Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Monogram Online: THE Online Shop for Personalized Gifts!


Looking for a personalized gift for a loved one this season? What about a special birthday gift for later next year? I have always loved giving and receiving personalized gifts because it is something you know they had to put thought into at least. They thought of your name specifically!

When it comes to fine monogrammed and name jewelry, MonogramOnline.com is in the top of its class -- from silver and gold necklaces shaped into first names to cufflinks etched with initials. But that's not all the gift-focused website is about - its huge selection of monogram-ready wares include, but are not limited to, iPhone cases, kitchenware, to sporting goods. There is something for everyone!


I particularly love these name necklaces! You could do a first name, last name, or even Twitter handle to make it the perfect gift. 

Right now, Monogram Online is offering 45% off store wide to my readers and that is definitely a price you can't afford to miss! That makes these beautiful sterling silver necklaces just $42 apiece! To take advantage of this deal, head over to their website by clicking the link below and be sure to enter code BLOG45 at checkout to get your discount! Then come back and let me know what you chose!







Monday, December 8, 2014

BJ's Wholesale is Ready for the Holidays! Are You?

Another holiday season is upon us. Lots of things to buy and cook and decorate. At BJ’s Wholesale, you’ll find great products for decorating, entertaining and, of course, gift-giving. You’ll also see and taste some of their high-quality groceries including delicious appetizers, fresh prepared foods and decadent desserts!

BJ’s Wholesale Club is a one-stop shopping destination for name brand, high- quality food and merchandise at prices that are significantly lower than supermarkets, supercenters, department stores, drug stores and specialty retail stores. They have a little of everything for everyone on your list!




Looking for the new Keurig 2.0 for your Mother in Law? BJ’s has it for 129.99 and it includes a bundle of coffees to get her started!Buying in bulk may seem hard to get used to but BJ’s makes it easy on you and you’re wallet! The Jawbone UP for your active uncle? BJ’s has it for $49.99! EOS lipbalm as a treat for all your hard work? They have a 4 pack for $9.99! Or maybe you're looking to replace your girlfriend's DSLR you got run over in her friends driveway? BJ's has the Canon she wants for $799. Just sayin'.





BJ’s is one of the lowest cost operators in the retail industry which means BJ’s is able to pass the savings onto its Members in the form of lower prices for lots of reasons including:

· BJ’s is extremely efficient in shipping and handling goods
· BJ’s does not have expensive displays, fancy buildings, or high advertising costs
· BJ’s annual membership fee also helps eliminate factoring operating costs into pricing
· With such a large committed base of loyal Members, BJ’s merchandising team is able to negotiate with vendors to bring Members the consistent value
· BJ's carries the most product variety of any other wholesale club with more than 7,500 items, including smaller packaged staples in addition to bulk sizes
· BJ's is the only wholesale club to accept all manufacturers' coupons in addition to in-club coupons and for greater convenience, offers the most payment options including Apple Pay and EBT.
Want to check it out before you buy a membership? No worries! Just click the link below and head over to print your free pass! Just in time for the holidays!



Headquartered in Westborough, Massachusetts, BJ's is a leading operator of warehouse clubs in the eastern U.S., currently with 206 clubs and 119 gas stations in 15 states. Learn more and shop online at www.BJs.com, and for exclusive content visit  www.Facebook.com/bjswholesaleclubwww.Twitter.com/bjswholesale and http://www.pinterest.com/bjswholesale

*I was invited to join BJ's for a special inside peek at their holiday offerings and provided compensation in exchange for this promotion but all opinions are my own!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Dollar Store DIY: Winter Globes

'Tis the season! The season where many of us decorate our houses to the T. Making sure every area of our hoes looks like Christmas exploded all over them. Or maybe that’s just us. I have spent the last several years gathering the sparkly Christmas goods at all of the January sales and getting together my crafty sense to make my house look like I have always wanted to but have never been able to afford to. Lucky for me Michael shares my affinity for the Christmassy cheer. In fact, he may even be part Griswold.

