ROBOTS-4-U Summer Camps Now Enrolling – Where Fun, Thinking & Learning comes to Life!

Summer is quickly approaching~ Where will your kids spend their time??? Just because school ends, doesn’t mean learning does too! For our family, we like to opt only for summer camps that are either educational or active sports. Robots-4-U brings learning and fun to life with hands on projects like robot building or animated art! 

Enrollment just started for this amazing program featuring S.T.E.A.M. education: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math!!  Robots-4-u partnered with Dynamic Art, offer classes for boys and girls ages 7-14. Each camp session will last 1 week and have a 1:16 instructor student ratio. Check out the video below to see kids in action! 

 

These classes are for both experts and beginners, fast paced, and always hands on! 

Campers can register for the Robots-4-U or Dynamic Art class! Use code “USF1550r” to grab 60% OFF!! 

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Disneynature Monkey Kingdom- Homeschool & Educator activity pack! #MonkeyKingdom

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Monkey Kingdom is swinging into theaters on April 17th and making a difference in the lives of monkeys,endangered species, and their habitats. All tickets sold during opening week will go to this amazing conservation effort. Disneynature films through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund have made an impact worldwide by planting trees, protecting habitats, establishing habitats, and supporting education. Check out this new video to see for yourself!

Disneynature’s Monkey Kingdom follows Maya, the clever blonde-bobbed monkey through the ancient ruins of South Asia as the welcomes her son Kip into the world. 

Life is an adventure for Maya, the clever and resourceful blonde-bobbed monkey in “Monkey Kingdom,” Disneynature’s new feature film set among ancient ruins in the storied jungles of South Asia. Maya’s world is forever changed when she welcomes her son, Kip, into her complicated extended family. Like all families, Maya’s has more than its share of colorful personalities—and she’s determined to give her son a leg up in the world. When their longtime home at Castle Rock is taken over by powerful neighboring monkeys, Maya’s whole family retreats, and she uses her street smarts and ingenuity to uncover untapped resources amidst strange new creatures and unsettling surroundings. Ultimately, they will all have to work together to reclaim Castle Rock, where Maya can hopefully realize her dreams for her son’s future.

Featuring a rich variety of characters, including a mischievous mongoose, simple-minded langur monkeys, predatory leopards and monitor lizards, “Monkey Kingdom” is narrated by Tina Fey (“30 Rock”), directed by Mark Linfield (“Chimpanzee,” “Earth”) and co-directed by Alastair Fothergill (“Chimpanzee,” “Bears”). With music from award-winning composer Harry Gregson-Williams (“The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” “Shrek” movies), Disneynature’s eighth True Life Adventure—the follow-up to 2014’s “Bears”—swings into theaters April 17, 2015.

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I just love Disneynature films and the insight they bring us about this animals. It is an experience we could not get anywhere else~ animals in their natural habitats which makes for a great learning opportunity! Disneynature has created an eductor activity pack sooo children can, learn more about these adorable monkeys and the conservation effort.  Perhaps we can help shape the next generation to love and respect the Earth.   *As a homeschooler, I love opportunities like this where we can tie a movie or book with worksheets and activities! Stay tuned for some adorable crafts!

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I have the honor of attending the #MonkeyKingdomEvent next month, so stay tuned for LOTS of great information on the new movie, Monkey Kingdom! For more Maya cuteness, connect with Monkey Kingdom on Facebook and Twitter

* Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post, we have an ongoing relationship with Disney. 

Goodnites* TRU-FIT* underwear- A real solution to bedwetting! #WalmartTRUFIT #IC

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As a little girl,  I LOVED going to sleepovers! My best friend and I would rotate houses for big monthly sleepovers, and it was always the hit of the month with hair braiding, nails, and staying up late! I have the best memories of my sleepover events which is why it saddens me to hear that research at the American Academy of Pediatrics shows the children suffering from nocturnal enuresis, or bedwetting avoid activities like sleepovers because of fear or embarrassment. And bedwetting is not as rare as you think, it is said that 1 in 6 children ages 4-12 suffer from nocturnal enuresis (Check out more bedwetting education). That is a lot of children missing out on a childhood rite of passage and we certainly can not have that :) Luckily, there is a solution! 

