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Digglerland's Diggerfest! Fall Fun for All!!

Digglerland's Diggerfest! Fall Fun for All!!


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South Jersey's very own construction theme park Diggerland is hosting Diggerfest every weekend in October!  Guest are invited to come and enjoy the regular theme park as well as some new fall attractions.

What is New for Diggerfest:

  • Children get a special ticket to pick their own pumpkin from our pumpkin patch
  • Access to the Pumpkin Decoration Station (decorate your pumpkins)
  • The DiggerFest Hay Maze
  • Diggerland’s Hay Ride
  • Pumpkin Launching! (purchase of pumpkins to launch is additional)
  • A special Stunt Show for DiggerFest
  • Themed Costume Contests (for children in costume)

All of this is included with your Full-Day Admission ticket!




If that isn't enough they will be having costume contests each weekend with the following themes:

  • October 4 and 5: Farmers and Animals
  • October 11 and 12: Superheroes and Princesses
  • October 18 and 19: Everyday Heroes!
  • October 25 and 26: Construction Workers and a GRAND PRIZE for Best Construction Equipment Contest!
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 | 0 comments/Leave Comment | Read more...
THE PERFECT WAVE #WIN

THE PERFECT WAVE #WIN


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Recently our family had the opportunity to reviewing the awesome  new DVD release, The Perfect Wave , starring Scott Eastwood, Rachel Hendrix, Cheryl Ladd  and Patrick Lyster.  This inspiring story that is based on true events follows avid surfer, and future ordained minister, Ian McCormack, on his  travels to find the perfect wave.  This visually-stunning film, shot in  exotic locations – New Zealand, Bali, Sri Lanka, South Africa, and the island  of Mauritius was released on September 16.


Scott Eastwood – son of screen legend  Clint Eastwood – delivers a breakthrough performance as Ian McCormack,  a rebellious young surfer who impulsively decides to leave home and travel the  world’s most exotic surf spots.  But living in the moment can have its  thrills – including a romance with beautiful kindred soul Annabel as well as its sacrifices.  And  following a horrific accident and near-death experience on the Island of  Mauritius, Ian receives a glimpse into eternity that will change his life  forever.  Patrick Lyster and Cheryl Ladd co-star in this inspirational true story about the power  of faith, the love of family, and one man’s search for THE PERFECT  WAVE.


This is an awesome movie to watch with the family.  My kids and I both enjoyed this!  Be sure to check it out at Walmart.com.
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The Perfect Wave DVD
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Keeping Fit from A to Z / Mantente en forma de la A a la Z #review

Keeping Fit from A to Z / Mantente en forma de la A a la Z #review


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Finding creative and fun ideas to do physical activity is always a challenge.  However after reading Keeping Fit from A to Z / Mantente en forma de la A a la Z - I have so many ideas to choose from!  We've been reviewing this book for the last few months and enjoying it every step of the way.

Each page is devoted to a letter (or letters) and has pictures of activities to do.  They are written in Spanish and English.  The way we used to book was to flip through a few pages a day and talk about the letters and do the activity.  For example the "K" page had 'karate kick' on it.  So we got up and did karate kicks.

I really enjoyed the options with this book.  You can just talk about the pictures and letters or you can get up and move while reading it.  The back of the book lists extra activities, games and a parent's section.

About:

Keeping Fit from A to Z / Mantente en forma de la A a la Z is an innovative bilingual picture book for ages 3 and up that will delight children, parents, students, and teachers alike. The book includes more than 150 charming photographs, short captions and text that feature sports, exercise, movement and games.
Indoors or outside, the activities in this book are designed to inspire both young and older children (and their families) to move, be physically fit and be healthy--and at the same time introduce them to the ABCs and new vocabulary in two languages. The photographs are arranged in alphabetical order with their respective translations on the left (English) and the right (Spanish) side of each page, separated by a larger picture in the middle, where the activity begins with the same letter in both languages. Whether it's A for Acrobat/ Acróbata, B for Baseball/ Béisbol, E for Exercise/ Ejercicio, or V for Volleyball/ Voleibol, children and their families will understand that regular physical exercise has enormous health benefits for everyone!


