Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Beginners Bible Giveaway

(Disclosure:  I received these products in order to facilitate my review.  All opinions shared are my own.)

Happy Birthday to The Beginner's Bible.  They have been around for 25 years now.  I remember it when I was little and I was excited to be able to purchase it for my own kids.  I have read it to each of my children from front to back, numerous times.  I love the bright illustrations and my kids love the stories that are included in it.  I received a variety of products from Zonderkidz to review.  Each book has its own value.  My kids love the Super Duty Mighty Jumbo activity book.  This has kept them busy during this summer.  Jesus Shows God's Love is a great book for younger readers to read.  It is easy to read.  The Noah's Ark story book is really cute to read to your younger children.  The Bible Story Favorites dvd is really entertaining for young ones who like watching movies.  This is great to watch together as a family and discuss the stories.  The Beginner's Bible NIRV bible is great for the older readers to start reading God's word.  The words are large enough that young eyes doesn't have to strain to read.  These are all great products to add to your family library.  But I have one favorite in particular that I am sharing.  The Beginner's Bible Collectors Edition.  This product includes the Beginner's Bible Story book and 2 dvds with Bible stories.  This would make a perfect gift for any young child.  

Speaking of gifts…I get the opportunity to give this Collectors Edition away to one of my lucky readers.  How awesome.  All you have to do is enter the rafflecopter form.  Please note that if you have received this for your own review, you are not eligible to win this from me.  

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Pirate's Code giveaway

(Disclosure:  I received this movie in order to facilitate my review.  All opinions shared are my own.)

Summer time is here and my kids have already started the "I'm bored" statements.  So I put on a movie that I had received from FlyBy Promotions called Pirate's Code.  This is the 2nd movie in the Mickey Matson series.  When my kids asked what I was putting on I told them a pirate movie.  Their response was most pirate movies are inappropriate.  I told them this one would be fine for them to watch.  When it started, all 3 of my boys were glued to their seats.  They love adventure type movies and this one was a perfect fit for them.  I love that this movie was clean.  No cuss words, no sex scenes, very minor violence.  The kids all really enjoy this movie and will watch it often.

About this movie:

In this follow up to Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Treasure, Mickey Matson is at it again; this time pitted against the evil Admiral Ironsides and his gang of pirates who are intent on destroying civilization.  Their new invention, the Tesla Coil, is a weapon of mass destruction that will send an electromagnetic pulse throughout the world, destroying every electronic device in existence.  With the help of a secret organization, Mickey and his best friend Sully, embark on a mission to stop the pirates from taking over a submarine and stealing the last part needed to complete their devastating weapon.  If Admiral Ironsides succeeds in his plan, civilization will be sent back to the Stone Age.  It's a race against time, and the fate of the world hangs in the balance.

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One lucky reader of mine will be receiving this movie for their family.

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Monday, June 8, 2015

A day at the Zoo

(Disclosure:  I received complimentary tickets in order to facilitate this review.  All opinions shared are my own.)

My kids had a great surprise last Friday.  It was the last day of school and they had a half day so I decided to use my complimentary tickets after picking them up and take them to the zoo.  We arrived there and the parking lot was pretty full.  I guess everyone had the same idea as I did.  But there was still plenty of parking spots left.  I love that the Lowry Park Zoo still has free parking.  The staff at the ticket windows were very courteous.  We were amazed at all the decorations that are up right now for their Zoominations event they have going on.  My boys were so excited about being at the zoo they didn't know which way to go first.

We wondered around enjoying all the exhibits and made our way to the Wallaroo Station.  The area of the zoo is geared specifically for children.  My kids ran towards the Tasmanian Tiger Roller Coaster.  There wasn't many people in this area so my kids got to ride this many times by themselves before I made them move on to the next part.  

After the roller coaster we went into the petting zoo.  My boys loved petting and feeding the goats and getting close to the llamas.  They were given mitts to use as brushes to use on the animals.  

After visiting the petting zoo, we went to go check out the rides but unfortunately mother nature had other plans and it started storming all of a sudden so for safety reasons the rides and water area shut down.  The water play area is much nicer than it used to be.  There are more fun water poles and stuff for the kids to play in.  My kids were really excited to get to play in this area but became quickly bummed.  

While we were waiting for the storm to pass we and about 50 other people huddled in Boomer's Cafe.  I like that it is a self serve type of cafe.  You walk in and there are drinks all along the wall with some yogurts, salads and such.  Then keep walking around and there is the grill area with chicken and food.  You get what you want and go outside to pay.  That took a minute to figure out.  At first I didn't know where to go to pay.  My son figured it out for me.  

Looking at my phone and realizing the storm was going nowhere, we decided to make a break for it and run to the front of the park and go home.  My kids were upset we had to leave early and we didn't get to experience the whole zoo, but we will definitely be getting some passes once we figure out our budget for the summer.  

Check out this post to see how you can get $3 off your admission.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

FreeToBe Sunggly

I love snuggling with my boys.  Sometimes, I just grab them as they walk by and pull them to me and hug them while they are screaming "ah come on mom." Soon they will be too big for me to do that so I have to enjoy it every moment while I can.  I especially love doing this when they are wearing freshly laundered clothes.  Not only to I get to snuggle them but I get to sniff them up.  Using all free clear laundry detergent I don't have to worry about them breaking out in a rash or their skin getting irritated from harsh chemicals.  Now, I also saw the all OXI booster powder.  I have used it for a few days and I am noticing that my clothes are coming out cleaner and brighter.  It really works great with the all free clear with OXI.  My towels come out smelling clean and soft.  These products are a great addition to my laundry room and they make my kids #FreeToBe snuggly.

About all free clear:

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This summer what do you want your kids #FreeToBe?

