Back to School with Andrea’s Beau Headband Giveaway

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My daughter is obsessed with the headbands from Andrea’s Beau, we work with this company about two times a year for headbands and this time around my daughter actually gave some pretty awesome feedback that I can share with you all, besides just about the styles and gorgeous designs. When the headbands arrived, my daughter was telling me that she loves Andrea’s Beau headbands because, unlike other headbands, these never hurt behind her ears. Usually any other brand of headband Ki has tried on, never fit right, eventually the ends would dig in behind her ears causing headaches, but not with Andrea’s Beau heads. Never ever does Ki have an issue with the headband digging into her. Ever.

Andrea's Beau Headband Giveaway for Back to School

Miss Ki i shown here modeling two styles of Andrea’s Beau headbands; the Ari Argyle Headband in light blue and the Nora Ombre Flower Headband in lavender. Doesn’t she look so pretty and happy in these pictures? Being that she is a tween, it’s rare to capture her on camera and even then more so rare to capture her radiant smile, so thank you Andrea’s Beau for assisting in making this girl shine!

With Back to School season upon us, already, it seems having a giveaway for a headband could really help out some families. So today I am hosting a giveaway for one Ari Argyle Headband in your choice of colors. See the image below for the color options. 

About Andrea’s Beau

Andrea comes from a long line of design savvy family members; from her father to her grandfather and in between this family was made to be designers. The love of textile trends, colors and fashion houses was really something that stemmed from her upbringing and today she brings to you so many options for you to spruce up your hair!

There are hair accessories for both women and girls on Andrea’s Beau website, also wholesale options and free shipping at the moment for continental orders of $50 or more. If you have a hair savvy girl in your household, this is the place to shop for hair accessories that match every taste. The quality is long lasting, my daughter still has all of the headbands provided to us over the years and they are in great shape! The style is amazing and as I mentioned earlier on in the post, these headbands do not stick behind your ears, so if you choose headbands, you know you will be choosing a great one for your daughter!

Andrea's Beau Headband Giveaway

Enter to win ONE Ari Argyle Headband

One (1) Ari Argyle Headband in winners choice of color to one (1) person.
Giveaway open to US addresses only

 Ends August 2, 2014 at 12am Eastern Time

Winner will be announced live on site and emailed directly. Winner shall have 48 hours from announcement post and email to claim prize otherwise another random winner shall be chosen using the random generator through Rafflecopter.

** one entry per person, while you can tweet once per day, all other entries are ONE TIME per PERSON. 

Using the Rafflecopter form below is easy; use name/email to log in or Facebook for login. Rafflecopter will not use your email or access for anything other than giving me a way to contact you should you be the randomly chosen winner! Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize or another person will be randomly selected.

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Oh What Fun We Have – Easy and Free to Low Cost Summer Break Ideas

Summer break has been here for about a month or so now, the kids and I are no where near ready to kill each other. I have been enjoying the Summer break quite a bit, sure the lack in routine can occasionally be a bit of a challenge for my son Aj, but overall things are going awesome! As a Mom who has been a penny pincher for as long as she can remember, I wanted to share some tips on how our family has a blast without spending any money, or maybe just a little tiny bit of money some days … I know you can do this too!

Having Summer Break fun Without Breaking the Bank

I am a huge advocate for being happy within, I truly believe if you are not happy within your own self that no one around you will be happy either. That is where Summer Break comes into play, I see every day how happy I truly am because of how happy my children are in response to my deep inner happiness. We love spending quality time together, and they trust me to work a couple hours every day from home because once my work is done, the day is OURS.

Happily Blended Summer Break Fun

Some Things that the Kids and I enjoy Doing During Summer Break Are:

  • Sitting on the deck chatting about whatever or telling funny stories to each other.
  • Taking a trip to Walmart or some other local store and having a look around, it’s always fun to check out new toys.
  • Take a scenic ride somewhere; one day we hopped in the vehicle and drove 2 hours to the ocean.
  • Make blanket forts, play with musical instruments, dress up, pick berries, or play with the ever huge collection of toys in house.