You can purchase your copy of Keeping Fit from A to Z / Mantente en forma de la A a la Z at your local book retailer or online at stores like Amazon. 
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 | 0 comments/Leave Comment | Read more...
Get into the Halloween Spirit With These Fun Books!! #WIN

Get into the Halloween Spirit With These Fun Books!! #WIN


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To help celebrate Halloween I'm excited to bring my readers an awesome giveaway for the below books:


It’s Halloween night, and Count von Count is dozing off in front of his fireplace. Suddenly, he hears someone knocking at his castle door, but when he opens the door, nobody’s there! Could it be a spooky Halloween spirit playing a trick on him, or is it something less sinister? Join Count, Elmo, and all of the Sesame friends as they celebrate Halloween!


It’s Halloween night, and creatures and critters from near and far are starting to gather outside the front door. And now here comes a whole army of monsters, on broomsticks, buses, and bikes, all clamoring in the darkness. What is it they want? Are they coming for you?

This humorous, creative story is the perfect Halloween adventure for children and parents to share.

The day the cows strolled down Main Street in fancy hats...Evy didn't notice.

What was Evy doing?

Evy is so focused on watching her garden grow that she misses all the silliness going on around her—pigs DANCING, donkeys FLYING, and sheep HAVING A PICNIC.


But after Evy's spent all year taking care of her garden, everyone's invited to pumpkin time!  

One (1) As They Grow Up Readers will win:





Tuesday, September 30, 2014 | 2 comments/Leave Comment | Read more...
Jif To Go Dippers! Review

Jif To Go Dippers! Review

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for Jif To Go Dippers. I received a sample to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating. 



With fall in the air and school in full swing, it's safe to say that we seem to always be busy.  There are meetings, camping, biking, hiking, and festivals every weekend. On almost any given evening or weekend chances are we will be busy!

I always try to keep snacks on hand that are versatile and can easily be enjoyed at home or on the go. The new Jif To Go Dippers have recently been added to our versatile snack list.  Who doesn't love peanut butter, right?  Well the new Jif To Go Dippers are available in a few different varieties:

  • Creamy Jif Peanut Butter with pretzels
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter with Pretzels
  • Natural Creamy spread
  • Reduced Fat Peanut Butter

It has never been easier to pack an awesome protein packed snack. My boys absolutely love the Jif To Go Dippers. My youngest is a chocolate lover, so he generally goes for that, but my oldest is a fan of the peanut butter.  Both my boys made sure that I had these tossed in our bag this past Saturday so that they could refuel after the kids bike race.

Currently Jif is celebrating life on-the-go with their all new portable snacks and the #GetGoing photo competition.  Since this is celebrating life on-the-go, you better believe that this is one easy contest to enter. Jif is asking fans to share a photo of how they get going.  By entering weekly you have more chances of winning the $1000 prize! The photo contest is going on now through October 1 and is open to legal residents of the 50 US states and D.C. that are 18 or older. 


There are several way to enter including through the Jif website, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.  You can click HERE for complete rules on how to enter the #GetGoing photo contest.
Monday, September 29, 2014 | 0 comments/Leave Comment | Read more...
The New Astronomy Book

The New Astronomy Book


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My boys love learning about Astronomy so we were very excited with this month's Moms of Masterbooks' review item this month. The New Astronomy Book  is an awesome book and one that we have really enjoyed looking through.


About the Book:
The universe is an amazing declaration of the glory and power of God! Beautiful and breathtaking in its scale, the vast expanse of the universe is one that we struggle to study, understand, or even comprehend in terms of its purpose and size.  Now take an incredible look at the mysteries and marvels of space in The New Astronomy Book!

  • Discover the best ways to observe the heavens, along with up-to-date astronomical data and concepts
  • Learn about the dynamics of planets, starts, galaxies, models for the cosmology of the universe
  • What we know and are still trying to discover about planets, moons and comets without our own solar system.
If you watch the starts at night, you will see how they change.  This speaks to the enormity and intricacy of design in the universe.  While the stars appear timeless, they instead reflect an all-powerful Creator who speaks of them in the Bible. Many ancient pagan cultures taught that the changing stars caused the seasons to change, but unlike these pagan teachings, the Book of Job gives credit to God for both changing stars and seasons (Job 28:31-33). When Job looked at Orion, he saw about what we see today, even though he may have lived as much as 4,000 years ago.


All in all we have really enjoyed this book.  It isn't part of our curriculum this year, but that still doesn't mean that we can't do additional learning.  The boys and I have really learned from reading this 96 page book and were surprised to find a poster at the end!!

The New Astronomy Book can be purchased from NLPG for $16.99.

