Everglades Holiday Park – Our Visit with the Gator Boys

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Since my father-in-law lives in Broward County, Florida, and my husband has watched every episode of Gator Boys on Animal Planet, it was only a matter of time until we visited Everglades Holiday Park, home to the Gator Boys, in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Most episodes of Gator Boys take place in and around the world-famous Everglades park filled with Alligators!

Everglades Holiday Park Boat Ride

My favorite part of our visit to Everglades Holiday Park was our airboat ride. A knowledgeable guide toured us deep into the Everglades, which gave us an understanding of just how expansive they are. It is an amazingly beautiful habitat. We covered a lot of miles (easy to do in a boat that can travel almost 60 miles an hour), but the most amazing part was when we came to rest in a quiet area where our guide had a suspicion we would see wildlife up close. Sure enough, our guide knew the right locations so we were able to see alligators in the wild – very cool!

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While seeing the alligators was exciting, I also loved the feeling of traveling over a river of grass and seeing nothing but water, plants and birds for miles and miles. Just beautiful…. And riding the airboat itself was very comfortable. It has a covered seating area to avoid sunburn and raindrops.

Back at Everglades Holiday Park after our ride, it was time to watch a gator show! After seeing the gators out in the wild, it was time to learn some more about them and see them in action. Even though I have watched a lot of episodes of Gator Boys with my husband, I learned even more through this educational and entertaining program.

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And besides learning a lot, we were thoroughly entertained by the tricks and by the corny jokes during the show. The entire audience from little kids  to seniors was enthralled.

We were both excited that Ashley presented our show. She is our favorite on the show Gator Boys and seeing her in person you can really see her passion for helping gators and all animals. Everglades Holiday Park does amazing rescue work and you can help by having your picture taken holding a baby alligator for a $5 donation after the show.

Will you be in the Ft. Lauderdale area?  If so, for a limited  time you can save $4 off Adult and $2 off Child Airboat Tour Ticket at Everglades Holiday Park.  Get your coupon HERE.

 
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Earth Day Free Printables: Puzzles, Worksheets and More

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It’s almost time for Earth Day! The annual holiday on April 22nd is a great opportunity to discuss important topics with your kids about how we can help the health of our planet and get involved to celebrate, support and promote Earth! You can increase the fun and ideas how to celebrate the holiday, we have a great list of 10 Earth Day Free Printables including writing activities, coloring pages, math worksheets and more!
 

Earth Day Free Printables

 

  1. Earth Day Sort – Help kids learn the difference between reducing, reusing, and recycling!
  2. Happy Earth Day Writing Activity – Kids of all ages can reflect on ways their family, school, and themselves can help keep the Earth healthy. Also encourages handwriting practice!
  3. Earth Day Coloring Pages – Creative kiddos can color the Earth with their colors of choice, or follow the color-by-code page to add critical thinking to art hour.
  4. Earth Day Poof! Subtraction to 5 – This Earth Day themed game builds fluency with subtraction facts to 5. It can be played in a small group or as a partner game. It is a fun way to practice those facts!
  5. Earth Day Word Search Freebie – Enjoy this Earth Day themed word search puzzle with 21 eco-friendly terms like atmosphere, compost, and recycle.
  6. Earth Day Bookmarks – The perfect Earth Day treat for your students. Available in full-color and black-and-white.
  7. Earth Day Survey and Graph – A fun and different way to practice graphing in your classroom while encouraging collaboration between students.
  8. Spring Coloring Book – Let your little ones COLOR & SPELL Spring words.
  9. Love the Earth Mystery Picture Graph – Students will love discovering the mystery picture by coloring in the correct squares on the alphanumeric grid using the coordinates given. This is a great addition to an Earth Day or recycling unit!
  10. April 2015 Journal – A month of free journaling for learners age 8 to 100! Read about important historic, artistic, and current events that happened during the month of April – including J. Robert Oppenheimer’s birthday and Earth Day on April 22nd. Then develop vocabulary and critical thinking skills.

Want to turn your Earth Day celebration into an educational experience? Discover new ways to learn about the amazing planet we live on (without breaking the bank!) –> Earth Day learning resources.

25 Homemade Beauty Products For Mother’s Day

25 Homemade Beauty Products For Mothers Day

Making mom feel special this year is easy with one of these 25 Homemade Beauty Products For Mother’s Day. Not only will you leave her skin feeling luxurious, you’ll be able to create these great items on a budget. That means you’ll be able to craft more than one item easily to give her a spectacular gift basket she’ll be happy to open!
 

