Saturday, May 31, 2014

Ripleys Aquarium of the Smokies and more in Gatlinburg, TN


As a family we have made a few trips to the Smoky Mountains and every we visit we drive through Gatlinburg, TN I love this small busy town, which the Ripley's Aquarium always stands out when you pass it. Its such a nice bright building.

Recently we had the chance to travel to TN and check out 3 of Ripley's Attractions in Gatlinburg, TN yes there are many to choose from. We took a day to enjoy the 3 attractions.

We started our day with the Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies to start off with get there early or closer to closing because this is a hot spot everyone is waiting for a chance to get in, the lines were long but worth the wait. When you first get in they have someone set up to take a pic which they then add a background there are a bunch of these throughout the Aquarium.



It looks smaller than what it is from the outside, but inside it was quite big it had all kinds of things to get into and then the Shark Lagoon was insane it was about a 10 minute ride under the sharks! (a moving 340-foot long glidepath) it was very cool to see all types of fish, eels, sharks and more while on the path.



First section of the Aquarium is the Tropical Rainforest which has your dart frogs, piranhas, and more which would live in or along the Amazon. Its a really fun treat to show my kids what kinds of animals inhabit different areas of the world. They had a tank full of Pacus which were huge they can grow up to 44lbs! That's the weight of my 5 year old!



The rest of the Aquarium is kinda branched off in sections one section is the Penguin Playhouse which is neat because the penguins can be seen in all different spots throughout, there is a dome which kids can crawl and be in the middle of, windows lower for kids to look through, a outside viewing area which you can walk around in the fresh air and enjoy some penguin fun and they even can go right under your feet. My kids really enjoyed this section.



Gallery of the Seas was my personal favorite it had some amazing animals which you would never think to see like the Giant Japanese Spider Crab! They are not kidding about the Giant part!

There is so much to take in at the Aquarium you can spend a full day there! I can't wait to return and enjoy a full day at the Aquarium. You can find out about all the other fun attractions in the Aquarium by clicking here.



Next we went to the Ripley's Mirror Maze and Candy Factory. This was fun its a Maze which is dark and lite up with red lights one part of the maze they have a dance room which is all kinds of fun. My husband and I let the kids go first (figured they can run into things first lol) but they did great and we had a good time. Before or afterwards you can enjoy the Ripley's Candy Factory which has all types of candy which you can purchase by the lb. I let each of my kids pick out a small bag worth, and I picked up my favorite pop corn jelly bellys : )



Finally we finished our day out with a round of golf at the Ripley's Davy Crockett Mini Golf Course just at the end or beginning of Gatlinburg, it has its own parking which you could walk but easier to park there. The other 2 attractions the Aquarium and Mirror Maze are within a block of each other and you can park anywhere in downtown Gatlinburg to enjoy them. Its a full 18 holes of golf and its fun. We had a blast there was all kinds of things to look at and fun interactive effects.

There are so many more attractions from Ripley's that you can make a few days of it! Check out all the other things I missed out on this round and build your ultimate vacation ticket here.




Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact Casey@themeparkmamablog.com with any questions.

New Moose Tracks Ice Cream Novelties!


I love ice cream and so do my kids, and Moose Tracks Ice Cream is one of our family favorites. When I am at Publix I look for things with a fun mix and nuts, I like nuts or berries or so on in my ice cream. I was so excited when Publix brought out Moose Tracks Ice Cream which was a combination of vanilla chocolate peanut butter cups and Moose Track Fudge. Its now a flavor they carry all the time and recently they introduced Mint Chocolate Moose Tracks!



Now for the Summer Denali has gone one step up with making its great tasting products into portable size : )  I was able to find the Original Moose Tracks Ice Cream Sandwiches at my local Walgreens for $2.99. Wow talk about yummy in the tummy! Okay so what makes everything about the new novelties is that well its a serving of one meaning nope mommy's special little treat.


The Original Moose Tracks Ice Cream Sandwiches are so good 2 chocolate cookie with Moose Track Ice Cream stuffed in between, making for the perfect summer snack. Also a part from the Ice Cream Sandwiches (which come in singles or packs of 4) watch out for the Original Moose Tracks Ice Cream Bars (pack of 3), Triple Chocolate Moose Tracks Ice Cream Bars (pack of 3) and Caramel Caribou Ice Cream Bars (pack of 3) . I can't wait to discover these myself. I am really looking forward to summer now thanks to knowing I am gonna be filling up on some fun tasted snacks.

