Wednesday, June 22, 2016

You have GOT to See This Place! Summer Fun at Tree Trek Adventure Park in Orlando

Aunt B and my youngest son about to have the time of their lives!

Before I tell you about our day at Tree Trek Adventure Park in Orlando, let me just note that this would be THE perfect place to have a birthday party for children or adults!! It's a one-of-a-kind day that everyone will remember, enjoy, and talk about for a long time to come.

He was excited, but  a little apprehensive. ;) You'll see him start to genuinely smile as he progresses.
We were heading up to Orlando for my birthday weekend. Not a party per se, but just a fun little something to do. We went to a show, we went to Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney) and we went to Tree Trek Adventure Park!

We went first thing in the morning, and if you know Florida, you understand why. You spend a few hours in the park, so you want to beat the heat (and this time of year, beat the rain too, though they do climb rain or shine).

There are multiple courses for kids, juniors and adults. They get progressively more difficult as you go. You can opt to stop any time you would like. I even saw one person stop mid-course. He was a little apprehensive about walking on the ropes. The guide was amazing with him. She helped him down and asked him if he  had a good time going the first course. She made him feel like it was no big deal, and didn't make him feel more uncomfortable or embarrassed (good job to the guide!).


Learning how to maneuver the clips (under the supervision of a guide).

After they harness you and everyone in the group going out shows up, they put you through a mini training session. They show you the safety features (both clips will never be opened at the same time) and how to use and maneuver with your equipment. It takes a couple of tries to get it down pat, but in no time at all, you'll be a master!

Small practice session where you are watched and guided as you learn.
This was the mini-zip and that is a genuine smile. ;)
They also put you on a mini zipline (there are more to come) while they watch and guide you. The smile you see in that picture was instant and genuine.


There are some similarities between the kids and the adult courses (the two we tried), of course the adult version puts you up much higher. Both courses has one of these nets to run across.


The courses my son ran were designed for children aged 7-11. My son went through both of them and did all 21 adventures. He had a blast! It was just the right amount of challenging-yet doable, and these courses definitely had a huge cool factor going on.


At the end of each game there was a platform to stand on, catch your breath, wait for friends (if friends were there too), and take in the scenery.


As I noted above, each task got a little harder as you went. You can see though, that even at that, they weren't too awful challenging for the younger crowd.


See the gloves he has on? You buy those for a minimal fee when you go in. Make sure you get them, they'll be soaked by the end of the course and they are worth their weight in gold. The bottles of water were unlimited, ice cold and free (extra nice, and essential to keep you hydrated).


After little man got a drink, it was back to the course for round two. You climb a rock wall to get to this course, so it's fun right from the get-go. My son has climbed a good number of rock walls in his day, but never with harness gear on, so he got tangled going up. Right away someone noticed and was spot on up there faster than you could say, 'he's a little tangled.' He got him situated fairly quickly (he climbed up to him so he wouldn't be scared, I think) and going again on his merry way.  And that was the way of it! The guides and others working there left you pretty much to your own devices while you were there, but they were instantly available if something happened. In fact, they would often times be there before you even knew you needed them.


The Tarzan ropes were fun to swing on and by this point my almost-chicken fella (at the beginning) was getting downright cocky. ;) 'Hey Mom, Watch!' and things like that... :)


And there he goes on the final zipline of the day, almost to the end of his second and final course (juniors and adults get to go to the giant zipline, but he's still not tall enough for that one yet). He had a such an amazing time up there in the trees!

Aunt B. went along because she is Ms. Adventure! The things she still wants to do... let me tell you...
Her 'bucket list' makes mine look weak.

Then we went over to the adult side of the course. Again the guide shows each person in the group how to use the equipment and you get a test run on the mini equipment. Then you're off on your own (with the guides never really far away).


You can see from this picture that the adult course is a lot higher in the air, even the very first one that is the least physically taxing.


At all times you are harnessed though, and safety precautions are in place. You always feel safe, which makes it easy to enjoy the courses and have a good time.


Each of the four adult courses gets more challenging as you go. Believe you me, it starts off pretty easy, but it doesn't stay that way. ;)  That's part of the fun. You just do what you're comfortable with, and then watch the others in your party progress to the tougher courses as they go (there's a walking trail underneath every course, including the children's). Or if you're really, really bad to the bone...you can go ahead and do them all. :)


Bottles of ice water were in coolers all along the challenge routes. They were cold, refreshing and very welcome (whether you were climbing or watching)!


For the adults there are four color-coded challenge courses. Things like the trapeze swings to walk on were there...


and of course the multiple ziplines.