25 Homemade Beauty Products For Mother’s Day

 

  1. Easy Homemade Body Wash
  2. DIY Lime Salt Scrub
  3. Brown Sugar Vanilla Body Scrub
  4. Snickerdoodle Sugar Scrub
  5. DIY Lemon Sugar Scrub
  6. Honey Almond Sugar Scrub
  7. Gardener’s Bliss Hand Salve
  8. Oatmeal Lavender Bath Soak
  9. Peppermint Bath Salts
  10. Sore Muscle Body Scrub
  11. DIY Lotion Bars & Lip Balm Recipe
  12. Oatmeal Cookie Hand Scrub Recipe
  13. Easy DIY Hand Scrub
  14. Citrus Basil Body Scrub
  15. Easy Irish Coffee Body Scrub DIY Recipe
  16. Mango Pina Colada Lip Balm
  17. Easy Sugar Scrub Flowers
  18. Pumpkin Spice Body Scrub
  19. Homemade Lip Balm
  20. DIY Lip Scrub
  21. Honey Lemon Lotion Bars
  22. Homemade Lavender Bath Salts
  23. DIY Bath Bombs
  24. Chocolate Whipped Body Butter
  25. DIY Coffee Body Scrub

With some common items like essential oils, coconut oil, honey, sugar and salt you can create a large number of amazing homemade beauty products that are perfect for gifting at Mother’s Day, anniversaries, birthdays or just because.

DIY Coffee Bath Scrub Recipe

Lemon Sugar Scrub Recipe

Mother’s Day Watch Gifts Under $100

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Help Promote Literacy with Purina and Dollar General

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Purina. All opinions are 100% mine.

Help Promote Literacy with Purina and Dollar General

Two things that are easy to love are pets and kids. What’s even better is that they usually love each other too! During the month of April, you can help pets AND kids when you shop for your own furry friend at Dollar General. Purina and Dollar General have partnered to help promote awareness of the importance of literacy.

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Did you know that studies have shown that when children read to pets, their reading skills & confidence improve? This is a wonderful way for kids to increase their reading abilities and for pets to have some extra special human time. To help promote literacy awareness, Purina is offering four Dollar General digital coupons and for each one redeemed from 4/5/2015 through 4/30/2015, Purina will donate $1 to the Dollar General Literacy foundation up to $20,000.

The coupons included are:

  • Save $1.00 on one (1) 12lb bag of Purina® Friskies® Dry Cat Food
  • Buy ANY five (5) 5.5oz cans of Purina® Friskies® Wet Cat Food and get one (1) can FREE (up to 50¢)
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  • Save $1.00 on ANY one (1) package of Purina® Tidy Cats® Scoopable Litter

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awards grants to nonprofit organizations and schools that help individuals learn to read, prepare for the high school equivalency test, or learn the English language. The contributions from the promotion will be used towards these grants.

If you have a Dollar General in your neighborhood you know how convenient it is to stop in and pick up whatever it is you need. It’s definitely the case for pet supplies too. I love that I can get in and out of the store within 5 minutes!

Do your kids enjoy reading to their pets? We want to see a photo! Share it on Twitter or Instagram with the #DoMore hashtag!

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Fashion Friday: 50% Off Black & White + FREE Bracelets!

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Here are a few of the Black & White items that you don’t want to miss out on:

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Cents of Style custom made these amazing tulle skirts, at an affordable price and accessible style for you. It comes in 3 colors black, white and mint. If you have been wanting to try this fabulous trend, you won’t find a better price.

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This classic print scarf is luxe and lovely.

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Star Wars Twitter Emojis + New Star Wars: The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer

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Did you see it? A new Star Wars trailer was released today. My hubby came home from work all excited about it and said “I have to show you this”…..but of course I had seen it already! In case you haven’t caught it, we have it below. (and be sure to keep reading to find out about the emojis.)

Today in Anaheim, California, J.J. Abrams (writer/director/producer) and Kathleen Kennedy (producer) kicked off Star Wars Celebration with an exclusive new look at STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. They welcomed surprise special guests from the film: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaacs as well as veterans of the original saga Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, and Peter Mayhew. The talented team of filmmakers and actors shared a behind the scenes look at the upcoming film and, to the surprise of fans around the world, debuted a brand new teaser trailer.

 

 

Star Wars Twitter Emojis

 
There are some super cool new #StarWarsEmojis to use on Twitter! When you post hashtags representing key words associated with specific Star Wars character and legacy themes, you will see a small emoji-like icon embedded in your tweets. Tweet the following character hashtags to unlock the first three #StarWarsEmojis: #C3PO #Stormtrooper #BB8

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STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS will be in theaters December 18, 2015!

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Italian Chopped Salad Recipe

Italian Chopped Salad Recipe

As the weather starts to warm up and we start heading outside to eat for barbecues and picnics, I love a nice, fresh salad that is easy to make. This Italian Chopped Salad Recipe is one of my favorites because its simple to prepare and since it includes deli meat and cheese, it can serve as a meal in itself. So yummy!
 

Italian Chopped Salad Recipe

 
INGREDIENTS:
FOR SALAD:

10 oz bag hearts of romaine
1/2 green pepper
2 tomatoes, seeded
3 thick slices deli salami
3 thick slices deli pepperoni
3 slices provolone cheese
4 oz fresh mozzarella
1 Tbsp parmesan cheese

FOR DRESSING:
3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
salt & pepper to taste (just a few dashes)
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

Italian Chopped Salad Recipe Ingredients

INSTRUCTIONS:
For the salad, chop the lettuce and place in a large bowl. Chop remaining ingredients and mix with lettuce.
For the dressing, mix vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper. Stir until salt is dissolved. Add olive oil and stir well.
Toss the dressing with the salad mixture to serve.

