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My family and I had the pleasure of attending Akron Symphony Orchestra’s Live Performance of Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets at EJ Thomas Hall in Akron on April 21st.  The combination of live orchestra and full length movie was like no other.  My husband and I are huge Harry Potter fans, we watch the complete series at least three times a year.

At first, I was skeptical to take my two-year-old with this being her first big screen movie but I was pleasantly surprised. For her, my favorite part might have been the way the staff welcomed her with smiles and fun discussions (fit for a two-year-old) and even offered a booster to use in her seat.

Our seats were in the perfect location, just a few rows from the live orchestra.

My daughter, Addison, was simply mesmerized by the music and the different instruments.  Once the movie began, she was glued to the screen.  I  appreciate how this was made to be great for families. The conductor encouraged families to clap and praise and carry on throughout the movie.  And let me tell you, they did! Families, teenagers, couples, and even grandparents enjoyed this unique and exciting experience.

 

When the next movie comes to your town, grab your tickets, your wands and your robes and prepare to be taken to the magical world of Harry Potter live in Concert!

 

 

 

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Cleveland Birth Expo

THIS COMING SUNDAY! We will be at the Northeast Ohio Parent booth and would love to see you there! Tons of free raffles & giveaways plus guest speakers every hour talking about hot prenatal and postpartum topics. Get your FREE tickets here:  CLICK HERE

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Lately the weather has been so bipolar.. & consequently so have I..

First off, who knows who Relient K is? Kudos to you if you do!
If you don’t know, go listen, this song is so relevant to Northeast Ohio right now. Click HERE (goes to Youtube)

Living in Northeast Ohio, you are a glutton for punishment when it comes to weather this time of year..  One day it’s snowing and the next it’s 70 and sunny…  Well it’s not 70 today, it’s freezing cold but the sunshine is simply beautiful! So today I am enjoying the view from my couch; where for the first time in a long time, I have a Sunday afternoon of peace and quiet..!  My husband went to the movies, my daughter is napping, the television is turned off, the phone is on silent and it’s not a “work” day.

(insert 1 hour work distraction & 2 hour break cause daughter woke up)

Anyways.. Back to the weather… Does anyone ever feel like the weather completely affects yours mood/attitude? I have had this overwhelming feeling of disorientation, like I can’t concentrate when the weather is gloomy. What is this?

It might just be mom brain…  At least I can always count on coffee!

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What is MommyCon? – Chicago Recap

This year was my first ever MommyCon! I was so excited for this adventure and opportunity.  MommyCon is the number one natural parenting convention in the United States.  With a two-year-old that is still breastfeeding and all the natural parenting I try to keep up with, this was where I needed to be!

20180302_114938*the beginning of the adventure*

MommyCon was three days of learning, entertainment and community that took place March 2-4th in Chicago, IL.  Sessions included tips on breastfeeding, baby wearing, cloth diapering and even sex after baby! Companies such as Ergobaby, EzPz, and Ju-Ju-Be were present and ready to educate families on their products. For months prior to the event, I followed the “MommyCon Chicago Discussion Group” on Facebook.  This group gave moms and dads the ability to build relationships prior to the event and then meet in person at MommyCon/DaddyCon.  New for MommyCon this year was the accompanying DaddyCon, a special series of sessions and games just for Dads!  The attendance for MommyCon/DaddyCon weekend exceeded 2,500 Moms and Dads ready to learn.

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MommyCon started Friday afternoon with great sessions and a special sneak peek of vendors called “Sip & Shop”.  Friday was open to VIP ticket holders, three-day ticket holders and media only.  My group and I participated in a Groovaroo flash mob dance to start off the “Sip & Shop”!  It was a fun choreographed dance filled with baby wearing parents (and a few strollers). We had a blast!  VIP ticket holders were treated to complimentary henna tattoos and glitter lips, how fun right?

20180302_162234*My spectacular henna by Crescent Moon Henna*
20180303_101205.jpg*The view from the play area for kids*

On Saturday the event was in full swing! The halls were full, the sessions were buzzing, and the communities were building.  Here’s a few of the highlights – sessions from Saturday:  “Potty Training Through Parenting with Laura Wojwhere I learned new tips for the beginning stages of potty training.  Laura taught us how to use baby-led training complete with fun Potty Training Punch Cards (Like a coffee card for your potty training toddler!). “Sleep Consultations with Rebecca Michi” which was one of the most beneficial sessions I attended. This has helped me with my two year old’s sleeping pattern. Her methods for ending night feedings have proven to be successful! “Crouching Mommas, Hidden Cameras by Erica Hafferty” Erica taught us how to take camera quality photos with just our phones! Catching the perfect angle and capturing the unforgettable moments. “Managing the Motherload with Julie Cole” and “Fathers Raising Daughters by Michael Redden”.

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*Potty Training Through Parenting with Laura Wok*

In the evening, Ju-Ju-Be hosted a “Pink Lady Get Together” which was open to the Ju-Ju-Be fan club known as the “Pink Ladies”.  It was a wonderful place to meet new friends! They had a bag scavenger hunt that encouraged us to get up from our tables and go and meet new moms, with incentive of course, then they gave out a nice selection of new bags.

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*Ju-Ju-Be Pink Lady Get Together*

It was sad to think that Sunday was the last day of this educational adventure.  The sessions and shopping continued but most importantly the relationships were strong!  As a mom that lives in the country, I don’t have many opportunities to meet other moms. MommyCon broke down that wall (or plowed that cornfield 😉 ) and made a connection for us.  It was so wonderful to have somewhere to go and meet like-minded families.  I drove my 325 miles back home with a new community and a new event to look forward to each year!

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Some more fun photos from the weekend!

Hear ye, Hear ye, Hear me?

Hi everyone! My name is Samantha and I am the mama behind Coffee & A Juice Box!  I am married of [almost] three years to my husband, Andy and blessed with one amazing [almost] two year old daughter, Addison!  We live in a small town in Ohio, where we see more Amish buggies than cars.  My husband works as a controller for a local company and as a CPA, does a few taxes on the side.  I am a work from home mom who loves to get involved with all things baby/toddler.  Aside from working for Northeast Ohio Parent magazine, I also run a small crafty creations business called Coffee & A Juice Box Creations.  So… Why did I decide to start blogging?  Because I didn’t have enough on my plate 😉 I often think back on the last few years, I think about the years that led up to my pregnancy, my pregnancy over all and how my past two years of being a mother has gone.  My adventure has not been an easy one.  I have battled difficult (beginning) breastfeeding, postpartum depression, infant tooth decay and the list goes on.  I want to be able to help moms and dads that have experienced some of the struggles I have dealt with (and am still dealing with).  I like to think I have picked up some tips and tricks along.  And that’s why I am here, to share the honest motherhood.

Why “Coffee and a Juice Box”? Simple, that’s our “usual”. Mommy loves her Coffee and the toddler digs the Juice Box!
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Please bear with me while I re-build my page! On top of being a totally awesome mommy, I am a marketing guru; I love to photograph and review products, so you’ll be seeing some fun stuff from me here 🙂

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