Great Glow Sticks For Summer Fun #glowsticks

My kids and I feel like you can never have enough Glow Sticks. We use them all the time. Carnivals at night, drive-ins and park fun in the evening. We also put them up when we do sleepovers around the room so the kids and their friends have fun, colorful night lights.

This pack of 100 super bright glow in the dark sticks also come with 100 connectors so you can make bracelets or anklets if you want.

They also come in a handy dandy carrier that comes them from breaking before you can use them. 



We love that their are multiple colors, green, yellow, orange, blue and pink.


They DO last a long time. The description says 8 hours but it is much longer than that.

This is a great value for the money especially considering the fact that I have ordered from others companies but usually get about 3% of them already broken.

There are so many fun games to play using glow sticks:
  • Hot potato takes on a whole new look when done in the dark with glow sticks
  • Musical Glow Sticks -  Have one less then the people playing.  Throw the sticks on the floor! Play the music and when it stops everyone grabs a glow stick. The one without a stick is out until there is one person left.
  • Night time Scavenger Hunts are fun with hidden glow sticks 
  • Ring Toss - Make bracelets out the the glow sticks and toss them around a small pole. straw, or whatever you use to make a ring toss.
  • Glow In The Dark Easter Egg Hunt
Other uses for glow sticks:
  • Insert into a balloon for a glow in the dark effect
  • Make bath time extra special.
  • Toss them into the pool for a colorful night time swim
  • Serve colorful drinks by placing one in the bottom of a clear plastic cup and covering it with another. Your drink will never touch the glow stick

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Must-See Places in Kowloon #travel #hongkong



The walled city of Kowloon is often romanticized by Western tourists because of its mysterious essence. Loosely translated into "nine dragons," the region is crowded and hectic, but the residents are friendly and the area has numerous must-see places that are sure to make your trip to Hong Kong feel complete.

Shanghai Street


The historic Shanghai Street starts at the north side of Kowloon Park and runs to Prince Edward Road. The best way to see everything in this area is on foot. As you stroll along, you will have the chance to explore numerous shops lining the street. Many of the stores have been owned by the same family for centuries and sell everything from regional teas to medicinal herbs.

The Cosmopolitan Hotel is located adjacent to the Causeway Bridge, not too far from Shanghai Street.

Sham Shui Po


The district of Sham Shui Po is a bargain shopper's paradise. The flea markets that line Apliu Street and Pei Ho Street are a goldmine of second-hand items such as cameras, clothing, toys and kitchen items. You never know what you will find at the numerous stands. Be prepared to spend a few hours shopping and haggling over the prices.

The Hong KongGold Coast Hotel is close to the Sham Shui Po Market and approximately 35 minutes from Central.

Temple Street Night Market


When the sun starts to set, the Temple Street Night Market comes alive. The entire region is bedecked in lights and music plays from every corner. You will find a wide assortment of items and crafts for sale. Haggling is welcome, and even encouraged, so don't be afraid to offer a lower price for any item that catches your fancy.

The Eaton Hong Kong Hotel is located within walking distance to the Temple Street Night Market. The hotel has a fitness center and rooftop pool for you to relax in after a day of walking and shopping.

Wong Tai Sin Temple


Three religions converge at the Wong Tai Sin Temple: Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism. The area is crowded, but definitely worth a visit. Have your fortune told, take a picture of the famous lion statue on the grounds and purchase a variety of incense at the temple.

Within the heart of Kowloon are numerous hotels, but if you are staying outside of the Walled City of Kowloon at a hotel in Hong Kong, ask the hotel's concierge to advise you on the best method of transportation to reach Kowloon. Some hotels are located within walking distance, but others can arrange a car and driver for transportation.

Kowloon is a place that offers a taste of the real, everyday Hong Kong and its burgeoning population. Exploring the area gives you the chance to see what everyday life is like for the city's residents.

Our Dreamworks Home Movie Night Sleepover #HomeInsiders @DWAnimation @FHEInsiders @FoxHomeEnt

What's a sleepover without a movie and we had a great movie on deck plus some goodies from the Fox Home Entertainment Team!


