Thursday, April 23, 2015

My Little Pony Tales {review and giveaway}

We'd like to thank our sponsor for sending us an advance copy of My Little Pony Tales DVD set in exchange for this review, all opinions are 100% my own as well as the story shared on this review. 



Growing up I remember all the cartoon shows I enjoyed watching, not only that but these shows also came to life at school. I remember playing Rainbow Brite, She-ra and My Little Pony at the school playground. Everyone would chose a character and pretend they were them. It was fun and a great way to play with my entire class, yes even the boys would join us while they were playing He-Man and G. I. Joe, Star Wars and others. 

The 80's seem pretty distant now that we are a grown up generation and have kids of our own. I enjoy sitting down with my kids and watching tv with them, I like to have talks with them while watching the show if something happens on-screen such as asking what they thought was going on and would they do the same in certain situations. It's a great conversation starter on behavior. 

Yes, the 80s bring back nostalgia to my generation just as any era brings nostalgia to its own generation. For the 80s it must be the bright colors, the new shows involving more kids that were unique take Rainbow Brite for example she had a little star on her face next to her eye and her friends had all different colored hair and attire. 

My Little Pony was a sweet show that shared stories similar to what we were into: sleepovers, sharing scary stories, playing outside, trying to help at home and sometimes feeling left out.  We received an advance copy of My Little Pony Tales: The Complete Classic TV Series. I immediately knew I had to do something special to share a cartoon series I had grown up with, with my kids. 


With testing coming up soon for my 9 year old I wanted to be able to spend an evening cuddled up in the living room watching My Little Pony. I prepared some snacks for us and called my kids to the living room and surprised them with the DVD. Our daughter was so excited she couldn't believe we had their show at home, to watch whenever we want to. We enjoyed watching the first DVD in 2 days and then the other DVD in another 2 evenings, yes the set includes 2 DVD's full of episodes such as the:


DISC 1

Slumber party/ Too sick to notice
Battle of the bands/ And the winner is...
Stand by me/ The tea party
The masquerade/ Out of luck
The play's the thing/ Shop talk
Impractical joker/ The great lemonade stand wars
Blue ribbon blues/ roll around the clock 

DISC 2

Princess problems/ An apple for starlight
Up, up and away/ Sister of the bride
Birds of a feather/ Send in the clown
Happy birthday, sweetheart/ Gribet
Bon bon's diary/ Just for kicks
Ponies in paradise/ Who's responsible

It was great to see episodes I could still remember from my childhood like the Slumber Party one which I vividly remember having one that same week when I saw it as a kid or the Up, Up and Away. We had My Little Pony toys at home and we would sometimes recreate the episodes. Oh the memories!

Best part? You can enter to be the lucky winner of your own My Little Pony Tales: The Complete Classic TV Series DVD copy! I'm going to make this giveaway very easy, all I need you to do is leave me a comment answering the following question:



What is your best memory growing up in the 80's? {make sure you include a valid email address in your response, so that I may contact you if selected} *Rules are below. 



*Sweepstakes rules: This contest is open to residents age 18 or older in the U. S. and Canada. Winner will be selected randomly through random.org, odds of winning depend on number of entries. Contest ends at midnight P.S.T. Monday April 27th. Winner will be announced on this blog post on Tuesday April 28th and has 48 hours to respond and claim prize replying with a valid mailing address. Prize will be automatically mailed by sponsor, prize may take 4 - 12 weeks to be received. Stroller Adventures holds no liability.  This is a public website, information posted in the comments section is visible to the public. Stroller Adventures takes no responsibility for what is posted in the comments by others nor takes responsibility of others actions who view these public comments.*





Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Monster Jam® event {review}

My family and I would like to thank Monster Jam® for inviting to attend their Bay Area event at Levi's Stadium. We had a fun time and enjoyed the show. All photos and videos used in this post were taken by Maribel Reyes, we ask that you email us first to request permission to use them. Opinions are 100% ours. 


Monster Jam® was at Levi's Stadium last Saturday, along with Grave Digger, Metal Mulisha, Scooby Doo, Monster Mutt, Toro Loco, Max-D and more. It was an event to remember for sure, full of great family fun, monster trucks and awesome drivers.


The event began at 7 p.m. sharp, with fireworks and monster trucks. The crowd cheered their favorite drivers and monster trucks all along. This was definitely a family friendly event, because most of the spectators we saw were families with kids of all ages; we even saw a few families with babies in their carrier on the concourse enjoying the show.


Before Saturday we had only seen Monster Jam® on T.V. or on their YouTube Channel, so this was our first time watching it live and although we had seen it on screen we weren't sure what to expect. All the drivers truly love their fans. Just seeing Metal Mulisha's monster truck driver Todd LeDuc run through the grandstands to greet his fans and let a little boy holding a big homemade sign saying "We love Metal Mulisha" hold his trophy and greet him for a few minutes was proof of how much they love their fans. 

The show also featured speedsters as they raced around the dirt filled stadium, did you know that it took 500 truck loads of dirt to fill up Levi's Stadium in preparation for Monster Jam®? That's 1.5 million pounds of dirt {in case you were wondering}. The first 10 rows of the grandstands all around were covered in protective plastic to prevent dirt damage and so you wouldn't get any dirt from all the stunts the drivers performed. We sat a few rows above this and didn't get any dirt on us.


