Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Holiday Travel Tips from Safety 1st + GIveaway!

Do you travel during the holidays? We actually normally do travel a ton. Thanksgiving we start by visiting my in-laws. We drive there, about 5 hours, with both kids. The drive actually isn't too bad, and we only stop twice...USUALLY. At Christmas time, I have flown with the kids to my parents house. They live about 12 hours away, and it would be insanity if I tried to drive that alone with both kids. Hubby works normally, otherwise we would probably make an adventure and drive the 12 hours also!

The hardest part of traveling with kids, is well, the kids. They are so used to their home, their routine,  their "stuff". Its tough to get them acquainted with the new space or home that will serve as your home while you're away. Safety 1st has some tips they'd like to share with you below. I also have some tips to share and hopefully they will help make your holiday traveling, or any traveling you do with your children much easier.

Samantha's Tips
  • Pack extras in the diaper bag. There may have been a time where I ran out of wipes on a travel adventure. (oops!)
  • Busy toys, NON messy snacks, and an iPad will save your sanity!
  • Sanitizing wipes....PUT THEM IN YOUR BAG NOW! These come in handy for SO many things...stuff dropping on the floor, wiping hands, tables, etc.
  • If flying...before going through TSA checkpoint, ask a TSA Agent if they have a FAMILY line. They usually do, and this could ultimately save you from pulling your hair out while waiting 37 minutes to get through the line with all your stuff and your kids. 
Safety 1st Travel Tips

1.      Avoid peak travel days –Try not to fly or drive the days immediately before and after the actual holiday.  Those are the busiest travel days. However, if you fly or take a train you might save money by traveling on the actual holiday, the roads are less congested too.

2.      Prepare your child for the trip – Holiday parties can be overwhelming with sensory overload.  Especially for young children it’s good to talk about the upcoming trip days even weeks in advance.  This will help him or her get excited about the journey.  Show photos of family members or friends your child has not met yet, this way the new face might be a little familiar on arrival. 

3.       “Are we there yet?” - To help avoid that dreaded phrase an hour into your six hour trip reserve a bag just for the kids, include books, toys, diapers a change of clothes and snacks.  Pre-load a tablet or smartphone with kid friendly apps or games. If you are driving keep all necessary items such as wipes, hand sanitizer or tissues easy to reach in a second – there are times you may not want to be digging through the bottom of a bag for such items. The Safety 1st Car Door Sanitation Station is a great solution.

4.      Car Seats – If you are flying check to make sure your car seat is FAA certified. If it’s not clearly labeled contact the manufacture. For parents with older children the Safety 1st BoostAPack can double as a kid survival kit, it’s FAA certified, and will fit in the plane overhead bin.

If you are driving make sure your car seat is installed correctly. If it’s been awhile since you visited a car seat check, it’s recommended to check your seat with a Certified Child Safety Technician in advance of your trip. Safercar.gov is a great resource.

5.      Prepare the guest room – If your child will be sleeping in a Play Yard during the trip, use that for bed or nap time the entire week before. This will help him or her get used to a new sleep environment.  Also if your infant or child sleeps better in a dark room or tends to wake up early with the morning light, bring garbage bags or dark fabric to tape over windows.

Safety 1st has been so generous with their tips, and for thinking of all of the traveling parents of the world...trying to make our lives easier. They are stepping it up a notch and giving away a FREE CARSEAT to one of my lucky readers!! How amazing?!

To enter...use the rafflecopter below, and please check out our Facebook, and share this with a friend who may need some of this info! 

****I was not compensated to write this post. All opinions are my own, unless otherwise stated (like the tips from Safety 1st). Giveaway is sponsored by Safety 1st. ****

Sweet Holiday Deal on a Quinny Buzz Xtra!!

Just in time for the holidays, heres a steal you WON'T want to miss! This luxurious stroller is on sale for just $399.99 HERE while supplies last. Normally this stroller is $595, and well worth the money if you look at all the features it has! Coming in 4 different colors like Red Rumor, Gracious Grey, Purple Pace, or Rocking Black. Great reviews on this product on Amazon and Diapers.com. 

Some of the wonderful features are...

•              Air filled, all-terrain tires
              An extra-large canopy to protect little ones from the sun and rain
•              Extra padding to provide comfort during those all-day adventures
•              Large shopping basket provides more storage for on the go essentials
•              Automatic unfold, forward and rear-facing seat, and adjustable parent handle 
•              Compatible with the Quinny Tukk Foldable Carrier and Maxi-Cosi infant car seats

The features I personally love about this stroller are adjustable parent handle (because hubby is TALL and I am short!), the large shopping basket, and how reversible seating is available! This stroller is great for children 6 months to 5 years with a weight limit of 50 lbs, so it would be a great stroller to have for YEARS! The luxury of this stroller screams durability.

