Thursday, May 19, 2016

Today's Issues with School Systems

I am so over the school systems and the constant drilling. I mean seriously there is no recess small and quite lunch periods, a lot of school have lost things like music, art, and other fun activities. Yet the American society complains on how kids are little brats, and deal with obesity.

Well lets see.......you took most things that would make a child enjoy school away, you consistently are sending DCF for anything, which makes a parent give up on discipline for worries that they will take their child away and place them in a system which will have the child becoming more f---- up. When are my kids allowed to be kids?????? When did children loose this right? Why are video games becoming more a way of life? then going out and enjoying a playground? School has become a job for kids, which like all adults after you have done the same damn thing over and over and over etc you get burnt out and start giving up hope of anything better. I believe this is why kids have a higher rate of suicide, because they are just drilled, drilled, drilled.

My kids act like zombies, they go to school, do the routine, come home have a shiv load of homework, eat dinner, have maybe a hour if lucky to play a video game or watch tv. What a great life! NOT!!!! As a parent of 5, I am left with trying to help my kids with their homework, which sorry I did my time and I really cannot stand trying to figure out the bs which has been sent home with my kid, especially things like common core. WTH is common core, now not only are kids spending way to much time being drilled, but they are asked to make shiv up! I mean what?!?! At least this is what common core teaches, you have 5  of something and you get another 8 of something but it has to make 6? sooooo where the hell did my other 7 somethings go? Seriously!?!?!?

Then after the bs of common core, you have new ways of how they teach you to divide, and like my way is wrong although the same beeping answer, its wrong and my kid gets a X or F for something which they got right just not how the school taught them, and even with them showing their work. Great job school system! Oh another favorite is they no longer teach cursive?!?!?!?! WTH is up with that?!?!?!? So when my kid becomes a adult they are gonna sign for a house with these stupid emoticons? You can make up a sentence with the damn things how sad is that! So really, I wanna know how do my kids sign for anything without knowing cursive???

I hate how I feel my kid needs to go to pre-school so they are on track for kindergarten, yet pre-school is a option? Sure it is.........if you send your kindergarten to school and they do not know ABC's or 123's they are the stupidest child on the planet at least that is how the school systems treat them. The school systems have become such a joke, teachers are not paid what they deserve, they are over worked with all the homework they HAVE to give (even though the teacher themselves do not wish to hand out as much homework that is mandatory by the state) they have to go home and grade everything which takes them all evening. So when are teachers having time to spend with their own family???? When did family have to take a backseat to "education" the " " because what exactly are my kids taking away from it all?

Shut down speak to no one, do not make friends, do not socialize, do not play or be in motion, sit on your butt all day. Awesome job America! way to build a better future!  

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Great deals on Amazon for Mother's Day

TINARE 18k White Gold Plated Austrian Crystal Black Pearl Earring and Necklace Set 



Marked from $89.99 to $49.99 free shipping! 

NEW! Mother's Day/Birthday TickleMe Plant Gift Box Set - To grow the Plant that closes its leaves when you Tickle it or blow it a Kiss! It even grows Pink Cotton Candy Like Flowers!


I love these kinds of gifts from my kids, its nice to get something thoughtful as well as beautiful and if you all work together you can make the gift last for years. Only $15.95! 


Can never go wrong with a personalize gift! Only $5.99 and free shipping!

SleepTight - Luxury Contoured Sleep Mask. Ultra 3D Memory Foam Eye Mask & Ear Plugs for Relaxation at Bedtime. Ideal for Travel, Meditation, & Napping


EVERY mom needs these! But for Mother's Day don't just give her these, gift them with breakfast in bed and a favorite movie of hers, to relax and actually enjoy a day off! Only $11.99

4M Magnetic Mini Tile Art



A great way to personalize and decorate the fridge. :) Only $7.60






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Monday, March 28, 2016

Scars from a C-section....No worries! Check out Scarology™ Ultimate Scar Treatment System & enter to win!

