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How To Experience Great Wolf Lodge in Under 24 Hours

I was provided Paw Passes in exchange for this feature. I attended GWL on my own and opinions are my own

On the last day of school we hoped into the car and joined friends for a night at the Grand Mound, Wa. Great Wolf Lodge to celebrate the start of summer. It was the best way to celebrate with these new fifth grade boys. We have been before and this time was a bit different and actually the most fun we have had. The difference is that we had Paw Passes and we crushed our stay in less than 24 hours!

When you reserve your stay (or at check in) you have 3 play options to choose from which is a fantastic way to save in more ways than one! I’ll explain…..

For the littles, the Pup Pass is a great start and for the older boys the Paw or Wolf passes are best. Have you ever been to Great Wold Lodge and seen families with these large paws around their necks? These families know how to save and I wish I had discovered or really jumped on board sooner. We checked in and the passes were waiting for us and so was our room at 1:30 – bonus! We were able to go grab all our bags and go upstairs right away to change and head to the water area. After some swim time we changed and grabbed the passes to begin some indoor fun!

Here is the back of the Paw Pass $79.99 (saves over $32 in activities). First we sent the boys to do a quest. They have done this before and even have wands so they chose toppers and played MagiQuest. Because we bought the pass I didn’t have to bring any cash downstairs-it is all pre-paid and off they were running the halls. Us adults went upstairs to get dinner ready.

After dinner they wanted to have some arcade time and they got a game card with 20 points loaded because of the Paw Pass (that’s about $5 free pre-loaded). We added some more cash and off they went. They actually played day 1 and day 2 and were able to save the tickets on their cards from day 1 and combine when we left for their prizes.

After dinner and arcade they wanted to check more off of their Paw Pass list so off to the candy shop where they got to fill an entire cup with any of the bulk candy on the wall. Then next door was Oliver’s Mining Experience where they got to mine for gems. At this point I still have not spent any money besides the extra I put on his arcade card.

One more item to check off for the night…. Creation Station characters! There were many to choose form and Anthony chose Oliver. The game was down you play with after creating your stuffie so they offered us a free backpack and GWL character tee. 

Up to the room to munch on their candy and rest and then at 8pm was a BINGO game downstairs. We played a few games and all 3 boys managed to come away with wins. They pick lots of winners each round so winning is common and they got husky pups.

That was day one! They crashed right away and woke up wanting more water fun. The best time to hit the water park is right when it opens in the morning. A quick run to Starbucks downstairs (Amen to a Starbucks inside), made them waffles and to the waterslides where it is quiet in the morning with no waterslide lines. They had many rounds of slides with little lines. Once it came close to checkout we went upstairs to change but we still have a Paw Pass item and arcade points to spend.

At Great Wolf Lodge you check out at 11 but do not have to leave. Come back in and have some more fun! We completed our last Paw Pass experience in the gift shop where the boys chose a bracelet and got to engrave a name on it. Anthony wanted one for his puppy’s kennel so he chose pink and put Maya’s name on it. He traded in his arcade tickets for a Spiderman character and them homebound! The boys (and us gals) were beat!

The only item on the Paw Pass we did not do was the glitter tattoo ($8 value) because none of the boys were into it but the little girls in the Creation Station the boys offered it too were so excited. The crew allowed the boys to donate their tattoo item to these little girls we saw inside so it got used.

How the Paw Pass really saves!

When you arrive your room and any passes have been paid for if you chose them at purchase time. What I found is that I would spend so much more at GWL without passes and there are 2 reasons for this. The cost of the Pup, Paw and Wolf Passes save you an average of $30 because you bundled and pre-paid for activities in a package. When we don’t have a pass, we also don’t have a plan. There is so much to do and it all costs money.

With the pass the boys are so focused on getting all they can off their passes they aren’t constantly asking for money here and there. No, they didn’t golf or play both Quest games and they would want to do it all normally but these passes were a way to confine them and they never asked to do above and beyond. They had enough going on to keep them occupied. The passes save right away and give your kids a range to stay within.

So, what did we pay for inside the park? We brought our own food so no meal money was spent. We did pass by a bar where the boys were so excited to see Italian Sodas only I read it better to see they were Red Bull Italian Sodas so the guy at the bar told them he could make them sprite Italian Sodas and charged us $3.10 each. Deal! I gave my son $20 to add to his arcade card. I got coffee at Starbucks that my friend actually bought me, but still an expense for us. That’s it! $80 passes plus an extra $25. Know what I have dropped without a plan or pass inside before? At least twice as much! I am very proud how little after checkin we got away with and it makes it much more enticing to get back again soon. Oh and our stay was a Groupon deal so we still saved a ton on the room.

