Have a Holly July Christmas with Cricut!

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This week, Cricut is launching a Digital Mystery Box for Christmas in July! In addition to the Christmas in July Mystery Box, enjoy great deals such as buy two, get one free on mats, EasyPress starting at $149.99, and Explore bundles as low as $279.99.

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Cricut.com is offering Free shipping (US & Canada) on orders of $99+ with code: JULYSHIP.

Check out the following Christmas in July Deals;

Digital Mystery Box: Christmas in July! $26.99. Limited Availability. 

Mats Buy 2 Get 1 Free – this week only! Valid 7/25-7/31.

Cricut EasyPress starting at $149.99. Valid 7/25-7/31.

Cricut Explore machine bundles as low as $279.99. Valid 7/25-7.31.

Free shipping (US & Canada) on orders of $99+ using code: JULYSHIP
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Introducing the all-new Cricut Maker.

It handles fabrics, leather, paper, and balsa wood with effortless precision. Cuts sewing patterns in just a few clicks. And places more creative possibilities than ever at your fingertips. Meet Cricut Maker – the ultimate smart cutting machine.

Shop Cartridges & Images at Cricut!

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Extended Sneak Peek at Disney’s Christopher Robin

In Disney’s heartwarming live action adventure, the young boy who shared countless adventures with his stuffed animal friends in the Hundred Acre Wood has grown up and lost sight of what’s important in life. Now it is up to his childhood friends to venture into our world and help Christopher Robin rediscover the joys of family life, the value of friendship and to appreciate the simple pleasure in life once again.

 

CHRISTOPHER ROBIN is directed by Marc Forster from a screenplay by Alex Ross Perry and Allison Schroeder and a story by Perry based on characters created by A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepard. The producers are Brigham Taylor and Kristin Burr, with Renée Wolfe and Jeremy Johns serving as executive producers. The film stars Ewan McGregor as Christopher Robin; Hayley Atwell as his wife Evelyn; Bronte Carmichael as his daughter Madeline; and Mark Gatiss as Keith Winslow, Robin’s boss. The film also features the voices of: Jim Cummings as Winnie the Pooh and Tigger; Brad Garrett as Eeyore; Toby Jones as Owl; Nick Mohammed as Piglet; Peter Capaldi as Rabbit; and Sophie Okonedo as Kanga.

CHRISTOPHER ROBIN arrives in theatres everywhere next Friday, August 3rd!

 

Liberty Science Center Summer Fun: Dino Dig, Grossology, Arthur’s World, Planetarium and much more!

What a blast my boys and I had today at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City New Jersey.

Today was a perfect day to be at the LSC. 75 and sunny for the morning and we got there bright and early to get a jump start on Dino Dig!

20180721_111058.jpgThis is a view looking down on the exhibit from the 4th floor. It’s a huge area of imagination and digging up REAL (ok, replica) Dinosaur bones!

We’ve been here before, but even though they’ve seen it, my boys still seemed to enjoy it just as if it was the first time again. Finding new dinosaurs, even dinosaurs eggs and poop!

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Not to mention, I cannot get enough of this view! You can pay big money for a view as close as this to the NYC skyline. Many parts of the center allow for outstanding views but the Dino Dig section is basically in its backyard.

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We wanted to also check out some of the featured exhibits on the third floor.  These are the limited time, see em’ while they’re hot, catch them if you can kind of exhibited so I suggest you get on in!

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Arthur’s World is pretty cute.  It is an entire large portion of the 3rd floor dedicated to the children’s show “Arthur”. Although my kids were never into the show, they’ve both read the books and appreciated this fantasy room where they got to feel like they were part of the show.

20180721_101925.jpg They got to pretend to be school teachers and students of the class. There were changes of clothes they can even wear to get into character.

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They also went “camping” and played house complete with a kitchen.

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They looked around and played however it might be more in tune with the younger crowd. 20180721_101726

The most popular new exhibit is the planetarium dome theater show theat runs every hour or so.  It is included with the LSC day pass, but I believe they’d like you to sign up for showtimes to avoid having to turn anyone away.

I remember seeing shows in this awesome dome theater as a child. It used to make me dizzy, and still does,- but it’s worth it!

