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Looking for something fun for kids in NYC? You must try the unique experience of “The Ride”. Guests will have front row seats to the streets of NYC as a stage for a 75-minute interactive entertainment experience of Midtown Manhattan and Times Square. The Ride features five to seven street performances, two award-winning hosts, trivia, karaoke, and more! Escape the heat of the summer and sit in climate-controlled comfort in this bus that sits stadium style, side facing seating with a panoramic view. The Ride also features advanced audio/visual technology, 3,000 LED lights, 40 plasma screens, and surround sound!
Fun for Kids In New York City On The Ride
My family got a chance to experience The Ride NYC last Spring and we had no idea what to expect. From the moment you stepped on the bus, the hosts were very good and kept you entertained the whole time with their amazing energy! They asked people their names as they walked in and were really good about getting the kids involved throughout the bus ride. They kept referencing back by calling out their names while dancing on the bus, “Check out Jaxon’s moves.” Jaxon got so excited as did the other kids. The hosts also got the people on the street excited by playing music outside the bus as we all did the wave. I found myself singing and clapping along the entire ride.
The staff did an excellent job of touring the city and educating us about all the landmarks. Lucas, my oldest, was really into learning about the different buildings and there was screen inside the bus explaining more details about each landmark including Times Square, Columbus Circle, the Chrysler Building, Grand Central Terminal and Bryant Park. You’ll explore the city in a completely new way through our floor-to-ceiling glass windows and stadium style seating!
The performers blend with the street life to become a part of THE RIDE, showing guests an experience they cannot get anywhere else! You won’t be able to tell where the New York City streets begin and the show ends!
Came out of nowhere….
Why wait until New Year’s Eve to celebrate when you can celebrate daily on The Ride. The kids were so excited to count down to new years right in front of where the ball actually drops.
The perfomers were absolute stars so talented It was entertaining as well as educational with the nararration of the differents sights. “Only in New York” performances on the street was just awesome. Interacting with pedestrians and getting their reactions or lack there of was just awesome. We got a kick out of how many people were just rude and not into even waving to us on the bus. The kids got to see the real NYC watching others rush the streets and some homeless people pick food out of the garbage. It was neat to have them see a different perspective of NYC.
While going through the financial district, thought this guy was really a UPS man and then he just started to breakdance.
Mollie was excited to see the Ballet Dancer in the park. This was a show within the bus ride.
You just never knew who was going to be part of the show. They would look like regular people and all of a sudden they started singing when we were stopped at a light.
If you are visiting New York City, you want to buy tickets to experience The Ride. It was a great day to relax and have some laughs while seeing NYC the way that you have never seen it before.
Disclosure: I was given complimentary tickets to review The Ride. All opinions are 100% my own.
One thing that I won’t miss this summer is running out the door to get to school. Our kids are big on breakfast and they will not settle for just cereal, but I recently started having them help with the morning breakfast routine. My kids eat eggs and turkey bacon every day, and I always felt that breakfast was the most important meal of the day. That’s why I don’t really mind taking the extra time to make healthy meals in the morning. We try to eat healthy as much as possible, so I was excited to try Nellie’s Free Range Eggs.
Nellie’s is committed to providing better lives for hens, which means better eggs for you and your family! Coming from the first Certified Humane® farm in the country, Nellie’s girls (aka hens) are never caged and have as much, or as little, access to outside as they want. I know it can be confusing when it comes to selecting eggs. Free Range eggs title means that most times of the day and year, the hens are free to roam outside as they please. This is very different from Cage Free, which sounds good, and is better than being in a tiny cage, but still basically means that you are in a massive warehouse of a barn with hundreds of thousands of other hens, in floor to ceiling caged enclosures, with no access to the outdoors. So not exactly idyllic.
Easy to prepare, inexpensive and nutrient dense, eggs are one of the most versatile and nutritious meal or snack options around. Plus, they’re a great first food to get kids into the kitchen and interested in cooking at an early age. In the summer, we tend to take a lot of day trips and the kids don’t want to get up early. So, I try to have the sandwiches ready to go, so it’s a quick but healthy meal before setting out for our adventure! Nellie’s offers some great promotions and coupons on their website, be sure to check them out.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Nellie’s Free Range Eggs. All opinions are 100% mine.
