Tangle: to bring together into a mass of confusedly interlaced or intertwisted threads, strands, or other like parts
Showing posts with label family. Show all posts
Showing posts with label family. Show all posts

January 30, 2017

Do you Groupon Coupon too?

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.

June 12, 2016

Father's Day gift idea: a Samsung phone + Gear VR bundle from Best Buy


My husband has many great qualities. He is a wonderful father, a hard worker, a loyal husband, and he treats us all as if we are the most precious things on earth. But, he is sometimes difficult to buy gifts for. He spends most of his time working and doesn't have a lot of hobbies. He enjoys kicking back and watching a good action flick or hilarious comedy, and he likes to spend hours engrossed in a game. So, a game is what he typically gets for gifts on most special days and holidays, including Father's Day.

This got me to thinking about what other people do for the fathers in their lives. Does anyone else have a man that is difficult to buy for? Is there anyone out there searching for something fun to get as a gift for Father's Day? There is bound to be, right? I can't be the only one that struggles through this every year!

So here is something that I think might interest many of you. It is the Samsung phone + Gear VR bundle that is available at Best Buy. This offer is good 6/5-6/18 online or in Best Buy stores. With this offer you can get a free Samsung Gear VR, plus $50 of Virtual Reality content with purchase, or lease, and activation of select Samsung Smartphones. I think this sounds like a great value. He gets a great new phone AND the free Samsung Gear VR with content! This would definitely be perfect for my husband.

Now, some of you may be asking what the Samsung Gear VR is and why I am so excited about it. The short answer is this: Mobile virtual reality has finally arrived. Be at the center of exciting games, watch the best of Hollywood in your own private cinema, socialize with friends, and so much more. The Samsung Gear VR drops you right in the action — and it's only from Samsung and Oculus.

A more detailed explanation would be that if a person enjoys gaming, like my husband, myself, and both of our children do, then the more immersed in a game we can get, the better we love it. To be drawn into a game and be able to lose yourself in it is a great feeling. Can you imagine how much more enjoyable it can be with mobile virtual reality? You can't beat feeling like you are right in the middle of all the action and excitement, exploring, fighting, racing, and anything else the games offer.

That is just the gaming aspect of it. The Samsung Gear VR offers more than just gaming. You can stream movies and your favorite shows through the Samsung phone as well as use the Oculus Video app to customize your virtual environment and create your own trailers and videos. You can have your own private cinema!

So, in addition to gaming, you can go on some incredible virtual adventures, stream live performances, binge watch your favorite shows, and so much more. To find out more about the Samsung Gear VR just visit this link. Also, here is a link to the Samsung VR offer. Remember, the offer is only good until June 18th online and in-store.

Disclaimer:  The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

June 3, 2016

Buy One Attraction, Get One Attraction FREE at Tilt Studio!


Tilt Studio Family Entertainment Center hosts a variety of games and attractions that appeal to people of all ages. The fun center features a unique combination of food, fun and 'freshments in a safe, clean and welcoming environment. 

Guests will enjoy FUN AT FULL BLAST at Tilt Studio with a dynamic roster of more than 100 classic and modern interactive video and redemption prize games for all skill levels. 

Whether you are looking to host a meeting, team building event, group gathering, non-profit FUNdraiser, or awesome birthday party, Tilt Studio can accommodate groups of all sizes.

Buy One Attraction, Get One Attraction FREE! - Buy one attraction at regular price, get one attraction FREE! Attractions include: Laser Tag, Black Light Mini Golf, Mini-Bowling, Tilt-A-Whirl Ride, and Outrun SP Deluxe Race Cars.

http://usfamilycoupons.com/coupon.php?regionid=75&bid=12670&dealid=2640 @usfg

Check Out The ALL NEW Wet'n'Wild SplashTown in Houston, TX!


July 19, 2015

Family Adventure Fest is coming to Dallas/Forth Worth in August!

Family AdventureFest comes to Dallas/Fort Worth this summer! If you are in or near the area, this would be a great opportunity to do something fun and exciting together as a family. You'll be able to make some great memories together while climbing a rock wall, building rocketry, meeting celebrities, and so much more. Check out the facebook page to get a sneak peak at some of the fun.