Summer Break Fun

The best part of our summer break days is that we just laugh and laugh and laugh. We are a lively bunch together, and more often than not, you can hear music playing in our home while we do chores together as a means to ensure we are doing our part to keep our household running smoothly. We laugh together, we do chores together, we are family.

What are you doing this Summer break with your family that simply makes you SMILE?

Family Day Trip to Water Country in Portsmouth, NH #summerbreak #WCFamilyFun #NH

Disclosure: I was provided complimentary tickets and parking to visit Water Country in Portsmouth, NH with my family.

Day out with Kids at Water Country #WCFamilyFun with Promo Code

Last Monday I packed up the Town & Country to head off for a two hour drive to Portsmouth, NH where the family would enjoy a day out at Water Country. I had a total of four children and two adults in the vehicle and we were ready to head off. The biggest thing that saved our long trip? The Nabi Tablet and Squiggle Pads. The two tweens had their cell phones to entertain them as well.

Upon arrival, we checked in and grabbed our complimentary tickets for admission as well as our cabana. We were all really shocked and excited when we saw that our cabana was a luxury one, versus the lower end cabana options. While all of the cabana’s looked great and gave some privacy, the one we had looked over the wave pool and lent us just enough privacy that we didn’t end up using a locker for our stuff.

Water Country Cabana Rates:

  • Diamond Hill Builders Party Deck — Fits up to 20 adults and is furnished with 3 large tables with 4 chairs each under a shade canopy and 6 lounge chairs. Price ranges $249-$299.
  • Pool Side King Cabanas & Captain’s King Cabana — 8 people with a table, 4 chairs and 4 lounge chairs. Price ranges $150/140.
  • Poolside Jolly Roger — 6 people with a small table, 4 chairs and 2 lounge chairs. Price ranges $129/$119.
  • There are many other cabana options available that will lend you a shady place to rest and group back up with those who come with. Visit WaterCountry.com and click on Cabana’s, under Plan a Visit option.

Tips on choosing the best cabana for your visit; be sure that the location of your cabana suits your visit needs. For example, had I been strictly visiting with just my two younger boys, I would have been best suited to have a cabana located near the Pirates Lagoon as that was my sons’ favorite spot at Water Country.

 Day out with Kids at Water Country #WCFamilyFun with Promo Code

Once we were all settled into our cabana, we wanted to take a walk around the whole Water Country site; this was our way to figure out what there were for rides and where various places were located so that when we split up to be boys with boys and girls with girls, we all knew where each other were located. There were so many rides to choose from, I was very impressed with my daughter for trying this Double Dive Boggan water slide. Basically it’s really high up, you have to carry your mat up to the top, lay down face first and lunge down this water slide. My sons absolutely loved it, even if I had a bit of a heart attack watching my sons be that high up! My daughter, who has a really big fear of heights loved this ride, but only for one time. It was simply a little too much for her preference, the sons’ and their Dad went down it a bunch!

Once we started going on various rides, we got to know how nice most of the lifeguards are here. You see, when you visit a place like Water Country, there tends to be a lot of young adults being the lifeguards and these days you never know what personality they will have. Thankfully we were blessed to have some pretty kind and compassionate lifeguards to tend to us, if we had any needs. My middle child is high functioning autistic, so that brought on some challenges, but the life guard at the shack to the Wave Pool showed his true colors in customer service. I was overall very pleased with all but one lifeguard who was a bit overwhelmed it seemed, in how the coverage was for those watching people on rides and how kind each of them were.

Day out with Kids at Water Country #WCFamilyFun with Promo Code

I must admit, once we all found Thunder Falls, that is where the family spent all of their time. We must have spent an hour at this one ride. I loved that I could stand at the bottom and take pictures. The four children went on by themselves; ages 12, 11, 7 and 5. I allowed them to go up the stairs alone and onto the raft; which is a huge deal because I rarely let my sons out of my sight. I felt very safe here at Water Country, at all times!