Starring: Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez
Directed By: Tim Johnson
Home was about an alien named Oh and Tucci or Tip as her friends call her and Pig, Tucci's pet cat.  Oh who got his name from his friends (NOT!) and the other Boovs are on the run from the Gorg who destroys planets.


While searching for a place to call home the Boovs (Oh and the other aliens) decide Earth will be their new home. They use their big vacuum thingy and suck people from earth up and deposit them in Australia. Everyone that is except Tucci who is upset with the Boovs because they took away her mother.  Oh is also alone and now a fugitive after accidentally alerting the Gorg as to his people's new location.


After Oh promises to help Tip find her mother he eventually saves his people from the misunderstood Gorg all is well in the world and Oh finally gets his party!



It was an adorable movie that Me, Goddess, Handsome and our sleepover friend loved! The animation is great. The characters are adorable and lovable and while I didn't love the soundtrack it is definitely something kids will appreciate.

All decked out in Oh!
Stress toy Oh

My two and Goddess' friend (see her tiny feet past Goddess face? She said she doesn't do pics Grrrr) had a tent under the pool table where the watched the movie for a second time. 


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Disclaimer: I received complimentary products as a Fox Home Insider for my honest opinion. No monetary compensation was offered or received.

Colgate's Newest Toothpaste Is Amazing - #Colgate Total Daily Repair #Toothpaste


OK...let me tell you guys something. My Goddess has always had a tooth staining problem in fact, we joke  and say her pirate name is "Black Tooth". She even says it in a pirate like voice, "My name is Black Tooth." Ever since she was a tiny girl her staining was prominent. Brushing doesn't help and the dentist every 6 months comments. We have tried going to bottled water thinking perhaps it was the iron in our well water but keeping bottled water always at the ready isn't as easy as one would think. 

Recently we all started using Colgate Total Daily Repair Toothpaste which contains a multi-active formula that helps repair early teeth and gum damage. 

We LOVE it. 

Let's start at the beginning. 

We received the most amazing packaging ever. It was like opening a treasure chest of tooth cleaning for "Black Tooth."  



When we opened it, it was as though a light shone down from the Heavens amid the with singing voices of Angels.

The new brush was perfect. We had already purchased four of these very brushes just a month earlier. Goddess was thrilled to get a new brush. I don't know what she does to hers but no one needs a new brush like this child!   She must bite it or something because a month after we get hers, bristles are always coming out of it. Ours all like new and hers pathetic. So there was no doubt who would be getting this new one.




Well, let's just say I don't have to beg the kids to brush every night. I don't know if it is because of the toothpaste, the fact they see a difference or they love using the mirror in this Colgate box. What I do know is they brush. Goddess loves looking at her teeth. There is still a tiny bit of stain on the one snaggletooth which my dentist will eventually love me for when he has to put braces on these but all in all we ALL love this new Colgate Total Daily Repair.


A BIG THUMBS UP from all of us but especially Goddess!


Disclaimer: I received a complimentary product for my honest opinion.

America’s Best Racing launches America's Best Ultimate Surf and Turf Weekend Sweepstakes





America’s Best Racing (ABR), a multi-media fan development and awareness-building platform created and funded by The Jockey Club, today launched America’s Best Ultimate Surf and Turf Weekend Sweepstakes.

The winner and a guest will fly to San Diego to experience the ultimate “Surf and Turf” weekend from August 21-23, 2015, and enjoy all that Del Mar Thoroughbred Club has to offer. Founded in 1937 by the legendary actor/singer Bing Crosby, Del Mar is affectionately known as the “Playground to the Stars” and where the “Turf Meets the Surf.”

In addition to airfare, the winner and a guest will enjoy two nights at a great hotel, learn how to catch a wave with beginner surfing lessons in the Pacific Ocean and experience VIP treatment at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club for Pacific Classic day with a table for two in the Turf Club, plus paddock access and a $200 betting voucher to back a winner in the 2015 running of the Pacific Classic. After a fantastic day at Del Mar, the winner will be treated to dinner at a Del Mar hotspot on Saturday night.

To enter the sweepstakes, with additional entries possible via the use of Facebook and Twitter in accordance with the Terms & Conditions, and for all the details, click here: americasbestracing.net/UltimateSurfandTurfSweepstakes

Entries into America’s Best Ultimate Surf and Turf Weekend Sweepstakes open today and close on Wednesday, August 12.

