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Disney on Ice - Worlds of Enchantment Review

Posted by Jessica belmonte at 1/25/2019 08:18:00 PM 0 comments
As a child, one of my fondest memories was attending a Disney on Ice show. It’s one of those events that you never really forget. Over the last 4 years, I’ve attended 3 Disney on Ice shows and last night really showed me why I’ll continue to attend.
Let me start off by saying my daughters had no clue where we were going or what we were doing until we got into Key Bank Arena last night. Though to be fair, my youngest at 17 months old, did know. I talked with her about it all day yesterday, but because she’s just learning how to talk, I knew she’d keep my secret from her big sisters.
Our daughters at first, were convinced we were attending a Buffalo Sabres game until…..they started seeing kids everywhere and then light up toys and then…..cotton candy and Disney cups filled with rainbow-colored snow cones. It was at that point, my oldest knew (mostly because she had memorized the radio commercial that said opening night was Thursday, December 24th at 7pm). She started screaming and jumping up and down. Her younger sister then caught on and gave my husband and I the biggest hugs.

Disney on Ice: Worlds of Enchantment Event

Having 3 kids, 2 parents that work full time and lots of activities that go on in our family, it’s not an everyday, week, month or year occurrence that we get down to the arena so I was very pleased when the usher helped us to our seats! As a family with a baby, end seats are a must!!! We had the perfect spot, the corner of the rink where I knew from past performances, many of the characters would come to.
We had 45 minutes to spare so we took care of the bathroom breaks, the “I’m hungry” moments and of course the Minnie Mouse light up ears ahead of the show starting. 

The lights went down, the curtain went up and out came everyone's favorites, Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Shortly after, Goofy and my personal favorite Donald Duck arrived. Within seconds, I looked over to see my 9 year old, 8 year old and 17 month old listening to every word and paying attention to every movement they made. 

It's Toy Story Time

First up were all of the characters from Toy Story including Andy. The soldiers were the first to arrive on the ice and it was amazing. They came from everywhere including a soldier coming down from a parachute. Then each character from the hit movie came on to the ice. You could hear the crowd roar as some of their favorites skated out like Rex, Slinky Dog, Barbie, Ken, Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head, Hamm, Jessie, Bullseye, Buzz Lightyear and of course, Woody. 

One of my favorite acts was Barbie & Ken. My 8 year old loves playing with her barbies and Ken is a must no matter what so when it was just them on the ice, I watched as she danced along with the music and waved to them as they skated by. This act was action-packed full of fun music, multiple dress changes in seconds (and when I say multiple, I'm not talking 2 or 3), amazing synchronized skating, and lifts that had my eyes half-closed (because that's what we do as parents when we're nervous). 

When the remaining cast returned to the rink, it was synchronized skating and you could tell that everyone in the arena was having a blast. 

Under the Sea on Ice

After seeing Disney on Ice multiple times, my all-time favorite act has always been The Little Mermaid. The colors, costumes and dancing will blow you away. Though my phone storage didn't appreciate the amount of photos I took, other than scuba-diving in the ocean, there's no where else you'll see such vibrant and fun colors of these costumes. 

At this point in the show with a 17 month old, I'm half expecting her to be ready to go home. It can be a bit nerve-wracking to take a young one to a big event like this, but she sat on my lap for most of the show and Under the Sea is what really had her going. She was bouncing up and down, trying to join in as all of the kids in our section sang the songs and danced along with Ariel. 

As the villain, you couldn't help but be impressed with Ursula and her evil eels, as they effortlessly skated around the rink with huge costumes on. Plus, there's not a kid who's not excited when bubbles float down from the ceiling. 

They even chose a few children to ride on the ice. I wonder if parents could have volunteered because I would have jumped at the chance to be close to my childhood favorite - Flounder.

As this came to an end, the one thing I love about Disney on Ice is that they offer intermissions. They know they've got kids everywhere and don't want them to miss the show. Giving parents 20 minutes to handle bathroom breaks, refreshments or just standing up to stretch truly does make a world of difference. 

