Thursday, August 21, 2014

Back to School with Mabel's Labels

When it was time to go Back to School, the supply list was insane. Forget the clothing and shoes, we needed backpacks, lunch boxes, pencil cases, pencils, calculators, glue... Oh geez, the list was exhausting.

And massive.

And costly.

I was petrified they would lose the supplies I had just spent all my hard-earned money on!


(I couldn't get a picture of the pack untouched because as soon as they came in, Roo snatched them up and distributed them on her supplies!) 


I am a HUGE fan of Mabel's Labels because they deliver on what they promise. Labels that stick to anything and stay.

Seriously, I have a water bottle that I put a Mabels Label on three years ago, and the bottle crapped out before the label even looked worn! Honestly, the label looked brand new. 

Another thing I love about Mabel (we are on a first name basis here) is the choices (over 40 multi-colored designs!). Roo picked out the cutest horse for her Ultimate Back-to-School Combo. The Ultimate Back-to-School Combo comes with 40 Skinny-Minis (dishwasher and microwave safe!) , 50 Tag-Mates (washer and dryer safe!), 16 Shoe Labels (waterproof and UV resistant!) , and 2 Tiny Tags! 

All you do is pick your design, add your kid's name (up to 20 characters are allowed) and check out!

Simple,e say and cute! 

What more do you need for Back-to-School (besides 16 glue sticks?)?

Check out Mabel's Labels and order yours today. Also, keep an eye on their Facebook page, they are always posting deals and contests to enter! 



I received an Ultimate Back-to-School pack for this review. However, this post is 100% my own thoughts and words. Thanks! 


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

#FlaSpaceCoast & A Day Away Kayak Tours Fun

Living in Florida, I have outside my front door access to some of the most amazing experiences. Whatever you want to do (well, not whatever, you can't exactly go snow skiing), you can find within your reach.

Being a native means that I've been lucky enough to spend my life on some of the best beaches and most amazing fishing spots.

One of our favorites is Mosquito Lagoon. It's waaayyyy out on Merritt Island (my stomping grounds as a youth) waaayyyyyy away from everyday life and everyday stuff. We spend lots of time fishing the banks of Haulover Canal which is in Brevard County and last night, we got a special treat.

We met up with some fabulous people from A Day Away Kayak Tours and took an excursion through Mosquito Lagoon to check out a bioluminescent kayaking trip.

Bioluminescent is plankton that has the same "properties" as fireflies and when disturbed, they light up like a glow stick. Bioluminescent is gorgeous, it will take your breath away! And it effects everything (not in a bad way!) in the water.

It was amazing.

We saw dolphins, manatees, gators, fish (some even jumped into one of the kayakers boat!), birds, stars... And everything was lit up as it darted past us.

Again, it was amazing. The fish looked like rockets in the water, my paddle was one big glow stick and my hand sparkled like stars after dragging it through the water.... Words cannot even describe the beauty found out there last night.

For about two hours we paddled around and our guides told us tidbits about the area, the wildlife and stories about past excursions. The guides were amazing and full of info. We picked one of their brains for the entire trip!

One of my favorite things about this trip was the lack of smartphone. I didn't bring my phone or my camera with me. The guides advised us that it's next to impossible to get a shot of the bioluminescence so I left them behind and just enjoyed myself! It was odd not to be snapping photos and tweeting (#flaspacecoast!) but I quickly adjusted and was able to take in everything around me.

It couldn't have been any better than it was.

It was perfect.

Check out A Day Away Kayak Tours and schedule your own tour! Bioluminescent tours run year round, and they also offer day tours and private tours.

For more Space Coast Fun, follow #FlaSpaceCoast on social media all year long. They've got some fun gems coming up for you like Sea Turtle Spotting, Nighttime Rocket Launches, Gator Gazing and more! Check out their website for all the details: www.visitspacecoast.com 



I attended a media event for this event. This post is because of that event. All opinions are 100% my own though. Lemme know if you have any question. 


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

LEGOLAND Florida Resort Hotel, Opening 2015!

