Thursday, October 30, 2014

Seaworld's Christmas Celebration

Yes, I know it's a bit soon to start talking about Christmas, buuuuuutttttttt... I can't help it. Check out the latest from Seaworld about their awesome Christmas Celebration coming up this year! 

One of our favorite events of the year!

Straight from the press release: 



"SEAWORLD’S CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION™ – WHERE THE SEASON MEETS THE SEA
ORLANDO, Fla. (October 27, 2014) – Waves of holiday spirit splash over the park during SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration.  Here in a wintery, watery wonderland, guests of all ages will enjoy stunning live shows inspired by the natural world, journey to the North Pole on THE POLAR EXPRESS Experience, then share a smile with a playful penguin at the South Pole while visiting the park’s newest attraction, Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin®!
Christmas carols can be heard as guests encounter a sparkling Sea of Trees and skaters dancing on ice. With everything from Santa to Shamu®, presents to penguins, and elves to Elmo, SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration is where holiday memories are made. The celebration takes place on select dates November 22 through December 31, 2014 and is included with park admission, annual pass and Fun Card.
Visit SeaWorldOrlando.com and follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for the latest details about SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration. Join the conversation by using the hashtag #SeaWorldChristmas.
New this year:
·         Christmas Show Seating Packages
o   Christmas Signature Show Seating and Dine with Shamu – Guests will enjoy reserved seating at our most popular Christmas shows and enjoy Orlando's most immersive and memorable family dining experience – Dine With Shamu® at SeaWorld® Orlando. A complimentary family photo is also included to remember the night.
o   Christmas Signature Show Seating and Santa’s Fireside Feast -- Enjoy reserved seating at our most popular Christmas shows, a warm-hearted holiday experience and meet Santa and Mrs. Claus at Santa's Fireside Feast.
o   Christmas Signature Show Seating and Dining Certificate and Family Photo -- Enjoy reserved seating at our most popular Christmas shows and a dining certificate to use that evening at any participating restaurant. Dining Certificate includes an entrĂ©e with its accompanying side, an additional side item and a non-alcoholic beverage.
Christmas Show Seating provides guests with reserved seating at Shamu® Christmas Miracles, O Wondrous Night, and Winter Wonderland on Ice, plus front-of-the-line access to THE POLAR EXPRESS Experience.
·         Christmas Family Fun Tour
o   Experience the favorite attractions for children at SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration™ during this 3-hour walking tour. Highlights include: a penguin meet and greet, reserved seating at the Elmo’s Christmas Wish show, a warm-hearted meal at Santa’s Fireside Feast with an exclusive visit with Santa and front-of-the-line access to THE POLAR EXPRESS Experience.
Families and friends can once again enjoy the spirit of Christmas during SeaWorld’s holiday-themed shows and festivities:
·         Shamu® Christmas Miracles -- SeaWorld invites guests to experience the grace and beauty of our Shamu family at our nighttime holiday show, Shamu Christmas Miracles. Thrilling seasonal music rings out as whales soar through the air in a story of reflection and understanding … of peace and friendship … of the everyday miracles that surround us all year long.
·         O Wondrous Night -- Shares the greatest story never told, with more than 30 carols, based upon The Christmas Story and told through the eyes of a variety of live animals. Everyone will be entertained by this touching, light-hearted and glorious celebration featuring a host of angels, animals and the true wonder of Christmas. It’s a live nativity that only SeaWorld can bring to life. 
·         Winter Wonderland on Ice – Delight in the magic of Christmas on a stage of ice, jewels and light as skaters dazzle and delight in this show-stopping, ice skating extravaganza. The other stars of the show are the towering fountains of water dancing on the lake and fireworks that light up the night sky after the last ice show of the evening. It’s a don’t-miss experience for the holidays that will take your breath away.
·         The holidays have arrived, and everybody’s Sesame Street® friends have come to SeaWorld® Orlando for a festive and fun musical celebration! Elmo's Christmas Wish will soon become your child's favorite show. Join Rosita, Grover, Zoe and Cookie Monster as they work together to help Elmo find his Christmas wish!
·         SeaWorld® celebrates the season during Holiday Reflections: Fireworks and Fountains Finale, featuring soaring fountains, dazzling lights, and festive fireworks, choreographed to joyous holiday musical favorites.  Experience an amazing SeaWorld Christmas connection that illuminates the night sky.
·         At the Wild Arctic® attraction, guests embark on an extraordinary journey to the North Pole aboard THE POLAR EXPRESS Experience. The beloved holiday classic comes to life as you and your family are immersed in the heart-warming story of a young boy’s thrilling ride into an enchanted world. The sights, sounds, and scents of the season surround you. From the moment the conductor calls “all aboard” to your arrival at the North Pole (where you’ll meet Santa Claus himself), THE POLAR EXPRESS Experience promises to create an unforgettable holiday memory.
In addition to the incredible seasonal shows and attractions, the amazing Sea of Trees includes more than 100 massive trees, each sparkling, lighted and choreographed to classic holiday tunes, making a dramatic display around SeaWorld’s center lake. Guests can enjoy this amazing light show at various times throughout the night beginning at 6 p.m.