Italian Chopped Salad Recipe - YUM!

 

Italian Chopped Salad Recipe

Ingredients

  • FOR SALAD:
  • 10 oz bag hearts of romaine
  • 1/2 green pepper
  • 2 tomatoes, seeded
  • 3 thick slices deli salami
  • 3 thick slices deli pepperoni
  • 3 slices provolone cheese
  • 4 oz fresh mozzarella
  • 1 Tbsp parmesan cheese
  • FOR DRESSING:
  • 3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • salt & pepper to taste (just a few dashes)
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  1. For the salad, chop the lettuce and place in a large bowl. Chop remaining ingredients and mix with lettuce.
  2. For the dressing, mix vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper. Stir until salt is dissolved. Add olive oil and stir well.
  3. Toss the dressing with the salad mixture to serve.
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Best Buy Exclusive: HP ENVY TouchSmart 15.6″ Laptop AMD FX Series

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Do you love video games?  If so, chances are you play really close attention to the quality of products you play with.  You love getting the latest video game console, the best headsets, the quickest controllers, etc.  You should take the same approach when it comes to online gaming!

Best Buy is thrilled to introduce the Best Buy Exclusive HP ENVY TouchSmart 15.6″ Laptop AMD FX Series – a laptop centered around gaming!  This laptop has all of the latest technology that you’d want in a laptop, such as touch screen capabilities and voice assistance, with the super powerful AMD FX-7500 accelerated processor, giving you the best in graphics and performance!

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Check out all of the product features the HP ENVY TouchSmart 15.6″ Laptop AMD FX Series has to offer:

  • 15.6″ touch screen for hands-on control – Touch, tap, glide and make the most of Windows 8. Typical 1366 x 768 HD resolution. Energy-efficient LED backlight.
  • AMD FX-7500 accelerated processor – Quad-core processing.  AMD Quad-Core FX-7500 APU handles the AMD Radeon graphics alongside the central processor to balance the load, enabling great performance, immersive graphics and a host of intelligent features.
  • 6GB system memory for dependable multitasking – Sufficient high-bandwidth RAM to smoothly run multiple applications and browser tabs all at once.
  • 750GB hard drive for lots of file storage space – Holds a sizable collection of digital photos, music and HD videos and movies. Standard 5400 rpm spindle speed. HP ProtectSmart helps keep your data safe when the laptop gets bumped around.
  • AMD Radeon R7 graphics – Integrated graphics chipset with shared video memory provides solid image quality for Internet use, movies, photo editing and casual gaming.
  • Built-in dual speakers with subwoofer – Beats Audio outputs amazing sound, rich audio and deep bass.
  • Weighs 6.1 lbs. and measures 1.2″ thin – Thin and light design with DVD/CD drive omitted for improved portability. 6-cell lithium-ion battery.
  • Dragon voice assistant capability – Easily control your applications through simple voice commands. Search the Web, update your social media sites, check e-mail and more.
  • 2 USB 3.0 ports maximize the latest high-speed devices – Also includes 2 USB 2.0 ports to connect more accessories and peripherals.  USB 3.0 ports support USB 2.0 devices (at 2.0 speeds), and one features USB Boost technology to charge USB devices.
  • HDMI output expands your viewing options – Connect to an HDTV or high-def monitor to set up two screens side by side or just see more of the big picture.
  • Wireless and wired network connectivity – Built-in high-speed wireless LAN connects to your network or hotspots on the most common Wi-Fi standards. The Gigabit Ethernet LAN port also plugs into wired networks.
  • Windows 8.1 operating system – Designed for touch, mouse and keyboard, so you can choose how you get around. Use the touch screen to easily zoom and customize your new Start screen, or restore the familiar Windows desktop experience.
  • Built-in HP TrueVision HD webcam with dual-array digital microphone – Makes it easy to video chat with family and friends, or teleconference with colleagues over Skype or other popular applications. Automatically adjusts for available light.
  • Backlit keyboard for easy typing in dim or dark locations – Island-style keyboard with chiclet keys. Built-in 10-key numeric keypad to quickly input numbers. HP ControlZone multitouch trackpad.
  • Multimedia software package included – CyberLink YouCam, PowerDirector, PhotoDirector and MediaEspresso. HP Connected Photo, Connected Music, ePrint and SimplePass.

While this laptop has a TON of things you desire in a gaming laptop, it DOES NOT include a built-in DVD/CD drive, so you won’t be able to upload games via a disc.  This laptop DOES however come with a digital download add-on for a FREE AMD A10/FX Game.  It has received 4 out of 5 star reviews, and 78% of Best Buy customers would recommend this laptop to a friend.  You’ll get FREE SHIPPING on your order, or, depending on the inventory at your local Best Buy, you can select FREE IN-STORE PICKUP and pick up your new laptop in as little as 45 minutes!If you love gaming and need a practical laptop, the HP ENVY TouchSmart 15.6 Laptop AMD FX Series is the perfect choice for you! GAME ON!!




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