February 19, 2017

LEGOLAND Florida: A Must-Experience Destination for All Families

At the beginning of the school year, I challenged my 2nd grader to get all A’s for the entire year. I told him that if he were to do that, he could pick anywhere to go and I would take him there in the summer. Well Jude didn’t disappoint, he put his nose to the grind stone and did the work to get straight A’s! At the end of the school year I asked him where he wanted to go and he exclaimed, LEGOLAND Florida!!! So LEGOLAND it was!

LEGOLAND Florida

This was our family’s 1st time there and we had a blast! It really surprised me how much there were things to do, even for my 2 year old daughter. Usually theme parks have a couple of things for the “little guys,” but LEGOLAND takes the prize for having fun things for both age groups. I was very pleased!

Near the park entrance, they knew that it would be helpful to have a cool mist before we started our day.

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The first ride we got on was the “Island in the Sky.”  The ‘Island in the Sky’ is a 150- foot rotating platform that gives you a 360° view of LEGOLAND.

The next stop was the “Duplo Train.” This was part of Duplo Valley, a land filled with activities and rides, specifically for “toddlers.” Avalyn had lots to do in here. But the big boys enjoyed themselves as well. There was also the Duple Tractor ride and play areas. It was so nice to cool off in the Duplo Splash Pad.

The next land we visited was the “Lego Kingdoms.” What a cool place! The ride that we went on was “The Dragon.” This is a roller coaster that starts with really neat lego creations and then you go on a fast adventure with lots of twists and turns. Definitely a must ride!

Another cool ride was “Merlin’s Challenge.” This is a mysterious wooden train powered by Merlin’s magic! Even my 2 year old enjoyed this one!!

The Land of Adventure was so neat! There was so much to see. The big guys went on the “Lost Kingdom Adventure.” They helped the adventurers battle LEGO mummies and skeletons to find the hidden treasure! What fun!!!

Land of Adventure

While the ride wasn’t too fast for my toddler they were fighting mummies and skeletons, so Mommy and Avalyn went to “Pharaoh’s Revenge. This outdoor attraction lets children and parents fire soft foam balls at enemies and explore the maze of the Pharaoh’s kingdom.

Pharaoh’s Revenge

We couldn’t leave this land without getting on the “Coastersaurus!” This wooden coaster curves and dips in and around a prehistoric jungle of animated and life-sized LEGO brick dinosaurs. Its amazing what they do with LEGOS!

Our next stop was “Miniland USA.” My favorite part of the day. What creativity these Lego designers have! Phenomenal!!! Miniland USA contains over 32 million Lego bricks and amazing scenes from coast to coast all the way to a galaxy far, far away! A must stop on your visit at LEGOLAND!

Star Wars at Miniland


We loved “Heartlake City!” This is the newest land based on the popular LEGO Friends line of toys. Avalyn loved all the girly lego creations.  A popular ride is “Mia’s Riding Adventure.” You get to pick your horse and saddle up for a ride on the exciting disc coaster! So much fun! And it helped to feel the cool breeze on a very hot day!

To get out of the heat, we went to the Wells Fargo 4D Theater.  4-D movies are shown throughout the day at LEGOLAND‘s largest indoor theater, with seats for more than 700 guests! I love that!! So many times, you go to a theme park and you have to wait a long time to get inside an “A/C” place, but with 700 seats, you are going to find a seat! The movie they played was “The LEGO® Movie™ 4D : A New Adventure,” complete with 3-D glasses and adventure. After each 4-D movie, meet some of your favorite LEGO characters outside the theater! This was a beautiful theater, even had the red carpet!

LEGO Movie 4D A New Adventure

It started raining during our trip but no worries, we went straight to Imagination Zone. This is filled with amazing hands-on Lego activities! Next to the outdoor Kid Power Towers attraction, guests will discover a cool indoor space filled with colorful furnishings, floor-to-ceiling graphics, several awesomely themed “zones” and thousands of LEGO bricks awaiting assembly into whatever you can imagine! This gave us parents a time to sit down and enjoy the A/C while the kids enjoyed played and played!

One of the neatest areas there was the “Water Zone” in this hide away the room is decked out in underwater colors with full on coral reefs made out of LEGOS! There are a number of touch screen computers where the kids (and let’s face it some adults) could pick from three tropical LEGO fish to digitally build. Once assembled you get to color your fish uniquely and then click finish. Once you do the fish swims away from you and is picked up on the wall by a special projector that then shows your one of a kind fish swimming in a digital reef with all the other creations.

Jude really liked the “Flight Zone.” Kids can build flying contraptions to the limits of their imagination then put them to the ultimate test by racing their crazy creations against other kids’ designs on suspended ziplines. If you can build it, you can fly it! After the first try, Jude saw how it flew and revamped his design and it went flying really fast! Even adults have fun creating their designs!

