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!


Thursday, May 28, 2015

Easy Chili Dinner ~ Review

I was recently given the opportunity to try a few of the products from Olde Westport Spice & Trading Co.  They were all things I had never tried before which I love.  I received their Mesquite Seasoning, a package of Chili, Chicken Enchilada Soup, and Chili Verde  I really loved all four items but my favorite was their chili seasoning which was just delicious.


It was so easy to make and with the Chili Mix you only need a couple other ingredients which is great.  I actually had everything on hand already.  You need 2 lbs of ground meat.  I choose ground beef.  A can of tomato sauce and a can of beans.  I love to use Spicy chili beans.


The recipe comes right on the back of the package and was super easy to make while watching my two boys.  I am a huge fan of one pot meals.  You just brown your meat and drain the grease.  


Then you add the Olde Westport Chili Chili Mix, tomato sauce, and a can of water.  Let that cook for ten minutes.  Next, drain and rinse your beans, add them to the mixture and cook another ten minutes.  I use my timer on my stove because as a mom at home I am easily distracted and it keeps me on track.  



That's it!  You have a delicious satisfying meal.  I only cook dinner when I am not working so it is a special treat for the hubby to come home to a meal waiting and he was thrilled.  We gobbled up our bowls of Chili.  They were so yummy.  I added a sprinkle of shredded cheese to the top as a garnish.


CHAMPIONSHIP CHILI SPICE BLEND - This championship spice has helped chili creators win 12 state and national championships throughout the years and all over the US! But what is most important to us about our Olde Westport Chili Spice Blend is that our customers love to use it in their chili whether it's for a national championship cook-off challenge or simply for their own family in their cozy kitchen on a cold winter's night. We've heard from countless customers that our attention to detail and quality is what makes this chili spice blend stand out above the competitors. We know you might put beans in your chili or maybe you add apples and sausage or perhaps you have a special recipe that is top secret but starts with thick-cut bacon... however you concoct your chili we hope you'll try our chili spice blend





Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Digital Media Academy ~ Discount



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Monday, May 25, 2015

Bluefoot Pirate Adventures ~ Discount

We just got back from a week of fun in Florida.  We spent the week on the beach with some activities in between and the sunshine was wonderful.  One of our excursions during our stay was to Bluefoot Pirate Adventures.  The boys were so excited to be going  on a real pirate ship.  I was excited to be going on a boat ride.


We booked a 1 pm cruise and arrived about 30 minutes early as suggested.  The pirates are waiting to greet you and provide some face, or in the case of my boys, arm painting.  They also provide you with pirate attire.  For an additional fee of $7 you can purchase a pirate sword, eye patch, and bandanna.


After everyone gets all their pirate goodies the kids are then taught the rules of being a pirate which I thought was adorable.  It is a super fun way for them to be safe since they are little and it is a boat.  They also teach them how to speak like a pirate which was fun but the kids quickly forgot.


Once on the boat Captain Chris put on a great show of entertaining the adults.  You learn about all the rich people that live in the area, and whether it is a yacht or a mansion he knows it all and it was very interesting.  It was my first sort of celebrity tour and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  Plus there was a wonderful cool breeze in the back of the boat. 


The kids are entertained and kept busy by Pirate Rose.  She tells them the story of the treasure and the missing key.  The kids help direct the boat, and the best part is shooting the canons at the bad pirate, or occasionally anyone else that gets to close to our boat.


All in all it was a great time and a fabulous boat ride that I highly recommend if you are in the Fort Lauderdale area with children.  Can you tell how gorgeous the weather was?  If we lived in Florida I would definitely book these guys for my boys birthday party.  Chris wouldn't even take off his eye patch until bedtime.  This is a different one of a kind attraction that needs to be on your to do list.


Bluefoot Pirate Family Adventures children's pirate cruise in Fort Lauderdale. Where children and adults alike, come to experience the magic of a pirate cruise sailing in South Florida in search of treasure.

