This post was sponsored by Blue DiamondNut-Thins, as always, all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Sure, July (and really, the entire summer season) is all about that non-stop fun in the sun! But let’s admit it, there’s no fun quite like that between a mama and child. And one-on-one time with the littlest love of your life is the stuff memories are made of!
Mommy and Me time is all about learning, growing and sharing those special moments with your child. It’s not as important what you do – just that you take the time to do it! The simplest thing such as a Mommy & Me Park Day can leave a lasting memory on your child forever! When they look back years from now, that fun filled afternoon of giggles and laughter will bring back those smiles you witnessed that afternoon!
Of course, no mini-me date would be complete without snacks! My daughter & I’s latest snack obsession?!! Blue Diamond® Nut-Thins! Made with zero artificial flavors and with real Blue Diamond® Almonds with a crispy, crunchy texture! We just can’t get enough of this delicious wheat & gluten free snack!
My favorite part about Blue Diamond® Nut-Thins are how universal they are! Tasty enough for mama to love, yet not over powering with flavors where the kiddo is too afraid to try! I’m obsessed with all things Pecan, so I tend to reach for those first ;-) The box is also the perfect size to toss in my cooler before hitting up the park! Definitely the perfect snack for all that summer entertainment you have planned.
Blue Diamond® Nut-Thins are also a cracker dunkers dream! As I mentioned above, Blue Diamond® Nut-Thins have just enough flavor, which makes them the perfect option for dips! My go-to dip? My world famous 30 Second French Onion Dip! So easy to make, you can whip it up park-side at a picnic table while your little one is having a miss independent moment on the slide!
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30 Second French Onion Dip INGREDIENTS
• Sour Cream
• 1 Dry Onion Soup Packet
• Parsley for Garnish
• Blue Diamond® Nut-Thins for Dunking
Take your sour cream and scoop it into a bowl.
Next, take your dry onion soup packet and pour it into your sour cream.
Take a piece of parsley and place it onto of your French Onion Dip to add a little fabulously to your dip.
Grab a plate and pour those Blue Diamond® Nut-Thins out.
Grab one of your Blue Diamond® Nut-Thins & start dunking away!
What Mommy (Daddy) & Me dates do you plan with your mini me?!
Thank you Sea World for sponsoring this post.
Our family LOVES Sea World! Born in Texas, then living in Central Florida for more years than I can remember before moving to NY, Sea World played a huge role in my life. I went all the time as a child & once I was an adult, it was too “cheap” not to become an Annual Pass holder and enjoy all that the park has to offer year round! Now that I’m a mom? Ever time we make a Texas or Florida trip, Sea World is on the itinerary so my daughter can share some of those same memories I have of Sea World as a child.
Since I can literally walk through Sea World with my eyes closed, I figured I would share with you my top tips so y’all can make the best of your next Sea World trip!
1. Split Your Day Up
My favorite way to enjoy Sea World is to split the day up. If you peak at the daily show schedule,you will notice if you arrive at opening, the first show usually takes place an hour later. That will give you plenty of time to rent strollers, grab a map and figure out where you are and what you are doing! If you follow the show schedule, you can literally show & animal exhibit hop until around 1pm! At that point you will have watched all the daytime shows before they start repeating and can easily take a pool/lunch break back at your hotel. Come back to the park around 4:30 after you have cooled off and filled your tummies to enjoy all the night time shows & maybe hop on a ride or two!
2. Pay The Few Extra $$ For The Annual Pass!
$175!!!! That’s right! Only $175 for an annual pass. When a ticket is costing you around $99 online, why not splurge that extra $76 for a pass that is valid all year round if you’re a Florida resident?
3. Arrive To Night Shows Early
I know it can be a pain to sit somewhere ridiculously early when you have little ones in tow, but if your heart is set on seeing Shamu at night, that show fills up super early. You can be at Sea World on a mild crowd type of day & that last Shamu Show (they change names so often so I’m calling it the Shamu Show to keep this post relevant forever ) will reach maximum capacity. Get to the show 20 minutes early if you don’t care where you sit, 30 minutes early if you’re trying to land splash zone seats.
4. Splash Zones WILL Get You Wet!
I know, this sounds like a duh! tip, but I honestly can’t tell you how many times I have been to Se world with people who thought the splash zone was a sprinkle zone. If you’re in those first few rows, you are getting soaked! If you’re further up, you will still get wet, but 50/50 chance you will be leaving not completed drenched.