Check out all the great products from Denali and flavors of Moose Tracks by clicking here. Keep up with new products by liking Denali's Facebook page.



Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact Casey@themeparkmamablog.com with any questions.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Movies to Watch for in August!


MARVEL'S CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLIDER arrives on Disney Movies Anywhere on August 19th and on 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack on September 9thThis release is armed with explosively entertaining bonus features, including Making-of Featurettes, Audio Commentary, Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scenes, Bloopers and more!



Based on the best-selling video games series, drive home with NEED FOR SPEEDthe ultimate thrill ride on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Digital HD, DVD and On-Demand August 5th from Buena Vista Home Entertainment! The combo pack comes with never-before-seen bonus features including: deleted scenes, making-of featurettes and more! 



Catch up with the whole gang in the globe-trotting, star-studded musical comedy adventure MUPPETS MOST WANTED on Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on August 12thMuppet fans can experience this laugh and song-filled caper like never before on Blu-ray Combo Pack in an all-new “Unnecessarily Extended Edition,” featuring 12 minutes of exclusive scenes not seen in theaters! Also included on Blu-ray and Digital HD are additional hilarious bonus features, including Statler and Waldorf’s version of the movie, and the laugh-out-loud gag reel, “The Longer, Longest Blooper Reel in Muppets History.”




Disney•Pixar’s favorite toys are back! Buzz, Woody, Jessie and the gang reunite with a new friend, Combat Carl, for a spooky tale full of mystery and humor in "Toy Story OF TERROR" on Blu-ray™ + Digital Copy, DVD, Digital HD, and Disney Movies Anywhere for the first time August 19th! The combo pack comes with never-before-seen bonus features that include parody vintage toy commercials, deleted scenes and lots more! 



Join Sofia on another adventure in, SOFIA THE FIRST: THE ENCHANTED FEAST, on Disney DVD August 5th! Enjoy Snow White make a special appearance, four additional episodes and a FREE enchanted mirror! 




Get ready for an epic journey to the Alaskan wilderness without leaving home as Disneynature's Bears releases on Blu-ray Combo Pack on August 12th! A portion of first-week sales will be donated to the National Park Foundation as part of the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund to Protect Wildlife and Wild Places. Bonus features include the music video for "Carry On" featuring Olivia Holt and four making-of featurettes.



Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact Casey@themeparkmamablog.com with any questions.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

New VO5 Men's 3-in-1

Check out the newest products from VO5! Give dad a nice set of bath products for Father's Day and when making your basket of goodies check out the new Men's 3-in-1 Shampoo Conditioner and Body Wash.



The new line comes in 2 scents Fresh Energy and Ocean Surge! I personally love the Ocean Surge on my husband it smells so good!

Each product of VO5 comes with 5 Essential Vitamins which are E, H, C, B5 and B3 which help nourish, hydrate and moisturize his hair and skin. Who doesn't like soft skin on a man.

Check out the whole line of VO5 products by clicking here. Visit VO5's Facebook page to keep up with the newest products.


Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact Casey@themeparkmamablog.com with any questions.

Father's Day Idea Turtle Wax Men like Clean Cars! #Giveaway!

Looking for a gift to get dad this Father's Day check out Turtle Wax. Turtle Wax is a well known name in keeping dad's car looking great.



Okay so yeah your dad might have to work to enjoy his gift but all men love the feeling of a job well done and Turtle Wax is there to make it quick and easy! With its line of Quick and Easy products.

TURTLE WAX® QUICK & EASY™ ZIP WAX® CAR WASH & WAX 64.oz

Turtle Wax Quick and Easy Zip Wax:  A fast way to wash dry and go. It makes for a spot free rinse so you can be back on the road and showing off your awesome ride. Enriched with carnauba wax – for an enhanced shine.
TURTLE WAX® QUICK & EASY™ WAX & DRY™ SPRAY WAX 26 fl.oz

Turtle Wax Quick and Easy Wax and DryStreak-free formula provides ultimate protection easy on easy off with this fast spray, wash, spray, rinse and go! 

TURTLE WAX® QUICK & EASY™ DASH & GLASS™ INTERIOR CLEANER 23 fl.oz.