The only thing that is a stumbling block for me is that I am crazy cheap. I love to go into the Crate and Barrels and the Pier Ones and ogle all of their brightly colored wreaths and décor but I also mostly only go there to get ideas.
  
This is this year’s craft for me brought to you none other than my local dollar store. I had seen this project on Pinterest awhile back but it didn’t exactly suit my style. A little too fancy schmancy not enough country/ lazy charm. So, when the dollar store by my house started getting out the Christmas decorations, I decided to check and see if they had anything more my style. It was the little plaster tree with the Cardinals on it that caught my eye first. Then the little snowman and people.


The next stop was the glass vases. They didn’t have the three different sizes I was looking for, so I went with two of the large vases and a pint beer glass I found with the other glassware. I tried it out in the store and was able to achieve the 3 level look I was going for by using the two candle sticks underneath one of the large vases and the beer glass. You will need to use the magical glue called E6000 to secure the vases to the candle holders. It will make a clear, sturdy base for whatever your decide to put in your vases. If you have never used this glue, be careful. Its very stringy and stick anything to everything.


After the glass pieces had dried, it was as easy as putting the snowflakes into the vases at the levels I wanted and putting in the little plaster figures. I did have to tamp down the snow a few times to make sure they stayed at the right level as it settled too but that is kind of to be expected for plastic snow I guess. The original post had lights in the bottom to make them fancy but I have a thing about glowing snow. If its glowing, I assume there is a source of light making it glow and if its lighting, its heating. Which melts snow. Technicalities aside, it did make it fancy so if that’s your thing, you can get battery powered LED lights at the dollar store too.

Overall, I am excited with how they turned out! They are a cute little addition to the weird mirrored shelf that came with my house at least. This whole project cost me a grand total of$9 which is a win in my book.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Day at the Aquarium #WW







*I took these with my Galaxy S5 at Georgia Aquarium. I am sharing because I loved them, not because I am affiliated.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

#FestivalOfTheSEAson at @GeorgiaAquarium

Yesterday morning we had the chance to join Georgia Aquarium in waking the big man himself, Santa Claus, from his long winter's nap! Turns out that an icy cold blast from a hundred or so snowballs is all it takes!

A video posted by Amy (@rendermemama) on

Of course while we were there, we stuck around for the Festival of the SEAson! We all know the holidays are not just about checking off items on a wish list. For many parents, crossing off the list of annual moments can be an overwhelming fete.

Georgia Aquarium’s Festival of the SEAson creates a magical atmosphere where families can find the experiences they are seeking and get back to the reason for the season. Opening on Saturday, November 22, this annual event marks the limited-time return of offerings that have become tradition for many families in Atlanta and throughout the Southeast. Here are five exceptional experiences visitors can cross of their list during this month-long celebration at one of the world’s largest aquariums.

1. Capture Classic Photos With Santa

Break away from the mundane mall photo and capture the annual classic with a seaside St. Nick. Whether you are posting it for all of social media to see or sending to the grandparents, an iconic photo with Santa at Georgia Aquarium will provide a unique experience.

2. Treasure Family Traditions

Holiday traditions are essential, and there is a reason why we have kept them as a part of our lives for so many centuries. Simply put, they add meaning to our lives and enhance a sense of belonging. In the heart of downtown Atlanta, guests can create new traditions during Festival of the SEAson, come face-to-face with Santa as he dons his SCUBA Claus wetsuit plunging into one of the world’s largest aquatic habitats and experience the holidays at surrounding parks and attractions.

3. Create Magical Moments

Santa is tired from his long journey from the North Pole. Kids will laugh, sing and even participate in a snowball fight in an attempt to help the Elves Wake Up Santa and get the holidays started. For a limited time this holiday season, fantasy meets reality as the Weeki Wachee Mermaids grace guests with their holiday-themed, underwater showcase accompanied by meet and greet with story time and photo opportunities.

