Summer Bucket List {kids edition} 2013




UPDATE: 2013
This summer is going to be a fun one!

Can not believe my baby is going to be going to FIRST GRADE in 4 mos!!!
I am compiling a {wish} list of fun things to do in the unifour area as well as some great ideas for day trips. Some of these can be week day play dates and some will be reserved for our family! I really think they ALL lend well to either. Our theme this summer is   

NEW ADVENTURES/ SPREADING OUR WINGS!!

{Local} Summer Fun
This place is great! We have a Membership $70/yr is so worth it! 
We go at least once a month! They have wonderful week long summer camps that have fun theme each week. 

Great pool and waterslide, can take your own picnic. Half price after 4pm AWESOME!

Haven’t been yet but Discovery Channel LOVES it. Great loco for a play date!

FUN!! We went last year and had a great time. They also have a carousel and play area
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Haven’t been here yet either, looks fun.
Tough Enough Rodeo
a good old fashioned rodeo right in Caldwell County! Talk about family fun! This place is a hoot! My son LOVED it. Just a tidbit of info. It doesn’t get really rolling until almost 8 so be warned it might be a late evening but, it was worth it. EAT before you go, all they have is cotten candy and a few muchies

Carmike Movies
talk about a deal and an EASY & COOL way to spend a morning… Carmike does 2nd run movies on Thursday mornings for $4 includes the movie, drink, and snack


Day Trips {all around NC/SC}

Catawba Queen
Summer Storytime & Pirate Landing Mini Golf
this is the coolest thing!
 EVERY Tues & Thurs morning a 1 hr ride around the lake while hearing a story with milk & cookies!

Zootastic Park, Statesville/Troutman area
I had never even heard of this place until Groupon! Yipee got a 4pk for cheep! Fun day trip!! WE LOVED IT! Took a picnic,  a guide takes you around and tells you all about the anmials. Great place!

Also found this place from Groupon they had  2 for 1 special!! It is a TRUE campground. A little rough around the edges but, the kids LOVED it. Take a picnic, they have a huge pool, huge waterslide, putt-putt, paddle boats, canoes, horse shoes, all kinds of goodies! 

Tweetsie, Blowing Rock

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE
Here is another place that with it only being 40 mins away a Season Pass is the way to go! You can take your own picnic, great fun rides that younger kids can enjoy!

Sliding Rock, Brevard, NC 
This is a place where I spent ALOT of time!! It is absolutely beautiful and I am soooooo excited to get a group of my best college friends together to take our families to enjoy the wonder of the Water Falls!! My best tip is go LATE in the summer the water is really, really COLD!! I think we will wait until July! 
New to me and appears to be fantab!! Hope to take a day trip with friends! Looks soooo fun!!
Tanglewood Park, Winston Salem
went here tons as a kid. Can’t wait to take Jack!
Heard fantab things about this place and look forward to meeting our friends here!!
NC Zoo, Asheboro
the zoo is great, Jack loves it and we will be going to visit j’s great gma this summer and will go again!
Had to include this as I have been told this is a great place. 
Not sure when we will work it in as it is a tish far about 2.5 hrs but I just love a zoo! 

going to a wedding in 2 weeks in Raleigh, thought we would check this place out!!
Discovery Place KIDS & Discovery Place Charlotte
This place is so cool! Gets super crowded but a great learning space for Pre-K through 2nd grade

NC Aquariums, Pine Knoll Shores
this is somewhere we plan to visit on our yearly trip to Ocean Isle, last year we went to the Myrtle Beach Aquarium and it was fine but, once is enough!  SO CROWDED and pricey for what it is.

Carowinds, Charlotte
Amusement Park, need I say more?

Grandfather Mountain, Linville
I am so excited to take Jack. I will highlight a few events they are doing for kids!

Grandfather Mountain Highland Games
July 11-14, 2013
Highland Games, Celtic music & dancing, turkey leg, lots of kids actvities what more could you ask for? 

How are you keeping your little people busy this summer?
Coming up!! My Family Fun Guide to Ocean Isle
xoxo, mama bird

Carolina Tarheels {cake}

Here we GO Tarheels

Here we Go!!

In honor of my Tarheels recent WIN

I thought I would share this adorable cake that I did for my buddy Will!

How fun is this Carolina Tarheels Birthday cake?

xoxo, Mama Bird

 

Best boxes EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!

Can I just get an AMEN!!! I am so excited to share with my fellow bakers that BakeABox the LOCALLY made cake boxes are back in biz!! This truly made my night. They re-open and start taking orders on Aug 1st. Yip-eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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family farm tour 2010

fam farm

I am so excited to share with you guys a fantastic event Family Farm Tour 2010, organized  by the Appalachian Sustainable Agricultural Project, is your invitation to visit 37 farms and gardens throughout six counties in Western North Carolina. The region is home to agriculture of all kinds, ranging from century farms cultivated by the same family for generations, to certified organic farms, to urban gardens. It is NEXT weekend!

June 26 and 27 from 1-6pm

purchase a button for $25 HERE

you can Volunteer HERE 

Here is the low down from the ASAP on what you can expect from the Family Farm Day!

Here’s how it works: Get a farm tour map and button. Gather your friends, fill a car, choose the farms you want to visit, and plan a route. There are more than enough choices to fill a schedule for Saturday and Sunday. Come with a cooler and your appetite. A variety of vegetables and fruits, trout, beef, pork, lamb, eggs, artisan cheeses, herbs, mushrooms, honey, garlic, preserves, and much more are available to sample or for sale. Products including yarn, soap, and crafts are offered as well.

Watch animals such as bison, llamas, baby lambs, and bunnies. See traditional skills in practice—and even try them out yourself—during demonstrations of border collie shepherding, outdoor apple butter making, milking, the maple syrup tapping process, and wool spinning. Or, learn about new ideas during a tour of renewable energy systems, see a hydroponics system, visit an edible landscape, or explore a garden labyrinth. Eat bread fresh from a wood fired oven and artisan ice cream, and stop for a picnic at one of the many beautiful farms along the way.

HOW AMAZING is this? I can not wait! Jack is going to LOVE Family Farm Day!! Are you going? Please let me know if you are!!

My good blogging buddy and fellow sustainable living, garden growing, organic eating, cow buying, MOMMY BLOGGER OF THE YEAR, Erin would LOVE this too! Too bad she’s in Kansas! Just click your heels sister and come with us!

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xoxo, Mama Bird

Food Revolution {PSA}

JOFR-badgeLg Jamie Oliver’s FOOD REVOLUTION is premiering on Sunday at 10pm on ABC. PLEASE set the dvr and watch it with your family. Also GO HERE and sign Jamie’s petition.  I can not tell you how much I support this project! It is so IMPORTANT to teach our children to be healthy.  After watching FOOD INC I have been on a mission to try and help spread the word. I am so excited about what the can mean for everyone!

From Jamie: “The American FOOD REVOLUTION needs to start now! If you care about your country and the health of its children please help us make a difference. We need your support to get people back in touch with food and keep cooking skills alive before it’s too late. We want to make sure every kid gets good, fresh food at school. It’s proven that real food promotes more effective learning. If you want better health for your kids the junk food must go. I need to be able to show The President and industry how many of you out there really care about this issue so please don’t wait, sign up today. It will only take 30 seconds.”

SO, I am asking you what do you do to make a Healthier America for your family?

I AM:

1. Planting my Garden

2. Shopping Locally (farmer’s mkts are a great source)

3. Buying ORGANIC even now at Wal Mart

4. Cooking fresh food for my family!

How about you?

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