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Welcome To Wonderland 2: Beach Party Surf Monkey-Blog Book Tour & Giveaway

Just in time for summer reading, Welcome To Wonderland 2:Beach Party Surf Monkey  the second book in this new illustrated series by Chris Grabenstein, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library and Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics.

P.T. and Gloria are back with a diverse cast of characters in this entertaining middle grade paper over board series filled with madcap escapades that kids will not want to put down. 

There’s always something wacky happening when you live at a motel, and P. T. Wilkie has grown up at the world’s wackiest one yet! When word gets out that the hottest teen idols in Hollywood will be filming their next movie-BEACH PARTY SURF MONKEY-right in St. Pete’s Beach, P.T. and Gloria know that Wonderland would be the PERFECT location.

Now they just have to convince the producers! But when things start to go wrong (Crazed fans? Missing stars?!) it will take all of Gloria’s business genius and P.T.’s wild stories to save the movie before the movie AND the Wonderland are both all washed up!

Read an excerpt HERE!

We love this book and it is not one you will be begging your kids to pick up, more than likely, you will need to beg them to put it down when it is time for dinner or bed. Keep them reading and engaged over the summer with this exciting adventure.

We want to add some excitement to your summer with a great giveaway. You can enter for a chance to win your own paper over board copy of this book below.


Random House Kids is sponsoring a giveaway on Mommy Ramblings. One lucky blog reader will win their own hardcover copy of Welcome To Wonderland 2: Beach Party Surf Monkey! Thank you to Random House Kids for the review book and for sponsoring this fantastic giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!!! Open to US residents.

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Learn How To Make Your Space, Any Place!

As a mom of 5, I know life throws us the unexpected. However with so many things we can’t control, it is nice when we can eliminate others easily. Have you ever been faced with an unexpected layover at the airport and your kids want to play on the filthy airport floor? Forget your chairs for you child’s soccer game? No space at the picnic tables in the park? Now you don’t have to sweat those things because the Monkey Mat is an ultra-compact mat that fits in your purse or diaper bag. It is perfect for so many things, use it at the beach, lawn concerts, camping and hiking, sporting events and so much more! You can see more on their website.


As an added incentive My readers get to save! Use coupon code “USFAM” for $5 off + Free Shipping! Click HERE to get your coupon!

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The Monkey Mat was seen on Shark Tank and comes in different colors and prints. This is a mat I would not want to be without!

Monkey Mat

The Monkey Mat is a clean, portable surface you can take EVERYwhere!

For all ages, all places, all year long.  

  • 5′ x 5′ mat – large enough for several friends or family!
  • Attached pouch – so nothing separate to keep track of!
  • Ultra compact – no more bulky blankets!
  • Ripstop nylon – durable, but still soft to the touch (no plasticky feel)!
  • Lightweight – only 12oz, so really can go everywhere!
  • Machine washable – of course 🙂
  • Water repellant – spills, grass, sand, dirt, etc shake right off!
  • Corner weights – super lightweight, so keeps it from blowing away in the wind!
  • Corner loops  – use stakes, shovels or whatever you have for extra grounding if needed, or tie multiple Monkey Mats together for even more clean floor!
  • Center fun tabs – attach and keep track of toys, keys, dog leashes, etc!






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24 Great Retro, Body Slimming, Figure Flattering Swimsuits For Every Body Type!

Whether you planning to take a trip or cruise to a warm destination or just dreaming of summer, beaches,Ujena will have you looking like a movie star with their retro, figure flattering, shape enhancing swimsuits.  Ujena has a huge line of swimwear, cover-ups, dresses and more to flatter any body type.

Browse the super sale section with some suits as much as 50-75% off regular price!  You can also design your own suit just the way you want it.  There are mix and match pieces too so you can create a look you want and that works for your body type.  Check out the great sampling of looks below, on the site you will find multiple views and a video of each suit so you can see how it looks from every angle!  Ujena carries a large array of sizes including plus sizes, long torso etc.  Right now when you head over to Ujena and use promo code 1671 at checkout you can take $10.00 off your purchase.

Vintage Floral Tankini Casa Blanca Bikini 1950’s Marilyn Tankini La Gabrielle
Polka Dot Underwire Plus Red Hot Vintage Shaper White Monroe Long Torso 1-PC La Noir Gabrielle 1-PC
Brazilian Jungle Sheer Zebra Fatale Honeymoon Halter Hourglass Skirted
Canary Islands Tankini Plus Summer Blossom Ruffle Tankini Marilyn Ruffle Tankini Spanish Swim Dress
Canary Islands Minimizer Sicilian Swim Dress American Vintage Tankini Plus Vintage Sailor Stripes
Calypso Banded Bikini Moroccan Banded Bikini Navy Monroe Sheer Zebra Open-Back Tankini


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“Duck & Goose Go To The Beach” Kick Off Summer With A Blog Tour & Giveaway!!!

Summer is HERE… and Duck & Goose are waddling on over to the beach…
New York Times Bestseller!
A Great way to kick summer off with your kids.  My kids love the Duck & Goose Books, they are so adorable and always have a great message to share with even the youngest children.  Pick up a copy and share it with the special child(ren) in your life!  Have a safe, healthy and fun summer!!! 

In this delightful follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Duck & Goose and Duck, Duck, Goose, Duck wants to go on an adventure. Goose doesn’t. He doesn’t see the point. After all, why would they go anywhere when they’re happy right where they are? But then Goose sees the ocean and loves it. Who doesn’t? Well, Duck, for one!