Our suggestion for Great Wolf Lodge

As we stood in line at the top of the waterslides we can see the Rope’s Course outside. It is a bit pricey but fun. Then my friend asks why GWL doesn’t offer a Teen Pass? There are many teens roaming and that would be fantastic. We figured maybe they can have some rope time. They can trade things like mining, bracelets and stuffed animal creation for more arcade points, slices of pizza, Ice Cream scoop, T-Shirt or water bottle from gift shop. They can maybe redeem for a room dedicated for teens (that would be fun to offer) for a movie or perhaps GWL swim area stays open a half hour longer and uses that as teen time for a small fee or free with a Teen Pass. We thought about our boys getting older and still having a blast but they won’t be into stuffed animals anymore so there is plenty that could be available for a pass for them. Maybe?

Visit Great Wolf Lodge and choose the Pass package that fits each of your family members!

 

 

Giveaways, Open Giveaways, Reviews, Toy Reviews

Thames & Kosmos Drop It Family Strategy Game – Giveaway

I was sent product for feature. Opinions are my own

Welcome to the Thames & Kosmos Drop It Family Strategy Game Review and Giveaway

Do you remember Connect 4? Looks similar right? Not at all! Drop It has you dropping colored pieces but in a much more challenging way. In Drop It, you have a board and score cards. The idea is to build high stacks. The tricks are you cannot have 2 of the same colors or same shapes touch each other. It is more strategic than you think. One mistake and you sit out!

You can play as a team or individual. It is very easy to learn the rules, it’s just complicated which makes it engaging. Watch for the bonus circles too because it your shape hits one you get those extra points. You win by having the most points in the end.

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The Giveaway

1 lucky reader will win their own Drop It Family Strategy Game. Enter below. Open to 18+ and US Only. Good luck!

Food, Giveaways, Open Giveaways, Reviews, Summer

Grab the Summer Fruit for These Good Cook Gadgets – Giveaway

I have partnered with Good Cook for this feature

Grab the Summer Fruit for These Good Cook Gadgets - Giveaway

Welcome to the Good Cook Review and Giveaway

Is there much else better than a bowl of cold fresh fruit on a hot summer day? It tends to be my go-to offer when invited to a summer BBQ. I get an odd satisfaction from scooping and slicing different fruits then watching all the colors come together in a bowl. Whatever is left after my son and I pick through as I slice it all is what we take with us.

What is even more fun is that each season there seems to be even more gadgets out that make coking, baking and slicing fruit much easier and safer than large knives and cutting boards. Good Cook has so many handy gadgets for the kitchen and these are some I will give much use to over summer.

Good Cook Pineapple Slicer: In some easy twists this cores, peels and slices pineapple into perfect rings. Then simply toss the rind. I love to store the juice that remains behind i the cavity for cocktails or punches.

Good Cook Melon Baller: Made with Industrial grade stainless steel and plastic, this heavy-duty baller has two scoop sizes on its dual head design. Great to quickly ball out honeydew and cantaloupe for salads and cocktails.

Good Cook Jumbo Fruit Slicer: What a time saver! This slicer instantly cuts large fruits like watermelon, pineapple and other melons. Simply cut off the top, place slicer, give it a quick saw motion and slice down! Easy and safe!

Good Cook Locking Lids Vented Storage Containers: These containers are vented for ultimate freshness sealed in as you store all this fruit!

The Giveaway!

1 lucky reader will win this assortment of Good Cook gadgets! Enter below. Open to US and 18+. Good luck!

Car Talk, Healthy Living, Home, Natural Products, Reviews, Travel

Gurunanda Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser For Car

I have partnered with Gurunanda for the feature. Samples were sent and opinions are my own

Gurunanda Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser For Car

How much do you love your essential oils? If you are like me you love using oils. Everyone has their preferred way to use oils. Many rely on them for healing, some may use them to make household cleaners and beauty products and my preferred usage is to fill my home with pleasant aromas (I’m a Mom of boys, so….)

Gurunanda has many essential oils and diffusers and now they have some portable diffusers so you’re oils can leave you pleasant aroma wherever you go. The Gurunanda Ultrasonic Essential OIl Diffuser for the Car is more than just a unit that can fit in your car’s cup holder. It comes with a USB cord as well as a plug for the cigarette lighter unit of your car.

