Friday, September 19, 2014

9/19/14: Shoebuy and Fall Shoe Trends

I have to admit as a blogger I get invited to some wonderful events.  When Shoebuy.com invited me to an event with them to be pampered by getting a pedicure and talk shoe trends I jumped at the chance.  Who doesn't love shoes?  It was great to get to hear about Fall and Holiday trends from the World's Largest Site for Shoes.  They carry so many designers plus they have accessories, handbags and apparel.
 Let's start with one trend that was discussed which is accessories such as zippers, buckles, and ribbons that are not functional but just decoration.  I personally love the little bows on the back of these UGGs.
 Aren't these adorable?  My daughter would love these!  So would I.
Here is another boot that has been popular for a while.  I learned that Shoebuy.com has wide calf options for boots.  Boots have always been a problem for me due to my dancers calves.  I was happy to hear this and that wide calf options go up to 16 to 18 inches.
These Boston Boot Co. Boots are awesome.  They are very light weight.
Next are some drool worth shoes.  I love these black shoes.  They are amazing!
This Jessica Simpson pair is fantastic.  Perfect for a night out on the town.
Absolutely gorgeous!
I think these are super cute.
There are also tons of athletic shoes.  These Saucony sneakers are really light weight and great for working out.
Love these Converse.
They also have Land's End for kids and other outerwear for the whole family.
They will be having Black Friday sales also.  They often time have promotions.  Right now it is 20% off on their site.  Check them out!
Find them online:  http://www.shoebuy.com/
Twitter:  @shoebuy

Disclosure:  Shoebuy.com provided promotional items and a pedicure in exchange for a promotional review.  No other compensation was received and all opinion are my own.

9/19/14: Edaville USA Carnival Day

Come one, come all to Carnival Day at Edaville USA in Carver, MA.  They are hosting a classic Carnival with all the splendor of the Big Top!  One day only on September 21st.


There will be local vendors in addition tounlimited use of the park, including Dinoland and a 20 minute train ride through the picturesque woodlands and cranberry bogs. 
General admission is $20 with free admission to children under 2.  $17 for seniors.
Tickets can be purchased online by visiting www.edaville.com or at the park entrance. 

I suggest you Like the Edaville Facebook page to stay up to date.  You can also follow them on Twitter: @EdavilleUSA

Edaville USA is absolutely beautiful.  Not only is there the train ride but there are lots of rides and other fun activities.

Disclosure:  I received a family four pack of season tickets to promote Edaville USA.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

9/10/14: Disney Junior's Pirate and Princess Toys

Disney Junior has so many great shows.  "Sofia the First" and "Jake and the Never Land Pirates" rank among the top preschool programs in Kids 2-5, with "Sofia the First" ranking as the #1 series overall in Girls 2-5.  They have so many cool toys.  We received some for review so my kids tried them out.  Here Lauren poses with all of her Sofia and friends new dolls.
First I will start with some of the cool Sofia the First toys.  This is the Sofia the First 2-in-1 Costume Surprise.  She is dressed in a beautiful dress that transforms.  Great for roll play for little ones.
With just a small switch on her back she transforms from a girl princess to a swan princess.  The arms go up and down to make the transformation complete.  It also comes with a glitter eye mask with wand handle.  Lauren thought she was really pretty and liked her dress.  She called it her wedding dress.
Here she is as packaged.  Suggested retail is $14.99.  What an adorable doll for your daughter or a great gift for a birthday party.
Then there is the traditional Sofia the First Small Doll.  She has her beautiful purple dress and a lovely crown.
She is really beautiful and Lauren was having fun playing with her.  She is a mini doll and perfect for little hands.
Here she is as packaged.  Suggested retail is $9.99.
Another set of dolls that are adorable is the Sofia the First Royal Sleepover Dolls.  This set comes with three dolls.
Sofia, Ruby and Jade are ready for a sleepover.  They come with tiaras, sleep masks, blanket, pillow and even hair clips.
Lauren was enjoying getting them ready for their sleepover.
They even fell asleep and didn't stay up all night.
Here it is as packaged.  The suggested retail is $19.99.
Now for the Jake and the Never Land Pirates toys.  Here is Jake's Battle at Shipwreck Falls toy.  This is a really cool play set for younger kids but Evan had fun showing me how it worked.
It is really easy for kids to use and comes with Jake and a mummy that can duel.
As a figure falls through the secret trap door the waterfall turns and you can find the treasure.  It is very interactive.  Here is Evan having them duel it out.  The eyes in the skull light up as they duel.
Here you can see the eyes lit up.
 Lauren decided to get in on the action too.  It has 25 sounds and phrases.  This is a perfect play toy for kids three and up.
Here it is as packaged.  Suggested retail price is $50.
Here is Submarine Bucky's Never Sea Adventure.  Bucky instantly transforms in to a submarine with a pull up on the periscope.  There are also 3 projectiles that you can shoot out.  It also has a small Jake character and a squid.
Evan was opening all the compartments to reveal the treasure inside.  As it rolls the fins move.
Here it is as packaged.  It retails for $30.
Look for these great products at your local toy stores or online.
Disclosure:  I received these products for review purposes.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

Monday, September 8, 2014

9/8/14: Grandparents Weekend at Edaville USA

Did you know that Sunday, September 7th was Grandparents Day?  Now you have the chance to celebrate and  bring the Grandparents to Edaville USA in Carver, MA.  They are having a Grandparents weekend on September 13th and 14th. 