The Technic Tot Spot was a spot that we played a long time! Lots of smiles and laughter! We even got to meet Nya and Kai in person!

At the end of our trip we visited Cypress Gardens. The beautiful and historic botanical gardens have been restored to pristine condition! Still standing sentinel in the garden is the vast Banyan tree that was planted as a seedling in 1939.

Cypress Gardens

On our way out of the park we had to stop at the Grand Carousel. This double-decker carousel is the centerpiece of Fun Town. Children can choose their favorite horse. Such fun!

Grand Carousel

There are so much that I like about LEGOLAND Florida.  On most rides, we only waited about 5-15 minutes! The short wait time is amazing for such a popular theme park and especially for visiting in the summer.

Another perk, they have set up Lego play stations for the kids to play while the parents wait! Wow, what a great idea!!! You don’t have to wait in the line while your child asks how much longer. You can tell this theme park is very well thought out and kid friendly.  We highly recommend families, with children of all ages, visit LEGOLAND Florida!

For more information visit, LEGOLAND.com/florida

Facebook: facebook.com/LEGOLANDFlorida

Twitter: @LEGOLANDFlorida

Instagram: instagram.com/legolandflorida

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Disclosure: As a regular contributor, I received complimentary tickets in order to facilitate a media review.
All thoughts and opinions stated here are clearly my own.

10 Easy Healthy and Fun Summer Activities

Summertime! We are in the midst of summer nationwide and of course a heatwave living in Florida.  My daughter and I love being outside.  She enjoys taking steps on the grass and crawling all over me when we are siting outside.  As a mom, its my job to stay healthy for my daughter and I like to keep my legs healthy and clean with the eco-friendly Sapien Women Shave Gel because it protects skin while shaving.

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Sapien Women Shave Gel is a natural and vegan product made with exotic organic Amazonian ingredients like Cupuaçu butter, Pracaxi oil, Macadamia oil and Vitamin E to prevent drying and protect sensitive skin.   Organic Aloe Vera juice and vegetable glycerin promote intense hydration.

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The Shave Gel contains a natural tropical scent of coconut and mango. Zero GMO’s, free from BHT, EDTA, Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates and Synthetic Fragrance.  The Sapien Women Shave Gel is available at Whole Foods, Sprouts and online via suryabrasilproducts.com.

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After using the eco-friendly Sapien Women Shave Gel, it’s time to start the summer fun.  My family and I are always looking for ways to participate in healthy and fun summer activities.  The following are some simple healthy and fun activities that you can do with your family this summer:

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Looking for other summer ideas? Check out our summer guide available: HERE

10 Easy Healthy and Fun Summer Activities

5 Reasons to Celebrate and Experience Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa

The beach.  The phrase alone brings to mind the picture of calming waves, swimming in the ocean, building sandcastles, laughing in the sun with friends and family. When you think about spending quality family time, one of the best places to create memorable experiences is at America’s Best Beach.  Clearwater Beach in Florida was named America’s Best Beach because of the powder-white sands, calm waters, fun dining and family-friendly entertainment—all conveniently located along the beach coastline.  Our oldest son recently graduated high school and we celebrated this momentous occasion together as a family at the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa.

The following are 5 reasons to celebrate and create family memories at Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa:

1. Location, Location, Location

When traveling to America’s Beast Beach, you want to be able to stay at a beachside hotel or resort. With a family of 6, comfort, convenience and spacious accommodations are always high on our list when choosing vacations and places to spend time together as a family. The Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa is a must-experience top rated selection and its adjacent to Clearwater Beach with beach access located within the hotel. The resort is directly on the path of BeachWalk—Clearwater’s new half mile active pathway for shopping, dining, and entertainment along the beach and in front of the resort.

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From the moment you enter the beautiful lobby filled with oceanic décor and check-in with a glass of champagne, you immediately feel like you are on vacation.

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The resort has wonderful oversized condo-style rooms and suites with fully equipped kitchens, offering views of the beautiful Gulf of Mexico in their over 250 guestrooms.  We stayed in an ample 1 bedroom 2 queen suite which featured a double bathroom, full-size kitchen with granite countertops, living room area, 2 queen sized beds, a queen sized sleeper sofa and walk-around balconies that overlook the beach.

From being able to easily prepare food for a picnic on the beach in the large kitchen to no waiting in line to use the restroom with double bathrooms available, it is a perfect lodging option to accommodate the needs of traveling with family, children or for celebratory gatherings.

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If you are looking to create a large scale celebratory event, the Hyatt Regency Clearwater has 32,500 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting, wedding and event space.

