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Owning my Strong and my Weakness #Mudderella

It was the worst day of my life. I’m not proud to admit it but I regretted it 20 minutes in.Mudderella #CapitalRegion

Mudderella isn’t for the faint at heart and it definitely isn’t for those lacking healthy fitness regimens. I had high hopes for myself thinking it was going to be lots of fun and motivating because of the large groups of women all struggling to get through the obstacles together.

I was wrong.  Partly due to my own lapse in judgment and some due to poor planning.  The event itself looked like it was organized and planned out well except for the parking.  That itself put us 40 minutes past our scheduled start time.  When we approached the corral to start it was empty. We were informed we were the last group going out. This was a bit disheartening. It meant we were already last before we even started.

My teammates and I started off strong. The path was rough but it felt good to actually get moving.  The heat caught up to me, quickly. Approaching the 3rd obstacle I felt terrible.  The sun was beating down the water stop was way behind and I couldn’t think to take another step. I bailed.  I pulled over to the side go sick, got a water bottle off some really kind spectators and waited. Mudderella #CapitalRegion

I felt terrible. I watched women of all ages, sizes and handicaps pass where I was sitting in the shade. I knew I didn’t take this seriously.  I knew I didn’t train the way I should’ve. I regretted it for the next 45 minutes just waiting for my teammates.

I was asked by an older woman if this was where I stopped, did I quit at this spot. I said no, I took a shortcut to wait for my friends. She said it didn’t matter, that I did what I could do and she was proud of me.  I felt like such a bum.  She didn’t see that but that’s what I felt like inside. Mudderella #CapitalRegion

Mudderella is all about what this woman did for me. Empowerment, motivation and strength. She didn’t see my failure, she saw my attempt. I’m not sure If I’ll do this kind of even again but I do know I have to have the strength to try new things and push myself to work harder.

Did I have fun? Yes, regardless of the miserable outcome I had a great time.  I’m glad to be a part of this event to bring awareness to Futures Without Violence also.  Mudderella is committed to a great cause — the prevention of domestic violence and supporting those affected by it.

Futures Without Violence is a national nonprofit that is working to prevent and end domestic violence by developing innovative programs and policies that:

  • support victims, survivors, and their families and help them get to safety
  • educate individuals about the critical roles that we all have to play in promoting healthy relationships
  • promote mutual respect as the foundation of healthy relationships
  • support children who are exposed to violence at home and in school
  • enlist health care providers and health systems to improve domestic violence responses
  • and much more

When participants register for Mudderella, they are asked if they want to set up a fundraising page. When participants raise money for Futures Without Violence, they make an investment in positive solutions that are helping women, children and families everywhere own their strong, and future!

Register today at a event in your area. Plus get 20% off by using discount code MUDDBLOGGER20 for the remainder of events in 2015

Colorado, August 22, 2015
Pittsburgh, September 12, 2015
Whistler, September 26, 2015
New England, October 3, 2015
Melbourne, November 7, 2015

Don’t do what I did though. Train, and train right for the event. You don’t need to be an athelete, a runner or a gym rat but you need to be ready for it. The Mudderella training that they offer is great. I did some of it, obviously not enough though.

Follow Mudderella throughout social media for inspiration, fitness tips, to learn more about Futures without Violence and how to OWN YOUR STRONG.

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Mudderella on YouTube (for those training videos you should watch)
Mudderella on Instagram
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Despicable Me 2 Recapitulation

Since the worldwide blockbuster Despicable Me entertained audiences around the globe in 2010, grossing more than $540 million Gru has ben a doting dad to his girls, Margo, Edith and Agnes and an aspiring entrepreneur. Life has been calm and actually quite boring that is until he is visited by Lucy Wilde, a secret agent who overpower’s Gru’s infamous “freeze ray” and kidnaps him.

This entire experience puts Gru back in the game just on a different team.. As a new member of the Anti-Villain League (AVL) Gru and his new partner Lucy work to bring down a super-villain called El Macho that not only wants to the take over the world but also tear apart Gru’s extended family.  The minions are in trouble and Gru along with the help of the girls and loyal Dr Nefario.

Rob, Shaun, Shae and I got the chance to see an early screening of Despicable Me 2 in White Marsh, MD (our old stomping grounds) and we loved it. Rob and I sat on opposite ends of the kids and I heard him chuckling throughout the entire film. Despicable Me 2 was written for ALL audiences. From Gru’s dating catastrophes to the soulful music of Pharrell Williams this movie is definitely going to be a family favorite no matter who is in your family.
Shaun and Shae getting ready for Despicable Me 2

I dare you NOT to dance to this song, HAPPY. The guy that was sitting next to me almost jumped out of his chair he was moving so much!

