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Sunday, December 07, 2008


I was recently invited to attend a bloggers event for local Indiana bloggers. Natalie, of BSM Media, contacted me on behalf of their PR firm and invited myself and my family to this outstanding opportunity hosted by RIDEMAKERZ at Castleton Square Mall here in Indiana. Lucky for us, this event was held on our new side of town so it was extremely convenient to attend.

Unfortunately, I didn't know what RIDEMAKERZ was until today. We've passed it 100 times when in the mall but I always breezed right by, assuming it was a store that sold model cars or die cast kits that you purchase and take home to build yourself. Boy was I wrong.

Think build-a-bear for boys and even men. Basically, you go in - pick a car - and build it from scratch while in the store. When Natalie invited me to this invent, I was totally clueless as to what all was in store. She explained that they were trying to reach bloggers in the area who had sons in the age 5-13 year range. Beings that Brennen fell in that category, this was a really fun outing for us. RIDEMAKERZ gave every bloggers family free passes to come in and make cars for each person in their family. They literally handed me $300 (Yes, $300 - $75 for each person in my family) in gift cards when I signed in and said..."Have fun!" And boy did we ever! I was astonished at the generosity from RIDEMAKERZ and their incredibly friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable staff that lead the four of us thru the RIDEMAKERZ process. Natalie and her awesome PR staff were there snapping pictures of the big event and all of the Indiana bloggers who participated. Natalie pulled me aside and whipped out her little hand held video camera and asked me for a quick interview regarding the fun we were having and how the event was going. I was happy to give my two cents and let them know how much we were loving our invitation there today.

If you keep reading, you'll discover the absolute BEST part to the entire day - and could potentially involve one of you.

This image above was of our guide getting the kids started. You can tell there were a bunch of "bloggers" in the store - we all had cameras flashin' every which way. I totally recommend this store to any young boy between the ages of 5 and 15 years old for a ROCKIN' Christmas gift. Do you have a boy on your list that you don't know what to get for him? If so, go to your nearest RIDEMAKERZ and buy him a gift card for this place. I promise you he will LOVE it! It's also a great Dad/Son event. We had fun as a family there too - even me - good ol' Mom - playing with cars. Pink cars. With wings! Oh yes...Brent found me some wing stickers for Kenidi's pink car. Too fun! So us!

Brennen picking out his "shell" for his car. He picked a black mustang.

Brennen with some of the awesome staff at RIDEMAKERZ as they are helping him to get his remote control device and car sound (yes you can put sounds in it just like Build - a -bear only they are sounds of zooming, squealing tires, or sirens off police vehicles) placed inside the shell of the car.

Kenidi chillin' with Daddy for a sec...
She loved all of the lights, colors, and shiny things in the store itself.

The boys actually get to be timed in order to see how fast they can drill down their chassy of the car and get their wheels on. Brennen had a ton of fun with this part. We let him do Kenidi's too. Again, the staff was so fun and helpful during each step as well.

A staff member in the image above - helping Kenidi get all her accessories put on her car. (i.e., grill, neon purple lighted running boards, her wing stickers, a new grill, a chrome fin on the back, etc.)

Here is a quick glimpse at both cars once finished and once we got them back home. The pictures don't do them justice. They are much larger in person that what my images portray. They are each about a foot long and maybe 7 inches wide or so. (approximately) They really are good size cars. Here are some close up shots of Kenidi's detail on her car.

Don't ya just love the surf board on top? So beachy - so Mommy. Then, we added the wing stickers to the car and the surf board itself. It couldn't have been more us.

Lovin' the heart grill. One of the staff members helped us pick this piece out. It was perfect for Kenidi. (and Mommy) Now...check out our custom made license plate in the picture below...
Oh yeah...AGD rockin' the house.
Brennen did a SWAT style mustang so his license plate read SWAT.

A view of the inside of a RIDEMAKERZ store...