It really did get more and more difficult as you went.


I could have done the first course with ease, I think. But when you got to one point, this point you see in the above and below pictures, you would have lost me. There's Aunt B. coming off of the platform swinging on a big rope ball...


into a net!! She was like Spider Woman on steroids! When she started out I was thinking where's the platform to land?????  Then I figured it out, hahahaha. She had to climb that rope all harnessed up and get back to another platform to finish that route. And she did, like a champ!


It was getting hot as the day wore on, and we were all getting tired. When we got to the red section, we decided that instead of climbing the rock wall to progress, we'd call it a day...almost. There was still one thing left to do.


The Giant Zip Line. 

See her sitting up there so tiny and far away?
She's about to end the day with the biggest zipline I have ever seen!
At the very end of the course, you climb a lot of stairs to get to the top, and then you take your zip. What a great way to cool down after a such a strenuous workout! It is the longest zipline I have ever seen, and it does go very fast. My son tried to race her by running on the walking path, of course he was exhausted by the time he got to the end, where she had been with me, patiently waiting for him to catch up. ;)

It was definitely a day to remember and we had such an awesome, fun time!!

There are picnic tables under shelter, and alone in the grass for those wishing to host parties or events. There is also a snack/drink bar on the covered patio and they have outside, air-conditioned rest rooms. The staff are as kind and helpful as can be, and they really know what they're doing too.
The next time you're in the fun zone (that's what we call Orlando because there's so much to do there!) be sure to swing by Tree Trek Adventure Park (pun not intended ;) ). You'll be oh so glad you did!! THIS is how summer memories are made. :)

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Now that's a #Solution! Wonder Wheeler Deluxe Beach Cart from One Step Ahead

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.


Holds a large cooler, beach chairs, an umbrella
& more. All-terrain wheels glide over the sand.

To finish off my One Step Ahead beach series, I saved the biggie for last, the Wonder Wheeler Deluxe Beach Cart. This handy little contraption is exactly what the doctor ordered if you carry a lot of things with you to the beach.

We travel pretty light when we go to the beach but that's because my kids are older. My son and his wife, however, travel very heavily when they go to get some sun and fun. I laugh when I go with them because besides their little one in tow, they also have rafts, towels, beach bags, a blanket, a sun blocking contraption (like an umbrella or cabana), a bag of toys and more. It's like a scene out of a movie watching them go through the motions. It's comical, but they get the job done. :)

Folds flat for easy transportation and storage
With this beach cart they can take all they do and pack a cooler too, and it's going to be no big deal. The cart folds down into a flat contraption making it very easy to store. It opens and shuts very easily and has space for everything.

Roomy, removable bag straps on the top of the cart.
Smaller pockets on the outside to keep small things handy (like sunscreen)

There is a removable storage bag at the top. This is handy and has exterior pockets too. It snaps on and off of the handle.

There is a spot to hold your beach umbrella if you have one, and a place for a big cooler and up to four beach chairs. Beach chairs too? Yes, beach chairs too.

So many features with this cart!!
Sturdy & built to last!
The cart holds up to 100 lbs of beach gear and has swivel wheels that move easily on all terrain, including sand. Oh yes, this is a beach cart to tell your friends about!!

I just want to note too, while I'm talking about this Wonder Wheeler Deluxe Beach Cart, that it's not just for the beach. You could use this for sports gear (coaches take a look!), picnics, family outings, etc. Teachers are forever hauling things in and out of their car and into the classroom. This makes that a breeze, and remember too, it folds flat when you're done so it easily fits right in the car or trunk. One person in a review said she uses it to haul her dog to the beach (in the bag that attaches at the top). I thought that was a fun idea! The ways to use this cart are endless! I absolutely love it and I bet you will too!

You can buy this at One Step Ahead, the best place I know to find genius solutions for every day challenges! If you buy now, it's 20% off of the original price. Learn more about this great item and many others by visiting the One Step Ahead website.You can also follow along on Facebook and/or Twitter.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Excellent Quality Beach Hoodie for the Kids! One Step Ahead has Sunshine #Solutions!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.

Double front pocket to keep your hands warm.
Sometimes when you're done swimming it can get a bit chilly, even if you're in Florida. Best to have a cover-up, just in case. My son has this Sun Smarties Blue Terry Hoodie from One Step Ahead that is just perfect for getting dry and keeping warm. It's made of a soft poly/cotton blend and it has a hood (hence the name, I know) and a double-sided front pocket.

I like the long-length on this one.  It makes it perfect for the beach, the pool, or even an evening at the campground when it gets just a bit chilly. The material is breathable, so he can wear it comfortably in the sun, which means it allows for sun protection too!