One of my favorite things about Florida is that there is always something fun to do. There's always new construction and business exploding. It's only a benefit to people like me. I'm constantly on the lookout for things to take my girls to do and make memories.

LEGOLAND in Florida is opening a new resort hotel for guest in Summer 2015, and they just announced they are accepting reservations NOW!


Nice, huh?


 And the rooms look amazing!




Check out the press release:

 "LEGOLAND® FLORIDA RESORT is offering guests a chance to book their spot in history! 
Reservations now being accepted for the new LEGOLAND® Hotel, opening Summer 2015
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (August 19, 2014) – It’s less than one year before LEGOLAND® Florida Resort opens the doors to its new LEGOLAND® Hotel, and the window is now officially open for guests to book their rooms! Opening Summer 2015, the five story LEGO® themed hotel will feature 152 brightly colored and highly themed rooms and suites, thousands of LEGO models and interactive play areas! The addition of the Hotel gives guests the opportunity to extend their stay and explore LEGOLAND Florida Resort for more than one day giving them the ultimate family experience.
To book your reservation to LEGOLAND Hotel, visit: www.LEGOLANDHotel.com.
Construction is going strong since the November groundbreaking and LEGOLAND Hotel recently reached its “topping off” milestone as the concrete was poured onto the roof. Emmet, from “The LEGO Movie,” dusted off his construction hat to help with the placing of the Merlin flag. Merlin Entertainments, the parent company of LEGOLAND Parks, is the number one attraction operator in Europe and the second largest in the world with more than 100 attractions in 22 countries and across four continents.   
Located at the main entrance of LEGOLAND Florida, the Hotel includes a pool, restaurants including a kid-size buffet, interactive play areas and is truly designed to inspire imaginations and create memories for all visitors. Hotel guests will have early access to the Park and be treated to nightly entertainment.  
Families can choose from one of three popular LEGO toy lines as their room theme: Pirate, Kingdom or Adventure. All rooms include two separate sleeping areas, with a queen-size bed for grown-ups, and a separate sleeping area for up to three little ones, complete with a bunk bed, pull-out trundle bed and their very own TV! An exciting new room theme will be announced at a later date. Room rates start as low as $249, varying by season. For the most updated information, visit Florida.LEGOLAND.com."

This post is just for your information! No compensation given! 

Friday, August 15, 2014

End of Summer Fun

Egh, can you believe it? Summer is over!

Gone are the lazy days of staying up late chasing fireflies and sleeping in. No more picnics in the lawn or hours and hours of swimming. It's time to pack up the bathing suits and bring out the school clothes.

While my girlie girls started school on Monday, in other counties all the fun and games start on Monday. So I've got some fun things you need to do this weekend (in Central Florida) to celebrate the day weekend of summer (*sob*).

Stay at a hotel!




The great thing about Central Florida is there are a TON of hotels to choose from. We packed up for the weekend and hit up the Pop Century Resort (amazing prices right now!) down at Walt Disney World. It's a good little spot to call home for a few nights and it has all the comforts of home: a pool, a restaurant, and shops!

Visit a theme park!


We love Sea World and despite the temperatures (it's a hot hot hot month right now), we had so much fun. We saw one of the very last Clyde & Seamore Shows, took a bazillion pictures of fish, and rode the carousel so many times we were dizzy.

Chill Out!


Another fantastic thing about Florida, the beaches. We hit Brevard County, did some fishing and splashed around in the water. It was the perfect way to end a fun weekend.

Regardless of what you choose to do to celebrate the last weekend of summer, enjoy it! It will be Christmas before you know it!



I was not compensated for this post but I did receive a compliment ticket to SeaWorld. All opinions in this post are 100% my own. Thanks, FTC! 

Sea World's New Announcement!

Did you hear the latest from Sea World? They are doing a massive expansion plus adding even more to their research efforts.

Here is the press release from this morning.