The BEST - and I mean BEST part to this day was the fact that as I was getting ready to leave the store, RIDEMAKERZ and Natalie's PR staff handed me a press folder that also included a $75 gift card to give away here on my blog - give away to one of YOU! How awesome is that? I'm tellin' ya...these people were incredible. I'm so appreciative and so very blessed to have been able to take my family and participate in this event today and even more blessed to now be able to include my blog readers in the great fun as well. do you win this $75 give-a-way gift card for RIDEMAKERZ? You just have to leave a comment below here on my blog. If you post this give-a-way on your own blog - linking your own blog visitors back to my blog, I'll give you another 5 chances to win this hefty gift card. Just leave me a comment and then also let me know that you posted it on your own blog. Once you have, we'll give you the one chance just for commenting here and then another 5 chances for posting the give-a-way on your own blog and linking it back to mine. PLEASE NOTE: You DO NOT have to be a blogger to participate. You can be a blog reader/visitor but not have a blog and still play to win. You just have to leave a comment like everyone else though. I will hold the drawing this coming weekend - on Saturday, the 13th. You have up until Friday nght (the 12th) at midnight to leave your comment. If you are wondering whether there is a RIDEMAKERZ location near you, feel free to click HERE to find out. They actually have locations nation wide.

Lastly, before I sign off here for tonight, I just had to thank the RIDEMAKERZ staff as well as Natalie and her staff one more time for inviting us to this awesome event. It was great fun to meet other fellow Indiana bloggers. I actually met Amy from the 4th Frog blog when there too. It's so great to put a face with a name. We are so appreciative and beyond grateful for being given this opportunity and for the $300 in gift cards for my own family as well as the $75 gift card to give-a-way to a member of my blog family too. We actually left there with money left over on our gift cards and Brennen was beyond pleased about that. He cannot wait to go back again and do some more car building on another day. I heard him say to me on at least three different occasions this afternoon "What an awesome day he had there." He kept thanking me and I reminded him that those were the perks of having a Mommy who blogs about him and snaps his pictures so much for the blog itself. Maybe now he'll be more cooperative during future photo ops. Doubt it! It was worth a shot though, right? :)
Now...for those of you hoping to win this $75 gift card, get to commentin'! ;)
Much love, Angie
PS...No, this is not the AGD 555th give-a-way prize. I will be posting it tomorrow (Monday). Feel free to comment on both give-a-ways in an effort to win both prizes. You are eligible to participate in both celebrations if you'd like.

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Blogger Simple Life of Me said...

Oh, How my 2 little boys would love to do this! Can't wait until our move to Fishers in the summer of '09 so I can take them to this store.
Love it! Thanks for the opportunity at a chance on winning this. btw, I absolutely LOVE your blog!

12/07/2008 8:01 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

Hi!! I usually don't comment..but I have been reading your blog for a while but those cars were really neat. I too have passed that store many times and with three boys..(7,5, and 4) I think they would love it! Kenidi's pink car was adorable. : ) Happy Holidays!

12/07/2008 8:09 PM  
Blogger Vicki said...

I have a house full of boy who would ALL love this!! Count me in!

I will try to get you linked to my blog tomorrow.

Have a good night.

12/07/2008 8:21 PM  
Blogger Keri Brown said...

Hey Angie,
Awesome contest! We have passed that store at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach and didn't get to go in b/c it was so packed. My little man Grant and probably Dad too, would love to go back and build a car!!!

12/07/2008 8:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay ... so my son is probably too old for something like this - BUT I'M NOT!!! ****I**** would love to build my own car. Kenidi's PINK car rox!! I want one of those. ;)

:) deb williams

12/07/2008 8:27 PM  
Blogger mimihines said...

I usually don't blog but was reading your giveaway and I have a grandson who is 3 years old who would dearly love this. My daughter and myself follow your blog daily and you never cease to amaze us at how giving you are all of the time. The cars that your family made were really amazing!! Happy Holidays!!

12/07/2008 8:45 PM  
Anonymous Kathy Dillon said...

Hey Angie!

What a great store! Its been years since I have been to that mall! I spent 30 minutes on the phone with my dad this evening, who has been out searching for the perfect X-mas gift for Dominick and Payton! I am going to send him by this store to check it out! This would be a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon with Grandpa after X-mas, building really cool cars and making memories!

