Chuck E. Cheese’s is Turning 40 and They Are Trying to Set a World Record

BY: - 15 May '17 | Parenting

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You may not be aware of this, but over the last year I have been participating as a social media ambassador for Chuck E. Cheese’s. I’ve joined a group of social media influencers (named Chuck E. Champions) and we have been tasked with spreading the word about all of the exciting changes and activities that Chuck E. Cheese’s has been implementing,

But today, I can’t even tell you about all of the amazing changes they’ve made to the menu (because they brought on celebrity Chef Gregory Casale to completely revamp their menu.)

And… I can’t even tell you that by the end of 2017 how Chuck E. Cheese’s is replacing tokens with the Play Passes, which will allow you to load a card with points and play games via tapping the pass. That’s Major!

Nope, I’m not even going to share that news with you because they are doing something so exciting in celebration of their 40th birthday that I have give you all of the tea (i.e details) right now.

Biggest Birthday Ever!

40yearsoffun_logo1In celebration of 40 years of fun, Chuck E. Cheese’s will host a world-record breaking party by attempting to set a world-record for the “Most People Blowing Party Blowers Simultaneously for 10 Seconds,”  And they’ve teamed up with GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ to achieve this awesome goal.

However, in order to accomplish the goal of having the “Most People Blowing Party Blowers Simultaneously for 10 Seconds,” they will need people. Which is where you and I come in.

Please go to your local Chuck E. Cheese’s on Friday, May 19th at 8:40 PM EST / 7:40 CST / 6:40 PM MST / 5:40 PST to participate. And to be safe, arrive at least 30 minutes early so that you have time to get ready to blow your blower!

Every child that comes in on May 19th will receive a free slice of cake and 40 free tickets, (while supplies last, regardless of participation in the record-breaking stunt.) For more information go to: www.40yearsoffun.com.

But that’s not all!!

In honor of its own birthday, Chuck E. Cheese’s is hosting a daily sweepstakes to celebrate 40 years of fun. In the 40 days leading up to the milestone on May 19th, Chuck E. Cheese’s will grant unsuspecting fans a chance to win a free VIP birthday party experience.

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To enter, you just need to upload an image of your receipt showing that you visited a Chuck E. Cheese’s between 4/10 and 5/19 for a chance to win the VIP party for up to 20 kids. Kids can also get 40 free tickets with a minimum purchase of $5.

An Awesome Party

It’s sounds like Chuck E. Cheese’s has an awesome birthday celebration planned.  And I wouldn’t expect less from America’s number one place for birthday parties. And they’ve also made their birthday party experience more exciting for everyone with:

  • An online reservation system that makes it easier than ever to book your child’s birthday party
  • Exciting, new birthday party themes you can choose from including: “Party Like a Rock Star,” “Dressed in Pink Party,” “Sports, Sports, Sports” and “Chuck E. Super Fan” making their birthdays bigger and better than ever!
  • Brand new cakes with sweet frosting, rich cake and a splash of excitement with colored sprinkles!
  • And, bigger and better goody bags.
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My daughter recently had her 9th birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese’s and she had a ball.

The 40 and Over Club

Turning 40 is something to celebrate.  At 40 years, you’re not too old…but you now have a lot of experience and life lessons to draw upon.  It’s like you’re new and improved. That’s exactly how I felt when I turned 40 a few years ago.  And based on all the great changes that they’ve made to the overall customer experience, I would say that 40 fits Chuck E. Cheese’s very well!

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Chuck E. Cheese’s is joining the 40 and older club with me!

Don’t forget to stop by your local Chuck E. Cheese’s on Friday, May 19th at 8:40 PM EST / 7:40 CST / 6:40 PM MST / 5:40 PST to help set the record for the “Most People Blowing Party Blowers Simultaneously for 10 Seconds.”  It’s going to be fun!  , For more information go to: www.40yearsoffun.com

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Chuck E. Cheese’s. I’m a #ChuckEChampions Brand Ambassador for 2016-2017 and I’ve partnered with them to share with you all of the exciting changes the they are making. All opinions are my own. 

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Ronnie Tyler wrote 517 articles on this blog.

Ronnie Tyler is the co-creator of BlackandMarriedWithKids.com and co-producer of the films Happily Ever After: A Positive Image of Black Marriage, You Saved Me, Men Ain't Boys and Still Standing. The proud mom of 4 has been selected by Parenting Magazine as a Must-Read Mom and is one of Babble's Top 100 Mom Bloggers.

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How to Be a Mom and an Entrepreneur without Failing at Both

BY: - 17 May '17 | inspiration

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When I began this entrepreneurship journey several years ago, I knew one thing and one thing only: I did not want to work for anyone ever again in my life. I had been fired twice from jobs because I put my kids’ health first. The last full-time job I had was with the federal government. I quit that job when I heard God say, “Pack your things. It’s time to go.”

