Rose Art Outdoor Fun Chalk Paint

Spring is finally here. I have waited so long for my favorite season to arrive. I love the fresh, crisp smell in the air and the temperature is just right. With the Earth bursting with new life, beautiful flowers, and the melodious sound of birds chirping, it’s the perfect time to get the kids outside to play. When we are outside my son is usually off riding his bike; however, the girls like to create. Their favorite thing to play with is RoseArt Washable Sidewalk Chalk Paint Sets. This post is a sponsored post, but all opinions, stories, and my experience are all personal and true (like always).

Product Description

As far as fun is concerned, the sky’s the limit. Kids will love stepping outside and unleashing their creative talents with this fantastic assortment of jumbo chalk, chalk powder, brushes, rollers, mixing trays and stencils. With this outdoor set you’ll be ready to get out and get creative. Perfect for on-the-go fun.

Key Features:

  • Chalk paint powder and jumbo chalk sticks in an assortment of colors
  • Roller brushes, trays and brushes
  • Storage bucket
  • Easy to use, and chalk easily washes away with water
  • Fun outdoors for ages 3+

My Thoughts:

Every adult at some point wishes they were a little kid again. Although you can’t be a little kid again physically, you can act like one for at least a little bit. Buying this outdoor fun chalk paint set is a perfect starting point for acting like a kid. This set is tremendous! As I was getting things ready for the girls I couldn’t help but give it a try myself. I had lost track of time and we ended up being outside for three hours. The only reason we went in was because the girls were getting hungry.

The paint is super easy to mix and set up. It comes with different stencils and tools that helps them create an awesome art piece. The best part and honestly probably all moms favorite part, is it’s easy to clean up. The paint simply washes away with water. So in the end you have happy kids who are outside playing and you don’t have to stress about the mess. I think that’s a win for everyone.

 

Fotor For Your Photos

Looking to get more out of your photos? You will love Fotor, the site has all you will need for retouching, editing, making collages, doing layover, and pretty much any of the “fancy stuff” you can think of.  Even just the basics of tossing a filter over that photo you just LOVED but didn’t come out quite right- it’s a breeze on Fotor. It’s the easiest online photo editor I’ve used in a while.

Maybe you have a ton of photos to go through. Maybe you want to get rid of those red eyes, or flares, or even do a little “vanity” editing. Whatever works for you. Use fotor to make facebook cover easily  Goodness knows you want to look good, hahaha. Profile pictures matter, don’t they? Fotor offers a ton of effects- so many options and so easy to use.

There are a bunch of brand new effects, ranging from light saturation, such as Lomo, Tilt-Shift and Color Splash now on Fotor that will give you the best all around editing experience. There are effects like “Blur” that can be used to highlight and contrast while others like “Funky” can bring to life those images that have a little less going on in them. Photoshop is complicated! Not every photo editing situation has to be. Fotor is a fast, fun, easy way to add effects to your photos without taking huge chunks of time out of your day, or your wallet.

You won’t even have to learn how to use it- it’s basically photo editing “for dummies”, if you know what I mean. Anyone can do it- even me, and I’m horrible at some of these programs.  Not only can you edit and add effects, but you can also do all your basic editing such as color corrections, cropping, adding borders, focus effects, layovers, and text tools. Saving your work and sharing are easy as well.

If you are a budding photographer, or just someone who loves to take photos, give Fotor a try. I think you will like what you see.

Riders By Lee Review

Riders by Lee are well known for their affordability and comfort in jeans and other men and women apparel. Lee’s has great tops the fit just right and are casual and comfy; all while flattering every body shape and style. Crafted by Lee’s men and women’s modern denim are now exclusively at Target.com.

Riders by Lee in women’s pants, jeans, and shirt dresses are available in plus sizes. Shirt Dresses are new and very stylish for women to wear out; just add a belt and you can dress up or down depending on whether you are going out with girlfriends or just running to the store and want to wear something new, fun, and stylish. Riders by Lee pants and jeans hold their fit, shape, and comfort even after being washed multiple times. As such, they are perfect for packing- and easy to pair with anything, so you don’t need to pack much.

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The newly designed skirts and capris make them not only fashionable but also functional with the everyday life of a mom running around and taking care of the day to day household requirements of the family. The knit waistbands are breathable and their moisture-wicking fabric is designed to make them and everyday wear and comfort. As well as stylish tops, super soft v-necks, shorts, bermudas and capris that all fit to size, last, comfortable, and perfect for the family.

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Crafted by Lee lines retail for around $30 and all Riders by Lee retail for only $20 or less, making them perfect for the everyday family that is on a budget. Not only are they affordable, so you can get more bang for your buck, they last and you won’t be disappointed. Crafted by Lee and Riders by Lee clothing will become your go to brand of clothing for the whole family.