Ordering from Diapers.com will also get you FREE 2 DAY SHIPPING since your order will be over $49! If you don't have an account on diapers.com, CLICK HERE or below! Use code SAMA951517

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Cedar Point Halloweekends GIVEAWAY! (Ends 10/24/2014)

Do you want to go to Halloweekends this year?! Well, good news, Cedar Point would like to giveaway a family 4 pack of free passes!! There are only 2 weekends left to use these. Cedar Point is only open Friday(only after 6 p.m.)-Sunday this time of year, and they close for the season on November 2nd. This is so nice of the folks over at Cedar Point, and I know all of our readers appreciate this awesome giveaway opportunity!

Cedar Point is located in Sandusky, OH. Ticket prices for Halloweekends are starting at $39.99 for Friday and Sunday if you purchase online, and Saturday tickets are $46.99.

To enter to win a family 4 pack of passes, please use the rafflectoper below.
All entries will be verified!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

HalloWeekends Is BACK at Cedar Point!

Who knows what time of year it is?! TIME FOR HALLOWEEKENDS AT CEDAR POINT!
This is the time of year when it gets bit chilly, pumpkin spice everything, warm hot chocolate, and a trip to Cedar Point on the weekend is a MUST.  

Cedar Point is closed during the week this time of year. HalloWeekends will run from 6 p.m. to midnight on Friday nights, 11 a.m. to midnight on Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays through November 1st. Tickets are as low as $38.99. All of the great and famous roller coasters are still there, but with a twist! Cedar Point totally transforms the park with hay bales, pumpkins, mums, Trick-Or-Treating, and zombies?! Yep, Zombies come out at night and stare you down! A Haunted High School you can walk through, A Giant Sleeping Ogre at the beginning of the park, and MORE! This Giant Ogre had us laughing so hard, he wakes up about every 2-3 minutes and stands up "Who Goes There" in a  scary rumbly voice! So funny to see the kiddos with this one.

Howl-O-Palooza is a kids area off to the right after you enter the park. It was so much fun for the kids, they had trick-or-treating, cornstalk maze, pony rides, tractors, pumpkin patch, hay bale maze, mask making, and a foam pit. Our 8 year olds were too tall to ride the rides in this area, but they had fun doing everything else with the Howl-O-Palooza activities! They even had different costumed people walking around for photos with the kids! Check out this Frost Bride below!

We had 8 year olds and a 18 month old with us, and it wasn't too scary for them. One of the 8 year olds even went in to the Zombie Haunted High School! I loved all the decorations! Our kids loved the whole day! We left a bit early because we had the baby with us, but we would have gladly stayed until closing!

A fun twist to family fun, head on out to Cedar Point before they close for the season. If you live too far away, don't forget about the hotels close by like Hotel Breakers! Make sure you go to C.J.s inside Cedarpoint by Frontiertown and get some Caramel Apples, and Pumpkin cookies and cupcakes!! So YUMMY!

*This was not a paid post. In exchange for being invited to events at Cedar Point, I love to review and tell everyone about how much fun the experience is! Our family loves Cedar Point and we go every year regardless.*

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Child Passenger Safety Week + GIVEAWAY FROM SAFETY 1st!! (Ends 9/20/2014)

Its that time of year again, Child Passenger Safety Week!! September 14-20 marks this week of importance and awareness sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) with the goal to make sure all parents and caregivers are properly securing children (ages 0-12) in the best car restraint (rear-facing, forward-facing, booster, seat belt )for age and size. Child passenger safety is extremely important and its very easy to make sure your little passengers are s safe as they can possibly be.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Blue Layne Boutique Review

Have you heard of Blue Layne Boutique?! They are a new online only boutique that offers the MOST ADORABLE fashion trends! They offer free domestic shipping and only $7 shipping to Canada! Expanding rapidly on Instagram & Facebook, you should absolutely check them out on both platforms. They have giveaways every week on Facebook, and you can enter for your chance to win something completely precious from them...


Friday, May 30, 2014

Cedar Point Review!

Our family LOVES Cedar Point, and every time we go...we have the BEST time ever! Cedar Point is located about an hour away from us, in Sandusky, OH. Easy location to find, and a beautiful beach view right on Lake Erie. Ride the high roller coasters and other exhibits and get a beautiful view of the water and other islands. The park is extremely accommodating and I will explain why further on! The day we went for a blogger event, they also had Free Veterans entrance! They also frequently offer free admission for active and retired military, and discounted admissions for family! HOW AWESOME IS THAT?! A company that shows its pride and appreciation towards our service members is truly something to take note of when looking where to spend your money and vacation this summer! Continue reading for some amazing points....