 

2. Beachside Family Fun Activities

Even with numerous activities along the coastline, the main attraction at Clearwater Beach is still its near-perfect beach. (USA Today readers voted Clearwater Beach “Best Beach Town in Florida” in 2013). Beautiful white sand, clear and shallow water make this beach an ideal playground for families.

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Families can choose to spend a relaxing or experiencing an adventurous day at Clearwater Beach.  Within walking distance of the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort are vendors and attractions for sailing, deep-sea fishing, boating, wave runners, parasailing, kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, catamaran rides, dolphin-watch eco-tours, bike rentals, sunset dinner cruises; golf, tennis and shopping.  Some favorites for families to experience together are the Sea Screamer (Thrill Boat Ride), Little Toot Dolphin Adventures; Tampa Bay Aviation Helicopter Tours; Deep Sea Fishing; Parasail City.  Use Wheel Fun Rentals (located at the ground level of the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort) or Fun Ride Rentals to rent a Segway, bicycles, scoot coupe (like mini coupe cars) or a surrey bike (where the entire family can ride together).  With 35 miles of uninterrupted coastline, don’t miss the opportunity to go boating in the Gulf of Mexico. If you’re traveling with little ones, rent a pontoon boat or charter a family-friendly fishing trip. For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, try your hand at JetLev—where you literally hover over the Gulf waters powered by a JetLev Flyer pack.

Blue Top portable beach tents and beach chairs at Clearwater Beach

If you want to relax, rent one of “blue top” portable beach tents and beach chairs (which can be rented directly from the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort for the day) and enjoy swimming, collecting seashells and fun in the sun.

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3. Poolside & Spa Relaxation

Nothing is better after a hot day to take a cool dip into the pool. The Hyatt Regency Clearwater offers not only refreshing pools but panoramic and breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico.  On the 8th floor, overlooking Clearwater Beach, are the resort’s enclosed children’s pool (with kiddie toys and seating area) and a larger pool that houses chaise lounge chairs and air-conditioned pool cabanas.

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One of the best features of these luxurious poolside cabanas are that they’re private poolside indoor cabanas. No need to sweat outside because each of the climate controlled cabanas are equipped with Wi-Fi, a 42-inch flat-screen television, wet bar area, comfortable furniture, private patio area with curtain enclosures and personal restroom.

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Each poolside cabana has a personal attendant to cater to all poolside needs including ordering cocktails and light food directly to the cabana from the poolside bar, Swim Bar & Grill.  When traveling with children or a large group, we highly recommend reserving a poolside cabana.  It gave us much needed relief from the hot Florida sun and it was a delightful amenity to spend time relaxing by the pool together in a private and comfortable environment.

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Needing more ways to relax? Go to the 16th floor, with your beverage of choice, and see aerial views of the Gulf of Mexico or relax in the spa pool with therapeutic water jet system on the Sky Terrace.

Get a massage at the Sandava Spa, a full service spa including private treatment spa suites, manicures, pedicures, facials, professional massage services, and spa wedding packages.  If you are looking for a work out, visit the complimentary 24-hour Hyatt Regency Clearwater’s StayFit Gym or jog alongside the sandy beach.

 

4. By the Shore Dining

If you are at the beach, you want to eat near the water and enjoy the picturesque views. With sparkling beach views on the wrap-around patio, SHOR American Seafood Grill Restaurant, at the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach is a top choice for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  Helping to fuel a sunshine filled day, breakfast selections, created in an open kitchen, include made-to-order eggs and omelets, pancakes, waffles, cereal, fresh fruit, pastries and more.  Regional seafood dishes, steaks and American cuisine are always on the menu for lunch or dinner. Seating inside or out on the patio is available to enjoy appetizers, seasonal main courses, sandwiches, salads and tasty sweets.  If you are looking to celebrate a special occasion, consider the private dining option at SHOR hosting up to 16 people with sweeping views of the Gulf of Mexico.

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Other fun and casual beach atmosphere dining staples at Clearwater Beach, with live music and dancing, offering fresh-from-the-Gulf seafood at reasonable prices are Frenchy’s and Crabby Bill’s.  (See more top-rated restaurants in Clearwater on TripAdvisor and some of the best beach bars.)

 

5. Unique Entertainment

There are truly limitless things to do, see and there’s something for every interest, age, and curiosity to check out in Clearwater Beach. The beach and Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort is near many attractions and family-friendly destinations.  Steps away from the resort is the world famous Sunset 60 Pier.