From The Racetrack to The Ice Rink with Cars

When intermission came to an end and the lights went down, we all heard a voice and knew instantly who it was.....Mater. You just heard screams of excitement from the entire arena. What blew me away was the fact that these were actual cars on the ice. It was so much fun to watch them race around the rink and in classic Mater style, we got to watch him go backwards. 

Besides Toy Story, Cars was a new addition for me at this event. Lightning McQueen, Doc Hudson, Sally Carrera and Ramone were just a few of our favorites. If nothing else, cars on the ice is something you don't see everyday and worth attending Disney on Ice: Worlds of Enchantment for. 

Frozen with Excitement

The last act of Disney on Ice: Worlds of Enchantment was Frozen and what a showstopper it was. At previous Disney on Ice shows, I've seen Frozen and each time it gets better and better. Being so close to the ice, we were able to see amazing details like Elsa's light up snowflake dress, Anna's smile as she waved to us and we were that much closer to meeting a real life snowman - Olaf. Kristoff and Hans even joined in on the fun along with the townspeople.

Plus, there was fountain that was shooting out actual water and I don't think you can ask for much more than snow coming from above....especially when you're from Buffalo. 

One of our favorite parts was when Elsa came to our corner and magically changed outfits right in front of our eyes with just a puff of smoke. There were fireworks, snowflakes on the ice and did I mention snow falling down on us? Seeing my kids, along with everyone else in the arena singing the song that all parents across the world know.....Let it go, was so much fun. 

Colorful butterflies and bees skated out as Olaf sang his famous "In Summer" song. 
Frozen always does an amazing job and it's the perfect way to end the show. 

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Disney on Ice: Worlds of Enchantment

Each year I attend Disney on Ice, I walk out saying how this was the best show and end up talking about for the next week. Disney on Ice: Worlds of Enchantment was no different. This was truly an amazing show for my entire family. For those parents out there wondering how their young child will sit still for two hours, I promise this show does not disappoint and keeps your child's attention with beautiful colors, fun music and each child's favorite character. I cannot recommend Disney On Ice: Worlds of Enchantment enough. If you're looking for something fun to do with the entire family, this show is worth it. Let your kids dress up as their favorite character. Plus, you can have some fun and surprise your kids too.
Ticket prices start as low as $15. Get your tickets to Disney on Ice:Worlds of Enchantment today!

*Disclosure – We were gifted tickets to Disney on Ice World of Enchantment in exchange for this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own*

Enter To Win Disney On Ice Tickets In Buffalo NY

Posted by Jessica belmonte at 1/22/2016 12:51:00 PM 5 comments
Looking for something to celebrate? Your kids favorite movie characters give you something to celebrate about with the Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate! Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt show! Learn more about the amazing Disney characters you’ll see and the memories you’ll make below. Plus, find out show times and enter for your chance to win a family 4 pack of tickets to the Disney On Ice show in Buffalo, NY on opening night!
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My Experience with Disney On Ice:
As a Christmas surprise last year, we bought our two kids tickets to the Disney on Ice show. Though opening a box that just has tickets, may not mean much to a 4 and 5 year old on Christmas (no matter how hard you try to explain what they’re for), I can promise you that once they see the show, they’ll be talking about how much fun it was until next Christmas.

I took my Digital Camera and phone, both of which were fully charged and emptied of any previous photos and videos so I could document our experience and have as memories. The set, before the show even started was beautiful, and when the show started, the lights came on and the characters came out, the entire set came to life.

Every act that came out was so colorful. Our absolute favorite was The Little Mermaid, with Ariel, Eric, Ursula, her evil eels and a variety of fish. The costumes were out of this world and the colors literally glowed. Of course, every child there was waiting for Frozen, which was the perfect ending to a great show. We can’t forget our other favorites  like Aladdin, Cinderella, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Sleeping Beauty and of course the classics like Mickey, Minnie, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck and so many more. By the end of the show, I had a phone that could no longer take any more photos or videos and was at the bottom of it’s battery life and a camera that had room left for 2 videos.

