Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Ugly Christmas outfits from Shinesty Review


Want to try something new and exciting this Holiday season?  Have some family fun with matching Ugly Christmas outfits from Shinesty.
Pour another glass of nog, gingerly fortify it with a healthy long-pour of your favorite brandy, and throw an extra log or two or ten on the fire. There's no half-*ssing the holidays and there's no half-*ssing what you wear for them. This is the Holiday Heat Collection chock full of ugly Christmas sweaters plus ugly Christmas sweater suits, ugly Christmas blazers, ugly Christmas dresses, ugly Hanukkah sweaters and suits, and more of the holiday spirit. Now let's get weird. -Shinesty.com

While browsing, I instantly fell in love with the snowflake pattern but we went with the Navy Nordic family set because The Gentleman Suit was the “uglier” option.  After all that is the point, right? The girls absolutely loved that we all matched. We even dressed up to have our pictures taken with Santa, it was a complete blast.  Hubby said he felt like a fool (he embarrasses easily) but we received a ton of compliments everywhere we went.


Gentlemen Suit
With this set a Jacket, pants, and a tie are all included with purchase.  I needed to hem the pants a bit which is actually a plus because some men are super tall.  Since this suit material is polyester, it will wrinkle if not hung. If that is the case be careful when ironing and adjust your iron accordingly.  Like most suits, this is dry clean only. The jacket fit perfectly and the tie was a nice touch, giving it just the right amount of Holiday flare. Hubby was impressed with the quality and will definitely wear it again.


Womens Wrap Dress  
First of all ‘hello cleavage’… if you are looking for a more modest look, you can wear a cami under it or try one of Shinesty’s turtle neck dresses.  This dress is made out of super soft 100% mid-weight polyester crepe, so wrinkling shouldn’t be a big problem (but I would still hang when not wearing).  This dress is warm yet breathable.


Child Dresses
These dresses are made of a different material (60% Jersey knit cotton/40% poly) than the adult ones, making them more resilient to staining and easier to wash (just toss is the washing machine).   The sizes were true to size and fit well. Because of the cold the girls and I wore red leggings and black boots.


Overall, We had so much fun wearing these outfits and were pleasantly surprised with the quality and fit of all pieces.   We cannot wait for our Christmas cards to arrive and might even purchase the Snowflake pattern to wear to our New Years Eve Party. These would also be great for celebrating Christmas in July.


Shinesty not only has matching family (including pets) and couples outfits, they also offer other fun Holiday swag such as Holiday swimwear, hats, and underwear.   Take a walk on the wild side and have some fun this Holiday season. Visit Shinesty today.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Review + GIVEAWAY



While the ugly Christmas sweater trend probably started off as a joke, it's now considered one of the Holiday season's most fun traditions as it allows people to let loose, and have some fun in the spirit of the season. In fact, this trend has become so popular that now there's even a National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day (the third Friday of December). Do you have your ugly Christmas sweater ready for Friday, December 21, 2018?  -UglyChristmasSweater.com


Who doesn’t love ugly Christmas sweaters, right?  They have certainly become a fun tradition in our house.  Even the kids think they are hilarious and they love the reactions from others.  And we received lots of reactions...I mean, the sweater my husband picked lights up and has about 20 bells on each sleeve.   We have also received a ton of comments from friends and family. When anyone asks where we purchased our sweaters, the answer is always UglyChristmasSweater.com.  

UglyChristmasSweater.com is one of the largest online retailers of ugly Christmas sweaters.   And I can honestly say that they have a hilariously awesome selection to choose from.  Some of them even light up!! And if your sweater doesn’t come with lights, you can purchase some and add them to any UglyChristmasSweater.com sweater.  This year we picked a Grinch theme so we could wear them to the movies when we took the kids to see the Grinch; the girls thought this was the coolest.  



Hubby picked the I Love Xmas HOHOHO Christmas Tree and Star.  He picked this not knowing that it had bells up and down the sleeves just like the one Grinch wears in the live action movie.  He was pleasantly surprised with both the bells and the lights on the tree since neither are on the webpage. The only downside to this sweater was that it did not come with batteries, which wouldn’t normally be a problem but they were a little more than I like to spend on batteries.