Turtle Wax Quick and Easy Dash and Glass: This is my personal favorite, its basically a all purpose cleaner but for your car! I have 5 kids and sometimes I use my minivan as a baby sitter so they are loose in car and the hand prints on the windows wow! Thanks to the Turtle Wax Quick and Easy Dash and Glass I don't mind. It takes me about 5 mins to clean ever window on the inside along with a few prints in the dash they might had left. Another thing is when using the Turtle Wax Quick and Easy Dash and Glass your not slipping and sliding like some other dash protections.

TURTLE WAX® QUICK & EASY™ LUXE LEATHER™ CLEANER & CONDITIONER 16 fl.oz.

Turtle Wax Quick and Easy Luxe Leather Cleaner and Conditioner: Another huge favorite, I have used other brands and when trying to keep the leather clean well they would leave a shinny yet wet feeling left over. The Turtle Wax Quick and Easy Luxe Leather Cleaner and Conditioner does not do this. It leaves your leather feeling clean and smelling great. Keeping your leather clean leads to a longer lasting life for the interior of your car. The non-greasy formula conditions and preserves using a pH balanced blend of cocoa butter, Vitamin E, and aloe vera leaving surfaces clean and smooth.

TURTLE WAX® QUICK & EASY™ OXY INTERIOR 1® MULTI-PURPOSE CLEANER & STAIN REMOVER 18 fl.oz

Turtle Wax Quick and Easy Easy Interior: Yup another one I love okay so I personally don't worry about the outside of my car that's my husbands job : ) but I do however clean the interior so this is another personally favorite of mine because drinks get spilled and the Turtle Wax Quick and Easy Easy Interior removes this! No more stories on spots just keep the Turtle Wax Quick and Easy Easy Interior in your car and be ready just spray scrub and let dry. Love it!

Check out these and other great products from Turtle Wax by clicking here. Purchase at your local retail store. Keep up with products from Turtle Wax by following them on their Facebook page.

Check out the giveaway on Turtle Wax page Enter to win a New 2015 Ford Mustang!
Enter in 3 easy steps! Click here to enter!
  1. Get out there and shine up your car with Turtle Wax products
  2. Take a creative #Reflectie picture and upload it to Instagram or Twitter
  3. Tag it with @TurtleWax and #Reflectie
Enter to win the products above! Open to U.S. residents only, contest will end June 13, 2014.


Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact Casey@themeparkmamablog.com with any questions.

Try Jennie-O Taco Seasoned Ground Turkey for Taco Night

Did you know that Jennie-O makes seasoned ground turkey? I sure didn't until today. I saw got to try the Lean Taco Seasoned Ground Turkey from Jennie-O.

Lean Taco Seasoned Ground Turkey

I love using turkey for cooking now because I have seen improvements for us all I noticed I am losing weight and feel better each day than if I had eaten a beef. My kids enjoy the turkey flavor over the beef. We used the Jennie-O turkey to make Tacos! Yum I bought Old El Paso packs of soft and hard so everyone would be happy.




It was fun having a family meal together which all the kids could created their own taco. It makes for a meal which everyone will enjoy and I had done my part by having them eat the turkey over beef. The seasoned ground turkey made the tacos so much more yummy than a typical taco. You could see the spices in the turkey that is how much flavor it already had packed into it which made it super easy to cook because not having to dig through spices it was all there!


Check out the new season turkey from Jennie-O in your local grocery store! Also while you wait look for money saving coupons and recipes at Jennie-O website here. Like them on Facebook to keep up with new products!

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact Casey@themeparkmamablog.com with any questions.

Enter to win a T-fal OptiGrill and more now thru July 4th

Calling all grill-masters! Now that Memorial Day Weekend has kicked off the start of BBQ season, who wouldn't want to update their summer entertaining essentials with the smartest grill around? 
Thanks to T-fal's latest giveaway, your readers will have a chance to WIN the Ultimate Must-Have Grilling Kit, filled with all of the essentials one might need for throwing the perfect BBQ-rain or shine! The grilling prize packs include a T-fal OptiGrill, T-fal Meat Tenderizer, a signed copy of Chef Tim Love's cookbook "Tim Love on the Lonesome Dove Trail" - AND Tim Love's secret rub recipe.


