Celebrate Halloween with Cedar Point and #HalloWeekends, Fun For The Whole Family!

Written by lyricsmama on October 13, 2014 – 12:26 PM -

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It’s HERE!!! Halloweekends at Cedar Point are underway until November 1st. This is one of my favorite times of year to visit CeCedar Point HalloWeekendsdar Point. The weather is great, it’s not too hot, not too cold, and it’s a change from the normal amusement park atmosphere.

Of course you have the normal thrills of Cedar Point, all the regular rides and roller coasters you’d be able to ride during the normal months, but now, the park is decorated to spook and scare young and old. When my kids were younger, they loved to partake in dressing up in their Halloween costumes and visiting camp snoopy, and the monster parade. This year, we had a special treat of being able to trick or treat in the children’s midway area.

The girls are still a bit young for the haunted houses, maybe next year. But if you’re kids are into that sort of thing, visiting the asylum or the Bayou would be a great spot!

Cedar Point HalloWeekends A family friendly guide is given to you when you enter the park, this will allow you to either check out the scary zones, or keep it kid friendly on your trip.

During the day is probably the best thing about HalloWeekends for the little ones. Kids can check out Howl-O-Palooza that includes a cornstalk and hay bale maze, mask making, a pumpkin patch, pony rides and more! You’ll also be able to check out the Monster Midway Invasion Celebration which is a parade for the kids that run every Saturday and Sunday at 5pm, they can also visit the Magical House on Boo Hill!Cedar Point HalloWeekends

For some of the older kids, there’s the new Hexed haunted house, Zombie High School, Eden Musee Chamber of Horrors and Wax Museum, nautical scare zone, cut throat cove and a really cool show called the Skeleton Crew!

For those who enjoy the more terrifying things, Cedar Point comes alive at night, where scary zombies and creeps walk throughout the midways, fog is present as well as live musical shows like Midnight Syndicate!

Through the day, you can notice costumes and characters roaming through the midway, scary, but not too scary for the little ones who enjoy the day. The decorations and mood is right on point for Halloween in the most appropriate ways!

 

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Enjoy the last of the season with Cedar Point and HalloWeekends!

Visit cedarpoint.com for hours and updated information.

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I was provided tickets for my family to Cedar Point for this review. All opinions are of my own. Please see my disclosure policy for more info.
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Camels, Lemurs and Bunnies Oh My!

Written by lyricsmama on June 27, 2014 – 9:47 AM -

Schools Out and it’s summer time, so instead of sitting around the house, hearing “I’m Bored” all day, GET OUT and enjoy the fresh air, the warm sun, and your children!

There’s so many things to do in and around the Toledo area. I’ve been trying to find multiple different things to do with the girls through the summer months, and we’ve been on some sort of adventure OUT of the house almost every day.

The newest place we discovered was a short drive (and I mean short, literally 16 minutes from my house) to Michigan. The Indian Creek Petting Zoo. My girls aren’t toddlers anymore, so we need something more than just petting goats, at 8 and 10 they want a little more adventure and as animal lovers the Indian Creek Petting Zoo was the perfect place for them. This unique walk thru zoo offers camel rides and an up close and personal look at animals such as Zebra’s, Camels, Emus, Wallabies, Lemurs, Donkeys, Horses, Goats Alpacas, Guinea Hens, Sheep, Peacocks and more!!!

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We got to feed lemurs, camels, bunnies, we got to pet zebra’s, wallaby’s and take photos of peacocks and a Coatimundi. We spent a few hours there, and had so much fun. Definitely a place we will be back to, in fact, I think the next time we’re there, we will be purchasing a family membership ($50 for two adults and up to 4 children) which gives you special discounts, as well as invites to special member’s only events, and of course your unlimited admission to the petting zoo.

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The Indian Creek Petting Zoo is located at 2740 Consear Road (between Secor & Douglas) in Lambertville, Michigan and can be found on Facebook as well as their upcoming website indiancreekpettingzoo.com.  Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for children, a small basket of food is just $3 and more than enough to feed all the animals.

 

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TunnelBear Allows You To Roam The Internet Abroad

Written by lyricsmama on June 9, 2014 – 5:54 PM -

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Besides blogging, besides wrestling, I love to travel! In fact we’re probably traveling most of the summer to various places, locally and internationally. Ok, well maybe not so internationally. Do you consider Canada international? Thing is, that’s where I’m originally from, so you’ll catch us up there quite a bit, however, one issue heading up there, is always our online communications. Unless we’re at my parents, or connect to a free public Wi-Fi, we’re pretty much SOL and on our own.

