Staycation at Sahara Sam’s Oasis

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It’s a crazy time we’re living in and 2020 has been eventful to say the least. Many had vacations canceled due to travel bans and shutdowns, including myself.

If you’re looking for a staycation to make Summer feel like you’re at a resort, check out Sahara Sam’s Oasis in West Berlim NJ right off of exit 4 on the NJ Turnpike!

The inside waterpark and arcade area is currently shutdown due to social distancing policies however the outdoor area is full fledged fun. They have 50% capacity rules in place so make sure to purchase tickets ahead of time online as they’re not selling any on site to limit patrons.

I still found it to be a bit more crowded for my liking however we had a great time and just kept our distance from others.

The outdoor lagoon pool was our favorite. A perfect temperature heated large pool with majority of the pool 3ft deep with a roped off 5ft area.

Life vests are available as needed and there is enough room to social distance as long as every plays by the rules.

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We were supposed to be going to the Hard Rock next month so my kids lounged back and said look mom “this is the hard rock” as that held on to the hot rock lining the lagoon pool. It was so refreshing on this hot 90° Summer day.

The other areas of the outdoor section consists of a “toddler section” for kids 48″ and below. It is a nice shallow pool with buckets and sprinklers perfect for little ones, and a wave pool.

The wave pool is like any other, it goes for about 5 minutes,  then stops to settle,  and goes and stops.  It was really fun but a bit more crowded than I liked so we didn’t spend too much time in that area although the water was a perfect temperature and that made it hard to leave.

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All in all, it was a wonderful staycation and my boys both said “mom, we are definitely giving this a good review”.

Lockers are decently priced at $10 for a small, and you are allowed to bring in water,  and they have a small limited outdoor food area and ice cream station. Masks are not mandated in thre water areas (of course) but they are in the  bathrooms and food lines.

I hear it’s less crowded earlier in the day before 2pm and I’m sure the crowd lessons just befotte closing at 7pm so I suggest to go early or late if you’re trying to avoid crowds.

Every Friday, starting July 17th, is a Family Fun Friday! They’ll have a DJ spinning tunes in the Outdoor Water Park from 12 – 4 PM PLUS enjoy a personal pizza and small drink for just $6.99. *Outdoor Water Park ONLY is open (indoor water attractions closed). Reservations are required.

Let us know if you visit!

*I was provided tickets to review our visit but opinions are my own.

The Beautiful 2015 Hyundai Sante Fe Limited Edition, Chuggington, Tball, & NY Baby Show

2015 Hyundai Sante Fe Limited Edition AWD

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I was so excited when I heard I would be testing out the all new 2015 Hyundai Sante Fe in the Limited Edition with All Wheel Drive. It was fully loaded and had so much to offer a family of 4 like mine.

Thanks to the 411 Mommas and Drive Shop for making this review possible.

I LOVE being able to be a guest on the 411 Mommas!

Check out my Video Review on The411Mommas.com or below;

How nice is this vehicle? I mean, seriously, the color is so luxurious, as is the inside. I felt so proud driving this around town and it made me want to seriously consider buying one for my next family SUV. It is a little bigger then what I am used to, but it handled so well that wasn’t an issue at all.

Some of the features that I really loved were the safety features. Like the blind spot monitor which alerts you by beeping or lighting up whenever someone is in your blind spot. How it works, is the car senses when another vehicle is on the side of your car. If you’re driving on the highway, the light will just illuminate as the cars drive by. Right when you put your blinker on to get over (depending on the direction your going) it will beep if there is a vehicle in you blind spot on the side where you’re trying to go.

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Talk about luxury, this baby has heated AND air conditioned seats as well as a heated steering wheel option. The steering wheel sensitivity can also be changed based on what you’re most comfortable with. The frosted mocha color is the one I had, and I have to say it was beautiful! The interior felt so clean with the light wood grain and beige and black seats.

The 3rd row seats have their own controls for heating and air conditioning which is excellent. Any time you have a large SUV, it’s always an issue controlling the temperature throughout the entire vehicle. The back usually has a vent, but not it’s own temperature controls, so that was great. There is also a 12V socket that you can plug into in the trunk as well which is neat. You can blow dry your hair in the trunk of your car in desperate situations! Haha!

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The over-sized moon roof extends all the way to the 3rd row seating and would make a great “camp out” for kids in the summer to watch the stars with the AC on and maybe a pillow and blanket. There isn’t only a moon roof. The front portion of the glass is actually a sun roof. You can choose to have that open fully, just a tad, or not at all.

I didn’t have to use the 3rd row seating this time, because it was only the 4 of us in the vehicle this week, so I kept the 3rd row seats down the whole week. When I tell you there is a ton of room, that is almost an understatement. I fit my sons stroller back there, and 2 giant bags of laundry and I still had room for about 3 times that back there. The back seats were split apart, which I loved because you don’t have to lower a rear seat to get to the 3rd row. That was always a turn off for me in other 3rd row seating vehicles because I have 2 kids in car seats. So it was a hassle to pull down the seat for someone to climb back there and again when they get out. It also just made the vehicle feel so open and fresh.

This option had tinted windows, which helped keep it cooler inside. Even though the tinted windows kept most of the sun out of my kids eyes, it was nice to have the visors built in to give that extra sun block. My 2 year old seems to always have the sun-facing seat and complains during most family trips in our current vehicle but he did not complain at all in this one!

I am so in love with this SUV, that even though the gas mileage is 19 MPG and about 10 MPG less the my current vehicle, I don’t even mind. It is so worth the extra gas money to have the added safety and convenience to me. Plus, I started with a full tank, and drove it to and from work each day, and I didn’t even need to put gas in it the entire week. So for my personal use, it was fine and not a gas guzzler.

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I hope you get a chance to check out this car, you will not be let down!