4. Check A Few Names Off The Christmas List


Take the stress out of holiday shopping and give a gift with a wow factor. A memorable animal encounter, adopt a whale shark or choose from holiday and animal-themed selections in two onsite gift shops. Access around-the-clock shopping in your PJ’s at Georgia Aquarium’s online

5. Revel in Holiday Lights and Seasonal Songs

Every hour, Georgia Aquarium transforms into a winter wonderland with the Holidazzle light show. Classic tunes fill the atrium for all to sing along. New this year, a Symphony of Snow parade will surround and delight guests with renditions of their favorite holiday classics every

For more information regarding the dates for the Festival of the SEAson celebration visit georgiaaquarium.org or call 404-581-4000.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Marvel Universe LIVE! is Coming to Atlanta!

Marvel fans, assemble! Its no secret that the
boys in my house (and their Mama As well) are huge Marvel fans. D and K were both Spiderman for Halloween this year. So of course as soon as we heard that Marvel Universe LIVE! was coming to town, we got super excited!

Marvel Universe LIVE! is taking the live entertainment experience to a whole new level, with a mind-blowing show unlike anything you’ve seen before.

Imagine watching your favorite Marvel Super Heroes including Spider-Man and The Avengers (Iron Man, Black Widow, Hulk and more) and threatening villains come to life in an action-packed arena extravaganza, coming to Atlanta & Duluth! 

With cutting-edge special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts, martial arts, motorcycles and more you’ll definitely feel the energy. It’s being hailed as the most technically advanced live show ever.

Interested in joining Marvel fans of all ages for this once-in-a-lifetime, monumental performance?  You can get your tickets on the Marvel Universe LIVE! website now.   The fate of the universe depends on it!

*I was provided ticket vouchers by Feldman to help promote the upcoming Atlanta show. All opinions are my own.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Stone Mountain Christmas Returns for 2014!

Its that time of year again! The time that Christmas starts popping up all over and we all start getting in the irresistible mood to celebrate! Returning for our holiday pleasure this year is our family’s favorite Christmas tradition, Stone Mountain Park Christmas! My boys even got to have their picture made with the beautiful Snow Angel again this year!

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas at Stone Mountain Park, where the true magic of the season is in the air. Enjoy the glow of more than two million lights, festive music and visits from some your favorite holiday characters. Start a new tradition and create memories that will last a lifetime for your kids...and you.





Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Bumble the Abominable Snow MonsterNEW for 2014, experience Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas 4-D, a hilarious adventure featured in 3-D with added in-theater effects that will transport you back to the Ice Age.

Meet two iconic North Pole favorites, 
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer® and Bumble™ the Abominable Snow Monster. Kids of all ages can meet these two heartwarming characters or catch them in the nightly Christmas parade!

Enjoy live performances that are sure to get you in the Christmas spirit, including 
Forever Christmas, Holly Jolly Cabaret, Toyrific!, and A Christmas Carol.

All aboard the 
Singalong Train to hear your favorite Christmas tunes as well as the heartwarming story of the first Christmas in The Gift.

Wander through the Wonderland Walkway, a dazzling tunnel of lights guiding you to the 
Snow Angel® Palace, where you can have your picture taken with beautiful Snow Angel and her Toy Soldiers.

Take in the sights and sounds of the season with a nightly 
Christmas Parade including whimsical floats and the arrival of Santa Claus. Be sure to stay for the magical Snow Angel® Snowfall and Fireworks Finale to wrap up the evening.

Bring your Christmas wishes and 
visit with Santa Claus — Named by USA Today as one of the ten best places in the country to catch Santa Claus.

Enjoy great holiday shopping that includes hand blown glass ornaments, homemade fudge, unique toys and seasonal apparel. Head over to Stone Mountain Park's website to grab your tickets or just head into the park and buy your tickets there! Either way, you are sure to have a wonderful Christmas time and maybe even start a new tradition of your own!