A lot of times, traveling to Canada, or just around the USA we often use a VPN (Virtual Public Network) whenever we’re using shared or public Wi-Fi. Just a little way to protect ourselves even more if we’re doing ‘personal’ things online. Another reason we use a VPN is that it allows us to use things like Hulu, Netflix, the WWE Network, Spotify and Pandora when we’re in Canada, because they’re either not available there, or like Netflix is totally different. So when we want to connect to our American Networks normally we use a VPN.

I was recently introduced to a different VPN from what I normally use, TunnelBear. I love the way it looks and works, very minimal, and streamlined.

TunnelBear like our other VPN allows us to connect to a USA network like we are there, rather than being in Canada. Inf act TunnelBear will allow you to connect to nine different countries! So no matter where you are, you can virtually be anywhere, when I’m home in the USA I can connect to Canada and use the Canadian Netflix if there’s something on there I’d like to watch but we haven’t got yet.

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You have the options of “Tunneling” via Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, United Kingdom and the United States.

So maybe you don’t travel a whole lot like we do, but maybe, just maybe that one time you do travel out of the country, you want to catch up on your favorite shows, or listen to your favorite station on Pandora or Google Music and you’re denied because that country doesn’t have access. Well, now by using TunnelBear you can bypass, and stream your favorite show or music just like you were at home.

TunnelBear is a permanent fixture with us, and I’ll be installing it on a few friends devices as well. So how do YOU get TunnelBear added to your device? It’s simple, head over to their website, and find the version you need to install. Desktop Windows/Mac, Android and iOS are available. The account is FREE to set up, you simply verify your email, and choose your country you wand the VPN to connect to from the settings and you good to go!

The free version of TunnelBear allows you to use 500mb of Data every month. However, if you tweet once a month and ask them for extra data, they’ll reward you with an extra Gig!

There are also two paid subscriptions that are available as well, the $4.99 a month Giant Plan which you purchase for your desktop and will give you unlimited data on that and two mobile devices, and the $49.99 a year Grizzly plan which is the same plan as the Giant, but saves you 17% by paying it all up front.

TunnelBear is on both my mobile and laptop devices, and I’ve loved using it so far, i highly recommend checking it out, even if you’re not traveling out of the country, you’ll be able to access other countries and keep yourself a little safer online while traveling throughout your own.

This post is sponsored by Sverve/TunnelBear, all opinions are of my own. Please see my disclosure policy for more info.
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Winter Blues? Castaway Bay Will Fix Those Right Up!

Written by lyricsmama on February 24, 2014 – 11:03 AM -

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It’s been a long, long very cold winter here in Ohio, in fact I will really be surprised if it ever ends! I know it will, but ugh, can it end now already? I need a break, the family needs a break, we need some sun, we need some warmth we need something to do besides trek around in the snow all day long!

Thankfully, a few weeks ago, we did get the chance to get into some 80 degree weather, and get into our bathing suits and swim thanks to a visit at Castaway Bay in Sandusky, Ohio.

Sandusky isn’t a far drive for us at all, in fact I’m surprised we’ve never decided to visit the indoor water park before. The girls were excited, and although hubby had to work, I brought my best friend with me to enjoy the warmth, she’s from Canada so she was going through the same weather we had been, if not worse.

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Castaway Bay’s water park is attached to the hotel, where you can also find gift shops, restaurants, an arcade and of course the water park itself, all inside a nice warm building. There’s also a shipwreck when you first walk in along with talking parrots (no their not real).
Once we checked into our room, the first thing the girls wanted to do was go swimming, but I wanted to do a little walk around the hotel since we’ve never stayed there before. The hotel was really nice, clean and the staff were very warm and welcoming.  What I loved about our room, was that it also had a mini fridge to use and a microwave, important when traveling with kids!

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We walked past the arcade which of course we had to walk into. You can buy credits on a re-loadable card and game away to win prizes. Think of Chuck-E-Cheese. You can win at claw machines, or win tickets or credits on your card to choose prizes over by the desk, perfect for families!

After our little tour around the hotel and into the arcade and gift shops we went back into our room, changed into our bathing suits and away we went to have some swimming fun! Walking into the water park, it was heaven!! It was so nice and warm! 82 degrees in fact! There was so much to do and see! Water slides, a wave pool, a shallow play area for toddlers even a raft ride! My favorite part included, the hot tub which went from indoors to outdoors, and even in the winter, going outside was almost refreshing being in that hot tub with the snow all around you.

