Sunday, November 29, 2015

Peter Pan 360 Cyber Monday Sale!

***This is not a paid post, I will be receiving complimented tickets in exchange for this post. All opinions about this show are my own and may vary from others.****

I know it is only Sunday but I wanted to post this a day early so you can be sure to snag tickets to this event! Peter Pan 360 is heading to Scottsdale,AZ in January, what is Peter Pan 360? Escape to Neverland in a whole new way with this spectacular, innovative live stage production of PETER PAN that combines intimate theater-in-the-round and overhead surround CGI projection; with actors in dazzling flying sequences forty feet in the air and whimsical puppets that bring J.M. Barrie’s classic tale to fantastical life, creating a truly unique environmental theatrical experience! This event will be held at The Pavilions at Talking Stick in Scottsdale Presented in Association with Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Opens January 13, 2016.

Want to Experience the magic? Share the magic of Peter Pan 360 this Holiday Season. Cyber Monday only, Buy 2 tickets and get 2 free!*" Hurry and get the best seats; this offer ends at 11:59 p.m. on November 30th! Use promo code MAGIC when purchasing your tickets online."

* The offer is applicable on PL2 category for Wednesday shows, Thursday shows and Sunday’s 5:30pm performance. Limit of 4 tickets per transaction. Cannot be combined with any other offers. Applicable on new purchases only.

This is a Unique Experience you won't want to miss!

The code has been programed and will be live Monday morning at 12:01 a.m. and will expire Monday night at 11:59 p.m.
The code is MAGIC. You can purchase your tickets Here.


Saturday, November 28, 2015

Lucas Oil Boat Racing!

***This is not a paid post, I will be receiving complimented tickets in exchange for this post. All opinions about this show are my own and may vary from others.****

You may have seen a post I made about a month ago about the Lucas Oil boat races headed to AZ, I wanted to share some of my photos from the event with you. The boat races were held at the Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park which was easy to find, near plenty of places to stop for a drink or food and offered lots of parking. There was also another car race going on in the lot across from the boat racing so we had the chance to see some powerful racing cars.

Everything was pretty open at the event, all passes included access to the "pit" area which is where all the racers had their trailers set up, you could see them working on their boats, ask them questions or just walk around to see what was going on. Ford was also there doing test drives of their back -up camera system and there was a few nice model cars as well. All of the boats were fast, some of them reaching 150+ MPH and boy were they loud!

There was a lot of down time in between each batch of races which can take some time so during that time you can sit and chat or you can walk around, all of the kids seemed to be in a good mood despite a long wait time or two one of which included a rescue of a boat that sank. There were also Jet ski races along with the actual boat races which were fun to watch as well. If you are in the area around the Wild Horse Pass area or if the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Races heads towards you I suggest going and checking it out with your family it is a unique experience.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

International Arrivals Review!

****This was not a paid post and my honest opinion was used. The opinions are solely my own and may vary from others. The products mentioned below have been provided by International Arrivals for the review free of charge.****

I enjoy brightly colored office supplies so when I came across International Arrivals and saw their selection of colored pencils, note books and more I was quite excited.When I was asked what I wanted to review there were too many wonderful options to select from so I told them to surprise me and send me what they thought I might like. They hit the nail on the head and sent an assortment of products that not only did I love but my kids did too.

When the box arrived my kids couldn't wait to see what was in the box and If I am being honest I couldn't wait either.When we opened the box we found a Black paper DIY cover sketch book, a White paper DIY cover sketch book, Chalkables, Neon chalk markers, Mini monster scented markers, Heart shaped erasers, Fantastic planet colored pencils, and a few loose pencil/crayons. The kids sat patiently while I photographed the goods then they grabbed what they wanted and took off to doodle by themselves. I kept the neon chalk markers and the Black paper DIY cover sketchbook for myself. Each product is colorful, playful and unique it will make doing school or office work fun again. One of my favorite items they sent was the heart shaped stack-able crayon stick, it reminds me of a similar crayon I had when I was younger and brings back some good childhood memories.

