Day Out with Thomas at Conway Scenic Railroad in New Hampshire @thomasparent

Disclosure: My family received complimentary tickets to attend this event.

Day out with Thomas North Conway NH

The family and I headed out to North Conway, NH on Sunday to enjoy a Day out with Thomas. We went to this event at the Conway Scenic Railroad about four or five years ago when my youngest was just a little baby. While the kids were not super excited about slightly over two hours of riding to the event, we did have a blast once we arrived!

The arrival was a little rough, because I was not good at planning the right time for the trip. I tend to drive slower on the Interstate than most do, so it took me longer than the estimated time to get there than Mapquest had told me. When we arrived, it was about twenty minutes before Thomas the Train was to depart the station, so we had to basically grab our complimentary tickets at Will Call and then grab a drink and hop on the train. Aj was looking forward to the bouncy houses, and remember he has autism so once his mind is focused on something, there is no talking him out of it OR if he thinks something is going to happen in a certain order, and it doesn’t, there is bound to be a meltdown. I averted the meltdown of him expecting to go on the bounce houses before our train ride by buying him a fountain drink! Phew .. that was a close one!

There is So much to do at Day Out with Thomas: The Thrill of the Ride Tour

When you arrive at the Day out with Thomas event, you enter into a place of wonderful fun. The options are endless for you to enjoy this day trip with the family;

  • Ride a 25 minute train ride on Thomas the Train: Music will play in the background as you ride the rails for 25 minutes on a train that has been dressed up as Thomas. Thomas the Train’s eyes move, mouth moves and he speaks to his guests! It’s a wonderful experience.
  • Imagination Station: Enjoy a tent full of fun for the kids from face painting to train toys and hand print art as well as a surprise guest, a tortoise! There is so much to do inside of this tent, my youngest enjoyed getting a mustache painted on his face.
  • MotorCar Rides, Bouncy Houses and Engine Tour: Unlimited motorcar rides and it’s the original 1800′s motorcars that they used to use to ensure the train tracks were set for the trains to go on. Two bouncy houses are available for two age groups (one for under age 4 and one for above age 4). Engine tours are unlimited with a train sitting there for you to go up and take a peek at a real train engine.
  • Meet Sir Topham Hat and More: There is a gift shop, there is story telling, videos and you can even meet Sir Topham Hat himself!

Day out with Thomas Thrill of the Ride Tour

The kids and I did almost all of the options at the Day Out with Thomas Thrill of the Ride Tour that is going on now at Conway Scenic Railroad. I believe we did almost everything, except meet Sir Topham Hat. The boys favorite spots were the face painting, bouncy houses, petting the tortoise and getting cotton candy at the stand before we left.

My daughter and I took a ride on a motorcar, something we didn’t experience the last time we visited this event and it was so much fun! I learned that the Engine house is still in working order and is from the 1800′s, also the motorcars are from the 1800′s and so much from that era is still in working order at the Conway Scenic Railroad. I also learned that during foliage season, the company who owns the motorcars do foliage tours at the Conway Scenic Railroad on the trails! I surely will go back for that in the foliage season here in NH!

If you missed the first weekend of Thomas the Train Thrill of the Ride Tour, It’s not Too late!

Conway Scenic Railroad will have Thomas the Train Thrill of the Ride Tour there one more weekend, July 18, 19, and 20, 2014. The event takes place from 9am until 3pm. You can order your own tickets here at TicketWeb or directly from the Conway Scenic Railroad website.

Click here to look at my Instagram feed for images and videos taken during our trip. 

I also want to note, as I am a parent of a boy recently diagnosed with autism, that there will be a new ride this year on July 20, 2014 Autism Friendly Train. So be sure to click here to check out all details of Day out with Thomas Thrill of the Ride Tour happening at Conway Scenic Railroad.

If you are not in NH and want to see when Day out with Thomas Thrill of the Ride Tour 2014 will be in your area, check out the Day out with Thomas website for more information and tour listings. Like Thomas and Friends on Facebook to keep up to date with the latest news and events!

Hallmark Keepsake Chuggington Ornament


I am so sad to say that after year end, the Chuggington Conductor program will not be a part of my life here on this blog. The boys are getting older and the original program is saying goodbye, but I will still be catching the Chuggington cartoon on the Disney channel from time to time in the mornings when my boys let me watch it that is!

Hallmark Keepsake Ornament

As a farewell to the program I am sharing with you all a last minute holiday gift idea for your loved one, a Hallmark Keepsake Chuggington ornament for the trainee in your life.  You can not really see the image above, as it’s difficult for me to share the true beauty behind this keepsake ornament in a webcam photo, for that reason, below is the stock image from to give you a better idea of what a beautiful treasure this will be for your trainee’s stocking this holiday season.

 Chuggington™ Keepsake Ornament

Why do I think this would make a great stocking stuffer for your trainee? Well because I personally have my own Hallmark Keepsake ornaments from many years back, my first house purchase is one that my Great Gram sent me in 2005 when I had purchase my first home. I love opening up the Christmas decorations tote to find these old keepsake ornaments and your child will love having that memory as well, even after they have outgrown the Chuggington show and characters.

The retail price of this Hallmark Keepsake Chuggington Ornament is $14.95. Size is 2.25″ x 1.5″ x 3.75″.  Featuring Brewster, Wilson and Koko this keepsake item is available now in stores and

Free Product

Anchor Bay and Scholastic’s Icy Escapades DVD and Book Giveaway @chuggington

Check out your favorite Chuggington characters in Anchor Bay and Scholastic’s Icy Escapades DVD and book. Now available for purchase, but alas I get to offer a fun giveaway so that you all can have a chance at nabbing this DVD and book for free.  I had sons singing the Chuggington theme song this morning, they just adore having the Disney channel on and Chuggington happens to play before they go to school.