A Weekend in Ocean City, MD

Last week our family was in need of a little together time. Between work, school, sports and personal lives we’ve been a bit disconnected. Shaun had a lacrosse game in Berlin, MD (about 2 hours from us) so I thought the best idea was to get a hotel room for the night before at the beach. This brought us much closer to the game and gave us an excuse to stay unplugged for the day and night.

The Cayman Suites Hotel in Ocean City, MD was a pleasant surprise for the price. The suite was large enough for all of us with room to move. Just being 1 block from the beach was the best part.

Rare picture of me and Rob together.

Teeny Tiny SeaShell
Ocean City, MD Playing on the Beach
I’ve never seen Beach Cactus
Ocean City, MD Playing on the Beach
The kids played in the sand, looked for shells and got a bit too wet in the 50 degree weather.
Ocean City, MD Playing on the Beach

Ocean City, MD Playing on the Beach

Ocean City, MD Playing on the Beach

Ocean City, MD Playing on the Beach

Ocean City, MD Playing on the Beach

Ocean City, MD Playing on the Beach

When beach time was over we headed to the indoor pool then ordered takeout that was eaten in bed and started the next morning with donuts and another swim at the hotel pool. I’m glad we took this time together, it was an awesome weekend.

Monster Trucks Rule

Shaun and I went to our first Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam truck show in Philadelphia back in June and are lucky enough to be going again in July to M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, MD.

Since this was our first time attending I had no idea what to expect other then it being loud but Shaun and I had a blast. We got to meet the drivers and see the trucks close up at the Pit Pass Party before the show which was super cool. There was a ton of stuff to do at the Pit Pass Party that kept us entertained for the three hours before the show. Once we got inside that is when the real action began. Have you ever seen a 12 foot high by 12 foot wide truck with over 2000-horsepower jump and race around a dirt track? If not you need to attend an Advance Auto Parts show because you are truly missing out.

For the first time ever the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam “Havoc in the Harbor” show will be at the M&T Bank Stadium starting at 7:30pm. With every ticket purchased you get access to the Pit Party from 2:30-5:30 which is awesome. Another reason I am excited to be attending the show in Baltimore is Travis Pastrana from the MTV hit Nitro Circus will be driving the Nitro Circus truck which should be pretty sweet.

Here is the Truck Line-Up for the Baltimore show:

  1. Grave Digger ®
  2. Maximum Destruction®
  3. AAP Grinder™
  4. Monster Mutt® Dalmatian
  5. Air Force Afterburner®
  6. Lucas Oil Crusader™
  7. El Toro Loco®
  8. Grave Digger the Legend™
  9. Nitro Circus
  10. Avenger
  11. Brutus
  12. Backdraft
  13. Son UVA Digger®
  14. Superman™
  15. Captain’s Curse®
  16. Ironman

Needless to say Shaun and I are excited to have a chance to attend this show and are excited to see Nitro Circus, Ironman and Superman as they were not at the show that we attended in Philly.

Want to hear something cool. Look What Mom Found…and Dad too is giving one lucky winner a four pack of tickets to attend this show in Baltimore, MD ONLY!!!!! Your tickets will also include entrance into the Pit Party from 2:30pm – 5:30pm. All you need to do is head over to Monster Jam and tell me what truck and driver is your favorite.

If you don’t win the 4 pack of tickets you can still attend the event for a great price. When you go to this Ticketmaster page to purchase seats for Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam at M&T Bank Stadium July 9, you can use the code CRUSH to save adult seats for just $15!

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I Disclose

National Aquarium Baltimore

Got Fish? The National Aquarium Baltimore has tons of fish and we were lucky enough to go last week since the kids were off from school. The kids love to go to the aquarium and we always have a great time when we go.

The kids were really excited to get in the aquarium and right up the escalator is the first exhibit, an open tank which is filled with rays, fish and turtles. The kids loved looking at the rays and at the time when we arrived there were scuba divers in the tank feeding the rays and fish which the kids thought was really cool. We hung out at this exhibit for a little while before taking the escalator to the next level which in my opinion is where Shae was the most excited. On this level is where they have salt water exhibits and they were filled with fish like the ones from the Disney movie, Finding Nemo. I am sure you can figure out what fish Shae was excited to see, Nemo (clown fish). After dragging her away from the clown fish we headed over to the amphitheater to watch the dolphin show called Our Ocean Planet which was very good. That show lasted about 30 minutes and after that we headed down to the new jelly fish exhibit called Jellies Invasion:Oceans Out of Balance. This was one of the coolest exhibits we visited during our trip in my opinion. It was really cool to see so many different varieties of jelly fish and to read all about them.