Experience the ultimate in outdoor adventure when the Family AdventureFest, sponsored by Coleman Company, Inc., comes to the Irving Convention Center August 21 - 23. Adventure-themed activities, visits by celebrity guests, and more will be held both inside and outside at the convention center.

Title sponsor, The Coleman Company Inc., is featuring an outdoor experience allowing attendees access to Coleman products with demonstrations throughout the weekend. Coleman Family AdventureFest guests can try their hand at archery, building and launching rocketry, playing a fishing game, testing robotics, experiencing a virtual zip line, climbing a rock wall, learning about ATV safety and more. 

Celebrity guests include former NFL pro and multi-talented athlete Herschel Walker, environmental activist and explorer Philippe Cousteau, adventurer and speaker Matt Moniz, and more.

"Coleman Family AdventureFest is an exciting way to give families an opportunity to try something they've never done before - with so many activities to learn about, the experiences are limitless," said Coleman President and CEO Robert Marcovitch. "We want to offer people a chance to fall in love with a new sport or take some time to appreciate what the great outdoors has to offer."

The event is open August 21 from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. and August 22 and 23 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tickets are $12. Admission is free for ages six and under. All activities are included in the price of admission. Go to www.FamilyAdventureFest.com for information and to purchase tickets.

Disclosure: This blog might be compensated for this post with free tickets to attend the event. Any opinions stated are the honest opinions of the blogger. 

May 15, 2015

SpongeBob SubPants Adventure

The Pyramids at Moody Gardens

Moody Gardens in Galveston, TX, will be debuting the SpongeBob SubPants Adventure on Saturday, May 23. I am one of the lucky bloggers that have been invited to go and check out the attraction with our families before the opening! I, and my family, are super excited. Keep reading to find out how you can get $5 off the price of a Moody Gardens One-Day Value Pass!

Evening View 

The event corresponds with the vacation that my husband had decided to take in May, so we made the decision to let our daughter miss a couple of days of school so we could all go have some fun together as a family. With my son moving away for college, this could be our last chance for some family fun and togetherness. What better way to spend time together then to explore Moody Gardens!

What is the SpongeBob SubPants Adventure? Well, the SpongeBob SubPants Adventure is a one-of-a-kind interactive experience that allows guests to go on a submarine voyage to explore the world of Bikini Bottom with the help of their captain, Patrick Star. Visitors are able to choose their path through the wild and silly deep-sea adventure and have real-time conversations with Patrick. The attraction takes visitors from digital to real time through exciting 4D sensory elements bringing the adventure to life through scents, like the smell the sunscreen, bubbles they pop above their heads and bouncing beach balls.

This attraction takes excitement to new depths in a non-stop whirlwind of surprises with fun for the whole family to enjoy only at Moody Gardens. Admission is $18.95 for adults and $16.95 for seniors and children. It is also included in a Moody Gardens Value Pass.

Moody Gardens has something for everyone to enjoy. After my daughter and I experience SpongeBob SubPants, we plan to explore more of wonderful attractions offered at Moody Gardens. The Rainforest Pyramid, Aquarium Pyramid, Discovery Museum, MG 3D Theater, 4D Special FX Theater, Colonel Paddlewheel Boat, Palm Beach, Sky Trail® Explorer Ropes Course, Moody Gardens Zip Line, and even a Moody Gardens Golf Course are all waiting to be enjoyed. We will even get to stay in the Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center, which will be a new experience for my children. Normally we don't stay at hotels, so this is exciting for them both. They mostly want to go swimming in the hotel's gorgeous pool.

Moody Gardens Golf Course

Doesn't that all sound super fun and exciting?! We think so. I only get to take one person with me to the actual attraction, so we decided my daughter will go with me, while my husband and son explore some of the other attractions until we are done. Serenity and I will be posting our thoughts and pictures on twitter, instagram, and facebook while we are experiencing all the fun. After I get back home from Galveston I will be posting pictures and a review on the blog to let you all know just how much fun we had.

Saki Monkey from the Rainforest Pyramid

Here is the code for you all to get $5 off the price of a Moody Gardens One-Day Value Pass  MGBLOG14 

Please note that this discount code expires on June 30, 2015, and is limited to up to 6 one-day passes for one transaction.