Sesame Place isn’t just for small kids, there are so many attractions for the entire family. Now that my kids are older and don’t really watch Sesame Street, I was afraid that they wouldn’t want to visit Sesame Place but I was wrong. It’s is one of Pennsylvania’s most popular amusement parks and here is why you should take the kids to Sesame Place Langhorne, PA.
Sesame Place is conveniently located off of I-95 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and is accessible from most major cities in the Mid-Atlantic, including Philadelphia, New York, New Jersey beaches, Baltimore and Washington DC. It’s the perfect time, and they’re the perfect age, for Sesame Place®, the nation’s only theme park based entirely on Sesame Street®. So before little kids become big kids, bring the entire family to whirl on rides, splash down slides and hug everyone’s favorite furry friends. Don’t miss Cookie’s Monster Land, our furriest land ever, or the special opportunity to meet, greet and eat with Elmo & Friends! Get ready to sing, dance and clap along at our daily character shows and our spectacular Neighborhood Street Party Parade. So go before they grow® to the nation’s only theme park based entirely on Sesame Street.
Take the Kids to Sesame Place
If your kids are afraid of characters, this is the perfect place to break them in and make them feel comfortable. I have told this to many of my friends that are on the fence about heading to Disney, but their kids are afraid of the characters. Trying the kids out a local amusement park like Sesame Place is a good start. There are special events throughout the day that the characters will be at and at different parts of the park. This way, you can plan the day accordingly if your child is still afraid. Jaxon, my youngest, was always afraid of the characters, but we finally made him feel comfortable at Sesame Place.
The great thing about Sesame Place is that there are different themes throughout the year. Since we are only under 2 hours away from Sesame Place, I know that many people buy a season pass which is 6 easy payments$18.83 per person. But if you do want to spend the night, I would recommend the Courtyard Philadelphia Langhorne. All packages include breakfast for 2 adults and 2 children, 2 Elmo 2 day passes, a rubber ducky per child and complimentary shuttle service to and from the park.
Summertime at Sesame Place June 19 through September 2
It’s crazy, but my kids still get excited to see characters around theme parks. It will be a very sad day when they stop, but even if they aren’t interested in seeing the characters Sesame Place has rides and slides for kids of all ages. The summertime is one of our favorite times to visit because of the water activities for kids of all ages. We went with my cousin who has a two year old daughter and my oldest is ten years old. There was something for everyone, including mom. Here is a tip- have kids wear their swimsuits, but try to get there when park opens and hit all the rides before lunch and the water rides after lunch. There are changing rooms and lockers to rent.
My family had an opportunity to visit Sesame Place a few years back for Media Day during The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular. Celebrate silly, not-too-spooky fun at The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular at Sesame Place®. Select dates from September 22 through October 29, the park is transformed into a family-friendly Halloween haven! It was so exciting seeing the characters and watching the expression on the kids’ faces as they ran toward each character with open arms. Each section of Sesame Place was decorated for Halloween, including Ernie’s Rubber Duckie Costume Party, two themed mazes, the Sesame Street Character hayride, and of course three Halloween themed shows including everyon e’s favorite Sesame Street friends.
Lucas (age 5), Mollie 4 (age 4) and Jaxon (age 15 months)
A Very Furry Christmas
A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place® is a festive, family-friendly celebration with everyone’s favorite Sesame Street® friends in Langhorne, PA. The park is transformed into a one-of-a-kind Christmas wonderland with millions of twinkling lights, festive decorations and whirling rides. Guests will enjoy special Christmas shows, savory Christmas menus, super holiday shopping and a visit with Santa in his Furry Workshop. A Very Furry Christmas takes place on select dates, November 18 through December 31.
Deals for Sesame Place Langhorne, PA
There are a few ways to find a deal for Sesame Place. First you can check for Sesame Place coupons or you can search on Groupon. There is also a deal on their website for Elmo’s 2nd Visit FREE Ticket. Choose your date and choose your savings! Save up to $20 on admission and get a FREE 2nd visit that can be used any operating day through 12/31/17! Prices vary by day so buy early for the best savings!
