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! 


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. 

Magical Moments Frozen Poster Book

I have daughters, so you know what that means. I'm completely up-to-date on everything FROZEN.

And I don't really mind.

When Beauty and the Beast came out when I was a young girl, I was crazy about it. Granted, they didn't have all the toys and books and all the dresses that came with Frozen, but I loved it so much and still do.

Now, I'm not the type to spend four hours in line just so my daughters can meet and greet with Elsa on a hot summer day (sorry, girls) but I'll go out of my way to find books or keep my eyes peeled for dresses that are hard to find.

And speaking of books, we found a fantastic Frozen book and had to share with you.

The Frozen Magical Moments poster book!

Parents, if you want a few hours of free quiet time, buy this book. We received it in the mail for review and let me tell you, they squealed, grabbed it and ran to their room. 

And I didn't hear a peep from them for a very long time.

So you know what I did, I took advantage of it! I put my feet up and caught up on a book of my own! When it had been quiet for too long, I ventured into their room and their walls were covered with posters of Anna, Elsa, Olaf, even Sven! 

The posters were adorable and they all have cute sayings on them, but mostly important the girls loved them. 

I think having the ability to decorate their room the way they want was also a great feature of this book. It kinda gave them independence and I let it fly! 

You can pick up your own Magical Moments Poster Book from your local bookstore today or online.  There's a ton of options to choose from, and more to come (I've heard Star Wars is coming soon too!).

I received this book to review. All opinions are 100% my own! Thanks! 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Sneak Peek at Inside Out US Teaser Trailer

I truly think Pixar is amazing, you know this. You've seen the movies and you probably agree 100% with me that you can really get into their characters and fall in love with them.

Pixar never fails to amaze me with how they make me feel like I'm a race car or in the middle of South America with Kevin. Now, they've taken us even further!

Inside Our is the story of Riley, who is moved from her life when her father accepts a new job on halfway across the country! Riley is led by her emotions and Inside Out explores how she finds balance in her new life.

Check out the teaser trailer!

You can learn more about Inside Out at Pixar's Facebook page!

This post is purely informative!