Summer is here, and that means so are the bugs… EW! I swear, bugs are probably the worse thing about the summer, I HATE THEM, I don’t care what type of bugs they are, they need to be INCINERATED!
Yesterday I spent a few minutes trying to get flies out of our house, kids really need to stop going in and out and in and out, oh and the dog too…Never mind not closing the door properly… We’ve also had a bout with ants, but my Borax mixture got rid of those, at least inside of the house. But what about outside? EW BUGS!
However, kids (mine included) seem to be fascinated with those icky creatures, why, I don’t know, EW BUGS!
Orkin people never stop learning. They’ve created a “Bug Wisdom” video series on YouTube to show you that some of life’s biggest lessons come from small places. Bugs are (EW!) smart, curious creatures and we as humans can learn a lot from their ways.
Orkin wants to share some of their amazing “Bug Wisdom” with you and you’re little explorers, check out the Orkin Bug Wisdom App below, and you and your bug explorers can take the quiz to uncover your “Spirit Bug” and check out all of the GIFs to soak in every nugget of wisdom that these bugs have to offer!
Orkin Backyard Explorers Kit includes:
- The Orkin 9-Page Activity Bug Book
- Orkin Bugview Bug Catching Tool and Magnifier
- Red/Black Summer Wayfarer Sunglasses
Just enter via the giveaway widget below, be sure to do the mandatory entry so all of your entries are valid to win.
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June 29, 2014 – 9:23 AM - | Posted in Giveaways | 80 Comments »
Never have I thought I’d be so excited to see a Marvel movie. It’s not my thing, I’m not a super hero or comic fan, but Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy has me hooked and I can’t WAIT to see it!
If you’re lucky enough to have an IMAX theater close to you, you’ll be able to get a first look of Guardians of the Galaxy in 3D on July 7th at 7 P.M.
Guardians of the Galaxy IMAX 3D First Look will show fans 17 minutes of exclusive footage of the movie in IMAX theater’s across North America.
Select IMAX 3D® theaters nationwide and internationally will offer the special screening of thrilling, never-before-seen IMAX 3D footage of the James Gunn-directed epic space adventure, which opens in U.S. theaters on August 1.
Commenting on the exclusive footage, director James Gunn says, “We’ve re-mastered some of our epic sequences into the IMAX 3D format, taking the scope and scale to new heights while creating a truly immersive, cinematic experience that will take you further into the Marvel Universe than ever before.”
“IMAX and Marvel fans are some of the most die-hard in the world and we’re excited to offer them this exclusive extended first-look at one of the summer’s hottest upcoming movies in IMAX 3D,” said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment. “James Gunn’s visionary film in IMAX 3D is going to give our audiences an immersive experience they won’t find anywhere else, and we’re thrilled to get the ball rolling and reward fans early at this unique event.”
Tickets to the July 7 Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy”: An IMAX 3D First Look are free and are available now for U.S. and Canadian screenings on a first-come, first-served basis through www.facebook.com/guardiansofthegalaxy.
Fans who attend this sneak peek will also receive a limited-edition collectible Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” IMAX poster.
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.
Kevin Feige, p.g.a., is the producer and Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Jeremy Latcham, Nik Korda and Stan Lee serve as executive producers. James Gunn and Nicole Perlman wrote the screenplay.
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June 29, 2014 – 8:41 AM - | Posted in Entertainment, Movies | 1 Comment »
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!!!
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.
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.
June 27, 2014 – 9:47 AM - | Posted in travel | No Comments »
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.
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!
June 19, 2014 – 10:51 AM - | Posted in holiday entertaining, holiday meals, recipes, recipes for kids | 1 Comment »
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.
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.
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.
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.
June 19, 2014 – 9:27 AM - | Posted in Reviews | 1 Comment »