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Keep the kids reading this summer….giveaway 10 winners!

(Disclosure:  I received compensation for this post.  All opinions shared though, are my own.)

When my kids are in school, I love going to the Family Christian bookstore and look around.  I could literally spend hours in there because there is so many amazing items there.  Summer is letting out next week and I am planning on taking my boys there so that they can each pick out a book to read over the summer.  I love that my children love to read and I can't wait to see what they pick out from Family Christian.  All three of my boys each have their own style of books that they like to read.  My oldest loves the fantasy genre of books.  He read The Ether and really liked it and has been asking for the next book in the series called Pillars of Fire so I am willing to bet that is what he will chose as his book.  My middle son is really into sports.  he plays baseball and wants to do football at some point.  So getting him a sport related book like Game Changer would be a really good choice for him.  My youngest is still pretty young but is trying to be like his big brothers.  He would probably choose a book geared for younger readers like the I can Read series of books.  I will have to see if I am right on my guesses next week when I get to take them to the store.  While I am there, I am going to be checking out the devotionals for kids, specifically, boys.  I have really been eyeing What it Means to be a Christian for Boys. I also just saw on their website and I am probably going to go ahead and pre-buy The Power of a Praying Kid I love that Family Christian has books for all types of budgets with quite a few books being under $10.

Keep your kids reading this summer!  10, yes 10 of my readers are going to receive a $10 Savings Pass to Family Christian.  What is a savings pass?  Glad you asked….A savings pass is just like cash.  You can use it in the store or online.  This can even be used WITH coupons.  Awesome!!  Just enter below on the rafflecopter form.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo

(Disclosure:  I will be compensated with tickets to the Lowry Park Zoo in return for this post.  All opinions though are my own.  Information was provided to me to share with my readers.)

Living in Tampa, Florida, we have visited the Lowry Park Zoo often.  We even had passes for a while. My kids absolutely love it.  The ask often when we can go back.  They love all the different animals that are there and they enjoy the rides that are there.  It has been probably 2 years since we last visited and I know that the last time we were there they were doing many renovations.

Earlier this year, Wallaroo Station temporarily closed for remodeling-the first significant updating of this award-winning attraction in its 13 year history.  Newly re-opened for spring, guests to the "new Wallaroo" can expect this Aussie area to be even more "Auss-ome" with new animals and upgraded amenities, including:

-a female Queensland koala named "Ceduna" (a mate for our male "Heathcliff")
-"Bushland Birds" habitat with feathered friends and Fiji-banded iguanas
-more water features in "The Billabong" splash ground
-redesigned cage with "grab and go" food and beverage
-expanded dining area with additional seats and shade canopies
-nursing mothers area
-new ride for young children- Lil Joeys Caravan
-new midway games and activities
-ponies on parade (twice daily) and a goat show
-livestock training demonstrations with ponies and llamas

Take a trip to the Land of Oz and visit a variety of animals of Australia and its neighbors including koala, wallabies, cockatoos, emu, singing dogs and flying fox bats.  The petting area features a hear of friendly goats that children can brush, pet and feed.

The newly upgraded "Billabong" water play area takes kids "down under" to an interactive splay zone with unground fountains and free standing water features.  Try your hand at new midway games with the chance to win prizes and souvenirs, or go mining for gems and fossils at the new Hopper's Mining Company.

Children can take a spin on one of five fun rides: the NEW Lil Joey's Caravan, Tasmanian Tiger Family Roller Coaster, Overland Express Kiddie Train, Boomer's Flyin' Bananas and Outback Bumper Boats.

Parents can enjoy added shade while their little joeys cool off in the water play area.  Next door is Boomer's Cafe, a redesigned grab-and-go restaurant offering a variety of freshly prepared foods and drinks.  A "mommy center," designed for nursing mothers, provides shade and privacy for infants and caregivers.

About Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo:
Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo is operated by the Lowry Park Zoological Society.  The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and has been rated No. 1 by Parents magazine, "10 Best Zoos" (2009) and Child Magazine, "The 10 Best Zoos for Kids" (2004).  Parking is free.  The zoo is open 7 days a week from 9:30am-5pm.  Visit Lowry Park Zoo for more information.

Enjoy the Savings!!  Lowry Park Zoo is giving my readers $3 off Zoo admission

American Sniper dvd giveaway

(Disclosure:  I received this movie in order to facilitate my review.  All opinions shared are my own.)

I love watching war movies.  I love the drama and the stories that are told.  I especially love when the movies are based on true stories.  American Sniper is one of the best movies I have ever seen.  The acting in this movie was superb.  The cast is well known.  I really felt like I was a part of it.  It helped me understand what happens to these soldiers while they are serving our country and when they come home all the emotions that they experience.  My heart is proud for every man and women who put their lives on the line to protect me and my family!  With Memorial Day coming up quickly, this would be a great movie to give to a veteran as a thank you.  With every purchase of American Sniper, $1 of your purchase will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project up to $1,000,000 when you purchase between 4/21/2015 to 12/31/2015 thanks to Warner Brothers.  I think that is amazing and I think that everyone should purchase this movie to help a great cause!

Take a peek at what the actors have to say about this movie:

About the movie:

Chris Kyle's (Bradley Cooper) missions is to protect his brothers in arms while being a prime target of insurgents.  Despite the danger, as well as the toll on his family at home, Chris serves through four harrowing tours of duty in Iraq, personifying the spirit of the SEAL creed to "leave no one behind."  But upon returning to his wife, Taya (Sienna Miller), and kids, Chris finds that it is the war he can't leave behind.

Win It!  One lucky winner will receive their very own copy of American Sniper on Blue Ray and DVD.

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