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The daily festival on Clearwater Beach operates 365 days a year from two hours before until two hours after sunset, weather permitting. The nightly sunset celebration features artisans, crafters, street performers and large playground. Grab a blanket or lawn chair and check out the free sunset cinema outdoor movie theater at Pier 60. Popcorn and concessions available on-site and movies begin at dusk.  For uniquely entertaining experiences, check out Kai Lani Catamaran, see beautiful sunsets, gaze at dolphins, or simply bask in the water’s cool breeze on a 50-foot boat. Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise, the original pirate cruise lets you enjoy reggae island & steel band music.  Have fun in pirate antics of treasure hunts, face painting, water gun games, stories and dancing.  Sea Life Safari – Island Explorer, get up close and personal with dolphins, sea birds and the vast array of marine life native to the area.  Watch as the boat pulls up a net teeming with life and various sea critters, before releasing them back to the bay.  Clearwater Marine Aquarium, meet the stars of the Dolphin Tale movies – Hope and Winter –  alongside other aquatic creatures.  Don’t forget to check out the interactive Winter’s Dolphin Tale Adventure to experience what a hurricane feels like and scenes from the movie.  Learn how to surf indoors with a flowrider indoor surfing wave machine at SurfStyle.

Looking to have a date night while the children are safe and having fun? Check out Camp Hyatt.  Camp Hyatt, at the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Resort, is a program designed for children aged 3 – 12 years old.  Activities range from arts and crafts, board games, kinect tournaments, shell combing, swimming, walks to the playground, and more. Prices include lunch, snacks, dinner, full day or half day camps.

 

*Transportation Tip*

Whether you are flying or driving to the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort or visiting Clearwater Beach, consider the needs of your family, including seating, luggage and gifts/souvenirs you will be taking back home with you after shopping.  Think about renting a car at the airport or even if you are driving to Clearwater.

Thanks to Toyota Latino, we had a very comfortable experience with the expansive 2016 Toyota USA Highlander LE Plus. The midsize crossover SUV seats 8, has plenty of legroom (even with a carseat, luggage, stroller and 6 people), has great gas mileage and is a very smooth ride.

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For more information, visit the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa website at clearwaterbeach.regency.hyatt.com.
Facebook: facebook.com/HyattRegencyClearwater
Twitter: @HyattClearwater
Instagram: instagram.com/hyattregencyclearwater

 

Have fun in the sun celebrating with your family this summer at the
Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa!

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Free and Low Cost Summer Fun Activities

Looking for summer activities to do with the family? I’m always searching for summer activities and programs that are educational, affordable and fun. I check local libraries, school districts and even local chambers of commerce for summer programs. In preparing for summer activities, I consider my kids’ interests and our family’s “must-dos” for the summer.

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EDUCATIONAL

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ENTERTAINMENT

 Captain's Grille at Disney's Yacht Club Resort

KIDS EAT FREE

(Please call ahead to local restaurants to verify time and date of when kids can eat free since it’s subject to change)

  • Kids Eat Free In addition to the list below, kids eat free locations nationwide can be found at mykidseatfree.com and kidsmealdeals.com.


    EVERYDAY & WEEKEND KIDS EAT FREE SPECIALS

  • California Tortilla One free kid’s meal per adult meal purchased.

  • Captain D’s Two free Kid’s meals with any adult entrée purchase at regular price.

  • Chick-fil-A Kids can eat a free kids’ meal at Chik-fil-A for Family Night Promotions .

  • Cici’s Pizza: Kids 3 and under eat free from Cici’s Pizza buffet at .

  • Denny’s Kids can eat free at Denny’s from 4-10pm at participating Denny’s.

  • IHOP Kids eat free at IHOP if they are 12 and under daily. Kids can get 1 free kids’ menu item per adult meal purchased from 4-8pm .

  • Steak n Shake Kids eat FREE at Steak n Shake on weekends for every $8 spent.  Remember, offers may change or vary by location, so always call first to make sure your location is participating. Children must be 12 years old or under to participate.

     

MONDAY

  1. Arizona Pizza

    Children eat free with each adult meal purchase.

  2. Bruster’s Real Ice Cream

    Free ice cream cones for children under 40 inches tall.

  3. Brewzzi

    Children under 12 eat free with an adult purchase of $12 or more.

  4. Cinzettis

    Children under 12 eat free from 5-9 pm.

  5. Cody’s Original Roadhouse

    Two children under 10 eat free with every adult entree purchase.

  6. Cici’s Pizza

    Free food for children under 3 all day.

  7. Culvers

    Children 12 and under receive a free cup of custard with each meal.

  8. Holiday Inn

    Children eat free with every paying adult.

  9. Fuddruckers

    Children under 12 eat free from 4-9 pm with each paying adult.

  10. Garduno’s Restaurant

    Children under 12 eat free with each paying adult.