As for myself, I was torn between the Dr Seuss Grinch As Santa Next To Tree and the Grinch Face but ultimately went with the Grinch as Santa Next to Tree because I wanted to add lights.  Do not let the price tag of these sweaters make you want to shop elsewhere; I can assure you that you are receiving a quality, well made sweater. Remember you do get what you pay for. The fit is perfect and they are soft and super warm.  When I say warm, I mean warm enough to walk from my car to the store in 35 degree weather without a coat! All in all, we are very happy with our choices this year.
So whether you want to go mega silly, semi inappropriate (lol), or down right hilarious, UglyChristmasSweater.com has you covered. And bonus, they not only sell ugly sweaters but they also sell cute leggings and other holiday swag. The fact that they collaborate with charity organizations such as Toys for Tots, Arthritis.org, and the Smithsonian Zoo is just another reason to shop there.  Their website is definitely something to check out.
Be the life of the Holiday office party and order your ugly Christmas sweater before the season is over.

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 Disclosure of  Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising." I do use affiliate links on my site so please assume that all links used are affiliate links!



Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Michigan Ren Fest 2018 is almost here!!


Take a time-travel adventure into the 16th century at the 38th annual Michigan Renaissance Festival! Join Queen Elizabeth in a jubilee! Inside the turreted gates, you can enjoy the sights and sounds of a 17-acre village, complete with building reproductions of Renaissance shops, taverns and a magnificent castle. Continuous entertainment takes place on the streets and on 17 themed stages; featuring full-contact armored jousting, comedy and theater shows, music, games, people-powered rides and so much more! Fabulous food and more than 300 artisans displaying their gallery-quality works complete the experience!


If you are in the Holly, Michigan area I definitely recommend grabbing some tickets...even if you do not think the festival is for you.  Everyone should experience it at least once in their life.


THE 2018 FESTIVAL SEASON IS OPEN FROM 10am - 7pm, WEEKENDS ONLY - AUGUST 18th - SEPTEMBER 30th. THEY ARE OPEN LABOR DAY & FESTIVAL FRIDAY, SEPT. 28th. 

Our Michigan Renaissance Festival Tickets are here and we are so excited to dress up and head to Holly.  The girls, Hubby, and I look forward to visiting the Festival every year because it is so much fun!  Since there is so much to see and do there's fun for the whole family.  The kids love the Mermaid, I love the Jousting and Hubby enjoys the comedy skits and the Pub Crawl.  Those are not even the highlight, the best thing about this festival is the people.  Being a pretty "judge free" zone feel free to let loose, dress up, and just have fun! 

It is truly fun for the whole family since the Renaissance Festival also offers games, human-powered rides, and a children's realm that features a castle playscape as well as free activities for younger visitors.


Come check out the newest additions to the Ren Fest, including a live unicorn and Merlins Magic Quest!  Every week has a special new theme so be sure to check the calendar before planning your visit.

You can find any information you need on the Michigan Renaissance Festival website

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Wrap Your Own Canvas with PHOTOWALL! plus 20% off Photowall coupon

Looking for a quality canvas print or wall mural?...Look no further. PHOTOWALL is the place to find uniquely beautiful wall d├ęcor.  With thousands of designs to choose from, you can find a canvas or mural for any room. You also have the option to upload and use your own image. 

  Their canvas prints are made with the purest UV-resistant cotton and are very easy to assemble and install.  To minimize the risk of damage during transit, PHOTOWALL does not supply ready-framed canvas prints. Instead they provide you with the tools to wrap it yourself

Scared to wrap your own canvas?  Don’t be.  With PHOTOWALL’s smart do-it-yourself frames and easy to follow instructions, you can wrap a canvas like a pro. The frame is supplied with everything you need to produce a finished canvas print, including a hanging bracket. 
I have to admit I was a little nervous after opening contents because I did not want to ruin the print. But I can assure you, there's no need to stress.  Honestly, the hardest part about this process was deciding which canvas would look best in our bathroom. In fact, the wrapping process was so simple, that I even let my eight year old help me.

  After placing the wood piece on the canvas, I was a tad worried I missed a step and that it would not stretch out properly. But again, I was worried for no reason. After tightening the bolts, the canvas stretched beautifully.
And the corners could not have turned out more perfect. 

Canvas prints aside, PHOTOWALL also creates wall murals. The standard wall mural is made of non-woven material, which is both stable and durable. The paste is applied directly to the wall and the numbered panels are hung edge to edge. Each panel measures 17.7 inches wide.

PHOTOWALL’s murals come complete with wallpaper paste and step-by-step instructions to ensure the perfect install.  Using both environmentally friendly ink and fire resistant material, makes me love them even more.

Overall, I was super impressed with not only the quality of the finished product but the entire process.  From the ease of placing my order to the speedy free shipping.  I will definitely be ordering some more designs and highly recommend giving their site a glance.  Place an order by May 15th 2018 and save 20% with the coupon code partyof3rfmcampaign2018 .

