6/7/14

Hawaiian Falls Pflugerville Grand Opening 6/9/14 #Texas #travel

If you are ready to have some fantastic family fun, then it's time to put Pflugerville on your travel itinerary! Just north of Austin, you'll find one of the fastest-growing and friendliest towns in the central Texas area.

Hawaiian Falls Adventure Park and Water Park in Pflugerville, Texas, celebrates the opening of the $23.5 million entertainment complex Monday, June 9 from 10:30 a.m. - noon. Hawaiian Falls GM Evan Barnett and Pflugerville city leaders will launch the new park by racing head-first down a six-lane mat racer slide. The 25-acre entertainment venue is expected to attract more than 300,000 guests per year, and will include a conference center with an indoor family arcade, private party rooms and a restaurant.

Grand Opening Events:
Monday, June 9
10: 30 a.m. - VIP Celebration including authentic Hawaiian dancers and first race down the six-lane mat racer slide
11:30 a.m. - Season passholders admitted
Noon - Gates open to the public

Hawaiian Falls Pflugerville is located at 18500 N SH-130 Svrd SB, Pflugerville, TX 78660.
The entrance is just south of the FM-685 and SH-130 intersection, accessible from the SH 130 southbound service road, across from the Stone Hill Town Center shopping center.

Hawaiian Falls Pflugerville Water Park features a football field-sized wavepool, a 10,000 square-foot children’s activity pool, a 1,000-foot-long river, and multi-slide towers featuring speed slides, tube slides and a six-lane mat racer slide. The year-round Adventure Park, opening later this month, will feature multi-level ropes courses, adventure trail climbing nets, a 60-foot high climbing and rappelling wall, a six-story free fall attraction and 500-foot long zip lines. Aloha Conference Center will accommodate up to 400 people for dining or up to 1,000 people theater-style for meetings, conferences and team building events year-round. Full-service catering will also be available.

Celebrating more than a decade of bringing families closer together, Hawaiian Falls operates waterparks in Garland, The Colony, Mansfield, Roanoke and Waco. The first "Adventure Park – Water Park – Aloha Event Center" combinations opened this week in White Settlement and Pflugerville.
Get more information at hfalls.com.

6/6/14

Top 3 Dream Kitchen Appliances

My husband and I recently emptied our house of children. Now that they are all scattered in colleges across our great state of Texas, we've been dreaming of building our own home to live in forever. Well, he's been dreaming of the home, and I've been dreaming of the ultimate kitchen. While he's mulling over silly details like combining traditional electricity with solar electricity, and whether the foundation should be cement slab or pier and beam, I'm drooling over photos of amazing appliances that I want in my new kitchen. If you've read my blog for any length of time, you already know of my burning desire for a stand mixer because I threw my 20-year-old hand-mixer away in a fury after it flung ingredients all over my kitchen for the very last time, and now my wooden spoon and arm are wearing out. But my forever dream home appliances are bigger than that. Much, much bigger!
So, my first dream kitchen appliance is a refrigerator. Not just any refrigerator. I want the one that has a giant freezer drawer on the bottom so I can open my freezer and not have everything come tumbling out. A frozen pound of hamburger meat is not kind to bare toes. It will most certainly feature an ice maker that quietly deposits the cubes into the proper bin instead of spitting broken ice cubes all over the inside of the freezer. I want the big refrigerator that has french doors above the freezer so I can gracefully throw them both open at the same time, just like they do on the commercials. The front of my dream refrigerator will also sport a lovely cold water dispenser with a soft nightlight so I don't spill water on the floor at midnight, making me slip and hit my head on my next dream appliance...the oven.
My second forever home dream appliance is a double oven. Let's make it a double-wide double oven, so that when my future grandchildren come over to visit their nana, we can make a triple chocolate cake and a strawberry pie in one oven, while making a dozen white chocolate chip muffins and a dozen apple cinnamon donuts in the other. It will have at least six burners on the stove-top, so we can melt caramel and three kinds of chocolate to make little molded candies, while I whip up something healthy for their dinner like macaroni and cheese with tiny hot dog slices in it. After all, isn't it a nana's duty to provide copious amounts of sugar, then send them home to their parents?
Last, I will definitely need an amazing dishwasher, so that I never have to hand-wash a single dish again. It will be such a quiet dishwasher that I won't even be able to tell that it's running. It will have gentle cycles, so gentle that the finest china will never chip. It will have strong cycles, so strong that I won't have to rinse a single dish, although my dog really loves being able to pre-wash the dinner plates. My dream dishwasher will never leave horrid water spots on my extensive wine glass collection either. It will be large enough to hold my biggest slow cooker, which had to be replaced because I dropped and cracked it in the sink while hand-washing it a few months ago. My dream appliances will all be shiny stainless steel so they gleam in the light of the late afternoon sun that streams through the kitchen window, as I make romantic dinners for my husband and I to enjoy in the peace and quiet, while my three darling children chase my future sugar-hyper grandchildren around, trying to put them to bed in their own homes.

