Saturday, August 29, 2015

AdoramaPix Photo Books ~ Discount!

AdoramaPix helps people turn their digital photographs from abstract computer files into beautiful keepsakes designed to last a lifetime. Their custom photo books display your captured memories in rich color and vibrant detail. Thick, durable, professional grade photo paper resists fading and ensures that your photos will be just as colorful for future generations. The binding is lay-flat, so even panoramic images can splash across two pages without any separation. Your memories deserve to live in a stylish, archival home with AdoramaPix photo books.

You can find all the fun gift ideas HERE:

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Getting Closer with a Family Vacation

My absolute favorite thing to do in the world is to get away with my family.  Vacation is the perfect time to bond and get closer with everyone.  I think it is important to try and get away from home on a vacation because it makes that time even more special.  No work, no school, no chores, no grocery shopping.  Just quality family time 24/7.

My boys even tell us they love vacation so much because mommy and daddy don't have to go to work.  Time with each other is so valuable so if you are able, then take advantage of these few short years.  Since our boys are still young we usually go to Florida every year.  Its not to far and there is always tons to do and miles of beaches.

In May we went to Hollywood, Florida and I am thrilled to be heading to Orlando with them in two weeks for #FamilyForward.  Two trips is a real luxury and I am looking forward to having a super fun time with my boys before they head back to school, and my husband too of course.

When I found out we would be staying at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort I was ecstatic and I plan on surprising my dinosaur obsessed boys with a Jurassic Park suite.  It is a bit out of our normal price range but I figure this is a once in lifetime experience that I want them to remember forever.  I cannot wait to see the looks on their faces when we walk into our room.

#FamilyForward is 5 days of family activities with the fun of Universal Studios.  We have never been to Loews Resorts or Universal Studios so I am sure it will be a great family adventure we will remember forever.  The resort has beautiful pools and is walking distance to the theme park.  

So as we count down the days, (TEN more sleeps!!), I hope you are busy planning a vacation with your family or had a fabulous journey this summer.  You never truly know your family until you spend a week with them in a hotel room.  #TravelforReal

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Digital Media Academy Special!

Students at Digital Media Academy summer camps had an amazing time this summer! To say "Thank you," 

DMA would like to extend their biggest savings of the year to all DMA alumni - the Alumni Special. 

Take advantage of special discounted pricing and save hundreds when you purchase an Alumni Special Voucher for 2016 summer camps and DMA Online courses. Purchase an Alumni Special voucher and cancel anytime before February 1st, 2016 for a full refund - no questions asked.

Hurry, Alumni Special ends September 1, 2015 at 11:59 p.m.!

Founded at Stanford University, Digital Media Academy is ranked the world's best technology camp.
Kids and teens learn computer programming, app development, 3D modeling, robotics, graphic design, filmmaking, and much more. DMA summer camps are one or multiple week experiences taught by industry experts and tech professionals. Campers get hands-on experience creating projects using the latest hardware and software from Apple, Canon, Adobe, and more. 
Girl Power! Made by Girls is a new program dedicated to empowering female learners through community and closing the gender gap in the tech industry.
Give your teen a pre-collegiate experience or build a child's confidence through project-based learning. Learn at some of the most prestigious colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and Canada. 

#CreateTheNext this summer at Digital Media Academy! Alumni Special ends September 1, 2015 at 11:59 p.m..

Questions? Call 1(866)656-3342 to speak with a Guest Service Representative or email and mention the Alumni Special Offer.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Magic Waters Waterpark!

With everyone talking about back to school, and even sharing Halloween costume ideas, I just want to say STOP!!!  We still have an entire month of summer left before school starts so I highly suggest you take a break on planning for the future and plan a fun day with the kiddos.  Winter is going to be here soon enough so a day at Magic Waters waterpark is a perfect activity to end your summer with.

Magic Waters is just an hour outside of Chicago near beautiful Rockford, IL.  It was an easy drive from the city and well worth it.  They have something for everyone.  My 3 year old is not into slides but he loved playing in the Children's Tiki area.  He also loved the wave pool and told me it was just like the beach in Florida.