Disclosure of  Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising." I do use affiliate links on my site so please assume that all links used are affiliate links!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Rolling Dice - Fun with Math {Sponsored by Education.com}

Ready for a game that's mostly about strategy with a little luck thrown in for good measure? This dice game is a great way for your child to practice all of the basic math facts and get strategic about deciding when he wants to take a risk, and when he wants to play it safe. Make math fact practice exciting and start rolling the dice!

Rolling Dice 

What You Need:
2 dice
2–4 players
White lined paper or ¼ inch graph paper (one sheet per player)
Pencil

What You Do:
1. Have each player rolls a die and explain that the player who rolls the highest number gets to go first.
2. Now the first player should roll both dice and multiply the two numbers rolled to find their product.


3. Have your child write the product down on the paper. For example, if Player One rolls a 3 and a 5 he should multiply 3 by 5 and write 15 down on his piece of paper.
4. Player One has a choice; he can decide to roll both dice again or choose to pass them to the next player. Why wouldn't a player want to roll again? Well...this game has a few catches:
-If a player rolls a one or a three on his second turn, he must find the product of the two numbers he rolled and then subtract the product from his total.

-If a player rolls a one and a three on his second turn, he must divide his total in half and subtract half of the points he's earned so far. If he rolls a one and a three on his second turn he loses all the points earned so far in the game and must return to zero. The dice then get passed to the next player.

5. If he chooses to roll again, have him multiply the two numbers and add, subtract or divide to determine his new total.
6. Now it's the second player's turn. She can decide to roll the dice either once or twice and perform the necessary calculations to find her total.
7. Players continue to take turns and perform calculations.
8. The first player to reach 300 points is the winner.


Disclaimer: This is a guest post that was written entirely by Shannon at Education.com 

Friday, August 4, 2017

2017 Michigan Ren Fest!!


Take a time-travel adventure into the 16th century at the 38th annual Michigan Renaissance Festival! Join Queen Elizabeth in a jubilee! Inside the turreted gates, you can enjoy the sights and sounds of a 17-acre village, complete with building reproductions of Renaissance shops, taverns and a magnificent castle. Continuous entertainment takes place on the streets and on 17 themed stages; featuring full-contact armored jousting, comedy and theater shows, music, games, people-powered rides and so much more! Fabulous food and more than 300 artisans displaying their gallery-quality works complete the experience!

If you are in the Holly, Michigan area I definitely recommend grabbing some tickets...even if you do not think the festival is for you.  Everyone should experience it at least once in their life.

Open weekends and Labor day August 19th thru October 2nd from 10a to 7p!

Our 2017 Michigan Renaissance Festival Tickets are here and we are so excited to dress up and head to Holly.  The girls, Hubby, and I look forward to visiting the Festival every year because it is so much fun!  Since there is so much to see and do there's fun for the whole family.  The kids love the Mermaid, I love the Jousting and Hubby enjoys the comedy skits and the Pub Crawl.  Those are not even the highlight, the best thing about this festival is the people.  Being a pretty "judge free" zone feel free to let loose, dress up, and just have fun!

Come check out the newest additions to the Ren Fest, including a live unicorn and Merlins Magic Quest!  Every week has a special new theme so be sure to check the calendar before planning your visit.

You can find any information you need on the Michigan Renaissance Festival website

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Jurassic Quest: Coming to a City Near You!!!! ~~Family Pack Giveaway~~


Are you ready to discover the Dinosaurs?  I know we are!!!  I cannot wait to take my little paleontologists to experience the Return of the Dinosaurs next month!!  We are going to charge our Kindles and head an hour and a half north to visit North Americas largest exhibition of life-sized, animatronic, museum quality Dinosaurs!
  
Jurassic Quest could be coming to your area!  




Jurassic Quest Return of the Dinosaurs is an interactive experience that takes you through time from the Middle Triassic to the Late Cretaceous Era! 



The main dinosaur exhibit features over 80 ultra-realistic, life-size ‘animatronic’ dinosaurs. Visitors can interact with these huge creatures, learn about them and even ride a few. It features realistic scenes, enormous dinosaurs, cute baby dinosaurs and lots of fun activities for kids of all ages.


Beyond the exhibit there are lots of fun, engaging activities for kids of all ages. Your young paleontologist can get lots of experience seeing, touching, riding, and digging up their favorite dinosaurs. .

There are even huge T-Rex and Triceratops fossil digs where young paleontologists can uncover long hidden dinosaurs bones, the “Dino Bounce” area with several, towering, dinosaur theme inflatable mazes, face painting, Dino crafts and much more!


This exhibit is an adventure for the whole family and a chance to explore the world of dinosaurs in an exciting, educational, and fun way.

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