I personally cannot recommend the Disney On Ice show enough. Your kids will love the Disney characters and you’ll love that you’re making memories that will last a lifetime.

About The Show:
Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate! Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt show will be at First Niagara Center in Buffalo from Wednesday, January 27th through Sunday, January 31st. Disney On Ice productions vary in length, but they average between one hour and a half to two hours. This includes a 15-20 minute intermission.

Disney On Ice in Buffalo, NY Showtimes:
January 27th, 2016 @7:00pm
January 28th, 2016 @7:00pm
January 29th, 2016 @7:00pm
January 30th, 2016 @11:00am, 3:00pm and 7:00pm
January 31st, 2016 @1:00pm and 5:00pm
Visit Disney on Ice for more information or to purchase tickets!

It’s one colossal party on ice, with all your favorite Disney friends at Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate! Presented by YoKids Organic Yogurt. Join Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald and Goofy as they celebrate a Very Merry Unbirthday Party with Alice and the Mad Hatter; a Royal Valentine’s Day Ball with your favorite Disney Princesses, including Cinderella, Ariel, Belle and Tiana; a Hawaiian luau with Lilo & Stitch; a whole new world with Jasmine and Aladdin; a winter wonderland with Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear; a Halloween haunt with the Disney villains and more in a magical medley of holidays, celebrations and festivities from around the globe. Come join the celebration you’ve been waiting for when Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate! skates into your hometown!
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*Tickets are provided by Feld Entertainment.

Improve The Performance Of Your Website With OptimizeMySite

Posted by Jessica belmonte at 10/14/2015 12:54:00 PM 0 comments
Since starting this blog, I’ve never really given out personal information. Sure there’s a few posts on family recipes with photos of my kids helping, but when it comes to my background, I’ve never given out too much. Right now, I won’t get into what company I work for, but I will share what I do for a living – SEO.

I’ve been involved in Search Engine Optimization for 8 years. Whenever I have to tell someone what I do, they usually have a puzzled look on their face. Let me explain it in the easiest way I know how. When you do a search on Google, let’s say for “birthday cakes in Dallas, Texas,” my job/goal is to get websites to that first page of google. There’s so many different things that go into SEO.

Why have I decided to share what I do now? For a few reasons. I randomly found a program, while doing some searches at work and have completely fallen in love with it and want to share it with everyone. Also, there’s people that feel they couldn’t begin to tackle SEO because there’s too much information to learn and this program can help anyone.

OptimizeMySite is a free website analysis tool that is perfect whether you've got years of SEO experience, or just want to make some improvements on your website. 

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Once you receive your report, the fun starts. OptimizeMySite shows you categories where you're excelling and where you need more work. Categories include web page address, page scores, title tag, description tag, heading tags, copy analysis, image analysis, social and mobile analysis, code, page size, page link and domain analysis. Inside each of these categories, you'll find the areas you need to improve. 

OptimizeMySite also gives you your rankings, and shows you how to improve your score with plenty of help, faqs, and more. Whether you're you're experienced in SEO or just looking to increase you're visibility in the search engines for your new website/blog that you've set up, OptimizeMySite is one tool you'll want to use. 

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Wild Kratts Live Buffalo NY: Exclusive Presale Offer

Posted by Jessica belmonte at 3/18/2015 12:00:00 AM 0 comments
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As a mom, I try to keep TV-watching to a minimum, but with the coldest winter in history in Buffalo last month, we were forced to stay inside. When my kids do watch TV, I like to make sure they’re getting something out of it, educationally-speaking. A few months ago, I came across the  PBS show Wild Kratts and instantly fell in love. I mean my kids loved it. You'll be amazed at how much your kids retain from Wild Kratts. Weeks later, when you least expect it, your kids will bring up an animal and it's habitat from the show

What Is Wild Kratts?

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Join the adventures of Chris and Martin Kratt as they encounter incredible wild animals, combining science education with fun and adventure, while traveling to animal habitats around the globe. Each adventure explores an age-appropriate science concept central to an animal’s life and showcases a never-before-seen wildlife moment. It’s all wrapped up in engaging stories of adventure, mystery, rescue, and the Kratt brothers’ brand of laugh-out-loud-comedy that kids love.

