Monday, April 13, 2015

Time to Get Wild Throughout 2015

 The older four kiddos with Shamu

I have some amazing news, squeal - I have been chosen as a SeaWorld Texas Wildside Ambassadors for 2015!  I am beyond thrilled and honored to have been chosen to work with some amazing bloggers and a truly inspirational park.  And of course, the kids are over the moon excited.  Ready to hear about our first adventure this year - let's dive right in!

Saturday we left the house early to make it to SeaWorld's Kids Fest including a hearty Sesame Street Breakfast.  E was really excited to meet Elmo himself.  For those wondering, the Sesame Street Breakfast is an extra attraction that opens before the park.

We found our seats and the kids dove in to our breakfast buffet.  Breakfast included scrambled eggs, warm tortillas, French toast, breakfast potatoes, bacon, sausage, fresh fruit, assorted cereals, and assorted muffins as well as juice, milk, coffee, tea and water to drink.  The food was great and we were oh so hungry from our drive.  This was just the thing to fill us up for our day!

E loved her food.

A and D enjoyed their breakfast as well.

Then the real fun began.  Elmo and friends came to see the kids.  They met Elmo, Zoe, The Count, Cookie Monster and Big Bird!  The characters all came around to the tables (except Big Bird who was too tall) for a visit and there were lots of opportunities to take photos together.

Elmo at our table.

Zoe was next.

I love their faces in this photo.

 Zoe giving F high fives!

 Pure, pure joy!

D ran to Cookie Monster when she saw him.

These two were pals from the beginning.

 B and Cookie Monster

 Here I am with Big Bird and B and D.

David and F with Big Bird

 E wanted one more photo with Elmo

If your kids love Sesame Street and you are planning a trip to SeaWorld Texas I would highly recommend their Sesame Street Breakfast.  And right now for the month of April (on weekends only), when you purchase 1 adult reservation, you get 1 FREE child reservation.  You can see more details and purchase your reservations here.  You can also find out more about SeaWorld's Just For Kids activities here.

Disclosure:  I am a SeaWorld Texas Wildside blogger.  I received complimentary passes for myself and family and have the opportunity to receive other perks throughout the year.  All opinions expressed here are my own.

Thinkfun Maker Studio Propellers Set Review & Our Original Submarine

I know you are most likely familiar with Thinkfun but are you familiar with their Maker Studio construction sets?  There are three different sets: Gears, Propellers and Winches.  Each set includes complete instructions for creating four different builds as well as Engineering Challenges which will encourage young makers to experiment with friction, torque, propulsion and more!  These sets are designed for anyone ages seven and up who likes to create.

Thinkfun Maker Studio Propellers Set

Thinkfun recently sent us their Maker Studio Propellers Set to see what creations the kids could make.  First I had them build the Windmill and the Potato Chip Chopper (two of the suggested builds) to get a feel for all the pieces and what they had to work with.  I love that this set encourages using recycled items and creativity along with education and learning - a win for everyone!  And then the girls came up with their own original creation, a submarine!  They completely decked it out with fins, side windows with people, ladder, functional periscope and lots of fun decorations.  If you have children I would definitely recommend this set.  I love that it encourages young minds to think outside the box!

First, A and B made the Windmill.  We didn't have chip containers or longer containers at the time so they just used a toilet paper roll!

Following the directions

Adding the final touches

Yes, it works!  It would be a bit better if it were taller but it was still functional.

Posing with their finished Windmill


Close up view

Next, they made the Potato Chip Chopper.  By this time we had a few empty chip containers so they used one of these to build their final product.

Working on the Chip Chopper

Love the concentration



Close up view

And finally, their one of a kind submarine - this one they came up with all on their own - no instructions!  For this they used a milk jug, the top of a water bottle, 3 small bubble balls from prize machines, their Thinkfun Maker Studio Propellers Set, small people and decorations from around the house.  First they made and added a propeller.  Then they made a functional periscope (it goes up and down) and added a ladder with people complete with bubble on top.  Next, the girls added side fins and windows with people.  Finally they decked it out with decorations.  What do you think?  I think it is awesome!!

