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Kickstarter Deals with Finesse Fitness SomaSole Bundle – Giveaway

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Kickstarter Deals with Finesse Fitness SomaSole Bundle - Giveaway

Welcome to the Finesse Fitness SomaSole Bundle Giveaway

If your excuse for not getting to the gym has been time or travel or even the kids needs then you officially have no excuse! It’s July and if you are falling behind o that resolution you made to get to the gym more, you only have half a year left and you can still make good on that self goal with Finesse Fitness.

SomaSole gives you the resistance training your body needs with no fear of bands slipping from under your feet or frames coming lose from door jams. These bundles are made with safety as well as gym-like stretching, strength building and dynamic exercises, anywhere, anytime.  It is with bands using your own body and a specific link system as well as other accessories for floor workouts that really get your core in shape.

Whether you need that true at-home gym system (the Duffel) or a go-anywhere travel system such as for hotel rooms (the Backpack) excuses are no more! The best part is that Finesse Fitness is running a Kickstarter campaign and we all know the best bindle deals are on these specific campaigns.

Here is some information about this Finesse Fitness SomaSole Kickstarter campaign:

Finesse Fitness has introduced their line of portable, total body workout bundles housed in either a custom-designed backpack or duffel. Built to fit anyone’s lifestyle or fitness level, the bundles consist of meticulously designed equipment created with high-quality and durable materials.  To provide the full workout experience, Finesse Fitness bundles come with a mobile app platform where users can download or stream workouts, connect with their trainer, plan workouts, and give and receive support from the community.

A Kickstarter launched HERE with super early bird specials of $149 as well as including three (3) 30-minute* shoot-around sessions with NBA legend, Metta World Peace.

The Giveaway

1 lucky reader will win a SomaSole Bundle (similar to the one listed in the giveaway image at the beginning of this post. Open to US only and 18+. Enter below and good luck!

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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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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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Buy It at Gurunanda.com or on Amazon: Gurunanda Ultrasonic Essential OIl Diffuser for the Car \ Gurunanda Essential Oils Roll Ons

Food, Travel

Snack Foods You’ll Want to Take Camping

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Snack Foods You'll Want to Take Camping

We bought a new Toy Hauler last year and we love taking weekend camping trips here in the Pacific Northwest. I pretty much have packing and food prep down to a science, but when we first started RV camping it took some research and planning to make sure I packed everything we need and minimize store trips into towns. The first weekend of new RV owners we took it to a very local campground for a weekend as a trial and learn what we were missing.

Our first weekend out I realized some of the things I wish we had were cleaning wipes (boys and toilets in tight spaces), smaller kitchen garbage bags and more snack variety. The snack thing was tough because with boys and us we sort of got bored with our options by day 2 and found ourselves overspending a tiny grocer near camp so we can find some different snack ideas. I am always prepared with some guilt-free snacking options.

Here a few favorites I have stashed aside for our Memorial weekend RV trip. My son LOVES Snikiddy’s Grilled Cheese Puffs. We actually leave on his real birthday (Friday the 25th) so I geared a lot of snacks for him and the friend he is bringing along. He also loves Bare Snacks in his lunches at school and I have the apple packs packed in the RV.

My husband is a Jerky loves so he has some Country Archer Jerky packed. We just tried the honey chipotle flavor and I was a bit skeptical trying it but I like it. Not too much of a heat kick and still addicting.

My personal favorite is PopCorners. I love all of their flavors and having the Kettle Corn flavor is the most snack dangerous for me. I cannot stop eating them. Of course, I love a good potato chip when we grill hot dogs. To me, you can’t eat hot dogs when there are no potato chips handy and I feel much better munching on the Good Health Avocado Oil chips as opposed to those cooked or fried in unhealthy oils. I use avocado oils to cook with so these are the chips I choose.

We also need grab and go snacks for by the lake or polls on site and the Enjoy Life Grain & Seed bars make a great snack. They love the chocolate marshmallow flavor best! When you pack snacks, remember you will be eating more than an average weekend at home. It just always works out that way so make sure the snacks you choose are on the better side of ingredients and oils. It makes you feel a lot less guilty in the end after a weekend of food and fun!