  11. Golden Corral

    Up to two Children under 10 eat free from 5-9pm.

  12. Indigo Joe’s

    Children eat free from 5- close.

  13. Islands

    Children eat free all day.

  14. KC Masterpiece

    Children under 12 eat free from 4- close.

  15. Millies Restaurant & Bakery

    Children eat for $.99 all day.

  16. Moe’s Southwest Grill

    Children eat free all day with an adult entree purchase.

  17. Macaroni Grill

    Free children’s ice cream with meal purchase.

  18. On the Border Mexican Grill

    Children receive a free sundae with meal purchase.

  19. Piccadilly

    Children under 6 eat free all day.

  20. Quaker Steak and Lube

    Children eat free from 5-10 pm with paying adult.

  21. Red Robin

    Children 10 and under can eat for free (and Tuesday in select locations) from 5-9pm

  22. Salsarita’s

    Free for children all day with an adult meal purchase.

  23. Shoney’s

    Children under 4 receive a free meal with an adult meal purchase.

  24. Sweet Tomatoes

    Children 2 and under eat free all day.

  25. Texas Road House

    Children 12 and under eat free all day (check local location for participation).

  26. TGI Fridays

    Children under three eat free all day (depending on location may also be on Tuesdays).


TUESDAY

  1. Applebees

    With each paid adult entrée, 2 children (ages 12 and under) will eat for free from 5-9 pm. (Kids eat free on Mondays at select locations so call ahead to verify).

  2. Backyard Burgers

    Children under 12 eat free after 4 pm with an adult meal purchase.

  3. Bennigans

    Children eat free all day with a paying adult.

  4. Brewzzi

    Children under 12 eat for free with an adult purchase of $12 or more.

  5. Cici’s Pizza

    Free food for children under 3 all day.

  6. Culvers

    Children 12 and under receive a free cup of custard with each meal.

  7. Holiday Inn

    Children eat free with every paying adult.

  8. Macaroni Grill

    Free children’s ice cream with meal purchase.

  9. On the Border Mexican Grill

    Children receive a free sundae with meal purchase.

  10. Captain D’s Seafood

    Up to two children per adult receive free meals all day.

  11. Cinzettis

    Children under 12 eat free from 5-9 pm.

  12. Cody’s Original Roadhouse

    Two Children under 10 receive a free meal per adult purchase.

  13. Beef O’Brady’s

    Children under 12 eat free from 4-8 pm.

  14. Black Eyed Pea

    Children under 12 eat free from 5- close with an adult entree purchase.

  15. Coco’s Resturant

    Children under 10 eat free all day with an adult entree purchase.

  16. Dennys

    2 children eat free per adult purchase from 4-10 pm.

  17. Famous Daves

    Children eat free all day, check location for participation.

  18. Fazoli’s

    Children 12 and under eat for $.99 from 5-8 pm.

  19. Friendly’s

    Children eat free all day and depending on location discounts available on adult meals.

  20. Fuddruckers

    Children eat for $0.99 eat from 4-9 pm.

  21. Gator’s Dockside

    One child per adult under 12 eats free from 6- 8:30pm.

  22. Godfather’s Pizza

    Children under 10 eat free from 11-2pm & 5-8 pm.

  23. Gold Star Chili

    Children under 10 eat free per adult purchase.

  24. Islands

    Children eat free all day.

  25. Lone Star Steakhouse

    One Child eats free per adult entree purchase.

  26. Millies Resturant & Bakery

    Children eat for $.99 each all day.

  27. Norms Restaurants

    Children eat free all day with the purchase of an adult entree, drinks are not included.

  28. Piccadilly

    Children under 6 eat free all day.

  29. Pizza Hut

    Children eat free in the evening, check for participation.

  30. Planet Sub

    Children eat free all day with a paying adult.

  31. Pluckers

    Children eat free all day.

  32. Ponderosa Steakhouse

    Children eat free from 4-close.

  33. Perkins

    Children eat free all day.

  34. Pizza Street

    Children under 9 eat free from 5-8 pm.

  35. Rockyard American Grill

    Children eat free all day with the purchase of an adult entree.

  36. Ruby’s Diner

    Children eat free from 4-close, check with your local Ruby’s for participation.

  37. Salsarita’s

    Free for children all day with an adult meal purchase.

  38. Shoney’s

    Children under 4 receive a free meal with an adult meal purchase.

  39. Sweet Tomatoes

    Children 2 and under eat free all day.

  40. Salty Iguana Mexican Restaurant

    Children under 12 eat free all day.

  41. Siblings Resturant

    Children under 10 eat free from 5-9 pm.

  42. Space Aliens

    Chidlren 10 and under receive a free pizza and 10 game tokens.

