Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Resort – South Padre Island Review & #Giveaway #SPI #BahnLove

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My family and I were gifted park tickets to facilitate this review. All opinions are our own. 

It’s the 15 year anniversary of the opening of the Schlitterbahn South Padre Island Waterpark! Isn’t that AWESOME!? It was built-in 2001, and this park is home to the Transportainment River system that is designed to maximize time in the water and eliminate lines. This river system connects eight attractions that feature rapids, chutes, and gentle currents. It really keeps the park continually moving along the river. Schlitterbahn truly believes that when you come to the beach, you should just be able to sit back and enjoy your tube ride while you tan.

To celebrate this 15th year Anniversary Schlitterbahn is waiving their venue fees for Quincaneras this year! Amazing right!?

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In honor of the 15th anniversary we took a trip to Schlitterbahn in South Padre Island to experience it ourselves. And lucky for us this trip landed on our sweet Sadie’s 7th Birthday. It was a surprise trip for the kids and they LOVED it!

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I have learned so much experiencing it first hand. I can’t wait to share all my tips and tricks to help you and your family have the best experience possible.

I love saving money, on everything and a trip to a water park can be pricey or you can choose to be frugal. Click here to see ticket pricing. And if you had your first day in the park and decide maybe a second is worth it-because there is so much more you want to do take advantage of the added savings! Whenever you have the receipt or the wristband, the prices are $27.99 for an adult and $22 for a child.

Get a group together to get the group rate. This requires a group of 15 or more.

Be sure to check the weather for the day you are going. Also check the park calendar (online or by calling) and make sure there is no big event happening on that day or it will be super crowded and lines will be longer than normal. Click here for dress code.

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Plan to arrive early at least 30 minutes before the park opens (10 am here at SPI), for good parking and a good spot to picnic. There are many great free places around the park to picnic. When you first walk in there are umbrella tables. Towards the back there are wooden picnic tables under the palm trees. And if you have little ones a table with shade by Sand Castle Cove or the Lily Pad is a must! Also when planning on being there all day don’t be afraid to let your little ones nap. A quite break will energize them for more happy play later.

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Sand Castle Cove

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The back of park where the picnic tables are located.

Don’t forget sun hats, towels, and cheap sunglasses it is really bright. I wear prescription glasses and almost lost them a few times from overhead spraying so secure them with a cord.

Of course at a water park you need sunscreen but you also need to apply it at home to give it time to fully dry  before hitting the water. Lesson learned the hard way we all are a little sun burned. Another tip is to get the kids long sleeve water shirts trust me if you don’t want to track them down to reapply sunscreen and let it dry they need these! Also make sure to have water shoes the cement does get really hot. 

Another thing we did to save money was pack our lunch, water, and drinks. YES! You can bring in food and drinks. No glass or alcohol. We packed two ice chests one with drinks and the other with food. They both fit perfectly in our wagon to make walking from the parking lot with little ones easier.

Check out my Pinterest board for packing if you don’t want to stick to simple sandwiches. The pepperoni pasta salad is a kids pleaser. Next time I will individually package everyone’s portions so it is just easier when we are at the park. Don’t worry there are plenty of trash cans. Next time I might even wrap some ribs in foil the sun will keep them warm while we play! Click here to find more great packing tips from the Schlitterbahn blog.

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We actually brought in cupcakes, balloons, and a pretty plastic tablecloth since it was Sadie’s Birthday. It was really cute and I really recommend a tablecloth. The cupcakes melted in the heat-that was a bad idea.

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One of the cooler cabanas!

You can also choose to head to the park without a worry over arriving early for a shaded area by renting a cabana and leave the ice chest at home because you can get catering straight to your cabana. Another dinning option especially for teens is giving them splash cash. Here are some of the dinning options and prices you will find in the park.

The restrooms are located at the front of the park along with a shower area. There is also a small two stall restroom on Cabana Island.

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This park is known for Rio Adventura, the parks river transportation system from this river you can access the Storm Chaser, Sea Blaster, Pirate’s Plunge, Agua Blanca Tube Chute, and Gale Force. All from your inner tube! They even offer double tubes, and double tubes with a hole on one side and a seat for smaller children on the other.

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We all enjoyed riding on the tubes in Rio Adventura. It took a while to find two tubes with seats for Ezra and Dad and Sadie and Caydence, but once we did we just floated around the whole park 4 times, which took up most of our morning. They loved it so much! At first I was little terrified for the girls to go alone, but me being on a single tube made it easier to paddle towards them.

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One of our favorite rides!

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Ezra’s favorite area!

Squid Row has the softest flooring and was the best place for Ezra while he was warming up to the park.

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The girls enjoyed it too!

