Monday, October 12, 2015

Wichita Fall Fun!

It's here!  Fall is finally upon us; which means leaves, boots, scarves, and pumpkin spice everything! Fall is easily my favorite season and my kids love it as well!  There are so many amazing things to do during the Fall around the Wichita area that it is hard to keep track of it all; so I've compiled a list of some of our families favorite Fall activities.

Apple Picking - My family adores Steffens Orchard at 1345 West 90th Avenue North, Conway Springs, Kansas.  This orchard is so lovely; be sure to request an apple picker to help the young ones and don't forget to stop inside for a delicious apple cider!  Unfortunately, I believe a hard freeze has limited the apples this season; but be sure to keep them in mind for next year!

Pumpkin Patch - Wichita has so many to choose from!

AppleJack Pumpkin Patch -

Saturday, September 26 -
Saturday, October 31
Hours of Operation
Weekdays | 9:00-3:00
Saturdays | 10:00-6:00
Sundays | 12:00-6:00

Bergmann Corn Maize - 

(Look at those cheeks!!!!! This was my sons very first pumpkin patch)
Cox Farms

Walters Pumpkin Patch

Klausmeyer Dairy Farm

and many many more!

Pumpkins at the Park -

October 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th & 30th
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Go and enjoy an amazing night at Tanganyika Wildlife Park!  Trick or treat along the pumpkin trail, play ghoulish games, listen to a "spooky" tale at the isle of intrigue or jump in the inflatables.  There is never a dull moment when you attend Pumpkins at the park.

Should your little ones get cold or tired; head inside to warm up with hot cocoa or apple cider (additional charge) while watching a classic kids Halloween movie.

Be sure to check out the shows put on as well; Dr. Frank 'n Steins lab (every 20 minutes) or the waterfall light show put to music!

Night of the living Zoo - October 23, 24 & 25, 2015: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Haunted Maze at the Library: 
Try to find your way through the Library's haunted maze! Enjoy spooky stories and make a craft. Halloween dress is optional. For children ages 3 and up. Stories are at 1:30, 2, 2:30, 3, and 3:30.
Date: 10/31/2015: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: Wichita Public Library, 223 S. Main 
This is event is FREE!

Mall-o-ween -  at Towne West October 31st; from 5-7pm

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Kansas City Vacation

We recently went on a long weekend family vacation to Kansas City.  We had an absolute blast and couldn't believe how much fun there was to have so close to home!  So if you are headed up to Kansas City with the kids; I highly recommend the places below:

1.) We spent our first two days at Great Wolf Lodge. Our kids had been begging to go here for awhile and why wouldn't they?  This place has everything a kid dreams of; water park, fun magical games, arcade, arts & crafts, story time, fun characters walking around, and an ice cream shop.

With a 1 night stay at Great Wolf Lodge you get 2 days access to the water park; in my opinion two days was plenty of time; as it wears the little ones out!  Each night there is story time at the clock tower where kids arrive in their jammies and enjoy a story read to them by an employee and joined by one of the Great Wolf characters.  If you aren't interested in story time; this is a great chance to go on some of the water slides that tend to have longer lines; since the water park isn't as busy!

2.) On day three of our stay we stopped by both the Sea Life Aquarium & Legoland which are side by side.

Sea Life aquarium was a fun time for my older two children; however my youngest was mostly just interested in the fun stamp books they had along the way.  My son especially enjoyed the time he was able to put his head inside of of the bubble tanks!

We went to Sea Life while waiting for our time slot at Legoland to arrive; the best part was at the end of your aquarium tour there is a play center where the kids can jump and play while you wait.

3.) Oh, Legoland, this was the highlight of the trip for my son.  In fact this was really the only reason we went to Kansas City according to my son.  If you have a lego fan in your house you will not be disappointed.  What a fun place!  We started with a room that explains how Lego's are made; it was interesting to learn how it is all done.  Next we were on the shooting ride; this was the highlight of Legoland for my husband and I.  Guests sit in a roller coaster type cab and are each given a gun to shoot targets as you ride through the different scenes.  You can see your score as you shoot each target; unfortunately, my daughter held her gun backwards so her points were zero; however she still had a blast!  (Pictures are not allowed in the area; but trust me; this was a BLAST)

After the shooting ride; you are free to walk around the many different rooms.  There is yet another ride; where you pedal like a bicycle to raise your cart up and down.  Or perhaps the kids would rather work off some energy in the huge play set filled with soft legos to build and destroy!