Disclosure: I, and my immediate family, received free accommodation and tickets for the attractions in order for me to experience and review it. All opinions expressed are my own. 

Penguins from the Aquarium Pyramid

February 3, 2015

Coupon Code for Trice_Up Studios on Etsy

I have teamed up with @trice.up.studio on instagram to give you all a code to her etsy shop! She has some wonderful products for your planners. I saw some lovely stickers, colorful washi tape, and super cute post it notes, to name a few items available. This code is for my instagram followers, so if you aren't already following me on instagram you can do so here: @aprice_12

Just go to her shop, find the items you want, and use coupon code AMANDA35 to save 35% off of your order of $3.00 or more.  Hurry, though, as this coupon expires 2/7/15!

Please be following both of us on instagram if you are using the code. It is only fair as it is for my followers and is for her shop.

Thank you and happy planning!

December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Warm Holiday Wishes from my family to yours. Thank you for reading, commenting, and following my blog this year. I hope to have many more giveaways and product reviews in the coming year. I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season.

To everyone that celebrates I hope you have a

Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

I knit my own ornaments this year! 

November 18, 2014

@BestBuy has OLED TV just in time for #HintingSeason!

Disclosure: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

October 13, 2014

#GoProatBestBuy with @BestBuy action cameras!

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Best Buy is the home of the latest cameras and camcorders, including the full line of new GoPro cameras, plus a broad assortment of accessories. GoPro cameras make perfect holiday gifts for everyone, from kids and teens, to gadget gurus. GoPro’s new line of cameras allow you to beautifully and authentically capture and share the experiences that bring purpose, adventure, and joy to your life.

June 11, 2014

The Greatest Gifts for Grads are at Best Buy

Disclaimer:  The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free

It's here! My son is graduating high school and moving on with his life. No more high school gyms, no more parent/teacher conferences, and no more report cards to show the parents.  I̶ ̶a̶m̶ ̶ He is so excited about being an adult and not having to go to that place ever again, Of course now he must decide upon his future. Will he be working full time, or going to yet another school? He is still undecided.

May 12, 2014

Beginning a journey

I have decided to start a journey. A weight loss journey.

I know, I know, everyone seems to be doing that lately. Well, this isn't about anyone but me. :) It isn't a competition. I don't feel the need to do better than anyone else. I just need to get healthy.

This started a few months ago. I was scared by how high my blood pressure was getting. I don't have any insurance and can't afford medication right now. So I knew I had to lose some weight and start eating better.

Me (on the right) July 2013
I weighed about 90 or 95 pounds more than I should when I made up my mind to do something about it. It has been almost ten weeks now, and I have only lost about ten pounds. That is fine though! I lost the first five pretty quickly, then the second five a little slower. I lost all ten in the first six weeks and have been gaining and losing the same three for the last four weeks. It's all good though. Today the scale said I might have lost another pound! YAY me!

My weight fluctuates throughout the day, and throughout the week, so it is hard to tell when I have actually lost weight sometimes. I figure that as long as my highest number keeps getting a little lower, and my lowest number gets lower as well each week, then I am making progress. As I said, it is all good. I know I am getting healthier and the weight loss will follow.

I was so excited that I could fit back into these shorts again!
 May 3, 2014
I also know I have lost some size. I had to buy some new clothes in a smaller size last week. I was so excited! I've went down a full size, and in some brands two sizes! That is so much better than just looking at a number on a scale. I used to hate looking into a mirror. Now I just tell myself that Hey, I look better today than I did yesterday and every time I look in the mirror I will look even better. It really helps!

Here I am, super excited because I bought new clothes in smaller sizes!
May 9, 2014
I am eating healthier every day and exercising six times a week. Over the course of my journey, I will share with you some of the products I am utilizing during my transformation from an unhealthy fluffy momma to fit healthy momma! I have several products to review in upcoming posts that I use daily and feel that have made my journey easier. You will find my weight loss posts under the Journey tab always, and some will also be under either Garden/Kitchen or Reviews.

I will also share with you some of my favorite recipes that I have come across on other blogs or on pinterest, along with links, or that I have made up myself. I have found a few sites really helpful and will link to them in upcoming posts. Eating healthy isn't always the easiest thing to do, but if you are mindful of what you are consuming, then you can reap the benefits of a healthier diet.