  Click here to see all the attractions Schlitterbahn South Padre Island has to offer.

See the park map here to help you plan.

By the time we were done the little ones were due for a nap and Sadie was super energized then fell fast asleep on the drive back home. We had a wonderful, fun-filled day or in Sadie’s words, “It was the BEST BIRTHDAY EVER!”

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I hope this post inspires you to plan a Schlitteriffic Day for your family!

Click here to enter to WIN 2 TICKETS to SCHLITTERBAHN SPI

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Building the perfect pillow fort with Pop Secret #PopSecertForts

Today’s post is sponsored by Pop Secret, but my love for their popcorn is all my own!

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Popcorn in our house is synonyms with fun! We have popcorn on movie night every Friday! Of course there is a huge mess to clean up afterwards, but the memories and fun make it all worth it!

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That innocent looking little boy to the left well he thinks he is Micheal Jordan! He has to have the bag and no one else can touch it! This also makes him the refill guy, but he isn’t your average refill guy-oh no-in true Micheal Jordan fashion he must toss the popcorn into his sister’s bowls.

Tonight we made movie night even more special, we crafted a pillow fort! We had so much fun making this fort! Now to have the perfect pillow fort you must lay a blanket down first Sadie said because then all you have to do is pick up the blanket and the mess is gone, then pillows which mini Mike loved throwing off the bed, then you need a roof according to Caydence all great pillow forts have a roof in case it rains….Popcorn!

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We really enjoyed our Pop Secret Popcorn and pillow fort and hope you spend sometime creating your own with your family. Pop Secret knows that fun, like popcorn, is better when it’s shared. Send Pop Secret your pillow fort stories and pictures on Facebook. You can upload them right to the Pop Secret timeline and tag them #PopSecretForts. They might just share a little something back!”

Be sure to download your $1 off coupon for your #PopSecretForts snack to enjoy with your kids for your very own movie night!

Hot Holiday Toy Alert!! LeapTV Review!!

I was sent this product in return for an honest review. LeapTV Review

Have you heard of the new LeapTV gaming system? It is truly amazing! We were lucky enough to be able to review it this holiday season and we are so thankful! This new gaming system is everything I have ever wanted in a gaming system and I can’t wait to share it with you!

When it arrived at the door the children and I were CRAZY excited! They couldn’t wait to set it up and test it out! The set up was super easy well all except moving the TV to plug it in. I was able to put in each of the kids names, birth dates, and grade level so they would each have their own profile. They were each able to pick a profile picture which they were so proud to do! Once we go it start the fun and learning began! They played for a good two hours until dinner time! I was so amazed at all the different subjects they games helped them practice.

My favorite part of this gaming system is that they are not just all sitting around playing but up having fun and learning. Oh and the best part is once they pick a game it lets the kids know who’s turn it is and every time it switches players it caters to that player age and grade level so for example when it’s my preschoolers turn it ask her to add 2+3, when my kindergartener turn it asks her what’s 8+7, and when it’s my nephew’s turn, who is in 2nd grade, it will ask him what 15+30. This whole system just blows me away-everything is just so awesome!

 

Hamster High Five on the new #LeapTV Dance and Learn game

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We are playing the new LeapTV and it's awesome!! #leaptv

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My LeapTV Praises:

  • 3 ways to play so they can not possibly get board! Body motion (the camera puts them in the TV and they love it!), classic control (especially made with little hands in mind), and pointer play (the control transforms into a pointer!). LeapTV2
  • Specifically for young children with age-appropriate games and voice navigation to help the little ones.
  • Reinforces learning through movement (kids wiggle, jump, point, and swipe to play) They get to exercise while they play!!
  • Games adapt to your child the games automatically level up as your child progresses in proficiency awesome right!
  • It’s small and doesn’t take up much space on my tv console. Plus it has a clip that can attach the camera onto the TV so the really little ones don’t get a hold of it!

We love the new LeapTV gaming system and it makes the perfect educational game for the child in your life!

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Thank you so much LeapFrog for allowing us to test this awesome toy!

Huge Thanksgiving Round-up

Huge Thanksgiving Round-up

Hello it’s been a while since I have written a post other than a review or giveaway post and feel a bit behind in Thanksgiving decor, crafts, and foods. Here is what I have been looking at and hope if you are as behind as me this Thanksgiving it will help you out! I am wishing you a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving with your family.

thanksgiving3I am in love with these Indian corn decor ideas! The wreath comes from the Stone Gable Blog.
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 Honey We’re Home really makes this look so easy and so beautiful!

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Moritz Fine Designs has linked to all these easy diy decor ideas you can get done quickly!
thanksgiving10  This centerpiece idea comes from Country Living and I just love it! I know the kids would love to help collect the stick and we could reuse and old can then add dollar store flower in beautiful fall colors! thanksgiving13 The Frugal Homemaker has an awesome collection of banner to decor for a fun and festive holiday.


