Sunday, January 19, 2014

Family Fun Day At Gattitown Lexington! Plus #GIVEAWAY! (CLOSED)

**This giveaway is now closed, congrats to entry #65, Ashley S for winning 4 free buffet passes to Gattitown!**


Our family loves Gattitown! I've mentioned it before, but it really is one of our favorite places to go for some family fun, especially when the days are cold or rainy. One of the best parts for us is going during during the day, right after they open- you pretty much have the whole place to yourself! (Mad perks for bein' homeschoolers, yo!) Last week, we got the chance to go hang out at Gattitown again and we had a great time, as usual! 


Gattitown has been undergoing some remodeling and renovating lately, and things are lookin' great! The Gatti Cafe area (near the salad bar) has already been remodeled, and it looks fabulous! The sports area and the FunFlix area are both getting remodels too in the near future, so they will be lookin' snazzy real soon as well! We absolutely love Gattitown because there are so many food options,and with picky eaters, that is a great thing! My boys all filled up on pizza, pasta and yummy desserts, and I had a great salad with all the fixins! Love it! 













After we were done, we headed on over to the newly remodeled game room to get our play on! We had so much fun! The boys, as usual, had so much fun playing video games, and I, as usual, had to beg someone to play air hockey and skeeball with me! LOL, oh the life of mom! Anyways, since Gattitown's game room remodel, there is so much room in there, it seems so spacious! Plus, the new carpet is so cushy, it's like walking on a cloud! 



Ahhh, we had such a good day! The boys were wiped out, and fell asleep right after we got in the car, they were too tired to even open their prizes that they got with all of their hard earned tickets! If you are looking for a great way to spend a day with your family, head on over to Gattitown! They are right off of New Circle Road, on Nicholasville Road, and you can have a day full of family fun without breaking the bank or braving the cold! 


To celebrate Gattitown's wonderful new remodel, and our overall love for them in general, we're giving away FOUR FREE BUFFET PASSES!!   Yay!!! Enter below on the Rafflecopter! (Please remember that this giveaway is for FOUR free buffet passes to the LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY location only! I will be mailing the tickets to the winner at the close of the giveaway!) 

Oh, and don't forget to check out this great coupon for Gattitown Lexington!! It expires Feb 1, so HURRY! 

You can CLICK HERE to access the coupon! Just print it out or show it on a mobile device at the front desk to get the deal! 

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#Fitness and #Weightloss Inspiration From An Unlikely Source! #TomArnold

Last night, I was sitting on the couch watching TV. Stuffing garlic bread in my face because I was in a bad mood. I have been following the DASH diet for about two weeks now, walking my three miles a day. I've been trying so hard to do the right thing, to keep going, even when I don't want to. I was watching some show, Extra! or Access Hollywood, or some random crap like that that I love. And, they're doing a piece about Tom Arnold. So, apparently he's lost 90 pounds in nine months. Holy crap. So, I watch it to see what his deal is. And, believe it or not, crazy as it sounds, I have been really inspired by Tom Arnold. 
Photo Source: People Magazine 
It wasn't so much that he has lost the weight, it was his reason for doing so. He says that he did it for his son, Jax, who was born in April. He says that he decided that he could no longer eat like a jerk, and that his son deserved better. This really struck a cord with me. I am only 27 years old, but with my heart issues and my blood pressure issues and my family history, should I really be pushing it? My mom died when I was 14, my dad when I was 18. And, no matter how strong it made me, or how much it taught me, losing my parents when I was so young was really, well... shitty. And, what Tom Arnold said really got me thinking (Oh my God, I can't believe I am typing those words.). 

Do I really love buffalo wings more than my kids? Am I really going to choose to be a fat ass instead of sucking it up and making a change? Tom said in the interview "I am the only dad this kid's got." And that's true. I am their only mama. And I owe it to them to really try. To really make this work and to really be here for them. So, yeah. Resetting. No more garlic bread depression moments. I'm really going to do this. Really, I swear. So yeah, thanks to Tom Arnold for the inspiration. And I am really going to try harder. And I am going to get healthy. If not for me, for the boys. Because they deserve a mom whose going to be here. Sigh. Diet, take two. Starting tomorrow. 

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

A Guide to the Most Attractive Parts of The Caribbean (Infographic)

Oh my goodness guys, it is SO cold outside! I HATE winter sooo much! I have been stuck in the house with screaming kids for almost a week straight now, and I am dreaming of a vacation! Not just a weekend getaway or a couple of nights in a cabin in TN. I'm talking about a real, full on vacay. I am thinking Caribbean.. What do you guys think? Bermuda? Virgin Islands? Any of the above would be okay with me!!! If you are planning a special vacay for 2014, check out this great infographic to help you plan your trip!! 



A Guide To Caribbean Attractions
Presented By Experience Destinations

Review: Learn With Me Color Fun Fish Bowl from The Learning Journey!

Disclosure: We received a sample product in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are 100 percent my own. 

I would never have imagined how much of a hard time I would have with homeschooling PreK for my 3 year old. I have seriously had such a hard time figuring out what I should teach him, and trying to find fun and educational things for him to do. I have a hard time finding a balance between fun and learning, and sometimes I feel like I am doing all "play" or all "educational" stuff, with no in between. So, whenever I get the chance to check out a product that might help me combine the two, I jump at the chance. 

This time around, we got to review the Learn With Me Color Fun Fish Bowl from The Learning Journey. The Learning Journey is one of my favorite companies, and we buy a ton of stuff from there every year. I like that they make great products that combine both fun and learning! First of all, this toy is adorable! Just look at it! I love the bright colors and the adorable fish bowl with it's big eyes and smiley face! So cute! 

