BIC Pens and Office Supplies

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*I received a Bic Pen Set to facilitate my review. All thoughts are 100% honest and my own.  

BIC Pens and Office Supplies


Are you looking for a good pen?  I know that sounds silly, but I like pens and I like ones that write really well. I had a chance to try out a few different items from Bic.

The BIC Tech 2 in 1 Retractable Ball Pen and Stylus is a great pen for taking notes and all.  I also love that it has a stylus tip for my iPad!  It also comes in pink.

The BIC Intensity Permanent Pen is great for letters and writing checks. It provides smooth, vivid lines that are permanent on paper but won’t bleed through.

The BIC Velocity Roller Ball Retractable Gel Pens are my favorite.  They write so smoothly!

The BIC Atlantis Ballpoint Retractable Pen writes in pink which just so happens to be my favorite color :)

Did you know they even make a Bic Mark-it Grip Permanent Marker Set?!  They’re very similar to sharpies but more awesome!

Visit Shoplet for all of your office supply needs.  They also offer promotional products such as promotional shirts and office stationary

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Nomad Footwear Melrose Wedge

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Nomad Footwear Melrose Wedge

This platform wedge features a slingback with elastic, allowing for perfect fit and comfort. Comfy and sassy – step into a pair of the Melrose and you’ll be sure to turn heads this season!

I love red shoes!  There is something about wearing red shoes when I go out that just puts a smile on my face.  The Nomad Footwear Melrose Wedge is very comfortable too! I love that I can wear them all day and my feet do not hurt.

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The material feels suede like and is very soft. It does have an elastic back  but the elastic is on the inside of the ankle rather than the back of your heel so it didn’t rub or irritate. The shoe fits true to size.  I often order a size up in heels or wedges and I did not.  They also have traction on the bottom! This may seem silly but there’s nothing worse than wearing pretty shoes in the rain and slipping when you get outside. This shoe has not had any issues with that. They’re so comfortable and I get tons of compliments on them!

Nomad Footwear has more than just wedges. They have a great women’s selection including sandals, flats, heels, wedges, and boots.  They also carry sandals and flats for kids.   I have an exclusive coupon code for you to use too! You can save 15% off a purchase on their website by using the following code: NFBLOG05 at checkout.  This code is good June 1st to June 30th, 2014 and can not be combined with any other offers.

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Score Amazing Deals with ScoreBig

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I was able to do a review on the website ScoreBig.com. Its a site for people to get rid of tickets to sporting events (NHL, NFL, NBA, MBA), music events, attractions (Lego Land, Busch Gardens, etc.), theater tickets and more. You get to bid on a price lower than the suggested retail price and ‘score big’ on great tickets!

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I looked up the Miami Dolphins first because I have never been to a pro football game before. I was able to choose from any of the home games; some were already sold out, but there were plenty with a bunch of available tickets/seats. I chose the last game of the season against the NY Jets, clicked on the seating area that I wanted, put in my bid and information…10 seconds later my bid was accepted!!! I saved a bunch and am going to a great game!!! I received an email within a minute confirming my purchase and to let me know when and how my tickets will be arriving! And there were no extra charges for processing or for ticket delivery!! I will definitely be using ScoreBig.com before buying any tickets to anything! You can’t beat the ease of the site, how fast the process went, how many things to choose from, the money I saved and no hidden charges or fees! Thank you ScoreBig.com!
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Here’s some other great reasons to use ScoreBig:

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I ran the Color Run Kaleidoscope Tour!

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Color Run Kaleidoscope Tour

The Color Run, also known as the Happiest 5k on the Planet, is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness and individuality. 

 I shared with you not too long ago I would be running in the Kaleidoscope Tour. You can sign up for The Color Run here.

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Color Run Kaleidoscope Tour

Well, I got to run in this year’s Fort Lauderdale Color Run and I got to do it with my 11 year old son, Jayden. It was so simple to sign up online; then it was so easy to pre register a few days before! They did a pre register/celebration event at Sports Authority which was set up beautifully, was well organized and a lot of fun! There was music blasting and everyone who was on staff was cheerful, smiling, and even dancing! We got an awesome gift package with included a reusable tote, head band, color run tshirt, happy tattoos, and shout to help out with washing the colors out after the run!

