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Brooklyn Cloth Co. Surf and Skate Clothing Brand

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Brooklyn Cloth Co. Surf and Skate Clothing Brand

Recently Anthony received a few pieces of clothing from Brooklyn Cloth Co. and he fell in love with the styles. He is all sports and typically only wears shorts and sports brands tops, socks and hoodies. He loves basketball and loves the basketball style all year. So, it was a gamble to agree for clothing from a surf and skate clothing brand. To my surprise (and perhaps his) the pieces really excited him.

The very next day he grabbed the pair of Brooklyn cloth shorts and the Sherpa-lined jacket to wear to school. Even on warm days, he grabs hoodies and coats to school because his classroom gets chilly. I warned him he may be too warm in the sherpa-lined coat, but there was no talking him out of it even on a 70 degree day.

I think this may be my favorite top. The New York cotton hoodie has the sporty look he typically wears. It is called the Boy’s New York Fleece Hockey Jersey Hoodie. We visited NYC last summer and Anthony fell in love with the city. We will be going back again this summer for a conference and he is so excited. Having these New York branded clothing brings back those memories for him. Such as visiting the Statue of Liberty when we were there.

The top above is called the Boys’ White New York State of Mind Long Sleeved Tee. It looks so sharp on him and with print on the front, back and each sleeve there is something happening on this entire shirt.

The cloth shorts at Brooklyn Cloth Co. fit long like board shorts. I ordered Anthony medium shorts in boys as a 10/12 size he normally wears and they hung long like board shorts should. You can see each piece from the shorts and jackets and how they fit in his video below….

Connect with Brooklyn Cloth Co. on their website and follow on Facebook. You can find clothing for men and women too!

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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!

 

 

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Children’s Book – Max Goes to Jupiter (Second Edition): A Science Adventure with Max the Dog

I was sent a copy of the book for feature. Opinions are my own

Children's Book - Max Goes to Jupiter (Second Edition): A Science Adventure with Max the Dog

Children’s Book – Max Goes to Jupiter (Second Edition): A Science Adventure with Max the Dog

by: Jeffrey Bennett, expert astrophysicist and educator and Nick Schneider & Erica Ellingson

Here are some cool tips that kids will learn in the book that were shared with me:

  • How to find Jupiter in the night sky
  • The importance of Galileo’s discovery of moons around Jupiter
  • Why spaceships can’t land on Jupiter
  • The missions to Jupiter (Juno Mission, which is in space now, ends July 2018, unless extended!)
  • The possibility of a future “space elevator”
  • What the ocean is like on Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons and could there be life?

Anthony’s Review (age 10):

Anthony thought it was a lot of fun learning about how a rocket works and orbits. He also learned a lot about Jupiter and was shocked to realize just how large our Universe really is in size!

Let’s learn some facts about Jupiter!

Connect wit the Author on his book page and on Facebook

Buy the Book on Amazon (release date June 1, 2018)

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New and Addicting Games and Toys from Wham-O Stay ‘N Play

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New and Addicting Games and Toys from Wham-O Stay 'N Play

New from Wham-O are these highly addictive Stay ‘N Play games and toys for kids and adults. By addictive, I mean that in a positive way. If game nights have become redundant these games are a must! They get you up and moving as well as competitive and a lot of fun!

Hut Hut Hoop is definitely one to bring out on game day! It is so much fun and you race to make as many balls through the hoop in this competitive game. Ether start your party off right or end it to burn off ll those game day snacks at the end of the game. Because it all fits back in the box it is very portable and sets up in under a minute.

Sharp Shooter is one of my favorites and is just as fun for adults as it is kids. It is a simple rubber band gun that comes with plenty of bands and a stack of cups and spin board. Spin to see what aim you have ton play with and try to knock the cups down better and faster than your opponents.

Below is the slingshot gun for 3D Zombie Hunt! Wear the 3D glasses it comes with for a better image on the zombie canvas while you sling velcro grip balls to the board. If they stick you collect those points.

Wham-O has many play options in the Stay ‘N Play line of toys. Anthony shows you how each of his toys and games are played in the video below.

Take a look…..

See all of the new products from Wham-O at the Stay ‘N Play webpage.

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Updating Our Social Logo with DesignEvo is Easy and Free

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Updating Our Social Logo with DesignEvo is Easy and Free

With my son wanting to get back into reviews on his YouTube channel we have been wanting to refresh it a bit. He is not a little boy anymore (sniff sniff), so we need to make it a 10 year old’s channel and update his photo and design. Logos are always hard to design because I get carried away with color and images and can never make up my mind. We are redoing Anthony’s logo at DesignEvo. It is free to design logos and download to use. Their are paid features that offer a bit more I will show you in a moment.

Finding a design is effortless because they have so many to choose from in several categories. Here is the design we chose below that we customized. I even inserted his photo inside the logo after I downloaded it.

Here is the pricing below and other key feature:

* 3000+ professionally designed templates.
* Over one million icons available to search through.
* Hundreds of text fonts and shapes to choose from.
* Fully customizable features.

Our logo as featured on his Youtube and Instagram channels. Works well. Because I own the Premium package on this logo I can still tweak it a bit and allow the lettering to fit better or update if we ever add new social channels for his reviews, etc..

 

DesignEvo is an online logo maker for creating professional logos in seconds. Try it out: https://www.designevo.com

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New Children’s Book – The Backup Bunny

New Children's Book - The Backup Bunny

The Backup Bunny

By: Abigail Rayner

Let me start by saying one word – Precious! Anthony is 10 and he still has his ‘Bear Bear’. All kids have their favorite stuffie or blankie so this story is relatable even to the oldest child who hears this story. We even laughed a bit in parts of this book.

When Max loses his favorite toy—Bunny—his clever mom brings out the “backup bunny”—Fluffy—to save the day. Fluffy is thrilled to have the chance to play with Max, but is soon rejected by the observant child who notices that his ears are too new and perky. Can Fluffy find a way into his favorite boy’s heart?

 

Find the Backup Bunny on Amazon and Simon & Schuster books.