August 28, 2014

An Easier Way to Preserve Your Family Memories


I'm a scrapbooker - I spend hundreds of dollars and days (probably weeks) every year to preserve those family memories. I enjoy the process and it's a hobby I don't plan on giving up, but sometimes I with there was an easier, quicker and cheaper way to get those pictures put together in a way that I can share with other people. As it is, I scrapbook about four YEARS behind.

This week I was offered the chance to use the new Collage.com one-click photo book. You select the photos you want to use - from Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, or your computer and it instantly populates into a clean, professional layout that you can change and update further if you want.



Use this link to get 51% off an 11.5 x 8.5 hardcover book - click once and pay just $25 to have an entire album ready to go.

I'm going to try it out and let you know how easy the process is and how the end product turns out . . .

August 26, 2014

My Favorite Swimsuits and Sunguards Are On Sale for 60% Off!!

With all the boys in my house, we're rough on swimsuits . . . and I'm not a huge fan of the typical character suits. With sadness this week, I had to put my absolute favorite swimsuit (with matching sun guard) in my consignment pile. It's a 3T and my littlest one is wearing 5s now. I just couldn't stretch it to make it work any further.

You can imagine how excited I was to find that the site they were purchased from - Cabana Life - which can be pretty expensive was having a 60% off sale with the code LDAY15! Hurry, it's ending soon but the suits are fun, bright and well made especially if you have fair-skinned littles. They also have girls, women's, coverups and more.


Note shipping is $9.95 so not cheap but still a good value for what you are getting - and the code isn't good on items already on sale.

Enjoy! Can't wait to see what you get.

August 22, 2014

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Contest!



With six boys ranging in age from 4 to 32 in our household, we are always looking for adventures that will fascinate them and not drain us financially. This past Christmas we invested in a season pass to Six Flags. #1 - it was a Christmas present and #2 - we have well used those passes already. We've been to Holiday in the Park, visited the park during it's special early open days in April and stopped in after a Ranger game to ride our favorite rides. In between those visits, we've managed to sneak in another handful of visits most of which have avoided the long, hot days of sumer when the waits can be at their longest. I would highly recommend this if you live close to a Six Flags theme park.

But what do you do when it's so hot that walking outside makes you feel as if you're melting and yet the rowdiness contained within your walls makes you feel as if you're in danger of losing your mind? Well, visit Six Flags Hurricane Harbor water park, of course!

Currently, US Coachways - the official tour bus of Six Flags - is running a contest for a FREE Family Four Pack of tickets to ANY Six Flags theme park location in the US. There are two ways to win - you can like them on Facebook where they choose a winner each week or you can take an Instagram selfie at the pool or beach and post it with the hashtag #summertimefun and tag @USCoachways to qualify. The best Instagram photo each week will win.

If you're not familar with them, US Coachways is a great family-owned company who provides a vast array of transportation services including motor coaches, limousines, party buses, and more to cities across the US.



August 17, 2014

Healthy Cotton Candy!

If you haven't tried these new Cotton Candy Grapes - you need to. It's a special new variety that truly tastes like cotton candy. They're plump, juicy and sweet . . . but still healthy fruit that are good for your kids.

Instead of the sticky fingers and sugary granules that usually accompany the traditional sweet treat, you will be left with all of the taste and none of the regrets.

Market Street is getting a shipment of these grapes in this week. They sell out quickly but are replenished regularly until the beginning of September so jump on this opportunity and try this special kind of healthy treat.

July 31, 2014

Fun Water Park for Families in DFW

This post is sponsored by Water Works Park in Denton, Texas. However all of the opinions are very much my own.


This past weekend, we took the entire family out to the Water Works water park in Denton. We had no clue what to expect, but we were pleasantly surprised to find a zero entry splash area for the little one, a lazy river (or a "lazy liver" as our 4-year-old says), slides as well as an indoor area with an additional slide and a diving board which was the bigger boys favorite part.

My husband noted that the park wasn't busy at all when we arrived just after it opened at 11 a.m. on a Saturday. It did pick up a little as the afternoon moved on, but it was never truly crowded. For example, my boys only waited 2 or 3 minutes each time to ride the slide of their choice.


We spent several hours playing and allowing the boys to explore. We went round and round on the lazy river as a family which was sweet time together. The depth is only 3 feet, so everyone but our four year old could touch. We were able to put him in a float with a bottom in it so he felt more secure. The park also has life jackets available if you need them.

The boys went down the slides repeatedly. The height limit for the blue slides is 48 in., and the height limit for the orange slide is just 42 in. which meant both the older boys could enjoy them.

Water Works is a city owned and run park which means they're open to families bringing in coolers with food and drinks. This is invaluable with little ones. Stocking up allows you to save money and stay longer. 

You can purchase season passes, monthly passes or daily passes. Note there are two different prices - one for Denton residents and one for non-residents that is slightly more expensive. Here are the daily prices:


48 inches and taller    $11 (non-residents add $2)           
Under 48 inches$7 (non-residents add $2)
Under age 2   FREE    
Non-swimming guests      $5