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Goodnites* TRU-FIT* offers parents and children a new choice for bedwetting! These new machine washable underwear are an entirely new product made with real underwear and a disposable insert making wet sheets & clothes and avoidance of sleepovers a thing of the past! We had the opportunity to review the new Goodnites* TRU-FIT* underwear with my 5 year old a few months back, and they were a hit! They gave her confidence, better sleep, and less anxiety about bedtime. Goodnites* TRU-FIT* underwear look just like regular ole’ undies but with a pocket to hold the disposable insert~ see for yourself! 

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Kids love the fun patterns and colors, but most importantly they love that they aren’t diapers. Children that suffer from bedwetting, know they can not control it and can suffer from low self-esteem. It is frustrating and can cause great anxiety. Bedwetting can not be trained out of a child, so it is our job as parents to ensure they have all the right tools to make them feel confident and ready for the world (or at least bedtime and sleepovers!).

  Goodnites* TRU-FIT* underwear are readily available at your local Walmart, and are available in multiple sizes for both boys and girls! Goodnites has a $2 off coupon to get you started on a starter pack, and additional insert packs are available for purchase separately.  

NOW GO PLAN A BIG SLEEPOVER! 

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COWABUNGA DUDE!! It’s Pizza Time with the Ninja Turtles at The Nickelodeon Resort Hotel!

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There is nothing Ninja Turtles love more than pizza than having pizza with all their fans! The one and only Nickelodeon Resort Hotel features character dining every day of the week, with special dining events certain days of the week! Wednesday- Saturday you can join Antonio’s Pizza Rama with the Ninja Turtles and enjoy a yummy Italian Buffet and attend a meet and greet with the turtles themselves! 

At our recent stay at the Nickelodeon Resort Hotel, we had the grand opportunity to attend the Pizza Rama! My children went crazy as they anxiously waited in line! Every child receives their very own Ninja Turtle mask so they can look top notch during their photo shoots! 

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After we found our seats, the TMNT were quick to appear front and center! Each Ninja Turtle came around to each and every table so every child had an opportunity to meet them personally! 

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Lilly and Donatello

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Tyler and Michelangelo

The kids had their autograph books signed and learned some new ninja moves from their favorite Ninja Turtle! They even got a few hugs from this loveable ninjas! 

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The Buffet offered a wide variety of pizza, salad, a pasta bar, a grill, yummy Italian dishes such as Lasagna, and of course LOTS of great desserts (HINT: These go FAST! Grab your favorites first!). 

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They even had a special shout out to all birthday guests! While my little one was too scared to go up in front of everyone, they were sooo kind to bring her a special cupcake and had the TMNT sing her Happy Birthday!! 

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The Ninja Turtles ran around the dining hall showing off all their moves in a live action show! It was a little chaotic for Mom trying to get plates for the kids, but the kids were having a ball!! 

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The food was amazing, the service was amazing, but the company was the best! While the Nick Hotel, has tons of character meet and greets…….this is hands down the best way for little TMNT fans to get special time with their favorite hero! 

The Ninja Turtle Pizza-Rama costs $33 for kids and adults 11+, and $17 for children 4-10. You can also join the Nick Hotel and the Bikini Bottom residents for a character breakfast! Stay tuned for more information on character opportunities while staying at the Nickelodeon Resort! 

DISCLAIMER: We received dinner at the Nickelodeon Resort Hotel for the family in order to facilitate this review. Please refer to our PR policies for more information. All thoughts and opinions are of our own.

Nickelodeon Suites Entertainment~ Character Meet and Greets! #Familytravel

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The Nickelodeon Suites is booming with entertainment for the entire family! From Double Dare live to mass slime-ings they have kids covered with entertainment options!  While there are tons of ways to enhance your vacation with VIP opportunities, most of the entertainment is included in your hotel stay! WOO HOO! Soooo, enjoy your day swimming in one of the many pools, lounging in the family spa, sliding down waterslides, joining in poolside games, or meeting up with your child’s favorite characters for a special character meet and greets! 