This is the coolest set, ever. I love that Anchor Bay and Scholastic teamed up to bring not only the Icy Escapades DVD but the Icy Escapades book for your little Chuggington Fan. As most have probably figured out by now, we are a huge book family and read every single night of the week, have since each child was born.

Icy Escapades DVD

In this DVD you will find a collection of winter adventures, the traintastic crew takes to the tracks as snow and ice cover Chuggington. When the rails become frozen, it’s up to Wilson, Koko and Brewster to save the day and keep the town moving along! With help from the other Chuggers, the Trainees get rescued from a blizzard, dig their way out of snow drifts and even take to the skies when the wintery winds lift Hodge from the rails.  Have fun with your little trainee at home while you enjoy a wintery adventure just in time for the snow covered season that we call winter.

Recommended for ages 3+, retail price is $14.98 and released on October 30, 2012. Get it on and other DVD retailers.

Icy Escapades Book

On an icy winter day, Wilson and Koko are sent out to sand the tracks in the mountains.  Wilson is having too much fun exploring to keep his mind on the job. He doesn’t realize that an icicle has fallen into his sand wagon, wetting the sand and rendering it useless. He is stuck! Wilson figures out a way to dry the sand by using his engine heat and makes it back to the depot – after finishing his job!

Recommended for ages 3+, Retail Value $3.99, available now.

Enjoy each with your children today!

These two products combined make for a fun filled family adventure with your trainees at home. Sit down and enjoy a great movie time then enjoy some down time while reading and looking at the bright pictures in Icy Escapades Book. My kiddos love to wear their trainee Chuggington hats while we enjoy a day full of Chuggington fun and I hope your trainees will enjoy these two products as much as mine do!

Enter for a chance to win the Icy Escapades DVD and Book

Giveaway will end at 12:01am EST on November 19, 2012. Open to USA residents only. Winner will be chosen by random through the Rafflecopter form below. If winner does not claim their winning prize within 48 hours another random person will be selective and contacted. Winners will be contacted via email as well as have an announcement on site.

Using the Rafflecopter form below is easy, use name/email to log in or Facebook for login. Rafflecopter will not use your email or access for anything other than giving me a way to contact you should you be the randomly chosen winner!

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Disclosure: I am a Chuggington Conductor and received these products for free. All opinions are that of my own.

Family Time Means So Much To Me

One day the family wasn’t quite sure what to do so we went downstairs to see what we could come up with to do. The first thing that came to mind was to create train tracks and play with our Chuggington Train Sets, this is something all of the kids enjoy playing together.

I keep forgetting just how many trains and tracks this kid has from Chuggington so I thought I would share a few pictures from the family time we had a couple of weeks ago with these sets.

Chuggington was a pleasure to work with last year and I am looking forward to seeing all of the new train toys the boys get this year for we are still most certainly enjoying some happy family moments with the Chuggington Crew!

So I have to ask you all this;

What toys do you have that all of the kids enjoy & can be played for a long period of time without sibling rivalry occurring?

Day 6: A Matter of Thinking

Now that my head was clear I was able to have a free mind and train my brain to take information into it and spit it out as positive or proactive thoughts/actions. For example if I were to receive a disconnect notice for a very important bill I would not sit here in tears wondering how the heck I was going to pay for it, I would actually sit here and focus on ways I could come up with the money, payment plan options the company offers, etc etc! My brain no longer allows stressful or what seem to be impossible situations seem like there’s no way out. I can honestly tell you that I do fear at times, it’s natural to get a negative response at first, the key is simply to train your mind to a point that that first instinct to fear or think negative is quickly turned around to a solution or a positive thought.

Brain Power Is All you Need

Brain Power Is All you Need

If you think about it, your thoughts can affect everything in your life from relationships to friendships to the work place. When a person starts thinking that their life sucks or that they are depressed, then they will start to feel that way.  Oh believe me, this sounds silly even to some of my family, all except my father who firmly believes your thoughts have powers. It’s all about training your mind to take over your body. If one is sick yet happy in life or in love do you notice how much longer they live? A person who has the ability to focus on what it is that’s important to them, what it is that matters may out live any disease a normally pessimistic person would wilt away from or get more sick from. It’s true, really, I am not just rambling!

It’s funny growing up I always always picked on by females, granted I was a very beautiful little girl and so my family always just said they were jealous. Now as a grown adult I can barely make any female friends and I don’t think that I am this drop dead gorgeous woman but I do feel I am beautiful both inside and out. I am beautiful because I think I am beautiful and those who pick on me are only unhappy with themselves therefore must lash out onto others. I used to feel awful when females glared at me or called me names or didn’t want to hang out with me. Due to me allowing myself to feel self pity I started to get depressed, drank alocohol at a young age, started hanging with the wrong crowds and eventually all of that stopped at age 18 when I got my underage DWI {blowing a BAC level of .05}.


My First Born

As I grew and became a mother for the first time I think that is truly when I realized that my mind process had to be changed. I had to start thinking positive for my daughter, because what if she goes through the same crap I did in school? What if she is the beautiful girl in school that all the girls envy? If she is all of those things, then I knew I wanted to be sure my mind set was that of a positive, outgoing, social person that is confident and knows I am loved and I am awesome no matter what anyone else thinks or says.

I can tell you that although my daughter has problems here and there I am amazed to see her little self think of a positive stemming from any struggle she has as a young girl. I am seeing that my new mind set, changed only about 8 years ago, has truly affect my child in a positive way. Can you imagine how your life and your children’s lives would change if you were to start training your mind to focus on the positive and become more proactive when thinking about a challenge you face? Oh the possibilities are endless and it’s all a matter of thinking!

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