Kids, Reviews, Toy Reviews

The New Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Building Set by PLAYMOBIL

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The New Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Building Set by PLAYMOBIL

Start your engines and bring your Porsche 911 GT3 to the race track! This little building project come with stickers, wheels, tools, 2 figures and lights! Just 3AAA batteries needed and those headlights will light up the dark track!

Features of the Porsche 911 GTS Cup set

  • Detachable roof.
  • The cockpit has room for one figure.
  • The boot can be opened upwards and has adjustable motorsport rear spoiler
  • Cool light effects (front, rear and interior lighting).
  • Auto power off function.
  • Includes two sets of wheels (with and without profile)
  • Lots of accessories and matching tools (e.g. for changing tires).
  • Includes command stand for monitoring the race.
  • The mobile spare wheel trolley offers space for 2 sets of tires.
  • Victories are celebrated with the included trophy and winners’ podium

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Buy it! The PLAYMOBIL Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Building Set is available on Amazon and at the PLAYMOBIL website

Back to School 2018, Home, Kids, Reviews

These LampyPets Kids Nightlights have Multiple Functions

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These LampyPets Kids Nightlights have Multiple Functions

Don’t you love these ling summer days? Sunset is late and we get plenty of daylight all summer long to keep our BBQ’s going and enjoy company outdoors longer. The saddest part of the year for me is shortly after school starts and it gets darker earlier and earlier. Suddenly it is 5pm and dark out. In the summer there tends to be enough light for the kids at bedtime, but after fall daylight savings it is plenty dark by then. Let me share our new “pet”, Spencer, with you. He is more than just a nightlight when the sunlight disappears.

Spencer is one of the animal LampyPets you can choose for your kids space. He is a nightlight as well as a lamp. He has 3 levels of color temperatures from 3000K which is nightlight bright to a lamp-bright 6000K. He also has 3 steps of dimming as well. So you can get a low nightlight to a decent amount of light – just enough to scare away those bedtime monsters!

My son is 10 and beyond being scared of the dark, but he does like to read most nights. That’s why having all of these lighting functions are great! He can have just the right amount of light to read yet have control enough so that if he drifts off with the book in his hands it is not too bright in the room for sleep. The fun part is you control temperature and brightness with each eyeball. It makes sense because on a nightstand, the LampyPets eyes sit at a perfect reach level.

The lighting is LED too and will last 20,000 hours! On high is has a 6W output so it is not energy-draining at all. It comes with a wall plug and instructional booklet. The handy pencil cup keeps their space neat and organized.

Let’s start getting their rooms back-to-school ready. Find all the fun characters like Spencer at LampyPets.com

Deals, Earth Friendly, Healthy Living, Home, Natural Products, Reviews

Best Air Purifier Technology with Airfree Indoor Air Purifiers

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Best Air Purifier Technology with Airfree Indoor Air Purifiers

Natural relief! I love those 2 words. Last week I made an appointment with my son’s new Doctor to discuss his allergies. It had been a few years of moving and switching Doctors and treating seasonal allergies suddenly became a guessing game for me so because he was suffering so bad this spring I made an appointment to talk about a regimen for his 10 year old self. We are to give 1/2 Zyrtec and some Flonase nasal spray daily to get that swollen sinus cavity opened back up. I asked if this is something he needs to be on everyday year round and he sort told me that as long as it appears he needs it, we treat!

Needless to say, I am determined to help the air in my home and perhaps get him to only seasonally needing these medications. Now I hear that one of the best Air Purifiers on the market is having a sale and this is excellent news for your home!

Airfree air purifiers are effective against bacteria, viruses, mildew, mould, dust mite allergens, pet allergens, pollen and tobacco odors. The maintenance? None! These purifiers have no filters (gathering and holding allergens) or moving parts (that move around those allergens). It gets better because Airfree Air Purifiers are silent and energy efficient. Airfree continually draws in air, heating it to over 390ºF and instantly sterilizing it. The purified air is then cooled inside the device before being returned to the room.