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Color Run Kaleidoscope Tour

The morning of the race was a breeze. Color Run had a detailed map of the race location and all suitable areas to park, which was super helpful! We arrived at the race to music blaring and people dancing. To say this is the happiest 5k in the world is hitting the nail on the head! They had an MC which kept the crowds pumped, and were throwing out a ton of swag to everyone.

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Color Run Kaleidoscope Tour

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Color Run Kaleidoscope Tour

The race itself was great. I have run several races before, but this was my first fun run…and boy was it fun! Jayden and I loved hearing the music, seeing all the different color stations and of course getting colored!!

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Color Run Kaleidoscope Tour

 

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Color Run Kaleidoscope Tour

By the end of the race we looked like we had just run through a rainbow! We couldn’t stop laughing! After we crossed the finish line it was like a huge party with more color and swag for everyone!

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Color Run Kaleidoscope Tour

I would recommend this run for anyone, young or old…especially for family groups and friends. I will definitely do this again with the rest of my family…and when I do I will know to bring a bandana to cover my nose and mouth when running through the color and sunglasses for my eyes! Also be prepared to really scrub down after the race, the color didn’t just rinse off.

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Color Run Kaleidoscope Tour

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The Greatest Gifts for Dad at Best Buy

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The Greatest Gifts for Dad at Best Buy

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My husband is great and he’s such a fun Dad.  He’s an “entertainer” and loves to have fun!

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It’s often hard to get gifts for him because he just purchases things he wants. I was able to come up with an awesome list for gift ideas thought thanks to Best Buy!  I found gifts to fit any budget (the list ranges in price from $29 on up)

Not only does Best Buy have some amazing choices for gifts, here are a few more reasons I love buying from them:

Do you love twitter parties? Best Buy is hosting TWO Father’s Day Twitter Parties on Thursday June 5th at 7:00pm CST and Wednesday June 11th at 11:00am CST. Feel free to join one or both of these parties for a chance to receive Best Buy gift cards and other great products. Tweet #GreatestDad with your favorite Father’s Day Gift ideas from Best Buy.

Here is a list of  Gifts for the Dad who aspires to set up the ultimate man cave complete with gaming, sports, movies, listing to music, or just hanging out. This Dad loves to share so it also has everything at the ready for entertaining a crowd.

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Gifts for Dad at Best Buy

1. Bose SoundTouch 20 Wi-Fi Music System – This music system allows you to enjoy wireless access to Internet radio, Pandora and your music library with the Bose® SoundTouch™ 20 Wi-Fi music system, which features the free SoundTouch™ app, an Ethernet port and 3.5mm auxiliary input.  You are able to stream different music in different rooms, the same music in every room or customize zones to play what you want, where you want.

2. Apple TV – With the Apple TV you can get access to a world of instant entertainment with this product. Just connect to the Internet and stream movies, listen to music, and access a wide variety of other content.

3. Samsung 48″ Class LED 1080p 120Hz Smart HDTV – With built-in Wi-Fi, this Samsung UN48H6350AFXZA LED HDTV lets you connect to your existing wireless network, so you can browse the Web, access Samsung Apps and more. The quad-core processor reduces lag times for smooth, fast navigation.

4. Krups Beertender – Enjoy frosty, pub-style draft beer without sacrificing the comforts of home. This gadget frees up space in your fridge while allowing you to entertain family and friends in style. Serve Heineken, Heineken Light or NewCastle Brown Ale with just the right amount of froth.

5. Stone bake pizza oven – Cook a frozen or fresh pizza quickly with this NW Kitchen Appliances Stone Bake LD-901F pizza oven that features broil and bake cooking options for customized cooking. The stone construction offers durability.

6. Xbox One Console – Get ready to experience an all-new world of entertainment that keeps pace with your need to stay connected thanks to Xbox One. Go head-to-head in your favorite games, stream blockbuster movies, catch up on live TV and interact with your favorite apps — all of your media is at your fingertips when you want it. You can even view content side-by-side. The powerful Xbox One includes a spacious 500GB hard drive, wireless controller and a chat headset.