Wondering what the experience at Del Mar is like? This new, recently filmed ABR Films presentation, “Del Mar: A Party for the Modern Sports Fan”: http://youtu.be/Ga2o6k_HkVU should inspire fans from coast to coast to enter and win America’s Best Ultimate Surf and Turf Weekend Sweepstakes.

Stay tuned to AmericasBestRacing.net for the latest updates, news, blogs, photos, gambling insights, and party tips on the sport and lifestyle as the focus turns toward summer racing and the Road to the Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland (Oct. 30-31).

Walking Through Memory Lane - The Kids Make Me Happy! That Is All That Matters (Aug 2008) #memories


August 26th – I took the kids to the botanical gardens. We go about 4 times a year. It was pretty sad to see so many of the flowers dying, just means that summer is ending. It was still beautiful and I took some amazing pictures.



August 27th – I went to the park with a friend and her kids. We got there early and had the park mostly to ourselves except for some pita (pain in the ass) kid who decided to purposely spill his Red Bull drink all over the tunnels. Who gives their 11 year old Red Bull anyway? There is just as much sugar and caffeine if not more than soda.  My son and a friend aren’t as close as I would want them to be but I am still holding out hope that they turn out to be good friends.
Update 2015 - They are friends not close but friends

August 28th – I took the kids to Borders. I really needed to get my new Amy Knapp’s Family Organizer. It really is the best. I let the kids pick out a book each every time we go. My son always picks from the Bargain bins (I love that). Border does have some awesome Bargain bins. I do a lot of my Christmas shopping through them for the kids on my list.  With 18 kids under the age of 18 to buy for you really need to spend wisely.

The book he picked was an Elmo book and had finger puppets. I have been the audience to many finger puppet shows this weekend as you can imagine.


August 29th – We spent some time at the library where we checked out a small book shelf worth. I Read all of them 3 times and played some games with the kids.  My son has been wanting to open up a manicure kit I have in my bedroom because he thinks the gloves are like boxing gloves. Wii and boxing are his favorite things at the moment. I told him the hot pink gloves are for my hands but he wore them and punched his Power Ranger punching bag for about 10 minutes. Whatever keeps him busy for a while is fine with me.

August 30th – We did some food shopping in the morning and then we got the car washed at the $5.00 car wash in town. This was their second trip through it and my daughter was a little nervous. 

To read more or to see a small video head on over here.

August 31st – Today when I walked onto the deck there was a small white butterfly on it’s back. I put it on the table and took some pictures of it walking around. Goddess asked to hold it. She was so gentle and sweet with it made me think about getting her a pet for about 2 seconds. I loved watching her face as she told me it was tickling her or that she was not going to drop it. She must have held it for about 15 minutes before putting it down. She asked about it all day. I hope it eventually got its strength back and moved on.




Love’s like a butterfly as soft and gentle as a sigh – Dolly Parton

Far From The Madding Crowd Blu-ray & Digital Copy #GIVEAWAY #MaddingCrowdInsiders

Synopsis

Far From the Madding Crowd
Carey Mulligan stars as a headstrong Victorian beauty in this sweeping romantic drama, based on the literary classic by Thomas Hardy. Mulligan plays Bathsheba Everdene, an independent woman who attracts three different suitors: a sheep farmer (Matthias Schoenaerts); a dashing soldier (Tom Sturridge); and a prosperous, older bachelor (Michael Sheen). This timeless story of Bathsheba’s passions explores the nature of relationships, love and resilience.


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Strawberry Shortcake Berry Tales DVD & Digital Giveaway Ends 8/15 #BerryTales

Synopsis
Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Tales
The spotlight shines on the importance of being true to yourself in Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Tales.  Join Plum in “Snowberry and the Seven Berrykins” as she learns to believe in herself when putting on a small and simple play for a young audience.  In “Berryella and Prince Berry Charming,” Huck agrees to be in a production, but then quickly realizes that he’d be happier behind the scenes.  Strawberry, Lemon and Raspberry star as three princesses on a quest to rule a kingdom in “The Littlest Berrykin,” and realize that they can never succeed without kindness and generosity.  With berry important lessons, it’s curtain up on good times and friendship!
Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Tales,The spotlight shines on the importance of being true to yourself in Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Tales.  Join Plum in “Snowberry and the Seven Berrykins” as she learns to believe in herself when putting on a small and simple play for a young audience.  In “Berryella and Prince Berry Charming,” Huck agrees to be in a production, but then quickly realizes that he’d be happier behind the scenes.  