5. Flamingo Walk
Every morning around 11:00 am (times vary), you’ll see Flamingos walking through the park. Head to where the Flamingos are on your map to spot them strolling the park. This past trip to Sea World my daughter wanted to hit up the One Ocean 11am show, so we missed out on the Flamingo action, but if you have never experienced this before, It’s a do-not-miss sight to see!
6. Head To The Rides First
Visiting Sea World with older kids that have zero interest in animals? Have you already had the pleasure of watching all the shows on a previous trip & are interested in the rides more than animals? If this is you, I highly recommend hitting up the rides when the gates open! Rides like Manta & Atlantis can have waits up to 90 minutes later in the day. Save yourself a few minutes and hit those rides up first to get your thrill fix! You will thank me later!
7. Dodge The Parking Fee.
If you’re not an annual pass holder, parking will
cost you anywhere from $20-$40 depending on the day/type of parking you opt for. Dodge that fee by checking to see if your hotel offers Sea World transformation. Most resorts 3 Stars and up in the Orlando area usually offer some type of free shuttle service to and from all the theme parks, Sea World included! That’s a huge savings when traveling with the family. Heck, that savings can buy y’all lunch at Chick-Fil-a! So check out your hotels transportation options!
8. Charging Stations!
You’re reading this correctly. It’s CHARGING not changing ;-) Did your phone die due to all those epic photos you were uploading all day to the gram? Have no fear, charging station are here to save the day. Just head to the Nautilus Theater and between the Antarctica area and the Dolphin Theater. These free charging stations will having you snapping away in no time!
Ahhhhh Unicorns!!! I swear I will never get sick of these mystical creatures!!! They just make me full of smiles every time I see them. I know, how cheesy, but it’s true. I just can get enough!!!! Just search unicorns on my search bar on my site. The obsession is definitely real folks.
That’s why today I’m sharing with you a unicorn craft I have been wanting to post for awhile. A D.I.Y Unicorn Pen Holder! So easy to make & the best part?! Everything you see below. Yes, even the Clueless fuzzy pens came from the Dollar Tree!
• Tin Can
• Super Glue
• Black Sharpie
• Paper Flowers (Dollar Tree)
• Pink Paper
• White Paper
• Gold Glitter Paper
Take your white piece of paper and your can. Lay your can on your white piece of paper. Take your Sharpie or a pen if you have one near by & draw a line to mark the height of the can!
Now take your scissors and cut your white piece of paper in half where you marked your paper.
Once you have cut your white piece of paper, it’s time to roll it onto your tin can. Once you have your paper situated, take your super Glue and glue your paper onto the tin can.
Let your super glue dry.
Grab your gold sparkle paper and cut yourself a large unicorn horn. It’s always better to cut too big than too small. You can always trim your horn down if needed.
Super Glue your unicorn horn to your tin can! Make sure to glue your horn to the inside of the can so you cannot see where you have glued the horn down.
Now for the fun part! Take your pack of paper flowers and decide which colors/patterns make the cut! Glue them to the top of your can once you have decided on your color scheme.
Take your pink piece of paper and cut out two circles for cheeks!
This next step can be tricky if you have never attempted unicorn eyes. I suggest taking a blank piece of paper and drawing a few uniting eyes before drawing on your can. You only get one shot, so practice makes perfect.
Now that you have unicorn eyes, it’s time to glue on those cheeks!
& Just like that you have yourself a D.I.Y Unicorn Pen Holder!
Time to search the house for all those pens now that you have the most mystical pen holder around!
Thank you Zuru Toys & MomSelect for sponsoring this post. Regardless of monetary compensation, all opinions are 100% my own!
Summer is right around the corner folks!!!! If you’re in Western New York the countdown to the last day of school is on!!
6 MORE DAYS!!!!!!!
So very close!!!!!!!
We are almost to that finish line!!!!
That’s why Haylie and I are here today showing off this summers hottest toy, ZURU 5 Surprise!
With the amount of excitement each of these toys will bring your child, summer boredom on those dreadful rainy days will be a thing of the past!!! You can’t be bored when a ZURU 5 Surprise is in the House!!!
ZURU 5 Surprise
I don’t know about your kiddos, but my child is OBSESSED with watching kids unbox toys on YouTube. I thought this phenomenon of watching kids play with toys was totally bazaar, then I realized every time I get a new makeup palette (aka adult toys), I hit up YouTube for the 411.
