Thursday, December 14, 2017

What I Can See While Visiting My Family

My husband's brother lives in Alabama, along with my sister-in-law and three nephews and a niece. They normally come here to visit, but I want to go to them this year. They have lived in Alabama for some time and are always moving. They have lived in Huntsville, Montgomery, and Auburn, and now they are in Birmingham.

Big Family 

Since our families are so large, staying with our hosts is not an option. We need a room. Thankfully. Hotel Planner has us covered. You can search your hotel by price, location, free breakfast, and more. Searching for Birmingham hotels on Hotel Planner, we were able to book a room for the week, and it's close to our family. 

Visiting Birmingham

Image via Flickr by the US Department of Education
What does Birmingham have to offer?  One is the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, which consists of detailed exhibitions of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s. Exhibits show the struggles for civil rights in this era, as well as illustrate daily life for African Americans in the state and the nation over time and how dramatically different it was from the lives of white people. 
One thing we all truly enjoy is being outdoors. We love to camp, hike and enjoy nature, and Alabama has plenty of opportunities. Oak Mountain State Park, which is just south of Birmingham, is a beautiful landscape area with a wonderful place to fish and relax. My kids are huge anglers, they would live in the water if it was possible. There are many other fishing spots to visit while in Birmingham, especially since Alabama is known as the Bass Capital of the World. 

Check Out These Caverns

Image via Flickr by Marshall County CVB
Cathedral Caverns State Park is amazing!  Cathedral Caverns, which was opened to the public in 1950 by Jacob Gurley, was originally called Bat Cave but was renamed because of its cathedral-like appearance.  The cave was purchased by the state in 1987, and the area became a state park in the summer of 2000. The first feature most people notice about Cathedral Caverns is the massive entrance. The huge opening measures 126 feet wide and 25 feet high, a possible world record for commercial caves.
The grand entrance is only the beginning. Inside the cavern are some of the most beautiful formations Mother Nature has ever created, including “Goliath,” one of the largest stalagmites in the world, measuring 45 feet tall and 243 feet in circumference. Cathedral Caverns features many amazing formations: a caveman perched atop a flowstone wall, a frozen waterfall, a large stalagmite forest, and a most improbable stone formation: a stalagmite that's 27 feet tall and 3 inches wide!
Rickwood Caverns State Park has gemstone mining, a gift shop, great places to picnic, a playground, hiking trails, and also offers camping. But it's main attraction is the guided cave tour. The hiking trails are along the Fossil Mountain, which got its name from the leaf and seashell imprints visible in some of the rocks. 

Ready for Travel

After talking to family and checking out Hotel Planner for things to do, I'm excited about our trip in March. My kids are excited to see their cousins, and my husband and I are ready to see something new. 

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 the client with authorization for use in this campaign. No additional compensation was received. The post may contain affiliate links. Please contact Casey@themeparkmamablog.com with any questions.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Oriental Trading for you Winter Celebrating!

I was raised a Jehovah's Witness so growing up I never participated in the Holiday activities, my teachers would often look for crafts and such in which I could do that were not holiday related. Now, it seems that Christmas is not a celebrated holiday in school but now they do more Winter themes so all children are able to participate no matter what your choice in life may be. Oriental Trading has a huge selection of Winter crafts that all kids and even adults can enjoy.

My favorite thing about Oriental Trading is that it does not break the bank so even on a teachers salary they can get a good amount of goodies.  One thing that never occurred to me was that Snowman are not holiday related I mean I guess because I grew up in FL and as a Jehovah's Witness I figured they were, because they almost are always in holiday decorations, or wearing a Santa hat etc, so it was nice that hey Frosty the Snowman is something I could enjoy as a kid :) I used this when looking for items to send to the school to go with their Winter theme.

Here are some of my favorites which I sent and also had my kids do since most items seem to come in a dozen.



Color Your Own Snowman Globe: Color Your Own Snowman Snow Globes is rated 3.1 out of 5 by 9. Kids love creating their own snow globes! Just color the picture, add water and shake for a fun holiday craft! With a cute snowman design, this frosty and festive craft kit makes the ideal activity for a school Christmas party or other wintertime gathering. Plastic. (6 pcs. per unit) 2 1/2" All craft kit pieces are pre-packaged for individual use. Kits include instructions and extra pieces. Markers sold separately. © OTC How cute is this set, I mean what more can you ask for you have coloring, crafting and water all in one! This was a huge hit at the school and the teacher was very pleased.

