Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Toddler Tip of the Day - No more spilled drinks


I have spent 20 years off an on cleaning up spilled beverages, usually right after I clean my kitchen floor. 

My daughter, now 4 refuses to use any type of sippy cup but still spills when we give her a big girl cup to drink out of. 

I found a solution that I wanted to pass on. I use mugs for her drinks. They are heavy and have a large base that makes them almost impossible to spill.

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Fort Rapids Review

Rascal Roundup
I recently had an opportunity to take the family to Fort Rapids Indoor Waterpark Resort in Columbus, Ohio.   It has 60,000 feet of wet and wild fun kept at a constant 84 degrees.  Fort Rapids invited my family to come stay in one of their villas and play in the Waterpark.  What could be more fun when the weather is cold, gray and gloomy outside?  We couldn't wait to get there.  We packed up our swimsuits and towels and were on our way!

It was a little late when we arrived.  We checked in but only had 15 minutes before the waterpark was scheduled to close but we were told that we could visit the waterpark when it opened in the morning and could stay all day even after we checked out.  We decided to walk around the resort and check it out.  

Fort Rapids Resort Lobby

The resort has a cool country theme.  There is a restaurant, bar, gift store, photography studio and arcade and even a gem mining station.  We played in the arcade for a while and a few tickets later the kids were happily walking out with a few hard-earned trinkets.

There is an activity board that lists several kid-friendly activities can take advantage of during their stay.  The activities change daily.  The last activity of the day was story time with milk and cookies.  We sat in for that and then headed to our room.

We stayed in the Oak Creek Canyon Room.  It was a nice room, cozy and clean.  It had two TVs so both the kids and John and I could watch what we wanted but it also has a small clothes dryer.  Large enough to put all our wet swimsuits in to dry them. 

The next morning we went to breakfast in the restaurant and then took the short walk down the hall to the waterpark. The bigger waterslides have a height requirement of 42 to 48 inches.  Caitlyn isn't that tall so John and Joshua headed to enjoy Blackout Pass, Tube Slide and Shoutout Racers while I took Caitlyn to the Kiddie Corral and Rascal Round Up.

Josua and Caitlyn in Kiddie Corral
Kiddie Corral is for the youngest of children.  Caitlyn enjoyed the small waterslides for a little while until she built up enough courage to go over to Rascal Roundup.  It's like a giant tree house with obstacles throughout with water splashing everywhere from spouts, spickets and water guns.  There is NO way to get through it dry so be forewarned!  Caitlyn got the courage to go down her first big water slide.  I think it was a little to thrilling for her because she decided to stick to the smaller, tamer water slides in Rascal Roundup after that.

Joshua and Caitlyn riding a water slide in Rascal Roundup

We spent several hours playing until we were all tired and our fingers and toes looked like raisins.  We had a great time.  So much so in fact Caitlyn threw a tantrum as we left.  We calmed her by promising to bring her back again.  Thanks Fort Rapids for a fun-filled family weekend.


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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Disney's "Oz The Great and Powerful" coming soon!

Disney’s fantastical adventure “Oz The Great and Powerful,” directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved wizard character. 

When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot—fame and fortune are his for the taking—that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. 

Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity—and even a bit of wizardry—Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful wizard but into a better man as well.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Save Some Green Blog Hop









Day 14 - Save Some Green Blog Hop

Time to get hopping! 

Bloggers - Share a link to a post about Going Green or Saving Green. Visit the blog before you and comment on their post a link-back to one of the hosts, The Sensational Saver and Rediscovering Domesticity would make us really happy too.

Readers -  Check out the list of links below.  Each one will take you to a blog that has a helpful or informative green post to share with you.  

Have some fun hopping around and discovering some great new blogs to follow.


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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

30 Days to Save Some Green - Baby Steps to Greener Living



30 Days to Save Some Green 

Day 13

We have another helpful post from Audra at Rediscovering Domesticity.  Audra has created a nice list of easy ways to Greener Living.  What will your baby step be?


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Blurb Photo Books - A great gift!



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Day 12 - Baby Steps to Greener Eating



30 Days to Save Some Green 

Day 12 

Today's post comes to you from Rediscovering Domesticity. Audra has written a great post on small steps you can take to Greener Eating.  I challenge you to implement one this week.


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Sunday, November 11, 2012

30 Days to Save Some Green - Frugal Homemade Skin Products



30 Days to Save Some Green - Day 11

Today's post comes courtesy of A Delightful Home.  Her post Frugal Homemade Skin Care with Oats proves that to create your own Skin Care Products that you need not go any further than your pantry!  


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