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They have a few different shows all based on the solar system, we saw “beyond 2 worlds”.

My 6 year old was a bit nervous, gripping on to the seats because of the virtual reality like feeling you get. Eventually he settled down and enjoyed it.  Both kids and myself left with a huge smile and slight headaches and dizziness.  It’s a love/hate relationship!

Last but certainly not least, the awesome new exhibit GROSSOLOGY was so cool!

Having 2 boys, gross is a part of my daily vocabulary… this is not for the queezy people of the world.  Many boogers, burps and farts are thrown around this room.  Many..

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I think my favorite part of this exhibit was the lifesize, real life operation game.  Squishy organs you place one by one into a cartoon body, and then go to work getting a light flashing and buzzing if you even so much as tap the metal sides, just like the game!20180721_10481420180721_104653

They would stay in this exhibit for hours if I let them.

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Aside from the fun new exhibits, we hit up some of our old favorites too. The touch tunnel;

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The animal exhibits!

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And so much more.

You definitely need a full day to really appreciate everything. There is a food court that you can stop and get a bite for lunch or dinner, so plan a full day here… see it all.

Take in all of the knowledge, fun, and views the Liberty Science Center has to offer. You’ll be happy you did!

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Yogi Surprise Monthly Box

I’ve been a little MIA lately with alot going on now that it’s Summer. My kids and I have been busy to say the least.

I am excited to try out another Yogi Surprise box and treat myself! The last box, linked above was really awesome and what’s better is this time I have TWO to show you.

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They have a couple of themes you can choose from if you join their subscription service, depending on what tickles your fancy (does anyone really even say that anyone?! LOL).

All products are non-GMO, & cruelty-free. Check them out here: https://yogisurprise.com/yoga-box/https://yogisurprise.com/jewelry-box/

First up is the yoga box. This month’s theme is “adventure”.

I must prefix this by stating I found the BEST new Summer product in this box. I am in love with this Badger brand all natural Aloe gel. Its clear and not at all sticky. It is a life saver this Summer for me especially on my face.  It is definitely helping with the dry peeling skin I have from chlorine and sunburn.

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Aloe vera gel contains two hormones: Auxin and Gibberellins. These two hormones provide wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties that reduce skin inflammation.

I’ve been only using it for the past 3 days and I’ve seen amazing results on my facial appearance already.

I have larger pores and its smoothing out my skin, especially near my nose. Also the redness is evening out, but it isn’t clogging my pores like some lotions do.

The BEST part? A daily Aloe facial regimen can help reduce wrinkles! Yes, I said it! Makes sense doesn’t it? Plump your face full of natural goodness and hydration and the wrinkles will slowly fade.  That’s my goal!

Next up is the Yogi Surprise Aloha hip pouch made out of 100% coated Tyvek® to keep your valuables safe from splashes, spills and weather. Retail value $36.

I like that “fanny packs” are making a big comeback. Rapper Logic has made a statement making sure to add one to many of his outfits.

This one is particularly useful this Summer since it is somewhat water proof (I have a feeling water can maybe leak in through the zipper though). Not to mention it is super lightweight

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African Chai Tea by Just Tea is a nice change up to my normal coffee routine.

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One really cool thing about each Yogi Surprise box is that they always include a Yogi surprise sequence card. Try some of these out if you can while you sip your tea!20180709_195635

Surprise surprise! This Yogi box also has a special jewelry piece to add to your collection.  A simple natural stone necklace that comes with interchangeable necklace lace.

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Lastly it’s the all natural Nantucket Spider bug repellent.  This is a must have for all parents! Spray it on yourself if you do not want to put anything on your kids (even though it is all natural, deet free) and it’ll help keep the bugs away from your little tribe.

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Take advantage if you’d like, desk yogi! 3 month free membership. 20180709_200118

 

Like what you see? Join Yogi Surprise today!

Every month you’ll receive products with a mission to elevate your yoga practice on and off the mat.
Guaranteed retail value over $85.
Always GMO- and cruelty-free components
Only $44.95/month!

 

Those products not for you? Maybe you’d be more interested in their Jewelry surprise box! How cool to get different pieces every month created by Yogi’s like you!

 

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How cute is this box? Let @yogisurprise know what you think!

