Wednesday, November 25, 2015

5 Tips On A Fun Cruise Vacation

5 Tips On A Fun Cruise VacationIf the cold months of fall have got you thinking about booking a vacation for next year as something to look forward to, you might want to consider a family cruise. If you've never been on a cruise vacation with the kids before, take a look at this guide on what to consider before booking and what to expect prior to climbing aboard. 

1. Financially wise

You know what it's like when you take the kids away, 'Mom, can i get an ice cream? Can we go to the waterpark? Can we go get pizza tonightt?'. These extras all add up and make you conscious of the budget you set. The great thing about cruises is that once you pay for your tickets, you know that accommodation, dining and on-board facilities (e.g. swimming pool/park) are all covered. Some companies even give you an amount to spend on board too, so look out for those deals. 

2. Where to?

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Perhaps the best thing about a cruise is the amount of different countries you can visit in one single voyage. The kids can hardly complain about waking up in an exciting new port of call every day! From a Mediterranean itinerary that calls in at Spain and Italy to a Caribbean cruise that takes you around the islands, there are plenty to choose from. Before the trip, read through the brochures with the kids and teach them about the destinations they are visiting. They might want to keep a journal or photo log about their adventure. 

3. On-board entertainment

You'd be amazed at how sophisticated on-board entertainment is these days. From musical show performances and cabarets, to a  planetarium and wave simulation machines - there's plenty to keep kids and adults happy. Many cruise liners, if not all, also offer kids clubs. So you can go get a massage or enjoy that pool side cocktail, knowing that the kids are having supervised fun. 

4. Cabin choices

As with hotels, you have a wide range of choices when it comes to choosing a cruise cabin. Be sure to check off all the essentials that you'll need, or get some advice on which ones will meet your requirements. For example, if you're taking a newborn, you'll need a changing table and crib. Children with disabilities will also need rooms with easy access and any necessary extra safety features. 

5. Excursions

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Take a look at the excursions that cruise operations offer. You'll want to find out if they are child friendly and if they have any restrictions. If so, start making your own excursion plans! You know exactly what your family enjoys doing, so you can pre-book all of the activities and sights that you think they would like to do.

Then all that's left to do is make sure everyone has their passport, all clothes are packed (including extra underwear!) and that you have all the books, suncream and mobile phone chargers necessary for your big trip. 

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Monday, November 16, 2015

The Grubby Giveaway

Fall means wet, muddy parks, but that won’t stop your little one from begging to go! Staying indoors? Art projects can cause a big mess. Don’t worry about the laundry, The Grubby’s got you covered!

The Grubby is a water resistant coverall-playsuit for babies and toddlers. Made from high quality, water resistant and breathable nylon fabric, the Grubby is designed with reinforcements in all the right places for active little ones. Generous fit allows for unrestricted movement and comfort. The Grubby slips on over clothing and adjusts automatically with its comfortable elastic at the wrists, ankles, and waist. The Grubby then works its magic shielding the clean clothes underneath!

Whether in the morning dew, or after recent rain fall, parents can be assured that their babies and toddlers can climb, crawl, swing and slide without fear of their little one's clothes becoming messy or stained. When play-time is over, grubby slips right off and so does the mess. The Grubby is lightweight at less than 3 ounces, and packs down to the size of an apple, making it easy to keep on hand at all times for both planned and impromptu trips to the park. The Grubby is great for messy art projects and meals too! The Grubby comes in 3 great colors, and in 3 sizes from 6 Months – 3T.

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Open to US residents, ages 18+ and ends on 11/28/15 at 11:59PM EST
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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Gymboree Giveaway

(Disclosure: I received a gift card to purchase the featured products below. All opinions are 100% my own and no other compensation was received.) 

Gymboree knows that life is full of big and small happy moments, their new campaign, One Big Happy encourages families to celebrate the special moments, no matter the size! The holiday season is the busiest time of the year, it's a great time to spend with family, create new memories and carry on family traditions. 

Does your family watch the local Christmas parade together or maybe drive around town and check out all of the lights and decorations? Every moment spent together is wonderful, there is just something about the holiday season though that makes these moments together magical and extra special!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Eve's Addiction Review & Giveaway

    The weather is quickly getting cool in my neighborhood, which always makes me think of Christmas which is quickly approaching.  One of my go to Christmas gifts for the special ladies in my life is jewelry. I love accessorizing as do most women, so I feel its always a safe choice.

    I was recently introduced to Eve's Addiction, which has some stunning pieces. Eve's Addiction began as an online jewelry and gifts store. Today they offer personalized pieces and so much more. I was excited to see that not only do they have beautiful pieces for ladies but also for little girls.

   When it comes to jewelry I always gravitate to earrings, but I knew I wanted to try and find coordinating pieces for Sweet Pea & I. She doesn't have her ears pierced yet, so necklaces seemed the way to go. I found a beautiful cross necklace for myself and a precious dainty version in the little girls section.  I also found a cute Tinkerbell necklace for her & I couldn't believe that I still had some shopping money left. I went off to find a pair of earrings and found a cute pair of leaf earrings, perfect for fall.

   I was so excited while I waited for our pieces to arrive, but I have to admit I was also a bit nervous that I would be greeted with some cheaply made pieces. After all , I was about to receive 4 pieces for $100. 

    I couldn't believe how quickly the items arrived, just a couple days later our package arrived. Each piece was in a cute little box and the earrings came in a little blue bag. The packaging makes for easy gift giving. When I opened up the boxes I was amazed at just how beautiful each piece was.

    Sweet Pea was so excited to see her Tinkerbell necklace and couldn't wait to wear it. It is absolutely the perfect size for her and gives just a little bit of shimmer. 

     A few days after our items arrived Sweet Pea & I were going out for some Mommy & Me time, she was so excited to see our matching necklaces. She got so many compliments on hers and would say "my mommy has a matching one". It was so precious!

     We love every piece of jewelry we received from Eve's Addiction. With their amazing prices and stunning pieces you are guaranteed to find some great gifts for the upcoming holiday season.  One of you will win a $75 gift code to use on their website. Please fill out the entry form below for your chance to win. This giveaway will end on Wednesday Oct. 21st, Good Luck!

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