The Mountain Club Resort on Loon Mountain in New Hamphire’s #travel

We had a complementary stay at The Mountain Club Resort on Loon Mountain to facilitate this review.

 

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I LOVE traveling with my family. New sights, smells, foods, and most of all new experiences. Part of the traveling experience is lodging. Why settle for just another chain motel, when you should be making your stay a highlight of your trip? I don’t want to feel like I am at home……… I want to feel like I am on vacation!!!!!!!! 

On our trip to the White Mountains in beautiful New Hampshire……we did  just that with our stay at The Mountain Club on Loon Mountain. The White Mountains are full of breath taking views with the picturesque mountain backdrop, and the views from your room will not leave you disappointed! 

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The views are the same from all the windows. When a resort is situated like this………you always have a great view! 

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 The Mountain Club on Loon is loaded with family friendly amenities and the rooms are designed with large families in mind! When it comes to family suites, these rooms had it all! I always opt for a suite when traveling with the kids, as most have full kitchens that allow me to prepare meals for my family. Making meals in the room saves our family money(that can be used on bigger better things) and more importantly allows for much needed downtime.

My secret to happy stress free vacations is downtime. 

Check out the kitchen in our suite! 

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Everything was included. This mama did not have to worry about bringing anything!!! I was able to come back up to the room after Loon Mountain activities (like zip-lining, swimming, and tree top adventures!) to make the kids lunch! HUGE BONUS: No need to worry about food allergies and finding  vegetarian options( the adventure center at Loon Mountain has veggie burgers :))

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After a long hot day swinging across rivers, tight rope walking above the trees and swimming in the multiple pools, we all sat down together for a low key $5 dinner :) I brought along some non-perishables from home and picked up some cold items at the local grocer. 

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The Mountain Club suites have tons of sleeping options~ while there was not 2 different bedrooms……..everyone had a place to sleep! The kids thought their beds were the very.very.very. coolest thing they had ever seen! Murphy beds of course…..and 2 of them! 

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The Master has it’s room thats off the main entrance. The room was very spacious and welcoming with it’s rustic ski slopes feel. While I do prefer a white down comforter, the beds were very comfortable and I slept like a baby (maybe because the “baby” was in the other room). 

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The Parents room~ comes complete with a balcony. Every night my husband and I sat out there just in awe of the beauty of the White Mountains. The views are 100% my favorite feature of the entire suite. Recent renovations included new BIGGER windows so that visitors could take it all in.  The main living space is full of light and of course, the mountains. 

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Couldn’t you just spend days staring at those mountains?? You could…….but you wouldn’t have time too! Loon Mountain has too much going on to sit still! So, grab some delicious breakfast at the Season’s Restaurant ( We had the perfect breakfast there) and head down the mountain to Loon Mountain for zip-lining, tree top adventures, and rock climbing! 

Or you could spend the day lounging in the Mountain Club Resort hot tub, pool, or a day at the Viaggio Spa! 

Be sure to follow along with HGF to see all that the White Mountain area has to offer! 

The Mountain Club Resort room rates will vary, be sure to check out their reservation page to grab a rate for your dates~! Visit Mountain Club on Loon on Facebook for deals and promotions! 

Take a look at more posts on our trip to Loon Mountain including Breakfast at the Season’s Restaurant, Pool and Spa fun at the Mountain Club Resort, and of course the Loon Mountain activities!  

 

HGF was not paid for this post. We were provided with admission to the place mentioned and we have provided our honest opinion. Thank you to the sponsoring company for working with HGF. You can view our complete PR policies.  We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

 

Solartex Swimwear and Modest Summer sun protection Review and #Giveaway

*We were provided with swimwear in exchange for post. 

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We ♥ Summer here in Florida! Everyday is a beach day, pool day or some kind of outdoor water play day. We spend all Summer outdoors which means sun protection has to be our #1 goal! I have always depended on my children’s swimwear to provide the bulk of their sun protection over sunblock for many reasons. Sunblock is 1. Expensive 2. Full of chemicals 3. A pain to put on. I opt for organic sunblock for the areas their swimwear doesn’t cover. It only takes 1 minute per child to apply, and they are off in the water! 