7. Xbox One Wireless Controller – On the virtual battlefield, there’s no time to second guess yourself. The hours you’ve put into honing your skills have sharpened your instincts, and when you hear an enemy’s footsteps behind you, you react in the blink of an eye. This isn’t the time for mistakes — one wrong move means certain death. Ensure that every move you make is executed with precision with this Wireless Controller for Xbox One.

8. Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player – Chromecast is the easy way to enjoy online video and music on your TV. Plug it into any HDTV and control it with your existing Android smartphone or tablet, iPhone®, iPad®, or laptop. No remotes required. Cast your favorites from Netflix, YouTube, HBO GO, Hulu Plus, Pandora, Crackle, Rdio, MLB.TV, Google Play Movies & TV, Google Play Music, and Chrome* to your TV with the press of a button.

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Gifts for Dad at Best Buy

9. Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2D/3D 1080p 3LCD Projector – Immerse yourself in 2D/3D full high-definition 1080p cinematic adventures with this Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 HC2030 – V11H561020 projector. Enjoy brilliant images with 2000 lumens color brightness and 2000 lumens white brightness.

10. Samsung 2.1-Channel Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer – Bring movies, music and games to life with this Samsung HWF450 2.1-channel soundbar that features three 2-way speakers and 3D Sound Plus technology for vibrant audio. The wireless active subwoofer offers powerful bass for dynamic home theater audio.

11. Sony Blu-ray Player – Experience stunning high-definition visuals with this Sony BDPS1100 Blu-ray player that features DVD upconversion, so you can view your DVDs and Blu-ray Discs in 1080p resolution. Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoders provide rich surround sound.

12. Star Wars: The Complete Saga Blu-ray – Star Wars: The Complete Saga [9 Discs / Blu-ray] (Blu-ray Disc)

13. Back to the Future: 25th Anniversary Blu-ray – Back to the Future: 25th Anniversary Trilogy (3 Disc) (Blu-ray Disc)

14. True Detective TV Show Blu-ray – True Detective (3 Disc) (Ultraviolet Digital Copy) (Blu-ray Disc)

15. Slingbox 500 – Enjoy on-the-go high-definition programming with this Sling Media SB500-100 Slingbox 500 that features wireless connectivity, so you can watch your favorite TV shows on a tablet, mobile phone and more.

16. Logitech Harmony Wireless Smart Keyboard – Easily control your home theater equipment using this Logitech Harmony 915-000225 smart wireless keyboard that features an integrated touchpad for regulation of up to 8 devices.

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Gifts for Dad at Best Buy

17. Beats Pill XL – Take your tunes on the go with this Beats by Dr. Dre Pill XL 900-00092-01 speaker that features a lightweight design with a handle for simple portability. Pairing lets you sync with another Pill XL (not included) to create stereo or reinforced sound.

18. 8 bottle wine chiller – Keep up to 8 bottles of wine at the optimal temperature with this Nostalgia Electrics Living by Nostalgia EWC008BLK wine chiller, which features an adjustable thermostat for temperature control. The LED display features touch keys for ease of use.

19. Breville Smart oven – Easily bake a 13″ pizza in this Breville Smart Oven BOV800XL toaster oven that features Element IQ technology that suggests the ideal cooking temperature and time for each of the 9 menu functions.

20. LG Microwave + Pizza Oven – Make easy meals to welcome your family home. Hassle-free cooking buttons let you cook and warm food with the touch of a button, while the energy-saving setting turns off the display after 5 minutes of non-use, dropping power consumption to less than 0.1 watts.

21. PlayStation 4 console – The PS4 is a graphical powerhouse, able to deliver massive game worlds with impressive clarity and detail. 8GB of RAM allows for serious multitasking potential, complementing the great apps and features that make up the PS4 experience.

22. Beats Studio Headphones – Rock out with these Beats by Dr. Dre Beats Studio 900-00059-01 headphones that feature adaptive noise canceling to filter out ambient sound. Leatherette ear cushions and a flexible design ensure a comfortable fit.