The Fantastic planet colored pencils are shaped like triangles to help keep the pencils from rolling off the table onto the floor and for easier gripping, these are a big hit with my two year old plus he loves that they have their own special case. The chalk is thick and square and has held up well in the hands of a two year old and a six year old, most of the chalk sticks still have at least half remaining and are still holding strong, they are a must for young children. The scented neon monster markers are pretty much brightly colored highlighters, not that it is a bad thing it is just what they remind me of, my son loves the bright colors. Both of the DIY cover sketch books have a sturdy and thick cover and are well put together the paper is nice as well, any pencil/pen you use on this paper writes smoothly and looks great. All of these products range from $1.95-$15 or you can purchase a bundle which contains a number of products for a bulk price. International Arrivals offers dozens of pencils, pens, color pencils, note books and more all in fun colors, patterns and shapes head over to see what might send you down memory lane!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

North Star Games Giveaway & Review!

****This was not a paid post and my honest opinion was used. The opinions are solely my own and may vary from others. The products mentioned below have been provided by North Star Games for the review & giveaway free of charge.****

One of my favorite things to do when I was younger was have family game nights, now that I am older and have children of my own it is something I still continue to do and encourage other families to do it as well. In our collection of games we have two games by North Star Games that are fun for family get togethers and just small family dinners, I was recently contacted by them and asked to try out their newest game called Happy Holidays.

What is Happy Holidays? It’s the hilarious game where players take turns surprising each other with unique gifts. Learning to play is simple, easy and quick there are only three simple steps to the game. You start out the game by dealing five cards to each other, one person will be selected as the gift receiver and the others are gift givers. Once the receiver is selected the givers will give them a 'gift' or card from there hand, from there the receiver picks their favorite gift and the worst gift. The player who played the best card along with the player who gave the worst gift gets a point, at the end of the game the player with the most points wins. You can make this a simple five minute game or you can play with more cards to make the game last longer. This game will make you laugh the entire time you are playing as you can see from above you can be gifted anything from a week in Egypt to a 'Spa' toilet. The recommended amount of players is 3-8 and the recommended playing age is 6+ but my toddler enjoys playing it as well because he likes looking at the cards. We've had a lot of fun with this game and we look forward to playing it more during family game nights. This game retails for $12.99 and can be purchased through their website.

One lucky winner will receive their own Happy Holidays game!

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Friday, November 13, 2015

$25 Ulta GC + Makeup Goodie Bag!

I absolutely love the holiday season, the weather is nice and chilly so it is the perfect time to drink a Hot coco or eat a bowl of soup without feeling like you are going to over heat. All the neighbors start to decorate their homes with Christmas lights as do the stores and shopping malls. Plus there is lots of shopping to be done, and fun family activities to attend. Some of my best memories are of my grandmother taking me and my cousins around to look at Christmas lights and baking Christmas cookies.

But those aren't the only things I like about the holiday season, I also like giving things to others and I know many of you here love makeup so I've put together a goodie bag to kick off the holiday season! It includes a gift card, lots of makeup samples and even a goodie for the guy in your life.

What is one of your favorite things about the Holiday season?

One lucky winner will win the prize pack shown above! Included is a Ulta makeup bag stuffed with goods from companies including IT cosmetics, Ulta, Hask and more, as an added bonus you will also get a bottle of cologne for your man (or brother/friend) and a $25 Ulta gift card which will be emailed to you!

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Tastee Apples Review!

****This was not a paid post and my honest opinion was used. The opinions are solely my own and may vary from others. The products mentioned below have been provided by Tastee for the review free of charge.****

Once a year I get a major hankering for wanting to buy and eat a Candy Apple, and although I've been wanting a candy apple for a while I haven't bought one in about two years so I was very excited when a company called Tastee wanted to send me a few of their candy apples to test out. I received their caramel apple with nuts, caramel turtle apple, the White Pretzel Wonder, and the triple chocolate sensation.