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Easy Game Day Cocktails @SmirnoffUS #GameDayReady

Football season is in full swing. Time for tailgating, viewing parties, and filling the living room with family. As you plan your game day menu, replace basic beer with Smirnoff Ice‘s new line of malt beverages: Smirnoff Ice® Original Premium Flavored Malt Beverage, Smirnoff Ice® Moscow Mule, and Smirnoff Ice® Screwdriver Flavored Malt Beverage.

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Whether you’re bringing a close to the weekend on Sunday or relaxing after a long day of work on Monday, these easy game day cocktails could be just the pick me up you need. Turn on your favorite football team, grab your snacks, and whip up these easy cocktails in a jiffy.

Smirnoff Ice® provided this Game Day Ready box complete with the Original, Moscow Mule, Screwdriver, Smirnoff Ice® mason jar for mixing, and a gift card to pick up other supplies.

We made two easy cocktails that you can have ready in about 5 minutes, each: Clementine Screwdriver and Passion Fruit Apple Mixer.

Although I am not a big football fan, you don’t have to give me an excuse to relax on the couch with my sweetie and an ice cold glass of something sweet & tangy. After grocery shopping, I scoured my fridge for some interesting combinations I could whip together in no time flat. I had lots of fruit and a new fruit juice on hand, so I thought I’d combine those with the new Smirnoff Ice® beverages.

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Clementine Screwdriver

INGREDIENTS

  • Smirnoff Ice® Screwdriver Flavored Malt Beverage
  • Clementine
  • Mason jar

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Place four clementine wedges into the bottom of the mason jar. Muddle (mash) the fruit with the back of a spoon or a muddler for more flavor. Add a wedge to the rim.
2. Fill half the jar with ice.
3. Finish it off by pouring Screwdriver Flavored Malt Beverage over top.

This cocktail is the perfect mixture of sweet, bursting with fruit flavor. Clementines are one of my favorite fruits this time of year, so it made sense to me to add it into this Touchdown cocktail to enjoy while watching my husband’s favorite football team play. I love rich color that the fruit gives to this drink. This drink is perfect as is but can easily be customized to a person’s individual taste.

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Passion Fruit Apple Mixer

INGREDIENTS

  • Smirnoff Ice® Original Flavored Malt Beverage
  • 1 oz passion fruit juice
  • 1/2 cup peeled, diced Granny Smith apple
  • Mason jar

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Place apple into the bottom of the mason jar. Muddle (mash) the fruit with the back of a spoon or a muddler for more flavor.
2. Pour juice over fruit.
3. Fill half the jar with ice.
4. Finish it off by pouring Smirnoff Ice® Original Flavored Malt Beverage over top.

This cocktail is the perfect mixture of sweet and sour, bursting with fruit flavor. Granny Smith apples are one of my favorite apple varieties, so it made sense to me to add it into this Touchdown cocktail to enjoy while watching my husband’s favorite football team play. I love rich color that the fruit gives to this drink. This drink is perfect as is but can easily be customized to a person’s individual taste.

Disclosure: Smirnoff Ice should be enjoyed responsibly by those 21 years of age or older. The Smirnoff Ice Cocktail Playbook was sent to me in order for me to create the recipe you’ve seen in this post. As always opinions are my own. My experience may differ from your own.

Six Melbourne Road Trips

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A driving vacation is the perfect option for anyone that wants the freedom to create their own agenda rather than being tied to a specific routine. All you need is your belongings and a hire car and you’re be ready to go, and you’ll be in control of the sites you see. In this article, you’ll find six road trips in Melbourne that will offer you an unbelievable experience.

1. Sydney-Melbourne Coastal Drive

The Sydney to Melbourne coastal drive will take you through Batesmen Bay, Phillip Island, and a number of other seaside towns. As well as the spectacular views, there are plenty of visitor attractions and landmarks along the way. Highlights include the Croajingolong National Park, Jervis Bay, the local beaches, and the birds and wildlife. It is also a great region for seafood.

2. The Great Ocean Road Route

The route measures 243 km and is an excellent opportunity to experience the south eastern coast of Australia; it will take you through several major cities and settlements such as Apollo Bay, Anglesey and Rye River.

It is considered one of the Australia’s most picturesque drives and it highlights include The Otways and its rainforests, Bell’s Beach, the 12 Apostles and the waterfalls. You will also have plenty of opportunity to experience the wildlife, and if you love surfing and water-based activities, you’ll find plenty of beaches to explore.