Back to my blood pressure for a minute. I have been very lucky in that it only took a few weeks for my blood pressure to get back to 'normal for me' levels. When I was most worried about it, the numbers usually read around 183/108. Nowadays, even if I stop in the middle of a workout to check it, the numbers stay close to 120/80. I love it! My headaches are getting milder and I don't always feel like my head is going to explode every time I get upset or exert myself at all.

My blood pressure looking awesome during a mini stepper workout on May 5, 2014
Exercise and healthier eating are such wonderful things. I don't know why I always felt like it was too hard or too expensive. I'll admit that our grocery bill has increased a bit since I started buying fresh fruits and veggies more often and less pasta and sauces. I was only spending around two hundred a month to feed my family of four and it was hard to afford enough fruits and veggies to fill us all up. Now I am spending more, but it is so worth it!

My husband has generously started working quite a bit of overtime so that we could double our grocery budget (as well as start saving money towards a trip back home this winter to see my grandmother and other family I moved away from two years ago when we moved from Indiana to Texas). Now that I have the extra money each week, I make sure that the majority of our meals are meat, veggies, and fruits with less grains. The kids still enjoy their pizza and spaghetti, toaster pastries and pancakes, stuff like that. I haven't set a rule that they have to eat a set diet or anything! They still get their sugary cereal for breakfast and cookies for dessert when they want them. Actually more often now that the budget is bigger! All I mean is that instead of me loading up each meal with what I always called 'filler' ,which was pasta or rice, I try to use about half or less of the grains and now use more veggies. The kids still enjoy the dishes I make, while I enjoy the lower calories and higher nutritional value.

I also started adding more fish to our diet and less ground beef. It was cheaper to just make a lot of ground beef and pasta dishes, or chicken and pasta dishes before, so that was on the menu often. Not only is that stuff higher in calories than I want, but also we are kind of burned out on anything that makes us feel like we are eating something out of the box that says just add beef or chicken! I have been trying to find new recipes that use more veggies or that uses pasta or rice but in a more low cal sorta way. I have been lucky to find several that involve tilapia or salmon, which three out of the four of us really like.

I buy foods that are easy for the kids to grab in case they aren't loving what I am cooking some nights. I keep lean meats for sandwiches and some frozen foods that are easily microwaved. Luckily for them, pizza rolls and hot pockets aren't going to hurt them if they eat them occasionally! Also I try to keep salad fixings around because, happily and sort of surprisingly, the kids love salads.  I keep fruit on the counter and that really helps round out a meal. It isn't surprising to see the kids with a turkey and cheese sandwich, apple slices with either hazelnut spread or peanut butter, and a salad in front of them for a meal. The surprise for me was how much they enjoy having a meal like that available to them.

I love that while the kids don't mind the healthier meals (they actually enjoy most of them), they don't hesitate to grab something that they do enjoy on the nights when they just are not feeling the meals like Tilapia Puttenesca or the Stuffed Cabbage Casserole. They don't feel like they 'can't eat that in front of Mom!' just because I am trying to lose weight. It is a common occurrence for them to be eating some chocolate chip cookies and drinking kool aid for an after school snack while I am eating a banana and drinking water. It doesn't bother me a bit. If I ever get a craving for a cookie, then I have one and just figure it into my calories for the day.

Here are two of my main reasons for getting healthy enjoying kool aid milkshake-like smoothies. 
I feel that moderation is the key rather than trying to fight any cravings I might have. If I don't let myself have a treat when I want one, then later on I am going to end up eating it anyway, but might find myself binging instead. I definitely don't want that! I'll admit that not every day is perfect. Sometimes I go over the calories that I set for myself.  At other times I don't reach my calorie goal. It all evens out throughout the week, so I don't sweat the small things. My eyes are on the long term goals of healthy eating habits, weight loss, and getting fit, not on the day to day, counting every calorie and feeling guilty that I ate that whole Snickers ice cream bar, types of things.

So I hope that you all won't get too bored of my posts over the next months, or years, however long it takes. I won't be posting daily or anything like that. If you want updates more often, feel free to friend me on facebook or instagram. I hope that I can help motivate you if you need it, inspire you if you are feeling like you can't do it, or just be your friend when you are feeling down during your weight loss journey, or any journey for that matter.