Two of the photos above are photos I took the other two are stock photos, I learned it is hard trying to photograph all the apples before they were gotten into when you have two kids and a fiance in the house who love sweets. Out of the four I enjoyed the white pretzel wonder the most, the combination of the pretzel, chocolate and apple were really lovely and complimented each other nicely it had a nice mix of sweet and salty. The caramel with nuts is a classing that I do enjoy eating but the turtle would be my go to over that because it has the chocolate chips along with the nuts. The triple chocolate is also really good but should be refrigerated before eating so that you don't have a chocolate mess all over your hands. These apples were easy to cut and the sticks didn't give me any issues, I thought it was nice that the two fancy applies came with the red bows on the sticks it makes them look like a gift and not just a snack, the two smaller apples came in the plastic packages like you see in the store. Shipping was speedy and the apples were placed into a large ice pack bag to keep them from melting all over the place on their way here. Customer service is friendly and is happy to help with any questions you may have.

My favorite thing about these apples? They don't cost an arm and a leg, the fancy apples are $24.95 for a trio and the smaller apples are $24.95 per dozen. These apples would make wonderful Christmas gifts or just a fun thoughtful gift any time during the year. Which of the four apples looks or sounds the most appealing to you?

Trash to useful again!

Sometimes in my free time I enjoy working on little craft project and wanted to share one with you that I did recently. My work had an old white board that they didn't want anymore because it had a big gash in the board along with a few chips and the markers were starting to stain the board, they were going to toss it out, but I remembered I had a can of chalk board paint at home. So I asked them if I could bring it home, once I had a day off and the weather was nice I set to work re-doing the board.

Before spraying it with the chalk board paint I made sure to use painters tape to cover the wood frame so that it would still look nice after I was finished. This was the first time I was able to use this can of chalk board paint, I've had it in my closet for a few months but couldn't find something I wanted to use it on until now. The paint was easy to use, it is used just like a can of spray paint you simple hold the can 4-6" away from the board and use a left to right motion to cover the board. I suggest using chalk board paint outside as it does have a similar scent to spray paint. I let it dry for 24 hours then I added a second coat to make sure everything was covered in the chalk board paint and let it sit for another 24 hours before I let the kids use it.

The chalk paint works wonderful and I think this small project turned out great, as you can see from the photo above my kids love it as well. I have a six year old in kindergarten who likes using this board for math and showing her little brother how to spell, and I have a two year old who is simply happy just being able to scribble all over and doodle as he pleases plus they get to play with chalk in the house so it makes them extra happy. So before you throw out that old white board that doesn't work properly anymore consider turning it into a chalk board and give it a second life!

What was the last craft you did?

Friday, November 6, 2015

Lily Nily Giveaway & Review!

****This was not a paid post and my honest opinion was used. The opinions are solely my own and may vary from others. The products mentioned below have been provided by Lily Nily for the review & giveaway free of charge.****

When my daughter was younger she never liked to wear jewelry so I didn't buy her a lot of it, heck the girl has her ears pierced but as soon as she was old enough to start talking she wanted them out and hasn't had them back in since. It wasn't until recently that she started to like jewelry so I wanted to look for something that was girly, appropriate for a six year old girl but was also well made. When I found Lily Nily I knew I found a company that offered exactly what I was looking for.

I was originally going to surprise her by picking out a necklace for her but then I realize she might want a bracelet to wear to school instead so I let her pick out what she wanted to help me review. After looking around on their website and after a lot of debating my daughter decided on the butterfly link bracelet. Not only did Lily Nily send her the bracelet she had picked out but they were also kind enough to send the butterfly link necklace that they sell as well, she was over the moon when the package arrived for her to open.The jewelry arrived in a cute pink box with hearts all over the box, inside she found her necklace and squealed with delight. The necklace and bracelet are beautiful, dainty, light weight and sturdy perfect for any little girl. Not only does Lily Nily sell necklaces and bracelets but they also offer watches, rings and earrings. I think that a charm bracelet or necklace would make a great birthday or holiday gift, the bracelets are $40 each and necklaces are $35-$60 depending on which you get. The jewelry is brass with 18k gold plating, and a lobster clasp, each item on their website is hand painted and high quality.
18k gold-plated
high polish 18k gold plating
high polish 18k gold plating

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Thursday, November 5, 2015 Review!