Following National Grandparents Day, come to Edaville and celebrate even more with all sorts of family activities and fun through the whole park.  These special days include unlimited use of the park, including Dinoland and a 20 minute train ride through the picturesque woodlands and cranberry bogs. 
General admission will be $20.
HALF price admission to all Grandparents
Free entrance to guests under the age of 2
$17 for seniors
Tickets can be purchased online by visiting www.edaville.com or at the park entrance. 

I suggest you Like the Edaville Facebook page to stay up to date.  You can also follow them on Twitter: @EdavilleUSA

Edaville USA is absolutely beautiful.  Not only is there the train ride but there are lots of rides and other fun activities.

Disclosure:  I received a family four pack of season tickets to promote Edaville USA.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

9/7/14: Frozen Summer Celebration Fun at Disney's Hollywood Studios

In late August we traveled to my favorite place, Walt Disney World!  My daughter loves Frozen and when I booked the trip back in December I had no idea they would be having a Frozen Summer Celebration in Disney's Hollywood Studios.  I was very excited when it was announced.  Lauren's birthday party this year had a Frozen theme so I can't even tell you how excited she was.  Read on and you can learn more about the Frozen Summer Fun Premium Package that we had.
Right as we entered the park we knew there would be a lot of Frozen fun.
This event starts with Anna and Elsa's Royal Welcome.  It is a short parade that ends at the Sorcerers Hat.
The girls arrive in a beautiful horse drawn carriage.
 There are also dancers along the route on roller skates.
 Kristoff also arrives with Anna and Elsa.  This is the only place I have seen Kristoff.
Anna and Elsa are then welcomed on stage.
They perform for a short time talking back and forth to Olaf.
Here you can see Olaf on the screen as everyone sings along.
We had purchased the Frozen Summer Fun Premium Package.  We had a roped off area to sit in for the processional and could then move forward to the stage after the processional went by.  We also had Mickey Mouse Ice Cream Bars, Frozen Lemonade Slush and all you could drink water, soda, and juice in this area, 
The ladies hopped back in their carriage and left the stage area.
Here you can see the check in sign for the Premium Package.
All throughout the day Olaf would pop up and have sing-a-longs and talk about his summer.
They also handed us an Olaf as we entered the park which was sort of like a fan.  During the day you could tweet pictures of you with Olaf with hashtag #OlafSummerVacation.  Here is our picture with him that we tweeted.

You cannot meet Anna and Elsa (that is only at Princess Fairytale Hall in Magic Kingdom), however there are many places to get magical pictures.
These areas were very clearly marked as backdrops were setup to take a picture.  Here we are with Sven.
 Oh my gosh, it is Sven!
 These are my favorites with Olaf.
Love this one.  I love the expressions on the kids faces.
There is also a For the First Time In Forever: Frozen Sing-Along Celebration with Anna, Elsa, and Kristoff.  With our Premium Package we also had a separate line to enter the theater and had great seats.  We were in the third row.  This happens at multiple times during the day.
Anna is so adorable.
There are two very funny hosts for the For the First Time In Forever: Frozen Sing-Along Celebration.
The fan favorite Let It Go got a lot of the kids and adults singing along.
Here is Olaf joining in the fun.
Kristoff showed up too.
Of course Elsa came to the sing-along too.
Sisterly love.
Let It Go was sung again when Elsa came out.
It even snowed in the theater.
What a ton of fun for the whole family.
They also had a building setup with an ice rink!  Oaken's Frozen Funland is a great place to cool off.  You can even rent some skates and get out on the ice.
Or you could play in an area with snow.  In the heat of August this was a great place to be in.
With our Premium Package we also had access to a dessert party which was a lot of fun.  There was potential rain in the area so they held it in the Playhouse Disney theater.
Here you can see the room.  There was music playing.
This party featured lots of cool Frozen themed snacks, chocolate fondue, drinks, coffee and alcoholic beverages.
Here you can see some Anna chocolate cupcakes.  Of course they are chocolate, Anna loves chocolate!
Anna vanilla cupcakes.
These cool little dessert shooters.
Here are the items for the chocolate fondue.
Lauren really liked the fondue.
Here are some of the juices.
Lauren showing off her Olaf dessert treat.
Lauren dancing away.
The Frozen bar.
Evan checking out the desserts.
Then we had a Cast Member walk us outside for the Frozen Fireworks.
We had a roped off area again to be in for the fireworks.
The Fireworks were beautiful especially with the Frozen music playing.
The fireworks were right behind the Sorcerers Hat.
The latest I information I read said that this Frozen Summer Celebration will be going on until September 28th so check it out before it melts!
What a fabulous FROZEN day despite the heat!