 
HOW TO ENTER ON FACEBOOK:
T-fal's Six Weeks of Sizzling Giveaways 
In line with the official kick-off of Summer 2014, we are inviting YOU, our fans, to join us in celebrating grilling season! Refer 1 of your friends for a chance to win one of the six Ultimate T-fal OptiGrill Grilling Prize Packages valued at $500 and filled with all of the essentials one might need for throwing the perfect indoor BBQ (including a T-fal OptiGrill, T-fal Meat Tenderizer, a signed copy of Chef Tim Love's cookbook "Tim Love on the Lonesome Dove Trail" - AND Tim Love's secret rub recipe.)

Each additional referral counts as an additional entry, so continue to share your unique bit.ly link!

To enter on Facebook, "Like" the T-fal OptiGrill Facebook page and follow the instructions to complete the entry form with the information requested during the Giveaway Period. The entrants must complete and submit all required information (except for any information marked as "optional" information) on the Giveaway entry form to be eligible to enter the Giveaway. The winner list will be posted after winner confirmation is complete. Giveaway ends 11:59PM PST July 4th, 2014.

Today Only: Reebok CrossFit Nano 2.0 in Nacho/White/Club Blue/Black (V51721) Just $55!

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Today Only: Reebok CrossFit Nano 2.0 in Nacho/White/Club Blue/Black (V51721) Just $55! 
The Reebok CrossFit Nano 2.0, a next generation CrossFit shoe inspired by requests from the CrossFit community with better breathability and more flexibility, is now available in in Nacho/White/Club Blue/Black (V51721) for just $55— that is 50% off! This item is limited in stock, and the sale only lasts one day, May 29th, so be sure to hurry and grab yours. Promo code: NANO55 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

BuyCostumes Semi-Annual Costume Clearance Sale!



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It's your last chance to save on costumes for the entire family during the BuyCostumes Semi-Annual Costume Clearance Sale! Shop thousands of costumes and accessories priced at $10 or below. Now is the perfect time to take advantage of this BuyCostumes sale and stock up on costumes for dress-up and imaginative play. Or, start thinking about Halloween and get your family geared up with costumes for cheap. 

Don't wait! The BuyCostumes Semi-Annual Clearance Sale end this Sunday June, 1stShop now! 

Deals worth checking out at Zulily!

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Air Wicks Newest Line of Fragrances!


I have cats I have kids I have a husband who works outdoors so I have odors! On top of keeping up with everyone and cleaning I like to have a back up of Air Wick plug in's around the home. I am always looking for a change in scent since you get used to one and it just doesn't seem to work as well, so I was happy to hear that Air Wick joined up with companies to created new scents!

 

Familiar Favorites Collection are well the well known brands like Snuggle, Baby Magic, and Cinnabon. Choosing a favorite is hard the Snuggle reminds me of home when my mom would do laundry at the laundry mat, the Baby Magic reminds me of when my children were infants and the Cinnabon makes me feel warm and toasty. I absolutely love these scents and I use the Baby Magic and Snuggle in my kids room it seems to create a claim. The Cinnabon I use throughout the house it gives it a warm welcomed feeling. 


 National Park Spring Collection our family is huge outdoors people we love taking vacations to the mountains and the National Park Spring Collection brings that vacation feeling home. The Great Smoky Mountains is our family favorite because we just got back from vacation there so even our kids can relate. 
The National Park collection comes in 8 scents! The Great Smoky Mountains, Channels Islands,  Yosemite, Biscayne, Gulf Islands, American Samoa, Hawai'i Kakolo-Honokohau and the Virgin Islands. All have a fresh breeze like scent to them, you feel alive when you have these scents in your home. 

You can purchase all these great new fragrances from Air Wick at your local retail stores, check out Air Wicks site by clicking here. Like their Facebook page to see what other products are released. 

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact Casey@themeparkmamablog.com with any questions.

Diamond Candles Review!

Let's face it Diamond's are a girl's best friend, but not all of us can afford diamonds. So Diamond Candles has come up with a solution, which is a win win for everyone.



What says romance better than candles, so Diamond Candles has combined both Romance and Bling, into one affordable package! Each Diamond Candle comes with a ring inside, the fun part is you don't know what your getting until you burn the candle.



Each Diamond Candle can contains a  ring worth $10 to $5000 yes $5000! You can purchase the Diamond Candles in 2 sizes 12oz which is $19.95 or the 21oz which is $24.95. The 12oz candle does not contain a ring only the 21oz. I had the chance to review the 21oz which has a ring, now if you think about it the candles cost $24.95 but have at least a ring worth $10 so really your only spending $14.95 on a really awesome candle, and who knows you might just get the $5000 candle!