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Go Diego Go!!

The Nickelodeon Suites Resort has characters all around the resort… all day long! Each day it changes, but you can get the 411 on character times in the lobby, call the front desk, or see the times posted in the mall. The characters will sign your autograph book and take photos with you! The kids were able to spend time with some of their favorite characters like FANBOY!! 

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 My younger girls were a tad bit on the scared side, and the Nick Hotel staff stepped right up for the challenge! They took their time and lead Dora near the girls at a slow pace and in their comfort zone! I was sooo grateful for their generosity and kindness. 

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The Nickelodeon Suites Resort also offers character meals~ a breakfast with Spongebob or a dinner with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! Be sure to check out our TMNT Pizza Rama experience for more information and pictures! 

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 Stay tuned for more great activities available for families at the Nickelodeon Suites Resort! 

 
DISCLAIMER: We received a stay at the resort  and character meet and greets in exchange for our honest review. Please refer to our PR policies for more information. 

 

 

5 things for toddlers to do at Nickelodeon Suites Resort!

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Traveling with a large family can be difficult at times, especially when it comes to finding things to do to fit everyone’s age capabilities. As you would imagine, my 5 year old does not want to do the same things my 9 year old wants to do and obviously my 3 yr old is unable to do many of the things the older children can.  We found on our recent vacation at the Nickelodeon Suites Resort, that they have something for every age!! I am listing below 5 great things the Nickelodeon Suites Resort has to offer toddlers!

1: Toddler Splash Park! 

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The water slides at the Nickelodeon hotel has a 40 inch minimum height requirement (some even 48 inches), so little ones will not be able to ride the big slides…not even on adult laps! Soooo, the splash park for the toddlers is AMAZING! My 3 yr and 5 yr olds spent A LOT of time splashing and going down the slides. 

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This area is perfect for crawling babies as well, and the toddler area is fully fenced! One of my best memories from the trip came from those little orange slides~ My oldest son spent an hour splashing with our toddler! She giggled over and over! 

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2- Character time!

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There are TONS of your toddler’s favorite characters available for photos and meet n’ greets! Be sure to check out our “Nick Hotel Character Meet and Greets” post for more information on meeting the characters!

3- Hot Tub time!

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There are not any resorts that I know of that have specifically marked FAMILY SPAS!! I don’t know about your kids, but mine LOVE ♥ hot tubs!! My 3 year old asked to go to her hot tub everyday! 

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 4- Pool time! 

The Nick Hotel has 2 large pools to enjoy, one with zero entry which is perfect for little ones! As mentioned before, Nick Hotel has safety in mind and offers life vests right at the water park entrance( Free of course along with your towels!)! 

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The zero entry pool is smack in front of the slides s0oo Mom can easily hang out with the toddler in the pool while siblings play in view! The entry has a few splash things to keep them entertained! 

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When she wasn’t sliding she was jumping! 

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5- Experience the 4-D theater! 

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Inside Nick Hotel’s Mall, they have a 4-D experience theater fully equipped with wind, water, scents, snow, bubbles, and of course SLIME!! They offer some of your child’s favorite characters up on the big screen with 4D features! Choose from Spongebob, Dora and Diego, Pirates or Ice Age~ or choose all of them! I think toddlers would love to see Dora and Diego come alive…..or they will just be over the moon with the bubbles. While the 4-D theater is not included in your stay, it is definitely worth the extra money. 

There you have it…….5 great things the Nick Hotel has to offer toddlers! A few things that didn’t make the list but deserve a mention…….they also have a traditional playground, pond with ducks(and characters!) to view, an arcade, and a computer gaming zone stocked with Nick Jr games! Sooooo make this summer memorable for your toddler with a stay at the Nickelodeon Suites Resort in Orlando, Fl! 

Disclaimer: We received stay at the resort in order to facilitate this review. Please refer to our PR policies for more information. 

