Splish Splash #SummerMustDo

Watermarked PhotoSo much to do so little time. If you are like me you are trying to squeeze a million activities and trips into one short summer. Sometimes it works and sometimes not so much.

I always make a summer “Must Do” list. I do my best to get it all in, but sadly many activities go unchecked and are held over for next year’s list. One item from my “Must Do” list is a day at Splish Splash Water Park located on the East End of Long Island.

images-9My first visit to Splish Splash was a few years ago. I wasn’t really expecting much since I had never had any interest in water parks and didn’t really consider myself a water park person. The whole walking around in your bathing suit was kind of a deal breaker for me.

When I did finally make the day trip out to Splish Splash I was pleasantly surprised and really impressed with the Park.

The first thing I noticed was how clean and well maintained the park is. And once you get past the whole walking around in your bathing suit thing it really is a great time.

Splish Splash is good because there is  something for everyone. There are so many rides, slides, wave pools & rivers to keep everyone in the family busy all day long. In addition to the ride attractions there are several kiddie splash and play areas for little ones. Many of the tube rides are family rides where you can all ride together.

The magic height at Splish Splash is ’48 inches. Any child over ’48 inches can ride almost every ride on their own with the exception of Cliff Diver (’54) a thrilling straight drop body slide which I typically avoid, I am not that much of a thrill seeker.

My youngest is still not ’48 inches and there is still plenty for her and I to do while the big kids are on the few rides she can’t ride. For the most part those not yet ’48 inches don’t miss out on many rides because they can ride most accompanied by an adult.

There are several food stands and a food court with lots of seating. No food is allowed in the park and they do check your bags at the main entrance. Food is pretty reasonable and they offer the usual amusement park fair of chicken fingers, fries and burgers. They also have a Johnny Rockets in the park which is a big hit with my kids, definitely get a shake if you go there they are delish!

The wave pools and the lazy river are super popular with my kids and they would stay in them all day if I let them. My favorite ride is the bootleggers run a water roller coaster that was added last year.

I have always had pretty good luck with lines at the park because I seem to pick overcast days which I would recommend if you can although it’s practically impossible to predict the weather. The overcast days do seem to keep the crowds down.  If the lines are really long they offer a H2O pass which allows you to go to the head of the line and costs $25 per person.

Admission to the park is $41.00 for general admission at the gate and $31.00 for kids under ’48 inches and seniors. You can also pick up coupons at PC Richards or Dunkin Donuts and you save $4 per ticket. In addition if you buy online in advance tickets are discounted. They also charge for parking $20 per car.

It’s definitely worth the trip and a great day with the family. My only suggestion is to get early for a good parking spot and so you can hit the rides early before the park fills up.

 

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What’s so Magical about the #MagicBand?

What’s so Magical about the Magic Band?

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As long as you haven’t been living under a rock, I am sure that you are fully aware that Disney Parks is testing out the latest invention from the Disney Imagineers the “Magic Band”

When you book your Disney Vacation at Walt Disney World you will receive a Magic Band. I highly recommend you order at least 10 days before your vacation and pick the color of your choice. That way you can customize your band and they will be delivered to your house. Predictably I waited too long to order and had to pick my Magic Band up at the resort. Also, I ignored the email that asked me to customize so I my Magic Band was “I forgot to choose a color grey” also known as iconic gray.

Magic Bands 3Prepared guests can choose from red, yellow, pink, blue, orange, green as well as iconic gray. In addition you can choose a name to be printed on the inside of your MagicBand. If you don’t choose a name they just use the first name from your reservation.

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The Magic Bands are your key to the Walt Disney World Kingdom. Magic Bands are waterproof bracelets that you wear on your wrist for the duration of your stay. They have several functions.

Magic Bands

  • open your hotel room
  • are your ticket to the parks
  • allow you to charge food and merchandise
  •  check in at FastPass+ entrances
  • connect Disney Photo Pass images to your account

They are pretty magical and once you get the hang of matching the icon up with the sensor they work really well. It makes life at Disney World Parks and Resorts very simple since everything works with the MagicBand. The technology is amazing and I never saw anyone have a problem with the MagicBand during my stay.