My candle took 3 hours for me to finally see the foil which my ring was wrapped in, and I must admit it was hard waiting :) I mean really who wants to wait to see if $5000 is waiting for you lol but I did and once I saw the foil I pulled it out washed it up and pulled the ring out.



I like how they wrap the ring in gold foil along with being in a zip lock bag. I ended up with this piece no it wasn't a $5000 one but its really nice and my daughter will love it, it has 3 stones a heart, square and oval. I enjoyed the rest of my candle for the next 2 days total burn time was about 3 days worth no stop. It was nice coming home and the house would just smell amazing!  



The Diamond Candles shocked me on how well they put out the fragrance, within about 10 mins of it burning I could smell the scent of lily. Diamond come in a assortment of fragrances which you can choose your scent here. Also check out the other great products from Diamond Candles here. You can keep up with SALES by liking them on their Facebook page, along with checking in on my blog which I post sales.

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact Casey@themeparkmamablog.com with any questions.

Today Only Reebok Outlet One Day Sale: $15 Off All Shoes!

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Reebok Outlet One Day Sale: $15 Off All Shoes 
From track stars to triathletes, for every terrain from the urban basketball courts to the woodland trails, Reebok Outlet is giving an additional $15 off of all shoes, on top of the already great discounts! In training? Pick up an extra pair before your go-to's go flat. Have kids? You know that size 11 is only going to last a month more at most. With over 450 pairs on sale,there is something for every foot. Simply use the promotion code SHOES15 to grab your deal, but be sure to hurry because this sale only lasts for one day — Wednesday, May 28th. 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

K'nex Plants vs Zombies #Giveaway Ends June 19!




If you have a tablet and kids you probably have heard of the game Plants vs Zombies. So how great is it that K'nex has come out with playsets from the game.



Check out this set called Wild West Skirmish its a total of 219 pieces and for ages 5 and up.  The set comes with 3 cowboy Zombies and one Plant which can shot balls (one at a time) comes with 5 about the size of a pea.



My kids had a blast playing with this set it took us about 10 mins to put together, my kids liked to take turns playing with the plant and hitting the zombies. The set up is that of a wild west which has places for the zombies to hide.

My kids also enjoyed playing with the figures on their own, along with the actually set there are Mystery packs which you can purchase to add to your figures. The Mystery packs can contain one of 4 zombies or 1 of 4 plants each pack is 11 pieces which for plants is something to stand on.

You can purchase these sets at your local retail store. Check out more K'nex items by clicking here along with Liking them on Facebook to see what to look forward to.

Win a Plants vs Zombie Set from K'nex! Enter the rafflecopter below for a chance to win, contest open to U.S. residents only. Ends June 19th!


Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact Casey@themeparkmamablog.com with any questions.

Pasta Chips Review and #Giveaway!


My family are big on snacks but not so much the sweet stuff more like chips, pretzels, crackers etc. Every now and than I look to expanding our selection of snacks and now I have more choices with Pasta Chips.

Pasta Chips are great they are like a twice baked cracker but yet they crunch like a crouton. I have grown up loving croutons and now to have something like that in a Pasta Chip is great.

The Pasta Chips come in 5 flavors:



Marinara which has a baked tomato taste to it and is great paired with soup

Spicy Tomato Herb this one is really good with a cheesy soup and even on its own my kids liked it which is great because its better for them than other snacks.


Garlic Olive Oil My favorite!!! This one to me is spot on to a crouton! It also makes a great salad topping or when crushed up a great breading for chicken breast.



Alfredo is another really good one if you like cheese and crackers this is the perfect combo of the two. It also makes a great breading for chicken breast or add as a breading to mac and cheese!

Last is Sea Salt which is your basic of basic I really enjoy this because its so simple its just enough salt to taste really great.

All Pasta Chips are 60% less fat than a potato chip! That's a big deal, not only are you saving your self from a heart attack your also saving your clothes from those lovely grease stains.

You can find out more about Pasta Chips here and you can get money saving coupons while visiting the site. You can purchase Pasta Chips at retail stores like Target, Safeway, The Fresh Market and more.

Win a set of 5 full size bags of Pasta Chips, Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end June 11, 2014.





Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact Casey@themeparkmamablog.com with any questions.