Come on a Bluefoot Pirate Family Adventures voyage as we take everyone into a world of treasure hunts and battles on the high seas!
Discount Tuesdays & Thursdays! - Buy one ticket get a 2nd Ticket at 50% off! Offer Not Valid on Holidays.
 



Monday, May 11, 2015

Minbie - Nuturing Baby's Instincts ~ Review

Disclosure: I was provided with the products mentioned to facilitate my review but all opinions are my own.


When it comes to feeding baby it is not always an easy task.  I remember one of the most overwhelming tasks when setting up my baby registry was choosing a bottle.  You have no idea what the differences are and there is an overwhelming amount of bottles and nipples to choose from.  

Nursing is another task that that can be complicated at first but once you and your baby get into a feeding groove it can be the most wonderful experience ever.  The idea of introducing a bottle can sometimes be scary.  Will my baby accept it?  Will they still want to nurse?  All questions I asked myself.  But with going back to work only 5 weeks after giving birth I knew a bottle was inevitable.  

Minbie's significant breakthroughs:

Minbie nurtures a newborns ability to breastfeed by allowing newborns to bottle-feed with the instinctive feeding technique that they are born with.
Minbie supports a newborns digestion by helping to release natural digestive enzymes. This supports a baby's sleep too.


Minbie matches breast and bottle feeding techniques.

We passionately believe that you should be able to breastfeed and bottle-feed your baby.

To help you, we have created Minbie which is a teat designed to support your newborn's instinctive breastfeeding technique. This means that when newborns feed from Minbie they practice the instinctive latch and feeding-action for nurturing breastfeeding. This is a significant breakthrough in matching breast and bottle-feeding techniques and preventing feeding-confusion*.

For newborns who can not be breastfed, we created Minbie to allow them to bottle-feed with the instinctive breastfeeding technique that they are born with because why shouldn't they be able to feed intuitively with the technique that is developmentally right for them and that helps release digestive enzymes for proper digestion of the milk.

How is Minbie different than other teats?



Our research has found that generic and orthodontic bottle-teats can quickly teach newborns a different latch and feeding-action to the newborns natural instinctive breastfeeding technique. This may be sufficient for bottle feeding, but it can cause feeding confusion and problems such as a 'weak latch' and 'lazy feeding' when the baby is breastfeeding.

If your newborn has become used to other bottle-teats, he or she may have difficulty feeding from a Minbie teat. This may be an indication that your baby's instinctive feeding technique has been damaged.
Every feed counts ...


My friends baby was set to review this item for me but due to a family emergency you are just going to have to take my word!  I love that this is a simple bottle no extra parts.  Even though it is simple the nipples innovative design looks phenomenal.  This is a product I wish I had with my boys because it may have helped with the difficultly I had getting my boys to nurse. 


Use Minbie as the first and only bottle teat for your baby to help maintain and strengthen your baby's instinctive breastfeeding technique, the way nature intended. Minbie products are from Australia but they subsidise shipping to the US only charging $7.95AUD ($6.20USD) 

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Save $75 off summer camps at Digital Media Academy with code TECHSUMMER at www.DigitalMediaAcademy.org. Sign up for multiple weeks and save big! Campers save $125 for each additional course they register for. Register by May 31 to #CreateTheNext best-selling app this summer!



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. 

Digital Media Academy is also proud to introduce Made by Girls, a new program dedicated to empowering girls 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 prestigous colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and Canada. 

Save $75 off summer camps at Digital Media Academy with code TECHSUMMER at www.DigitalMediaAcademy.org. Sign up for multiple weeks and save big! Campers save $125 for each additional course they register for. Register by May 31 to #CreateTheNext best-selling app this summer!




Questions? Call 1(866)656-3342 to speak with a Guest Service Representative or email info@digitalmediaacademy.org and mention the US Family Guide Special Offer

#CreateTheNext this summer at Digital Media Academy!