FACEBOOK PARTY
Remember to join the Moms of Masterbooks on Tuesday, September 30 at 8pm for our monthly Facebook party!! This month we will be discussing the above book!
Monday, September 29, 2014 | 0 comments/Leave Comment | Read more...
Roku and  RealPlayer Cloud

Roku and RealPlayer Cloud


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I'm curious as to how many of my readers are familiar with Roku 2 ?  I had heard about it in the past and my husband had mentioned it at one time but that's all I knew.

Recently our family has had the chance to check out this handy, dandy little device and I am loving it. I admit that I find it pretty awesome. I use my iPhone for practically everything.  Photos, home movies, scheduling, etc.  The sad part is, I rarely seem to get these home movies transferred to another device so that our entire family can watch and enjoy them.

 
 Here is a recent video taken from a family outing enjoy a day at the beach.  Normally these videos would stay on my phone or digital video camera and never make it off for everyone to enjoy, but with RealPlayer Cloud I can upload directly from my phone and view it at any time.  It's nice being able to enjoy family videos on the television instead of from my tiny phone screen.


video

Also, this is a huge life saver because it helps me to free up space on my phone.  As we know, with iPhones you can't pop in an addition SD card for more memory and I always worry about just putting them on computer thinking of the "what ifs".  With RealPlayer Cloud I can upload it, share and download it on any device I need to at any time which is pretty awesome!

When you sign up for RealPlayer Cloud you get 2GB of storage for free which is pretty awesome.  You do have the option to purchase more storage space if needed.  The prices are:

  • $4.99 a month for 25 GB
  • $9.99 a month for 100GB
  • $29.99 a month for 300 GB
Most of us would probably never reach 300GB, so you could always start out with purchasing the additional 25 GB if needed and going up from there as time goes on.



As far the the video quality and streaming, so far it seems to go pretty good.  There are times when the Roku 2 takes a little longer running the videos but from my computer, iPad and phone it starts right away with no delay, no skipping and brings awesome quality!


The RealPlayer Cloud along with the Roku are two products that come highly recommended from the members in our family.  Rarely is there a product out there that we all love and use daily.  My husband also uploads videos to my RealPlayer Cloud account from his phone as well, which is a plus because I never get to see his video and pictures either.

To real more on my RealPlayer Cloud Review, click HERE


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I am super excited to be able to bring an amazing giveaway to my readers. The Prize Pack includes:
  • $200 Gift Card
  • Roku 2
  • One redemption code for a free year of an upgraded RealPlayer Cloud "Gold" Plan which offers 100GB of storage (Valued at $99)



Monday, September 29, 2014 | 1 comments/Leave Comment | Read more...
Lucky In Love DVD

Lucky In Love DVD


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Lucky in Love is an endearing romance starring Jessica Szohr, known for her role as Vanessa Abrams in the CW Network’s hit TV show and cultural phenomenon “Gossip Girl.” This original movie also features soap opera legend Deidre Hall, who has starred as America’s most beloved heroine on “Days of Our Lives” and was recently selected to receive a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  
 Synopsis: 
Mira Simon has a definite idea of what her fantasy life entails: the perfect job, the perfect house and the perfect man. After a few innocent April Fool’s jokes, Mira’s dream life starts becoming a reality, and she soon realizes living her fantasy may not be all that it’s cracked 
up to be.




Lucky in love is about in her late 20's. She works at a networking company and has always dreamed of making it big in the company.  Mira also love playing April Fool's jokes on people but suddenly all her jokes were coming a reality.

This is a cute movie and one that our family enjoyed. Lucky in Love  can be purchased on Amazon for $12.98.

Saturday, September 27, 2014 | 0 comments/Leave Comment | Read more...
Introducing Little Caesars Pretzel Crust Pizza! #WIN

Introducing Little Caesars Pretzel Crust Pizza! #WIN

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Have you heard the news?  Little Caesars has introduced a large, soft pretzel crust, pepperoni pizza that is absolutely fantastic!! Bringing two classic flavors, soft pretzel and pizza, together for a limited time and it's ONLY $6! HOT-N-READY.

This tasty new pizza has a flavorful, buttery, soft pretzel outer edge crust (are you drooling yet?) and is topped with a creamy cheddar cheese sauce, a blend of 100% real cheese and pepperoni.  It's finished with a 4-cheese gourmet blend of Asiago, fontina, Parmesan and white cheddar cheese!