Throw us in the running!

Have a great night,


12/07/2008 8:55 PM  
Anonymous Amy said...

My husband absolutely loves Brennen's car!! What a fun give-a-way!!

12/07/2008 8:59 PM  
Anonymous Robin Russell said...

My son would love this! Thanks for sharing. Got the card...thanks! You're awesome! Keep bloggin' :)

12/07/2008 9:16 PM  
Anonymous Tiffany said...

How neat Angie!!! With 3 boys, I just couldn't pass up the chance to try to win this.. FUN STUFF!!! I will try to get you linked on my blog tomorrow too, I've never done that before, so I will have to figure it out (I'm not on blogger, on do it through Mac.) Anyway, thanks for the chance to win! I will let you know if I get the link figured out!

(From the Old Born in June Board) ;=)

12/07/2008 9:27 PM  
Anonymous Tosha Matthews said...

Angie~ What a day, that place sounds awesome. My kids would love that! I need to see if you have one here, if not, we will be making a trip there when we come home next. We are wanting to do some family pics when we come home next, would you be willing? I will talk to my mom about it.


12/07/2008 9:29 PM  
Blogger Alicia said...

Angie! This is so cool! I've never heard of it either! Well, I'm too excited about this, and I already did my post about your giveaway!!!


12/07/2008 9:38 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Angie -- It was great to meet you today. Your pics are totally awesome. I'll have to send my readers here to check out the awesome pics. (PS -- no need to include me in the drawing! But I'll be back tomorrow for #555!)

12/07/2008 9:58 PM  
Blogger Stacey Moore said...

what a fun place! ethan would love this! thanks for this great opportunity!

12/07/2008 10:09 PM  
Blogger Taylor Luv said...

What cool place to explore... and Kenidi's car is so perfect for her... that is definitely something that both the kids will treasure forever! and they are so custom to each of them!! Tanks for sharing and it looks like we have a couple of them here in Minnesota really close to me too!

12/07/2008 10:43 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Wow! That store looks awesome! I showed my husband, who loves anything to do with cars, and he thought it was a great concept. Kenidi's car could not have been more perfect for AGD! I loved it! Glad to hear y'all had such a great time.

Kristin from TX

12/07/2008 10:47 PM  
Blogger Sherri Partin James said...

Hey girl, I'm SO lovin' the pink car with AGD style wings. So, is it "really" Kenidi's car or is it going in your studio?? ;-) HA!!


12/07/2008 10:49 PM  
Blogger Jamie G. said...

Hey Angie!! My son, the only boy of 5 kids, would so love me if I won these!! I have linked you and put a post up about this!! Now, I am crossing my fingers till next weekend!!!

Jamie Garyson

12/07/2008 11:06 PM  
Anonymous Rachel said...

You should TOTALLY put that pink car on the shelf in your studio! It would go so well!

My son would love those cars!!

12/07/2008 11:21 PM  
Blogger Dyana said...

Such a cool idea! My little bro would love this for xmas.

12/07/2008 11:45 PM  
Blogger Eyeglasses & Endzones said...

Oh, I live in Minnesota and my boys are addicted to RideMakerz....They would just flip if they got to go again!!! I would love to be entered and officially become a BLOG STALKER on your site!!! ;)

12/08/2008 1:10 AM  
Anonymous Karen R said...

Wow! I'll have to see if my grandsons have been there! They probably have...

12/08/2008 1:12 AM  
Blogger Cortney K. said...

I don't know if we have a store here in Phoenix but I have to find out. What a great idea. Jaxx would lURVE it!

12/08/2008 1:24 AM  
Anonymous My3Princesses2008 said...

Oh wow that is so Kewl!!!!!That would be so awesome to experience.....Even though i have 3 girls i would definately love to take them to RideMakerz and I cant believe we have a few here in NY ...I guess when you have only girls your blindsided...
LOL i was reading this blog with my 3 1/2 yr old next to me and she saw Kenidi with Brennen and she goes who is that little girl what's her name I said Kenidi , and then says to me Oh she is my best friend mommy right? Then she said who is the boy with the "yellow" hair and I said that's her brother Brennen she said he is cute !!!!!!!!!!!! He is my #1 best friend...I thought this was funny to share with everyone......