I see this essential oil diffuser as useful in a hotel room, in the RV and even at your personal work space. I have USB ports on my laptop so when traveling or at my home office I can plug in right near me and burn some lavender or peppermint if I have a headache or stomach aches. It has the ultrasonic mist so it is great for healing.

More Features include:

  • Water Capacity: 55 ml
  • No wick required
  • Overheating protection.
  • Auto shut off when water is low
  • Compatible with most laptops or USB wall/car outlets, cable included
  • ETL certified

Modes of Operation

    • Continuous mode – Mist lasts up to 4 hours.
    • Intermittent mode – Mist lasts up to 8 hours.

While visiting Gurunanda to learn more, see their new Essential Oils Roll Ons! I actually own a few roll ons and the Gurunanda Jasmine Kiss is by far my favorite scent. Every time my eye catches the bottle even if I’m just at home with no plans, I stop to open it and swipe my wrists or neck to just have the scent near me.

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Back to School 2018, Brands with a Cause, Fashion, Kids

This Target Clothing Line is Specially Made for Children Living with Disabilities

If you have a child who lives with a disability, you know the struggle to find fashionable and yet functional clothing for your little one. Whether it be a texture issue, accessibility or even just getting a proper fit with an age appropriate look, there isn’t a lot of options for parents to choose from. This is where Target has stepped up. They have rolled out a new 40-piece clothing line, Cat & Jack, which will give parents and children a much-needed choice in fashion.

This Target Clothing Line is Specially Made for Children Living with  Disabilities

Accessibility

Children with physical disabilities can have a difficult time finding clothing that fits comfortably around walkers, wheelchairs or other devices necessary for everyday life. The new clothing line launched by Target offers pieces which feature snaps along side seams for easy removal and easy dressing for both children and their caregivers. The pieces with back closures allow for easy access for toileting, or while the child is seated or laying down. Some pieces include additional zippers as needed as well.

Other children’s clothing does not offer such simple access, since pants must be pulled down, shirts lifted over their head and arms pulled through. These are all things that many parents take for granted with dressing their children. Target has removed these obstacles, giving better access for both kids and parents.

Texture

Many children with disabilities, especially those on the Autism Spectrum, have sensitivities to textures like tags or seams. Helping a toddler or child get dressed who is sensitive about the feeling of the clothing can be a daunting, and seemingly impossible task some days. However, the Cat & Jack line has removed this challenge with their release of tagless garments and even clothing pieces which feature a flatter, soft seam.

The garments without tags, simply have the washing information and size printed right into the fabric, therefore eliminating that pesky tag all together. The flat seam garments feature special stitching which prevents the seam from feeling raised or “too bumpy”, as my daughter would call it and much softer against the skin.

Looking Good and Age Appropriate

Whether we want to admit it or not, appearances do matter. This is especially true when you want your children to fit in as much as possible and feel included with their peers. When children are forced to wear clothing that is bigger than needed or has been altered and adapted for their special needs, this sets them apart from their peer group.

With these new clothing pieces from Target, children will be sporting similar fashions to their friends and schoolmates without compromising practicality and functionality. This goes a long way in inclusivity and self-esteem building for your children, which is, after all, an important goal for most parents.

Overall…

The Cat & Jack adaptive clothing line is a much-needed step in the right direction towards giving kids a chance to fit in with their peers, while keeping their specific special needs in mind. What is wonderful about this line is that it is offered at an affordable price, so most parents are not priced out of purchasing these pieces for the kids, as is the case with much of the speciality clothing available for kids.

Children living with disabilities can now learn to help with the dressing process since the snaps and closures are user-friendly, which in turn gives them a sense of pride and accomplishment. These pieces can help teach your child valuable life skills and self-care, while looking good too! These garments are all one giant positive step in the right direction towards giving our kids a chance to be a part of the crowd and building better self-esteem.

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I Can Only Imagine Movie: The Story Behind the Song DVD Release – Giveaway

I was sent a copy of the movie for feature. Prize will be mailed by Parenting Healthy

I Can Only Imagine Movie

I Can Only Imagine Movie: The Story Behind the Song DVD Release June 2018

The film brings to life the true story behind the song of ultimate hope, “I Can Only Imagine.” A transformed relationship with his troubled father inspired Bart Millard, the lead singer of the Christian band MercyMe, to write what is now the most-played radio single in Christian music history.  The story beautifully illustrates that nobody is ever too far from God’s love —  or too far from an eternal home in Heaven.

I have seen it and I would love to offer one of you a chance to experience this beautiful story yourself for your next movie night. The story was brilliantly played and it just feels real with a little bit of something anyone can find a way to relate to.

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