If you're wondering if you should take your family to see Monster Jam®, I highly recommend it specially if you love trucks and stunts. One of our concerns for the show was the noise level, I mean it does get pretty loud at times for little ones; since we are race car fans we were certain they'd be selling protective ear muffs and/or ear plugs and sure enough the protective ear muffs run $20.00 each but they are well worth the money since they protect your hearing. The noise is not constant like a race car event, but it's important to protect your ears. 


After the first set of monster trucks racing through the course it was announced that Grave Digger {one of our favorite Monster Trucks} had technical damage. We were a little sad about it since it was going to be one of the highlights of the evening for us, but when the freestyle part of the event started we soon found out he would be joining in on the fun and boy was it fun!


Our favorite part of the entire show was the freestyle section, mostly because each Monster Truck is given 90 seconds to show off all around the stadium doing stunts and performing solo. It is truly a sight to see a monster truck jumping over 6 cars, dirt ditches and even empty containers. A few of the trucks flipped over landing on the roof and amazingly managed to flip back over by moving the tires. 


After this event our family can't wait to attend next year's Monster Jam®, in fact there were several announcements on the jumbo-tron screen for March 2016 in Las Vegas and our 9 year old daughter kept asking if we could go. 

Monster Jam® 2015 is still on tour and you can check if there will be an event near you on their official website.  I do know that up next they will be in Texas, North Carolina, Florida and Illinois to mention a few. For more Levi's Stadium event videos visit the Stroller Adventures YouTube channel. 

Friday, March 27, 2015

Monster Jam® at Levi's Stadium

My family and I will attend the Monster Jam® event in Levi's Stadium, we were invited to enjoy the event which will facilitate our review in addition we will be sharing information on the event. Pictures of the Monster Jam® trucks contained in this post are my own as well as the small story and opinions reflected in this post. The video and logo are owned by Monster Jam®

It was 2008, my daughter was at the time 3 years old and we were at an all girls playdate when the host a spunky 3 year old girl brought out a plush Grave Digger® to play. She began imitating engine noises and talking about this fun event she had attended with her dad that past weekend. My daughter saw it and began asking to go there and talking about you guessed it, Grave Digger® and Monster Trucks!


While living in Costa Rica looking for cars on YouTube and monster trucks, our then 4 year old son could not believe his eyes when he saw Monster Jam® videos online. He kept making revving engine noises and when at a local artisan market he saw a wooden made monster truck of Toro Loco® he went completely gaga over it.


In fact, in May 2014 Monster Jam® was on tour in Costa Rica and we went to a special event at our local shopping mall to see Monster Jam® trucks. Our son was so excited he couldn't believe that right there in front of him was the same Monster Trucks he had excitedly watched online. The event was open to the public in anticipation to the main event at the local soccer stadium. Tickets sold quickly and when we tried to buy them the ticket sales booth system crashed. 


Imagine how excited we were to find out Monster Jam® would be in Santa Clara's Levi's Stadium and we would be back in town to be able to attend. 


For the first time in Santa Clara on Saturday April 11th, Bay Area motor sports fans can see Monster Jam® trucks battle it out live at Levi's Stadium. This event is priced right for the whole family with Super Value seats starting at just $20 {advance purchase only}.


The line-up includes 17 different trucks, weighing 10,000 lbs each! Our personal favorite Grave Digger® will be driven by the legend Dennis Anderson. Amongst the trucks will be:

El Toro Loco®, Captain's Curse®, Scooby-Doo, Monster Mutt®, Metal Mulisha, Mohawk Warrior, Lucas Oil Crusader®, Team Hot Wheels®, Monster Energy, Wrecking Crew, Avenger®, The Patriot and Titan will pump up the crowd with breathtaking stunts and the awesome spectacle of “rock-and-roar” that will bring fans to their feet cheering for more!

Fans may come early on Saturday to enjoy the "Party in the Pits" pre-show experience -which gives you access to view your favorite trucks up-close, meet the star drivers for autographs and take photos. *Saturday event ticket and Pit Pass required for entry; Pit Pass available to purchase for $10 each.


WHEN: 

Saturday April 11th, 2015
Pit Party Scheduled from 2:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Event Time: 7:00 p.m.

WHERE:

Levi's Stadium - 4900 Marie P. DeBartolo Way, Santa Clara, CA 95054

TICKET PRICING:

Levels: $20, $30, $35, $40 (Gold Circle) and $60 (VIP)

Kids tickets: (age 2 - 12) available for 50% off on select seating - prices range from $10 - $20 (price listed is advance purchase only; not valid for VIP seating levels; limit 2 discount kids tickets per one adult ticket purchase)

Total Access Pass Fan packages available for $135 each
Lunch with the Champions fan packages available for $190 each
Pit Passes available for purchase for $10 each




Tickets are now on-sale and available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster retail outlets, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or visit The Visa Box Office at Levi’s Stadium. *above ticket prices are advance purchase only; all tickets priced $3 more day of show.  Tickets subject to convenience, service & handling fees. 

SPECIAL TICKET OFFER:

$5 Off Adult tickets coupons and Pit Passes available from participating Metro PCS locations from March 13 - April 11. (While supplies last)