Hugs Nicky

12/08/2008 7:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AAAHHHHHH! We too have strolled by that store many many times wondering what went on inside. How COOL! My 6 year old would LOVE to get his little paws up in that store to create his own "hot ride" as he calls them. Thanks for sharing!

Have a fantastic day!
Angie(in Noblesville)

12/08/2008 7:59 AM  
Blogger Muskie Mom said...

I would love to win this for my nephews. I still haven't Christmas Shopped for them. Thanks for the cool giveaway!

12/08/2008 9:12 AM  
Blogger Amber said...

I recently found your blog through your WONDERFUL AGD site...and I must say that I am addicted. Your clothes are GREAT! I haven't ever seen this would be a great gift for my nephew!! Thanks for the idea!

12/08/2008 9:14 AM  
Blogger RachaelC said...

My 5 year would love this. Please add us to the draw!!
I loved Kenidi's pink car- she has great taste!! Wonder where she gets that from?!

12/08/2008 9:14 AM  
Blogger PRESH Web Design said...

Oh what fun Angie! Love all the photos, looks like the kids had a blast. We do not have that store here in town.. so I went to their website to check it out and was THRILLED to see you can build your very own car ONLINE! YAY! Bryson would just love this. Actually Brenna too, I will have to show her Kenidi's car. Too fun! I have posted and linked on my blog about this awesome give-a-way!


12/08/2008 9:25 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

I wanna win this gift card.
And I am posting a link on my blog also.
What a great family day you must have had; the pictures are great! love the cars!

12/08/2008 9:44 AM  
Anonymous Nina ~ Seminole, FL said...

OH WOW!!! As a mom of boys, that is the coolest thing I have ever seen for boys! Even my hubby would love it!! Cade & Aiden love cars and they would absolutely love to go here! Looks like they are opening a location near us!!
Thanks for the idea Ang!!
Can't wait to show this to Cade!!

12/08/2008 9:50 AM  
Anonymous My3Princesses2008 said...

Hey Ang,

Since i dont deal with the blog i have i will post it on MYspace and also on my brothers website....

Take Care Nicky

12/08/2008 9:53 AM  
Blogger Mandi said...

Ok I was debating commenting, but I saw that we have one near us - and then my boys saw me scrolling through your blog and they were SO excited, oohing and ahhing and "WOW!"ing over all the cars ;-) So I have to enter. I'll post it on my blog later today!

12/08/2008 10:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, I have just the person in mind for this! I must live in a closet cuz I have never heard about this. Love, love, love Kenidi's car...way to cute. Thanks for all the great ideas!

12/08/2008 12:30 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

This is so cool. I have heard a lot about this lately. Thanks!

12/08/2008 3:19 PM  
Anonymous Julie Ann said...

I had no idea what I was going to get my 7 year old nephew who is obsessed with cars right now. His princess of a sister- she's easy. Sam now is getting a gift card AND memories with his Daddy from this shop for Christmas. Thanks for always being on the cutting edge and pointing us to exactly what we need- just haven't asked for help with.
Love ya,
Julie Ann from Zionsville

12/08/2008 3:28 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Looks like you guys had so much fun. My little boy Jace would love this, what boy wouldn't! Thanks for giving everyone a chance to win this. :)


12/08/2008 4:15 PM  
Blogger Our happy zoo! said...

oooh, FUN!! I love give aways :) AND there's a location right by me-had no idea this place even existed. Yeah, I'll post on my blog. Thanks so much!!

12/08/2008 4:33 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

What a great idea. I always thought Build a Bear was a little girly. Cool, and great pictures, Ang!!

12/08/2008 5:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would love to get this! How cool and I wonder why I have never heard of this!?!?! I have two sets of twins and they would ALL love to do this :)

Angi H

12/08/2008 5:18 PM  
Anonymous Grandma Sue said...