3. The Great Alpine Road

The road measures approximately 211 miles. It has a varied terrain and it will take you through some of the most stunning views in Victoria. As well as the local vineyards, you’ll have the chance to experience the Gippsland Lakes, striking valleys and the forest views.

The Great Alpine Road runs between Wangaratta and Metung and provides plenty of opportunity to explore the beaches, mountains and lakes along the way. Highlights of this route include the Alpine National Park and the Rutherglen Wine Region.

4. Yarra Valley

This is one of Victoria’s most spectacular regions. It is known for its gardens and villages, and numerous vineyards. It is also famed for its restaurants, which makes Yarra Valley an ideal location for food and drink lovers; there’s plenty of green scenery to enjoy along the way as well. With so much to do and see you might not get to experience it all in one day, so consider making your trip a little longer if you want to make the best of it.

A hire car will be essential to take you between each tourist attraction and destination; it’s a good idea to research car rentals in Australia before you go, Budget Rent a Car is a good place to start.

5. The South Gippsland Circuit

This circuit is famed for its striking beauty and for its many tourism spots. It is a great area for people who enjoy the outdoors lifestyle, while also taking in some of the world’s most magnificent views. If you are driving this route, you’ll find plenty of reasons to take a detour along the way. First, you’ll want to visit the local beaches and the Gippsland Lakes, and the Wilsons Promontory National Park is another attraction that isn’t to be missed.

6. Sydney-Melbourne Heritage Drive

You’ll need to be prepared to travel, but with so much to enjoy this drive is worth the effort.

The Sydney-Melbourne Heritage Drive is steeped in history and there are plenty of modern day attractions, too. Highlights of this route include The Murray River with its beaches and forests; it’s rich in local vineyards and produce as well.

Learn With Oliver- Language Learning Online

Languages go hand in hand with traveling. Whether you are visiting another country, or just an area outside of your own town, you never know who you are going to meet and what language they are going to speak. Learning a different language helps you to broaden your horizons.  With the world getting smaller and more diverse, it’s really becoming essential that everyone know at least a second language.

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There are a lot of ways to learn a new language, but many are time consuming and costly. If you are like me, you don’t have time to go to classes and want a way to learn online.

Learn with Oliver might be a perfect solution. Learn with Oliver is an online language learning site. They currently offer Chinese, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and Thai.

They also offer a way for people to learn English. For people who are looking to learn English but currently speak Chinese, German, Korean, Russian, French, or Portuguese, Learn with Oliver is an online option as well.

What makes Learn with Oliver a great option is that there are 2 memberships. The basic membership is free forever. That means you get to work on learning a new language without having to worry about an outrageous cost. There is also a premium membership that gives you added features that can make learning a language easier and faster. At only $8 a month or $84 for the year, you get the ability to add notes to your flash cards, enter your own words and sentences, use a sound feature, and get fast essay correction.

If you don’t know a second language, now is the time. A cool new “thing” will only last so long, and it’s appeal even less long.  You know how it is.  But, a second language is forever, and is a great skill for your resume, college application, and makes you more employable.  It also opens up a world to you that was previously closed.  Go ahead and see what you think- there is nothing to lose.  Visit Learn With Oliver and see what you think.

The Top Eight Things to Do in NYC This Fall

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NY Fall Foliage Tour

Cross the George Washington Bridge and soak up the vibrant autumn colors of the Hudson Valley with this 4.5-hour fall foliage tour. Scenic stops include the 18th-century Fort Montgomery, Lookout Inn—the highest point of Palisades Cliffs—and West Point Academy.

Pumpkin Picking

Looking to get out of the city for some family friendly fun? New Yorkers can take the ferry to Staten Island, where the Historic Richmond Town Pumpkin Patch welcomes kids with a cornstalk maze, hay rides and a farmhouse tour. Other farms that offer pumpkin picking include Stuart’s Farm in Westchester County, Secor Farms in New Jersey or Elwood Pumpkin Farm in Long Island.

Central Park Sightseeing Bike Tour

When the summer heat finally subsides and the leaves begin to change color, there’s no better time to cruise around Central Park. This two-hour bike tour includes all the park highlights, from Belvedere Castle to Bethesda Terrace to Shakespeare Garden.

New York Ghost Walk

From the paranormal to the eerie, the New York Ghost Walk will reveal the spooky underbelly of the West Village—right in time for All Hallows’ Eve. Discover a grave site buried beneath one of New York’s most popular parks and the hangouts of the ghosts of Mark Twain and Edgar Allan Poe on this 2- hour walking tour.