I shared my Top 3 Dream Kitchen Appliances and now I’m entered to win a custom KitchenAid mixer! Checkout PartSelect and see how you can get in on this too!

Multitasking Mom's Survival Guide - Chicken Soup for the Soul #Giveaway

Disclosure: I received this book at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
Multitasking Mom is, in my opinion, a redundant phrase. After all, every mom is automatically a multi-tasker, right? This great new book from the wonderful Chicken Soup for the Soul collection is called The Multitasking Mom's Survival Guide. It's filled with wonderful true stories that celebrate all the craziness of motherhood. There are over a hundred short stories in this book and it was so easy to identify with many of these moms' tales. Moms truly "do it all" and we do it from dawn to dusk every day of the year, much of it without any thanks. The Multitasking Moms Survival Guide is filled with great tips for moms that include:
  • Making "Me" Time
  • Feeding the Family
  • Sharing Good Advice
  • Feeling Guilty
  • Learning from Our Kids
  • Laughing After the Fact
  • Handling Housework Hassles
  • Slowing Down
  • Juggling a Career
These inspiring stories touched my heart, made me tear up a bit, and made me laugh out loud. A compilation of short stories is a wonderful way for busy moms to grab a few minutes of peaceful reading. I've carried the book around for about week, reading a few stories here and there when I've had time. It's a great book that helps moms glean new ideas for surviving those always-crazy multitasking years of parenting. If you are a mother, you're going to love this book!
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Poppy Dot Chooka Rain Boots - Review #fashion

Disclosure: I received these boots in exchange for my honest review.
Ever since I was a little girl, I've always wanted a really cute pair of rain boots. I vaguely remember owning some really ugly yellow overshoes that were incredibly difficult to pull on. You can't even imagine the giggly happy dance I did when I opened the box of my new pink polka dotted rain boots! I hope it rains every day.
These absolutely adorable rain boots are made for the little girl in all of us. Chooka Boots were created with the idea that function can be fashionable. These high-quality waterproof boots are SO easy to put on and pull off. My feet have stayed dry in the rain and even while wading around in the edges of the lake.
The details on my Chooka rain boots are wonderful. I love the pretty touch of adjustable side buckles. The sole bottoms are ridged to keep me on my feet even on the slippery rocks in the lake. I can hardly wait to go jump in a big rain puddle. There's a chance of rain on Monday!
These boots are amazingly comfortable. There is plenty of wiggle room for my toes, but they aren't so loose that my feet clunk around in them. They are made of 100% natural rubber with a moisture-absorbing cotton lining. They are thick and flexible.
The heel height is 1 inch and the boot height goes up 12 inches on my legs. The opening circumference is 15-1/2 inches. They fit me perfectly, which is usually a challenge for me with most tall boots because I have very healthy calves.
Best of all, they are PINK!!! Not to worry, though because Chooka boots come in lots of great stylish colors. They offer lots of solid colors and more great prints like safari, tropical paradise, sunset beach, and safari check. They even have rain boots that are mid-calf height.
Check out the Chooka Boot Store on Amazon and visit the Chooka website for dozens of great rain boot styles. Make sure you follow them on Facebook and on Twitter to hear about great new styles, special sales, and even giveaways!