*I was provided access to Stone Mountain Park's dress rehearsal to facilitate my review but all opinions are my own. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Cirque du Soleil's #Amaluna at Atlantic Station (Enter to win!)



Celebrating its 30th Anniversary in 2014, Cirque du Soleil brings a new show to Atlanta! Amaluna invites the audience to a mysterious island governed by goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon. Amaluna's Tony Award-winning Show Director, Diane Paulus, drew from a series of classical influences when creating the concept of the show; including tales from Greek and Norse mythology, Mozart's The Magic Flute, and Shakespeare's The Tempest.

We got the opportunity to check out Amaluna on opening night in Atlanta and the show did not disappoint! With lots of heart stopping action and beautiful artistry, Cirque du Soleil is always one of the most anticipated shows in Atlanta and it's no wonder!

Amaluna's adventure under the big blue and yellow tent features 46 Cirque artists and the focus in this show is all on the women including the all female band! A sweet and familiar love story is intertwined in the heart of the story here and is told through breathtaking imagery. Each artist is responsible for their own makeup before each show. A body scan is used to make a detailed mold of their faces with the intricate designs cut out so they can be sponged or sprayed onto them instead of hand painted, allow for both continuity and consistency!

Experience Amaluna from Cirque du Soleil, now playing under the iconic blue and yellow big top at Atlantic Station. Save 20% on a Family 4 Pack and take an adventure to an island governed by goddesses. CLICK HERE and buy your tickets today.

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*I was provided tickets to Amaluna to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Virgin Wireless Custom "Make it Yours"

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for Sprint. I received a device to facilitate my review.

Its crazy to think that 15 years ago cell phones were a commodity. Not something that every one had or even really wanted to have. Who wanted to be reachable 24/7?? 

Flash forward to 2014 and cell phones arent just an accessory,  they are a necessity! We are on the go more and more and being able to stay in touch with our families and friends has become much easier than it ever has been. The problem is there are so many options out there it can really make your head spin!

One of the options that people are turning to more and more is prepaid wireless. Prepaid offers no contracts and no commitment to a phone or carrier which is a win in any book! The new Custom line from Virgin wireless, allows you to customize your plan as needed, even during the service month!

Not needing as many minutes but need more data than you had planned for? Custom makes it super easy to transfer the money to a different area, making it truely their most versatile phone service available! 

Custom also offers unlimited music streaming for only $5/ month, plus unlimited social media, unlimited youtube, and others as add on services for a very low price.

Custom is really ideal for the preteen and teen crowd also because of the parental control built in. You can choose to shut down certain areas like Facebook or texting during certain hours or you can set it to only allow apps to be available for certain amounts of time! No more teens texting all night and sleeping during class!

There are three phones available on the Virgin Custom plan and they are sold exclusively at Walmart. I received the LG Pulse to try out and its an impressive little machine! It feature Gorilla Glass (hello durability!) and a 5mp camera for all those Instagram moments.

Have you made the switch to Prepaid wireless? What do you think of Virgin's Custom plans?

Monday, October 6, 2014

Why My Kids Do Chores



Seems like lately I have seen a lot of those charts for what age your child can do certain things. Not academic things, household things. Like cleaning up after themselves, helping with laundry, etc.. I've seen as many different ideals as I have pins. Some expect more, some less. Some think scripture memorization is more important, some focus more on what they can reach.

Thing that really caught my attention is that the common comment with these lists and charts is generally along the lines of "I really wish my kids would do this stuff" or "Wow, my kids would never xyz".

Really?

My boys have always been my helpers. Granted, they like to help but its also because they've always been expected to. Especially over the last few years when I had to return to work and was doing it on my own for awhile.

Kids need responsibilities. More than just doing their homework and putting their plate in the sink. They need to learn to be a productive member of a household. They need to know that the laundry fairy doesnt wash, dry, and fold their dirty clothes while everyone sleeps. That those dishes they put in the sink don't magically disapper. The bed they sleep in? Doesn't make itself either.