He's trying to 'pose cool' but his sister has different ideas...
see her bunny ears bomb in the shadow?
My son likes the tie-dye, he thinks it looks cool. I told him it makes him look 'groovy.' He rolled his eyes at my 'old people' lingo and tried to strike his 'laid back, cool pose.' You can see from the bunny ears his sister has going on in the background that 'cool' wasn't going to go down. 


It was only a matter of seconds before she went in for the big tickle and had him laughing too hard to play cool. That's okay, I think he looks cuter laughing than he does trying to look cool anyway. :)


One Step Ahead sells so many great items for kids. If you haven't checked them out yet, I strongly urge you to do so. Really, I cannot recommend them highly enough. If you head on over to take a look at this hoodie, I'm guessing you'll end up falling in love with the site and sticking around. Parents everywhere love One Step Ahead because the items they sell are always high quality, they look great, and they often times solve a solution too (like this table and chairs that turns into a couch and coffee table, a bench and end tables, or a desk! or this Deluxe Art Table that has a drying rack for your kiddos' new paintings, a paper roll, and lots of bin storage too!). If you've got a challenge, they've likely got a product solution!

This hoodie comes in blue or pink, and you can get it personalized with your child's name.

Learn more about this and other great products by visiting One Step Ahead. You can also follow them on Facebook and/or Twitter.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

#Thaumaturgic Healing: It's Natural!

“Disclaimer: I was given the opportunity by Theralight, Inc. to review this product. However, the brand or company has not influenced me in any way to provide any type of review other than my true and honest opinions. I am disclosing all information provided in this review according to the information provided in Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”



It's nice when you come across a product that is all-natural and does what it says it will do. That's the case with Thaumaturgic Bio Mist by theralight.

My niece-in-law stopped over to visit me yesterday. She's in town from another state, and we were oh so happy to see her! While she was here, she flipped up the back of her shirt and showed me a surprise: a little something she did for herself while she was here. It was a dragon fly tattoo she added to a little scene she already has on her back. It's all small, on the bottom right. It's cute. It was also a little red, as new tattoos tend to be. I broke out the Bio Mist.  She was happy for it too, and said it instantly felt better.

We took a walk in the woods. Little man got a scratch.
It was just a little scratch but he's 8, so it bothered him.

The Thaumatugic Bio Mist is great for adults, but it can also be used on children as well. Two of my sons and I went for a walk in the woods (fun!). When we came back, little man was a little scratched up, as can be expected, and his skin had some red and a little swelling around the biggest scratch that was on the inside of his elbow. It really was not all that big of a scratch, but when you're 8-years-old these things can be a big deal. ;)

I applied Thaumaturgic Bio Mist by Theralight and let it air dry.
It did make a difference. My son felt instant relief and the red around it was gone.
I broke out the Bio Mist and sprayed it on. My son said it didn't hurt a bit, and it doesn't have any smell to it either. The biggest news though, was that sure enough, in just a few seconds, he could see the red starting to fade away and he felt better.

That was two for two. I don't have a boo-boo (yeah, you do say 'boo boo' when you have a house full of kids, lol), or anything that needs the spray right now. I do have a little rough skin on my heel though (how does that even happen in the summer, ugh?). I sprayed it on there, and honest to goodness I felt like it made a positive difference. You couldn't see or feel anything, but the area looked 100% better. It's still a little rough, but the difference was noticeable. I'm going to keep using it and see how it clears up. If it goes away all together, I'm ditching my foot wheel (you know the little sand wheelie thing that smooths rough skin) and using the Bio Mist from now on. We shall see... Whether it works long-term or not on that job though, I am very happy with the product.

Thaumaturgic Bio Mist by Theralight is touted as 'A tropical solution to Protect, Enhance, Invigorate and Aid in Your Skin's Natural Healing.' It is cosmeceutical-grade and works on all skin types including dry, sensitive and oily. This revolutionary skincare product is made with an oxidized molecule called HOCL. In this botle you will find the most stable form ever made with pure ingredients of salt and water, electrolyzed in brute force to produce the natural healing capacities similar to those found in our body.

The suggestions for use on the brochure that came with my product include sun burn, scraped knees, cuts, acne, redness and inflammation due to waxing, redness from recent piercings, fine lines, swelling, scar reduction, skin hydration, reducing large pores, soothing skin after a rough microdermabrasion and more!

This product is hypo-allergenic, non-drying and free of all irritants (no parabens, fragrances, preservatives, etc.!). It's brand new to me, but it's something I'm definitely intrigued by and really liking. I'll be buying more when mine runs out.

