The Learning Journey Techno Gears Marble Mania Voyager

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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 “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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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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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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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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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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Legends in Concert Branson, MO

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My husband and I were able to enjoy the Legends in Concert at Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater while we were in Branson.

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Legends in Concert

With international acclaim and its storied history, Legends In Concert, owned and operated by On Stage Entertainment, is known as the pioneer of live tribute shows and possesses the greatest collection of live tribute artists and celebrity look-alikes in the industry. Each universally-renowned performer not only looks and sounds like the star they portray, they transform themselves through hours of practice at their craft. This is accomplished by using their own natural voices and every detail is taken into consideration from choreography, to hair, make-up and mannerisms. With so many talented live tribute artists, Legends In Concert is the original and largest live celebrity tribute show in the world.

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Tina Turner

The first one to perform was Tina Turner. She sang all her hits like Proud Mary.  Her back up dancers were fantastic.

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Johnny Cash

Next up was Johnny Cash. I loved his rendition of Walk the Line and Ring of Fire. He sounded just like him!

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The Blues Brothers

 

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The Blues Brothers

The Blues Brothers were next in the line up. The were a lot of fun and full of energy.

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Adele

Adele even performed! I thought this was great! I knew who the other singers were, but did not know all of their songs. I knew every single song she sang. I like that they are bringing in current acts as well.

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Elvis

Elvis closed out the show! He was also excellent and sounded just like him!

All the performers did a fantastic job. It really was a lot of fun to watch.  After the show we were able to go up and meet all the performers.

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The Blues Brothers

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Adele

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Johnny Cash

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Elvis

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Myles with Elvis

This is a fun show for all ages!

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Kapau Plummet at White Water Branson, MO #ExploreBranson

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White Water Kapau Plummet

White Water launches its 2014 season with an all-new game-changing thrill slide designed to be The Biggest Thrill in White Water History. The $1.7 million KaPau Plummet, opening in Spring 2014, is a heart-pounding, drop-floor thrill slide atop a four-story tower. It features a near-vertical 70-degree plunge and two-story rider free fall through two 240-foot dueling slides, followed by a spiraling loop – an experience promising to far exceed the thrill factor of any water ride ever built at the 13-acre tropically-themed water park in Branson, Missouri.

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Explaining the Kapau Plummet

 

We were invited to learn more about the brand new Kapau Plummet at White Water in Branson.

KaPau Plummet offers a thrill like no other ever at White Water,” said Cory Roebuck, White Water Director of Operations, explaining that ‘kapau’ is a U.S. surfer slang term meaning the next big wave or the next big thing, pronounced KA-POW.  “The AquaLaunch trap door builds anticipation for an incredible drop below, and then the plunge will literally take your breath away.”

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Myles on the Kapau Plummet construction site

We put on our hard hats and went to check out the construction site!

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Watching the Kapau Plummet being constructed

 

It was really cool to see the construction behind the scenes.

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At the Kapau Plummet construction site

 

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to ride this ride!! It sounds exhilarating and fun!

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JONAH – Sight & Sound Theatre – Branson, MO #ExploreBranson

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*I received complimentary tickets to see JONAH at the Sight & Sound Theatre in Branson, MO to facilitate my review. All thoughts are 100% honest and my own.

We were not allowed to take photos or videos during the performance so all media is from their site.

While in Branson we had the opportunity to see JONAH at the Sight & Sound Theater.  I don’t even know where to begin. It was absolutely AMAZING!  I have never been to a show like it and it’s actually an experience.

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JONAH – Sight & Sound Theatre

The set design was phenomenal.  The sets turned and they were on the sides of theatre.  The boat was HUGE and 3 dimensional.  There was so much attention to detail.  There were even live animals.

They really got the whole audience involved. When there was the under the sea scene there were bubbles and fish swimming through out the audience as well as jelly fish hanging from the ceiling.  When Jonah was in the belly of the whale, they had the theatre looking like we were in the belly too.

It is hard to put into words how awesome the experience is. It is a MUST SEE if you are in Branson. They also have a theatre in Lancaster, PA. I’d like to drive down every year just to see their new shows!

I also love how they bring the Bible to life! I believe in the Bible and it’s wonderful to see the message of hope shared with all!

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Silver Dollar City Branson, MO

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*I received complimentary tickets to Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO to facilitate my review. All thoughts are 100% honest and my own.

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Silver Dollar City

My husband and I were able to spend all day at the Silver Dollar City theme park.  We arrived right at opening and were able to see a special “Celebrating America” opening ceremony. In fact, we saw a few “old friends” during the ceremony.