My picky seven year old said it was just alright, but my husband and I really enjoyed it.  It adds a fun take to the traditional pizza and it's only available for a limited time!  Also, it's hard to be a large for only $6! HOT-N-Ready from 4-8 PM or order anytime!

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$15 Little Caesars Gift Card and Hat


Friday, September 26, 2014 | 0 comments/Leave Comment | Read more...
Farmers’ Almanac Shares Its Picks For Top Fall Foliage Destinations

Farmers’ Almanac Shares Its Picks For Top Fall Foliage Destinations



The Farmers’ Almanac, a 198-year-old publication known for its long-range weather forecasts, helpful hints, recipes, and moon phases calendar, has just released its selections for Top Fall Foliage Destinations in the US.

While the Farmers’ Almanac is best known for its winter weather forecast, the publication provides weather predictions for four seasons. The official start of fall occurred on Monday, September 22nd at 10:29 p.m. (EDT), so it was only fitting that the editors at the Almanac chose that day to share their choices for best places to go leaf peeping.

“Autumn is many people’s favorite season,” said managing editor, Sandi Duncan, Philom. “So we make sure to include information on autumn in the Almanac and online.  Our web site is a great resource, providing tips, advice and information on ways to live a more natural and organic lifestyle. And since fall is all about color, it’s a perfect place to showcase picturesque foliage destinations.”

Some of the destinations include the White Mountains of New Hampshire, the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, and the Colorado Rockies, to name a few. They are organized by the Farmers’ Almanac’s 7 weather regions, and were selected based on a mix of most popular and “off the beaten path;” but each provides spectacular experiences in their own right. “With so many wonderful places to see the brilliant colors of fall, it was hard to narrow it down. So we welcome our readers’ choices for their favorite places, as well,” Duncan said.

The web site also lists peak foliage dates by state, as well as numerous articles on all things fall, including what causes leaves to change color, apple recipes, and fall safety tips.

Experts say this season’s fall foliage show will quite possibly be one of the most colorful on record. 



To view the photos and read about each of the destinations, go to www.FarmersAlmanac.com and the article titled, Top Fall Foliage Destinations, appears on the home page (and can be found by clicking this link).

The 2015 Farmers’ Almanac is available both on the retail market and as a promotional version. Many businesses use the promotional edition as an effective and creative advertising vehicle. For more information on either version, go to www.farmersalmanac.com.

Thursday, September 25, 2014 | 0 comments/Leave Comment | Read more...
Celebrate National Coffee Day Your Way with Krispy Kreme

Celebrate National Coffee Day Your Way with Krispy Kreme


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Krispy Kreme wants you to celebrate this National Coffee Day your way  Monday, September 29th, get a FREE 12oz cup of Krispy Kreme® House, Decaf or Dark Roast coffee, or treat yourself to a 12oz Mocha, Latte or iced coffee for $1 at participating Krispy Kreme US locations. Excludes Puerto Rico.

Krispy Kreme Coffee Blends are made with 100% Arabica Beans and pair perfectly with Krispy
Kreme signature doughnuts.


·         Krispy Kreme House Blend- A smooth, medium-bodied, Latin American blend with a balanced flavor profile for the everyday coffee drinker.

·         Krispy Kreme Dark Roast- With a dark roasted, full-bodied flavor, this blend of African, Indonesian and Central American coffees was made for those who prefer a bolder coffee taste.

·         Krispy Kreme House Decaf- A decaffeinated blend of Columbian and Sumatran coffee.

Krispy Kreme Mochas and Lattes are available hot or iced in a variety of flavors, including Pumpkin Spice Latte. Pick up a 12oz cup of any delicious variety for $1 on National Coffee Day.
Offer good for one 12oz cup of brewed coffee per person per visit on September 29, 2014 only.  Cannot be combined with any other coupons or offers. One $1 mocha, latte and iced coffee drink per person per visit is available on September 29 at participating US locations only.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014 | 0 comments/Leave Comment | Read more...
A Long Way Off DVD

A Long Way Off DVD


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Recently our family had the opportunity to preview the film A Long Way Off: Modern Day Story of Prodigal Son which will be released on November 11, and loved it.

 
  A Long Way Off is a spirited, modern day retelling of the classical biblical Story of the Prodigal Son-a story about father-son relationships and about the mercy and forgiveness of both his heavenly father and his earthy father.  This story one of my favorite Bible stories and the viewing of this DVD worked out perfectly with our bible study.  I had just did this story with my seven year old the week prior to viewing this film.