BUT all swimwear is not created equal! Be sure when you are choosing swimwear to find one that is MADE for the sun and has 50+ SPF protection built in! Solartex swimwear and sun gear has been my go to swimwear store since our first Solartex review 2 years ago! My daughter still uses that same suit as her main swimsuit all year long~ because of the sleeves and shorts feature she doesn’t outgrow it as quickly. It has not faded or fallen apart. It will be passed down to my younger daughter after Lil outgrows it! As a large family, buying clothing that will outlast more than one child is really important. Quality is everything! 

Solartex sun gear has nothing but quality. They offer solar protection swim gear for everyone in the family~ and my favorite feature……everything is modest. Modesty in the swim wear world can be hard to come by! We found this great one piece swim suit for our daughter in hot pink! 

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It is made to be 50 SPF, chlorine and saltwater resistant, and blocks 98% of UVA/UVB rays (MAXIMUM PROTECTION)! It can be worn with a looser fit so she can grow into it! She is free to run and jump, and I can feel good knowing she is protected from the harmful rays! 

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Solartex swim wear has great options for little ones from complete coverage to built in swim diapers! My 2 yr old fair skinned baby  HATES sunblock, HATES potty training, and HATES being stopped to reapply sunblock or get out of the sun. Solartex offers great 2 piece toddler suits, with long shorts to cover little legs and 3/4 sleeve tops for more protection. I can get her blocked up and playing within 1 minute! Now she can enjoy pretend surfing………….

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And have uninterrupted time to play ring around the rosie with her sister :)

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I just love watching them twirl around without a care in the world! Solartex has little boys covered too. While modesty is not an issue with boys, I still opt for swimsuits that cover the body to protect them from the Florida sun! Typical boy swimwear leaves the chest and back open for burns and exposure to UVA/UVB rays. Solartex rash guard shirts feature a high neck, longer sleeves and are built with 50 SPF! This swim shirt Carrot Top is rocking is thin and white, so not too hot for a playground day either (50 SPF WET OR DRY!)! 

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They even carry board shorts with 50 SPF! My older son prefers looser clothing and darker colors. It still gives him great sun protection! 

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Solartex swimwear gives me peace of mind, knowing that my children’s precious skin is protected. While their swimwear maybe priced a little higher than your big box prices, the fact that their swimwear will last for more than one child AND can be worn at the park or at Summer camp makes the price 100% worth it! Money well spent on these sweet faces! 

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 HGF was not paid for this post. We were provided with sungear and we have provided our honest opinion. Thank you to the sponsoring company for working with HGF. You can view our complete PR policies.  By entering this contest, you certify that you are 18 years old or older and that you have read and agree with the rules, our giveaway policy and disclosure. U.S only except where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. Giveaway starts at the moment of the posting of this article and will run until August 9, 2014 at 11:59PM! The prize is a $25 GC to Solartex as listed above with an approximate total retail value of  twenty five dollars ( $25). All prizes will be awarded. A list of winners will be available after 10/10/2014 by writing MomToSprouts {at} yahoo {dot} com. All prizes are awarded and forwarded to the winner by the sponsor; in this case, a PR Company. Please see Official Rules for more details.We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Loon Mountain Adventures~ Bungee Trampolines, Rock Climbing, and ZIP LINING! #Travel

Our stay at Loon Mountain was comped to facilitate this review.

 

Without ever knowing what a bucket list was, my 8 yr old came up with his own form of a list; his list of “Things I must do before I turn, welllll……….9″.

Children have such a live-in-the-now mentality, and it’s a great one to live in. If we only thought like children, living in the now and exploring the World around us. Adventure seeking, soul searching. and of course zip lining across a river full of jagged rocks. That must be on everyone’s bucket list, right?

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The best memory I have from our White Mountain, New Hampshire vacation was my Loon Mountain Adventures. I did things I had never done before, watched my children push past their fears, and walked away with a sense of accomplishment. I literally climbed to new heights and jumped for joy. Shouldn’t all vacations be that way? Loon Mountain Adventure Station is nestled in the great White Mountains in New Hampshire. Originally created as a snow ski resort, Loon Mountain Resort has morphed into an awesome place to be in the Summer too! The adventure center has multiple options for play including base passes, adventure passes, and of course the SUPER adventure pass! Check out all the fun activities they offer! 

Bungee Trampoline

Jump 22 feet in the air and flip mid air!! Must be 30 – 200 lbs. They have a scale their that they weigh everyone with. 