The last thing we did was walk the 5 plus floors down through the huge aquarium that are filled with tons of different fish and at the very bottom are the sharks. This is really neat because as you walk down the ramp to the different floors you can look up and down and see the different fish. The kids especially Shae really enjoyed this and we spent about an hour getting through this part of the aquarium which was the last exhibit of our visit.

There were two things about our visit that were a little bit of a pain but did not in any way take away from our great visit to the aquarium. We were lucky enough to get four feedbacks tickets to visit the National Aquarium Baltimore and were told to go to the membership entrance to pick up our tickets. The day we went to the aquarium it was about 22 degrees outside so we figured we would be inside fast since we were getting our tickets at the membership entrance. That was not the case. In my opinion the general entrance moved a lot faster than the membership entrance on this particular day (not sure if something special was going on causing the delay at the membership entrance). Once we got our tickets and got inside we noticed they had a coat check which was a relief since we had two adult coats and four kid coats. This was another sore spot in our visit. The coat/stroller check and lockers are crammed into the same small area and both require special tokens. The token machine also was a weird device. The machine took 1’s, 5’s, 10’s and 20’s but if you needed more than one token which I did the machine would not allow me to select how many tokens I needed so it gave me my change in dollar coins. That would not have been a problem but the machine only accepted paper money and not coins which was a huge inconvenience. Once we got our coats checked the rest of our visit was awesome.

All in all it was an awesome day and an awesome visit to the National Aquarium Baltimore and I am glad we went and looking forward to a return visit. If you live anywhere near Baltimore and the Inner Harbor a visit is a must. You will be glad you did.

This is a sponsored post but the opinions and descriptions presented belong solely to LookWhatMomFound…and Dad too!

Wordless Wednesday – Harlem Globetrotters

This is from our first Harlem Globetrotter game this past Saturday. We had an awesome time! We can’t wait to go to another game.

Today I’m Going To See The Harlem Globetrotters

About a month ago Melinda got us tickets to see the Harlem Globetrotters which is happening today at the 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore, MD.  Come to find out today is the start of the 2010 Harlem Globetrotters tour.  The Globetrotters will play 269 games in 44 states and 5 Canadian provinces.

I am super excited because I have wanted to see the Harlem Globetrotters for about 5 years now but for one reason or another it has not happened but today it is finally happening.  Me, Melinda and Shaun can’t wait to go to the game and also to the meet and greet that we were invited to.  Be sure to look for our review of the meet and greet and of the game in the next few days.  I am sure it is going to be awesome and I am really looking forward to going.

Port Discovery Museum

I am not a huge fan of going to museums but the kids had been asking me a lot lately to go to the Port Discovery Children’s Museum and I finally caved in a few Sundays ago. At first I thought it was going to be lame and boring and I would be a clock watcher and be ready to leave as soon as we arrived but I didn’t. It was an awesome time and there was a ton of stuff to do. I even got to play while at Port Discovery.

Port Discovery located in Baltimore, Maryland is fun for the whole family. It started as soon as we walked through the doors and Shaun saw the huge soccer field and immediately wanted to jump on the field and get into the game. They use a soccer ball that is similar to a beach ball and kids get on the field and just play which is really cool. Port Discovery also has the Royal Farms Convenience Store and Fill’er Up Station which is a model of an actual Royal Farms experience with a kid-friendly twist – complete with a refrigerator door that moos when you get a quart of milk. Shae loved this exhibit because she got to go shopping just like mommy and daddy do. Shae also got to pretend fill up a VW Bug with gas which she really enjoyed.

Another HUGE exhibit at Port Discovery is Kids Works which is a three story urban treehouse. In my opinion kids could spend the whole visit playing on this three story tower of fun. This is where I got my chance to play. I know I am a grown man but let me tell you this thing is huge and looked to fun to pass up. I think I made it two stories up before the kids left me in the dust.

In my opinion and Melinda’s the best exhibit at the Port discovery Museum was The Diner. The Diner is a realistic 50’s style diner, kids can “cook” and serve food to their parents while using their math skills to ring up orders at the cash register. Our kids loved The Diner. The adults sat down while the kids brought us menus to place our order then they made the food and then served us. The kids really took The Diner seriously and played like they were real servers and cooks, it was really cool.