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Wild Kratts Live is coming to Shea's Performing Arts Center in Buffalo, NY on Sunday, May 3rd at 3pm! Be one of the first to get your Wild Kratts Live tickets with an Exclusive Presale Offer! Just click on the photo below and get your Wild Kratts Live Tickets before anyone else! Hurry, the Wild Kratts Live Presale Tickets Offer ends Thursday, March 19th at 10PM.

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Whether your kids have seen Wild Kratts or not, as a parent, I cannot recommend seeing Wild Kratts Live more! It's fun, educational, and most importantly, leaves your kids smiling. This show is going to be a blast, and fun for the whole family. 

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Win A $25 Gift Certificate To The 2015 Bella Kids Spring Consignment Sale

Posted by Jessica belmonte at 3/08/2015 06:54:00 PM 2 comments

Looking For Deals? Look To The 2015 Bella Kids Spring Consignment Sale

As a parent, I love finding deals on kids products, whether it's clothing, toys, or household items. As a blogger, I love being able to talk about local businesses who not only work hard, but also better our community. Bella Kids Consignment Events not only offers great deals on anything and everything you could imagine, but also works hard to provide WNY families with the best deals possible, along with giving families the opportunity to make some extra money by selling items they no longer use. Besides that, you'll also find Bella Kids sponsoring fundraising and donation efforts for a designated organization at every single Bella Kids Sale that they have. For the Spring 2015 Bella Kids Consignment Event, Bella Kids is working with March Of Dimes!

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Get Ready for the Bella Kids WNY Consignment Event on March 27-29!

For 3 days only, you'll find new and gently used clothes, clothes and more clothes!!! Plus, strollers, car seats, highchairs, toys books, shoes, baby gear, room decor, and more. I speak from my shopping experience with Bella Kids in the past, that telling you what you'll find just doesn't do Bella Kids justice. Looking to see what a Bella Kids Consignment Event has offered in the past? I highly recommend checking out their Bella Kids Facebook photos. There, you'll see just how big of a selection you'll find. But to truly experience what Bella Kids offers, great deals, great selection and an even greater staff, attending the 2015 Bella Kids Spring Consignment Event on March 27-29 is the way to go.

Friday, March 27: STORE OPENS 9am-8pm
Saturday, March 28: BABY EXPO & KIDS DAY 10am-5pm 
Sunday, March 29: 50% OFF DAY 9am-3pm

Where: 4259 Transit Road,Williamsville
Transitown Plaza (next to Aldi's, behind TJ Maxx)

Friday, March 27: Be one of the first 50 shoppers through the door and receive a goody bag! 

Saturday, March 28: Join Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo & Bella Kids Consignment Events of WNY for the 2015 Buffalo Baby Expo! New, expecting and seasoned parents can discover resources and services available in the community! Plus, bring your kids to see the Easter Bunny from 10am to 11am, a free photo opp from Groovy Chic Production and a Spring craft courtesy of Sweet Charlottes!

Sunday, March 29: 50% OFF DAY! Whether you love waiting until the last minute or just love getting great deals, the last day of the Bella Kids Consignment Event gives you amazing deals, offering 50% off!

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A Side Note About The Owner Of Bella Kids: I couldn't possibly write about a Bella Kids Consignment Event without adding a little something about Bella Kids owner, Kristi Mora. Though we've only had a few conversations, sometimes that's all it takes to realize how special someone truly is. I am extremely honored to be able to work with a woman that so many others can look up to. She has done wonders for our community. Bella Kids is all about helping families and I credit Kristi for working hard to make a difference. The charities she has worked with and supported, the events she puts together and the education she provides families are just the start of what Kristi Mora has achieved. I look forward to working with her and sharing her story along with many more Bella Kids Consignment Events with WNY families for years to come.