Well my 3 year old and I hung around the wave pool my husband and my 5 year old went on every single water slide for the majority of the day.  There were only 2 slides my 5 year old was too little for but he loved all the rest.  His favorite was the Splash Blaster which is basically like a roller coaster water slide.  Tons of fun!

One attraction our entire family enjoyed was the Splash Magic River.  We went around it at least 5 times and had a blast relaxing and racing along the river.  I did manage to sneak away and ride one of the bigger water slides myself called the Double Dare Drop.  I was terrified!!  It was so much fun though and my 5 year old loved watching me go down the huge drop.

It was a fabulous day and My entire family and I can wait to head back to Magic Waters waterpark.  We went on a Sunday and there was not much of a wait for any of the slides and there was plenty of chairs and picnic tables.  We were able to find a nice area in the shade to leave our towels and come back to for lunch.  They also allow you to bring a cooler so feel free to bring any food you want with you!  

Right now if you purchase tickets on their website they are only $13!  If you do buy food in the park I have to say everything is very reasonably priced and tasty.  Parking is FREE.  So drop what you are doing, grab the kids and have a relaxing day at Magic Waters waterpark.  

A huge thank you to & Magic Waters for giving us tickets for such an exciting day :)

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Fresh Families Back to School Giveaway!

Back to School is coming fast, and I’m teaming up with some of my favorite brands and bloggers to offer a huge back to school giveaway!

  Enter this huge Back to School giveaway from some of your favorite brands and bloggers! Three winners will take home a backpack loaded with school supplies - including Boogie Wipes. Plus a mommy clutch - full of everything mom needs to make the start of the school year as easy as possible - including a $25 Target gift card, a $25 Starbucks gift card, Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus, a Dreft To-Go Instant Stain Remover Pen  and Febreze In-Wash Odor Eliminator.

 Three winners will take home a backpack loaded with school supplies - including Boogie Wipes. Plus a mommy clutch - full of everything mom needs to make the start of the school year as easy as possible - including a $25 Target gift card, a $25 Starbucks gift card, Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus, a Dreft Stain Stick and Febreze In-Wash Odor Eliminator.

Make Back to School Simple with Fresh Families Brands

Bracing yourself for the back to school sniffles that seem inevitable this time of year? Boogie Wipes to the rescue! Click here to grab a coupon, and be sure to stack your savings at Target to save an additional 5% with the Cartwheel app. Dreading having to iron those school uniforms and T-shirts every morning? Meet your new iron - Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus. You're going to love it! Click here for a coupon. Have no doubt that your kids will slop some lunch on their brand new school clothes? Arm them with the Dreft To-Go Instant Stain Remover Pen! Click here for a coupon. Already gagging when you think about having to wash those smelly gym clothes? You'll be shouting #BringtheStink with the new Febreze In-Wash Odor Eliminator. Click here for a $2 coupon. Complete the form below for a chance to win all of these products - plus more!

Enter to Win!

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Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm ET on Wednesday, August 19, 2015. Entrants must be residents of the United States or Canada. Promotion is void in Quebec. Backpacks, mommy clutch and contents will vary from those pictured.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Magic Waters Waterpark in Rockford ~ Family Fun

Find your fun at Magic Waters Waterpark near Rockford, IL. Magic Waters features 10 attractions such as the Typhoon Terror, The Double Dare Drop Speed Slide or Tsunami Bay-Illinois' largest wave pool!

Experience the thrill of Splash Blaster Water Coaster Ride or just relax on the Splash Magic River! Don't miss Tiki Island-a water paradise for kids! There's fun for the entire family!

I am super excited to have the opportunity to take my family here.  Chris, my older son, is currently obsessed with water slides.  So stay tuned to hear all about our adventure!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Xlear Care Kit ~ Review

Disclosure: I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of this product.

I am always trying to find healthier products for my family.  Small changes here and there to help us feel better, and hopefully live longer.  One of my main ways of doing this is by choosing products that are more natural and less artificial.  Xlear is a brand that makes this easy and the Xlear Care Kit is a great place to start.