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The girls favorite part was probably the wave pool, at times it’s calm, just a time to swim around and then the waves start and the fun begins!
No one wanted to leave when it was time, dinner time of course! We were treated to a buffet that included pizza and salad which was perfect! After dinner, it was time to go back get into our suits again and hang our in the water.

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After a long day of swimming, a night in the comfortable beds was just what we needed, but come morning, no one wanted to leave, including myself. Will we return to Castaway Bay? That’s a big fat YES! Even in the spring/summer and Fall months, this is a great place to visit, very family friendly and fun to be had by all!

You can find out more about Castaway Bay and how to reserve your room by visiting castawaybay.com, a great place to stay this summer if you’re visiting Cedar Point!

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Toronto Ontario – A Cruise Aboard The Tall Ship Kajama #Travel #OntarioTravel

Written by lyricsmama on August 19, 2013 – 10:30 AM -

We tend to travel a lot, and the one place we tend to travel to the most is Ontario Canada. Not only is it because all of my family and friends live that way, not only is it because that’s where I’m from, but because there’s so much to do up there for just a short drive.
Only a 4-5hr drive from Toledo Ohio. Toronto Ontario has so much to offer to families looking for a little something different to do, and yes, even with kids!

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My family and I were invited to take a cruise on Lake Ontario on The Tall Ship Kajama. A three masted Schooner that takes you on a tallship1tour of the Toronto Harbor. Now I know nothing about sailing, but I thought this would be an adventure for my kids, and my father who just happened to have his 65th birthday at the time we decided to take the cruise, so we took him along with us. My dad loves sailing, loves boats!

The Tall Ship Kajama is a really big sail boat, not a small little dinky one that you’d own personally, this is huge!

The weather wasn’t the greatest, and it really did look like rain but they’re prepared on the ship, with a canopy to cover in case of some showers, which we did need for a small amount of time. The weather was overcast, but it was perfect for a sail, it wasn’t so hot, wasn’t so cold, just great for a day out on the water.

Once you walked aboard the Kajama one of the staff took your photo which you could purchase at the end of the sale for $10 I think it was. Since it was myself, my girls and my parents, it’s not a lot of times we get a photo together so my dad purchased one as a memento.

There’s nothing really ‘special’ about the cruise. You basically sit back, relax, enjoy the scenery and the crew sings a sailing song or two. You are allowed to help raise and lower the sails with the staff if you’d like as well.

My kids loved it, heck I loved it, and my parents definitely loved it! It was nice just to do something different and relaxing for once, together as a family, and it’s not every day you get to climb aboard a tall ship and set sail.

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There’s also a bar on board (which yes, does serve alcohol) and you can eat aboard the ship as well with a pretty good menu at decent prices. My Father had fish and chips, my oldest a hot dog, my youngest and mom had a burger and I had a chicken panini sandwich, all were really good and great portions, so much so that me and my youngest took some of ours home with us.

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There is also a place underneath set up with tables, (also where the restrooms are) where you can sit and eat as a group, or take shelter from the rain if it so happens to rain, because the canopy area can only hold so many people before you feel like a can of sardines.

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We took a cruise at around 11 in the morning, there’s multiple cruise times throughout the day with the normal last cruise to set sail at PicMonkey Collage3:30 in the afternoon. On long weekends however they have a dinner/night cruise which I bet is incredible and I’d love to do one day.
The cruise is about an hour or so long, and you can board the ship 30 minutes before the ship is set to sail.

One thing a little loud, yet fun and exciting especially for the kids, is that nearing the end of the cruise, they shoot off a small cannon.  When they say cover your ears..DO IT!  It’s small but because I decided to take a video instead of cover my ears, I paid for it!

This is a great activity for a family, couple or even by yourself, very relaxing and fun at the same time. If you’re ever thinking of heading to Toronto this is definitely one of the things you should check out! For more information on times of the tours and how to reserve your ticket visit tallshipcruisestoronto.com.

Remember, you can take a vacation close to home, and still get ‘out of the country’ to do it, just a short drive away for those of us in Ohio, Michigan and New York, you do need a passport, but think about it, there’s so much to see and do in Ontario!

Be sure to be on the lookout for more of my travel posts and find out what you can discover!

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