They live there too. I am their mother, their caretaker, and love them more than life but I am not their maid.  I simply could not do everything it takes to run a household without their help and still get to spend time with them. I want them to be able to be independent and a productive member of their household without feeling like their partner should take care of them.

The boys do chores depending on what needs to be done and what they can handle. Little things like cleaning up their toys and putting things where they belong but also helping with the yard maintenance, sweeping, and cleaning bathrooms. I spent time making sure things were organized in a way they can be independent and not require help. I pared down the things we use to clean to two spray bottles. One with vingar/water and the other with diluted lysol cleaner. Those two bottles will clean anything in your house and both are kid friendly.

D knows how to use the vaccuum correctly while K usually sweeps the hard surfaces because the vaccuum is too heavy for him.

They want to take their lunch instead of buy it? They know how to put together a pb&j.

Not that they do all of those things all the time but they can do it and they don't give me lip about it if I ask them to. It's all simply become part of how our household runs. No charts or special prizes needed*. We all have to care for it and they understand that.

Of course that doesn't mean it's all work around here. The chores and things they do take at most half an hour a day. The difference is that when you do a little every day and there are more people doing it, it goes faster and leaves a lot more time for fun and snuggles. So its a double bonus. The house stays cleaner and the boys get more of my undivided attention!


It's mostly about trusting your child with responsibility. Start small and understand it might take some guidance at first. Given the chance, any one is going to sit back and let someone else do all the dirty work but given direction any one can learn to help. Even kids.


*Not to say we've never used charts. We have used a ticket system in the past but it fell to the wayside. They just didn't seem to care about the ticket part and did their "jobs" anyway. Just another reason my kids rock my socks.


Saturday, September 27, 2014

Gage Jason: His Life (Part Two)

Part two of my little Gage's life. His life. If you are just tuning in, start here.

I waited in the quiet delivery room for a bit before a nurse came in and told me that they never got me registered and she had to get me put into the computers. She was very sweet and comforting to me saying they had a great NICU and she was sure that he woud be just fine.

They finally asked if they could bring me something to eat and for the first time, I realized I was starving. They went and grabbed me some breakfast and I was still picking at it when Michaels mom came in. I filled her in on everything I knew and told her Michael had gone with him and was supposed to report back to me as soon as he knew something.

About an hour later Michael came back and said he didnt look good. They were hooking him up to some machines, getting some iv lines in, etc, and they were supposed to call when they got him stable enough for us to come back.

The next hour was torture. They moved me into a recovery room and the nurses cames and went, bringing snacks and drinks and explaining paperwork. The lactation consultant came in and brought me a pump. Michael's father came in, my father came in. Each time, we had to tell them we still didnt know anything. I was trying so hard. So hard not to panic but every time we called the NICU number they were still woorking on him.

Finally we got a call that Michael and I could come see him. They needed to talk to us about his condition. The nurse brought us a wheelchair for me and we went to the NICU, scrubbed in, and went to Gage's side. I could tell from the first look things werent good. He was hooked up to a myriad of machines and there were 8 medical staff members standing around working or watching. I held his little foot in my hand while they explained what all of the machines were. The oscillator to help him breathe, chest tubes on both sides to try to drain the fluid out of his lungs, an iv and pic line in his belly button and a bunch of monitors to keep tabs on his stats. They were also doing an echocardiogram on him to check his heart. Whatever the cardiologist was looking for, she was having a hard time finding.

The perinatologist pulled us out in the hall after a while to explain more of the why and what. He had what was called pulmonary hypertension. His lungs were not expanding like they should. She showed us the xray of his lungs and explained how much bigger they should be than they were. She explained that the capilaries in his lungs had been damaged because he had not gotten the fluid squeezed out enough during the birth process.