One third of women in the United States have a C-section delivery.  While this brings them the wonderful gift of life, it also leaves them with an unsightly scar.  Often times, these scars will fade and leave just a pale, thin, flat line.  But, sometimes, scars are bigger, thicker and raised and don't heal as well.  While creams and oils may help a bit with a scar's appearance, there really hasn't been anything that has worked wonders.  Until now...

Introducing  Scarology™ Ultimate Scar Treatment System for C-Sections & Large Scars: $78.50.  Dr. Michael Connor and Dr. Jeanmarie Connor are a husband and wife team with twenty years of medical expertise specializing in plastic and reconstructive surgery and pediatrics. Together they have created Scarology.™  This new product is a safe and effective three-step at home scar treatment. The proprietary scar treatment system combines ingredients that have, until now, only been available in medical settings. These key ingredients have been shown to nourish the healing scar with hydration, and reduce inflammation in the scar tissue.

Scarology’s unique 3-part system can be used on any skin type and on any scar once the skin has completely healed from the initial injury. The regimen is designed to target different phases of scarring. The kit includes a gentle exfoliator, simple scar cream and self-adhesive silicone sheets to be worn at night during sleep. Changes in scar appearance have been reported as early as 3 days following initial application.

Products & Use:
Step One: Natural Fruit Acid Exfoliator:  In the morning, spread a thin layer of Natural Fruit Acid Exfoliator over the healed scar and onto dry, residue-free skin. Massage into scar for 1-3 minutes, then rinse thoroughly. Slow, controlled exfoliation allows removal of the unhealthy skin cells overlying the scar and stimulates the healthy surrounding tissue to replicate and replace the top layer of skin.

Step Two: Ultimate Scar Cream: Apply the Ultimate Scar Cream twice daily. Following Step 1, massage cream onto scar and leave on skin throughout the day. In the evening, apply Ultimate Scar Cream again. Scarology’s™  innovative scar cream formula contains ingredients that have been shown to reduce inflammation and hydrate all layers of the wound.

Step Three:  Silicone Scar Sheet:  At night, apply the self-adhesive Silicone Scar Sheet to skin. Remove sheet in the morning and store sheet with protective liner for repeated uses. The third component of the system is designed to help provide compression and nourishment to the scar throughout the night.  Scarology’s ™ self adhesive silicone sheet uses advanced patented silicone technology currently used in hospitals.

For best results, it is recommended that Scarology’s™  3-step Ultimate Scar System is used for a minimum of 3 months with continued use for as long as the scar shows signs of improvement. Older scars may require 6-12 months of continuous therapy.

Does Scarology™ Work on Old Scars?
Scars from several years ago are the most difficult to treat and most likely will not change in appearance with topical silicone or onion extract alone.  However, Scarology’s™ 3 part system is different.  Scarology is the only commercially available product for scars that may enhance the appearance of old scars.

Can Scarology™ be Used on Pigmented Skin?
Scarology can be used on all skin types.  

The three phases of wound healing

Phase 1: Initiation

This first phase begins immediately after the injury and is completed within a few hours. During this phase, there is the formation of a blood clot. In addition, proteins in the body, called fibrin, create a matrix for reparative cells to enter the site and start the healing process.   

Phase 2: Inflammatory

This phase begins soon after and new cells start to grow in order to cover the wound surface. Granulation tissue (early scar tissue) begins to form and new blood vessels start to sprout in order to nourish the reparative cells. A collagen matrix replaces the fibrin matrix and inflammatory cells enter along the wound’s new scaffold. Altering the inflammatory cells during this phase can dramatically improve the appearance of a scar.