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The crew was super friendly and helped all the kids jump high and flip! My son flipped 4 times in a row! CRAZY!!

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They have 4 trampolines, so all the kids could jump together! The kids loved this and came back about 6 times to jump some more! All the Loon Mountain adventure passes come with unlimited jumps on the bungee trampoline! 

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Rock Climbing

Don’t look down. You will freak! The climbing wall is awesome, and will leave your legs trembling! Your climbing wall experience comes with a trained professional and everything needed to scale the wall. We all had a turn on the wall with our unlimited climb pass! It takes  a few turns to gain enough courage to get to the top! 

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Even our 4 yr old took a turn climbing the wall! Look at that FACE! 

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Zip Lining 

It’s on everyone’s Summer to-do list so just do it already! Loon Mountain’s Adventure Center features a 700 ft long zip line that goes over the rocky Pemigewassett River~ we played in that river for hours too! Its scary, very scary but OH SO EXHILARATING!  The zip line is low- like you think you will crash into rocks low……… family travel, #homegrowntravels The Zip Line is HIGH……..

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And the zip line is LONG!!!! 

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Accomplished quite a few things on my Loon Mountain Adventure~ BUT we aren’t done yet! You can also take a Gondola ride on Loon Mountain or wait for it………..or tackle to Aeriel Forest Adventure Park! All the activities mentioned above are WALKING distance from The Mountain Club on Loon Resort where we stayed. Take a break out of the heat and eat lunch in your suite or take a dip in one of the resorts pools!  Loon Mountain Adventure Center just added some new Summer activities as well, so be sure to check those out as well! 

 

What activity are you just dying to do? 

  Make this Summer a memorable one with a family trip to Loon Mountain in the White Mountains of New Hampshire! 

 
HGF was not paid for this post. We were provided with admission to the place mentioned and we have provided our honest opinion. Thank you to the sponsoring company for working with HGF. You can view our complete PR policies.  We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

 

 

Silk’n Flash n Go LUXx Hair Removal System

I received a Flash n Go to facilitate this review.

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Have you heard of the Silk’n Flash n Go LUXx Hair Removal System?  I am so excited to have been given this system to try at home!

The Flash N Go is a revolutionary Home Pulsed Light {HPL} permanent hair removal system for home use. 

  • Removes unwanted hair with permanent results
  • Easy, safe and painless
  • Perfect for sensitive areas
  • Saves hundreds of dollars vs. professional treatments
  • Works on areas big and small
  • No more waxing, shaving or plucking

The technology behind the Flash n Go is FDA approved and dermatologist recommended.  

Flash&Go uses gentle pulses of light energy to physically disable hair growth. Light energy is absorbed by the hair follicles while the surrounding tissue remains at normal temperature. The result is a virtually painless process that eliminates hair and provides permanent results.

I recommend reading the instruction booklet a few times before actually using the device.  You don’t want to make a mistake and end up hurting yourself.

I have been traveling all summer and am about to go on another trip, so I haven’t started using this, yet as the instructions clearly state to not use on recently tanned skin and to limit sun exposure after use.

Below is a video on how to use the Flash n Go but keep in mind the that LUXx comes with a 120,000 pulse cartridge so you don’t have to worry about buying or changing replacement cartridges!

Stay tuned for updates on how it works for me!

 

 

 

HGF was not paid for this post. We were provided with the Lumia mentioned and we have provided our honest opinion. Thank you to the sponsoring company for working with HGF. You can view our complete PR policies.  We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

 

 

Sonesta Hilton Head~ a Resort You’ll Never Leave #travel @SonestaHotels @hiltonheadsc

We stayed at Sonesta Hilton Head to facilitate this review.

 

Have you ever been anywhere and known, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that you could live the rest of your life there and be happy about it?  I have!  The Sonesta Resort on Hilton Head Island, SC.  Please, take me hostage.

From the moment we pulled in, I knew that the Sonesta Hilton Head was the real deal.  Situated in the back of a PUD, it felt like we were miles away from the road.  The grounds were lush and bright with flowers and trees of every color as far as the eyes could see.  Trails lined the land a wove in and out of the landscape; local wildlife scattered about in abundance.  It was truly beautiful and immediately relaxing. 