Putting colored fish in and out of this talking fish bowl is a fun way to learn about colors. With two play modes children will learn their colors through a discovery game and a find it game. Requires two AA batteries (included). Ages 2+ years.

This toy has been a lot of fun for my little guy, but it has also been a source of frustration. The fish need to be inserted in one direction only, so getting that through my three year old's head has been a real pain, he just doesn't get it! Thankfully, big brother was able to show him the right way pretty quickly! There are two different ways to play with the Color Fun Fish Bowl. The first way is the mode where the fish bowl asks for a certain color fish, and then you put the right one in. The second mode is where you put a fish in the fish bowl and the fish bowl tells you what color it was. I really like the fact that this toy has two different play modes, it keeps it from getting boring! 

I am not really sure if something is wrong with the Color Fun Fish Bowl that we received, like a possible glitch of some sort, but probably about 20 percent of the time, it says the wrong color. Now for us, we have just used this as a learning opportunity. Since my guy already knows his colors, he just says "No funny fish bowl, that is a RED fish!" when the fish bowl gets it wrong. So, for us, this is just another way to reiterate what we have already learned, but I can see how if you have younger kids who don't know their colors yet, this could be very confusing! However, for us,this has been a very fun toy and my little guy is enjoying it a lot! I love toys like this and hope to be able to add more to our collection in the near future! If you would like to check out all of the cool toys that The Learning Journey International carries, you can CLICK HERE! Also make sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date with all of their fun and educational happenings!  

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

SO Excited To Try Time4Learning!

I've been invited to try Time4Learning for one month in exchange for a candid curriculum review. Time4Learning offers an online curriculum for prek-12th, information about homeschool portfolio reviews and tools like the How to Homeschool Guide. Be sure to come back and read about my experience.


I am really excited to give our homeschool a boost with Time4Learning... We have really gotten into a rut lately and maybe this will be the kick in the pants we need to try something new! I am really excited to share our experiences with you all,so check back soon! 


Techno Gears Marble Mania Alpha Construction Set from The Learning Journey Review


My oldest is definitely a builder. Whether it be Legos or Minecraft or drawing an incredibly cool building on paper, he is all about designing things and putting them together. I love that about him, and I am always trying to find ways to foster that love of learning for him, and help him to continue to grow in his abilities. So, when The Learning Journey asked if we would be interested in reviewing the Techno Gears Marble Mania Alpha Construction Set, we knew that it would be a great asset for our homeschool days, and regular days in general! 

First of all, the Techno Gears Marble Mania Construction Sets are amazing! There are a TON of different ones, some a little bit harder, some easier, but all really awesome and fun to build! We received the Alpha set, which is one of the newer sets. Here's the scoop: 

The new Alpha set of the Tech Series of Techno Gears Marble Mania will allow your builders to construct a cool marble run. With over 300 pieces including a power lifter, dual marble tracks, electronic light and sound module and spiral tracks, Techno Gears Marble Mania Alpha will keep your young architect busy creating exciting working and moving creations. Requires one AA battery (not included) and three button cell batteries (included). Ages 8+ years


This is the perfect starter set for your little builder! Mine is not quite 8 yet, he will be in a few months, and this has been a really good set for him. He is determined to do it on his own, and besides from asking daddy for help a couple of times, he has done a really great job of working on this set! He's still not completely finished, but he's getting there! Anytime I try to offer help, he says no way, so I guess he's just going to take his sweet time and finish it on his own! 

I really like this set, the pieces are all clearly labeled and the directions are easy for a little guy to follow, but still give him plenty of a challenge. The set as a whole is well made, and the pieces feel durable, not flimsy. If you have a builder in your house, I would highly recommend this set, or a similar set. The Learning Journey has tons of different ones so you can pick just the right set! To check them out for yourself, CLICK HERE! Oh, and make sure to follow The Learning Journey International on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the latest news, deals, products and promotions! Oh, and one more thing! Check out this great video below to see the Alpha Construction Set in action- you're gonna love it! 




Friday, January 3, 2014

I'm Using BeautyEncounter.com For A New Me In The New Year!!

This is a sponsored post in conjunction with BeautyEncounter.com. All opinions are my own. 

Well, it's another new year, (can you believe it???) and that means time for me to make a ton of resolutions, and hopefully keep a couple of them! One resolution that I have this year is to take more time for myself. For me, that means taking time to work out, shower, get dressed (in REAL clothes!!!) every day, and to indulge myself a little bit more in the things I love, like clothes, shoes, makeup and fragrances. I do SO much for my boys, that I feel like I get left out a lot of the time. So, this year, things are going to be about ME for a change!! 

I recently found a great website that is going to help me with my resolution this year! Beautyencounter.com is a wonderful site where you can get just about anything you want to pamper yourself! They have a huge selection of products (over 40,000!) from women's fragrance, to makeup, skincare, even home products and accessories!! In other words, the perfect site for me!! 


Another great thing about shopping from BeautyEncounter.com? The prices are fabulous, up to 70 percent off retail! I definitely love that, and so does my budget. For example, the Clinique Daily Essentials 5 Piece Set pictured above is a hot deal this week, and it's under $50! 

I was also able to find my favorite fragrance, Honey by Marc Jacobs, for a great price too. I love it, but it's usually a bit pricey, so I was excited to find a great deal on it. I can definitely see BeautyEncounter.com becoming a staple in my pampering routine. No more feeling guilty or skipping out on making time for myself, I think I deserve it!! What about you ladies? Do you take enough time to pamper yourself, or even to just stop taking care of other people for awhile? Leave a comment below and tell me your favorite indulgence! I need inspiration! 
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