The only drawback I saw when I was in Disney World in the spring is that with the introduction of the MagicBand not many people were wearing lanyards. No tickets no reason for a lanyard. My family and I are big in to pin trading and we loved wearing the lanyards and trading pins with the Cast members. It was a big Disney tradition for us and I am afraid that MagicBands might mean the death of pin trading. Although, every Cast member I asked assured me they were still supposed to wear their pins daily for trading, I just don’t forsee Pin Trading lasting much longer.

We are heading back to Disney in August and the kids were psyched to customize their MagicBandRedMagicBands. And yes we did it early enough so they should be delivered any day now. I decided to pass up on iconic gray and go classic Disney red & black. Can’t wait for them to arrive!

 

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Social Media Sunday Link Up

Social Media Sunday link up
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It’s that time again friends! Time for another Social Media Sunday!

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As you know Social Media Sundays are a place for you to connect with other bloggers in as many ways as possible, since meeting other bloggers and making new friends is one of the best parts of this online world!

The rules are simple!

Follow your hosts and guest hosts and leave a comment letting us know so that we can follow you back.

Grab the button and spread the word, the more the merrier!

Get to hopping! Check out your fellow bloggers and make a new friend or two!

Most importantly, have FUN!

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Bunny Cupcakes in a Cone


Bunny Cupcakes in a Cone were a such a huge hit yesterday I had to share. The idea for the cupcakes was in the April 2014 edition of Family Circle but I changed it up a little.


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Ingredients:

  • 24 Ice Cream Cones wafer style
  • Cake Mix (Funfetti is always my fave!)
  • Oil, eggs, & water for the cake mix preparation.
  • 3 batches of ButterCream Icing (pre-made in a can works just as well- 3 cans)
  • Marshmallows
  • icing colors pink & black

Directions:

    • IMG_4143Wrap the bottom of the cones in aluminium foil and place each in a muffin pan. The aluminium foil keeps the cones standing straight up.
    • Make the cake mix as directed on the box.
    • Spoon the prepared cake batter into the ice cream cones. Fill the IMG_4148cones 3/4 of the way with batter.
    • Bake as directed on the cake box. Cupcakes are ready when you can press the center and it pop backs up.
    • While the cupcakes are baking cut 24 large marshmallows in half. I then used a food scissor to trim the halves to make them look like bunny ears. This was the most annoying step since the marshmallows are so IMG_4160sticky!IMG_4159

 

 

  • Take the cupcakes out and let them cool.IMG_4156
  • Using a Wilton number 12 round tip pipe icing in a circular motion toIMG_4157 make the bunny’s head.
  • Put a litte icing on the bottom of the marshmallows and stick them into the sides of the bunny’s head.
  • Using icing tinted pink and a Wilton number 3 tip fill in the center of
    the marshmallow ears. Then using the same tip and icing make a round dot for the bunny’s nose.

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  • Using icing tinted black and a Wilton number 3 tip pipe two round eyes.IMG_4240


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Easter Sweets: Rice Krispie Easter Eggs

Rice Krispie Easter Eggs

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I absolutely love Rice Krispies! I saw this on a Rice Krispies commercial and just had to try them for Easter. The kids and I made them and they were super easy.

Ingredients:IMG_4133

  • Rice Krispies 6 cups
  • Marshmallows 5 1/2 cups (about a bag and half of the mini marshmallows)
  • Butter 3 tablespoons
  • Butter Cream Icing (or any icing of your choosing)

Directions:

  • Measure out 6 cups of Rice Krispies and set aside in a bowl.IMG_4132
  • Spray the inside of 12 large or 24 small plastic eggs with non stick cooking spray.
  • Melt the butter over medium heat. You can also use the microwave but I like to use the stove top for melting. Be careful not to burn the butter.
  • Once the butter is melted add the marshmallows. Slowly stir in the marshmallows. Keep stirring until the mixture is easily poured.
  • Pour 1/3 of the mixture over the Rice Krispies and mix with a rubber spatula. Then repeat with the remaining parts of the mixture. Keep mixing until all of the Rice Krispies are evenly coated.
  • Using your hands fill the plastic eggs with the Rice Kripsies. Close them up and put them aside. This is the hardest part of working with Rice Krispies because they are so sticky! I like to wear rubber gloves and coat them with a little butter to make it easy to manipulate the sticky Krispies.
  • Let them sit for ten minutes and take the Krispies out of the eggs and place on wax paper.
  • Then using colored icing use a decorator bag to create fun designs on your eggs. I used homemade butter cream icing with a Wilton number 5 tip to create lines, zig zags & swirls. If you are not into making homemade there are several ready-made icings and even pre-colored icing in tubes with tips that can be used as well.