Enter to Win Duck & Goose Go To The Beach!!!

Would you like to win a copy of Duck & Goose Go To The Beach ?  Enter below for your chance by using the Rafflecopter widget.  Thank you To Random House for sponsoring this blog tour and giveaway!!!  Open to US residents

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Monkey Mat, Portable Mat For Families On The Go Review!!!

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You wouldn’t know it from the recent weather, but it is almost spring.   I cannot wait for it really to feel and look like spring and see the green grass.  With the warm weather also comes days of impromptu picnics, T-ball practice, going to the beach, park, and outdoor play dates.  The Monkey Mat is a compact way to always be ready for those days.  Inside the little pouch that has a nice clip closure so that you can hang it from your purse, diaper bag, beach bag, stroller or bike contains a full size mat for you and your monkeys.  This mat is a great size (5′ by 5′) and perfect for picnics, at the beach, or sports practices.  The handy case with clip will not get lost because it stays attached.  The corners are weighted and even have little loops for added stability.  When you are done, the mat folds right back up and into the pouch for the next time.  Handy zipper keeps mat inside securely.  Check out the Monkey Mat, we cannot wait to use ours on that green grass we are patiently waiting for.  The monkey mat comes in lots of great colors and retails for $39.99, you can purchase the Monkey Mat at www.monkeymat.com.















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Getting ready to hit the road!!!

Well, we have a few weeks before we leave but there is so much that needs to be done before a big road trip and vacation.  I have been putting things we need to bring in one of those big tubs that has the rope handles.  It is overflowing.  Sunscreen for kids, sunscreen for adults, sunglasses for everyone, water shoes, beach toys, cleaning supplies, hats and more.  I bought a collapsible insulated cooler for the ride down and at the beach to keep drinks cold.  We are going to have to purchase one of those cargo carriers you put on the top of your van for everything we need.  My husband likes to say, “Don’t worry we will buy whatever we need when we get there.”  He does not understand that I need to know we have what we need for the most part.  I am all for running to the store for essentials and little things but I want to know that I am pretty much set when we get there.   We are traveling with our two little 6 month old puppies, so we have a lot of their stuff as well to cart along with us.   Next I have to get our clothes together and figure out what to bring.  The little guys have a lot of new summer clothes so they are easy to pack for.  I have to go through my things and get to my summer stuff and see what I want to bring.  I pack too much but that is the way I am.  Oh and have I mentioned my husband is bringing a guitar or two because he is going to jam with family down there.  We will be tightly packed I am sure and I will be bringing quite the DVD assortment for the kids.    I would love to hear any tips that you have found helpful in road trips and vacations with toddlers and pets.

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Vacation Rentals vs Hotels, My Views on the Matter.

You may notice a theme here because I am in vacation-planning mode.  When Jimi is competing in Atlanta, at the USAPL Masters Nationals we will be staying at the Atlanta Sheraton, since that is where the meet is taking place. We will only be staying there for 2 days.  After that, we are driving down to spend a week on the gulf, in Dunedin, Florida.  We were scouring internet sites like Expedia  looking for hotels.   I will tell you, that has always been our choice for vacation lodging.  I have heard here and there, from friends, who stayed in a vacation rental, but really knew nothing about it and never ventured into learning more.  However, this time we just could not find a hotel where we wanted to stay, that had the atomosphere we wanted, so I took the plunge and started searching for vacation rentals.  I found that what I pulled up was great and that the reviews were that family after family loved this type of lodging. Most families said they would never stay in a hotel again.

Some of the things that are different between hotels and vacation rentals are that hotels are usually owned by a corporation and vacation rentals are  owned by families for the most part.  The owners of the vacation rentals tend to be very attentive to their guests and will really work to make your stay enjoyable. Often, the owners will communicate a great deal with the guests beforehand, finding out about their family and providing things that will make their stay more enjoyable. The owners for instance will be happy to tell you, they have sand toys, highchairs, cribs, etc to help families out by not having to pack those things.  Staying at vacation rentals is  supporting the mom and pop businesses and feeling more like extended family then just a reservation.  Another perk of vacation rentals is that they are usually pet friendly and most hotels are not, so this is great for families taking beloved Fido and Fifi along.  There is often much more square footage with a vacation rental than a hotel.  This is great for big families or it can allow friends to split the costs.  Most vacation rentals have multiple bedrooms, living area, full kitchen, patio or deck and a yard.  Often the rentals have bbq grills, bikes, boats, fishing gear, and even perks like sunset cruises depending where you are staying and what the climate is.

Vacation rentals vary in price and can be more expensive than hotels, but given the perks and the fact that the extra space can allow families to split the cost, helps to make it manageable.  Each rental will vary on what they supply and you have to understand that some require you bring your own linens, towels and cleaning supplies but many will provide all of that.  In addition, most vacation rentals have on site laundry so that really is convenient, especially when traveling with kiddies.  If your vacation rental is near a state park or beach, most rentals will include a season pass to those attractions so that comes in very handy.  Some vacation rentals will charge a cleaning fee and other do not.  Like any type of lodging you need to do your research and read lots of reviews.   Do internet searches and just don’t rely on reviews on the owner’s site.  If you do your homework, then you can make the decision which will work best for your family.  We booked with a vacation rental and I will be taking you along every step of the way, in the hope I can enlighten the novice as to what vacation rentals are like.  If you are a savvy vacation renter then be sure and post your tips here.

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