Camels, Lemurs and Bunnies Oh My!


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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June 27, 2014 – 9:47 AM - | Posted in travel | No Comments »

Cute 4th of July treats from FamilyFun magazine!


Summer is upon us, and soon will be summertime holidays!! I love making holiday themed treats, I have a Pinterest board full of them!

Come celebrate the 4th of July with me this year with some fun and tasty red, white, and blue treats created by FamilyFun Magazine.  Try some festive Pretzel Sparklers, or add some color to your favorite beverage and make some USA ice cubes! There’s so much fun to be had with food, check out some of these ideas below.

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Sweet & salty sparklers
Layered with white chocolate and studded with sprinkles and M&M’s, our pretzel treats add flare to any party spread. Cover a baking sheet with waxed paper. Melt 1 cup of white chocolate chips in a medium, heat-safe bowl according to the package directions. Use a spoon to drizzle 1 pretzel rod at a time with chocolate (you’ll have enough chocolate to make a dozen), then lay the rod on the prepared sheet and scatter it with red and blue sprinkles and M&M’s. Chill the pretzels in the refrigerator until the chocolate sets, about 15 minutes.

Red, white, and cool cubes
Tricolored spritzers offer a refreshing way to celebrate the Fourth. Make several trays of ice cubes with beverages colored red, white, and blue (we used cranberry juice, water, and Powerade Mountain Berry Blast). To serve, place the cubes in separate buckets and let guests make their own drinks with plain seltzer.

Freeze Pop Sabers:
Feel the force of ice-cold refreshment—and keep hands unfrozen—with these felt cozies. For each, cut a 3- by 4-inch rectangle from gray felt. Fold it over a freeze pop and use fabric glue to seal the side and bottom edges. Clamp the fabric closed with binder clips or clothespins, if needed. Slip the felt off the pop. Glue on stripes and dots of black and colored felt. When your pop is frozen and the glue is dry, you’re ready to battle the heat!

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June 19, 2014 – 10:51 AM - | Posted in holiday entertaining, holiday meals, recipes, recipes for kids | 1 Comment »

ScoreBig Is Your Source For Those Hard To Find Tickets!


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If your a parent you know how it is when there’s that newest boy band coming to town for a concert, those tickets are a MUST HAVE for your kids. My house is no exception, however, I really refuse to pay concert ticket prices for an 8 and 10 year old to go see the latest boy band. As much as my youngest daughter wanted to see her favorite group One Direction, even if I wanted to get her tickets, at this point, both shows in Detroit were sold out, and she wasn’t going, which made her very sad.

However, there was a saving grace in our life where I could …. ScoreBig!

ScoreBig allows you to search for the latest concert, sporting event and more in your local area and you can name your own price for your tickets. That One Direction concert, if I don’t want to pay more than $50 a ticket, I don’t have to, I get to name my own price and make an offer if there are tickets available.

ScoreBig is easy to use, you simply search for your area and see what’s available right now. If it’s a baseball game your looking for, you can search through the sports tickets available, and if you’re like me and it’s a One Direction ticket your on the hunt for, simply check out the music tickets available.

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I was amazed that I actually could find One Direction tickets available, and there were a few options of tickets that I could choose from. You can purchase tickets based on the seating area, and/or price point you’d like. I found tickets for $53 available, being that my daughter is 8 there’s not a whole lot of expectations on seating for her, she’s just happy to go, so at this price point, this was in upper level seating which was fine with me. I hit the quantity of tickets that I wanted to purchase, and was lucky that 2 were available, I then ‘offered’ my price of $50 per ticket. ScoreBig will then tell you the chances of getting your tickets for that price. Next, you’ll put in your credit card information (which is not charged if your offer isn’t accepted).

Before I found this most recent offer, I had tried a few times before for higher priced tickets, still offering $50 a piece, and did get rejected, my credit card was NEVER charged, however, this time I got lucky and my offer of $50 ($100 total) was accepted!!! I was now going to be the best mom ever and take my daughter to her very first concert to see her favorite guys ever!

I found out my offer was accepted in a timely manner, (really it was almost instant) and I got a surprise of a discount where my tickets came out to be even less than what I had offered, which was a welcome surprise.

Once my credit card was charged, I got an email confirmation about my ticket purchase and a few days later, my tickets were in hand, Fedex delivered them right to my home.

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What I also love about ScoreBig is that there were NO additional fees on my tickets! I wanted to spend $100, that’s all I spent, in fact, I even spent less!

I’ll be using ScoreBig for a few more concerts this summer I’m sure, I love how it works, and how I can pick what I want to pay for the concert without fees and hassles.

See what tickets you can score by visiting ScoreBig.com or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

I was provided with a code to use on ScoreBig in return for my honest review, all opinions are of my own. Please see my disclosure policy for more info.
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June 19, 2014 – 9:27 AM - | Posted in Reviews | 1 Comment »

#Giveaway – The Lego Movie Blu-Ray!!!


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EVERYTHING IS AWESOME!!!!

The Lego Movie has probably been one of the BIGGEST hits in my house this year, my girls anticipated it coming out well before it was in theaters. Once they saw it, they were not disappoint one bit, they LOVED IT! If you have kids, this is a must have movie, and it comes out TODAY June 17th!!

 


The LEGO® Movie, the first-ever, full-length theatrical LEGO® adventure, directed by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller is an original 3D computer animated story that follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO mini figure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously under-prepared.