  43. Texas Roadhouse

    Children under 12 eat free all day, check with your local resturant for participation.

  44. TGI Fridays

    Children under 3 eat free all day.

  45. Tony Romas

    Children under 12 eat free all day.


    WEDNESDAY

    1. Bruster’s Real Ice Cream

      Free ice cream cones for children under 40 inches tall.

    2. Cici’s Pizza

      Free food for children under 3 all day.

    3. Culvers

      Children 12 and under receive a free cup of custard with each meal

    4. Holiday Inn

      Children eat free with every paying adult.

    5. Carrow’s Resturant

      One child under 10 eats free from 4- close with the purchase of an adult entree.

    6. Damon’s Grill

      One child per adult eats free.

    7. Firehouse Subs

      One child eats free per adult purchase from 4-9 pm.

    8. Garduno’s Resturant

      Children 12 and under eat free with a paying adult.

    9. Gatti Town Buffet

      One child under 10 per adult purchase eats free.

    10. Jeffrey’s Sports Grill

      One child under 12 eats free from 5-9 pm.

    11. Little Itty Bitty Burger Barn

      Two children under ten eat free from 5-8 pm with an adult meal purchase.

    12. The Locker Room

      Children under 12 eat free from 4-9 pm.

    13. Luby’s

      Children under 10 eat for $2 per child from 4:30- close.

    14. Lucille’s Bad to the Bone BBQ

      Children under 12 eat free all day.

    15. Macaroni Grill

      Free children’s ice cream with meal purchase.

    16. Millies Resturant & Bakery

      Children eat for $.99 each all day.

    17. On the Border Mexican Grill

      Children receive a free sundae with meal purchase.

    18. Perkins

      Children eat free all day.

    19. Piccadilly

      Children under 6 eat free all day.

    20. Qdoba Mexican Grill

      Children eat free all day, participation may vary.

    21. Rainforest Cafe

      Children eat for $1.99 in the evening.

    22. Salsarita’s

      Free for children all day with an adult meal purchase.

    23. Shoney’s

      Children under 4 receive a free meal with an adult meal purchase.

    24. Smokin Okies BBQ

      Children under 9 eat free with an adult meal purchase.

    25. Sweet Tomatoes

      Children 2 and under eat free all day.

    26. Zarda BBQ

      Children eat free all day.

     


THURSDAY

  1. Backyard Burgers

    Children under 12 eat free after 4pm with the purchase of an adult meal.

  2. Bruster’s Real Ice Cream

    Free ice cream cones for children under 40 inches tall.

  3. Captain D’s Seafood

    Up to two children per adult receive free meals all day.

  4. Carrow’s Resturant

    One child under 10 eats free from 4- close with the purchase of an adult entree.

  5. CB and Potts

    Children eat free all day.

  6. Cici’s Pizza

    Free food for children under 3 all day.

  7. Culvers

    Children 12 and under receive a free cup of custard with each meal.

  8. Damon’s Grill

    Children under 12 eat free all day with the purchase of an adult meal.

  9. Holiday Inn

    Children eat free with every paying adult.

  10. Macaroni Grill

    Free children’s ice cream with meal purchase.

  11. On the Border Mexican Grill

    Children receive a free sundae with meal purchase.

  12. Piccadilly

    Children under 6 eat free all day.

  13. Salsarita’s

    Free for children all day with an adult meal purchase.

  14. Shoney’s

    Children under 4 receive a free meal with an adult meal purchase.

  15. Sweet Tomatoes

    Children 2 and under eat free all day.

  16. The Locker Room

    Children under 12 eat free from 4-9 pm.


FRIDAY

  1. Bruster’s Real Ice Cream

    Free ice cream cones for children under 40 inches tall.

  2. Cici’s Pizza

    Free food for children under 3 all day.

  3. Culvers

    Children 12 and under receive a free cup of custard with each meal.

  4. Holiday Inn

    Children eat free with every paying adult.

  5. Macaroni Grill

    Free children’s ice cream with meal purchase.

  6. On the Border Mexican Grill

    Children receive a free sundae with meal purchase.

  7. Piccadilly

    Children under 6 eat free all day.

  8. Salsarita’s

    Free for children all day with an adult meal purchase.

  9. Shoney’s

    Children under 4 receive a free meal with an adult meal purchase.

  10. Sweet Tomatoes

    Children 2 and under eat free all day.


SATURDAY

  1. Bruster’s Real Ice Cream

    Free ice cream cones for children under 40 inches tall.

  2. Cici’s Pizza

    Free food for children under 3 all day.

  3. Culvers

    Children 12 and under receive a free cup of custard with each meal.

  4. Dennys

    2 children eat free per adult purchase from 4-10 pm.