There is also a Lego Friends area that is filled with kitchen/bakery and karaoke.

Enjoy racing your own creation on the tracks!

We also took in a class at the Lego Masters; each kid made a penguin and was able to purchase it at the store for a discount with their Lego Masters certificate.

Lastly, we took in a 4D movie; which was pretty cool for all of us.  We watched a movie that included rain/snow/wind and with each of these my kids would shriek with excitement.

4.) After finishing at Sea Life and Legoland; we headed across the street and had lunch at Fritz's.  I had never heard of this restaurant before; however there was a huge train out front so I figured the kids would enjoy it.  Little did I know that we were about to walk into what my kids still refer to as "The BEST food EVER!!"  I'm not sure that it is really the food they loved (although they were good; burgers and fries) but the way the food was delivered.  The waitress takes your drink orders but then you use the phone in the booth to call in your food order.  Each kid is given a conductor hat and then. . . . the food is brought out by a train.  There is a train that runs along the ceiling and when it drops your food; it drops onto a shelf that then drops from the ceiling to your table.  My kids were amazed by this and honestly even watching the train deliver others food was all the entertainment they needed while waiting for our own.

5.) On our last day in Kansas City; we went to Union Station.  They had a Grid Iron Lock exhibit; this exhibit was all about football and if you have a football fan; you should definitely check it out!

There were many things for the adults to learn more about the history of the game; but also a few interactive things for the kiddos to do.

Kids are able to try on the players helmets and listen to how players hear the plays and even kick their own field goal.

After the football exhibit it was time to check out Science City!  There was SOOO much to do here!  The kids and adults alike had an absolute blast!  The kids love the playing and touching they are able to do with everything at Science City and I as their parent loved that they were learning!

After they ran, jumped, touched, built, and investigated everything they could it was time to go.

Want to know the best part about a long weekend in Kansas City?  It's only a short drive home!

Disclosure: Some tickets/passes were provided in exchange for this review; however all opinions are 100% my own.

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Dial Products for Kids Review

My kids love the soaps and shampoos that come in the fun designs and have popular characters on them. Unfortunately though, these soaps don't seem to react well with my children's skin; so I am constantly on the lookout for new soaps and shampoos for them that will be gentle on their precious skin.

Dial is excited to announce its entry into the babies’ personal care with Dial® Baby Body & Hair Wash developed with pediatric dermatologists for babies’ perfect skin. 

The Dial Baby body + hair wash is for babies & toddlers (ages 0-2 years). It is a gentle formula that is tear-free, hypoallergenic, paraben-free, fragrance-free and is pH balanced.

My kids LOVE foaming hand soap; something about the bubbles makes it more fun to wash your hands.  This has been a huge hit at our house and I am all for anything that makes washing hands enjoyable.

My youngest daughter really enjoys the body + hair wash as well.  It is gentle on her skin and she smells oh so yummy after bath-time!

Disclaimer: I was given these products to conduct this review; however all opinions are 100% my own.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Night at the Museum 3: Secret of the Tomb Review

We love having movie nights at home with the kids and usually try and make it a special event with popcorn and other special treats.  So when I was told that I had been chosen to host a Family Night with Night at the Museum – Secret of the Tomb (rated PG for mild action, some rude humor and brief language) to announce the availability of the movie on DVD, I was thrilled.

We started by printing off some of these adorable costume printables from Vocalpoint.  The kids chose their favorite characters and colored them.

My children adore the Night at the Museum movies and were over the moon when they saw this box of goodies on our doorstep! 

As expected; everyone loved the movie and asked to watch it again the following night.

Disclosure: I was given a movie for review purposes. All opinions are my own. 

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Dial Miracle Oil Body Wash Review & Giveaway!

Who else is excited for Spring?  The weather and being outdoors is what I am most looking forward to after these long cold days of Winter.  But the winter has definitely taken a toll on the skin and made it incredibly dry.  So, when I was offered a chance to review the new Miracle Oil Body Wash by Dial I was thrilled.

When the body wash first arrived; I must admit I wasn't too sure about it.  I never knew that I cared what color my body wash was; but something about this orange color threw me off.  I also wasn't so sure how I felt about the scent of this body wash.  But, I had already committed to reviewing this product so I jumped in (literally, jumped in the shower).