Dang! I missed all the fun! You know that pink car has my name written all over it! I always wanted a pink hot rod. I guess since I am family I am disqualified from playing (Sad Face) I know my lil brennen had a great time as well as kenidi. They both did a great job of building their cars. Hey brennen, I will race ya with kenidi's hot pink car.xoxoxox

12/08/2008 6:16 PM  
Anonymous Derek's mom said...

I had heard of this concept a while back but didn't know they had finally opened in the vicinity. Another perk of the northside, huh? Derek doesn't even know about this yet, but of course would enjoy it totally so I better jump into the contest here. See, you've even gotten me to comment with this one!

12/08/2008 10:57 PM  
Blogger Jennifer Priest said...

Love it!! I looked it up online and the closest one is 8 hours but we just happen to be going on vacation near there and can adjust our route to go to it. I will be directing blggers back here to check it out!!

12/09/2008 3:10 AM  
Blogger Super B's Mom said...

I've never heard of Ridemakerz until today! Super B would PASS OUT from excitement if he saw this store!! Total boy (and Tomboy!) heaven!!

12/09/2008 11:37 AM  
Blogger Woodsy Ivy said...

It looks like you guys had such a great time! My kids would LOVE to go there. I was bummed at first cuz I was just sure that we don't have one around here. Then, just out of curiousity, I used your link and it says there's one in the mall in Fort Wayne. I go there all the time. I bet I saw the place and just thought they sold model cars or something. I have got to take them there! Love Kenidi's car, by the way! She is her mother's daughter! Jill

12/09/2008 1:17 PM  
Anonymous Kim Springer said...

Hi Angie, Well I normally don't blog, but I absolutely have to because as you know I have a 10 year old son (Alex) who you would think would want to win this gift card but ACTUALLY my little Grace would absolutely LOVE to do this with her Grandpa. He has tried for years to get both of his grandson's to make car models with him and Grace always ends up helping him instead, which I know makes it even more special to my dad as she is his ONLY granddaughter!! So hopefully on that note I will be the winning blogger so that Grace, (not Alex) can have a day with Grandpa!!
Take care! Kim

12/09/2008 1:46 PM  
Blogger piece of me said...

I know it sounds sad but my husband would have a blast doing something like this. Thanks for the opportunity.
livlifelov at yahoo dot com

12/09/2008 3:16 PM  
Blogger Bargain Briana said...

How did you have money left on your card? We totally went over! Fun times and you took AWESOME pictures!!

12/09/2008 3:39 PM  
Blogger Jennifer Priest said...

Okay I made a post!! I commented already too above but wanted to leave the link to my blog post:

Thanks for sharing! Oooh, and pick me! LOL

12/09/2008 4:33 PM  
Blogger mannequin said...

We are so fortunate to live near one and now I just need to be fortunate enough to win this!
Thanks so much for the chance; I lOVE that pink car!!

12/09/2008 10:21 PM  
Blogger birrrd said...

That pink car is soooo cool! Thanks for the chance to win!

12/10/2008 12:01 AM  
Blogger mannequin said...

I blogged all about your pretty pink car!

Thanks for the extra entries and wishes!

12/10/2008 12:35 AM  
Blogger Calia Yang said...

OMG!! I have never heard of this!! My daughter and son would love this!!! My daughter's a tomboy and she's always stealing her little brother's toys! I can just see my son pushing his little toy car and her chasing after him with hers! what a great giveaway!!! Thank you for sharing!

12/10/2008 4:08 AM  
Anonymous Michelle said...

What a pretty pink car! I loved it and know my daughter would too! My son is who I was thinking of first but that pink car-- too cool. Thanks for the chance to win!

12/10/2008 9:57 AM  
Anonymous Michelle said...

I blogged about your giveaway too!

12/10/2008 9:57 AM  
Blogger Julie Magallanes said...

This is the coolest thing ever! Thank goodness they finally have boys in mind...I would love to win this gift card, thanks for offering it!

12/10/2008 11:23 AM  
Blogger Carolyn said...

