Tuesday, December 20, 2016

3DLightFX Super Affordable Present that is Going to Stand Out (Literally and Figuaratively)

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How can something so simple delight every single person who walks in the room? Well because the concept is cool, it's different, AND it's Marvel. :) This Captain America Shield is just one of many 3DLightFX Deco Lights you can buy. They offer many of your most favorite characters, and all of them are downright awesome!  They have Disney, Marvel, Star Wars, Hasbro, and more, and every single one of them is great in their own way.

Friday, December 16, 2016

GlobeIn Lets You Deliver Special Any Time of the Year!

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Sample of the Cozy Box Subscription from GlobeIn
This is just one of many options available
See now, this is the kind of delivery you wan to give or gift any time of the year! It's like sending someone extra special a dose of something, well...extra special. GlobeIn is a montly subscription that delivers a box full of highly curated, artisan-made products from around the world.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Malt Shop Cookies in a Personalized Tin? Yes, Please!

These are not dog treats, they are just personalized in this instance with a dog on the label. YOU can personalize yours any way you want to... but putting a dog or cat on the top might not be a bad idea if, you have kids. That way you can disguise these bad boys as pet treats and save them all for you!! Kidding. I'm kidding. I share with my kids, haha, but the thought did make me laugh. Why? Because these are Malt Shop Cookies, and I do like anything that has malt! 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Personalized Ornaments for You! Celebrating 3 of the Girls in Our Family

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Personalized Ornaments for You knows how to make gift giving and decorating even more special than it already is...how? By creating these fabulous personalized ornaments you are going to love!

Monday, November 21, 2016

BIG Gifts that won't Break the Bank! American Plastic Toys

Okay, I will readily admit that I am that mom, grandma, aunt, what have you... I like to make sure the kids get at least one BIG gift under the tree from Santa. This year I've found a way to do that for at least two of the littles in this family, without breaking the bank. American Plastic Toys makes a solidly built Deluxe Plastic Beauty Salon for $35.00 that my granddaughter is just going to love!

Monday, November 14, 2016

North Pole Kids Club: My Kid is a Junior Elf! with #Giveway

A large part of all the fun Christmas entails comes with the build-up that goes along with it. What better way to get your kids excited this year, than to make them junior elves?! We did it! My son just recieved his Official Elf Kit in the mail from the North Pole Kids Club, and let me tell you, this kit is fun! Keep reading because one lucky reader is going to get one to call their very own (well, they'll get one so their child can call it his or her very own). 

Thursday, November 10, 2016

I am Giving Away a Clock from AcuRite!

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Last year I got my son a weather station from AcuRite. Today, that is still one of his most favorite gifts and he uses it almost every day. It has great visuals for showing what the weather is and will be, and it's a great way for him to be involved in 'adult conversations' because as he has told me many times, 'adults always talk about the weather!'

AcuRite Announces Top-5 Holiday Tech Gifts for 2016

Sunday, November 6, 2016

One Step Ahead: One Stop Shop for Christmas with Easy Payment Option

We received a lot of great items to review for Mail4Rosey for the year 2016, those that came from One Step Ahead though, were my absolute favorites. 

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Carpet One: Good Cause Door Mat #Giveaway

October is designated as the month where we recognize and support Breast Cancer initiatives. That is wonderful, and I do mean really, really awesome (the more support the better!) but we all know that Breast Cancer is not something that just affects us during one-month, it is a year-round concern. As such, Carpet One Floor and Home Stores sell items (they donate a portion of the proceeds) to support the initiative year-round. 

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Trudeau Puts the Money Where Your Mouth Is!

Trudeau "Puts the Money Where Your Mouth is"

Unfortunately, most of us know someone who has been ill-affected by Breast Cancer. Fortunatley, there are many reputable companies that are large enough to make a solid difference, who are doing so, and Trudeau is one of them!

October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a great time to remind us to get involved and lend support to a great national cause – the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (www.bcrfcure.org). Once again, The Trudeau Corporation offers an exclusive BCRF collection of hydration bottles and thermal tumblers with a percentage of all sales going directly going to BCRF. (its the money where your mouth is)….

