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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

TOO Cute Tuesday: Linky Par-Tay! #350


You should! Let's be friends!
Leave your Instagram username in the comments and I'll follow you
too! This will be fun!!

Have you ever had Bear Lake raspberries? Oh. My. Gosh. Store bought
raspberries don't even come close! I drove all over Bear Lake Valley hunting
down this flat of deliciousness. I wasn't sure if I was going to find them,
but I did and I was so happy to be able to give them to my Grandma for

Now onto TOO Cute Tuesday!

What did you make this week that is TOO Cute??
Come link up!

Rules:
Must be made by you.
Link up to the specific post - not your main blog.
No Etsy shops or giveaways please :)
Please post the button or link back here so more people can join in the fun.
Visit some of the other participants and leave them some LOVE!





I changed the linky party so that the most recently uploaded project will show up as number one. This way everyone gets a chance on top. So, look in the first spot for your project, not at the end. Thanks!!!


Monday, August 14, 2017

Great Wolf Lodge SoCal || Guide to the Water Park #GWLSoCal


Now that I've given you the low down on all the fun things to do at The Great
Wolf Lodge Southern California BEYOND the water park, it's time to tell you
how fun the Great Wolf Lodge Water Park is!!!! We seriously had a fantastic
time at the resort and my kids especially loved the water park. They moaned and
groaned when we left at closing. They were like, just 5 more minutes?!

Luckily, if you're a guest at the Great Wolf Lodge then you get TWO days of 
fun at the water park with each night of your stay! Yep - two days! On the day
you check in, although check in at 4:00PM daily, you can pick up your
wrist bands and enjoy the water park as early as 1:00PM. And although
check out is at 11:00AM daily, you can stay and enjoy the water park 
until closing. Super awesome, huh?!

{FORT MACKENZIE}

This water-fort-tree house is fun for all ages! The multiple levels, interactive
water toys, and kid-activated splash features can entertain you for hours!
My kids loved the body slides and I appreciated that there was a slide for
each of their height requirements. Remember to listen for the bell, because
when it rings, the gigantic bucket on top is ready to tip!!!


{SLAP TAIL POND}

No water park is complete without the fun of a wave pool! Slap Tail Pond is a
zero-depth-entry pool with a five-foot deep end and the waves roll in every five
minutes. We all love the wave pool and I loved that the waves were little kid
friendly so that Grace could enjoy it too!

{CUB PAW POOL}
If you've got someone in the 48" and under set, then Cub Paw Pool will be the
perfect spot! It has lots of fun splash features and perfectly sized slides so that
even your littlest family member will have a blast all day.

{BIG FOOT PASS}
The pools for Big Foot Pass and Chinook Cove are connected to one another 
and are a lot of fun for the physically adept in your family. Chinook Cove is an 
activity pool where you can splash, swim, and play basketball or balance on 
the different floats. Big Foot Pass is pictured above and let's your wolf pups
test their dexterity and strength on the cargo nets and floating lily pads and 
wood slices. Isabella especially loved the challenge and I enjoyed watching 
her try to figure out how to get across successfully!

{WOLF RIDER WIPEOUT}
JT was the only one brave enough in our family to try out the thrill of 
Wolf Rider Wipeout. The staff were so helpful in helping him figure out
which of the three riding style options he was most comfortable with.
The line goes a little slower than most of the other attractions in the water park,
but you'll appreciate it when it's your turn to ride and you get ample time ot
get your flow ride on.


{THE WATER SLIDES}

Because I had Grace and I was the only adult in our group, I didn't get to ride
any of the big awesome water slides. JT went with some of our friends on the
slides and he assured me that they were "totally awesome!", so I will have to
take his word for it until our next visit when I've vowed to ride the
Howlin' Tornado at least a half a dozen times! I like that several of the slides
are "family slides" where 2+ riders can experience the fun together. That way
Isabella and JT could ride together or JT could go with a family friend.

Howlin' Tornado
Coyote Canyon
Wolf Tail
River Canyon Run
Alberta Falls
Mountain Edge Raceway


{CROOKED CREEK}
I don't know how I missed snapping a picture of us floating the day away in
the Great Wolf Lodge's version of the lazy river - Crooked Creek. I must have
been too relaxed and lazy :D But it's a lot of fun and very relaxing to let the 
gentle current carry you along.

{RACCOON LAGOON}
If the weather is nice and you want some California sun, then head outside to
Raccoon Lagoon! There are geysers, fountains, water basketball, and even a 
mini dumping bucket. There are also cabana rentals and plenty of poolside 
seating if you just want to catch some rays.


Can you believe all the fun contained under one roof? Be sure to check out what there is to do BEYOND THE WATER PARK and let me know what your favorite park of your stay is once you visit. You can check Groupon and create a MyGreatWolf account to find the best deals on your stay.