The lobby viewed from the Mezzanine level

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Photo Courtesy of Sam from Have Sippy Will Travel

The Sonesta Resort itself was a thing of beauty.  As soon as you walked in the front door, you knew this wasn’t a hotel off the highway.  It screams “Relaxation!”  “Decadence!” “Comfort!”  The best thing is that it doesn’t stop here, it carries throughout the whole resort.

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Photo Courtesy of Sam from Have Sippy Will Travel

Our room was gorgeous.  Everything was top of the line from the textured wallpaper to the shampoo in the shower.  The beds were comfortable, the blankets soft, and the furniture was solid and sturdy.  They didn’t just slap a coat of paint on a regular room and charge a resort price.  They actually put some effort into making sure you felt like you were getting what you paid for.

Even Emory loved the bed!

 

We had a great view from our room, too.  I love that we had a balcony and has the chance to take advantage of the cool night air.  I love sitting in the quiet of the night and look out over all the lights of the resort.

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You can’t spend all your time in the room, though, no matter how comfortable the bed is.  The Sonesta Hilton Head has plenty to do to keep you out in the sun, enjoying the great South Carolina sunshine! 

Sonestoa Resort has a shade pool, a pool, bike rentals, walking paths, beach access and a hammock, among other things, to keep you busy.  There is enough for everyone in your family to be blissfully active and enjoying vacation.

I love hammocks just about anywhere but my favorite kind are on the water!

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Photo Courtesy of Sam from Have Sippy Will Travel

And the path to the beach is just as gorgeous!

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Photo Courtesy of Sam from Have Sippy Will Travel

If you’re going to stay in the resort, you’re going to need to eat, right?  Well, don’t worry, Sonesta has plenty of food for you!  If you’re going to dine in for breakfast, make sure you leave early because their breakfasts are popular and there will be a wait.  We waited over an hour with starving children.  The food service is also very slow so leave plenty of time to eat.  Don’t wait until the kids are already hungry because it’ll be too late.  Remember, you’re on vacation and people move slower in Hilton Head. 

I LOVED my breakfast and so did the kids who all stole bites.

 

I loved the kids meals!  They came with an “appetizer” {in this case, celery & PB} the dish and a side.

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Photo Courtesy of Sam from Have Sippy Will Travel

Yes, I would be very happy to be a prisoner here, indeed.

The Sonesta Hilton Head has so much to offer that I can’t possibly tell you about all of it in this post.  Check out their site to see for yourself and to book a room!  You will not be sorry!

See what Sam from Have Sippy Will Travel thought about our stay at the Sonesta, too!

 

 

HGF was not paid for this post. We were provided with admission to the place mentioned and we have provided our honest opinion. Thank you to the sponsoring company for working with HGF. You can view our complete PR policies.  We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

 

 

Splish Splash Water Park in New York! #travel

We received free admission into Splish Splash to facilitate this review.

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Do your kids like water parks?  Well, that’s a stupid question because of course they do!  My kids are crazy over water parks and beg to go to one each year.  This year, we were able to visit Splish Splash in Calverton, New York.

The thing that I loved most about Splish Splash was that there was something for all ages!  From four different Kiddie areas to slides that are fast and furious, everyone in the family will find something perfect for them!

Because we had two little ones under 6 years old, we made sure to check out the kiddie areas first!  My older girls loved the smaller areas, too.  It is a great way to calm down and relax a little from all the excitement of the bigger rides.  These ares have an “under 54″ unless accompanied by a child” restriction so keep that in mind.

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I have to be really careful of what rides I go on at amusement parks because of my past back surgeries, but Splish Splash has plenty of things that I can do and not worry about re-injuring myself.  {Please consult your doctor before going on any rides if you have a medical condition.  Don’t take MY word for it!}  One of my favorite rides was the Hollywood Stunt Rider. 

On the HSR, 4 people in a tube go down a black tube and come out the other end.  The lack of light makes you not 100% sure where you’re going or where you’ll end up.  It was perfect for my 5 year old and the 10 year olds!  I love that I was able to experience it with all three of my girls!

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There is so many rides that you’re sure to work up an appetite at Splish Splash!   You’re not allowed to bring food into the park {I HATE that!} but they do offer plenty of food inside.  This year, they’re super excited to introduce their ORGANIC food options! 