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Bombshell Bling has gathered up a great collection of easy printable to pop into a frame for the holiday! 
thanksgiving14 I love this from the Brassy Apple she even has a picture of her own.

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These fun ideas for kids treats come from the Girls Life Blog
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I love these they are so cute and easy! From wonderful ivillage.com.

thanksgiving7 Fun crafts from Classy Clutter to keep the little ones busy while the great meal is cooking.

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Our Goodwin Journey has this fun activity we did last year and the kids just loved it.

Hope you found something to add to your Thanksgiving festivities. If you have a great ideas please share in the comments below! I would love to hear your family traditions.

The Amazing Zhus Review #TheAmazingZhus #Sponsored

This post is part of a sponsored campaign with Cepia LLC and MomSelect. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

The Amazing Zhus ReviewDo you recall the Zhu Zhu pet craze a while back well they are back this year and better than ever with the Amazing Zhus!  When I learned we were going to review these cool toys I think I was more excited than the kids!  The night they arrived I had to put them up just so I wasn’t tempted to play with them before the kids had a chance too. When we finally were able to review them it was so much fun! We first opened Madame Zhu, and she came with a magic wand and three magicians cards. She magically follows the wand which the kids loved! She also was able to “read” the cards without seeing them and perform what the card was showing-so cool! We loved the ballerina card!

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The Amazing Zhus Magician Cards are a blast! #TheAmazingZhus #GreatGift #Somuchfun #lovethese

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Next we opened the Magicians’ Shell Game which is an extra trick you can buy that goes with your Amazing Zhu pet. I loved that it comes with batteries. It was so quick and easy to learn this trick and watching Madame Zhu perform it was so much fun for the kids and me too.

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The Amazing Madame Zhu performing the magicians Shell Game!! #TheAmazingZhus #HotToy #Kidwanted #Momapproved

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We saved the best stunt for last the High Dive! This toy was super quick to put together out of the box-no screw drivers needed and no batteries either. As soon as we got it together everyone wanted a turn to try it. As soon as Caydence learned how to place Madame Zhu on the track she volunteered to make the review video. Here she is!

The Amazing Zhus High Dive is our new favorite toy #TheAmazingZhus #sponsored

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There are 6 amazing pets available: The Great Zhu, Madame Zhu, Dynamo, Abra, Piccadilly and The Great Kardini. Which is great because then you can get each kid a different one and that will end the fights over whos is who. Unlike the Zhu Zhu pets the Amazing Zhus are not fuzzy, but they are still so adorable. They still make lots of fun noises and have 3 operation buttons and 3 modes. And if you get tired of the little Zhu running around the house making noise no worries it’s so easy to switch off! In the press of a button the noise is gone-don’t you wish your kids had that button too!? Or is it just me? Each Amazing Zhu also comes with batteries!!! So awesome-right? Countless times I have gotten my kids a gift and then forgot the batteries.

There are also many amazing accessories to help your children create their own special, unique performances: Magician Shell Game, High Dive, Circus Ball, High Wire, Disappearing Box Trick, Cereal Box, Tomato Can and Train Car Carriers. You can find all the Amazing Zhu toys at Walmart.

You can view additional videos here.

Links to follow:

The Amazing Zhus Website
-The Amazing Zhus Facebook
-The Amazing Zhus Twitter

Have you heard about The Amazing Zhus? What do you think would be your children’s favorite Amazing Zhu pet, trick or stunt?

WWE Live Event Giveaway Sponsored by Birthday Express

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links

Birthday Express WWE Giveaway

I know a few boys who would love to have a WWE themed party and I am sure you do too! Enter to win this awesome giveaway and then check out all the goodies to entertain your feisty little wrestlers.

Birthday Express WWE Live Event Ticket Giveaway
You can win a family 4-pack of tickets to a WWE live event from Birthday Express. Visit the giveaway’s Facebook pageto enter. You can enter each day from now until November 9th for a chance to win.

World Wrestling Entertainment has entertained children and adults for generations. That’s why a WWE-themed party will be a hit with your future World Heavyweight Champion. But, planning your child’s birthday party shouldn’t be as painful as the Royal Rumble. With a WWE party in a box, favors and balloons from Birthday Express your child will feel like the world’s most popular wrestling star. When your child feels like a star, you’ll feel like a champion yourself!


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Halloween Snacks, Treats, and Drinks Round-Up

Halloween Snacks, Treats, and Drinks Round-Up

I am helping plan and throw a Halloween Party this Saturday and here are a few great ideas I found that I can’t wait to try out!