Grab-It Universal Mount - Review #tech #FathersDay

Disclosure: I was provided product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
If you're looking for a Father's Day gift for the dad who has everything, I've got a great idea for you! The Viatek Grab-It Universal Mount attaches to almost any smooth surface with its airlock technology to securely hold a phone, tablet, GPS, and much more. It requires no clamps, clips, adhesives, or sticky pads.
With just a few pumping actions, the air is forced out which creates a suction that locks the mount to a surface and to a device. Grab-It also swivels in all directions to allow the user optimum viewing angles. This single-piece smart design can be instantly mounted, easily removed, and leaves no damage on surfaces.
I use my Grab-It on my desk for my smart phone all day long. I've also used it on a plastic table while crafting to follow online tutorials. I've used it on my kitchen counter-top for easy access to online recipes while I'm cooking. It's also been on my car dashboard while using my phone's GPS for directions. It's worked perfectly every time and every place I've used it. I love being able to angle my device to reduce glare from lights and sunlight.
Get a Grab-It Mount Two-Pack for your dad and for yourself at viatekproducts.com for just $29.99. Be sure to check out all the other great Father's Day gift ideas they have for dad too. I love Viatek's products! You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter to be first to hear about new products and special promotions.

6/5/14

CheapOair 50 Tickets #Travel Giveaway #whatsyour50

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It's time to travel! Pack up your bags and make your reservations to get out and see something wonderful. No money for a vacation? You're not alone! The long winter and California drought has taken a toll on the wallets of Americans all across the country, leaving little left over for luxuries like vacation and travel. Yet, summer is near and wanderlust is creeping in. Thank goodness for CheapOair! They are giving everyone a chance to expose their summer skin to the wonders of the U.S. Entering is easy: Just click HERE to download the free CheapOair app, then register to win! Spread the love to friends and family to get up to four more entries in the sweepstakes.
What's on your bucket list of 50 places in the U.S. to visit? Mine includes seeing the impressive historical Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, standing under the Giant Redwoods in California, viewing the iconic Liberty Bell in Pennsylvania, and peering into a volcano in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Where will you go if you are the lucky traveler who wins 50 tickets to explore the U.S. in 2014? Will you visit your family members or go stay with some old friends?
Maybe you would enjoy discovering eclectic treasures hidden across the country, like the world's largest catsup bottle in Collinsville, IL, the Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, TX, or the Aircraft Bone Yard in Tucson, AZ. Or, will you make 2014 the year of relaxation by visiting the 50 best spas in the U.S.? It would be so much fun to visit 50 different beaches around the country and collect a small bottle of sand from each one. Would you visit all 50 states with your 50 tickets? Check out http://blog.cheapoair.com/ for tips and reviews on destinations all over the U.S. to help you decide where to go!
With over 450 airlines to choose from, CheapOair takes the headache out of finding the best price for travel. Their website is super-easy to navigate and booking is so easy. Just search, select and save! They even have a best price guarantee and their 24/7 customer care is always ready to provide you with friendly booking assistance and fantastic special deals. Don't miss your chance to win this fabulous prize from CheapOair! Enter HERE now!
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6/4/14

Giveaway Linky - Wednesday Wealth (June 4-10)


Got Pets? You Gotta Feedem!

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Pets are a part of the family and they require just as much love and attention as children. My dog Buddy has been a big part of my family for over ten years! Your beloved pet needs a place to sleep, food to eat, and toys to keep busy and entertained. Feedem Pet Supermarket has everything you need for your little bundle of joy! They've been in business since 1994 and offer over 18,000 products.
 
Puppies will love the huge selection of supplies available just for them. From puppy foods and rawhide balls to training supplies and soft beds, Feedem features the products that will help puppies grow up to be a good dog. Check out their stylish dog leashes and collars, as well as dog houses and kennels. You can find everything you need at Feedem for dogs of any age.
  
If you prefer a snuggling, purring bundle of cat love, visit Feedem Pet Supermarket for cat food, litter boxes, cat treats and scratching posts. Keep your kitties busy with a great selection of cat toys filled with catnip. Don't miss the unique Incredibubbles for your cat's playtime!
    
Feedem is not just for dogs and cats. As a leading online supplier of pet foods and pet supplies in the UK, they also have what you need for your ferret, bunny, chinchilla, hamster, gerbil, guinea pig, and even your hedgehog! Also, their amazing collection of bird supplies includes bird houses, bird cages, bird food, and cage bird toys.
  