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The 3 pieces in this month’s box really add up to alot. The plunging necklace along with the matching bracelet (and if you got the yogi surprise yogi box you have the bonus matching necklace!) are the perfect accessories to daytime or nighttime outfits.

The white pearl look matte beads are my favorite!

This Dawn Yogi Yoga must sets the mood for your Yoga sequence (hint, use it with your above sequence card!) It has a very light citrus fragrance and is made right in Texas in the USA!

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Every month discover hand-crafted jewelry designed with your yogic journey in mind.
Guaranteed retail value over $65.
Always Hand-crafted and Fair-Trade
Only $24.99/month!

What’s up with the 2018 Mazda CX-7 Signature AWD

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Mazda USA came through with the 2018 Mazda CX-9! Check out this Auburn leather interior option with the woodgrain throughout the console.

I’m searching for my next vehicle since my lease is up at the end of the year and it is soooo stressful making the decision. 3rd row, sunroof, and leather interior and this baby fits the bill. Maybe I’ll be back in a Mazda again for my next vehicle? I’ll be checking out this signature version for the week and i’ll keep you guys updated on my thoughts! #DriveMazda

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My favorite thing about this model is the interior.  This is perfect for people with young children who still want that snazzy eye catching look.

This leather seating feels more like pleather to me, its much softer and crinkles and might tear more easily, but the color hides stains well while still being flashy and bright.

The Auburn color wouldn’t be complete without the woodgrain details. I liked this so much I checked around my local dealerships for this interior combo but didn’t find any nearby. If you like it, you may have to design your own model on their site if you aren’t lucky enough to have one near you.  But they DO exist!

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The front looks like any other Mazda. The grill is huge and flashy and the headlights are bright halogens. There is front camera there but it isn’t visible.

This allows for the follow alert where it tracks how close you are to tailgating the car ahead of you.  This helps because I definitely get distracted by my boys sometimes and hubby says I tend to follow too close.  It’s a good reminder to fall back.

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I’m not sure about your experience with 3rd row seats, but mine is pretty narrow.  In the fact that there are only 2 options I’ve noticed in the many vehicles I’ve seen with 3rd row… squishy … or slightly squishy. Never a huge 3rd row aside from my Ford Explorer, the SUVs always make you wish for more leg room but usually its for the kids anyway.

These seats in the back fold down easily, as well as the head rest, so it’s quick getting in and out.  The trunk space isn’t bad for the size of this vehicle either.

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20180523_195848.jpgI could fit a bunch of groceries even with the seats up, but other then that probablu just a compact stroller unless the seats are in down position. I guess that’s part of the sacrifice of the extra 3rd row seating.

Some last bonus’ for me with this vehicle is the heated steering wheel.  Perfect for winter weather and not many vehicles have this option!

The 2nd row has its own temperature controls as well as heated seats controlled across the middle row as well which is awesome. (Although crumbs easily get stuck in the holes.. ugg..)

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The is alot going on with the console, and I couldn’t test out everything for the week I had this vehicle, but as a previous Mazda owner, I can tell yupi Mazda hasn’t slipped.

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The car is packed with great features and didn’t disappoint.  Very smooth ride and we felt safe the whole way any road we were on.

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Good job Mazda! Zoom zoom!

Bendy and the Ink Machine Birthday Party

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Anyone else have a child who picks the most odd themes that they want for their birthday party?

My son dropped on me that he really wants to have a Bendy and the Ink Machine birthday party in our yard this year for his birthday next month.  And guess what,  there aren’t any party supplies at all for it at retail stores.

I know that he loves it,  and he watches the videos on you tube,  so guess what? This mommy has to do what mommy has to do to make it happen! Make it!

I decided to do like I did last year when he wanted to have a Five Nights at Freddy’s themed party and the were limited decorations to choose from.  Large cardboard cut outs! Very simple and the best part,  the kids can do most of the work. It isn’t child labor if they request to do it right??!? LOL. Just kidding.  He was so excited to get to work on it.

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The first step we did was getting the images to print out in a larger then one paper format. We used a free site called blockposters.com which helps you convert the images easily to multiple pages to create a poster.

Then we cut each piece of paper out and organized them together. 20180421_091641.jpg

Look how great my little boy was doing. Yes, he really did this all himself!