Phase 3: Remodeling

This is the last phase of wound healing. A strong type of collagen slowly replaces the blood vessels and reparative cells.  Specific cells, called myofibroblasts, remain in this collagen matrix and contract, which ultimately leads to a decrease in the size of the scar. Reparative cells continue to enter and survey the scar for months and even years after the injury, which is why scars tend to look better at 1 year than at 1 month. The wound environment changes dramatically during the course of healing and the formation and appearance of a scar is directly related to the events described above.


The History of Scarology ™
Scarology ™ was created in Palm Beach, Florida, by two physicians -- a husband and wife team: Dr. Michael Connor and Dr. Jeanmarie Connor. They have a combined twenty years of medical expertise specializing in plastic and reconstructive surgery in the face and neck as well as pediatrics.

For years, patients asked them for a safe and effective at home scar treatment that could be used on both adults and children that helps fade acne scars, facial scars, burn scars, keloids, wound scars, stretch marks and more. Unfortunately neither could make a recommendation.

As physicians they knew that they needed to have more informed answers for their patients. Over the course of the next few months they extensively researched available scar creams on the market along with consuming as much data on scar treatment published in medical journals. They were surprised to find that no single scar cream examined made a significant difference at 1 year. 

Seeing the emotional & physical impact scarring had on their patients, they knew there had to be a better way. They initially developed a simple scar cream formula and would recommend patients purchase self-adhesive silicone sheets along with a gentle exfoliator to improve the final appearance of a scar. All of the patients who followed this regimen were satisfied with the final appearance of their scar, without exception.

As they witnessed that the final appearance of a scar can be greatly improved with daily use of these 3 simple steps, they decided to make the system available to the world. So in 2014 the 3 step kit and Scarology™ was born.


For more information on Scarology visit: Scarology.com

Enter to win: Scarology's 3 step kit for C-Section scar healing. The kit includes: The Ultimate Scar System for C-sections and Large Scars includes a 3-month supply of: Natural Fruit Acid Exfoliator, Ultimate Scar Cream 6 Reusable Silicone Scar Sheets The system retails for $78.50. 

carology's 3 step kit for C-Section scar healing

Disclosure: In order to facilitate a review, I received promotional materials and/or samples. All opinions and comments are my own.Photos or Reviews or were provided by client with authorization for use in this campaign. No additional compensation was received. Post may contain affiliate links. Please contact Casey@themeparkmamablog.com with any questions.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Ravensburger and Brio Easter Basket ideas!



Have you started thinking of what the bunny might be bringing your kids this Easter? I have and I came across some fun, long lasting, entertaining toys from Ravensburger and Brio. 

Brio is celebrating its 130 year anniversary of toys with bringing back a beautiful fun classic the Brio Horse, this is a heavy duty, hours of fun, pull string toy which is made to last. Just imagine the joy your child will have seeing this classic yet new beauty in their basket. 

Who doesn't love a good train set? I love anything that can be put in motion, I find these toys are super fun, and often I am the one "helping" (really taking over as the kids watch me play : )    ) so can you imagine when I heard about the Brio Remote Control Travel Train. This is the mother of wooden trains! It can be controlled by either controller or by the buttons on the engine itself, you can also have another and control 2 trains at once. The train also has sound effects and even a extra car, how cool is that!

Another great toy from Brio is the Countryside Horse Set! This has to be one of my favorites, my kids already have a good set of Brio toys because they seriously last forever! That is the great thing about wood toys, you actually get your moneys worth! Anyhow the Countryside Horse Set is a fun track which you can go over the mountains, over a road, and come home to the stable with your horse. The set comes with a assortment of pieces which add to the fun. It is great for both boys and girls with the wagon and horse, making a perfect gift from a special bunny. 

Ravensburger Smartscope! Again another omg love this toy! This is one of those toys that both educated while providing fun. The Smartscope is a microscope which you use your tablet or smartphone to magnify your finds! You can really see what is on your hand, clothing, bugs, sand, candy, etc. The Smartscope does not stop there though, you can take these objects and study them longer with a manual of fun facts about each. It comes with a removable light source, sliding object tray, and two levels of magnification. You can scope and share with friends in emails, how awesome is that?!?! 