The Christmas Market, located on the park’s Bayside Pathway, features unique artisans and culinary delights. At this festive, bustling market, guests can find one-of-a-kind gifts and dine on scrumptious holiday delights, such as hot chocolate, s‘mores and freshly made donuts.
Plus, enjoy a delicious dinner of Christmas favorites with Santa and Mrs. Claus during Santa’s Fireside Feast, a charming, warm-hearted holiday experience. This sumptuous, all-you-care-to-eat menu of holiday favorites and delicious desserts takes place on select days during SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration and provides an exclusive time to meet Santa. Reservations are required, and include a complimentary family photo. To book your reservation, visitSeaWorldOrlando.com

The best way to experience SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration is with a Kids Free Ticket – get a free ticket for kids 3-9 with each paid adult ticket. Advance purchase only, not available at the front gate. All ticket offers can be found at SeaWorldOrlando.com"


Enjoy!



This post is just to pass along info! Thanks! 


Monday, October 27, 2014

Sneak Peek: Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast

I am a big fan of Tinker Bell.



She's always been my favorite character because she's sassy (and she has amazing hips!).



Both of my girls LOVE Tink too. We have all the Tinker Bell movies and as soon as we know a new one will be coming out, we get all squeely and girly.



So, of course, I had to share the latest on Tink when it hit my inbox.



Check out a clip from Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Neverbeast.









Here is the info about Gruff, straight from the press release:



"The heartwarming story explores the ancient myth of a mysterious creature whose distant roar sparks the curiosity of Tinker Bell’s friend Fawn, an animal fairy who’s not afraid to break the rules to rescue the NeverBeast before time runs out.   The fairies meet Gruff who is a massive creature and the subject of an ancient Pixie Hollow myth. Hidden in a dark lair on the fringes of the fairies’ beloved home, Gruff is discovered by curious and empathetic animal fairy Fawn, who sees something special in his glowing green eyes. His penchant for stacking rocks mystifies Fawn and her friends—but Gruff’s true purpose is the real surprise.

The film, releasing in-home March 3, 2015, also features the voices of Mae Whitman (Tinker Bell), Megan Hilty (Rosetta), Lucy Liu (Silvermist), Raven Symone (Iridessa), Anjelica Huston (Queen Clarion) and is directed by Steve Loter (“Kim Possible”) and produced by Makul Wigert (“Secret of the Wings”)."

What do you think? Are you as excited as we are???

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

American Girl is Coming to Orlando!

American Girl is bringing it's sparkle to the Orlando area and girls everywhere are squealing with joy. The American Girl Orlando will be located at: 8001 S Orange Blossom Trail in the Florida Mall.

On November 15-16, 2014 there will be Grand Opening events going on to celebrate and I wanted to share some special details that you need to know about those two days.