If I can get started on this journey and make this much progress (yes I know it isn't huge leaps and bounds but it is steady, healthy progress) then anyone can do it. You just have to take that first step. Then take the next. Next thing you know, it starts to get easier. There will be days when you won't want to do anything, I know there are plenty of those for me. You have to just tell yourself that it is only however many minutes out of your day. You will feel better afterwards. I know I do. I do let myself have at least one day of rest each week and occasionally one easy day where I don't work out as full force as I do other days. I know myself. If I push too hard, then I am going to start not doing anything. I would rather lose slowly then not at all. And when I see a slight gain, which I do at least once a week (hopefully due to fluctuations), then I just remind myself that just a few weeks ago I was wishing I weighed what I do now.

So does anyone want to join me on my journey? I could use all the friends and motivators that I can get. If you don't feel that you can do it, then just look at me. I am doing it and I am a pretty lazy woman! I procrastinate about everything and am great at coming up with excuses. Yet here I am, ten pounds lighter, at least a size smaller, and with lower blood pressure. My family is getting healthier while I am. What more could I ask for?

It's not all just boring workouts. My family helps make getting some exercise fun. Here is my husband and daughter taking a three mile plus walk with me. Yes, we get sidetracked occasionally, but it is a fun and healthy way to spend time together.
If you start later, won't you look back and wish you had started earlier? If you lose two pounds that first week, won't you wonder how much you would have lost if you had started two weeks ago, four weeks ago, two months ago? Say you lose one pound a week. You will have lost eight pounds in two months. If you start two months from now then you could have already been eight pounds lighter and already on your way. I'm just saying that because I wish I had started earlier.

When I moved to Texas I had just lost a good bit of weight. I stopped working out and stopped watching what I ate after the move. I blamed the move and the bad financial situation we were in for everything. While, yes, I couldn't afford the food like I can now, I could have still made better choices. I still could have been walking daily, or doing workouts that you can find free online. Instead I gave up on my goals and let myself fall back into depression and bad eating.

Almost two years and thirty or forty pounds later I realized what I was doing to myself. I am just glad I snapped out of it. My husband was worried, my children were worried, and a nice nurse at the food pantry was really worried about my health and my blood pressure. She suggested I drop at least twenty some odd pounds, which was ten percent of my weight. She said it would make a world of difference and that way maybe I wouldn't end up in the hospital with heart problems or worse. I am glad she helped open my eyes to what the consequences could be. I don't want to leave my family or this world before I have to!

My daughter is my biggest supporter. She is my cheerleader. She always tells me how I am doing a great job and how proud she is of me. I hope she grows up without the body image issues that so many girls have.
So I will end this long post now. I could keep talking about how I gained weight and was ashamed to go out anywhere because of my weight. Or that I would sometimes sit alone in the middle of the night, stuffing my face with sugary cereal or donuts or other stuff I knew wasn't good for me, because it temporarily made me feel better, before making me feel worse. I could go on and on about all the bad things I felt and said about myself. But I won't. I know that many of you have been through similar experiences. If not, I hope you never do. If you have, then know that I understand. And it is okay. As long as you finally realize that you don't have to do it alone, that there is someone there for you, whether it be a friend, spouse, child, friendly nurse or doctor, a friend in a fitness group, or me, a overweight woman that writes on her blog occasionally and posts on instagram fanatically who is steadily moving towards her goal. There will always be someone that either understands and/or loves you enough to support you while you reach for your goals, whether they are short term or life long goals.

So until next time my beloved readers....

Happy Healthy Living?

Happy Getting Fit?

How about Happy Living Life as You Want To since I am not trying to preach at you and convince you that you need to chance. I am just trying to let everyone know about what I am going through and that I will be there for anyone that wants me to be.

Thank you all so much for your support and for continuing to read my blog, through all the changes and inconsistencies that have occurred over the last year or so.

March 28, 2014

Funny potty traing Let It Go parody by The Bares

Shared with permission from the owner. Here is a cute parody that all of us parents can relate to! Enjoy!

If the video isn't showing above then here is the link: