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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*I received Kanoodle and Kanoodle Genius to facilitate my review. All thoughts are 100% honest and my own.

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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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Legends in Concert Branson, MO

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*I received complimentary tickets to the Legends in Concert at Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater in Branson, MO to facilitate my review. All thoughts are 100% honest and my own.

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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*I received a complimentary trip to Branson, MO to facilitate my review. All thoughts are 100% honest and my own.

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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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Branson Zipline Branson, MO #Explore Branson

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*I received a complimentary zip lining experience at Branson Zipline in Branson, MO to facilitate my review. All thoughts are 100% honest and my own.

Conveniently located  in the heart of the Ozark Mountains, just minutes north of Branson, Wolfe Creek Preserve is home to one of the premier Eco-Adventure experiences in the world: Branson Zipline & Canopy Tours.

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One of my very favorite things that we did while we were on vacation was the Branson Zipline!  I got to go with some of my awesome blogging buddies pictured above (bottom to top). Quinn & Betsy from The Dallas Socials,  me, Ericka from Ericka Saves, and Natasha & Shomari from Houseful of Nicholes.  All pictures were taken by Branson Zipline & Canopy Tours staff.

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It started out with a ride up the mountain so we could ride the zip lines down!

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Can you tell we’re ready?!  The staff does an awesome job at explaining things and we were never ever not attached to the line. They took all safety precautions.  Our guides, Steven & Tawny were awesome! Tawny shared stories and history about the area we were zipping through and even why some of the towers had the names they did. Steven patiently waited at the other end for each of us and took most of the pictures.

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Here we are with our fearless guide, Tawny.  They made the experience so much fun! We had one girl who was a little nervous. (Don’t worry, Natasha, I won’t tell them who it was)  They did great with her and really helped her relax and enjoy the experience.  You can read Natasha’s review here.

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We stopped to take a mid mountain snack. They served us bird seed and almond brittle. This sounds funny, but they’re the most delicious snacks!

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I had so much fun that I went again! My hubby wasn’t able to be there the first time so this time just he and I went. We had so much fun. Here are some of our pics going down the zip line.

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Since we went again with a different group I got to experience two new guides!

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Ryan and Declan were awesome too! This picture was taken after we completed all 7 zip lines and 10 suspension bridges!  After this Myles and I decided to  do the Blue Streak Fast Line!

Find yourself soaring at heights of over 150-feet, taking in panoramic views of the surrounding Ozark hills, and zipping at speeds fast enough to feel the wind in your hair.You will zip  nearly a quarter of a mile on our longest & fastest line followed by a freefall drop from Everest,  our tallest platform.

Of course because this was another course we had two more guides! Megan and Hunter were also fantastic!  The drop was so exhilarating. You don’t feel the harness catch (you are fully attached and harnessed in the whole time) the first 30 feet of the free fall.  It takes your breath away!  I absolutely loved it!!

Here are pics of both my hubby and I after our jump!

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They also offer a safari guided walking tour!  Check out this video from their staff and find out why they’re so #Happy

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Welk Resorts in Branson, MO – Review #ExploreBranson

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*I received a complimentary stay in the Welk Resort in Branson, MO to facilitate my review. All thoughts are 100% honest and my own.

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Great vacations begin at Welk Resorts!
My husband and I just got back from Branson, MO and had the best time! I loved our hotel. We stayed at the Welks Resort in town.
Nestled in the breathtaking Ozarks, Welk Resorts and Hotels Branson Missouri is a first class destination resort offering lodging, lodge luxury vacation rentals, dining, activities, fitness center, mini golf, game room and live theater entertainment in Missouri.
Check out our great package deals. Your family will love The Splash-A-Torium! Branson’s new indoor water attraction is open year round and features an amazing 117-foot water slide. The Welk Resort Branson Missouri is close to Silver Dollar City. Bring your family to join ours for a great vacation!
There was so much room that we did not feel cramped.  And they even had a sweet gift basket welcoming me!
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A few of my favorite things that were those that don’t seem that big of a deal, but they’re a HUGE deal to me when I travel.
They had awesome water pressure and very hot water. I don’t drink coffee in the morning. Instead, I like to take a hot shower. I like the hot water to massage my shoulders and wake me up. The pressure was fabulous (and could totally be changed if you have a different preference). Not only did the water get hot, but it stayed hot.
They also had LOTS of towels. Again, this seems small, but I like using one towel for my hair and one to dry off. They had more than enough towels and wash cloths.  You could also choose to have them not washed every day (same with the sheets) to conserve water.
The breakfast buffet was delicious!  They had these amazing southwest eggs and potatoes.  They also had a pancake bar and fresh fruit.  There were biscuits, sausage & gravy, bacon, and more!  It was really nice to be able to head over there in the morning and grab a delicious meal.
If you are planning a trip in the Branson area I highly recommend staying at Welk Resorts!
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I’m so excited to #ExploreBranson this weekend!

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I am so excited to spend the weekend with my hubby in Branson, Missouri.  Did you know there are tons of tourist attractions there? Not only is it great for a romantic getaway – there is fun for the whole family!