There is a 40% off sale on 2 of the best-selling Airfree Air Purifiers happening from 6/29 – 7/9, 2018. Now is the time to start getting cleaner air and help naturally fight the common allergens inside your home! Sending a child off to a stuffy dorm room or campus apartment? These air purifiers will be the best healthy appliance you can send them off with! They are sleek and modern too!

Airfree Iris3000

Original price: $329.00 – 4th of July Price: $199.00

Airfree T800

Original Price: $159.00 – 4th of July Price: $99.00

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Buy It (on sale 6/29-7/9, 2018) on Amazon (T800 model and Iris3000 model), Bed Bath and Beyond, Home Depot, Wayfair and Airfree.com

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Fashion, Healthy Living, Kids, Natural Products, Reviews, Summer

Cabana Life Sun Protective Family Swimwear Inspired by Melanoma Survivors

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Cabana Life Sun Protective Family Swimwear Inspired by Melanoma Survivors

Don’t you just love the chance to wear new swimwear? There are so many styles and brands to choose from that when you find the right piece it is like a huge accomplishment. I have a few tankinis and shorts, but what I realized I lack is something for when evening hits on chilly nights. I may still want to get in the water, but out of the water I get cold and don’t want to have to change or get my regular clothes wet. My Palace Blue Zipper Rashguard from Cabana Life is my new favorite sun protective clothing and swimwear piece.

Cabana Life has swim shorts, bikinis, suits, tanks, tees, coverups and more that all work to protect your skin from harmful UV rays and with pieces like the long-sleeve rashguard I have it is great for those days when the warm day sun brings a chilly sunset. Above is an example of a cover up from the Girls line.

Cabana Life has the boys and men covered too! Their skin-safe fabrics give you the highest rated UV protection that will not wash out in the water or with sweat like sunscreens do. I hate the chore of greasing up my son so if I can cover him with safe clothing wherever I can it eliminates skin areas that I have to apply sunscreen to.

From the water to the meal table their fabric is comfortable to wear all day. It dries fast and looks great with bold colors and/or fun patterns. This brand was started by a skin cancer survivor so they are serious about the protection this fabric gives you and your entire family.

Here is the fun part! They have Mom and Me as well as Daddy and Me matching styles. I love finding these matching sets (and it makes spotting my big and little men in a crowd much easier).

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Buy It! The featured rashguard

Deals, Giveaways, Home, Open Giveaways, Reviews, Star Wars

Art and Photos Canvas from Canvas On The Cheap – Giveaway

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Art and Photos Canvas from Canvas On The Cheap - Giveaway

Welcome to the Canvas on the Cheap Review & Giveaway

If you follow my blog you may have seen images or posts about my son’s favorite room of your home, the Star Wars bonus room. We bought our home almost a year ago and immediately my son wanted a theme for the bonus room and Star Wars was our choice. It can be tough finding just the right pieces but we put asks out and browsed stores to find prints and decor. Prints can get pricey until I learned a little trick. You can take any print or create any words and take advantage of canvas shop deals to put them on canvas and many times it is much cheaper than ordered prints. So, here is our latest….

The most recent prints we are slowly collecting are the opening scrolls of the Star Wars movies. I copied the opening words for Star Wars Episode VII: The Last Jedi and chose a yellow font and added a star background. I took the image I created and uploaded it into Canvas on the Cheaps’ canvas order and it arrived in perfect condition. It was brilliant and a lot less than the prints found to order online.

This is a 16″ x 20″ print so it is a great size for this feature. They have canvas prints starting at only $7.75! I have used canvas to recreate prints for my bathrooms and office. They hang so easily and look much better than a poster on the wall.

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The Giveaway

1 lucky reader will win a code for their own 16″ x 20″ print shipped free! Enter below if you are 18 and older. Open to US and ends on 7/10/2018. Good luck!

Kids, Money Saver, Promotions, Reviews, Reviews by Anthony, Summer, Tips and Tricks, Travel

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!