Chick in Egg #EasterCraft

Check out this unique and cool craft, just in time for Easter, your kids will have a ball making this one!

Chick in egg Easter Craft

Chick in egg
It’s not hard to hatch this fun project. The steps are easy and the supplies are cheap, cheap, cheap!

1.     Make a chick by gluing together two yellow pom-poms. Glue on a felt beak and feet. Add eyes with dimensional fabric paint. Let dry.
2.     Insert the chick into a pre-stretched balloon. Blow up the balloon until it’s the size of a tennis ball. Knot the balloon and spray it with a light coasting of cooking spray.
3.     Cut perle cotton string into six or seven 2-foot lengths.
4.     Pour white glue into a dish. Dip a length of string into the glue to coat it, then run it between your thumb and forefinger to remove the excess glue. Wrap it around the balloon. Add more crisscrossing strands until there are no gaps larger than the chick.
5.     Clip the knot of the balloon to hanger, and hang it up to dry (we hung ours from a shower curtain rod).
6.     With scissors, carefully pop the balloon and remove it.

Bunny out of a Plastic Egg #EasterCraft All Ears

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Check out this great idea and “How to” make a Bunny with a Plastic Easter Egg.  Your kiddos are sure to love this cute craft and after the candy’s gone, your child will have a cute bunny to enjoy.

All ears
1.     To make one, bend a pipe cleaner in half. Open the plastic egg and push the ends of the pipe cleaner out through the two holes in the top of the egg.
2.     Bend each end into an ear shape, then inset the tips back through the holes.
3.     Cut a second pipe cleaner in half.
4.     Fold on piece in half and insert each end out through the holes in the base of the egg. Form each end into a foot.
5.     Glue a white pom-pom to the back of the egg, low enough so the bunny can lean against it.
6.     Add an expressive face with permanent marker.

Falcons Fury set to Open May 1st at Busch Gardens in Tampa!

Spring is here and summer is on it’s way!  Here in Orlando there are so many fun things happening I am having trouble keeping up with them, but here is one you will not want to miss… A new ride at Busch Gardens in Tampa!!  Falcon’s Fury, a 335 Foot Drop Thrill Ride will open on May 1st.  Mark your Calendars and check out this video announcing the grand opening of Falcon’s Fury!

Aquatica Orlando installs FINAL slide section for Ihu’s Breakaway Falls

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Earlier this week Aquatica Orlando installed the final section of slide for their newest attraction, Ihu’s Breakaway Falls.  This VERY Tall tower slide has more than 200 sections, making it Orlando’s tallest, steepest and only multi-drop tower slide.

Guests that are brave enough to slide down Ihu’s Breakaway Falls will step into one of three clear “breakaway boxes,” and watch each other fall one-by-one as the floor underneath them disappears OR test their bravery on a just as thrilling fourth open slide.  Then they will propel through four, 360 degree spirals, along with drops and turns along the way

Ihu’s Breakaway Falls is scheduled to open on MAY 9th!  So mark your calendar and be sure to be one of the first to ride this new, thrilling water slide!

From high-speed water slides and exhilarating wave pools, to tranquil beaches and the remarkable animal habitats that are the hallmark of SeaWorld®, Aquatica Orlando delights all ages and interests. This one-of-a-kind waterpark is home to some of the world’s most thrilling water rides, featuring 38 slides, rivers and lagoons and 84,000 square feet of sparkling white, sandy beaches.

Be among the first to hear the latest updates and go behind-the-scenes of Ihu’s Breakaway Falls by staying connected on Facebook and joining the conversation using #NothingTaller. For more information, visit AquaticaOrlando.com.

What’s the Hubbub Hangout with the Star and Writer of Spooksville!

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Last week I was invited to participate in an exclusive opportunity to interview the star of Spooksville, Keean Johnson, and the Spooksville writer, Jim Krieg.  I could not personally attend the interview because I was on a cruise but I did submit some questions.  I hope you will check out the video below of the interview.

Check out the interview below!  These guys are hilarious, so warning you will probably will be laughing the whole time!  It just goes to show that these big stars are super awesome.

Also, please remember that “Spooksville” airs Saturdays at  5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT on the Hub Network.

Oh and they do mention my blog around 1:02 (yes I was excited about this!) so check out my question about homeschooling around that time.

1st Annual Loomy Awards AND Giveaway for a Loom Boom!