Snacks

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Tangerine Pumpkins and Banana Ghost

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Monster Mouth Apple Bites

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Veggie Jack O’ Lantern Platter

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Mummy Dogs

Treats

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Witch Hat Cupcakes

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Pumpkin Popcorn Balls

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Eyeball Cake Pops

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Spooky Popcorn Hands

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Frankenstein Rice Krispies

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Halloween Pretzel Rods here is the pictures link but she doesn’t give a how to.

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Pretzel Webs

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Halloween Bark

Drinks

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Candy Corn Punch

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Halloween Punch

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Hope you enjoyed and found a few great treats for your Halloween festivities!

Comment with your favorite below or if you have another great idea we should check out.

Halloween Round-Up from Dollar Tree

Halloween Round-Up from Dollar Tree

 

We are planning a fun Halloween party and I stopped into the Dollar Tree to see what I could find. I found so many great items! I am excited to share them with you, so you can plan your Halloween celebration! Best part of all they were all a $1!

Halloween Round-Up from Dollar Tree Foam StickersI always buy double sided tape at the dollar tree when having a party because it makes decorating so much easier! 
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Halloween Round-Up from Dollar Tree BubblesPrizes for the prize box.

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Halloween Round-Up from Dollar Tree Glow SticksGlow sticks which are perfect for Halloween safety! Halloween Round-Up from Dollar Tree Serving Tray Halloween Round-Up from Dollar Tree Spider Web Bowl Halloween Round-Up from Dollar Tree Treat Bags and Serving Tray I also picked up a few adorable serving trays for our Halloween treats, best part they were only a $1 so I don’t have to worry about getting them back after the school parties or the Halloween party. The cute little pumpkin bags are for the candy!

I hope you’re inspired to do something festive and fun this Halloween! In my next Halloween post I will share treats I am thinking about making for Halloween!

Flashback Friday

Today I wanted to share something fun with you all. Remember when I was on my Ebay kick and went Barbie crazy? Well I found so many old Barbie toys from my childhood and other great toys. I want to share them with you all and see if you remember any of these.

I would seriously lock myself in the playroom at my grandma’s house and play Barbies ALL DAY LONG! Am I a weirdo? Did anyone else pretend play solo? I remember my sister would never want to play Barbies with me because I had to control the story line-the control freak in me started young!

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Polly Pockets

My Grandma bought me a huge collection of these at a garage sale and I just fell in love with them! I would get a big old wooden chalk board and draw a town and place each Polly Pocket house in its place. I would make roads and use my brothers matchbox convertible cars as Polly Pocket cars. The good old days when life was all about play.

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Fashion Plates

I could design for hours with this toy!

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What toys do you remember from your childhood?

DIY School Spirit Jewelry from House of Gems

 Disclosure: I was sent products to facilitate my review. DIY School Spirit Jewelry from House of Gems

I recently found House of Gems and I am so excited because I was just talking to the girls about making them school spirit jewelry for their assemblies. The class with the most school spirit gets the spirit stick and wins extra playtime-pretty important stuff! As I browsed their site for the perfect beads I was so entranced by the variety of all the pretty sparkling beads! There are so many to choose from they really have something to fit everybody’s style. I picked the acrylic beads and the pave beads! They came in so many colors and they were the brightest and sparkiest-perfect for showing off school spirit.

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I love that they came nicely sorted and were ready to use! I picked the stretchy string in black for our stringing material because I felt it offered the best durability and flexibility. The day the box arrived we had to get to work their was just no waiting-the girls were so excited to design their own jewelry.

Here is the DIY step by step for creating a Necklace

  1. Measure the child’s head around the ears then add two extra inches for the knots.
  2. Make a knot at one end to hold the beads. Tie the knot at least 4-5 times to ensure the beads won’t slip off. With this stretchy string I found to secure the knot I had to stretch it out.
  3. Make the pattern or design of your necklace. I had the girls lay out their pattern on a rimmed plate which worked nicely.
  4. Next string your beads.
  5. After all the beads are strung tie the necklace ends together. Here is a nice tutorial to help with tying.

*To make a bracelet measure the child’s wrist and add an extra inch and a half then follow the same step for the necklace.

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We used the pave tube bar as an accent on the necklaces which the girls just loved!  In the bracelets we use the pave beads as accents to add a bit more sparkle.

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They are so proud of their designs and ready for spirit day! Thank you so much to House of Gems for your awesome beads and strechy string!

If you would like to learn more about House of Gems you can connect with them via:

Website: http://www.houseofgems.com/
Blog: http://blogs.houseofgems.com/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/houseofgemsusa
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/houseofgemsusa
Slideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/houseofgemssm
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/houseofgemsonline

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