One of my earliest childhood memories is attending the circus with my family. Although we didn’t get to attend yearly, the few times we did were amazing experiences. I’m looking forward to taking my daughter to her first circus next week. I know she will love seeing The Greatest Show on Earth! Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® presents their all new Built to Amaze circus experience in 10 Phoenix performances June 26 – July 1, 2013 at the US Airways Center.
The Built to Amaze show has everything from magnificent elephants to awe-inspiring acrobats. You will see more than 110 of the world’s best performers representing 17 countries. The show features 95 exotic and domestic animals that assemble never before seen performances. The show includes amazing acts with a variety of talent. I’m very excited to see Elianna Grace , the human cannon ball!
The show opens with an All-Access Pre-Show where everyone is invited to join the fun and meet the performers as they prepare for the show. You can participate in a tug-of-war, dance with the clowns at the dance party, try on custom designed costumes, and learn circus skills. The Pre-Show is a great opportunity to take pictures with the clowns too!
Don’t miss the opportunity to see The Greatest Show on Earth in Phoenix at the US Airways Center located at 201 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix AZ 85004.
Wednesday, June 26 7:00 PM
Thursday, June 27 11:00 AM
Friday, June 28 11:00 AM & 7:00 PM
Saturday, June 29 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Sunday, June 30 12:00 PM & 4:00 PM
Monday, July 11 11:00 AM
Tickets can be purchased online at Ticketmaster, by phone at 800-745-3000 or by visiting the US Airways Center Box Office. Ticket prices are $20, $35-$45 (VIP), $50-$60 (Front Row) and $75-$95 (Circus Celebrity). All seats are reserved. The All Access Pre-Show is included with your ticket and starts an hour before each performance.
Special Kids discount tickets are available for $10 each (restricted to weekday performances for kids 2-12; discount not valid on VIP/premium levels
Save 50% on tickets for opening night Wednesday, June 26 (not valid on VIP/premium levels)
Save $5 off ticket price with code MOMSAVE (valid on $20 & $25 tickets only)
Does your family want to see Built to Amaze on opening night? One lucky reader will win a family 4 pack of tickets to the show Wednesday, June 26th. Pre-Show access begins at 6:00 PM with the Built to Amaze show starting at 7:00 PM.
I spend a lot of time at home crafting with my four year old daughter. Some of our most favorite projects start with household items and require no special trips to the store. We use food dye to color macaroni noodles almost weekly. We started coloring macaroni when my daughter was just learning colors several years ago. Now she really enjoys mixing the colors to create her favorite shades.
You can use any shape or size noodles. The noodles are great for many different kids crafts.
All of the supplies to color macaroni can probably be found in your pantry.
plastic baggie (not pictured)
Mix one tablespoon vanilla and a small amount of food coloring in the plastic bag. I add the ingredients, close the top of the bag, and let my daughter squish the bag until the dye and vanilla are mixed together. Then add one cup of dry noodles to the bag, close, and shake until all of the noodles are completely colored. You may need to add more vanilla and food coloring depending on the amount of noodles you are attempting to color. Empty your bag of colored noodles onto a foil lined baking sheet to dry.
Allow the noodles to completely dry. Now you are ready to turn your noodles into something fun! My daughter loves making jewelry with our colored macaroni.
What are you planning to make with your colored macaroni?
We have been spending a lot of time playing outside and enjoying the warm weather. This week I made Kraft Watermelon Pops for an afternoon treat outside.
I recently pinned the recipe and was waiting for a warm afternoon to make this fun treat. This was my first time using paper cups to make popsicles.
I followed the recipe and made the watermelon pops in the morning. Later that afternoon the pops were ready for us to share in the backyard. I dipped the pops in warm water before gently peeling off the paper cup. My daughter was almost able to peel off the cup all by herself. I helped remove the remaining paper from the bottom of the treat.
We really enjoyed cooling down outside with the Watermelon Pops!
What’s your favorite treat to cool down with in the summer?
Kraft Watermelon Pops
Delicious watermelon pops with Jell-O, cream cheese, and chocolate chips are the perfect treat for the summer.
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1 cup sugar, divided
1 pkg. (3 oz.) JELL-O Lime Flavor Gelatin
2 cups boiling water, divided
1 cup cold water, divided
1 pkg. (3 oz.) JELL-O Strawberry Flavor Gelatin
3 Tbsp. miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips
4 oz. (1/2 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1-1/2 cups thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping
MIX 1/3 cup sugar and lime gelatin mix in medium bowl. Add 1 cup boiling water; stir 2 min. until completely dissolved. Add enough ice to 1/2 cup cold water to measure 3/4 cup. Add to lime gelatin; stir until ice is completely melted. Refrigerate 25 min.
repeat Step 1 using strawberry gelatin mix and omitting the refrigeration step. Pour into 16 (3-oz.) paper cups. Freeze 20 min. Stir 1/2 tsp. chocolate chips into gelatin in each cup.
BEAT cream cheese and remaining sugar with mixer in medium bowl until blended. Stir in COOL WHIP; spread over gelatin in cups.
POUR lime gelatin over cream cheese mixture. Insert wooden pop stick into gelatin in center of each cup. Freeze 3 hours or until firm. Remove pops from cups just before serving.