Grand Opening Information

  • To manage guests' waiting times and observe fire-safety regulations, a ticket system will be used for the American Girl Orlando- The Florida Mall Grand-Opening Weekend.
  • We recommend parking on the Northwest side of the mall. Shuttles will be located in other parking locations.
  • Each person (including children) who wishes to enter the store will receive a ticket with an assigned group number.
  • Ticket distribution for Saturday admittance begins at 7 a.m. on Saturday,
    November 15.
    • - Saturday tickets are valid for Saturday only.
  • Ticket distribution for Sunday admittance begins at 8 a.m. on Sunday,
    November 16.
    • - Sunday tickets are valid for Sunday only.
  • Lining up prior to 5 a.m. on Saturday, November 15, and 7 a.m. on Sunday, November 16, will not be permitted.
    • - Overnight camping is not allowed on property.
  • When the store opens each day, groups will be announced in numerical order for admittance through the American Girl entrance adjacent to XXI Forever.
  • You can shop or dine in The Florida Mall until your group number is called. If you have a Bistro reservation, you can come directly to the ticket-distribution table, as check-in is allowed up to two hours prior to your Bistro reservation time. The ticket-distribution table will be located outside the store.
  • Facebook message alerts will be available, providing updates on group numbers being admitted; details below.
    • - Access the event page starting Saturday, November 15th on your mobile device
    • - Once Facebook is open, search "American Girl"
    • - When on the page, scroll down until "Upcoming Events" section appears on the American Girl Facebook page.
    • - The Orlando events will be the most recent posting, make sure to look at the correct date.
    • - Simply hit "Join" right there on the page.
    • - Check Facebook settings to make sure notifications are on otherwise check back on event page for live updates
  • American Girl is not responsible for compatibility issues or technical difficulties with any technological devices.
  • Signs will be located throughout The Florida Mall, providing updates on current group numbers being admitted.
  • Event staff and security officers will also be able to assist with information on what group numbers are being called.
  • American Girl reserves the right to stop ticket distribution at any time based on space, safety and timeframe constraints.


If you have any questions, you can check out their website.  

Family Camping Gear

With cooler weather approaching, it's time to start planning more outdoor activities and for my family that means: camping.

Yes, you can camp in Florida all year long but who wants to sweat like that and deal with all the mosquitoes?

Not me.

So when Fall rolls in, we start pulling out our gear and plan a getaway.  There's some great new camping gear on the market that I have to share with you. These items will, no doubt, make your next trip easy-peasy.

Grill Wipes ($2.99 per 6).

One of my favorite things about camping is the lack of fast food. There's no such thing as fast food in the woods! The Grill Wipes from Grate Chef attaches to the bristle of any grill brush and applies high heat oil to any surface. It is perfect for that no-stick convenience we all love and it's non-flammable! These babies are non-toxic and biodegradable.


FireStarters ($2.99 per 6). 
I was a girl scout when I was a little girl but they completely skipped over the part where they taught us to start a fire. So when I camp, I NEED FireStarters (I have no patience for rubbing two sticks together forever)! FireStartes are packets that burn hot and clean without toxic fumes. Light one of these bad boys up (they burn super hot for 10 minutes) and you can easily get a fire going. They are completely safe to transport in your backpack and will not self-combust. 



Thermacell Outdoor Latern ($31.99)
Living in Florida means you will be living with LOTS of bugs. It's just a fact and you either adapt or go crazy. I love this little lateen because it has long-lasting LED lights that provides great light PLUS it has a powerful insect repellent that keeps those pesky bugs away. You can use it together or separately. The repellent is non-toxic, safe and non-intrusive (DEET free too!), quiet, portable and there's not an odor to mess up your natural vibe.


Clever Crates Foliding Utility Boxes ($11.99 - $19.99).
Camping (especially with kids) requires a lot of gear and that's why I love the Clever Crates. You can easily pop them open, toss in your gear and transport it to your site. Once you've assigned everything to a spot (or a kid), you can collapse the sides and stack them away in the car! They can be stored away anywhere really and I love that they don't take up any valuable real estate at your camp site. 