Village Halloween Parade

One of the most beloved Halloween traditions in New York City is the Village Halloween Parade that marches up 6th Avenue on October 31. Don your most elaborate costume to fit in with this artistic extravaganza, complete with music, puppets, dancers and live bands.

Blood Manor

Embrace the spookiness of the season by wandering through a haunted house like no other. Blood Manor is made up of 5,000 square feet of fear-inducing fun, from themed rooms to long dark corridors.

World Yacht Thanksgiving Cruises

For all the joys of Thanksgiving without any of the clean-up, leave the cooking to someone else this year and make a reservation for a World Yacht Thanksgiving Cruise. The cruise sails along the Hudson River, offering views of the Statue of Liberty and a holiday feast with all the traditional fixings.

This is a guest post from NewYork.com. NewYork.com is a leading and trusted expert on New York City and the only existing website to plan and book a complete New York City itinerary, ranging from hotels, Broadway shows, dining, attractions and tours.

Spending the Holidays in New York City

The holidays are one of New York City’s busiest seasons of the year — with an estimated 5.2 million visitors expected to stay in the city during the 2015 holiday season. According to NewYork.com, now is the best time to book your trip to the Big Apple to ensure you get the best rates and availability on hotels, attractions and Broadway shows.

Also, many of NYC’s tour companies offer seasonal versions of their tours, like the popular Gray Line City Sightseeing Holiday Lights Tour and the Hornblower Thanksgiving Day Dinner Cruise, that generally go on sale 2–3 months before the holidays.

NewYork.com has compiled lists of the best hotels, attractions and Broadway shows of the holiday season that are most likely to sell out over the holiday and/or are offering early access pricing:

Top Hotels

  • The New York Palace goes all out for holidays, stringing up more than 68,000 lights and hanging 32,000 ornaments on the looming Christmas tree that presides over the elegant courtyard, and is one of the most sought-after hotels over the holiday season.
  • Centrally located near Central Park and the city’s most iconic stores, from Tiffany’s to Bergdorf Goodman, and holiday window displays, AKA Central Park gets snapped up quickly.
  • This playful midtown hotel, Le Parker Meridien, is one of the city’s most coveted holiday hotels with its annual Gingerbread Extravaganza fundraiser, where local bakeries craft gingerbread houses in the shapes of New York landmarks.

 

Top Attractions

  • Top Of The Rock Observation Desk often reaches visitor capacity during the holiday season, so book now to guarantee entry on the day of your choice. For those who want to skate at Rockefeller Center ice rink after, it’s important to book tickets at the rink in advance as there are limited tickets available.
  • Empire State Building is one of the hottest tickets in town, especially during the holidays. Book now and time your visit for just before sunset, so you can watch the skyline glow under changing colors as day turns to night.
  • Gray Line City Sightseeing Holiday Lights Tour showcases the best of the holiday sights and sounds in Midtown Manhattan and beyond. See all of the best of the holidays in one convenient loop with this tour — but be sure to bring a hat, scarf and gloves if the top deck is calling you.
  • Thanksgiving Day Dinner Cruise Tickets lets you take your Thanksgiving dinner offshore this year. Hornblower’s Thanksgiving Day Dinner Cruise is perfect for those want a side of skyline views with their turkey and stuffing (and for someone else to do all the cooking and cleaning up).

 

Broadway Shows

  • Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been one of the most popular and iconic holiday shows in NYC for decades. There are up to six performances on some days beginning November 13 through January 3, 2016 and early access pricing is in effect.  Book now to not only save money, but also get the date that’s best for you.
  • An American in Paris is one of the few Broadway shows performing on Christmas Eve so tickets are sure to go quickly.
  • On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan opens for the very first time on October 5th, but the pre-NYC production in Chicago is generating a lot of buzz. Booking tickets now means more availability and lower prices than when the buzz hits after the Broadway premiere.
  • Allegiance, starring George Takei and Tony winner Lea Salonga, is also one of the most buzzed about new shows opening this fall. Get tickets now before the positive reviews roll in when the show opens in early November and prices skyrocket.
  • The Off-Broadway run of Hamilton, the new musical by Lin Manuel-Miranda, was a sold-out sensation, and tickets are already going fast for the Broadway run. If you are coming for the holidays, tickets are available now for December – but probably not for long.
  • The Lion King and Matilda are one of the top shows for families during the holidays and prices can get higher and higher as the date nears. If you are planning on bringing the whole family, it will also be also more difficult to get multiple seats together if you don’t book well in advance.

This is a guest post from NewYork.com. NewYork.com is a leading and trusted expert on New York City and the only existing website to plan and book a complete New York City itinerary, ranging from hotels, Broadway shows, dining, attractions and tours.