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Nomad Cell Phone Accessories for Father’s Day

I have partnered with Nomad and samples were sent for feature

Nomad Cell Phone Accessories for Father's Day

Dad’s are always at the back burner it seems. They are no less important than Mom, but tell that to a young child! I have had a lot of gifts float through here and none have hardly turned my husband’s head like the Nomad products that arrived.

My husband loves quality and never settles for less than what has the best reviews or what will be the most durable when it comes to anything he buys from tools, accessories and even cars. That’s why Nomad is one I am excited to share in my Father’s Day Gift Guide.

Right away you feel the quality! Not just in the packaging but the leather in the cases and even the wireless charger stand is wrapped in premium leather! Below is the inside of the phone cases..a note that says the leather is genuine. The outer color was slightly darker than the image on the box and it will age but I love the color once I opened it up.

I really thought my husband would not care much for the Leather Folio but once he felt it, he immediately put his phone in and added some of his most used cards and even can put cash in a slit and he has been using it everyday since! He loves how it feels and also that he doesn’t need to carry his bulky wallet everywhere. It is minimally treated, vegetable-tanned leather from one of America’s oldest tanneries.

Nomad’s new Wireless Travel Stand works fantastic! We have gone through several stands that just don’t charge fast or even fully. This one charges fast! I’d love to show you an original photo, but I went to grab it and my husband told me he had to take it to Alaska with him for the week for work. He was eager to take this with him and use in his hotel for the week with his iPhone 8. It is a classy-looking stand just like the cases!

I can’t recommend Nomad enough for a genuine, classy and quality accessories for Dad’s cell phone! You (and he) will not be disappointed! Visit HelloNomad.com to see all of the available products.

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Making Photo Canvas Travel Memories from Canvas Factory

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Making Photo Canvas Travel Memories from Canvas Factory

Have you heard the quote, ‘Memories are the Best Souvenirs’? As frequent travelers we know that to be so true. With my husbands oldest 2 boys we were not financially in a position to travel too far. We camped and would spend up to 2-3 years between affording the big travels like Disney and San Francisco. Now those boys are about grown and we have our 9 year old son together. We are in a different position financially and this child has seen so much of our country and it really does leave a special imprint on a young soul who leaves his turf and see other cities and history within our country. I finally found a way that works with our new home decor to create these travel memories by displaying them on the walls upstairs on canvas.

The best local memories I have are girls night at a local canvas class and that was where my inspiration came from to collect canvas of all the places we have visited. When we end the day to head upstairs, we (including our son) walk by all of our memories. I decided to do skylines and I have a few more to collect. We frequent Las Vegas and last summer I took our son to conference in NYC and he fell in love. We are going back this summer and my husband will be coming with us as he had started a new position at work last year and could not see it with us. Canvas Factory just sent us our New York skyline! I have added that to the wall where my Las Vegas skyline I painted myself is hanging.

I am looking to create and hang skylines of San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle and then find more places to visit and accumulate more wall memories. I chose skylines because they are easy to find and even create in illustration type. I always make sure I add the city name on the bottom corner like my New York and Las Vegas prints have. It just adds to the cohesiveness of the wall. Ordering at Canvas Factory was so easy and they seem to always have specials running so the prices are always fair.

If you have not ordered a canvas print before it is so easy. Canvas Factory guides you every step of the way. Once my order was complete I had emails almost daily with shipping status and it arrived very well packaged and no flaws. I had a skyline print I wanted to use and I was a bit nervous because it was a dark print. They did send me a sample proof to ask if I was happy with how it will turn out to make sure I was satisfied and I gave them the green light. It arrived so much better than I thought it would. It turned out great despite the poor quality I sent in. That made me very happy!

Make sure you head over to Canvas Factory for inspiration on putting your own memories on canvas.

The Giveaway

1 lucky reader will win a code to create their own canvas – 16×20″ in size. Open to US and ends on 4/15. Enter below. Good luck!

Canvas Factory Print Giveaway