Overall, She was hopeful. She told us that he would most likely be ttansported to Egelston (the childrens hospital) when he was stable enough and they had a machine that could help clear out and expand the capilaries. She explained that he was considered extremely critical but that it wasnt hopeless. They would do another xray in a bit and we would see if he had improved. She recommended we go see him for a few more minutes and then go back to the room for me to rest. So that we did.

We went back and shared the news with the family waiting. They started asking when they would be able to see him and we told them they were supposed to let us know when he could have more visitors.

So we waited. I posted to Facebook that he seemed to be doing better but to keep praying. I texted my mother and told her to come on to the hospital with D and K.

Then the phone rang. We spent a few minutes talking to the neonatalogist again and she said that his lungs were actually improving. She wanted to know if anyone in the house had been sick in the last few weeks. We told her no one and she said he appeared to have contracted some kind of infection but they were treati NH him with antibiotics to try to get on top of it.

She also said it was okay for the family to come down to see him. At that point there was a mass exodus. Everyone went to see him except me. I stayed and waited for my mother and best friend to come. I sat and waited but ached to be back to my baby. My friend Steph, who works at the hospital, came by to see me and check on me. It was such a relief to see a loving face.

When they came back, only Michael came into the room. The rest stayed outside and my heart immediately sank. The look on Michael's face is one I'll never forget.

"He isnt doing good at all." He said. "He's completely purple from the chest down. He has an infection and all the doctors will tell me is its not good. They are trying to figure out what kind and started him on more antibiotics."

We sat in silence for a few minutes letting it sink in. I wanted to go see him. So Michael wheeled me back to the NICU. My poor baby looked bad. He was still hooked up to all the machines and he was the most scary shade of mottled purple from the nipple line down to his toes.

We stood at his side crying, begging him to fight. Begging him to get better. "We need you Gage. Please."

Crying to God "please dont take our baby. Please heal him.".

We stayed for a long time. People rushing all around us pumping him full of antibiotics. Encouraging him. The neonatalogist came back in and kept saying she didnt understand where he got the infection. Transport to Egelston was no longer an option. It was up to Gage now. His chance of survival had dropped.

I had to go back to my room to be checked. In the hall leaving the NICU, we ran into my best friend, Lisa. I told her he wasnt doing well at all and she comforted me the best she could.

Everyone was back into the room and the boys arrived with my mother. Thats when the dam broke. All I could do was drop to my knees and hold them close while I sobbed. They both wrapped their little arms around me and hugged me back. My boys were my strength right then and somehow they knew it. They didn't say a word. They just stood there, faces buried in my neck and hugged me back.

Michael's sister and aunt came in asking what was happening. I tried to make a coherent answer but all I remember getting out was "I cant bury my baby" and then sobbing into my mothers shoulder.

Eventually I came back to reality. The room silent around me. The boys went and got a hug and kiss from Michael and we turned the tv on. Michael went out in the hall and cried, eventually wandering back in to sit.

When I settled down, I moved back down to the couch next to Michael when the phone rang. It was the neonatalogist. She said that they had done everything they could but his organs had begun shutting down from the infection and they were still waiting on the lab results to come back. I asked if this was something he was going to recover from and she replied that it didnt look good. I asked what his prognosis was now, days, weeks, what. She sobbed quietly and said "more like hours". We said our goodbyes and hung up the phone.

Everyone was staring at me, waiting for an update. I uttered the words that no mother should ever have to say: "He's not going to make it".

Chaos ensued in that little room. Crying, questions, hugging. General disbelief. Someone took the boys to the hall to play and we cried harder. 

A few minutes later, the NICU called back and said we needed to come. He was declining and decisions needed to be made. We all rushed down to the NICU. All of us.

As we all got into his room, Michael and me went straight to him, kissed him and cried. At 7:30 pm, my Gage took his last breath, shuddered and was still.

What seemed like forever but was probably only seconds, a kind faced blond nurse made eye contact and simply said "He's gone. Im so sorry".