Make a splash this summer at Nickelodeon Suites Resort!! #Familytravel

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We are a traveling family~ we love to see new things, taste new foods, and visit as many places as we can BUT sometimes it is nice to kick back on vacation at one place…….and not leave! That place for us is Nickelodeon Suites Resort in sunny Orlando, FL~ offering something for everyone in the family and activities to last us all week! No need to tire myself out on every vacation jumping from theme park to theme park……..we spent 4 days relaxing poolside with some of our favorite characters and the kids made memories we will never forget! 

The Nickelodeon Suites resort offers every family a full suite with 1,2,or 3 rooms all with a kitchenette and living room! The children’s room feature twins or bunks and of course wall to wall of their favorite characters! 

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 Our 2 bedroom suite was spacious, and the living room was the perfect space tp relax after hours in the pool! The kitchenette has a microwave, small table, a sink, and a small fridge~ just enough to easily cook up some meals! We brought along sandwich things, microwaveable rice, cereal, milk, and lots of fruits and veggies! We were happy to have some small meals and snacks in the room relaxing, and of course enjoyed some meals with our favorite characters like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Be sure to check out our review of the Pizzarama with the TMNT! )! 

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You can also grab some food in the Nick Hotel Mall~ YES!! They have a mall complete with stores, food options (Subway and a pizza parlor!), and for all you pre 90’s Moms….an arcade! I found the Starbucks to be well……completely necessary, while the boys enjoyed the computer zone and the girls begged to visit the spa. 

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You can also catch Dora, Diego, Fanboy, and many other characters in the mall for a meet and greet! The Mall is a great place to hang out if rains hits ……..bummer thing to think about but hey it’s Florida and rain only lasts about 20 minutes here! The kids spent every other minute of the day and  much into the night at the water park. When you see the pictures, you will understand why! 

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 We are talking about 400 GALLONS of slime being dumped onto your children everyday! Mass sliming happens everyday poolside at 4:45! Take a look at the countdown and the MASS SLIMING!  

After being slimed, kids can run off and have the time of their life on the water slides~ who am I kidding I had the time of my life! Nick Hotel has 2 pools; the Lagoon and the Oasis both equally awesome I am sure! * The Oasis was closed during our stay so sadly we have no pictures from there.  

There a few great things to know before hitting the parks

1: All toddlers need swim diapers and they are available for purchase at guest services.

2: Life vests and towels are included in your stay and are available at the waterpark entrance.

3: Nick Hotel prides themselves on safety so even though you will find lifeguards on every slide and all throughout the park, kids 12 and under must have adult with them while in waterpark.

4: Nick Hotel slides have a minimum height of 40 inches and they are strict. No lapriders. 

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The Lagoon features a 4 story water tower with 7 slides, climbing nets, bridges, interactive water toys, and of course that 400 galloon water dump tank! Even though little ones can’t slide, parents can accompany them on the water tower to spray slide goers. One of our favorite memories came from one rainy night where we were the only brave ones out on the slides- all I remember is smiles and giggles. 

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The Lagoon pool has cabanas around the pool, 2 hot tubs including a family spa (featured in our “5 things to do with toddlers at the Nick Hotel“, a basketball court and of course the toddler splash park (also featured in our above post). But the BEST part of making the Nick Hotel your next vacation destination is the memories you will make with your little ones. 

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 Start planning your vacation now~ Stay connected with Nick Hotel and feel free to join the Nick Hotel Club to receive emails about great discounts and offers! They change their entertainment up regularly and are continuously adding on to the fun! So what are you waiting for! 

 DISCLAIMER: I received complimentary stay in order to facilitate this review. I have provided my honest opinion. Please refer to my PR policies for more information. 

#SayFreezewithKidFresh this month for National frozen foods month!

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Did you know that March is National frozen food month?

 I had no idea but I am celebrating tonight! I will be honest and say that I don’t give my children many frozen meals because most lack much nutrition and are just overpriced and over processed. There are TONS of great healthy options for adults(most of which my kids will eat), but none are super kid friendly. While shopping at Target in their vast aisles of frozen foods, I surprised my children with a frozen meal from KidFresh

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Kidfresh meals are made for kids and made with nutrition in mind! Each meal is made with 100% natural ingredients and every meal has hidden veggies! 