23. Marshall Stanmore Bluetooth Speaker – Listen to your tunes with this Marshall Stanmore 4090107 speaker, which features Bluetooth with aptX technology that enables simple wireless pairing with compatible devices. The vintage-inspired look adds a touch of style to your entertainment setup.

24. Anki Drive – Introduce this Anki DRIVE RHO 000-00002 expansion car to your collection to let a friend or family member race with you. Competitive abilities, including a low-energy shield, provide the tenacity and staying power to help it withstand enemy attacks.

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Gifts for Dad at Best Buy

25. Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 – Keep in touch on the go with this Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 SM-T520NZKAXAR tablet, which features built-in Wi-Fi for easy wireless Web connectivity. The 10.1″ TFT touch screen simplifies navigation and provides striking visuals.

26. iPhone 5s Space Grey – The highly advanced iPhone® 5s features the A7 chip with 64-bit architecture, the Touch ID™ fingerprint sensor, a new 8MP iSight® camera, a new FaceTime® HD camera, ultrafast LTE wireless, iOS 7, and iCloud®. Yet it’s as thin and light as ever.

27. HP ENVY TouchSmart Sleekbook Touch-screen Laptop – View your media in striking clarity on this HP ENVY TouchSmart 23se-d494 all-in-one computer’s 23″ high-definition display, which features a 10-finger touch-enabled interface for intuitive navigation. The wireless mini card allows Web access.

28. Powerstation mini Black – Keep your Samsung Galaxy S 5 cell phone or mini USB device fully charged with this mophie Juice Pack Powerstation 38675BBR battery that features a slim, compact design for easy portability and a 2500 mAh capacity to deliver reliable, long-lasting power.

29. $50 iTunes Card – iTunes Cards are perfect for anyone who enjoys one-stop entertainment. Each card features an iTunes Store code redeemable for music, movies, TV shows, games, apps, and more. Recipients can access content on an iPod, iPad or iPhone, Mac, or PC.

30. iPad Air Lifeproof Nuud Case – Black – This LifeProof nüüd 1103-01 case features a waterproof design that allows you to use your device in water up to 6.6′ deep. The play-through design offers access to controls, while the cover/stand allows hands-free viewing.

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Shooting Off — Taking the Kids on a Last Minute Holiday

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Shooting Off — Taking the Kids on a Last Minute Holiday
 
Many people book their annual holiday during January or February pretty religiously each year. Some are just in the habit of doing it because they don’t want the hassle of doing it at the last minute. These days, though, more and more people who are planning a holiday at home or abroad are making the most of late deal holidays, including families with young children.

If you’re in the lucky position of being able to remove the kids from school for the annual holiday without penalty, then a last minute holiday may well be the way to go. Your family oriented destination choices are likely to be greater, and a bit of searching should pull up some good money saving offers.


All inclusive holidays are becoming increasingly popular, especially if kids are involved. All 
those money gobbling extras like ice cream, soft drinks and endless snacks throughout the day are all included in the package. An all-inclusive venue makes its money from full hotel rooms. Looking into last minute bookings of all inclusive packages for the family can produce some extremely attractive savings.

Late booking over vacation 
If you want to book your holiday during the spring or summer school vacation period and you have to leave booking till the week before your departure date, this could be problematic. No doubt, thousands of other families with kids will be doing the same thing at the same time. Seeking late deals during these peak school vacation times can be problematic and the chances of finding cheaper deals tend to be significantly lower. 


If you’re booking late on, you need to be adaptable, open to alternative destinations and, if possible, have some inbuilt flexibility on departure dates. Even if you have just a few days free ‘n’ easy at either the beginning or the end of your intended holiday can make the difference. The length of your proposed vacation can also have a bearing on your available choices; a few days longer or a few days shorter can change the price for the better.


Off-season options
Finally, if price is the foremost consideration when you’re seeking a late deal for you and the kids, look at the out-of-season venues. Many winter ski resorts remain open through the ski closed season, offering different outdoor activities such as trekking, horse trails or cycle routes. Check the less popular destinations with similar attractions and always, always check the all Inclusive last minute deals.
 
