Parties

Everyone is doing them. The fun candy buffet to replace the pastry table at parties and celebrations. They are beautiful, easy to make, and require much less clean up time afterward. Perhaps the best part of the candy buffet is you can create your own style and make the party uniquely yours. There is nothing “standardized” about a candy buffet. The rules are flexible and you can customize the entire table.  

All candy buffets have a theme, color scheme, and primary reason. For example, Billy wants a Ninja Turtle ® party for his 7th birthday. The theme is Ninja Turtles ®, the colors are usually green, blue, and maybe yellow, and the primary reason is a birthday party. The rest of the effort goes into finding an online candy store to buy from in bulk, gathering supplies and putting the table together. But there are times when a single theme will not do and in those times you need a double-themes candy buffet. A few reasons why you would want to double theme the buffet:

  • You are celebrating the birthday of twins

  • An adult and a child have a birthday close together and celebrate with one party

  • A change of seasons theme for returning to school, going to high school, or graduating college

  • Combining two parties, like a wedding party with a baby shower

  • Holiday parties where the family are from different cultures 

You get the idea. A double-themes party allows you to celebrate two different people or events with one candy buffet.

When you do a double-themes table, the hardest part is the centerpiece. You can use a picture of the people being celebrated, a nice sign reading, “Happy Birthday”, “Congratulations”, or you can tie the two themes together.

If Billy’s party's Ninja Turtles ® and his twin Bella’s party is Barbie ® you can use the left table for Billy, right for Bella and the centerpiece can be a cake or setting of Ninja Turtles ® rescuing Barbie ®. Use your imagination and consider the age of the guest of honor and let your creativity lead you.

Setting up the table

The candy is going to be the same for each side, except in the colors you choose for each. In our example we would set up our left table with hues of green, blue, and our neutral color is yellow. For our right side (Barbie) we will use pink, purple, and yellow. The yellow will tie the two sides together. Our centerpiece will be a combination of all the colors and our tablecloth will be a layered look of purple (or pink), then green, and then the top layer which is on the table itself is yellow.

Use tall containers on the back row and use these containers for candy like rock candy on sticks, straws, lollipops, and candy sticks. The middle section is for shorter and wider jars, this is where you will layer candies like gummies, M&M’s, gum balls, foil covered candies, and other candy that is about this size.

Using candy that is too large or too small will result in having to spend too much time refilling jars. The front section is for individually wrapped candy, specialty candy and any other candy you can stage in trays. Let your candy supplier know your color choices and allow them to help in your selection.

The backdrop is easy for the double-themes candy buffet. Hang rows of streamers or ribbons in the colors of the table and attach themed stickers, balloons, or small toys to them. Fill in empty spots with small toys of the theme. Provide candy bags for each theme on either side of the table.

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