Now, they’re still getting all the kinks worked out so make sure you allow extra time for your food to be prepared.  And know that you’ll have to order {non-organic} fries on the side if you want them but I was really, really impressed with the whole menu!  They though of everything!  Organic ketchup, yogurt, salad dressings, etc round out the organic chicken and burgers.  Seriously, they have the details down-pat!

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It was such a treat to play all day and then eat food that I could trust!  I hope more amusement parks follow Splish Splash’s lead and offer an organic menu!

Of course, no water park is complete without a wave pool!  The Kahuna Bay Wavepool is Splish Splash’s wavepool and it is awesome!  It’s big and the waves go on forever!  Unlike other wavepools I’ve been in, the waves in Kahuna Bay last for 5 long minutes.  They’re also really string so I strongly suggest that you stay with little kids within arms length.  Sam and I stuck to our little ones the whole time and I’m so glad I did.  We ended up pulling them furthur back to where that waves weren’t so strong.  I also strongly recommend that you put all of your kids that aren’t string swimmers in a life jacket.

Height restriction of 42″ for child not accompanied by an adult. All guests under 48″ are REQUIRED to wear a lifejacket and we insist that parents keep their children within arms reach for their close supervision on all water activities. Life jackets are available at Murph the Surf’s Rentals (next to guest services). A $40.00 deposit or valid photo ID is required.

When we were there, the life jackets were in a barrel and we didn’t have to put a deposit down.  I’m thankful for that because we were able to grab and go!

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 Splish Splash also has big bathrooms and large changing rooms with enough space for a ton of people at once sot here is little waiting!  I loved this feature because we were able to change into dry clothes before we went to the car.

Splish Splash has way too make rides and attractions to mention in this post so make sure you check out their site and book your tickets!    

See what Sam from Have Sippy Will Travel had to say about her experience at Splish Splash!

 

HGF was not paid for this post. We were provided with admission to the place mentioned and we have provided our honest opinion. Thank you to the sponsoring company for working with HGF. You can view our complete PR policies.  We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

 

Disney Planes Fire & Rescue is coming to theatres SOON & Kohl’s Has The Apparel #MagicAtPlay #FireAndRescue #Sponsored #MC

I participated in an Ambassador campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Kohl’s. I received promotional items and product samples as a thank you for participating.

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Did you know that Disney’s Planes Fire and Rescue will be in theatres on July 18, 2014?  It’s coming soon so you need to make your plans to go see it!

When Dusty learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he joins forces with fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his team, The Smokejumpers, to battle a massive wildfire.

I love the messages in Disney’s kids movies!  It is so important that our kids learn that sometimes life doesn’t go as planned but that we still need to figure out our place in the world.  It look like Rusty might just be learning that lesson in this movie!

Kohl’s is so excited about the new Planes movie and they can’t wait to tell you all about a new, limited edition Disney apparel by Jumping Beans smoke jumper tees!  These are SO cute and I can’t wait to see what scene in the movie matches up with this tee!

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The price and size range for the Smoke Jumper Tee is Toddler: 2T, 3T, 4T ($18) and Boys: S-XL ($20)

There are some really cute clothes in this Kohl’s Disney & Jumping Beans line and I showed you my favorite in a previous post.  I also put this adorable board together with the perfect outfit for your little daredevil!  You could switch the shirt out for this new shirt and it would still rock!  See the whole collection on the Kohl’s site!

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Get $10 of $25 Kid’s Apparel Purchase at Kohl’s!

To help celebrate the release of Disney Planes Fire & Rescue, Kohl’s is offering $10 of $25 a Kid’s Apparel Purchase with your Planes Fire & Rescue Movie stub from  7/18/14-7/26/14.

Full offer disclosure:

Bring your Planes Fire and Rescue movie ticket stub into Kohl’s and receive $10 off your Kids Apparel purchase of $25 or more, in-store only. OFFER VALID FOR ONE-TIME USE 7/18/14-7/26/14. IN STORE ONLY., ONE KIDS APPAREL MERCHANDISE COUPON PER CUSTOMER. Offer is nontransferable and must be presented at time of in-store purchase. Offer can be combined with other offers. Dollar-off discounts applied prior to percent-off total purchase discounts. Offer cannot be redeemed for cash. No cash back. Offer not valid for price adjustments on prior purchases, the purchase of Gift Cards, payment on a Kohl’s Charge account, the purchase of Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise or other charitable items. Offer excludes prestige brands of cosmetics and skincare and select prestige brands of fragrance. For a complete list of these excluded brands, go to Kohls.com/beautyexclusions or look for signs in our stores. Offer also excludes select electronics; see store for details. Excludes sales tax. Photocopies or duplicates not accepted. Only one Kids Apparel merchandise coupon may be used per customer. Return value of merchandise purchased with $10 coupon will be subject to adjustment. See store for details.