Mermaid Tails are the biggest hit for the summer and if you are raising a girl between the ages of 4-12, chances are they are probably asking for a one. When my daughter, Mollie, first asked for a Mermaid Tail I totally dismissed the request and told her that she was crazy. But she was obsessed! After watching a ton of Mermaid youtube videos, my 7 year old was not giving up! I told her she had two options to either save her own money and purchase that herself or to ask for it as a gift.
Well, she went right to her grandparents and that was her Kindergarten graduation gift. She can’t wait to get back into the Mermaid tail this summer!
Say Yes to the Mermaid Tail.. and get one for yourself!
It was an exciting day when the Fin Fun Mermaid Tail arrived and of course, she had to try it on! She wore the tail around the house and was anxiously awaiting the moment she could jump in the pool and become a mermaid. I am excited to take some pictures this year with my new underwater camera, but we did get some nice pictures above water.
Rules when wearing Mermaid Tail!
- The Fin Fun Mermaid Tail can only be worn with an adult present. This is so important since it can be difficult at first to swim.
- Put a time limit on the Fin Fun Mermaid Tail. Swimming as a mermaid takes a lot of energy. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great exercise for kids, but they can get very tired from using the fin. I actually get a little claustrophobic thinking about it, but Mollie has no problem with it and would probably swim all day with it on. I just feel like she needs to break.
- The last rule was that she had to take care of the Mermaid Tail after getting out of the pool. That means not leaving it around the side of the pool and taking out the fin to wash.
The mermaid tail is so cool, I totally would have loved this as a kid. Jaxon even liked trying on the Mermaid Tail. Did you know they sell adult mermaid tails! They even have adult mermaid workout classes, which are probably an awesome workout!
Details about Fin Fun Mermaid Tail
There are lot of discounted mermaid tails, but the reviews are not very good. Although there is some sticker shock, the Fin Fun Mermaid Tail has the best reviews. The mermaid tail comes in a variety of colors and sizes ranging from toddler to adult. Keep in mind that that you will also need the Fin Fun Mermaid Monofin or you can’t really swim like a mermaid. The price is $79.95 -$114.95 for both and I know it sounds crazy, but it’s totally worth the price. Be careful that it does not run on the bottom of the pool because the fabric is bathing suit material and can rip easily. My daughter is 7 and wears a size 10.
Check out Mollie doing a flip in her Fin Fun Mermaid Tail
As moms, we are always looking money saving tips – seriously, I tend to ease drop when I hear others talking about a deal. One of the biggest struggles that I am finding is having that extra cash for stuff like summer camps, day trips, sports signups, band or dance lessons. Here are 5 Money Saving Tips and have some extra cash to have some fun with the family.
- Set a goal what you are saving for (for example, is this for Christmas or maybe a special vacation). This is a great money saving tip to have a goal in mind.
- Try not to borrow from the funds (unless there is an emergency)
- Don’t keep the cash in your house – You will be more likely to dip into it
- If you need to skip a week or add less, that’s ok. The goal is to save in the end, not go into debt from saving.
5 Money Saving Tips
1. Personal/Family Budget like Business– You may think that I am crazy by saying this, but I never thought of my household as a business until I became a stay at home mom. When making the jump from two paychecks to one paycheck, you have to look at where every penny is going. Creating a budget, similar to a business plan, will help guide you through the entire year without getting into debt.
2. Know your Monthly expenses– Take out a piece of paper and list every monthly expense that you have. This may require some time and you may have to go back a few months of looking at bills.
▪ Eating Out
▪ Doctor Visits
3. Create a Spending Budget- Plan each month what you are going to spend, save and splurge!
▪ Groceries and Eating Out
▪ Misc Expenses (like haircuts, celebrations oil changes, clothing, entertainment, after school sports, home repairs, etc)- One of the tips that I love to share is how I stockpile on gifts for the entire year. You can view the ValPak Video on Creating a Gift Closet.
4. Use a calendar and make sure that it’s in a room that everyone walks through. Not only does a calendar help get you more organized for scheduling but it’s great for a monthly budget. By planning for pizza night or special nights out with the kids, the entire family will we aware of when those dates are coming and it avoids the popular question- Can we just eat out?
- Meal Planning- I just started really getting into meal planning and try for just the dinners each week. Note that I try to schedule a night to eat at my moms or mother in laws as well. NEPA Mom has a great meal planning template that will help get you started.