Oh my goodness; I can not tell you how wrong I was about this body wash.  While I wasn't so sure of the smell at first; once inside the shower it was really a lovely smell.  My shower transformed into a spa.  Not only was the scent amazing; my skin felt so soft and clean afterwards.  I was hooked!

A few days later my wet daughter came running up to me after her Daddy had given her a bath.  I immediately asked what soap he had used on her; she smelt so amazing.  He said; "I just used that orange stuff because I forgot to grab hers".  That orange stuff was the Miracle Oil Body Wash by Dial.

Now for the best part!

Two lucky readers will win a coupon for a free bottle of this amazing body wash.

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Friday, March 13, 2015

Berenstain Bears God Made You Special Book Review

I grew up reading the Berenstain Bears books; so when I was given the opportunity to review one of the newest books: The Berenstain Bears God Made You Special; I was thrilled.

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” Matthew 5:8

In this newest 8x8 softcover title in the Berenstain Bears Living Lights collection, the Bruins join the Bear family for a cookout and bring their cousin Tommy along. It isn’t long before the cubs start up a game of baseball and Sister soon notices that Tommy doesn’t play like the rest of the group. When Sister asks about Tommy, Mama takes the opportunity to talk to Sister about how God makes each of us unique in our own way. And that we all have special gifts and talents to share with the folks around us.

With the intolerance that surrounds us nowadays; it was refreshing to read a story to my children that taught them about acceptance.  Mother teaches the children that everyone was made special and that we all have our strengths and weaknesses.

My children loved this book as I knew they would and I loved it because it taught a wonderful lesson.
I also think this book would make a wonderful addition to any Easter Basket!

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Create My Cookbook Review & Giveaway! SIX Lucky Winners Get a $45 Gift Certificate

While going through my cabinets in the kitchen one day I realized I have an absurd amount of recipes stashed EVERYWHERE!  At one point I had a 3 ring binder; but inevitably I would have a recipe on a note card which didn't fit in the binder and was just tucked away in a cabinet.  I would always say that one day I would put them all together; but. . . .fast forward to last week where I found over 30 random recipes in my kitchen cabinets.

Right then and there I said that the madness must stop; I did a little research and came upon ; this was EXACTLY what I was looking for if not more.

A site dedicated to making amazing cookbooks with your own personal recipes.  And do you want to know my favorite part?  Several people can contribute to the cookbook; which means I don't have to do all the work myself; it can be a family project!

How much would grandma love getting a cookbook filled with everyone's favorite recipes?  Add pictures of her cute grand kids as well and you have a winning gift!

Want to hear the most amazing news ever?

6 YES SIX lucky Wichita Coupons readers are going to win a $45 gift certificate towards your own Create My Cookbook Cookbook.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Dollar Shave Club Review

I am so excited to share this review, it is perfect timing with the holidays as well.   My husband can be so incredibly hard to buy for at Christmas time that I am usually still searching for the perfect gift this time each year.

Luckily, that isn't the case this year; my husband is actually the one who introduced me to Dollar Shave Club.  He mentioned that he thought it was a pretty cool concept.

It couldn't be simpler; choose which blade you want; two, four, or six blades; pay only for the blades and they will ship right to your door every month.

Not only do they have the blades; but you can also pick up several accessories as well.  Choose their Shave Butter (which my husband is now obsessed with), Post Shave, and Wipes.

The boxes come as shown above and are filled with funny guy humor as well. 

If you are still searching for a Christmas gift for the man in your life; be sure to grab this one now!  Which is why I am including it in my 2014 Holiday Gift Guide!

Disclosure: Product was given to me in order to provide a review.  All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Target: 50% off Disney Frozen Costume As Low As $8.40

Today only, save 50% off Disney Frozen Costume Dresses with the new Cartwheel Offer available here

This offer has a limit of one and includes Anna and Elsa dresses as well as the light-up versions (valid on item #086-07-0469 and #086-07-0508)

According to, the Disney Frozen Elsa’s Dress is priced around $16.79 in-store so just $8.40 after the cartwheel

The Frozen Light Up Elsa Dress is priced around $34.99 in-store so just $17.50 after the cartwheel.

Please keep in mind; Target has been selling out of the 50% off VERY quickly; so hurry and call your store now!

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Red Box: Free DVD Rental

Redbox is offering up a FREE one day dvd rental when you text SHOPPERS to 727272.

You will receive a promo code valid for one free dvd rental; good through 12/7

Please note; my offer came almost immediately!

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