Have a safe journey, now. Oh, and don’t forget to lock all the doors and windows before you leave!
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The Learning Journey Techno Gears Marble Mania Voyager

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*I received The Learning Journey Techno Gears Marble Mania Voyager to facilitate my review. All thoughts are 100% honest and my own. 

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The Learning Journey Techno Gears Marble Mania Voyager

Travel to a distant land with Techno Gears Marble Mania Voyager. This marble set features dual hand cranks that turn two bucket and chain pulley systems on either side of the build, lifting the marbles to the top of the build where they set off on a new adventure!

I love toys that cause you to think and learn. Yes, toys are for having fun, but it’s great when they serve a dual purpose.  Jayden loves science and engineering. He was very excited when he found out he was getting this.

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Someone was excited to get the Techno Gears Marble Mania Voyager in the mail!

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Notice his Dad looking over his shoulder. I think we had a few excited boys men in the house.

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Here’s Jayden’s thoughts:

I think it was hard, but fun. I had a little bit of a hard time putting it together because it was a little confusing.  My favorite thing about the game is when you are done with making the project then you can watch the marbles go down the ‘slides’.  I don’t think little kids can do it because it might be a little complicated for them. I think moms should by this for their kids (like ages 10 and older) because it works your brain a lot, and it is a LOT OF FUN!!!!!

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Techno Gears Marble Mania Voyager

  • More than 300 colorful construction pieces
  • Interlocking plates, gears, 3-D connectors, tracks, and fun obstacle
  • Dual marble chain lifters and hand cranks
  • Builds confidence as children design structures that move and work
  • Compatible with all Techno Gears sets

You can purchase Techno Gears Marble Mania Voyager on Amazon!

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Summertime Celebration

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I grew up in south FL and it seemed like every day was summer with the few exceptions of freezing “FL cold” days when we hit 70 degrees!  I can now laugh at that since I live in northern Iowa right on the Minnesota border and have experienced days where it was 30 below.  Perspective is a funny thing.

I thoroughly enjoy true seasons and experiencing each one.  It seems like summer is just around the corner which calls for a celebration!  (If you went through 3 weeks of below zero temps you’d be celebrating too).  We decided that we would have a barbecue and roll out the grill!

So what did we decide to grill?  Pizza.

That’s right, you can grill it! Have you never grilled a pizza before? You simply must!!  All you do is preheat the grill, setting all burners on low to maintain approximately 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the pizza directly on the center of the grill and close the grill for about 12 to 15 minutes total.  After about 7 minutes, rotate the pizza half a turn. Close the lid and continue grilling (about 5 to 8 more minutes). Easy peasy!

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We headed to our local Walmart  to get our #SummerGoodies and picked out a delicious JACK’S® Original Pizza.  We went with the cheese flavor which is Lilly’s favorite.  

Since we were already in the freezer section, we might as well get something extra special for our grilling party!

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We picked up a box of NESTLÉ® DRUMSTICK® Cones (Peanut Butter Variety!) and started planning.

Lily got all dressed up in a beautiful sparkly dress and sparkly tights. I love the way she rocks out her personal fashion style.  Unfortunately from early in the morning (and even now as I type) it was pouring outside.

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It was a total down pour. There was no way we could grill outside.

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There was  also no way I was going to disappoint this sweet girl so we brought the party inside!  The sun was totally “shining” in Lilly’s smile and giggle as we twirled and danced while waiting on the pizza.

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It wasn’t long until lunch was ready!  Yum!!!

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Lilly loved the pizza!

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Ater she was finished she was ready for that ice creamy surprise we picked out.

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Double yum!!

Sometimes things don’t go the way you plan, but that’s no reason to get down. Lilly had a blast (so did the rest of us) and it’s a summer celebration we’ll be remembering for a long time!

We’ve also picked up another pizza to grill as soon as the rain stops.

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Vizcaya Museum & Gardens in Miami, FL

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*I received tickets to the Vizcaya Museum & Gardens in Miami, FL to facilitate my review. All thoughts are 100% honest and my own.