- Shopping Trips- Plan all shopping trips ahed of time and try to buy clothing online (even for stores that offer free in store pickup). By shopping online it prevents those impulse buys and you can also check your shopping cart and easily click the delete button.
Celebrations- Planning ahead rather than buying last minute can save you hundreds of dollars a year.
5. Emergency Money/Flex Money
It’s so important to have an emergency fund and also flex money to have some fun with the family. If you are a couponer or find yourself saving money with some of these tips, then save that extra money in a flex fund. You should always being saving in an emergency fund.
Do you have any money saving tips to share? Leave them in the comments below.
If you are heading on vacation with the kids either cruise or a resort, you might be searching for reviews on the best kids snorkeling gear for vacation. Most resorts rent scuba or snorkeling gear or sell it in the gift shop, but that can get expensive. The kids will love having their own snorkeling gear and it can be used throughout the whole trip.
When were planning our recent trip to Jamaica, the one tip that I read from traveling moms was to pack our own snorkeling gear for the kids to explore the ocean without having to go on an actual snorkeling trip. I was able to find the best kids snorkeling gear for vacation on Amazon. Remember that my kids are ages 10, 7, 5 and I found the perfect fit for each one. I really recommend purchasing kids snorkeling gear if you are traveling to tropical waters.
One of my biggest concerns was the goggles fogging up or having leaks, but that wasn’t the case. The kids were able to swim in the shallow waters and explore. The nice thing about the packages below is that they can be worn throughout the whole trip. The kids loved playing games in the pool with the googles and didn’t have any problems.
Best Kids Snorkeling Gear for Vacation
For Kids ages 10 and up -Lucas is pretty big for his age and these fit very comfortable.
For kids ages 5-10 – depending on how big the kids are.
Looking for the Best Camera to Take Underwater Pictures? The Olympus – TG-4 16.0-Megapixel Waterproof Digital Camera is a must have for vacations. When we started planning our trip to Jamaica one thing that I knew we had to purchase was a good underwater/water proof camera. The last thing we wanted to do was have to worry about using our phones to take pictures and dropping them in the water. Plus, we wanted something that the kids would be able to use on the trip that would also take good pictures. Of course, I went right to facebook for advice from friends to to ask what is the best camera to take underwater pictures and many mentioned the Olympus TG-4 Waterproof Digital Camera. I was a little turned away by the price of the camera Olympus – TG-4 16.0-Megapixel Waterproof Digital Camera, which is $379.99 and totally worth the investment.
Best Camera to Take Underwater Pictures
The quality of pictures was amazing from the underwater details to the out pictures taken on land. We were able to bring the Olympus – TG-4 with us on the water sports rides, snorkeling, dolphin swim and just into the ocean with no worries. The kids loved the fact that we can capture the memory underwater and with no worries. I was so worried about how the quality of the pictures would be with the underwater camera, but the pictures were great. It was great not having to worry about bringing our phones to take pictures because the camera took awesome pictures and videos both underwater and above water.
The Olympus TG-4 16 MP Waterproof Digital Camera with 3-Inch LCD (Red) The best accessory we purchased for the camera was the Polaroid Floating Wrist Strap. My biggest fear was dropping the camera in the water, so this is where the floating wrist strap came in handy.
About the Camera
The kids were also able to use the camera with ease and we didn’t have to worry about it breaking. Tough TG-4 takes all you can dish out and keeps shooting! Waterproof to depths of 50ft/15m, it’s perfect for snorkeling or battling the waves. TG-4’s robust construction is crushproof to 220lbf/100kgf, shockproof to 7ft/2.1m, and dustproof. And because TG-4 is freezeproof to 14°F/-10°C, even frigid conditions don’t faze it. From snowy slopes to coral reefs, this is the camera you can always keep with you.
Built-in WiFi for Olympus – TG-4
There are times that I would rather take pictures on my phone because they are easier to store and share, but the Olympus – TG-4 has a really neat feature with built-in WiFi. The app is free to download and takes minutes to upload pictures, videos take a little longer. We use this camera for most of our pictures now.
This is one of my favorite features of the Olympus – TG-4 that you can sharing and upload your outdoor adventures quick and easy with TG-4’s built-in WiFi and the free OI.Share app. Sync smart devices with a QR code to wirelessly share photos and videos with a press of a button. Plus, compose your image, control camera settings, and shoot remotely all from your smart device. Just download the app and scan the QR code on camera. My husband would upload the images right from the beach. The videos take a little longer to upload, but it’s nice that you don’t have to transfer the images via USB or storage card.