These products, developed with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, are designed exclusively for Trudeau’s product donation program, and are sold in support of breast cancer research initiatives. To date Trudeau has donated over half a million dollars to BCRF! Now that's a sizeable contribution! And it comes from your purchases combined with Trudeaus awesome generosity!

                           LuLu SS Travel Tumbler      Tea-Rific II Tea Tumbler

Friday, October 14, 2016

#PlayLikeHasbro with the NERF N Strike Elite Mega Lightning Bow

My son had an awesome birthday party. The place...the people, and the gifts all made for a very special day. It was just exactly everythng a mom could hope for, while watching her son turn 9.  And while he did appreciate all of his gifts, there was one that def. stood out as a favorite: His Nerf N Strike Elite Mega Lignting Bow.

Four Fall Favorites from Hasbro! #PlayLikeHasbro

One way to usher in Fall successfully is to bring in a round of toys that will keep the kiddos engaged and entertained. What better way than with Hasbro?! Whether you have little ones who are missing their siblings while they are now in school, or you are looking to treat your child who is in school, these four selections are spot on for engaging and imaginative play, that is also downright fun.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Passenger Safety Week! Enter to #Win a Diono Car Seat!

Just a reminder that TODAY is the last day to enter to win a Diono Car Seat in celebration of Passenger Safety Week! As you can see in the picture above and the two below, we get a lot of use out of ours. My son is 9 and he still rides in a car seat (our Diono goes up to 120 lbs!). I say the longer you can leave them in there the better. The Diono helps boost him up over window height too, so he can see where we're going when we are on the road.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund Donates $1 Million!

Every once in awhile I come across an e-mail that makes my jaw drop and my heart swell. Such is the case with the one I am copying below. Hurrah for Toys R Us and Give Kids the World Village. If you're only going to read one story today, this is the one to read.

Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund Donates $1M to Give Kids The World,
Company Gifts Its Iconic Ferris Wheel Cars to Charity’s Resort Village

Specialty Toy Retailer to Help Bring Smiles and Joy to Children with Life-Threatening Illnesses

Give Kids The World Village (GKTW), a nonprofit resort based in Kissimmee, Florida that welcomes children with life-threatening illnesses and their families, announced today a partnership with Toys“R”Us®. In addition to a $1 million pledge provided by the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund (TRUCF), a public charity affiliated with the specialty toy retailer, the company is providing monthly in-kind product donations and has donated a vibrant cast of cars that once graced the famous Ferris wheel in the retailer’s former Times Square, New York City store.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

JUMP AROUND: The Perfect Birthday Package to Book at Sky Zone!

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Evidently there are Sky Zone Trampoline Parks all over the world, but I didn't know that until recently when I was looking for a place to book a birthday party for my son.

Gourmet Gift Baskets Sells Such a Good Birthday Cake!

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I may or many not have messed up on ordering my son's birthday cake (*sigh*). He was really looking forward to this birthday, so I opted to get him a very special cake...from Gourmet Gift Baskets. The thing is, I ordered it too soon...not on purpose, but still... and it wouldn't keep. So, what's a family to do? Well, his birthday party was going to be in a different city, too far for friends to go, so we had a neighborhood cake party!! I'm telling you, it was a huge success and nobody ended up minding the cake blooper at all, especially not the kids. ;)

Monday, August 22, 2016

These PlayMobil Carry Cases are FUN! with #Giveaway

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What's baby girl so excited about? PLAYMOBIL Carrying Cases!! She has good reason to be excited too, because these little kits are crazy cool awesome. These came the day before my little one came to visit grandmama for a few days. It was perfect timing.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Coco Key Water Resort: Everything You Could Want in a Family Hotel and More! #Orlando

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THIS is a great place to celebrate back-to-school OR
one last hurrah before school starts (depending on where you are located). :)
This is a hotel review for Coco Key Water Resort in Orlando, Florida, but let me tell you right from the get-go, this is not an ordinary hotel!!