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Jayden outside Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

Vizcaya, now named the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, is the former villa and estate of businessman James Deering, of the Deering McCormick-International Harvester fortune, on Biscayne Bay in the present day Coconut Grove neighborhood of Miami, Florida. The early 20th century Vizcaya estate also includes: extensive Italian Renaissance gardens; native woodland landscape; and a historic village outbuildings compound. The landscape and architecture were influenced byVeneto and Tuscan Italian Renaissance models and designed in the Mediterranean Revival architecture style, with Baroque elements. Paul Chalfin was the design director.

Jayden and I spent the day at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens and had a blast!  We both love history.  We started the day with a self guided audio tour. We were able to go through the rooms in the house and learn about the architecture, design and more. The house was amazing!  There is so much history in the walls of the mansion.

*All the photos from the inside of the mansion are courtesy of Bill Sumner.

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Banquet Hall

All of the rooms were absolutely gorgeous! The mansion was built in the 20th century but they were also fans of art and history and some of the furniture and other pieces were from the 1700’s!

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Deering Bedroom

It was so much fun to see all the detail in the furniture and decorations.

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Deering Sitting Room

There was so much detail that you could literally spend an hour in each room and I’m not sure you’d pick up on everything.  The ceilings even have ornate decorations.

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Door to Renaissance Hall

Everything was so elegant. I can only imagine how amazing it would be to live in such a mansion.

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Entrance Hall

The house had an open area in the center of the house. You could sit in the sun during the day or gaze up at the stars during the evening. All the rooms opened up into the courtyard.

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Espagnolette

Everything was so luxurious! I would love to have attended a party and stayed at the mansion.

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Tea Room

*All the photos from the inside of the mansion are courtesy of Bill Sumner.

After the tour we headed out to the amazing gardens. It was gorgeous!

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Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

Everything was so well manicured and peaceful.

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Jayden hanging out at the Vizcaya Museum & Gardens pool

We spent all day just enjoying the sites.  The colors and design were so peaceful and calm. I can’t imagine how amazing it would be to live here.  I’m not sure I’d ever leave.

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Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

We learned all about the parties and guests that visited.

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Jayden in the Vizcaya Museum & Gardens backyard

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My nephew, Jayden and I, at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

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Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

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Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

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Vizcaya Museum & Gardens “Old and New Miami”

This was one of my favorite views. It’s the historic with the new in the background.

If you’re in the south Florida area I highly recommend checking out the Museum and Gardens!

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Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale, FL

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*I received tickets to the Museum of Discovery & Science in Fort Lauderdale, FL to facilitate my review. All thoughts are 100% honest and my own.

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Outside Museum of Discovery and Science

 

From the time we got to the Museum of Discovery and Science it was cool.  They had this amazing display before you even entered the museum where they had large marbles going around a maze.  We had lunch outside later in the day and just watched it.

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Jayden with the Sea Otters

The first floor was filled with animals and insects. My favorite was the Sea Otters. They were so adorable swimming around.  Jayden really enjoyed the Everglades ride. It was a simulator that took us on an airport ride through the everglades.

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Jayden making clouds

They had all sorts of interactive stations to learn. Jayden was able to learn about clouds and weather. He was even able to experience hurricane strength winds.

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Petting a corn snake

He got to touch a corn snake and learn about Florida’s ecosystem.

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It’s fun to learn!

I absolutely love that we had so much fun and learned in the process. Jayden learned that by changing things around or adding pulley systems you can actually make work easier. He was so impressed and it was really neat to watch things “click” with him because he was able to try it out.

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Learning about planes

His favorite part was the aeronautical section. He learned all about planes and flying.

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Jayden in the cockpit

His grandpa is a pilot and he loved all the flight simulators.

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Touching Lava Rocks

There were so many other displays like the Fear Exhibit, learning about our amazing bodies, lava rocks, and even dinosaurs.

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Dinosaur Exhibit!

If you’re looking for a new idea to spend the day not only will you have fun, but you’ll learn in the process!

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Boomers in Dania, FL

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*I received tickets to Boomers in Dania, FL to facilitate my review. All thoughts are 100% honest and my own.