I hope you’re making plans to go see this movie!  What part are your kids most excited for?

 

I participated in an Ambassador campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Kohl’s. I received promotional items and product samples as a thank you for participating.

 

 

 

3 Things @NokiaUS Needs To Do To Be A Player In The Smart Phone Market

I was provided with a Lumia to facilitate this review.

 

In February I was given a Nokia Lumia to review.  Since there was no one thing that Nokia wanted me to talk about, I have spent the last 6 months really using the Lumia.  I made it my primary phone, giving the new number to all my friends and family and using it exclusively.  Doing this has given me the chance to know my phone and get a good feel for what it offers and what it needs.

The voice quality is great, the camera is amazing {in fact, I often use it in place of my DSLR~ the photo quality is that good} the screen is big and clear, and the interface is surprisingly easy to use.  However, there are a few things that Nokia needs to do in order to really be a player in the competitive smartphone market.

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3 Things @NokiaUS Needs To Do To Be A Player In The Smart Phone Market

 

3. Ring Tones/Alarm:

One of the things that I noticed right away was the lack of loud ring tones.  This is important to me because I live in a constant “loud” state.  Between the kids, the background noise, and always leaving my phone in my purse, I need to be able to hear it ring. 

The lack of a loud ring is most apparent in the alarm.  When I sleep, I s.l.e.e.p. and I need an alarm that will wake me from my hibernation.  Since I travel so much, I also need to be able to count on it when I’m staying in a hotel.  Unfortunately, the Lumia eventually stops sounding it’s alarm if you don’t snooze or dismiss it.  I can not tell you how many times I have slept through my wake-up, making the Lumia worthless when I really need it.  This would be a deal breaker for me if I was considering purchasing this phone.

2. Accessories

I am a girl and I like pink, anything pretty, and whimsical accessories.  I recently went to a Verizon store to find a cover for my phone and they didn’t have anything but a flimsy, rubber grey snap-on that only covered the back case.  Even though the Lumia is very durable, I am starting to notice scratches on the screen.  I use my tech hard, and I need to be able to protect it.  Nokia needs to back up their products with accessories that not only protect them, but satisfy it’s users desire to brand their stuff.

1. Apps

If “location, location, location” is the most important thing to remember in real estate, than “apps, apps, apps” is the most important thing to remember when you want to break into the smart phone market.  Sure, we can check our email, browse YouTube, and Google/Bing anything we need to know on the internet, but we still need our apps!  Since my job basically consists of social media 24/7, I need reliable, easy-to-use, intuitive Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter apps as much as I need a reliable phone.  In fact, they’re all that really matters because they are what pays my bills.  Unfortunately, Nokia just can’t offer that right now.  The best rated FB app doesn’t work well when following a link from the app to an outside site and won’t let me post pictures to my blog page.  The Pinterest app doesn’t work well AT ALL and I almost never use it because it is just one frustration after another.  The Kindle app glitches non-stop and IG is nothing but a pain. 

Nokia has to do something about this because it is, singlehandedly, holding them back from being a major player.  The phones have so much to offer but that is pointless when it comes down to it.  We need our apps, we want our apps, you have to find a way to provide those apps!  Offer incentives to developers if you have to, just do it!

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Don’t get me wrong, I love my Lumia and it will continue to be my sole cell phone.  Although I have never been a fan of iProducts, I still think Nokia has it all over them when it comes down to it.  Windows transfers well to cell phone use, I love having Adobe on my phone {you’d be surprised at how much I use it!} and the big screen, vibrant color, superior voice quality, and ease of use make the Lumia a good choice for a cell phone.  Nokia just needs to tweak their products a little to appeal to the masses. 

 

 

HGF was not paid for this post. We were provided with the Lumia mentioned and we have provided our honest opinion. Thank you to the sponsoring company for working with HGF. You can view our complete PR policies.  We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

 

 

 

Field Station Dinosaurs has ALL the Dinosaurs!! @Jerseysaurus #travel

Our trip to Field Station Dinosaurs was sponsored to facilitate this review.