This is awesome! YOur pictures are great and I have checked out their site and my son would love the Ford Super Chief Concept.

thanks for sharing

ceashark at aol dot com

12/10/2008 11:30 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I can't even show these pictures to my son, or he'd bug me for weeks about when we are going to this store!! I wouldn't be able to peel him off my computer!! My son's 7th birthday is 12/21, so this would be a great gift for him!! Thanks so much for offering it!!

12/10/2008 12:01 PM  
Anonymous Sharla Stephens said...

I really like the concept of the build your own car. How cool. I bet Brennen has many friends that he'll be telling about this store and be making a few more trips there with his buddies. Kenidi's car is so "her mom" ha ha. Oh well, as least she can't get a speeding ticket in it. (ha ha)

12/10/2008 4:05 PM  
Anonymous Pat Bundy said...

Hi Angie, I just wanted to say, I have grandkids that would love to go to the car place and build their own carz. I read your blog when I am at work, don't have a computer at home. Love your Mom! I know you do too! She did an excellent job of raising you, as you are doing an excellent job in bringing up your wonderful children. Keep up the good work! I love all your photo's!

12/10/2008 4:11 PM  
Anonymous Lindley said...

Thanks, this looks so awesome. My husband and son would think I was the coolest if I won!
linjenals at yahoo dot com

12/10/2008 6:53 PM  
Blogger Melanie said...

my step son would LOVE this. thanks for the giveaway!
melanieinaz2003 at

12/10/2008 7:49 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

Please enter me! My boys would love this!!


12/10/2008 9:42 PM  
Blogger Ginny said...

I'm loving that pink car, my daughter would really enjoy that!

12/11/2008 4:52 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

Not sure if I left my blog address in the previous comment but it's


12/11/2008 5:30 PM  
Blogger flowerdisco said...

OMG! this seems to be so cool and they have one in my area. I can walk if I wanted too. I can't wait to tell my DH and DS about it to go and check it out after the holidays because the mall is always packed and impossible during holidays. I am glad I read about it here on your blog. Thanks for sharing the news and of course I would like to be enter to win that GC.
Happy Holidays! I am thinking maybe my DS would like to apply to work there too LOL.

12/11/2008 8:55 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

Thanks for the intro to RIDEMAKERZ. Looks like you guys had a blast! I'll be searching for a RIDEMAKERZ around here.

12/12/2008 3:27 AM  
Blogger Margie Litz said...

Great idea, please put my name in the draw. My grandson would love this.

Enjoy your FLorida vacation.

12/12/2008 8:31 AM  
Anonymous Heather said...

I would LOVE to win this for my 4 kids! We have a lot of boy stuff already so I’d pick the RZ RASCAL in Punk Pink!
jandh at

12/12/2008 9:10 PM  
Blogger Beeb said...

WOW! This is a fabulous giveaway, thank you so much for offering it! This would be the perfect gift for the boys in our family....I'd give it to a 12 year old, but I know all the adults would be fighting him for a turn! LOL! Thanks for such a fun chance. :)

supercoupongirl AT

12/12/2008 9:15 PM  
Blogger Beeb said...

I blogged about it here:

Thanks again for the great giveaway!

supercoupongirl AT

12/12/2008 9:20 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Wow that looks like so much fun!!! I know my eight year old son and nephew would love to do something like this! Thanks so much Angie for posting a giveaway and for informing me about such a amazing store, this would be a wonderful gift!!!

12/12/2008 11:46 PM  
Blogger The Jacobsen Family! said...

Wow, what an amazing giveaway!!! My son would LOVE this (and my husband too!!)! =) Thanks for the chance!

12/13/2008 12:19 AM  
Blogger The Jacobsen Family! said...

I blogged!

12/13/2008 12:39 AM  
Blogger Cinnamon*Sticks Boutique said...

Yay just under the deadline :o)

Oh my boys would LOVE this!!
Thanks for the chance!

jewelrybycanela @

I'll go blog!

12/13/2008 1:51 AM  
Anonymous Jenn in AZ said...

This looks AMAZING!! And what a wonderful post! Thanks for the chance! (If I wasn't so tired, I would post a link on my site....)

12/13/2008 2:58 AM  

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