Then, we used anything we had around the house that can act as a sturdy back for the image. We had one piece of a gift box,  and some previously used shipping boxes that we cut to lay flat.

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Then you just glue each piece on order,  let them dry, and cut them out on the box.  We also cut eyes holes out so that the kids can use them as masks.

For the happy birthday banner,  I used my cricut explore and downloaded the banner file I liked for .99 cents.

I already had some cool vintage looking card stock on hand so it worked perfectly for this theme.

Also,  to make it more fit the theme, I printed some of the images I found online of the characters and cut them on sticker paper that you can get at any craft store.

It was a little time consuming,  but fun to put together.

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Here are some pictures of the FNAF them cutouts and party we did last year!

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Rain, Rain Go Away Hop with Medieval Times Giveaway!

Can you believe it is already April? Easter has come and gone,  and most Spring breaks have already taken place,  so I’m going to show you what we did with ours and offer you a chance to go with your family too! Hint Hint, we went back in time!

This Rain, Rain go away hop hosted by The Kids Did it and The Mommy Island.

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Enter at the bottom of the post to win by clicking the “giveaway” logo! There are over 100 giveaways you can Enter in addition to mine, so check them all out below! *Event hosts & participating bloggers are not responsible for fulfilling prize obligations from sponsors or self-sponsoring bloggers.

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Photo credit medievaltimes.com Lyndhurst, NJ.

I’ve lived in New Jersey my entire life and haven’t been to Medieval Times until now.

Word on the street is there is a new Queen in town! Queen Maria Isabella is the first Queen at the location and she holds it down!

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Queen Maria Isabella welcomes you to dine with her and her royal court. Always a generous host, the Queen has commanded her royal chefs to cook her favorite meal just for you.

Medieval Times’ noble guests feast on garlic bread, tomato bisque soup, roasted chicken, sweet buttered corn, herb-basted potatoes, the pastry of the Castle, coffee and two rounds of select beverages.

Our show was the 5pm show, but we got there at 3:50 and I’m glad we did. Parking was scarce and pretty far away for a cold windy day like today,  but we weren’t in a rush which was good.

 

Table sections (unless VIP) are chosen by first come first serve. We were given table 14 in the blue knight section which was good because my little one had me give him a blue sprayed Mohawk before we left the house.  Maybe that’s why they gave us blue? Either way, it worked out😊

They give you colored paper crowns that coincide with your knight and seat color after you get your seat tickets,  and then you walk into a room full of memorabilia and a small show with the queen recognizing special occasions like birthdays in which she “knights” The person in front of a crowd.  It was really cool to see an 80 year old woman there being knighted on her 80th birthday.

Make sure to pay attention to where your entrance is based on your color.  There seemed to be alot of confusion about that when it came time to line up to enter which is 15 minutes before show start time. Hint is to check the walls by the steps,  they have the color shields that should be in the section,  but it’s best to ask so you’re in the right spot initially.

We were ready to go in blue section,  and here is a view from our seat at table 14, see how cool the lighting is?

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Once seated you immediately get served with the first coarse,  your tomato bisque soup which is awesome! They have vegetarian and vegan options,  but check out the standard menu which is on the napkins at your seat:

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Overall,  it was a great time.  Fun show,  and great family atmosphere.  The only thing is that I wished the actual show was a little longer.  They spent about 20 minutes just calling out birthday shout outs which was making my kids fidgety and anxious. But once the actual show started, they were all eyes on the stage.

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Rooting for the blue knight (he lost in this show but that’s ok)

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The best part is you can Enter to win a family 4 pack of passes to go enjoy dinner and a show!

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*Disclaimer: By entering this giveaway you agree to share your email with Medieval Times.

For an EXTRA entry,  let me know what you think of the Toyota C-HR XLE by clicking the image below and commenting on the post!

Even if you aren’t THE winner,  everyone is a winner!

With the code ‘NJBlog36,’ our readers can get tickets for $36.95 for adults and $30.95 for kids (plus tax and processing). This is about a 40% off discount on the regular general admission pricing. It is valid for shows through the end of 2018, with the exception of the late night NYE show.

Check out the other giveaways for this hop and make sure to enter them! Click below.