Before and after leaving my final full-time job, I had various side hustles to help my husband pay the bills. Some of my entrepreneurial jobs were: owning a home daycare for years (including weekend and overnight care for military families), tutoring, selling Mary Kay, Avon, and real estate (I did well until the bubble burst.)

Honestly, I did not understand how much time and commitment it would take. After numerous instances of forgetting to pick my kids up, to drop them off or to go grocery shopping, I had to find a way to manage all of this and stay engaged with my kids and husband. I had bouts where I was so overwhelmed that I would snap at everyone or eat excessively to cope.

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Eventually, I ballooned to almost 200lbs. I had to make a change for my emotional, mental, spiritual and physical health. Hearing my doctor say the words, “You have diabetes” before my 39th birthday was my wake up call. I was not only failing myself, I was failing my kids too. I was fatigued all the time, which caused my husband and children to suffer. And, I was even too exhausted to give 100% to my businesses.

In January 2011, I decided I could do both (be a mom and an entrepreneur) but I had to be smart about it. I started walking while my daughter was at cheer practice. On days she didn’t have practice, she would go to the track with me. This gave us time to spend together.

I decided I could do both (be a mom and an entrepreneur) but I had to be smart about it.

By November that same year, I lost 53lbs and was diabetes-free before my 40th birthday. I became a better mother and entrepreneur because I put me first. I even started my nonprofit, Forever Free Books and my current purpose-filled mission, The Real Wife Movement. I know this was a direct result of implementing ways to take care of myself and my family.

Check out my series, Celebrating Mompreneuers

Some other tools and methods I incorporated were:

  1. Purchased and used a planner –  I had the Whose Shoes Are You Wearing Planner. This helped me organize my goals and plan my month. It also has features women entrepreneurs at the beginning of each month who share their inspiring stories.
  2. Put my kids to work – Through my nonprofit, we give free books to at-risk kids. My kids were tasked with counting, stamping, labeling and eventually passing out books to the other kids.
  3. Asked hubby for help – Once my husband knew what I needed, he was able to help me.
  4. Switched some household roles with my husband – My husband picked up grocery shopping and cooking because they were time-consuming. I paid the bills.
  5. Gave my kids more age-appropriate responsibilities – Since my daughter loves to cook, she helped my husband in the kitchen on the weekends. Now, she can make potato salad almost as well as mine now.
  6. Hired a cleaning service – At first, I felt guilty but I got over that quickly. We get our house deep cleaned twice a year. This helps me manage during the in between months.
  7. Said “NO” to others – I had to tell folks that I could not hit happy hour or Ladies Night Out every pay day. I stopped going to lots of social events that I really did not want to go to in the first place. This freed me up to focus on my businesses.
  8. Said “NO” to my family – I had to tell my mom, dad, hubby and even my precious kids “no” when they asked me to do stuff at the last minute. My daughter had a black dress emergency at 7 pm the day before her school event. I struggled with telling her we were not going to the mall because she hit me with a million reasons why she was going to die if she didn’t get a new dress. She survived.
  9. Resigned from too many community groups – I stepped down from being a Girl Scout Troop leader, football team mom, cheerleading coach and program director, and YES, even church leadership positions, etc. These are great organizations and serve a bigger cause, but I no longer had the time to serve them 100%.
  10. Cooked larger meals – We cooked larger meals and froze portions of them. This saved us from having to cook a lot during the week.
  11. Car-pooled with other families to my kids’ events – We had to set these up or our kids would not be able to do their after-school activities. I am known as the “drop-off queen”.
  12. Took time alone for myself – Last but certainly not least, I learned to pamper myself. Whether it was a pedicure, binging on Netflix documentaries or going for an ice cream cone, I learned to take time for me. That was the best investment ever.

Being a “MOM”preneur can be stressful if you do not have systems in place. Find things that work for you and implement them. I promise, your business will thrive and you kids will thank you for giving them 100% of their mom.

Check out my series, Celebrating Mompreneuers – During the month of MAY, women will share their unique stories of motherhood and entrepreneurship. Allow yourself to be inspired by these women who are creating products and services for women just like you.

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Tanya Barnett wrote 15 articles on this blog.

Tanya Barnett is a relationship strategist, speaker and the “Real” Wife Coach. She is the author of Being a Wife Just Got Real: Things I Wish I Knew, Before I Said, I Do”. She founded the Real Wife Movement™, where she equips single and married women with tools to create strong marriages and families. She is also the founder of Forever Free Books, a mobile literacy nonprofit, which delivers free books and story time to low income children in their neighborhoods and communities. She is a marathoner, triathlete and a serious book lover. She and her husband, Don, have 3 awesome kids.

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