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 My kids each picked out their favorite ones! While Kidfresh offers no Vegan meals(yet!!), they do have 3 great vegetarian options including Mac + Cheese, Raviolis, and Quesadillas! 

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I was thoroughly surprised that the Wagon Wheels Mac + Cheese had REAL cheese!! 

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Served with some fresh fruit on the side, this makes such a great option for last minute meals! I stocked up and loaded the freezer~ smiling kids and a happy Mama! 

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Now, Home Grown Families and Kidfresh want make your little ones happy too with an AWESOME GIVEAWAY!! Enter below for a chance to win 10 FREE product coupons! 

 
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Avengers: Age of Ultron is getting closer…………BE VERY EXCITED!! #Avengers

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You know us…..#Fangirls through and through!! We can barely contain our excitement about the new Avengers: Age of Ultron movie! Tiffany had the opportunity to go to LA last year for Iron Man 3, which means that her love goes deeper than mine (trust me I hear it ALL the time!). I think we stand out a little in the theaters, decked out in our fangirl ensembles minus children of course~ they do not get to interrupt the movie the first time.  But what can we say…….we ♥ our big screen heroes!!! 

Are these not the best looking guys ever!! 

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I have some new Avengers love to share with you! 

The new movie releases MAY 1ST. Mark your calendars! 

Disclaimer: We were not paid for this post. We have an ongoing relationship with Disney. 

Celebrating ME with the Domain .ME #MEday @domainME

This post about ME Day was sponsored by domain .ME; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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How a mother is stressed out, let me count the ways… Some days, the list would be endless, wouldn’t it? Kids arguing, bills, finding a work/life balance, chores. It truly never ends for a mother.

When I was a single mom of three girls, I learned to just deal with it and move on. There isn’t much time to relax or worry about ME when I had three angels to worry about. Now that I am married again, I have a little more time to relax because I finally have some help. When my husband sees that I’m starting to reach my limit, he makes sure that I get a ME Day as soon as possible. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate this!

People don’t seem to understand the importance of taking care of themselves. We say that we know we should, but who really does? To highlight the importance of taking care of ME, domain .ME created “ME Day” on March 16th, 2015 to promote the values of self-appreciation and the importance of taking care of ourselves. It’s about time!

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I am currently planning my very own ME Day~ AND I CAN’T WAIT! I am looking forward to this so much! What to know what is on my list of things to do for the day?

  • a pedicure~ I don’t get manicures because I type a lot and they chip, but I do get pedicures! I have a love affair with pretty toes and I work hard to make sure that my toes are always in tip top condition! It’s now March and while we’re still getting snow, I am anxiously looking forward to spring. I can’t wait to get my ties flip-flop ready.
  • specialty coffee~ I always treat myself to a specialty coffee drink to sip while my toes are being pampered. It’s a nice treat and not something that I get to do often.
  • lunch alone~ I have no issue going out to eat by myself. In fact, I LOVE to go out to eat by myself. As all mothers know, eating times at home can be stressful more than enjoyable and I relish in being able to eat my whole meal in peace and quiet. When I go to lunch alone, I get to order what I want, I don’t have to share, and I get to relax and just enjoy. I’m craving some Mexican from a local restaurant. It’s been a long time since I’ve had Mexican! There is also a local restaurant that has a vegan menu that I would love to try!
  • browsing~ I would then follow it up by browsing a book store! I never get to browse when my kids are around! I would love to finger through the racks and racks of books and see what’s out there. Maybe I’ll even buy myself something!
  • take in a solo movie~ I have never gone to the movies alone because I usually go to see kid’s movies with the girls. I have my best friend, Ashlee, that goes with me to see the fun stuff like the Hunger Games Trilogy, and I go with my dad to see my beloved superhero movies. I’m covered. But, seeing a movie solo is on a list of things I want to do so maybe I’ll get to cross it off on my Me Day. Does anyone have any recommendations?

After a much needed Me Day, it’s easy to remember why I’m so Happy to be Me! A renewal of the soul through some time alone is just what the doctor ordered!

And don’t forget to check out Domain .ME for your domain needs!

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What’s your ideal Me Day?