Snowman Wreath Craft Kit: DIY Christmas decorations quickly become the favorite items your family wants to hang when you pull out the Christmas totes each year. Welcome guests throughout the season with these snowmen crafts for kids. For the front door or anywhere within your home, this Snowmen Wreath is a keeper. Foam. 10 3/4" All craft kit pieces are pre-packaged for individual use. Kits include instructions and extra pieces. We recommend using foam glue or Glue Dots, sold separately online. © OTC. For this one I am so used to stickers that I was not parpaired to be gluing but thankfully I had some Elmer's glue and was able to help the younger kids create their personal wreath. I do recommend helping the younger kids pop out all the snowflakes we had a lot break because my kids were getting annoyed and didn't take the time to do them correctly. It was still a fun craft and came out cute.



Pin the Nose on the Snowman Game: A wintery spin twist on a classic party game that's fun for all ages! Play this Pin the Nose on the Snowman game at a holiday party or during a night in with the family. An essential addition to your Christmas party supplies or snow day games. Includes a 16 1/2" x 20 1/4" snowman face, ten 4 1/2" x 3 1/2" noses and a blindfold. Paper. (13 pcs. per set) Includes instructions. Tape required. Sold separately. © OTC This is a great game which can be played indoors in a smaller space and it is safe because of the use of tape.


Beaded Snowman Necklace Craft: Make a fun winter craft you can wear all season long! These smiley Snowman Necklaces makes for the perfect holiday accessories or handmade Christmas gifts. Each with a snowman bead, snowflakes, and jingle bells, these DIY necklaces will add some festive flair to anything you wear this holiday season. Includes wooden beads and metal jingle bells. 30" cord. All craft kit pieces are pre-packaged for individual use. Kits include instructions and extra pieces.

These are just a few of many items to choose from to make your Winter celebration a great one. You can check out all things Oriental Trading by visiting them at http://www.orientaltrading.com/


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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Venice, Italy a Amazing Place to Honeymoon

My husband and I have known each other since grade school. We started dating in high school and got married at 20. We never did have a honeymoon, as we just got married and moved into our new home. I have always wanted to travel and make up for my missed honeymoon. 

Why Venice?

When I think of a honeymoon, I think of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. This guide to Venice immediately made me think this city would be a great idea for a honeymoon. After all, Venice is known for its lovers, artists, and poets. It is a magical city that is often referred to as the Queen of the Adriatic, the City of Masks, the City of Bridges, and the Floating City.

The History

Venice is built on more than 100 small islands, allowing for cozy boat rides throughout the city. There are canals throughout Venice, including the Grand Canal thoroughfare, which is lined with Renaissance and Gothic palaces. Venice is made up of some amazing architecture and is filled with so much history that you cannot help but be impressed. 

Piazza San Marco

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Piazza San Marco, also known as St. Mark's Square, is home to St. Mark's Basilica, which is tiled with Byzantine mosaics, and the Campanile, which offers views of the city's red roofs. Piazza San Marco is basically like New York's Times Square, meaning it is at the center of everything. It's also the only square that carries the title "piazza," as the rest are called "campo." The best way to enjoy St. Mark's Square in all its glory is by joining in a tour group. Otherwise, you could find yourself spending some time waiting in lines.

Doge's Palace

The Doge's Palace is built in Venetian Gothic style, and it's one of the city's main landmarks. The Doge's Palace was once the residence of the Doge, or the ruler of Venice, and also housed the political bodies of the state, including the Great Council and the Council of Ten. The artwork on the ceiling is sure to amaze you. 

The Grand Canal

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When you visit Venice, you can't miss your chance to spend time on The Grand Canal. You can take water buses, taxis, and gondolas here, and you'll really get an idea of the beauty that is Venice.