 Strawberry, Lemon and Raspberry star as three princesses on a quest to rule a kingdom in “The Littlest Berrykin,” and realize that they can never succeed without kindness and generosity.  With berry important lessons, it’s curtain up on good times and friendship! Strawberry Shortcake Berry Tales comes to DVD on August 11th.
- See more at: http://www.susansdisneyfamily.com/2015/07/strawberry-shortcake-berry-tales-comes.html#sthash.ONstlunJ.dpuf

Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Tales,The spotlight shines on the importance of being true to yourself in Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Tales.  Join Plum in “Snowberry and the Seven Berrykins” as she learns to believe in herself when putting on a small and simple play for a young audience.  In “Berryella and Prince Berry Charming,” Huck agrees to be in a production, but then quickly realizes that he’d be happier behind the scenes.  


 Strawberry, Lemon and Raspberry star as three princesses on a quest to rule a kingdom in “The Littlest Berrykin,” and realize that they can never succeed without kindness and generosity.  With berry important lessons, it’s curtain up on good times and friendship! Strawberry Shortcake Berry Tales comes to DVD on August 11th.
- See more at: http://www.susansdisneyfamily.com/2015/07/strawberry-shortcake-berry-tales-comes.html#sthash.ONstlunJ.dpuf
Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Tales,The spotlight shines on the importance of being true to yourself in Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Tales.  Join Plum in “Snowberry and the Seven Berrykins” as she learns to believe in herself when putting on a small and simple play for a young audience.  In “Berryella and Prince Berry Charming,” Huck agrees to be in a production, but then quickly realizes that he’d be happier behind the scenes.  


 Strawberry, Lemon and Raspberry star as three princesses on a quest to rule a kingdom in “The Littlest Berrykin,” and realize that they can never succeed without kindness and generosity.  With berry important lessons, it’s curtain up on good times and friendship! Strawberry Shortcake Berry Tales comes to DVD on August 11th.
- See more at: http://www.susansdisneyfamily.com/2015/07/strawberry-shortcake-berry-tales-comes.html#sthash.ONstlunJ.dpuf
Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Tales,The spotlight shines on the importance of being true to yourself in Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Tales.  Join Plum in “Snowberry and the Seven Berrykins” as she learns to believe in herself when putting on a small and simple play for a young audience.  In “Berryella and Prince Berry Charming,” Huck agrees to be in a production, but then quickly realizes that he’d be happier behind the scenes.  


 Strawberry, Lemon and Raspberry star as three princesses on a quest to rule a kingdom in “The Littlest Berrykin,” and realize that they can never succeed without kindness and generosity.  With berry important lessons, it’s curtain up on good times and friendship! Strawberry Shortcake Berry Tales comes to DVD on August 11th.
- See more at: http://www.susansdisneyfamily.com/2015/07/strawberry-shortcake-berry-tales-comes.html#sthash.ONstlunJ.dpuf


Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Tales,The spotlight shines on the importance of being true to yourself in Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Tales.  Join Plum in “Snowberry and the Seven Berrykins” as she learns to believe in herself when putting on a small and simple play for a young audience.  In “Berryella and Prince Berry Charming,” Huck agrees to be in a production, but then quickly realizes that he’d be happier behind the scenes. 

Strawberry, Lemon and Raspberry star as three princesses on a quest to rule a kingdom in “The Littlest Berrykin,” and realize that they can never succeed without kindness and generosity.  With berry important lessons, it’s curtain up on good times and friendship! Strawberry Shortcake Berry Tales comes to DVD on August 11th.

While you wait for the DVD, be sure to print out this coloring sheet for the Strawberry fan in your life.
 I can't wait to see Berry Tales. The Strawberry Shortcake movies are fun animation and the characters are all sweet, helpful and adorable.

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