****This was not a paid post and my honest opinion was used. The opinions are solely my own and may vary from others. The products mentioned below have been provided by Chewy for the review free of charge.****

Almost everyone you meet who owns a pet will tell you that their pet is like a child to them and thus they like to spoil them when they can, I can personally tell you that my cat is quite spoiled and part of that is because he is extremely picky about what he eats. I am always on the look for new foods he will eat that are healthy and don't cost an arm and a leg.

I was recently sent the Wellness TruFood Tasty Pairings with Chicken, Pumpkin & Turkey grain-free cat food along with Simple Solutions Cat Litter. I was whole heartidly unsure if my cat would eat this food or not, but I was pleasantly surprised that not only did he like it but he loved it and ate the entire thing not leaving a single drop of liquid or food behind in the container. I like how this cat food is packaged and it doesn't have an overly powerful smell like some cat foods do, I also like the packaging design because it looks nice. This cat food does cost slightly more than I currently pay for my cats food at $37.99 for a 24 pack of 3oz cups, however with the other cat food I purchase he never finishes the entire thing and I feel like I end up throwing away half of each one.

The kitty litter did cover up my cats scent when he used the bathroom, however our litter box is located in our bathroom and when my son accidentally spilled a decent amount of bath water onto the littler it gave off an odd smell that filled the room. I wouldn't say it was a bad smell per say because it didn't smell like kitty business but it did have a house hold cleaner smell to it. The litter was easy to scoop and clumped well, you will use less of this litter than you would on other brands.

Do you have pets? If so are they spoiled? 

Treats Subscription Box Review!

****This was not a paid post and my honest opinion was used. The opinions are solely my own and may vary from others.The products mentioned below have been provided by Treats for the review free of charge.****

I don't know a single person who doesn't like some kind of snack whether it is chocolate, nuts or pretzels everyone has their own favorite, I personally love chocolate covered almonds and cashews the most but I am always up for trying new treats. What is a better way to try new treats then to subscribe to a subscription that specializes in providing it's subscribers with new and interesting treats from around the world? A Subscription box called "Treats" does just that, they go out an seek new, interesting and yummy treats to share with their subscribers. I received the chance to test out one of these boxes and will be hosting a giveaway for one in December so remember to keep an eye out for the post. My packaged arrived quickly and included a very sweet note on an adorable card which can be seen below.

I've received snack subscription boxes in the past, and let me start off by saying "WOAH". I've never had a snack subscription box arrive that has felt as heavy as this which indicates there is some good stuff in the box. The box I received featured snacks from Serbia & Croatia, there were twelve different types of snacks/treats in this box, a few had more than one of that specific snack in the box. I also had a bonus chocolate hippo from Germany in my box that was almost too cute to eat. The subscriptions are $12.95 for a standard box or $24.95 for the premium box which is the one I received. For the price I can say it is completely worth it as the amount of snacks you receive come out to more than what you pay, plus you get to experience new treats you may have never known about otherwise. I like the variety of snacks included it wasn't just all chocolate or all chip like products like other subscription boxes.

There were pretzel sticks, chocolate covered marshmallows which were like smores, chocolate cookies which were similar to macaroons, chocolate, and more! If I had to select a favorite out of this box I would say I liked the Tortica Wafer the most because it reminded me of a waffle ice cream cone and a Kit-Kat at the same time. My fiance really enjoyed the Kidy Coconut Desert because he is a big coconut candy fan, the kidy coconut desert had a texture like a twix bar but had coconut instead of caramel. The kids pretty much liked everything because they like chocolate, between the four of us there was plenty of snacks to go around and we had snacks to try for about a week before everything was gone. If you are someone who likes to snack but limits how many snacks they eat in a day then this box will last quite some time for you, if you have more than one person in the house it can also last a few days after you receive it depending on how much you want to eat at once. I highly recommend checking out their website if you are a big fan of snacks, their boxes would also make a wonderful gift for the holidays.

What is your favorite kind of Snack?