Gelato

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When visiting Venice, you have to enjoy the gelato. Gelato has a base of milk, cream, and sugar, and it's flavored with fruit and nut purees and other flavorings. It is generally lower in fat, which is wonderful because everyone gains a little weight while on vacation. I intend to try this challenge of trying gelato in 15 places while in Venice.
GoDoTrip is a great place to start planning your trip to Venice, as this site can recommend the best places to see and stay. You can plan every detail of your trip all in one place. I have used GoDoTrip in the past for my family vacations.
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 the client with authorization for use in this campaign. No additional compensation was received. The post may contain affiliate links. Please contact Casey@themeparkmamablog.com with any questions.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Sipp a drink which can help celebrate any occasion

Handcrafted in the kitchen for the perfect fusion of clean, simple flavor Searching for something special at that soirĂ©e? Break out the best bubbly with Sipp! Sipp mixes ingredients to create unique layers of blended fruits and herbs into a refreshing sparkling beverage. Whether it’s mixed in a drink recipe to craft a natural, fresh cocktail or chilled to enjoy with a meal, these fun flavors are the perfect fusion of clean, simple culinary extracts!


From her kitchen to store shelves, Sipp started with founder Beth Wilson-Parentice’s passion for superior taste. With a love for creating, entertaining and wanting to find her own path, it was being laid off from her corporate job that pushed her to go back to the beginning. What was her purpose? Through the years, she had forgotten, or maybe never knew. Knowing she had a talent for creating an entrepreneurial spirit, Sipp was born!


Whether you need some sweet mixers for your libations, or something without the booze for the kiddos, Sipp has you covered. Taste the different flavors: 

Lemon Flavor: A perfectly lovely layering of zesty lemon, gentle elderflower & slightly aromatic tarragon. Lightly sweetened with agave.

Ruby Rose: A perfectly lovely layering of ruby red grapefruit, honey & a kiss of rosemary. Lightly sweetened with agave.

Mojo Berry: Make your holiday shindig even more flavorful with this perfectly lovely layering of tangy blackberry, mint, and lime! Lightly sweetened with agave, everyone will be asking for a second glass. 

Ginger Blossom: Get ready for a party with the spicy taste of ginger, smooth vanilla, and lime! Easy on the stomach, with notes of sweet agave, it will be a hit for any cocktail. 


Zesty Orange: Boost your bar game with this zesty combination of blood orange, lime, and jalapeno!

Summer Pear: A perfectly lovely layering of delicate pear, honey & green tea. Lightly sweetened with agave.

The perfect bubbly to transform any drink, you’ll be the main mixologist everyone wants at their next holiday party. Tis the season for a festive treasure trove of winter beverages. Make your drinks even more delicious with Sipp! All Sipp Sparkling Organics come in 12oz bottles and 10.5oz cans and are sold in Target and select retailers nationwide, as well as on Amazon.

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 the client with authorization for use in this campaign. No additional compensation was received. The post may contain affiliate links. Please contact Casey@themeparkmamablog.com with any questions.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Tis the Season for Nerium Gift Sets! Hurry while supplies last!

Give the gift of beauty and youth this holiday season with these amazing gift sets from Nerium!

Revive Your Eyes Holiday Bundle: Featuring both Age-Defying Eye Serum and Eye-V Patches, our Revive Your Eyes Holiday Bundle is the brightest gift EYE-deal of the season.

Wash & Glow Holiday Bundle: Wash and Glow Holiday bundle feature two of our newest skincare stars, IllumaBoost™ Brightening & Shield and Double-Cleansing Face Wash. Perfect for giving, or treating yourself.  Learn more about this product in my previous post here.

Daily Vitality Holiday Bundle: With our Daily Vitality Holiday Bundle, featuring both Youth Factor™ Complete Vitality Complex and Superfood & Antioxidant Boost Powder, giving the gift of wellness has never been easier.**  Learn more about this product by visiting my previous post here.

FREE GIFT WITH PURCHASE – a $40 retail value.* Includes limited-edition travel bag and three Eye-V™ Moisture Boost Hydrogel Patches. Take the hassle out of holiday shopping – they can even send bundles directly to the recipient. Hurry! Quantities are limited.

*For a limited time, purchase this bundle and get the travel bag and Eye-V Patches gift at no additional charge. Receive a gift for each bundle purchased, while supplies last. To receive the gift, you must purchase the holiday bundle. The gift will not be automatically applied to purchases of products, even if you purchase both items individually in the same order. If you choose Auto-Delivery Order, the free gift applies only to the first order. The following month the two products in the bundle will remain on your Auto-Delivery Order but will not include the free gift.

Learn more about the Eye-V Moisture Boost Hydrogel Patches from a previous post here. Check out more amazing products from Nerium by visiting their website http://www.nerium.com/us/en/



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 the client with authorization for use in this campaign. No additional compensation was received. The post may contain affiliate links. Please contact Casey@themeparkmamablog.com with any questions.