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Discover “Destination” Fun at Darien Lake


How is your summer going? We are in the middle of an entire home renovation. Thankfully, we live on a lake so afternoon swims happen daily when the weather is good. We have some small trips lined up for August when things should be mostly completed. Other than that, we are taking day trips and doing what we can, without totally coming unhinged.

Darien Lake is one of the places we are going as a family this summer. Their wide range of entertainment has made it “destination fun” since 1964. That is longer than I have been alive! Darien Lake is located just 45 minutes from Niagara Falls between Buffalo and Rochester, N.Y.

Today the park boasts more than 50 rides, including six world-class roller coasters, dozens of family friendly rides, the regions largest water park complete with a wave pool and 20,000-seat performing arts center. Everything is operated by Live Nation; and  world-class in-park entertainment.

The Viper is celebrating its 35th year at Darien Lake. Okay, I am older than the Viper, but not anywhere near as old as Darien Lake.

Click HERE to schedule your visit today! Have you ever been to Darien Lake? I would love to hear about your experience in the comments.

This is a sponsored post, as always my words and views are 100% my own.



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A Stork’s Journey Available on DVD July 4th! Giveaway Added!!!

Have a fun, family movie night with A Stork’s Journey from Lionsgate with your family, available July 4th!

Get ready to soar on this grand adventure, featuring the vocal talent of Drake Bell, Justine Ezarik and Jane Lynch.

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A Stork’s Journey follows Richard, a sparrow orphaned at birth and raised by storks who believes that he is a stork, too! But when winter comes and the storks prepare to migrate to Africa, his stork family must reveal his true identity and leave him behind in the forest with the other sparrows since he would not survive the long journey. Determined to prove he is a stork after all, Richard ventures south on an epic adventure, accompanied by friends big and small, to unleash his true potential and be reunited with his family.

This family-friendly, feature-length animated adventure will be available on DVD, Digital HD, and On Demand on July 4th! The Dove Foundation awarded A Stork’s Journey with 5 Dove’s, their best rating, “due to it’s originality and fun storytelling,” The film is Dove “Family-Approved” for all-ages and is “entertaining and fun for the entire family.”

DVD/Digital HD Special Features

“Giving the Characters a Voice: At the Recording Studio with Drake Bell, Justine ‘iJustine’ Ezarik and Jane Lynch” Featurette

PROGRAM INFORMATION
Type: Home Entertainment Premiere
Rating: PG for some mild peril
Genre: Family
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Feature Run Time: 84 minutes

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Lionsgate is sponsoring a giveaway on Mommy Ramblings. One lucky blog reader will win their own  A Stork’s Journey on DVD! Thank you to Lionsgate for the review DVD and for sponsoring this fantastic giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!!! Open to US residents.

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Help Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom Fight Childhood Cancer During June’s Lemonade Days

We have been having a lot of rain lately, so we really lucked out when we picked Saturday, June 3rd for our day trip to Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom. We planned this family trip to celebrate my birthday on the 4th. Originally, I had wanted to go on the fourth and my daughter suggested the third. It was a very good idea, because it was raining buckets on the fourth.

Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom is located in Allentown, Pennsylvania. During the month of June, Dorney Park is  joining Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation in their Lemonade Days to help make an impact in the fight against childhood cancer. During their Lemonade Days a portion of the proceeds from online ticket sales will go to the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. To learn more about this great cause click HERE.

Check out the additional Summer Events & Attractions below:

• Coca-Cola Share a Coke – June 9-10
• Father’s Day Beef & Beer – June 18
• Independence Day Fireworks – July 4
• Christmas in July Breakfast with Santa – July 25
• Food Truck Rally – August 26-27

My kids love Dorney Park, my older kids love the roller coasters and thrill rides. My younger ones love Planet Snoopy and so do I! There are rides we all love to go on together as a family like that Road Rally where you get to drive gasoline powered “race cars” on a track. That is a must-do attraction for all of us every time we visit. My son Ethan was so excited to drive all by himself this year!

 

We have such a blast at Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom and make lifetime memories. Check out our video compilation of our day there below.

If you live within driving distance or will be visiting the area, you should seriously consider a visit to Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom. We can’t wait to go again. If you have been to Dorney Park, let me know what you love most in the comments.

This post is sponsored by Blog Meets Brand and Cedar Fair. As always my words and views are 100% my own.


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“Max 2: White House Hero” on Blu-ray Combo Pack #Giveaway

**“Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.”**

Finding quality family films can be a challenge. If you are looking for a good movie for a family movie night, Max 2: White House Hero is now available on Blu-ray from Warner Bros Home Entertainment. Get the Blu-ray Combo Pack Today!