Last we have the Ravensburger 3D Statue of Liberty Puzzle. What a great way to end the day then sitting back and enjoying a fun complex puzzle. The 3D Statue of Liberty stands at 15" x 4.5" x 4.5" so its a nice size which you can enjoy once build for days to come. You can get all these great products at your local toy store and select retail. 

So what will the Easter Bunny be bringing your kids this year? 






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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Bring life to your day, with Mini Babybel!



My kids had a 4 day weekend and it sucked! They were all sick with a cold. Well to make up for the crappy weekend, I went out and got some Mini Babybel, along with making plains for a movie later in the weekend.

Mini Babybel is by far the most loved cheese in our family of 7. I love that its 100% natural cheese that comes in a variety which everyone can love. It is also small enough that I can place it in about anything to take with us on family outings, like the movies, or to the park.



My kids got Razor Powerwings for Christmas, so almost daily we are off to parks which they can play with their new scooters. While out my kids of course get hungry, so I pack them their own personal lunches which each one of course includes a Mini Babybel.

Disclosure: In order to facilitate a review, I received promotional materials and/or samples. All opinions and comments are my own.Photos or Reviews or were provided by client with authorization for use in this campaign. No additional compensation was received. Post may contain affiliate links. Please contact Casey@themeparkmamablog.com with any questions.




Thursday, February 18, 2016

Things I am glad I beeped up when I was "younger"

From the day that I was born my mother always was instilling how to save money and so on. Thanks to Capital One my mom was able to get a credit card under my name at the age of 16. It was like a credit card which helped me build credit early in life and if I didn't pay my bill my parents would have to because they were basically like co-signers for the account.

Anyhow my mom got me this love credit card, and I refused to use it because I just didn't like the idea of owing  money to anyone, but she kept at me and kept at me and finally we went to Bealls and the first purchase I made was for a pair of gold stud earring ( which I still have and never wear) and it was about $60 for them. Well.............it was easy to use this lovely thing called a credit card, so I began to use it more and more. I paid my bill and all was great.............so I thought.

Moving on I am now 20, my parents are moving away to a city which I do not want to go to and I am with my boyfriend of 5? years and because of how I was raised I didn't want to live with him until I was married, yeah I was no virgin but still I wanted to at least respect my parents and marry someone who I intend to live with. That being said we had already once had a date in June this was pre-my parents moving and it was now late October and they wanted to move so I was in the hot seat of move or marry. Anyhow I didn't like the idea of moving into a apartment, I wanted to get a home that I owned because who wants to waste money........again didn't know.

Well I have had credit for 4 years and basically my credit is AMAZING I am like high crazy high numbers for a credit score so we get a nice 2 bedroom 2 bath mobile home fully furnished even, which hello for being 20 that is like amazing I am now in a fully furnished house and its MINE! Get married, both of us have good stable jobs, and bills are being paid.....

Baby number one comes, still doing great, paying bills everything is great, find out baby number 2 is coming right behind baby number one, I am 21 with baby number 2! whoooo!!!!!! Baby number 2 comes I am not working cause I was not ready, so only on husbands income which is great big money!!!! He is in the field of installing tv cables and wires for lights and such, crazy good money.

When finding out having baby number 2 we went and bought a van from POS Crystler Dodge whatever whatever its a used van and it doesn't have a warranty drive it off the lot and service engine light comes on.....AWESOME!!!! anyhow we are making payments on a pos van, so we have big payments of a van, house, and credit cards, because of course in the 4 years I have got a few cards nothing crazy like 3, with a interest on each of no more then 10% if that more like no more then 5% really because I have amazing credit! Each card has no more then 3k to spend. I think I might had one at 10k but asked to have it dropped lower so I wouldn't ever be beeped.