And then... I died. I died a horrible, painful mama death. One you cant put words to. I couldnt move. I couldnt breathe. All I could do was continue to stroke his tiny hand in my fingers and say "I love you." Over and over.

The sound that came out of Michael seemed like it came from another room. It wasnt until he folded down onto the warmer I even realized it was him. I couldn't move. I couldn't breathe.

The room was full of our family. They were all struggling to understand what was going on and all we could do is sob. We were asked if the nurses should clear the room and I remember looking up at the faces of our parents and Michael's sister and aunt. There was no way I could send them away. Instead I asked that we could find some chairs and all hold him.

They unhooked my youngest son from the machines that were supposed to save him and swaddled him. They brought him to me and layed his sweet body in my arms. He was so warm and soft. I snuggled him close and kissed his nose again. I prayed and cried and kissed.

Then, Michael held his son for the first time and he did the same. Kissed, hugged, cried. If there is anything I could go back and do from his birth, it would be to let him hold his son before they took him to the NICU. His live son.

Everyone took turns holding him. No words to say we just cried and held each other. At that time we were all one family and I would not change that for the world.

One by one, the family went home. To their babies and homes. My father made the trek home to his fiancée. My mother went to get my boys to bed. My best friend kept at us until we agreed to have her sister, a Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep photographer, come and take pictures of us and our little bear. Michael's mom and dad stayed with us and Gage and I'm so glad they got that time with us.

After the pictures and the snuggles, after midnight, the nurse came in and told us the funeral home would be there to collect him soon. We gave him a kiss and tucked him into his little bassinet and did the hardest thing we had ever done. We walked back to our hospital room with empty arms, knowing we would never hold our little bear, Gage Jason Hendrix, again. 

Gage Jason: His Birth Story

This is a story that is so very hard for me to tell so forgive me. On March 27th of this year, I gave birth to a baby boy at 8:01am. We named him Gage Jason. He was born at 40 weeks and 1 day. My little man lived only 11 hours. This is part one of his story I suppose. His birth story. 

I woke up at about 6:30 in the morning to some pretty intense contractions. Something in the back of my mind said "He's coming." but I was determined to not rush to the labor and delivery department this time and get sent home again. So, I got up and went to the bathroom. The contractions were getting sharper and fast. I got a message from Michael saying he was headed home and all I could muster in response was "good".

As he got home, I unlocked the front door and got into a warm bath. It seemed to help the pain a little but I could tell they were coming together in a more regular pattern. After a few minutes, I decided we needed to get moving to the hospital, got out of the bath and went to wake Michael up. I woke him, not very gently, and told him we needed to go. Now.

From there it was a whirlwind. He got up and got every thing in the car and woke up my mother to tell her we were leaving while I struggled to get dressed. It was kind of like it is in the movies with him running around doing everything while all I could do was try to breathe and moan. He ended up coming and helping me get pants and a t-shirt on and we made our way to the car after kissing D and K.

The ride to the hospital was not easy. It was rush hour so the normally 5 minute ride to the hospital took much longer. By the time we pulled into labor and delivery I wasn't sure how I was going to make it upstairs without having a baby in the elevator. Michael let me out at the door, made me promise to wait for him and parked the car.

We got to the desk at triage and I couldn't speak. I seem to remember someone asking if I was in labor and Michael saying "Does it look like it?" before they strapped an armband on me and sent me to yet another triage desk to wait for a nurse to check me in there.

We waited for a few minutes there before a med student came wandering up and asked some stupid questions like "are you sure this is real labor" before ushering us to a room and instructing me to strip and put on the gown.

I was in constant pain at this point. The contractions were hardly dipping before coming back at full speed. I was moaning and screaming trying to get the clothes back off that I couldn't even get on myself to begin with. I knew I was past transition and he was coming soon. Michael came into the bathroom and helped me get the clothes back off and the gown on before I told him he needed to go get me some help. 

"Go get the nurse and tell her I need help!".