Port Discovery is fun for the whole family. They have a toddler room that Shae really enjoyed with a ball pit and a slide. The toddler room had a lot of miscellaneous toys that kept Shae occupied for a very long time.

So it doesn’t matter if you are two or forty two, Port Discovery has something for everyone. So if you are near the Baltimore Inner Harbor in Maryland and looking to kill a few hours be sure to stop by The Port Discovery Museum and enjoy yourself. Tickets are $12.95 for ages 2 and up and under two is free.  Port Discovery Museum also offers three different types of memberships so their is a plan for everyone. Port Discovery Museum is an awesome place to visit and play. ENJOY!!!

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Baltimore Disney on Ice Family 4Pack Giveaway

Disney on Ice is BACK. This year they are presenting several different shows including Princess Classics, Finding Nemo and Celebrations. Each show is an adventure through a different Disney story or theme, bringing to life the magic and fantasy that makes all Disney characters so beloved.
I’m happy to be working with Feld Entertainment and Mom Central to give Baltimore & Washington DC areas families the chance to win a Family 4-pack of tickets to the Wednesday, October 28th 7:30pm performance at the 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore, MD.

Celebrations is a colossal party on ice, with all your favorite Disney friends. Enjoy a Winter Wonderland with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, and Halloween haunt with the Disney Villains, a Very merry UnBirthday Party, a Royal Ball with the Disney Princesses and more in a magical medley of holidays, celebrations and festivals from around the globe. Come join the party when this spectacular ice show visits Baltimore.
To win this fantastic prize of a Family 4-pack of tickets to the Wednesday, October 28th 7:30pm performance at the 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore, MD., leave a comment below telling me who you would take to the performance.
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Your entries must follow the rules or they won’t be eligible for prizes. This contest ends 11:59 pm, Tuesday, October 20, 2009. Winners will be emailed and will have 48 hours to claim prize. Winning Tickets will be available at Will Call and will also require a valid picture ID for pick up.

The Circus is in Town

Ringling Bros.. and Barnum & Bailey® proudly presents Over The Top

I have a very special offer for those in the Baltimore/DC/Virginia areas. I’m giving away a family 4pack of tickets to the Ringling Bros & Barnam & Bailey Circus. Leave me a comment telling me which show you would prefer. Hurry, I’m picking the winner Friday March 20th at noon.

You pick either
March 25th 7:30 pm at the Baltimore Arena/1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore, MD
April 8th 7:oo pm at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA

If you are unable to make these shows you can purchase tickets from TicketMaster and use these exclusive offers.

Offer #1
Get 4 tickets for just $44 by entering the code “MOM” at select ticketing channels**. Offer good on all performances, minimum purchase of 4 tickets required; additional tickets above 4 can be purchased at $11 each. Offer not valid on Gold Circle Seating, Circus Celebrity Seating, Front Row and VIP seating or combinable with other offers. Other Restrictions May Apply.

Offer #2
A select amount of Front Row and VIP seats have been reserved for you to buy before they go on sale to the public – just enter the code “MOM” when purchasing those seats.

These offers are good for the following cities and dates.

Disney On Ice presents Mickey and Minnie’s Magical Journey
April 15-April 19

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® proudly presents Over The Top
July 15-July 26

Dallas/Ft Worth
Disney On Ice presents Mickey & Minnie’s Magical Journey
March 18-March 29

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® proudly presents Over The Top
July 29-August 16

Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy
March 26-April 5

Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy
March 18-March 22

Kansas City
Disney On Ice presents Mickey & Minnie’s Magical Journey
April 1-April 5

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® proudly presents Over The Top
September 16-September 20

Disney On Ice presents a Disneyland® Adventure
March 12-March 15

Disney On Ice presents a Disneyland® Adventure
April 9-April 12

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® presents ZING ZANG ZOOM
June 24-June 28

Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic
Sept 8-Sept 13

Newark/East Rutherford/Uniondale/NYC
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® presents ZING ZANG ZOOM March 5 – April 13
Offer not valid on performances from April 10 – 13 at Madison Square Garden

Washington D.C./ Fairfax, VA/ Baltimore, MD
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® proudly presents Over The Top March 18-April 19

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® presents ZING ZANG ZOOM May 13-May 25

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® presents ZING ZANG ZOOM July 8-August 2

San Francisco
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® presents ZING ZANG ZOOM August 12-August 23

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® presents ZING ZANG ZOOM August 27-August 30