Chris Pratt (Moneyball) stars as the voice of Emmet. Will Ferrell (The Campaign) stars as the voice of his primary adversary, President Business, an erudite, anal-retentive CEO who has a hard time balancing world domination with micro-managing his own life; while Liam Neeson (Taken) voices the president’s powerful henchman, known as Bad Cop, who will stop at nothing to catch Emmet.

Starring as Emmet’s fellow travelers are Oscar® winner Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby), as Vitruvius, an old mystic; Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games, Emmy nominee for 30 Rock), as tough-as-nails Lucy, who mistakes Emmet for the savior of the world and guides him on his quest; Will Arnett (Emmy nominee, 30 Rock), as the mysterious Batman, a LEGO mini figure with whom Lucy shares a history; Nick Offerman (NBC’s Parks and Recreation) as a craggy, swaggering pirate, obsessed with revenge on President Business; and Alison Brie (Community) as a sweet, loveable member of the team, with a powerful secret.

With this super cool app below, you and your child can create a mini 6 second LEGO GIF video that can be shared to Twitter and Facebook. Videos instantly get posted to YouTube for everybody to enjoy! (YouTube Channel)

 

 

ENTER TO WIN!!! That’s right, I’m giving away a copy of The Lego Movie on Blu-Ray for you and your family to enjoy at home! All you have to do is perform the mandatory entry below in the giveaway widget and you’re entered! Don’t forget the optional extra entries for an even better chance to win.

 

This post is sponsored by PartnersHub, all opinions are of my own. Please see my disclosure policy for more info. Each household is only eligible to win The Lego Movie Blu-Ray via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.
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June 17, 2014 – 10:20 AM - | Posted in Giveaways | 101 Comments »

Seeking Real GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY!!!


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So how much of a Marvel fan are you?  A big Guardians of The Galaxy fan too?  Well then you’ll want to check out this contest!  Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures and Marvel Studios is looking for the REAL Guardians of The Galaxy, could that be you?  Check out the release below:

SEEKING REAL “GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY!” Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Marvel Studios, Dolby® Laboratories and Visa Signature are joining forces for a nationwide MARVEL’S “GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY”—GUARDIANS OF GOOD contest in conjunction with the August 1, 2014 release of Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper.

MARVEL’S “GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY”—GUARDIANS OF GOOD invites real “Guardians of the Galaxy,” young men and women (ages 14-18) from across the United States, to share their stories of how they are bettering their communities through service, science or innovation, and gives them the opportunity to connect with a galaxy of Peer Guides—who are already doing great things—to learn from their successes. Entries will be accepted between June 11, 2014 and June 29, 2014.

Application forms, eligibility requirements, official contest rules and more information are available at http://www.marvelguardiansofgood.com.

Applicants for GUARDIANS OF GOOD will participate in online sessions with Peer Guides, who will include representatives from generationOn, Broadcom MASTERS®, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” Ultimate Mentor Leadership Council. Peer Guide sessions are scheduled to take place between June 13, 2014 and June 21, 2014. The Peer Guides will discuss their personal stories of service, science or innovation as well as learnings and advice.

Following the Peer Guide sessions, all applicants will then submit a short video explaining how they are improving the galaxy and what inspiration and guidance they received from their Peer Guides. The five best video entries will be selected as winners.

The five winners will each receive: Two round-trip tickets to Hollywood, including hotel accommodations, from July 20 through July 23, 2014, to be on the red carpet at the World Premiere of Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” on July 21, 2014; an invitation to the first-ever GUARDIANS OF GOOD INNOVATION & SERVICE SUMMIT on July 22 at The Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, where professionals and peers will share their knowledge; a backstage tour of the Disneyland Resort; and a red-carpet screening of the film at a Dolby® Atmos TM Theatre in or near the winner’s hometown.

GUARDIANS OF GOOD INNOVATION & SERVICE SUMMIT is scheduled to include presenters from NASA/JPL, speaking on the monitoring and protection of Earth through asteroid detection and Earth-observing satellites and ensuring the safety of Mars spacecraft during a comet encounter, Disney Imagineers, generationOn, Broadcom MASTERS®, Discovery Science Center, & Disney Global Community Outreach.

For more information about MARVEL’S “GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY”—GUARDIANS OF GOOD, please visit http://www.marvelguardiansofgood.com.

About the Contest:

No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Contest commences on or about 6:00 AM PST on June 11, 2014 and ends at 11:59 PM PST on June 29, 2014. Open only to persons who are 14-18 years of age and legal residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia and not employees of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, MARVEL, generationON or any of their parent, related or affiliated companies nor members of their households or immediate families. Limit one (1) entry per student. Winners must be able to travel on July 20, 2014. See Official Rules at www.marvelguardiansofgood.com for full eligibility and entry requirements, prize description, conditions and limitations. The official contest sponsor is Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

About the Movie:

From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team—the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.

Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which first appeared in comic books in Marvel Super-Heroes, Issue #18 (Jan. 1969), stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, featuring Vin Diesel as Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, with John C. Reilly, Glenn Close as Nova Prime and Benicio Del Toro as The Collector.

James Gunn is the director of the film with Kevin Feige, p.g.a. producing, and Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Jeremy Latcham, Nik Korda and Stan Lee serving as executive producers. The screenplay is written by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman. Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” releases in U.S. theaters on August 1, 2014.

 

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