"SEAWORLD ANNOUNCES FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND KILLER WHALE ENVIRONMENT AND MORE THAN $10 MILLION IN NEW FUNDING FOR RESEARCH AND CONSERVATION PROJECTS
 
SAN DIEGO (Aug. 15, 2014 SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. announced today that it plans to build new, first-of-its-kind killer whale environments and that it will fund new programs to protect ocean health and killer whales in the wild. The new projects will build on SeaWorld’s legacy of providing state-of-the-art, innovative homes for its animals, and will offer park guests unique and inspiring killer whale encounters for generations to come. As part of its vision for the future, the company also pledged $10 million in matching funds for killer whale research and is embarking on a multi-million dollar partnership focused on ocean health, the leading concern for all killer whales and marine mammals.
 
“For 50 years, SeaWorld has transformed how the world views marine life. The unprecedented access to marine mammals that our parks provide has increased our knowledge of the ocean and inspired generations,” said Jim Atchison, Chief Executive Officer and President of SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. “Our new killer whale homes and research initiatives have just as bold a vision: to advance global understanding of these animals, to educate, and to inspire conservation efforts to protect killer whales in the wild.”
 
Transformational New Environments
 
The first of the new environments will be built at SeaWorld San Diego where the killer whale environment is planned to have a total water volume of 10 million gallons, nearly double that of the existing facility. With a planned maximum depth of 50 feet, surface area of nearly 1.5 acres and spanning more than 350 feet in length, the new environment will also have views exceeding 40 feet in height, providing guests with the world’s largest underwater viewing experience of killer whales. 
 
Named the Blue World Project because of its size and scope, the new environment will allow for increased engagement with SeaWorld experts through new enriching experiences and other interactive programs. The environment will enhance the educational experience for guests, foster deeper knowledge of killer whales and their ocean environment and inspire them to celebrate and conserve the natural world.
 
“Through up-close and personal encounters, the new environment will transform how visitors experience killer whales,” said Atchison. “Our guests will be able to walk alongside the whales as if they were at the shore, watch them interact at the depths found in the ocean, or a birds-eye view from above.”
 
Expanding on SeaWorld’s legacy of leading-edge animal environment design, the enlarged environment will provide killer whales with even more dynamic opportunities.  It will support the whales’ broad range of behaviors and provide choices that can challenge the whales both physically and mentally.  Among other things, it is planned to include a “fast water current” that allows whales to swim against moving water, thus functionally increasing speed and diversity. Innovative features focused on husbandry and animal care will offer SeaWorld’s animal health professionals and independent scientists unique access to the whales that can lead to a better understanding and care of the animals both in the parks and in the wild.
 
The San Diego environment is expected to open to the public in 2018 with new killer whale homes to follow at SeaWorld Orlando and SeaWorld San Antonio. 
 
Killer Whale Research
 
As part of the Blue World Project, SeaWorld has committed $10 million in matching funds focused on threats to killer whales in the wild, especially those identified by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration related to the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whale.  That includes new projects already funded this year: one that will help to understand the hearing ranges of killer whales and the other that will provide insight into nutritional status and reproduction of the Southern Resident Killer Whale.  The matching funds will be in addition to killer whale research conducted by SeaWorld’s scientists, which includes nearly 50 studies to date. 
 
Recognizing that ocean health is a leading concern for killer whales and all marine mammals in the wild, the company also announced it will be embarking on a major multi-million dollar partnership focused on protecting the ocean.  More details of the partnership will be announced in the coming weeks.
 
Advisory Panel
 
SeaWorld will also engage an Independent Advisory Panel to bring new perspectives and ideas to the project. The panel will focus on the creation of an environment that maximizes the health and wellbeing of the animals. Given the particular expertise of current panelists and those expected to join, the panel will further advise on integrated research projects that can be conducted within the new environment and foster partnerships within the science and academic communities working in the wild. 
 