 

 

 

 

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No More Brace Face

When I was a little girl I had a gap in between my teeth that you could literally drive a Mack truck through. It was humongous! To make matters worse I fell and chipped my front tooth and I cracked it almost half off. I am pretty sure it was my sister’s fault, if memory serves she was chasing me for a goody bag of candy.

My school picture circa early 80's

My school picture circa early 80’s

Nevertheless there I was with this crazy big gap and a chipped front tooth. I remember the dentist inquiring why my tooth was green. My mother had to explain that green was the color of her k linoleum floor. Apparently I dented the floor with my tooth and took some of the flooring with me. Dentistry is not the fine art is today and my tooth was shoddily bonded which only accentuated the gap.

For years people would try to console me and tell me how charming it was and how it gave me character. “You look just like Lauren Bacall” The problem was I was not a model or an actress so it didn’t really make me feel any better.

The only thing that did make me feel better is the knowledge that one day I could get BRACES. Unfortunately that was never to be. The dentist told us that braces would not fix my gap because my  jaw was set like that way. Of course I cried. I was hysterical I had been waiting forever for these magic braces to fix my smile. The dentist explained that even if he put braces on my teeth they would eventually move back and it would be even more heartbreaking.

It would be many years before I  met my wonderful dentist who fixed my teeth and who is ridiculously proud of himself. He often shows pictures of my teeth to other patients when I am there so they can admire his work.

So naturally he laughed out loud when I brought my children to him and they all had my teeth and gap, albeit not as big. Sometimes heredity is a bitch. He promptly gave me the number of the orthodontist and off we went.

Caroline Christmas Day 2010. First day with braces.

Caroline Christmas Day 2010. First day with braces.

Caroline got her braces on Christmas Eve when she was in fifth grade. Quite a Christmas present for my kid, sometimes I am just an awesome Mom. I believe she also had strep throat which I ignored assuming her complaining was due to the new braces and not strep throat. On a side note I did not win Mother of the Year in 2010.

Yeah they are off!

Yeah they are off!

On our way in...

On our way in…

Many thousands of dollars, hundreds of rubber bands, countless adjustments and three and a half long years later the braces are off!

Worth every penny to see her smile with teeth so straight. She did inherit my gap but now they attach the two front teeth together so her teeth will stay as perfect as the day she got them off.

Before & After

Before & After

 

And they better after all the time and money…

 

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A Jar Full of Savings

images-7Life is expensive.

Kids are expensive.

Lets face it everything is expensive.

The question is how do we teach our children the value of money and the importance of saving money. If your kids are like mine they don’t really understand the concept of money. When they were real little and I would tell them I didn’t have money for something they wanted they would tell me to go the bank and get more. The idea being the bank just gives you money when ever you need it. This would be a nice idea considering how expensive life and children are with sports, dance, clothing, toys, electronics, etc.

Unfortunately that is not the case. Thankfully as they have grown they have developed a better understanding of money. Especially my middle daughter who has become very proactive with her savings. She desperately wants to go to sleep away summer camp this year. The price is pretty steep for the week. In order to defray the cost she decided to start saving for camp herself.

Her idea was to create a savings jar. She was so pumped up about saving for camp she broke out the modge podge and personalized it with pictures of the camp and inspirational quotes to help motivate her. Every time she gets money for her birthday, report card, or from one of her generous aunts she puts it right into her savings jar.  IMG_3934

I am so impressed with her initiative. It really gave her ownership over her savings and I know she will love the feeling of accomplishment she gets when she reaches her goal. An added bonus is that her enthusiasm has spread to the other kids. Amelia, too bibbidi-bobbidi-boutique-00young for sleep away camp was so annoyed she didn’t have a savings jar. We had to help her come up with something to save for so she could make a savings jar too.

After much debate we settled on saving up for a visit to the Bippity Boppity Boutique for our summer trip to Disney World.IMG_3933

The savings jar is really a great idea and teaches the kids the importance of saving up for something and the fact that money doesn’t grow on trees. images-5

 

 

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