1. The Kids Did It – Host 35. JeanBookNerd 69. It’s Free At Last
2. The Mommy Island – Host 36. Hollybee Tells 70. Everyday Gizmos Sweeps & Views – US
3. (VIP) Still Blonde after all these years 37. Savings in Seconds 71. The Jersey Momma
4. (VIP) Coupons and Freebies Mom – $19 Amazon Gift Card – US 38. icefairy’s Treasure Chest 72. The Mama Knows – US
5. (VIP) Way 2 Good Life – $40 UGears 3D Model – US 39. Nanny to Mommy 73. Author Sabrina A. Fish – US
6. (VIP) Broken Teepee 40. Tizzy Says 74. Utterly Amazing – US
7. (VIP) Comeback Momma 41. Confessions of a Frugal Mind 75. Win! Win! Win! – WW
8. (VIP) Living Smart girl 42. Erica Ever After 76. Drop The Spotlight
9. (VIP) Shopping Kim – $25 Target Gift Card – US 43. MyStylespot – US 77. Angie’s Angle – US
10. (VIP) Aging Like A Fine Wine 44. Parenting In Progress 78. It’s A Jersey Thing – US
11. (VIP) Beauty Info Zone – $25 Sephora Gift Card or PayPal Cash – US/CAN 45. The Moody Blonde – US 79. Christy’s Cozy Corners – WW
12. (VIP) Lindsey Blogs at SEBG 46. Busy Being Jennifer 80. Stacy Tilton Reviews – US
13. (VIP) On Honeysuckle Hill – $25 Jewelry Set – US 47. Staci Mauney’s Echoes of Joy – US/CAN 81. Mommy’s Block Pary
14. (VIP) Beautiful Touches – $149 Peachskin Sheets – US 48. Stacking My BookShelves – WW 82. Agent 54
15. (VIP) The Balanced Writer 49. Mom To Grandma – WW 83. More Than A Review- US
16. (VIP) Sunshine and RollerCoasters 50. A Modern Day Fairy Tale – US 84. Andersons Angels – US
17. Zombie Parenting 51. Mommy’s Playbook 85. Style Me Fantasy
18. A LeiSure Moment 52. Says Me Says Mom – US 86. Hanna Lei
19. FROG Reviews and Ramblings – US 53. Here We Go Again Ready 87. Candid Mama
20. Celebrate Woman Today – US 54. The Homespun Chics – US 88. Reviewz & Newz – US
21. Rockin’ Book Reviews  55. Eclectic Evelyn – US 89. Practical Frugality – US
22. Sweet Southern Savings – US/CAN 56. Java John Z’s 90. This Ole Mom – US/CAN
23. The Monarch Mommy 57. Simply Sherryl – WW 91. Live Well Be Fabulous
24. Three Boys & An Old Lady – WW 58. Tammie’s Reviews, Giveaways and More 92. SaraLee’s Deals Steals & Giveaways
25. Reading Reality  59. Graceful Coffee 93. Lisa-Queen of Random – US
26. Finding Sanity In Our Crazy Life 60. This N That with Olivia – US 94. Literary Winner
27. Box Roundup 61. Silver Dagger Book Tours 95. Heck Of A Bunch
28. Mom Does Reviews 62. Luv Saving Money – US 96. My Life. One Story at a Time.- US
29. Kerrific Online 63. Rita Reviews 97. Home jobs by mom
30. My Silly Little Gang – US 64. Something 2 Offer 98. Laurali’s Blog – US
31. Batch of Books 65. Moss and Ink 99. Freebies Deals & Steals
32. Gypsy Road – US 66. Diva’s News & Reviews – US/CAN 100. Susie’s Reviews
33. Bargnhtress 67. Homeschool Insights – WW
34. Miss Molly Says – US 68. Easter Babe’s Theory – US
 (Submissions close April 24, 2018)

If you’ve experienced a medieval times show, please comment below!

We were given a 2018 Toyota C-HR XLE to take to the show which was awesome! It kept our family safe and comfy on the 1 hour ride to Medieval Times, and was there to take us “back to the future” with its stylish look,  so check it out!

20180407_190951.jpgFor an EXTRA Entry,  Remember to click on the photo above and leave a comment on the post about what you think of the vehicle!