Crosstac Saddle Bag Camera Rest ($29.99)
If you're anything like me, you have a thousand pictures of your family and none of you. Yes, that's because you're always the one chasing kids and husband to have a picture. The Crosstac Saddle Bag Camera Rest will bring you out from behind the camera to the front of it. And now you can be included in all your family memories! Just plop this bad boy on a fence, a tree limb, a rock, really anywhere and set the timer! It prevents movement and cushions your camera allowing it to reduce vibrations.

Pak-Lie ($24.95)
By far, my favorite piece of camping gear has to be this tiny little light. And when I say tiny, it's only because of it's size! The Pak-Lite pops on to the top of a 9V battery and with its two LED lights will stay lit for over 30 hours of camping! 30 hours!!! From a 9V! Talk about impressive! AND, yes there is more, when it's not lit, the top will glow in the dark for 12 hours! Awesome, huh?



So there you have it, amazing camping gear just in time for perfect camping weather!  All of these products can be purchased online! Now, go camp!


I received these products in exchange for this review. All opinions are 100% my own. If you have any questions, just ask!! Thanks!



Monday, October 13, 2014

Tomorrowland - US Teaser Trailer

I won't lie, when I heard that Disney was making a movie called Tomorrowland, I was skeptical. How is it possible to make a movie around my favorite area in the Magic Kingdom???



But then I heard George Clooney was involved... and then, THEN, I saw the trailer.



And I'm dying to know more!



It's really, really good.



Check out the teaser trailer right  now and get excited with me about this movie.



Hitting theaters 5.22.15





Sunday, October 12, 2014

Crazy Good Coffee + A Giveaway!

Not only is this deal crazy good, but the coffee is crazy good!!

RaceTrac is bringing back it's Crazy Good Free Coffee week THIS WEEK!

Can you feel the anticipation brewing (get it, brewing!)?


Yes, starting today you can visit your local RaceTrac and pick up a free cup of their delicious coffee. All RaceTrac stores offer a line-up of 6 different blends of 100% Arabica beans fresh brewed coffee including PUMPKIN!



Stop drooling and drive straight to your local RaceTrac and get yourself a hot, fresh cup of coffee today! You can stop by all week because this crazy good deal is good until October 18th! And don't worry about getting a whimpy sample size cup for free, this offer is good on all coffee, all size and all blends.

Nice, huh?

To celebrate this Crazy Good Coffee week, I'm giving away a $25.00 RaceTrac giftcard! 

Wahoo!


Good Luck!!! 

Make sure you follow #CrazyGoodCoffee on Instagram and Twitter for all the fun. Post your pictures on social media to share the love! 

This contest is open to US residents only. 





Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Firefly Hello Kitty Review


Brushing your teeth is important.

That's not a surprising statement for anyone either.

But, did you know brushing your teeth can be fun?

Yup, it's true.

And I figured out how to make it fun and how to get my girls excited about brushing their teeth. YES, it is possible!

We were asked to review some Hello Kitty Firefly products, and we were excited because, hello, HELLO KITTY.

We received the new mouthwash (in bubble gum) and the new toothbrush that has a timer in it to indicate just how long you should brush your teeth for. 



And can I say what a lifesaver that toothbrush is!

Turtle is famous for rushing through her brushings and with this new brush, I can direct her back to the bathroom and tell her to wait until her tooth brush stops flashing.

It's brilliant!

And with the mouthwash, Roo feels like a big girl because she sees her parents use mouthwash and loves that she can now too. I love it because it helps prevent cavities, is sugar free and alcohol free with fluoride.  Plus there's a cup that comes with it and it has a handy storage spot for the cup, so we don't lose it (which has happened in the past). 

It's a win-win and my girls have clean teeth.

You can purchase Firefly products at your local store (my Walmart has a huge range of the products!)! 


I received products in exchange for this review. All opinions are 100% my own. Thanks.