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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Monday, May 11, 2015

Jesus Culture CD giveaway

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

A few months ago, my family and I were visiting another church.  They were playing songs from a band I had never heard of but I was loving the music.  After the service I went to the sound booth guy and asked who he was playing.  He told me Jesus Culture.  I went home and searched them on YouTube and haven't stopped listening since.  I absolutely love how they don't just sing the lyrics but they let the Holy Spirit move them and they worship God.  They have easily become one of my favorite bands.  I was given the amazing opportunity to review their new cd This Is Jesus Culture.  Oh my goodness.  This cd is awesome.  I waited impatiently for this to arrive.  When it did it went straight to the cd player.  This album is one amazing worship album.  There are some songs on there that I have heard before that Jesus Culture sung.  I love that this is a live album with a crowd.  It really makes me feel like I am in a worship service.  Listening to this album, I found myself reaching out to God.  This is an album everyone should have.  You can purchase this album at Family Christian stores or website for $13.99

About this album:

This Is Jesus Culture is fronted by Kim Walker-Smith & Chris Quilala, but each member of the team knows the weight of the call God has on their lives and they live devoted to a lifestyle of worship, hoping that their music can help lead all those who hear it into an experience of His presence that won't leave them the same.

Track List:
I Want to Know You
Sing Out
Unstoppable Love
Your Love Never Fails
Agnus Dei
How He Loves
One Thing Remains
Your Name is Glorious
Show Me Your Glory
Holy Spirit

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Renuzit Pearl Scents Giveaway

(Disclosure:  I received the product mentioned below in order to facilitate my review.  All opinions shared are my own.)

When I received the email saying that I was going to be a part of this Purex campaign, I knew exactly which room I was going to put the Renuzit Pearls Scents.  The boys bathroom!  I have 3 boys, and if you have boys, you know how smelly the bathroom could get.  I am not sure what all they do in there to make it so dirty but that is the room I am cleaning the most.  So when this arrived, I opened it up and could immediately smell the Blue Sky Breeze scent.  I had it in the kitchen while I was throwing the box away and my husband mentioned that it was strong.  So it might be too strong for some but I like a lot of scent. The design of the bottle could fit any decor.  The bottle, the lid and the pearls are all so pretty and I will probably be reusing this for something.  This really should be placed out of a child's reach because the pearls could look like candy to kids.  After having this in the kids bathroom for a week, I have noticed it smells better.

About Renuzit Pearl Scents:

Renuzit Pearl Scents is a pretty odor neutralizer that fills your home with refreshing fragrances that last up to 30 days.  And with this charming little jar, there's no need for electric plugs or flames.  Simply, set it down and it continuously leaves your room with a light and fresh scent. Comes in the following scents: 

Blue Sky Breeze
Pure Breeze
After the Rain
Seductive Pineapple

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3 lucky winners will each receive their own coupon to try their own Renuzit Pearl Scents.  Just enter below on the rafflecopter form.  

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Free To Be...

Free to be……100% Boy

Having three boys, I have a ton of laundry to do daily. They sweat, get dirty, eat messily, and just live life and enjoy every moment of it.  Two of my boys have played baseball this spring and all three will play in the fall.  They are all active and play outside daily, as well as whatever mess they can get in at school.  (There have been some weird, unexplainable stains on their shirts!) One of the laundry products that we rely on and trust is all free clear.  I love the all product line.  The mighty pacs are really easy to use.  Just drop one in the washer before the clothes.  I love the all free clear OXI.  This product really helps with the clay stains they get on their baseball uniforms.  The Fresh and Sensitive detergent has a slight scent that is perfect!  Along with the all free clear detergents, I use a capful of the all free clear fabric softener.  Really helps make the clothes soft and static free.  Using the all free clear line of products, my boys are free to be 100% boy.  They are free to get dirty without worrying about staining their clothes.  They are free to be adventurous and explore the world around them.  

Free to be……A busy mom

Being a mom of so much testosterone, I don't really have the time to spend in the laundry room.  My laundry room used to be an overwhelming mess.  I hated doing laundry.  Then one day, I came up with a solution that would help my family….Disposable clothing…Just kidding!  I came up with a shelving system that has worked great for us, so I thought I would share it with you all.  On my shelves, I have four baskets…one for each boy and one for me and my hubby.  One the bottom, I have a white hamper for lights and a black hamper for darks.  To the side of the shelf I have a basket for towels and sheets.  I wash, dry and fold one-two loads of laundry every day.  I then separate the clothes and put the clothes in the designated baskets.  Every day, each person has to come empty out their baskets by putting them away themselves and bring the basket back to the shelf.  This way, each child is responsible for their own clothes.  They know that if they don't put away the basket everyday, it builds up and gets more time consuming for them when they decide to finally put them away.  They are not to have dirty clothes in their rooms.  If they do, I do not go into the rooms to get them.  If the clothes are not in the hampers they do not get washed.  

Baskets are normally empty but we've taken turns being sick this week.
This system has worked for us as a family.  This leaves time for me to be Free to be a busy mom.  I get to take the time that I used to spend putting away everyones clothes, and play with my kids and be more involved instead of being consumed with chores!  

all free clear is the #1 recommended detergent brand by Dermatologists, Allergists, and Pediatricians for sensitive skin.  It's tough on stains yet gentle enough for the whole family.  Plus, it's safe for use in standard and HE machines.  It rinses clean and has a gentle, hypoallergenic formula.  Powerful Clean.  Gentle on Skin.  all free clear is also 100% hypoallergenic.
New from the #1 Detergent Brand recommended by dermatologists, allergists and pediatricians comes all free clear liquid fabric softener and dryer sheets.  Use together to make fabrics cleaner, softer, and more comfortable against your family's sensitive skin.  100% free of dyes and perfumes.  Gentle on skin.  Safe for all washing machines.  

So what are you Free To Be?  

Redo Your Room

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

We just moved into our own house a few months ago.  Now we get the fun part of decorating it and making it our "home".  It is so exciting.  I received the book Redo Your Room from Zondervan and even though this book is from FaithGirlz! and I only have boys, there are some really good ideas that you can turn and make it geared for a boy.  My wheels are already spinning in my mind trying to think of which ideas I want to do in their rooms and how it would fit in their themes they have in mind.  This book not only gives you pictures but also step by step directions to make it easy to follow.  This book is great for that pre-teen/teenage girl who wants to have her own style.

The idea from this book that I am going to do in my kids rooms is the Floating Wall Shelves.  Seems real simple to do and they have have the wood any color they want!  I can't wait to get started!

You can purchase this book at Zondervan for $12.99

God Bless Our Country The Berenstain Bears

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

I really love the Berenstain Bears.  Their books have values or morals to them and I like that my kids love reading their books.  I don't mind reading these books over and over again to them.  In The Berenstain Bears God Bless our Country the bear cubs learn all about why we celebrate the 4th of July.  They learn that it just isn't a day we have fireworks but there is a very important reason we have those fireworks.  My kids love learning about the country and our history and this book does it in a fun way for children to understand.  Including stickers!  My kids love stickers.  They each have a poster board in their rooms for their sticker collection and the stickers from this book were divided amongst the 3 kids.  The stickers are a fun addition to this book.

You can purchase this book just in time for the 4th of July at Zondervan for only $4.99