In A Long Way Off, Jake Abraham works for his father, a successful produce farmer in North Carolina.  Jake doesn't like agri-business very much and he's desperate to leave for the excitement and faster life of the big city.  To his shock and delight, his father suddenly agrees to give Jake his inheritance so he can strike out on his own.  Bidding farewell to his dad, his brother and their loyal secretary and ranch hands, Jake heads to the big city where he meets a new friend, Summer at the local coffee shop.  But Jake is all too eager to sow his oats and make his fortune in a series of sharp stock market moves.  He soon runs afoul of an opportunistic temptress and her mysterious boyfriend, and in the process he loses everything and finds life and future on the line.

Synopsis:
Retelling the timeless parable of a father's unconditional love, tempestuous young Jake tries to escape the duties of the family business by leaving his home and taking his dream to the big city.  Far from the wise words of his father, Abraham, Jake is finally free to live the high life that he's always wanted, trading the traditional values of his upbringing to revel in every temptation that money can buy.  Just when Jake thinks the world is his playground and every day offers another enticing opportunity, he must come face to face with the consequences of the life he's chosen.  Jake must learn that sometimes it takes losing everything to realize/appreciate what he left behind, and if his mistakes can outweigh the grace of a father's forgiveness.


All in all our family enjoyed this film and it's one that we highly recommend anyone taking time to watch.  You can visit the A Long Way Off website and download a free preaching kit for those that may need it.  It includes 
  • Sermon and lesson Materials for Church Engagement
  • Discussion Guide
  • Sermon Video Clip
  • Downloadable Movie Trailer
A Long Way Off: Modern Day Story of Prodigal Son is currently available for pre-order on  Amazon for $17.98.
Thursday, September 25, 2014 | 0 comments/Leave Comment | Read more...
LeapFrog LeapBand Review

LeapFrog LeapBand Review


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In the world today kids are getting less active which is really sad.  With all the electronic devices at their fingertips, exercising and going outdoors is pushed aside.  Kids learn from parents and when we don't motivate them to get out and move, chances are they won't.

Our family is pretty active but there are times when we have to motivate the boys by giving them new games and activities.  Just like adults, kids can get lazy when it comes to physical activity..especially if it's boring.
Recently one of my favorite companies (LeapFrog) came out with a cool new product designed to encourage kids to get up and move and still have fun!  Both my seven year old and three year old have had fun with the LeapFrog LeapBand .  They love taking care of their pets, feeding them and earning jewels.  The jewels are like points, so when they get enough jewels they can unlock another pet!  My seven year old loves doing the physical challenges as well!  They have they popping like popcorn, hopping like a kangaroo, walking like a turtle, etc.  


Similar to other LeapFrog products you can choose to set it up via the computer when you first receive it so that you are able to track their progress.  The opted to wait for awhile to do this since the boys were excited to give it a try, but all in all it's a simple process and doesn't take long at all.


The band has a high-resolution color screen, is water-resistant and is rechargeable which makes for a very happy mom!  My boys can go through batteries like crazy so when products are rechargeable, that's a plus in my book! Not only does it keep kids active, but they also wear it as a regular watch as well!  My seven year old loves the stop watch as well.  He loves for us to time us to see how fast he can run around the house, bike down the driveway, etc.




Basically the more active kids are with their LeapBand, the more fun they'll have with games and rewards.  As they earn points, they can unlock up to 8 pets, play up to level 10 with each pet before unlocking a new one.  With each level of play, they get rewards like a variety of toys for their pet.  It also helps keep them engaged and learning with mini-games like Pet Boogie and Pet Chef.


In Pet Boogie, they can create and practice a pet dance and with Pet Chef, they help the pet collect food and make healthy snacks!  They can play in their pets world and visit Pet Parlor to pamper pets with glitter soap bath or collect new pet toy rewards in Pet Play!!

Both my soon to be four year old and seven year old have enjoyed using the LeapBand, but I will say that my seven year old has it on more than my four year old.  He is always doing the jumps, hops and challenges.  My four year old uses it mainly to play with the pets at this point.

LeapFrog LeapBand comes in three colors (pink, blue and green) and is available at most retailers like Toys 'r' us and Target for $39.99.

Monday, September 22, 2014 | 0 comments/Leave Comment | Read more...

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