I’ll be tweeting from Branson using hashtag #ExploreBranson so make sure you follow me to keep up with all of the fun!
Here are some savings for you so you can plan your vacation to Branson! Summer is just around the corner and after seeing all the fun I have I think you’ll totally want to go too! :)
Branson Tracks - To Schedule your visit please email Julie Wilson at julie@bransontracks.com
World’s Largest Toy Museum - To Schedule your visit please email Ron Howard at thetoymuseum@gmail.com
#World’sLargestToyMuseum SAVE $2 Off Admission!
 Shoot for the Starz Mini-Golf - To schedule your visit please email Aileen Stein at Aileen@kuverapartners.com
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Heart Charts Communication Aid

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*I received a Heart Chart to facilitate my review. All thoughts are 100% honest and my own.

Heart Charts Communication Aid

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Studies demonstrate that men and women tend to have significantly different communication styles.  Ironically, effective communication is among the most critical elements of a healthy relationship!  Heart Charts help couples bridge those natural communication styles keeping their relationships happy, healthy, and sustainable.

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Myles and I on our wedding day

Myles and I will be celebrating our 8 year wedding anniversary this July! It seems like we were married just the other day.

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We’ve been married for almost 8 years!

Eight years later he is still my best friend and we really do have a lot of fun together. I believe we have a healthy relationship because we have learned to communicate.  Any good relationship takes hard work.  We choose to work and love each other even when we aren’t being very “lovable” (grouchy, cranky, etc).

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Heart Charts is a great communication tool!  What is it? I’m glad you asked :)

Heart Charts helps women “show” their man when she needs to sit down and talk about an issue that is bothering her.  Conversely, Heart Charts helps men “take action” to alert their woman that although he’s either hurt and shut down or ready to blow a gasket, he wants to sit down and have a conversation that leads to a resolution.   In each instance, these issues are easier to talk about sooner rather than later after problems fester.  That’s where Heart Charts can help!

Place your magnet on the colored heart that represents the way your heart feels.
Green representshappy, satisfied, content, loved.
Yellow represents: we need to talk, I’m upset, or we have an issue.
Red represents:    very serious issue, our relationship is in jeopardy, drop what you’re doing and let’s discuss the problem.
Ideally, you will rarely move to red because when you receive a yellow warning from your spouse, you will resolve the issue and return to green.

Basically you don’t want to let the issue stay hidden.  I tend to “stuff” things and I’m the type of person that will “swallow” it when I am upset and that can be dangerous.  If you keep piling up issues you have a bigger chance to “explode”.  This allows me to let my hubby know I’m upset or that something bothers me without having to ignore it.

Another great thing about this is that it lets the other one know. Often we get so busy that we can be so focused on our kids, our work, events going on, etc that we don’t have time to notice things. I know for me it makes me realize I need to stop and address something if I see Myles has moved his down to yellow.

With all that being said this is a tool. Obviously if you use it and really work on communication it’s a positive thing and will help. If you use it just to let off steam and tell your mate how mad you are, it’s not going to help.  Communication is key! When my husband and I discovered we think totally different it made all the difference in the world. I can’t expect him to “fix things” or apologize if he doesn’t even know I have hurt feelings.

I think it’s a great tool for any couple!

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In addition to helping families communicate more effectively and keeping kids in a safe loving environment.  Hearts Charts Inc. is committed to donating 10% of its profits to mission work around the world.  You can learn more about donating to help them out and receive your own Heart Chart over on Indiegogo!

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Disney on Ice

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*I received tickets to attend a Disney on Ice show to facilitate my review. All thoughts are 100% honest and my own.

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Get ready to rock out with some of the most magical characters of all in a musical showcase that features the hottest tunes and talent from across the kingdom in Disney On Ice presents Rockin’ Ever After!

Jam to a Scottish jig as a group of royal contenders from the latest Disney Pixar film, Brave, compete to win the heart of headstrong, sharp-shooting Merida, who is making her ice debut! Experience a show-stopping performance as Sebastian breaks out of his shell for one night only to make waves with Ariel. A chorus of harmless hooligans from Tangled unleashes musical mayhem when they get a visit from the sassy and spirited Rapunzel and her charming ally Flynn. And, get your feet moving as the Beast and his castle’s enchanted entourage take center stage in a spectacular show for Belle.  It will be a rockin’ remix of royalty!

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Rebecca and Lily (cousins) are huge Disney Princess fans!  They were so excited when we told them that we were going to Disney on Ice!
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Lily and I are ready for the show!
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Disney on Ice was such a great show, we had a girls night out with my daughter, my best friend and her daughter. I was not expecting it to be as good as it was…but we were impressed!
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Lily sang along to most of it, and so did I! The costumes and special effects were beautiful..fireworks, archery and people hanging from the ceiling! Our favorite Princess part was The Little Mermaid. The fish and sea creatures were amazing! You really have to go see it!
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Sorry about the pictures…I had a camera malfunction and was left only with my phone, which doesn’t take the best pictures in the dark. I did the best I could, but the pictures do not do it justice. The sets were gorgeous, it was a magical show!

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