Making and adding the propeller

Creating the functional periscope

Their ladder complete with people

Here you can see the periscope and ladder

Side fins were added and bubble windows with people

They liked the way it looked with three side windows.

The bubble on top, created with the top of a recyclable water bottle.

In mid creation

Top view of their finished submarine.

Top, side view of their finished submarine.

Close up view of the top

Side view of submarine

A and B with their finished fully decked out submarine!

Disclosure: Thanks so much to Thinkfun for sending us their Maker Studio Propellers Set to see what the kids could create and facilitate this review.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Dial Miracle Oil Hand Soap Review & Giveaway

As the Mom of six children, pet owner, wanna-be gardener, baker, cooking experimenter, homeschool teacher - I use my hands a lot!  In fact, you probably use your hands more than you realize.  And this leads to frequent hand washing.  It seems as though I am always reminding my little ones to wash their hands - good hygiene! 

Remember my recent post on Dial's new Miracle Oil Body Wash?  Well, I have also been using the new Dial Miracle Oil Liquid Hand Soap.  When you wash your hands often, they can become dry and chapped.  This is not the case with Dial's Miracle Oil hand soap.  This soap really helps clean and hydrate your hands - a major plus for me!  I think the fact that the Miracle oil is infused with Marula Oil and that it uses Micro Oil technology really helps moisturize your hands with each wash, instead of drying them out with frequent washings.

 My bottle of Dial Miracle Oil Hand Soap

 Using my new hand soap

If you wash your hands a lot or have issues with dry/chapped hands I would highly recommend trying out Dial's new hand soap.  And I would love to know what you think, please let me know!

 Walmart Rollback price of$0.98

This soap is available in stores now!  In fact, it is currently on Rollback at my local Walmart for only $0.98 a bottle, talk about a deal!

Ready for a flash giveaway?  Three readers will win a free product coupon for a Dial hand soap (expiration 6/30/15).  Just enter the giveaway below and good luck!

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Disclosure:  Thanks so much to the Purex Insiders program and Dial for allowing me to be a part of this campaign and providing me with a sample of the New Dial Miracle Oil Hand Soap for my review!  As part of this campaign I am eligible to win prizes!  All opinions expressed are my own.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Purex Crystals ScentSplash Review & Giveaway

You guys now that I have reviewed Purex Crystals in the past (here and here), did you know that they have New Purex Crystals in liquid form?  Yep, the new Purex Crystals ScentSplash is an in-wash fragrance booster that helps add freshness to your clothes.  Simply add the liquid directly into your washer or wash tray!  You decide how much - a little or a lot, although, Purex recommends at least a half capful.  And of course, this is safe for all wash fabrics including towels, activewear and children's sleepwear.  Purex Crystals ScentSplash is available in three scents: Fresh Spring Waters, Fresh Lavender Blossom, and Fresh Mountain Breeze.

 Purex Crystals ScentSplash Fresh Spring Waters

 Here you can see the liquid form!

You can add it directly into your washer or in your wash tray.  I have a tray.

I have been using the Fresh Spring Waters Purex ScentSplash and it smells wonderful.  I  have actually been using it with Purex Unscented Free and Clear detergent because I wanted to really get a sense for the scent of the ScentSplash itself!  And really, you don't need a full capful in my opinion - a half capful works great.  So if your laundry needs a boost of freshness, I would recommend trying the new Purex Crystals ScentSplash - easy peasy freshness.  Keep reading for a chance to win a bottle!

 3 readers will win free product coupons

Ready for a giveaway?  Three readers will win a free product coupon for a bottle of Purex Crystals ScentSplash (expiration 7/30/15).  Just enter the giveaway below and good luck!

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Disclosure: Thanks so much to the Purex Insiders program for allowing me to be a part of this campaign and providing me with a sample of the New Purex Crystals ScentSplash for my review!  As part of this campaign I am eligible to win prizes!  All opinions expressed are my own.