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Heidijhale

{#ad} A big thank you to @heidijhale for this beautiful, custom necklace featuring my sons artwork. I’m in love with the quality and craftsmanship of this piece! .
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My son wrote me a note and drew a picture of us several years ago and I’ve always kept it close. I’m so happy to be able to preserve the memories. .
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@apexdropofficial #heidijhaledesigns #heidijhale #customnecklace #customjewelry #childrensartwork #customcreations #ilovemykids #wearamemory

 

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Bake me a Wish

Jonathan is ONE today! This year has flown by. It’s been such a blessing watching my sweet baby grow. He’s such a delight, always happy, always smiling!

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We were gifted a beautiful cake from @bakemeawish for his birthday cake! Y’all, it was amazing! One of the most delicious cakes I’ve ever eaten! I think Jonny approved too! 🤣.

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Each cake from Bake Me A Wish comes packaged in a molded cooler & refrigeration. Also included are a personalized greeting card and gift box.

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With each cake purchased, 5% of the order is contributed to Bake Me A Wish!’s Operation: Birthday Cake program which, with their partner Soldiers’ Angels, donates birthday cakes each month to our valued service men and women overseas. ❤️

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Mickey Mouse Clubhouse

{#ad} It’s the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse!

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My children are currently obsessed with Mickey Mouse. Benjamin always asks for “mi moue!” which is Ben talk for Mickey Mouse. So, we were so delighted to find this playset at @target! .

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The Mickey Clubhouse Adventures Playset includes: Playhouse, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Pluto 3” Figures, Table, Chair, Seesaw, Mouskadoer, Telescope and more! Mickey and friends will love riding down the slide to greet their friends! Press the floor button to activate lights and sounds and sing along to the “Hot Dog Song”. Made by @justplayproducts .

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My kiddos can’t wait to open it and play with their favorite little mouse!

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#JustPlayProducts #JustPlayToys #JustPlayAllDay #MickeyMouseClubhouse #MMCH #Target #SocialSpotters

family, Family Fun/ Travel

Dino Roar Valley!

The Dinos are here!!

Have you been to Dino Roar Valley yet? If no, you need to go!

There’s only ONE more T-Rex Tuesday left this season and it’s a great day to come. Mention code TUESDAY at the box office and you’ll receive Buy one, get one 50% off combo tickets!

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And On August 23, CDPHP will host DINO-STRETCH Mommy & Me Yoga at Dino Roar Valley.! How much fun it that!?

Expereicne yoga amongst 20 life-size dinos! This event is exclusive for CDPHP members, registration is free. Learn more and register here: https://bit.ly/2Z5sESO

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Family Fun/ Travel

Dutch Wonderland – Lancaster, PA

Sponsored post: Life and Liz is a member of the Dutch Wonderland Summer Blogger program. All opinions are my own. 

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Over the weekend, we took a family trip to Pennsylvania. We had a family party to go to in Bangor so of course, we scheduled a trip to Lancaster to go to Dutch Wonderland. No visit to Lancaster is complete without seeing Dutch Wonderland!

For those who don’t know, Dutch Wonderland is a family amusement park that caters to young children. It’s know as the “Kingdom for Kids”, making it a perfect park for toddlers and preschoolers, as well as older children.

The park was made a reality by a young potato farmer-turner-Congress-Inn-owner named Earl Clark. With no amusement park experience, Clark began the park with just 4 rides. Over the years, the park has expanded to 43 acres with 35 rides, Duke’s Lagoon water play area, Exploration Island, live entertainment, games, and food!

The park is located along Route 30 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. It’s a busy road, but there is a stop light to allow easy entrance to the park. If you’re staying overnight, there a plenty of hotel options nearby. There are several fast food and family friendly  restaurant’s close by as well.

Parking at Dutch Wonderland is $5 for general parking and $15 for preferred. It’s not a huge parking lot, so general parking is only a short walk to the park entrance. Preferred parking is in the lot right outside of the entrance. We parked in general parking, and with 4 children, we had no problems. It took roughly 4 minutes to walk from our car to the entrance. There was a line to get into the park, but it moved quickly.