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SIX singing at Silver Dollar City

Yes, SIX was one of the acts!  We also ran into the Showmen.

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The Showmen at Silver Dollar City

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Silver Dollar City World Fest

The whole park was decorated very patriotically.  There was also the World Fest going on while we were there.

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Food from Silver Dollar City World Fest

We were able to taste so many foods from different countries. They were all delicious!  We were also able to see different shows. My absolute favorite was Amamos Argentina!

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Argentinian Dancers Silver Dollar City

They were so amazing! They danced many of the Argentinian dances. It was a very high energy and entertaining show.

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Amamos Argentina show Silver Dollar City

 Amamos Argentina featuring Los Pampas Gauchos drummers and folk dancers. Originated by Argentinian national folk dancing champion Andres Sosa, Los Pampas Gauchos has performed around the globe thrilling audiences with their unique blend of drums, dancing and comedy. Comedy and colorful costuming complete this exhilarating show.

During the show they asked for volunteers. Natasha and her husband “Juan” from Houseful of Nichole’s volunteered. Of course, being the good friend I am, I *HAD* to record them :)

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Houseful of Nicholes in the Amamos Argentina Show Silver Dollar City

We were able to meet and talk to the performers afterwards. They were so nice! They even took a picture with my hubby and I.

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Amamos Argentina Silver Dollar City

Of course while we were there we had to ride the rides!

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Powder Keg Roller Coaster Silver Dollar City

This picture is from the Powder Keg roller coaster. It cracks me up!  The theme park is a lot of fun and offers something for all ages!

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Branson Belle Showboat Branson, MO

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*I received complimentary tickets to a dinner cruise on the Showboat, Branson Belle in Branson, MO to facilitate my review. All thoughts are 100% honest and my own.

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Branson Belle Showboat

While on our Branson vacation we had the opportunity to have dinner on the Branson Belle Showboat dinner cruise.  The ship is really beautiful and you couldn’t even tell you were moving unless you looked out the window.

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Myles and I on the Branson Belle Showboat

 

While you’re eating dinner there is a band that plays and you get to enjoy your meal.  My favorite was the dessert.

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Amazing pie on the Branson Belle Showboat

 

They had the most delicious Lemon Berry Ice Cream pie! They also have children’s meals and specialty meals for those with dietary restrictions.

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Christopher James and I

 

Christopher James hosted the night’s festivities and was absolutely hysterical! Check out his “60 second Escape”

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The Showmen on the Branson Belle Showboat

 

One of the other acts were the Showmen. They were five young men that sang together. They’re voices are fantastic and they are very high energy! Check out their version of “Happy” below.

They did a variety of songs, but most were the “all-american” songs from the 50’s and 60’s and they also had a patriotic medley.

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The Showmen on the Branson Belle Showboat

 

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Janice Martin

The third performer was Janice Martin. Where do I begin? She plays the violin, she plays the piano, she sings, AND she’s does an aerial routine!! It doesn’t stop there though. She plays her violin upside down during her aerial routine!

She was phenomenal!

If you’re looking for a unique experience, the Branson Belle Showboat is for you!

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The Titanic Museum and Acrobats of China Branson, MO #ExploreBranson

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*I received complimentary tickets to the Titanic Museum and Acrobats of China show in Branson, MO to facilitate my review. All thoughts are 100% honest and my own.

Neither of these locations allowed photography. All pictures in this post came from their websites.

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Go inside the Titanic for the Big Picture – Permanent, Interactive Experience

I love history and I love watching shows on the Titanic and salvaging expeditions. So, I was really excited to check out the Titanic Museum when I was in Branson, MO.  When you enter the museum you are handed a boarding pass with your name, class, and a little bit about yourself.  My lady was Helen Candee, an author.  

The tour is a self guided tour but you have a device where you can listen about the different exhibits.  I had a lot of fun walking around learning facts and seeing some of the artifacts. They also had rooms and different items pertaining to the Titanic built to scale.

At the end of the tour there is a wall with the names of all the passengers. You find your class, your person’s name, and their fate. I really enjoyed learning about both my passenger and the Titanic.  You can find the museum on Facebook here.

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We were also able to attend the Acrobats of China show. They were amazing! I could hardly believe how they were able to contort their bodies. Their strength was incredible. I was also surprised at how young they were! Some of their performers were 11 and 12 years old! It was highly entertaining. I recommend visiting. It’s a great show for the whole family! You can find them on Facebook and Twitter.

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