Monday, August 15, 2016

#KohlsCares Back to School with Kohls and Clifford!

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Koh's is always a favorite destination for back-to-school. I get my son's uniforms there, and I often get his new shoes there too. One thing we never pass up when we're in the store is the $5 Kohl's Cares merchandise. This area always has the best books, toys, practical items and stuffies. Every item costs just $5 and 100% of the net profit goes towards funding children's health initiatives nationwide.

Yoobi #BacktoSchool Supplies. One Item Donated for EVERY Item Purchased!

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For every Yoobi item you purchase,
another Yoobi item will be donated to a classroom in need.

You want your children to stand out, in a good way, and Yoobi wants that for them too. That's why they've created this fabulous line of back-to-school items that are covered in uplifting and positive messages, all stressing the importance of being unique...of being yourself, because afterall, there's just one you, and a big hurrah for it too!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

CollegeSpeak and a Ten Dollar Gift Card from Bed Bath & Beyond! #ad

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Today we headed over to our local Bed, Bath & Beyond store to stock up on Procter & Gamble health, beauty & laundry items for back to college campus time for my son. We chose this specific destination because they have a great in-store deal going on right now where if you purchase $40 worth of the participating P&G items, you will recieve a $10 Bed Bath & Beyond gift card. I always love when you can get a gift card just for purchasing items that you're already going to be buying anyway. :)

Pure Costumes Has Really Outdone Themselves for Halloween This Time!

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Today I am grateful... grateful that instead of talking about hurricane damage (because outside of losing internet, we had none!! thank you to so many of you who sent e-mails to inquire, I will be in touch soon!!), I can talk about this Master Chief outfit from Pure Costumes! In a word, this costume is amazing. It makes my son look good and feel great!! I think he really thinks he's a super power in this bad boy (he likes it because it looks military, he's never actually played the video game Halo, which is where the character comes from... I know a lot of people have though, and love it!).

#WinVansFoods #Giveaway

Good food and good giveaways, you can't beat that combo, and Vans Foods is bringing you both. Just in time to remind us of the delicious food and snack options availabe for back to school. We had their Gluten Free waffles this morning and they were fabulous!  Nothing starts a morning quite like hot waffles and coffee (well, no coffee for the kiddos...OJ or apple juice would do just fine for them). :)

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Amwell is Transforming Medical Care! Try the Online Service for ONE DOLLAR with the Code HEALTHY27

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Try Amwell for just $1.00!
Amwell is amazing! Why? Because it saves you TONS of time, it's effective, it's user-friendly, and it's affordable. What is it? It's an online service for medical care. Who can use it? Anyone! Come read about my experience, and you'll see why I'm singing Amwell's praises.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

20% Off #HimalayanSalt Lamp from Himalayan Salt Shop!

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I have a grown son with a girlfriend who is an esthetician. That same son was here visiting not long ago, and he went nuts over my lamp from the Himalyan Salt Shop...not for himself, but for his girl. I guess it's something she always says she wants to buy. It also happened to be very close to the time they were going to celebrate their third year dating anniversary...so guess what my son ended up getting for his girl? Yep, the same lamp. She was DE-lighted! When she got her gift, she texted me a picture of her lamp all lit up at night, which made me laugh. I understand what all the fuss is about though, these lamps really are pretty great.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Protecting Their Eyes in a Stylish Fun Way: Real Kids Shades

Summer is definitely in full swing, and one thing you want to make sure you do is protect your children's eyes when they're outside. Real Kids Shades always has the best sunglasses for kids. They do look stylish but they also have a lot of features parents can appreciate.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Mangos Tropical Cafe in Orlando_A Fun Night of Dancing and Dining. You Know You Deserve It!