{Great Wolf Lodge Water Park FAQ's}

ARE TOWELS PROVIDED?
YES! But they are tiny. So they're perfect for your kids, but if you want it to wrap around more than just your thigh, then I'd bring a beach towel for yourself and any other adults in the group.

DO THEY HAVE LIFE VESTS AND ARE THEY REQUIRED?
YES! They have life vests for every size and age, but they are available on a first come, first served basis. I brought Grace's puddle jumper for her because it is US Coast Guard approved and she doesn't mind wearing it. But it's nice to know that if you forget yours or don't have one, that the Great Wolf Lodge has you covered!

ARE THERE CABANA RENTALS?
YES! There are indoor and outdoor cabana rentals available. I loved that some of the indoor cabana spots are near the Cub Paw Pool, so you have easy access to the play area for your little ones. Each cabana has seating for six, a 20" flat screen TV, a safe, and a mini refrigerator with an assortment of non-alcoholic beverages.

CAN I TAKE VIDEOS AND PHOTOS ON THE SLIDES?
YES! Bring your Go Pros, water proof cameras, and phones in water proof pouches to capture all the fun you're having at the water park!

CAN I BRING IN A COOLER/OUTSIDE FOOD?
You can bring coolers into the hotel and keep them in your room, but they are not allowed in the water park.

ARE THERE LOCKERS AVAILABLE TO RENT IN THE WATERPARK?
YES! You can rent lockers for your small incidentals that you'd like to keep with you during your water park fun. Your luggage will either need to stay in your room or your vehicle.



Tuesday, August 8, 2017

FIVE Reasons to Own the 2017 Mazda 3 GT #DriveMazda


Mazda's belief in KODO Design - or "Soul of Motion" - is the essence of 
the 2017 Mazda 3 GT.  Mazda wants their cars to be more than just metal. 
They want their cars to evoke the tension of movement and be imbued with the 
warmth of a creature. The 2017 Mazda 3 GT is inspired by the predatory 
stance of an animal stalking its prey and it's lines and design are beautiful!

We had the privilege of driving the 2017 Mazda 3 GT for a week and had a
blast with this 5-door model of  of the Mazda 3 with 5 passenger seating and
36 EPA estimated highway MPGs. The kids loved the sporty design and I 
loved zip of the 184 horsepower engine. So, let's get down to 
FIVE REASONS you'll love driving the 2017 Mazda 3 GT.

{1} HATCHBACK TRUNK
There is plenty of room in the 20.2 cubic feet of cargo space in the
hatchback trunk of the 2017 Mazda 3 GT. You get even more space when 
you flop the second row of seats down and increase the space to 47.1 cubic feet 
of cargo space. We had VBS the week we had the Mazda 3 GT and I hauled
everything I need each day with plenty of space to spare. We also took it to
Sea World and a stroller and all the extras fit in the trunk just fine. Grace
wanted you to know that there was plenty of room for her giant sticker
book too :D


{2} POWER MOONROOF
It's no secret that we love a good moonroof and the 2017 Mazda 3 GT
has a fabulous power sliding-glass moonroof. It opens with a one-touch-open
feature and gives you a great view as you cruise around town. We especially
loved it on the Fourth of July when we could watch the aerial fireworks as we
drove home from Grandma's house on the freeway.

{3} SAFETY FEATURES
Look at that adorable face! She's one of the reasons I love the 2017 Mazda 3
and it's available safety features. They keep this little face that I love safe and
sound as we drive around to where we need to get to. There are so many safety
features you'll be amazed! 
Some of my favorite safety features are:

-Advanced dual front air bags with passenger weight sensors
-Front seat-mounted side-impact air bags and side-impact air curtains
-Advanced blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert
-Rearview camera
-SKYACTIV Body Ring Structure
- Heads up active driving display


{4} GORGEOUS EXTERIOR AND INTERIOR DESIGN
Between the Machine Gray Metallic paint job of the exterior and the leather
trimmed sport seats of the interior, the Mazda 3 GT is gorgeous! I had 
several people comment on what a great looking car it was and I totally agree. 
The design is further complimented by the BOSE 9 speaker surround 
system with Centerpoint 2 and AutoPilot 2 and the 7" full-color touch 
screen display. It also has a leather wrapped steering wheel and shifter 
and a roof-mounted "shark fin" antenna that make it extra sleek.


{5} NAVIGATION SYSTEM
We went to Sea World for the first time since my oldest was about 2 years old,
but I didn't have to worry about getting lost because the 2017 Mazda 3 GT's 
on board navigation system got us there with no problem. The map is 
displayed beautifully on the 7" full-color display and I love that the 
directionsspeed limit, and stop signs also pop-up on the heads up display. 
Be sure to enter your destination before you start driving, because to keep you
safe, you can't enter a destination while the vehicle is in motion.


Those are just a few of the reasons we enjoyed driving the 2017 Mazda 3 GT.
Be sure to check out my YouTube video to see the other reasons this is such
a great vehicle to own!


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