This brand new, original film features Max on a new assignment that takes him to Washington D.C. to work on a highly sensitive mission that will push Max’s specialized skills, intelligence and loyalty to the test.

Max 2: White House Hero is an adorable film the whole family will enjoy! We have three dogs who are members of our family and we love to watch movies that feature talented canine actors.

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I want to share an amazing game called Max 2: White House Hero Run Game, where you can help Max save TJ and Alex.

You can visit the Max 2:White House Hero website and follow Max 2: White House Hero on Facebook to stay in the loop about all things relative to this movie release. How would you like a chance to win a Max 2:White House Hero Blu-ray combo pack? If you would, enter below using the Rafflecopter widget.

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Amazon Prints is REALLY worth the try! $1000 of Amazon Gift Cards to be Won! #AmazonPrints

Wow, graduations, weddings, Father’s Day and so much more. It truly is picture-taking season. I love taking photos and I wear my camera like a fashion accessory. I am always on the lookout for new services to print my photos,  so I was very intrigued when I learned about Amazon’s new photo printing service called, Amazon Prints

Have you heard about it? If not, let me tell you about some of the great perks. Prime members can upload images to their Prime Photos account, print whatever photos they want and get free delivery. Prime members also get unlimited photo storage! If you are not a Prime member, you can still get 5 GB of storage free on Prime Photos and be able to print your favorite photos. Prices for prints start as low as $0.09.

I am a Prime member so I am super stoked about using Amazon Prints. I used to use another photo printing service and if you did not order regularly they got rid of your photos in storage. That was a real pain. I like that I can store my photos, as many of my photos without worrying about them being deleted.

I can do more than print photos with Amazon Prints, I can create all kinds of photo gifts. It is so easy to make photo calendars, wall decor, more than just prints, photo books, cards, photo books and much more. I really find this to be very convenient and easy and that is something I appreciate, because my time is valuable.

Now for some more great news! You can enter the giveaway below for your chance to win an Amazon Gift Card! There are $1000 of Gift Cards to be won!

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6 Fun Ways To Celebrate Earth Day With Your Family

Earth Day is Saturday! Do you have any special plans to celebrate our planet with your family? If you don’t, I have some great ideas to share. Earth Day is a special day to stress the importance of giving back to the planet we live on. Teach your children to respect and nurture the Earth and you will be making a difference not only in the next generation but our planet as well.

Go on a Litter Walk

Grab some trash bags and gloves and set off around your neighborhood cleaning up the trash that is around. Explain to your kids how littering like this is dangerous to wildlife. As you pass your neighbors encourage them to join in. Before you know it, you will have a parade of trash pickers and as they say; many hands makes the load lighter.

Plant a Garden

Nothing shows your kids where their food comes from better than planting a garden. From seeds or seedlings, they will see the entire process. Let them help with tending and caring for the garden all season. By the time of your last harvest, you will have some very experienced gardeners.

If if is too cold yet to plant by you, plan out your garden with your kids. You can start getting your garden ready by cleaning up last years plant remains, leaves, sticks and other debris. Then break up the soil. You should pick a soil test kit up and test your soil to see what nutrients it is lacking. The better your soil, the better your garden.

If you don’t have land to plant a garden, plant some container gardens or vertical gardens. There are some great ideas for maximizing your space on sites like Pinterest, so check it out.

Plant a Tree

This is a lot of fun, take a ride down to your local nursery and pick out a tree or shrub. Then go home and plant it together. Again, enlist your children to take part in the planting and care of the tree. Explain how the plants and trees give us something we need to live…oxygen.

Start a Habitat Garden

Did you know that our population of pollinators is dwindling? It is, and our food supply depends on bees and butterflies to thrive. Do your part by researching the types of plants you need to create a habitat garden.

The Monarchs main food source in the Milkweed plant but along with that you can plant native grasses, butterfly bushes, bee balm and so much more. There are also butterfly houses and feeders as well as bee houses you can add to help our pollinators. We visited a butterfly house last year with our kids and learned so much.

Start Composting

Do you compost? If not you should. It will not only cut down on your organic household garbage, it will enrich the soil in your garden. It is not hard and you have a lot of options.

There are countertop compost bins you can use to collect your daily vegetable peels, banana skins, egg shells, coffee grounds etc. Then you can take them out to a compost bin or drum. They have nice units you can buy that make it super easy or your can put up some wire fencing and make a bin of your own. You can read more about the process HERE.

Go For a Family Hike:

See the beauty of our planet by taking a family hike. It is good exercise for the body, mind and soul. Pack along a picnic lunch and make a day of it. There are resources for your state where you can find recommendations for great trails. Go somewhere new, you might be surprised at the beauty you find and did not know existed in your state.