Enter To Win A $25 Gift Certificate To Be Used At The Bella Kids Consignment Event on March 27-29

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Will You Be Attending The Bella Kids Consignment Event on March 27-29? Have You Attended A Bella Kids Event In The Past? Let us know what you love most, great deals you've received in the past and what you're most excited about!

Royalton Ravine Park: The Only Way To Celebrate Independence Day

Posted by Jessica belmonte at 7/06/2014 06:11:00 PM 6 comments
The first post I ever wrote on my blog was about the amazing fireworks display that the town of Royalton put on at Royalton Ravine Park. Now here we are, a year later, and though I have many posts ready to be published, I can't help but stop and take a moment to share what an amazing job this town does at celebrating Independence Day. 
Royalton Ravine Park has become our go-to destination when it comes to celebrating July 4th. There's more than enough room to accommodate everyone who's looking for non-stop entertainment, and for those who are just looking to sit back, relax, and enjoy the show, well, as you can see above, there's plenty of beautiful scenery to take in while you're waiting. 

Parking is great, and a quick five minute walk from your car, will get you the perfect spot, nestled among prime scenery. The town of Royalton does an amazing job at providing entertainment for every age. I love that you're given two choices for area seating: stay up front where the action is, with food, drinks, live music and more or opt for a quieter area in the back, where you're treated to a pond, kids entertainment, and front row seats to the fireworks. 

From the second we arrived, the kids had a blast, and with so many kids activities, we didn't have to worry about those two words parents fear, "I'm Bored!"

Whether it's new this year or I just didn't notice it last year, the town of Royalton gets five stars for providing a kids movie. It not only kept their attention, but also had perfect timing, ending 20 minutes before the fireworks started. It was just enough time for us to walk back to our seats, get situated, and to get ready for what was to be an amazing show.

Plus, they ran the hilarious kids movie, "The Nut Job," which I knew my kids loved. 

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Just as we were walking back to our seats, we were lucky enough to start seeing all the sky lanterns heading up. We had so much fun sending two lanterns up last year, but were the spectators this year. It's always a beautiful sight to see, as different colored lanterns light up the night sky. 

The time had arrived and as the American Flag was lit up, so was the sky with the start of one of the best firework shows around. Each year, I take pictures and film, because the show is just that good. I try to make a few short videos and wanted to make sure I could show off what an amazing job the town or Royalton did once again. The problem is, trying to time the grand finale of the firework show is not easy when the entire show feels like it's the grand finale. 

I've been celebrating July 4th for close to 30 years and have been to many locations for fireworks, but not one of those can compare to what Royalton does. Impressive? It's more than that. Royalton's 2014 July 4th celebration was by far the best. 

There was one firework that I'm 100% sure was brand new this year. Of course I have no photos or video when my new favorite firework went off, as I was switching from camera to video . As it was shot off, it spiraled, going in circles and was one of the coolest fireworks I've ever seen. I know, it's maybe not the best description, but those are the best words I can use to describe how magnificent this firework was. I'm crossing my fingers they bring it back next year, and much more of it. 

The show went on for what seemed like forever, and that's why I love going to Royalton. Other places, will have you spending hours waiting to see a fireworks show that lasts maybe twenty minutes, but the town of Royalton knows better than to waste your time. When they put on a show, they put their all into it, giving everyone a display of fireworks, that you just won't find anywhere else. 

Royalton Ravine Park is the place to be for family-friendly entertainment, and a beautiful fireworks display that will have you coming back year after year. Though I'd love to keep this amazing place a secret, it's just too good to keep to myself and deserves to be talked about and shared with anyone and everyone who doesn't know about it. 

 A huge Thank You goes out to the Town of Royalton, fire department, law enforcement, volunteers, bands, food vendors and everyone else who helped make this Independence Day a memory we'll never forget. 

Feel free to check out a small taste of what you can expect from the Town of Royalton. Below is a video of the July 4th Fireworks Grand Finale at Royalton Ravine Park in the Town of Royalton!

Did you visit Royalton Ravine Park for July 4th? Tell us how the Town of Royalton made your Independence Day one to remember at Royalton Ravine Park!!!


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