  5. El Torito

    Children under 12 eat free before 3pm with a paying adult.

  6. Holiday Inn

    Children eat free with every paying adult.

  7. Macaroni Grill

    Free children’s ice cream with meal purchase.

  8. On the Border Mexican Grill

    Children receive a free sundae with meal purchase.

  9. Perkins

    Children eat free all day.

  10. Piccadilly

    Children under 6 eat free all day.

  11. Salsarita’s

    Free for children all day with an adult meal purchase.

  12. Shoney’s

    Children under 4 receive a free meal with an adult meal purchase.

  13. Sweet Tomatoes

    Children 2 and under eat free all day.

  14. Shari’s Resturant

    Children eat free from 4-9 pm.

  15. Steak n’ Shake

    One child eats free per adult entree purchase of $9.

  16. Texas Land and Cattle

    Up to two children under 12 eat free per adult meal purchase between 11-4 pm.

SUNDAY

  1. Bruster’s Real Ice Cream

    Free ice cream cones for children under 40 inches tall.

  2. Cici’s Pizza

    Free food for children under 3 all day.

  3. Culvers

    Children 12 and under receive a free cup of custard with each meal.

  4. Holiday Inn

    Children eat free with every paying adult.

  5. Macaroni Grill

    Free children’s ice cream with meal purchase.

  6. On the Border Mexican Grill

    Children receive a free sundae with meal purchase.

  7. Salsarita’s

    Free for children all day with an adult meal purchase.

  8. Shoney’s

    Children under 4 receive a free meal with an adult meal purchase.

  9. Sweet Tomatoes

    Children 2 and under eat free all day.

  10. Arriba Mexican Grill

    Children eat free with an adult meal purchase.

  11. D’Amico and Sons

    Children eat free in the evening.

  12. Dickey’s Barbeque

    Children under 12 eat free all day with a paying adult.

  13. Firehouse Subs

    Children eat free from 4-9 pm with paying adult.

  14. Garcia’s Mexican Resturant

    Children eat for $1.49 all day.

  15. Go Roma

    2 children under 12 eat free per adult purchase.

  16. Hooters

    Children eat free from 11- 11 pm.

  17. La Mesa Mexican Grill

    Children under 12 eat for $0.01 all day.

  18. Mel’s Diner

    Children eat free all day with an adult meal purchase.

  19. Planet Sub

    Children eat free all day with a paying adult.

  20. Qdoba Mexican Grill

    Children eat free all day, participation may vary.

  21. Shari’s Resturant

    Children eat free from 4-9 pm.

  22. Steak n’ Shake

    One child eats free per adult entree purchase of $9.

  23. Zebb’s Deluxe Grill and Bar

    Children under 10 eat for free all day.

  24. Tropical Smoothie Cafe

    Children eat free all day.

  25. Tumbleweed Southwest Grill

    Children under 12 eat free all day.

     

OUTDOORS

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Walt Disney World Vacation Series: Experience the Unforgettable Moments and Cherished Memories at Walt Disney World Resort

It’s almost impossible to put into words how much Walt Disney World Resort (and everything having to do with Disney) has impacted my family and me. From the beginning, of coming to Walt Disney World Resort annually with my parents, starting at the age of 6 months old, to having my honeymoon at Walt Disney World Resort and now raising my children next to Walt Disney World Resort, the magic that is Disney has been an important part of our lives.

This adventure has been very special to me because I was able to share it with not only my husband and older children but also with my parents and my infant baby. My parents are in their senior years and I ’am the youngest of their children. The baby marks their 15th grandchild and my 4th child. My children are fortunately being raised alongside my parents and their grandparents. These memories of time spent together are among the most cherished memories we all will share together as a family. Walt Disney World Resort has been part of many treasured moments that have created unforgettable memories for us.

 

 

Thanks to Walt Disney World (and Latina Magazine), our family was able experience an unforgettable vacation at Walt Disney World Resort.  The incredible memorable moments shared together with my parents, husband and children are ones that we all will never forget!

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Come and See One-of-a-Kind Entertainment, Shopping, and Dining at Disney Springs: Latina Magazine and on Mami of Multiples

 

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Experience the Unforgettable Moments and Cherished Memories at Walt Disney World Resort: Latina Magazine and on Mami of Multiples

Keep reading my column Latina Magazine for more of my Disney experiences at latina.com/author/joscelyn-ramos-campbell

Summer Hair and Skin Tips

Summer days are filled with fun quality time with family and enjoying trips to the beach, playing in the parks, barbeque, outdoor sporting events and more. While parents, especially mothers, worry about protecting their children from potential harmful sun rays and keeping them well hydrated during the hot summer months, mothers often forget about taking care of their own hair and skin.  The right products are essential to help keep a healthy skin and hair regimen, especially with the extra sun exposure.
Walmart is premier one-stop shop for finding beauty essentials by offering top brands, like CoverGirl and Olay.  Walmart helps to save on favorite beauty items (i.e., P&G brands – Olay and CoverGirl) with Walmart’s everyday low prices.