This past weekend I was in FL visiting my family. I had the opportunity to go with my sister and her kids to Boomers in Dania, FL.

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Batting Cage at Boomers

Boomers has something for everyone and you can easily spend a full day there. I went with my sister, her husband, and her three kids (ages 5, 7, and 11).  We had a great day!  We were able to play in the batting cages and even play mini golf.

They have a full arcade with numerous video games, air hockey tables, ski ball, and even games to win tickets for prizes.

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Climbing Wall

Logan took on the climbing wall while I played a game of mini bowling with Jayden and Logan.  There was even a snack bar if you were hungry during your hard day of play.

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Logan and Diane in the go karts

 

My personal favorite was the Go Karts.  My sister and Logan drove together because Logan was too short to drive.

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Jayden and I driving go karts

This is the first time Jayden could drive by himself and he happily raced me in the Go Karts (and won).  We had such a great time.

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The Swings

Lily’s favorite was the Swings. I think she rode them at least a dozen times.

If you’re looking for a fun day with family, friends, or even by yourself, Boomer’s is the place to be!

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Wonderforge Games – Review

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*I received Planes Sky Race, Marvel Matching Game, and Disney Princess Frozen Matching Game to facilitate my review. All thoughts are 100% honest and my own.

We are HUGE Disney fans here and most all our stuff is princesses or super heroes.  The munchkins are also really into playing games which is awesome, because I love to do “family things”.  We had the opportunity to try 3 different Wonderforge games.

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My Dad is a pilot so the munchkins really enjoyed Planes Sky Race loved the idea that they could also fly like Papa. Not to mention they love the movie Planes.  They also just enjoyed using their imaginations and playing together with the planes.

Get ready for high-flying, tricky-tossing fun! Fly your plane through the Wings Around the Globe Rally to win. But watch out- flight conditions change and you’ll face surprising challenges. Toss with your eyes closed, between your legs, laying down, and more!

  • Manufacturer’s Suggested Age: 3 Years and Up
  • Includes: Game Board
  • Material: Cardstock
  • Playing Time: 30 minutes or more
  • Number of Players: 2-4 Players
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy
  • Battery: no battery used

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Kels and Lily love the Disney Frozen Matching Game. Frozen is their newest Disney obsession. As they flipped over the cards they would sing or quote the characters on the cards.  They begged over and over again to play this.

A fun game of picture-matching!

It’s the classic game of picture-matching, now featuring your favorite characters from Frozen! Flip over brightly colored tiles and find beautiful pictures of sisters Anna and Elsa, plus friends Kristoff, Olaf, Sven and more. What familiar faces will you see?

Pick up the most matching pairs to win!
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The boys really enjoyed the Marvel Matching Game.  They absolutely love Superheroes.  They enjoyed matching and both Logan and Brad (ages 7 and 5) like playing with the cards like they’re action figures. They have so much fun.

A fun game of picture-matching!

The classic game of picture-matching now features Marvel Super Heroes! Flip over brightly colored tiles featuring Iron Man, Spider-Man, Captain America and many more Marvel heroic friends and villains.

Pick up the most pairs to win!
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2014 Kia Soul – It’s great for traveling!

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*I received a 2014 Kia Soul to drive for 8 days to facilitate my review. All thoughts are 100% honest and my own.

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2014 Kia Soul

I just came back from spending a week in south FL and had the opportunity to drive around the all new 2014 Kia Soul.  It was awesome!  There are so many great features and the munchkins thought it was the coolest.

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2014 Kia Soul

The style is very sporty and drives smoothly.  I wasn’t fond of the color, I’d prefer something bright like red or yellow.  I like that it felt like a smaller sports utility vehicle.  It was a lot of fun to drive.

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2014 Kia Soul

There is lots of room in both the front and back seat.

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Inside the back seat of the 2014 Kia Soul

It was a comfortable ride and all three munchkins fit in the back seat with plenty of room.  There is also an armrest with two upholders that folds down in the center of the back seat.

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2014 Kia Soul trunk

There’s  a lot of room and the trunk and there is even a secret compartment below!