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January has the Golden Globes, February hosts the BAFTAs, and March is home to the Oscars. What better time than awards season to announce the first ever award for loom bracelet fanatics! This April, “loomers” from far and wide will submit their creations for a chance to become a Super Loomer in the 1st Annual Loomy Awards!

The Loomy Awards are sponsored by The Original Loom Boom, a first-of-its kind product intended to organize, display, transport and share your loom bracelet creations. Winners will be chosen from four categories: Best Bracelet, Coolest Charm, Wackiest Wearable, and Best Loom Boom. Three winners will each receive a $250 gift card, and one grand prize winner will receive a $500 gift card! Plus, all winners will receive a special edition of The Original Loom Boom!

Entries can be submitted on The Original Loom Boom’s Facebook page beginning on March 30, 2014, and winners will be announced on a live web award show April 30, 2014.

Loom Boom

In honor of the 1st Annual Loomy Awards I am giving away a Loom Boom to one lucky Mommy Has A Life reader.  The giveaway will end April 29th, 2014 at 12:00 AM.  Please use the Rafflecopter form below to enter.

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Central Florida Home and Garden Show THIS WEEKEND 4/4-4/6

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One of the region’s most anticipated spring events, the Central Florida Home + Garden Show returns April 4-6 to the Orange County Convention Center’s North Concourse, Hall North B facing Universal Blvd. The three-day home improvement extravaganza is the premier place to find innovative products, new ideas, practical advice and great deals in remodeling, home improvement and gardening with hundreds of experts all under one roof. From windows and flooring to cabinets and landscaping, consumers can shop, compare and save on a wide variety of products and services to renew, refresh and restore their homes. Show hours are Friday and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Tickets are available at the door and are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors (60+, available at the box office only), $5 for children ages 6-12; and free for children ages 5 and under. Advance tickets can be purchased online for a $3 discount off full-price $10 admission at www.CentralFloridaHomeAndGardenShow.com. Convenient on-site parking is available in the adjacent lot off International Drive and is $9 per car. For more information, visit www.CentralFloridaHomeAndGardenShow.com or call 877-871-SHOW (7469). The Central Florida Home + Garden Show and its fall sister show, the Orlando Home Show (October 24-26, 2014) are both produced by Marketplace Events.

There will be a lot of fun things for EVERYONE at the Central Florida Home and Garden Show.  Even if you are not doing a home improvement project, you can still get benefit from going to the Home Show.  With over 300 vendors there will be a great variety in what is offered, ranging from home improvement to cash and carry and even restaurants and cooking demonstrations on the Edible Orlando Cooking Stage.

The Edible Orlando Cooking Stage will feature demonstrations from various chefs around Orlando, including Barnies Coffee Kitchen, where I had the pleasure of dining last week. Their samples were amazing so please check out Chef Camilo and his demonstration :-)
Edible Orlando Cooking Stage Schedule:

Friday, April 4
10:30 a.m. – Chef Larry Eells, Hyatt Regency Orlando
12:30 p.m. – Heather McPherson, Orlando Sentinel, Katie Farmand & Pam Brandon, Edible Orlando
1:30 p.m. – Lois Dorotiak, Whole Foods Market

Saturday, April 5
10:30 a.m. – Andres Montoya, The Wine Barn
11:30 a.m. – Chef Camilo Velasco, Barnie’s Coffee Kitchen
12:30 p.m. – Heather McPherson, Orlando Sentinel, Katie Farmand & Pam Brandon, Edible Orlando
1:30 p.m. – Gloria B, KQ 103FM
2:30 p.m. – Chef Jose Gonzalez, Cuba Libre Restaurant

Sunday, April 6
11:30 a.m. – Feeding Children Everywhere
12:30 p.m. – Chef Jerry Helminski, ‘Kesh
1:30 p.m. – Chef Laurent Hollaender, Grand Bohemian Hotel

There will also be a Food Truck round up on Sunday!

I hope you will stop by the Central Florida Home and Garden Show and check out all they have to offer.

Win a $50 gift card to Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores Ends April 5th

Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores

Spring is here! I’m ready to freshen up my/my family’s wardrobe for seasonal holidays, beach outings and other warmer weather activities. And, I’m always looking for great deals to stretch my budget. That’s why I plan to head to Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores, where shopping is hassle-free and you can find factory-direct premium quality merchandise at savings up to 75% off (and sometimes more). Plus, there’s easy store front parking.