You can learn more about Theralight, and the Thaumaturgic Bio Mist by visiting the website. You can also follow along on Facebook and/or Twitter.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Winner Announcement


Congratulations to the following winners whose names were randomly selected by Rafflecopter:

Alissa won the Chiquita prize pack.

Hester & Michele each won a Super Grip Lock.

Jennifer won the Jungle Gym Monkey Bars.

Lisa won the Sand Digger.

Sue won the Teeter Totter.

Barb won her choice of one of two Master Lock items.

$100 Starbucks Gift Card #Giveaway



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I like Starbucks. It's nice to go sit down in there and enjoy a cup of iced coffee (my fave) while the kids fuss with their decisions of what baked goodies they want to select. I know there are a lot of Starbucks fans out there. and with good reason! If you're counted among them, then this giveaway is for you! Take a chance and enter to win. The 'ahh' factor you get from it could be your own. :)
GIVEAWAY DETAILS
Prize: $100 Starbucks Gift Card
Giveaway organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck!

Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. Giveaway ends 6/30 and is open worldwide. Winner will be notified via email.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Love the Beach but Hate Sand Everywhere? One Step Ahead has Beach #Solutions!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.


Keep reading to see what's in these two nifty little pouches!
One Step Ahead does it yet again! Two fantastic solutions to a common family challenge: sand! Going to the beach is all well and fun. In fact, it's one of our favorite things to do. But the sandy, icky, wet mess that comes home with it (even if you rinse, shake and repeat under the public showers) is no fun at all. 


ITEM #1
Sand-Away Beach Bag (on sale for $12.76)!

Self-containing pouch
If you have kids, you know that what I just said especially holds true when it comes to the toys!! Sandy toys wreak havoc on a tote bag and that mess always, always finds its way to your car. So...you see this small envelope? It is actually the top part of a nifty large bag that is made entirely of mesh. The bag is PERFECT for beach toys, snorkel gear, and things like that... things that are going to get wet, and things that when wet are going to attract sand like a magnet to metal.


I love the design of this bag. Simply unsnap the flap and you'll find your bag inside. Once you start pulling the contents out, you'll see the bag start to form.


The Sand-Away Beach Bag has a sturdy net material, so you can see everything inside of the bag, which makes it great for the kiddos. They won't have to take every toy out to get the one they want, and then when it's time to leave you can throw all the sandy stuff in there, sling it over your shoulder and take it to the spigot on the concrete part of the beach where you can clean everything out before you get it in the car. Or if  you're going to stay in the recreational area, you can rinse everything and hang the bag from a tree limb so it'll all dry while you eat/visit/play. So handy!


I stretched the bag out here, so you can see how big it could get. This bag is roomy enough for almost everything you might need on the beach! It has a nice long handle too, so you can sling it over your shoulder, which makes toting it a breeze.

Photo Source: One Step Ahead

Bring home everything but the sand! Our giant mesh beach bag holds ALL your towels, toys, and gear—even a pail and beach ball!—then folds away into a self-contained pouch. Before you leave, just give it a shake to release the sand. Lightweight and fast-drying, with hook 'n loop closures that ensure contents stay put. Its zippered security pocket works as a privacy pocket in beach bag mode and a self-storage pouch when the bag is folded (the hands-free strap snaps to strollers and gear). Great for also carting groceries and laundry; doubles as an eco-friendly shopping bag. 18"W x 12"D x 18"H open; folds to 9"L x 2"W x 6"H. Imported. Designed by OneStepAhead!


Item #2 
Sand-Away Beach Sheet

Handy storage pouch included. Sand-Away Beach Sheet 


This fast drying nylon beach sheet is a roomy 7ft. x 7 ft. and it has sand pockets on the corners to keep it firmly in place if you're using it on the beach. It also has loops if you want to use stakes in the grass. It's made of a water and sand-resistant feather-light nylon that dries quickly, and it's perfect for outside use. 


Here you see I've used it on a public chaise lounge. That's because the sweet little pumpkin you see in the background has a phobia with the teeny tiny sugar ants that so often end up on these kinds of chairs. He can't stand them and it ruins his whole day to have to share space with them. Solution? I swipe them off and put down the Sand-Away-Beach Sheet. I also take this sheet to the beach and it works way better than beach towels (that wet sand sticks to) or blankets (that are big and bulky).

Yet another way One Step Ahead offers solutions for you and your family.

You can learn more about One Step Ahead by visiting their website. You can also follow them on Facebook and/or Twitter.