We ended up buying the Olympus TG-4 Waterproof Digital Camera Accessory Bundle, but found that we didn’t use all the items in the bundle. I think that the camera and floating wrist strap are just fine purchased together. It was nice having the extra battery and we ended up saving all the photos to the SD card and placing in safe at home as a hard backup of photos, but I don’t think it’s something that you need to have.
If your children are like mine, they started asking for their own phone before they were five. “Seriously, Santa doesn’t bring iphones?” Not in this house!! But, my kids are involved in so many different things and now starting to go places without me. If you are like me, here are some reasons why your child needs a LG Gizmo Gadget!
Why Your Child needs a LG Gizmo Gadget!
There are many reasons that I don’t feel comfortable getting them a phone at such a young age, but I don’t want them to live in a bubble either. There are times that they do need to get in touch with me after practices or games and there are times that I need to locate. I wouldn’t consider myself a helicopter mom, maybe just a mom trying to raise kids with busy schedules. That’s why I was excited when my friend told me about the LG Gizmo Gadget from Verizon.
The Gizmo Gadget is not a toy, it is an actual cell phone that you, the parent, control. Your child can only call and text numbers that you have inputted. You can also track their location and set up a geofence, so you can be alerted when they leave a certain area. It’s been over two years since we purchased the Gizmo Gadget for Lucas and recently, we purchased one for Mollie and Jaxon. Honestly, Jaxon at age five is a little young for it, but there are times that I make him wear if when we are going in crowds. The kids also like being able to call their grandparents or even each other from their watch.
I can locate my kids when they are riding bikes. This is genius. Since we can’t put a micro chip GPS in our kids, this is the closest thing to it. The kids have strict rules when riding their bikes with friends, but there are time that I just want to check up on them to make sure they are following the rules. There are a lot of times that I need to get in touch with them as well (and honestly, there are times that they get lost in Target and I need to find them!) I cannot tell you enough how much I LOVE this watch!
My kids know they have access to get in touch with me. This past weekend while I was taking an exercise class at the YMCA, Mollie was outside on the playground with a few of the other kids that their moms were in class. I received a call from Mollie that they were locked out back. The door must have closed and it was locked, so they had no way to get back into the Y. I am sure that this has happened before, but rather than bang on the door in a panic, Mollie just used her watch.
What is the cost of a Verizon Gizmo Gadget?
You can order one today for $149 (with a two-year Verizon contract). The watch requires a $5 monthly access fee that can be added and removed at any time to your existing Verizon Wireless plan.
More about the watch…
- Fitness tracker with get moving reminders
- Two-way communication
- GPS location
- Text messaging from preset contacts
- On-screen text and missed calls alerts
- Audible read out function reads texts and screen alerts for young kids
- GizmoHub App lets parents decide who can communicate via the watch
- Up to 9 caregivers can access the GPS location
- Up to 10 numbers can use 2-way calling
- Auto answer function allows caregivers to audibly monitor the watch’s environment
Younger kids may want to try the GizmoPal 2. The second-generation GizmoPal comes in pink or light blue, and features multiple LED status lights that indicate if a call or message is coming in from his or her caregiver, the ability to set GPS boundaries with real-time notifications, an IPX7 waterproof design and a voice recorder that allows children to playback their voice with fun effects. However, kids cannot text and may only call four people. We had this at first for our five year old, but then returned it for the GizmoGadget. The two main reason why we did the exchange was the Gizmo Pal doesn’t display the time and the limit on contacts. My kids wanted to be able to communicate with each other and that didn’t allow us to have all the contacts we felt that he should have. There are discounted LG GizmoPal 2 VC110 Verizon Wireless GPS Track Call Child Wearable Smartwatch – Pink (Certified Refurbished) available on Amazon. You would just have to take it to the Verizon store to have it added to your account. One thing that I do love about the GizmoPal is that it still has the GPS, so if your main reason is to have contact and locate your child, this is perfect for the younger kids.
Leave any questions in the comments and I will answer them! I cannot express enough how much we LOVE the Gizmo Gadget!