Feedem Pet Supermarket also features some very unique fish aquariums and gorgeous reptile terrariums! No matter what pet is part of your family, be sure to check Feedem's extensive line of pet products for all your pet supplies and pet food. Their site is super easy to navigate and you can search for what you need by animal type. They have a five-star TrustPilot rating and offer free delivery on all orders in the UK. Visit Feedem today!
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First World Problems?

I saw this video this morning and it really convicted me. I hope it touches you too.
Turn up your sound to hear people in the Third World reading tweets that were labeled with the hashtag #FirstWorldProblems.
Thanks to www.whydontyoutrythis.com for sharing this!

Quickly Transform a Bathroom with Ice Blue Esme

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
Remember the beautiful ice blue dress worn by Academy Award winning actress, Lupita Nyong’o, at the Oscar's? Lush D├ęcor has created the perfect collection in this gorgeous color to transform any bathroom into an ideal place to relax and unwind, without compromising style or elegance!
The new, Esme from Lush includes a shower curtain, bath mat rug, bath towel, hand towel and fingertip towel all in the same dreamy, relaxing, hue of ice blue. I recently received several pieces of this beautiful collection to transform my bathroom from a teenage boy locker room into a luxurious guest bathroom.
The towels are thick and thirsty on the back side, and baby-soft and velvety on the front side. Each piece is decorated with scalloped, microfiber ruffle detail on the front to add decorative flair. I noticed the size of the towels is bigger than traditional-sized towels too. All of the towels are machine washable.
The bath mat rug measures 20 " L x 30" W and the base of rug features a latex surface to help keep it in place on hard floor surfaces. It's super soft and very thick. It feels simply heavenly on my bare feet! The bath mat rug is cotton and is machine washable.
The fancy ruffled detail is a cotton/microfiber material and is actually sewn on top of the towel, sort of like a flap that opens only along the bottom of the towel. These products are beautifully designed and I couldn't find a single dropped stitch anywhere on them.
In just minutes, I transformed my bathroom into a serene spot with these beautiful ice blue towels and rug. Did you know that blue is the most-liked color around the world? My guest bathroom feels like a spa now with this eye-catching bathroom decor. A faux orchid plant and a basket of fancy soaps completes the transformation.
This collection is now available exclusively at Bed Bath and Beyond. Shop now and see how quickly you can create a new look and new atmosphere in your home with these beautiful Esme bathroom pieces in the ice blue colors of Lupita's stunning dress!

Too Faced Mascara Better Than Sex

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Do you love your mascara? Is your mascara better than sex? Maybe it's time for you to check out Too Faced Cosmetics bestselling and cult-favorite mascara, Better than Sex. This video starring style icon Jeannie Mai is hilarious!


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6/3/14

iFrogz GoLite Backup Charger and Flashlight Review #tech #travel

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
The iFrogz GoLite combines convenience and functionality into one compact tech gadget that can go anywhere you go. Few things frustrate me more than when my smartphone runs out of juice in the middle of the day with nowhere to recharge it. The iFrogz GoLite 2600mAh (featured here) can charge any smartphone. There is also a GoLite 7800mAh that charges everything from smartphones to tablets. Each GoLite also features a bright LED flashlight!
Each GoLite comes with a nifty lanyard and a charging cord. Measuring just 3.82" x 2.44" x 0.91", the GoLite is perfect for students' backpacks, mom's purse, dad's briefcase, and teenagers' pockets. Take it with you every time you travel because you never know when you will need to recharge. Don't forget, Father's Day is coming!
Just charge it up before you go and when you need a backup charger, just plug your device into the USB port on the side of the GoLite for fast and convenient recharging. The 2600 model comes in four colors - blue, black, red or purple. Make sure your college student has one before they head out to change the world.
The extra feature of the iFrogz GoLite flashlight is such an ingenious idea. Having an emergency light available to you at any time goes so much further than just having a light to find your keys. There should be a GoLite in EVERY emergency kit. Think tornado, hurricane, earthquake and fire! Wouldn't YOU like to have a flashlight in those situations? And when the electricity goes out, being able to charge your smartphone could save a life!
The flashlight will give 48 hours of light on a full charge. An iFrogz GoLite is the perfect gift for everyone. You should have one in your vehicle and one in your emergency preparedness kit, plus one to carry with you for day-to-day use. Order yours at www.ifrogz.com.
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