Join in on the fun at the mall’s upcoming 17th Annual Spring Festival on Saturday, April 12th. It’s a FREE festival for the entire family, including character appearances by Mayor Clayton and Ms. Merry, rabbits from Give Kids the World Village; and superheroes from Heroes Alliance. You’ll also enjoy a farmers market, crafts, face painting, balloon sculpting, games and an awesome sidewalk sale.

Mr and Mrs Clayton

Plus, the center is selling raffle tickets for a chance to win more than $6,000 in great prizes including attraction tickets, hotels stays, store gifts and gift cards. One hundred percent of raffle ticket sales benefit Give Kids the World.

Here’s your chance to win a $50 gift certificate to the mall, where you can select merchandise at over 50 spacious outlet shops and get great deals at the area’s only Old Navy outlet store, newcomers U.S. Polo Assn. and Lindt Chocolate, newly renovated Nike, OshKosh B’Gosh and Tommy Hilfiger Stores, plus other well-known outlets including G by GUESS, Justice, Carter’s, Crocs, Calvin Klein, Levi’s®, Aeropostale, Converse, Famous Footwear Outlet, Fossil, Gap, Izod, Rack Room Shoes, and many more.

LBVFS Shoppers

(See entry rules below…)

Even if you don’t win, you can get in on the savings by downloading a coupon from the Center’s website, then bringing it to Travelpro at the Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores to receive a coupon booklet valued up to $400 in savings. Many stores offer additional savings from 20-40% off to “Friends & Family.”  Savvy discount shoppers can learn about these discounts, as well as specific stores and their hours by following the center on Facebook and Twitter, as well as visiting www.lbvfs.com. Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores is located just one mile from Walt Disney World at 15657 S. Apopka Vineland Road (State Road 535), Orlando, FL 32821-6316, and two miles south of I-4, Exit 68. Stores are open Monday-Saturday, 10am-9pm, and 10am-7pm on Sunday.

And now for the Giveaway.  One lucky Mommy Has A Life reader will win a $50 Gift Certificate to Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores.  Giveaway ends 4/5/14 at 11:59 PM.  Winner can pick up the prize in the mall office with photo ID, sorry we can not mail the prize.

This offer is only valid for one winner, one time, through 2014. No duplicate entries at multiple blogger websites, please.

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Keekaroo High Chair Giveaway RTV $229.95 Ends April 11th

Welcome to the Keekaroo Height Right High Chair Giveaway

Keekaroo Giveaway

Hosted By: Sweet Southern Lovin & Life of a Southern Mom

Co Hosted By: The Binder Ladies, Mommy’s Makin It, & Merlot Mommy

Sponsored by: Keekaroo

Keekaroo offers you style, function, and affordability for long lasting and durable items for you little ones. The Height Right™ High Chair + Infant Insert +Tray + Tray Cover lets your child sit at the table while being in a safe and comfortable seat. This chair is perfect for and children starting at 6 months old. One thing that is amazing about this chair is that it is completely customizable and can even fit an adult up to 250 lbs! When this system is used with the wooden try it is also JPMA certified with the highest ASTM standard for children up to 3 years old. So you think this chair is already perfect?? Did you know that it also helps aids with the proper seating posture!! To read up more on the Height Right High Chair visit here. This high chair can be purchased for as low as $229.95, head on over here to get your own.

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Michelle over at Sweet Southern Lovin had the opportunity to work with Keekaroo and review the Height Right Chair. Head on over here and check out her review.

**Giveaway Details:**

March 28th to April 11th at 11:59 PM EST

Prize: One very lucky winner will win a Height Right™ High Chair + Infant Insert +Tray + Tray Cover with your choice of wood color and insert color. RV $229.95 – $239.95

Open to the US only. Ages 18 +

**How to Enter**

Enter using the Entry Form below. By entering you agree to abide by the Terms and Conditions listed on the Entry Form. All winning entries will be verified. Winner will receive an email from Michelle at Michelle@sweetsouthernlovin.com and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Good Luck and thanks for entering.

**This blog did not receive any compensation for this giveaway. Sponsor is responsible for prize shipment. This giveaway is in no way endorsed, affiliated, or sponsored by Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, of any of the other Social Media pages.