One piece of advice for planning your visit to Water Country is to think about what works best for your family, when I was choosing a date to go, I chose a Monday because I was hoping the place wouldn’t be as packed. My  middle child doesn’t do well waiting in long lines but honestly, even towards end of day about 5pm when the place started to get packed, the lines were moving really quickly. The staff on hand at all rides were really good at keeping the lines down so that everyone could enjoy riding over and over again!

Day out with Kids at Water Country #WCFamilyFun with Promo Code

We ended our day with a few pictures to capture those who were here this day; on the left is my ex husband and our two son’s, on the right is my daughter and youngest with my daughter’s best friend and in the middle is my son, Aj eating up some fried dough for the first time! On our way out, I treated the children to two fried doughs. They split the dough in half so boys shared with boys and girls shared with girls. The fried dough was about $6 and it was HUGE, certainly enough to share among at least 2 people!

Our overall experience was fantastic! The kids are asking when can we go again this Summer, and I certainly think I will be adding Water Country to our day visits next Summer because it really was a great experience from start to finish, even for my autistic son, which makes me smile big!

If you are planning a trip to Water Country in Portsmouth, NH anytime soon, I have a promo code for you:

Use code Blog30 to save $3.00 off the $38.99 admission price this Summer 2014 season at Water Country.  Click here to visit Water Country’s website to purchase your tickets today!

 

 Have you been to Water Country before, or a water park in your area? What was your favorite part of the water park?

 

 

Family Movie Night with Pop Secret Popcorn #GoodbyeBurnedPopcorn @PopSecret #sp

This post is sponsored by Pop Secret, but my opinions are all my own.

Family movie night in is one of our favorite traditions, and @PopSecret’s new app just mane it even better!  #sp #PerfectPop

Every Friday night the kids and I pull out their bed mattresses and pile them close on the floor in the living room. Friday is our Family Movie Night and “slumber party” in the living room, granted when my daughter has a friend over, she doesn’t sleep out there with us. The boys look forward to this Friday night fun, they count down all week to our slumber party, it’s really cute.

This past Friday, we tried something new, Pop Secret new App has a way for me to stop burning popcorn! What you all do not know is that I am famous for plopping the microwavable popcorn into the microwave and hitting the wrong time, then we end up with burned popcorn. The house smells forever, it’s such a hard smell to get rid of. The problem is that once our home is rid of that smell, I go ahead and burn some more popcorn.

What can I say, I like to keep things interesting!

Well, we no longer have to worry about me burning the popcorn with the app from Pop Secret that easily allows you to time popcorn popping just right. With your iPhone 5+ on iOS 7+, download Perfect Pop (“Perfect Popcorn”) for free on the App Store.
1. Put a bag of Pop Secret in the microwave and enter suggested cooking time from the packaging. Note: Perfect Pop is optimized for the deliciousness of Pop Secret popcorn only.

2.    Turn up the volume on your iPhone. Point the phone’s speaker towards the microwave and keep within 3 feet.

3. Start the microwave, and then start the app.

No more relying on the popcorn button or guessing how many seconds in between pops. Pop Secret is serious about perfect popcorn, so the less you have to worry about, the more time you can spend enjoying movie night with your friends & family. Perfect Pop listens to the pops, waiting for the precise moment to let you know when your popcorn is perfect.

I am in love with this app, it is so freaking awesome!

The next time you do a family  movie night and are in search for the perfect family movie night popcorn, try out Pop Secret and use the Pop Secret app to time it just right. You see, my other happy thought about this app is that you will have more popcorn in the bag versus kernels. I am guilty of either burning the popcorn OR not popping it long enough so we end up with a lot of excess kernels. Just ask my daughter, she will tell you my guilty ways of popcorn popping, it’s a common joke around here. We won’t have to worry anymore with the Pop Secret app and maybe, just maybe, I can outlive this current family joke!

So, have you ever burned popcorn before?

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