So watching other kids unbox toys? Not as crazy as we think!! It’s the kiddie version of makeup tutorials.
Haylie’s favorite thing to watch being unboxed? Anything that resembles a ball or an egg. She just loves the suspense of finding out what toy is inside.
Kids are definitely lucky these days, because the ball/egg toys in my day? They came out of a gumball machine and usually had the lamest toy of all times inside. The egg was the best freakin part! Thanks to ZURU 5 Surprise, Kids can now choose a blue or pink ZURU 5 Suprise and score 5 new toys with each Surprise! With 150 Pink and 150 blue individual toys to collect, your kids will have a blast all summer collecting them all!!!!
Unboxing ZURU 5 Suprise
Unwrap, peel and reveal your 5 Surprise – the toy that combines the magic of unboxing with the thrill of collecting toys!! With literally hundreds of toys to collect, there will never be a dull moment when a ZURU 5 Surprise is in site!
As you can see, once the capsule opens, it reveals 5 sealed segments hiding 5 awesome different toys!!! There are literally so many possible variations of toys available. The surprise really is a new and exciting experience every time the capsule blooms!
Why ZURU 5 Surprise?
1. Price ~ At just under $5, this product is an easy impulse purchase, especially for summer boredom busters. Plus, they make a great idea for party favors. Your kid will definitely earn bonus points with their besties giving 5 Surprise for birthdays! Heck, 5 Surprise would even make a fun birthday theme!!! What kid wouldn’t want an unboxing birthday party?!?!
2. Fun to Unbox ~ Unlike other toys, your kid gets 5 new toys with each 5 Surprise! Not just 1. There are so many possible variations of toys available that your child has the chance of loving at least one of them! When you buy something with just one toy inside and your child unboxes just to see a toy they aren’t into. That’s zero fun! With ZURU 5 Surprise, there is no disappointment since you get 5 toys!!!! Something for EVERYONE to love.
3. Ridiculously Collectible~ With 150 blue & 150 pink, unboxing ZURU 5 Surprise turns into a fun collectible game! Have two kiddos at home? With two colors to choose from, you can have each kid choose a pink or blue 5 Surprise since the toy possibilities are different in the blue and the pink capsules. Collect those toys faster by scooping up one of each color!
4. Availability ~ The best part of all? ZURU 5 Surprise are easy to find since they can be found at retailers such as Walmart & Dollar General! Two stores my family shops at more than I would like to admit! I love it when I don’t have to make multiple stops when shopping. I can pick up household items AND the best boredom buster of all, ZURU 5 Surprise on the same shopping stop! WooHoo!!!
I know, this is the part y’all have been waiting for!!! To find out what Haylie scored in her ZURU 5 Surprise , click away at her unboxing video below!!! And please don’t forget to show her some love by giving her a thumbs up!!!! Sharing is also caring, so please share to all those unboxing video obsessed kids you know!!!! I’m sure they are dying to know what’s inside Haylie’s 5 Surprise!
Boy does my 6 year old love to color!!!! Keeps her occupied for HOURS! Her love for coloring has led to us owning more broken crayons than you could ever imagine! I swear a crayon has the life time of about a day before it’s left sitting in pieces.
The best thing to do when you have a jar filled with broken crayons is to up-cycle them. Just take your Silicone Cupcake Molds and simply fill them up with those broken crayons to give your child endless hours of coloring fun!!!
• Broken Crayons
• Silicone Cupcake Molds
2. Now take your broken crayons and remove all the paper. Then sort the crayons by color.
3. Now for the fun part. Take your broken crayons and start placing them in the molds. To get a tie-dye effect, just toss the broken crayons in the molds randomly.
4. Once your Cupcake Molds are filled with crayons, turn the oven on 250 degrees. Then place the molds in the oven for about 10 minutes or until the crayons have melted.
5. After your Tie-Dye Crayons are nice and melted, take them out of the oven and let them cool and return to a solid state.
6. Once your Tie-Dye crayons are solid, Pop your Tie-Dye Crayons out of the molds.
7. Color away!!! Enjoy :)
CourtneyLynne is former model turned mommy & wifey! When not blogging all things foodie, fashion, travel, mom life & straight up fabulousness to the masses, she can be found chasing her toddler around in 6in stilettos & laughing at her own jokes her glass of wine told her to tell.