Upon entrance to the park, we were greeted by friendly staff and a quick walk through the gift shop. It’s a straight walk which is nice that you’re not forced to walk through the whole shop. With small children, that can get messy quick! There are several “Am I tall enough?” charts for children to check their heigh to see which rides they can ride. They’re color coded, which is nice because children can easily remember what color they are. Even children who haven’t reached 30″ tall can still enjoy 11 rides at Dutch Wonderland! The majority of those rides are slow moving and gentle. They’re a great way to introduce little ones to amusement park rides. Our favorite ones were Duke’s Dozers, and the Merry Go Round.

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Once your child is over 30″ tall, the number of rides they can enjoy increases to 17 rides! My daughter loves planes, so her favorite was Sky Fighter. She felt like she was in a real airplane!

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There’s also a water park, Duke’s Lagoon, which is for all ages. The tropical island themed attraction includes water spilling coconuts, spectacular water geysers, and bubblers. There’s also a sitting area for parents and grandparents. If you’re planning on spending a long time at the water park, you can rent a personal cabana on their website.

The Prehistoric Path on the Exploration Island was a huge hit with my dinosaur loving children! There are over 20 life-like dinosaurs that can be enjoyed at your own pace. The area is mostly shady, which is nice when it’s a hot day. It’s a good break from the sun. It was one of the first spots we visited and we all enjoyed it!

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There are many big kid and family rides as well. Once your child is over 42″ tall, they can ride the majority of the rides in the park. The exception is the Kingdom Coaster which is a large wooden roller coaster for children 48″ tall.

There are several eateries inside the park that sell kid friendly foods, such as chicken tenders, pizza, and hot dogs. They’re reasonably priced too, so they won’t break the bank! Dutch Wonderland does not allow outside food or beverages to be brought into the park, with the exception of those with medical needs. If you’d like to enjoy your own food, there are picnic tables outside the park. You can get your hand stamped for easy re-entry.

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We had so much fun while visiting Dutch wonderland and can’t wait to return!

No matter the time of year, there is always something special to do at Dutch Wonderland. From Happy Hauntings in October, to Winter Wonderland in December, there’s always fun at Dutch Wonderland.

Find out more about Dutch Wonderland by visiting their website, dutchwonderland.com.

Giveaways

Color Me Rad 5K!

 

Who’s ready for a colorful time!?

Color me Rad 5K is coming to Ballston Spa at the Elms Family Farm on September 14th!! Historically, running has only been acceptable when trying to escape the law, the truth, personal responsibility and grizzly bears. Instead of running FROM something, get ready to run FOR something at this year’s Color Me Rad.

Have you ever participated in a race? Fun Run? Let me know in the comments!

If running isn’t your thing, feel free to walk, jog or push a stroller. Color Me Rad is all about getting out and sharing some Happy, Healthy & Together with your favorite running buddies.

And guess what? I’m giving away 4 free tickets to any race below! Enter the Rafflecopter Below!!

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Color Me Rad 5K – Albany – Sept 14th
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I’ll see you all there!

 

life

Bountiful Blessings

I’ve always dreamed of owning a farm. Acreage, chickens, goats, a bountiful vegetable garden, a beautiful flower garden. But alas, I only have 1/4 acre, and it’s mostly shade.

I’ve had echinacea and mint growing for years but I’ve been too busy to try to harvest them. I never knew what to do either. But this year I decided to do it. I cut a few echinacea and a bunch of mint. And now I have them hanging up in my house to dry. I’m really excited for the end result! Can we say mint tea? Yes please! 😄.

We have a small chicken farm here. 20 chickens. They’re fun. The kids love them. I love the fresh eggs we get every day! If you’ve never had farm fresh eggs, you’re really missing out. They’re so much better than store bought eggs!

And the berries!! I’m so excited about these berries! We’ve always had black raspberries but this is the first year for red raspberries. A bird much have dropped a seed because they just randomly sprouted up in the back yard! There was an invasive vibe growing back there, along with other weeds. I’ve worked hard to remove all the weeds to really give this berry bush a chance to thrive, and it has! There’s easily 100+ berries growing and I couldn’t be more delighted! It’s a small reminder to me that God will provide and give you all the desires of your heart. 💜

Do you have a farm or garden? I’d love to hear about it!