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Beauty and lifestyle experts recommend the following tips below on ways to keep your skin and hair in great shape this summer:
1) Protect your lips
The summer sun can dry out and cause damage to delicate lip tissue, so use an all-natural lip balm with an SPF of 15 or higher.
2) Use (light) makeup
Sunscreen is your skin’s first line of defense against harmful UVA rays, but also using loose makeup for light coverage and an SPF protection of 30-50.  Pressed powder, with light-reflecting ingredients helps to provide smooth complexion and eliminate shine from sunny weather.

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CoverGirl CG Smoothers Pressed Powder helps minimize the appearance of imperfections for a beautiful, smooth complexion
o   Designed with AquaCurrent Science
o   Is a conditioning formula with chamomile
o   Creates a perfectly finished look that lasts
covergirl mascaraCoverGirl LashBlast Volume Mascara is designed to max out each and every lash, leaving you with the ultimate big-lash look
o   Has a patented volume-boosting hypoallergenic mascara formula
pencilCoverGirl Perfect Point Plus Eyeliner pencil is self-sharpening and glides on easily so you get the perfect line every time
o   Includes a smudger tip
o   Gives you control and versatility
3) Wear a wide-brimmed hat
Protect your skin and hair from the sun’s damaging rays by wearing a wide-brimmed hat. The hat will also protect your scalp and prevent sunburn.
4) Take a cold shower
After a hot day in the sun, a hot shower will enhance the effects of dry skin. Take a cold shower to lower the temperature in your skin and reduce acne breakouts.

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Olay Ultra Moisture Beauty Bars are specially made with shea butter and have a creamy moisturizing lather that leaves your skin feeling clean, soft, and smooth.
o   Cleanses skin without leaving it dry (versus regular soap)
o   Cleanses gently enough for use on your face
5) Exfoliate away the dry skin
Everyone wants to have soft, supple skin in the summer, so use a sugar or salt scrub to rub away unwanted dry skin. Homemade scrubs are inexpensive and can be made from sugar or salt, olive oil, lemon juice, and your favorite essential oils. Pay close attention to the knees and elbows.
6) Dine on melons
Beautiful summer skin comes from within. Eat a lot of cantaloupe and watermelon, as they are filled with antioxidants and will help hydrate the skin. Enjoy radiant summer skin by eating a healthy diet.
7) Even out your skin tone
Use fresh strawberries to freshen up your skin tone. Cut large strawberries in half, squeeze them to release the juices, and rub them in circular motions over your face. Leave on your face for 2 – 3 minutes, then rinse. Consistent use will brighten sun and age spots to give you a more even skin tone.
8) Protect your hair before swimming
Wet hair will absorb fewer chemicals like chlorine than dry hair. Also keep hair braided or pinned up to prevent unruly tangles. Avoid a tight bun, as wet hair is susceptible to breakage when it is pulled.
To help you get your favorite Olay and CoverGirl favorites, we are offering a $25 Walmart Gift Card as a giveaway.  Enter the giveaway via the Rafflecopter link below:

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As you are enjoying exciting outdoor summer excursions, remember to prepare your hair and skin for all of the extra sun exposure and check out Walmart for P&G products and savings!

Disclosure: The Walmart gift cards and information have been provided by P&G, however, all opinions expressed here are clearly our own.

50 Fun Summer Things for Tweens to Do

Summer is finally here and we are super excited for all the fun to come! Even though summer days are less structured than school days, I still like to have something planned for the kids to do. Since my kids are 9,8 and 7, I decided to let them choose what we will be doing this summer. They are old enough to know what they like to do and honestly, I am exhausted from overplanning their lives!!
This past weekend, I sat down with my kids and asked them to create a bucket list. They were thrilled that they were getting to choose what to do. They had so many ideas and I couldn’t write things down fast enough. I was surprised with many of the things they wanted to do. They want to go to amusement parks, swimming, and have breakfast for dinner! There’s camping, building forts and even collecting donations.
Tweens are a fun age group. They are old enough to go out and explore but still young enough to spend hours playing with sidewalk chalk. I remember learning so much at that age, especially in the summer! I hope I am able to go through at least 95% of this bucket list with them! Keep your kids busy and entertained by downloading this printable. Put it up on your fridge and go crossing things off as you go. You won’t believe how much fun this summer will be!

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