I've found a place where no one has their cell phone out, unless it's to take pictures of the show. Yep, it's that entertaining. This is a dining experience like no other, and you'll find it in Orlando (there's also one in South Beach/Miami)...it's called Mango's Tropcial Cafe-Orlando, and believe me, you don't want to miss it!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Some Things Really are Worth the Price! Audio Technica Bluetooth Headphones

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Headphones can run anywhere from $1.99 in a department store, to hundreds of dollars...so if you're in the market to buy a pair, you probably wonder why anyone would pay the latter, when the former pair works just fine. Well, the cheaper pair will work just fine, but only for a very short time (sometimes they only last a day before you have a problem). A quality purchase, like you'll find at Audio-Technica, takes away all of your headphone worries because you'll know in an instant that you're going to get high quality sound, durability, comfort and style.

Magical View Room at Park Inn by Raddison in Orlando

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Park Inn by Raddison Resort & Conference Center Orlando

I used to think that it was ridiculous to pay a lot of money for a hotel room, and then not hardly use it all because you were out and about all day and night long doing something in the area. Then I stayed at a budget motel... to prove my point. Let me just say, a). I was wrong and b). never again!! So this trip, we opted to go back to our norm and stay someplace so much nicer. The Park Inn by Radisson Resort & Conference Center, located in sunny Orlando, Florida was in a word, 'perfect!' It's not 'cheap' but it's definitely affordable and you and your family will love it!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Everglades Holiday Park: We Took an Airboat Tour of the Everglades!!

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This is a good friend of mine and my kids are lucky enough to call her aunt. She looks sweet and innocent, but I'm telling you, she's a crazy woman when it comes to adventure! For the last 13 years we've lived in separate states (though we did visit each other from time to time. She even flew up to Michigan to help decorate my youngest son's nursery...yeah, that's a good friend). That means we've got a lot of fun time to make up for, and to help us do that, this summer we've created a 'bucket list' of sorts that we're slowly ticking off one by one. Some of the things she puts on there really stretch my adventure zone. ;)  I'm no slouch in the adventure department, mind you. I'll travel most anywhere, ride any rollercoaster, and I really am down with trying new things... but some things make me nervous...like driving fast, airboats (not the boat itself, just the fact that we're over dangerous things...I know weird, we'd probably never end up in the drink, but if we did... lol!), and white water rafting (something on her list we haven't done yet *gasp*).

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Vandor Has Marvel, Sonic, Snoopy and More!

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I gotta tell ya, I'm all about the fun things like you see above. Bring me four Marvel Comics coasters, a pair of Sonic glasses and a Snoopy drinking cup and I'm just downright giddy. You can find all of these items and SO MUCH more at https://www.amazon.com/vandor.

Friday, July 1, 2016

10 Things I'm Loving This Summer! All Items $30 and Under (most for much less)!!

Our family has been doing quite a few things this summer, making it one of our best ever yet!! Along the way we've also been sent some products to test out and see how we feel about them. Some I like, some I don't. I'm going to list my top 10 favorites here, and you can see if you might like them too. Please note, these are in no particular order of favoritism, as they are all very different from one another...the common bond they have is that they're all just items I like owning.

The Sip & Spin Cup has a pinwheel that spins every time you take a drink.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

What's Hasbro Up to This Summer? Our Family Loves to #PlayLikeHasbro

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Chances are high you already know and love Hasbro. So many of us grew up with the brand, that it simply feels like home. When you grow up and have kids, purchasing Hasbro items is comfortable and often times a way to re-live your youth...or ask questions like, "Where was this when I was growing up? I LOVE this thing!" The latter is how I feel about the following:

First the Marvel Captain America Civil War Blaster Reveal Shield.

This shield has a secret.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Bluefoot Pirate Adventure: THE Best Boating Adventure in South Florida for Kids!!

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The best adventure in South Florida for kids!
I have found THE best thing for kids to do in south Florida! It's located in Fort Lauderdale, it's reasonably priced, and it's entertaining from start to finish!! I suspected Bluefoot Pirate Adventures would be fun before I even got there, but lemme tell you, when you take this pirate ride, you are in for a treat!

It's important to make your reservations ahead of time, because only so many people can go out on the boat at once. That being said, it does accommodate a fairly large group and would be perfect for field trips, birthday parties, summer camp visits, etc., and the boat runs multiple times in a day (check the schedule online to see which days they are open, and what times they have available).

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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