 

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If there is one thing that all kids like, it is dinosaurs.  The prehistoric creatures capture every little imagination like nothing else in history.  They’re large, dangerous, loud, they “magically” disappeared, and the coolest things ever.

Thankfully, there is a place by us that has more dinosaurs than my kids could even wrap their minds around!  Field Station Dinosaurs in Secaucus, NJ is 32 life sized dinosaurs on a 3/4 mile track in the New Jersey Meadowlands.

The story of the dinosaurs is vividly presented on twenty acres of wild, unpredictable woods, mysterious pathways, and mountain trails. Scientists from the New Jersey State Museum have worked to ensure that the exhibition encompasses the latest theories and discoveries in the fields of paleontology, geology, and environmental studies.

Field Station Dinosaurs

There is so much more than just walking around the ground looking at dinosaurs, though.  There is Dinosaurs Alive! a 3D movie!  My girls go absolutely nuts over 3D so we made sure to see this.

Dinosaurs Alive! is a global adventure of science and discovery – featuring the earliest dinosaurs of the Triassic Period to the monsters of the Cretaceous “reincarnated” life-sized for the giant 3D screen.

We also caught a great show with a real live T-Rex!   It started out with a fun game of “New Jersey Governor or Paleontologist?” in which Jacey got to participate!  Yeah, she got 3 of 3 correct!  I don’t know how she did it but…

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And then we got to see a T-Rex!! 

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The girls loved it!  They had so much fun learning about the T-Rex with the huge animatronic to show them what they were being taught.  Such a great way to learn!

We also got to excavate and found a dinosaur skeleton!

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If you have a Commander Pass, you get to have a little “meet & feed.”  Little kids love this!!  It was really sweet!

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There really is a lot to do at Field Station Dinosaurs!  It a great way to spend the day!  {Wear sneakers because it’s all gravel!}

 

 

 Sam from Have Sippy Will Travel has the calendar of upcoming special events.  Check it out!!

 

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Where to Eat in Beaufort, SC @Visit_Beaufort #travel

Our whole trip to Beaufort SC was sponsored so we didn’t pay for any meals.

 

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In April, we had the pleasure of spending some time in Beaufort, SC!  It is truly a gorgeous town and had me scouting real estate while I was there~ especially in the satellite town of Port Royal, just a few miles away.  I can’t wait to go back!

Of course we had to eat while we were there!  South Carolina is a great place for seafood, comfort food, and southern fare.  You honestly can’t go wrong  when choosing a restaurant but following are our favorite picks.

 

Southern Sweets Ice Cream Parlor~ 917 Bay St in Historic Beaufort, SC 29902

 Located in Downtown Beaufort, Southern Sweets is centrally located in the heart of shopping in the Old Bay Market Place. 

“Its a serbert masterpiece!” she says. :)

 

Bricks on Boundary~  1420 Boundary St, Beaufort, South Carolina

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We ate here for lunch one day and LOVED it!  Serious, some of the best bar food I’ve had in a long time.

Moon Doogies Cafe~ 925 10th St, Port Royal, South Carolina

We stopped in Moon Doggies with everyone from Beaufort and Port Royal that had sponsored our trip and it is so much more than a “cafe.”  Make sure you try the fried pickles and a sandwich!  So good!

Fat Patties~ 831 Parris Island Gateway, Beaufort,  SC

Fat Patties is worth getting into your car and driving for!  The burgers are out of this world, they sell homemade ice cream {including some adult only flavors} have corn hole, and also have live music.  We loved the outdoor seating because the kids were able to get up and walk around while we waited on our food.  They also had fun playing corn hole for the first time.  Put Fat Patties on your list!

These nachos were AMAZING!!

The Foolish Frog~ 846 Sea Island Parkway, Port Helena, SC

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Chef Will specializes in preparing fresh seafood including his famed Maryland style crab cakes (no fillers here!), fire grilled steaks cooked to perfection, smokin, finger licking good ribs, yardbirds, pasta, salads and a huge selection of appetizers.

If you’re slightly adventurous, try the Fish Tacos!  They’ll clear your sinuses!  ;)

 

We hope you get a chance to stop by each of these places while you’re in Beaufort!  You won’t be sorry!!

 
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