Well its 2004-05 and the housing market takes a major hit and boom my husband is out of a job! Which in FL unemployment is a JOKE so now we can't pay jack shiv, and guess what we are using to pay bills????lovely beeping credit cards! whoooo!!!!!

Well, I am now 32, and don't know if credit cards still offer this but back in 04-05 they would offer "deals" which were checks that you would pay off your other credit card and put it on the other credit card which would give you a lower "deal" sooooooooo we are on vacation thanks to taxes.....one thing kids are amazing for :) lol (no really I do love my kids) and I had sent a check to Chase, beeping Chase denies the check?!?!?! I don't remember what exactly it was but like they were worried about whatever and not me or some crap, anyhow from that everything went to SHIV!!!!!!

Because of the one beeping check that Chase denied, my interest went from 5% to 25% so my monthly payments of 20 bucks went to a minimum of 200! Hello!!!! my husband just lost his job and now I have to pay more to credit cards!!!! WTH! So now I start focusing on paying what is important, of course when he had lost his job I cut the cable because I had a vcr, and used the neighbors wifi :) so I was able to stream movies and such without paying a penny. Then went the credit cards because whatever I already got what I needed from them, so I was not worried about paying them off when I needed to keep a house over our head, and then went the van I was happy to see that pos leave, it was not worth the 12k they wanted for it, plus I had another kid on the way while husband had a great paying job which was baby number 3. Then number 4 came after which I tried everything to have my tubes tied but did you know that you have to sign some stupid paper which they make you wait 30 days after to finally do the procedure? I sure didn't but that is another story and why baby number 5 came and I was finally able to close shop :)

Back to I am now 32, we lost our house or should I say we grew out of it so it wasn't a lost even though it was later on foreclosed on? I honestly don't know we never got anything saying we had to leave but I didn't wanna wait for that either, because we are a big family so its not exactly easy to move.

Now sorry again 32, we are renting a house, brick house, 3 bedrooms, 2 bath, pool, and backyard, not to horribly far from everyone, and we can afford it, we bought are cars from owners and OWN them so don't have to worry about paying off anyone, we stream through netflix, hulu and amazon and whatever else which saves on stupid cable, are credit is back to average, because its been 10 years almost sense we messed everything up, and yeah its not horrible.

So, back to things I am glad I beeped up when I was younger, I am glad I went through the bs of owning a home, well making payments on it and making payments on a car and having credit cards because I am so done with it all!

I like not having payments I have no worries of a tow truck showing up and taking our life line to the world, because I own it. I like renting because I really don't enjoy living in FL although I am kinda throwing away money I am only 32 I have a long life ahead of me yet so I like the fact that if I wanted to move tomorrow I could, I wouldn't have to worry about selling my house, or paying two mortgages I am kinda free, I don't have any stupid bills, and that is nice. Also lets face it, sadly a lot of people buy a house together and then split then what you have that mess to deal with, so yeah I am again glad I learned all this now. I started young and now I see all my friends and family doing what I already did 10 years ago and its kinda sad because when they figure it out they won't have as much time as I do to make everything right.

Stop using credit cards they are a evil that suck you in and screw you over, if you wanna build credit, get a card put a bill that you must pay on it and cut the thing up! Set it so your computer pays for you and you will never have to see the card again!

Buy a car out right, yeah a new card is nice but costly and think down the line will the really hot mustang work for when you have a family? How long do you really wanna drive around in the car you got brand new? Used car is a joke don't even waste your time because it will IT WILL break down well before you ever pay it off! Buy a used car from a owner who has had it keep it tuned up and it will last as long as you want it to and it will hold its value if you respect it.

Want to buy a house? Great but think again in the future... does it have as many rooms as you might some day need, is it in a location that is built up and will stay the same? Or are prices gonna increase neighbors change often etc. Renting you have the freedom to move and get a feel before you settle.

Yup, I am glad to have beeped my life up when I was younger, although you do learn as you go :)