Current Advisory Panel members include:
 
  • Dr. Paul Boyle, Senior Vice President for Conservation and Education, Association of Zoos & Aquariums
  • Dr. Heidi Harley, Professor of Psychology, New College of Florida
  • Dr. Dorian Houser, Director of Conservation and Biological Research, National Marine Mammal Foundation
  • Dr. Linda Lowenstein, Professor Emeritus Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Dr. Shawn Noren, Associate Research Scientist, Institute of Marine Science, University of California Santa Cruz
  • Mr. Tom Otten, Chief Executive Officer, Reef Experience
  • Dr. James F.  Peddie, DVM, Distinguished Faculty Chair, Exotic Animal Training and Management Program, Moorpark College
  • Dr. Paul Ponganis, Research Physiologist, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • Dr. Kwane Stewart, Chief Veterinary Officer and National Director, Film and Television Unit, American Humane Association
  • Dr. Pam Yochem, Senior Research Scientist and Executive Vice President, Research, Hubbs SeaWorld Research Institute
 
 
"SeaWorld's capital investment will create a significant number of new jobs in our community and help drive the economy when construction begins at the Orlando park. Beyond that, it will enhance tourism by providing a state-of-the-art experience for visitors while providing valuable new research and educational opportunities in animal health and behavior," said Representative Daniel Webster (FL-10).
 
“Like so many others in science and industry, we are constantly learning more about how we can evolve our knowledge and continue to learn more about these amazing animals and stewardship of those in the wild,” Atchison said. “We look forward to working with these experts to build on these learnings and achieve our vision of increased knowledge of killer whales and global efforts to protect those in the wild.”
 
For more information on the Blue World Project, please visit www.seaworld.com/blueworld
 
About SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc.
 
SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: SEAS) is a leading theme park and entertainment company delivering personal, interactive and educational experiences that blend imagination with nature and enable its customers to celebrate, connect with and care for the natural world we share. The Company owns or licenses a portfolio of globally recognized brands including SeaWorld, Shamu and Busch Gardens. Over its more than 50-year history, the Company has built a diversified portfolio of 11 destination and regional theme parks that are grouped in key markets across the United States, many of which showcase its one-of-a-kind collection of approximately 86,000 marine and terrestrial animals. The Company’s theme parks feature a diverse array of rides, shows and other attractions with broad demographic appeal which deliver memorable experiences and a strong value proposition for its guests. In addition to its theme parks, the Company has recently begun to leverage its brands into media, entertainment and consumer products."

This post is purely informative. I did not receive compensation from this post. Thanks!
 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Back to School


On Monday, my kiddos went back to school.

And I went shopping.

With my sister.

Just the two of us, not a single kid.

It was an odd feeling.

And I know I wasn't supposed to, but I missed them.

I can't help it, I love those little brats of mine.

And yes, they can be brats sometimes.

There is absolutely no point to this blog post, just an update that this Mama is lonely without her kiddos.

And I was curious how you are handling back to school? Are you celebrating? Sobbing into their blankets while they catch the bus?

Tell me. 

Friday, August 8, 2014

Disney Princess & Sophia the First Poster Books

You know I have two girls, so that means lots of pink and purple in my life. It also means lots of princess toys, girlie stuff and lots of frills and dresses.

Not that I'm complaining, I'm a girlie girl myself. I really like playing dress up and pretending we are princesses.

Every girl does, right?

And if you add in Disney, my girls go crazy. Turtle is crazy about Ariel, Merida is an inspiration to Roo and Belle has been my favorite since I was a little girl.

Recently, we got our hands on two amazing books from Disney.

Poster Books.

Need I say more?

What little girl doesn't love Disney Princess & Sophia the First poster books?

The second we got Sofia the First: Practice Makes Princess and Disney Princess: Fairy Tale Moments in the mail, their walls were covered



It was a glorious two hours filled with giggles and lots and lots of tape being used.

The books come with a poster on each page (with cute sayings) and nine big pull out posters for your princess.

My girls truly adored them and I found them to be super cute. It's a win-win for any Mama and Daughter combo.

Sofia the First: Practice Makes Princess and Disney Princess: Fairy Tale Moments, are available NOW online and wherever books are sold for $12.95 each.



I received these books for these reviews. All opinions are 100% my own. Thanks!