They have everything you need for a great oral care routine and I really enjoyed using the toothpaste and mouthwash.  It left my mouth feeling fresh and clean.  My favorite items though were the Spry gum and gems.  I have to have something to ease my stress while driving so gum and mints are my go to items.  I love that the Spry gum and mints satisfied my cravings and at the same time were helping keep my mouth clean and fresh.

Spry Gum
• Xlear Spry Gum has a flavor profile that exceeds regular chewing gum with the added benefit of xylitol.
• Spry Gum is available in four natural flavors:  Spearmint, Wintergreen, Cinnamon, and Peppermint.
• 12 pieces of Spry Gum retails for $2.29. 

Spry Gems
• Xlear Spry Gems are naturally sweetened with 100% xylitol.
• Spry Gems combine the benefits of xylitol with natural flavorings and calcium to create a pHbalanced formula for advanced oral health.
• Spry Gems are available in Berry, Cinnamon, Peppermint, Spearmint, and Lemon Cream varieties.
• 40 count Spry Gems retail for $2.19.

Spry Toothpaste Non-Fluoride
• The use of Spry Toothpaste can significantly improve oral health, when combined with proper oral hygiene and regular dental care.
• Spry Toothpaste consists of 1/3 xylitol, which provides 20-25% of the recommended dosage per day.
• Xylitol also increases mineral absorption into the enamel of the teeth, resulting in greater protection with a clean, fresh feeling that really lasts.
• Spry Toothpaste retails for $5.99 each.

Spry Oral Rinse
• Spry Oral Rinse takes a more natural approach tooral health by using a xylitol-rich, low-alcohol, and pH-neutral formula.
• It also uses a mix of natural flavorings and herbal extracts such as aloe vera, chamomile, and echinacea to help soothe irritated mouth tissues.
• Spry Oral Rinse is available in Cool Mint, Spearmint, Wintergreen, and Cinnamon flavors.
• Spry Oral Rinse retails for $6.99 each.

Xlear also has their very own nasal sprays.  For me nasal sprays are phenomenal.  The spring is filled with tons of pollen, dust and I think just the air overall drives my allergies into overdrive and my sinuses are so uncomfortable.  Using a nasal spray when I wake up and when I come home I notice a huge difference in how much better I feel overall.  Finding a more natural option when it comes to a nasal spray is very difficult so Xlear is a perfect choice.  

Xlear Nasal Spray
• Xlear is a soothing nasal spray that helps to alleviate congestion due to allergies, cold, flu, and sinusitis. It does this by being much more hyperosmotic than a traditional saline nasal spray and also by incorporating xylitol, a natural product that has been shown to decrease bacterial adherence in the nose.
• When used twice a day, Xlear nasal spray not only hydrates the sinuses and nasal passages but it also helps to wash away airborne contaminants and pollutants that lead to many common upper respiratory problems.
• Unlike many prescription or medicated sprays with unwanted side effects, daily usage of Xlear Nasal Spray is non-addictive and will not damage tissues.
• One 1.5 oz. container of Xlear Nasal Spray retails for $14.99 and will last 2-3 months with daily use.
• The Xlear Nasal Spray Economy Pack contains three .75 oz. squeeze bottles and retails for $18.99.

If you are wondering what makes the Xlear line of products so different it is because they contain xylitol.  Never heard of xylitol?  Don't worry, I didn't either until I tried this great line of products. 

 "The addition of xylitol to saline nasal sprays, neti pots, and positive pressure bottles has been shown to make them more effective at helping to prevent ear infections in children, sinus infections in adults, and asthma and allergies in people of all ages. Xylitol helps the body’s natural cleansing process to clear away allergens, asthmatic triggers and other harmful bacteria. Xylitol is also one of the newest, easiest and tastiest ways that people can improve oral health. Research done in widely different conditions confirms that xylitol use may reduce tooth decay."

And if you would like to try out the entire Xlear Care Kit pictured above, thanks to Moms Meet & Xlear you can get the entire Xlear Care Kit (valued at $65) for only $25 by using the code SAVE50.

Be sure to check out Xlear on Facebook and Twitter as well!