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Have a Family Movie Night With “Let’s Go PJ Masks!” Now On DVD #Giveaway

It has been a sad and stressful week in our house. My uncle, my father’s brother, passed away. He was my last living uncle and the only “grandfather” my youngest children knew, since my father had passed away before they were born. I was very close with my uncle, especially after my dad died, 10 and a half years ago. Even though he lived a long life, it was still sad to lose such a beloved man.

After this week we are definitely in need of some time to enjoy some much-needed family time. That is why I was so happy to recently receive Let’s Go PJ Masks on DVD as an Official PJ Masks Blogger. This DVD has six action-packed episodes, plus a super new music video and a bonus set of stickers! Tonight we will pop some popcorn, grab some candy and drinks and settle in for a family movie night in front of the TV.

Our kids are excited to see Catboy, the real parade leader save the day from Night Ninja, even though he does not think he can lead the Ninjalinos without his drum. They can’t wait to see what happens when Luna Girl turns a sleeps-walking Cameron into her very own human puppet and it is up to the PJ Masks to save the day…but Gekko needs to stop messing around first.

So I am off to get things ready for tonight. How do you celebrate Family Movie Night at your house? I would love to hear all about it in the comments. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway below for your chance to win this DVD.

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“The Gruffalo’s Child” Re-Released on DVD #Giveaway

Yesterday, I told you about the re-release of, The Gruffalo and today, I am here to tell you all about the re-release of, The Gruffalo’s Child. This film is based on the beloved children’s picture book by Julia Donaldson. I can’t tell you how much my kids love these films. I have to admit, I do as well. They are so beautifully done that they captivate our attention from beginning to end. In The Gruffalo’s Child, The Gruffalo tells his child about a Big Bad Mouse that he ran into many years before.

The curious little Gruffalo cannot contain her curiosity and sets out to see if this creature really exists. She encounters the same fox, owl and snake from The Gruffalo who each tell her where she can find the Big Bad Mouse. Feeling that she had been tricked and there is no Big Bad Mouse, she finally runs into the little mouse from The Gruffalo. The little mouse is just as clever, and invites The Gruffalo’s Child to meet the Big Bad Mouse using the moonlight to cast a shadow that scares the Gruffalo’s Child and sends her fleeing.

These films show children that brains can prevail over brawn. Check out the trailer HERE!  Helena Bonham Carter narrates as she did in The Gruffalo. Special features include a Behind the Scenes Documentary and Artwork Gallery. You can purchase this film on Amazon. If you would like a chance to win this DVD, enter the giveaway below.

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New Twist on Classic Christmas Stories-#ISEEME #Giveaway

The Christmas season is upon us and it is speeding by. I feel like time is moving so fast! I look for any opportunity to slow it down for some quality moments with my family when I can get them. I like to incorporate fun family traditions that will help us all get in the holiday spirit even on our most hectic days.

We love the 12 Days of Christmas. We love singing it and we love reading it! When I saw that I See Me! had a version of it that could be personalized for our family, I had to have it!

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It is such a beautiful book and has our names, friend’s and pet’s names throughout the book. My youngest kids love finding everyone’s name.

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They have a huge selection of all kinds of Christmas Books that can be personalized as well as other books and gifts that are perfect for holiday gift giving. We have added, I See Me! to our 2016 Holiday Gift Guide at Mommy Ramblings.

Check out their website now, they have some great specials going on!

Would you like a chance to win a Personalized Book from I See Me! ? If so, enter the giveaway below.

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How To Save on Things To Do with #Groupon

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Kids grow so fast, it seems time is racing and we are trying to create as many lifelong memories as we can before they leave  home. You may feel that it will be ages before that happens but I can tell you, it happens in the blink of an eye. I was blessed to be able to start all over again after my first three were in their teens. So now, with 2 little ones, I know how fast it truly goes. I have not discovered a way to stop time or travel back in time, so I am just trying to treasure the moments we have.

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Some of our favorite ways to make great memories are to do things together as a family. That is why I love Groupon so much! Their site is my go-to when looking to do things in the area. When I find something I want to do or a place I want to go to and I can save big with Groupon, I feel like a champion. The money we save, means our dollars go farther and we can do more for less. Who doesn’t want to save these days?

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Have you ever checked Groupon out? If you haven’t, you need to! Just go to Groupon-Things To Do and see what that brings up. You will be amazed at all the great deals on all kinds of activities. You can browse through all kinds of events near you like; Concerts, Museums, Live Shows, Festivals, Sporting Events, Comedy Clubs, Tours and so much more.

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Give it a try and let me know how you make out. If you are a seasoned Groupon user, let me know some of the best deals you were able to take advantage of. I would love to hear all about it.


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