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2014 Kia Soul trunk

 

 

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2014 Kia Soul Panoramic Sunroof

There was one feature that was the favorite of all the kids and that was the Panoramic sunroof. It stretches from the front to back seat.  The second favorite feature were the speakers in the front seat doors. They changed colors.

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2014 Kia Soul

I had a few features that I love! One of them is the bluetooth feature.  I was able to sync my phone and answer calls completely hand free. The calls came through the speakers.  Another brilliant feature is the heated steering wheel!  I live in north Iowa right on the MN border and use my heated seats daily during the winter. I have to wear my gloves though when I drive until the heat kicks in.  I didn’t use this feature in FL but can see how I would use it constantly here.

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2014 Kia Soul Navigational System

The radio and navigational system was also great. It had a full navigational system and even a back up camera that was super helpful.  I had the ability to plug in my iPod and listen to music, listen to local radio stations, or listen to SiriusXM.

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Enoying the 2014 Kia Soul

If you’re looking for a new car, I highly recommend checking out the Kia Soul!

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Kanoodle® Genius Game Review

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Based in Southern California, Educational Insights, is the manufacturer of playful products with serious educational value, including subject-specific classroom products, teacher resources, educational toys, and games. Our products are designed by seasoned educators and parents who know that, first and foremost, learning must be fun.

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We love games around here and playing games.  We were sent both Kanoodle® and Kanoodle® Genius to try out.

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Use your noodle to solve building puzzles and challenge spatial reasoning skills.

  • Features colorful, connected beads that puzzlers use to create over 100 brain-building designs
  • Provides tricky 2-D rectangular and mind-boggling 3-D pyramid building challenges at multiple levels of difficulty
  • Stores all pieces inside portable, pocket-size case for easy cleanup and play anywhere
  • Includes 12 puzzle pieces and 48-page illustrated puzzle book
  • For 1 player
  • Grades 2+

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If you’ve mastered Kanoodle, it’s time for Kanoodle Genius! Pick a puzzle from the book, set up the challenge, and place the remaining pieces to solve 200 more mind-bending puzzles. Perfectly portable for brain-building on the go. 

  • Develops spatial reasoning skills
  • Exercises critical thinking skills
  • Advanced version of best-selling Kanoodle
  • A caboodle of 202 brain-teasing puzzles!
  • Fit the pieces onto the board to complete the puzzles shown in the puzzle book
  • 2-D and 3-D puzzles included

 

There is not much difference between these two games. The only difference, I think is that the Kanoodle Genius is a little harder.

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They come with a little booklet inside that help you solve problems. Now some of the problems are hard,but fun!!! I like this game a lot because it works your mind,and it is so fun!!! I think moms should buy this game for their kids because it is a lot of fun to do,and it will work their minds a lot which will help make them smart.  This game is so fun!!!  :)

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Build a Bear Pretty in Purple Disney Palace Pets Treasure Review

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*I received Build a Bear Pretty in Purple Disney Palace Pets Treasure to facilitate my review. All thoughts are 100% honest and my own.

Did you hear that Build a Bear has a Disney Pet line?! You can now have your very own pet just like Ariel or Cinderella.

The royal stuffed animal Treasure sparkles and shines with this beautiful outfit! The Disney Palace Pets Treasure stuffed animal makes the perfect pal for your princess. She comes with a Purple Fancy Dress, Lavender Flats and Disney Palace Pets Treasure Accessory Set.

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Lily and her box

Lily could hardly contain herself when she saw that she had a package when she got home from school with her name on it!

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What’s inside?!

Then she freaked out when she found out it was a Build a Bear (as you can see from the picture)…the excitement continued when she opened it up to find Aeriel’s pet cat Treasure!

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Can you tell she’s excited?!

The Little Mermaid is a favorite around here and she ‘can’t believe she has Ariels’s real pet!

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Lily loves her Disney Palace Pets Treasure

She came with a crown, a beautiful princess dress, necklace, hair tie and four slippers. She even comes with a story about herself.

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Disney Palace Pets Treasure

She hasn’t left Lil’s side since she opened her up!

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