He went out and told the nurse what I told him and she said "I can hear her. Tell her to give me a minute.". I've never wanted to smack someone so bad. Give me a minute indeed lady. I have a baby trying to burst his way out of me.

She did send the med student wandering back to try to get me on the monitors. She was still trying to coax me into the bed by telling me they had to monitor me for half an hour before they could admit me because my water had not broken yet (and that meant it probably wasn't true labor) when the nurse came swaggering in. I say swaggering because she was certainly not in any hurry to come help the screaming, laboring woman and the intimidated med student trying to tell her this might not be real labor. They did finally coax me into the bed and started strapping the monitors to me by telling me that if my contractions weren't stopping, it could mean something was wrong with the placenta. When I told her I was fine but he was coming they needed to get me a room, she finally stopped with freaking monitors and checked me.

10 centimeters and crowning.

Told you so.

She quickly sent the med student to call my midwife and get us a room number. I remember telling her I needed to get in some hot water and she said I wouldn't have time. I also remember thinking some very unkind things about the med student which it turns out I actually said out loud and made her cry. I was informed of that later.

Anyway, we were headed down the hall to room 306 when my water broke. I immediately felt better. Even though only a little water came out, it relieved just enough pressure to make things easier. When we finally got to the room, it was already buzzing with people. Talking and discussing me and my lady parts and progress and get her to the bed. The one that rings the loudest to me now was "call the pediatrician, make sure he knows we have one on the way".

As soon as they got me scooted over to the actual bed, my midwife came in. It was Kim. I was so glad to see her. She was the one we had seen the most and the one we both had fallen in love with. She got her gloves and gear on as quick as she could. She said "I see hair" as she slipped into her gloves and then I pushed. 25 minutes after we arrived at the hospital and 80 minutes after I woke up, Gage was born. According to Michael he came "flying out". All I know is it was a one push deal. That's the way to do it for sure.

They put him up on my chest and I immediately fell in love. He was pink and perfect with just a little brown hair. Noticeably smaller than my other two but it struck me how very much he looked like his daddy. And how he wasn't breathing well.

He was trying to breathe. He was squeaking and breathing a little but his color was not good. He was struggling. I kept repeating "c'mon baby Gage, breathe for me" and rubbing his back. After about a minute, Kim clamped his cord and the nurse tried to take off with him before the cord got cut. There was a rather tense exchange between her and the nurse before she let a very stunned looking Michael cut it and the nurse took him to the baby warmer.

Michael went to be by Gage's side while they worked on him and I just lay there and watched. I birthed the placenta (which was perfect) and made small talk with Kim while she stitched me a little. 

All I could focus on though was the little sounds coming from the warmer. He was so quiet. He was crying here and there but not enough. Not strong enough. The pediatrician came in. They were working hard to get him screaming but there was a rising tension and quiet between the nurses.

It was deafening.

When they got done with me, they brought in the isolator and I knew immediately what that meant. My little man was going to the NICU. I was trying to keep panic at bay but I've done the NICU thing before and it was all too vivid in my mind. 

They brought him to me all swaddled up to snuggle for a minute and he was still very blue and squeaking a pissed off little squeak. As soon as he heard my voice, he stopped squeaking. He seemed to calm down and relax a little while I talked to him but he still just couldn't breathe. I snuggled him, told him I loved him so very much and I would see him soon. I kissed his warm little nose and forehead. I said a quick prayer for God please make my baby okay.

And then they were gone. The whole room left in a wisp and I was alone.

(PART TWO HERE)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Where I'm At

Absence. They say it makes the heart grow fonder. I'm not sure about that but I do think it brings things into focus and helps you move forward in a clearer, more purposeful direction.

The last several years have been doozies in my little world. Full of drama and heartache but also full of love and growth. Since the failure of my first marriage, I have learned a lot. Some harder than others. The worst has been in the time since the death of my third child (more on that another day). Add that to the struggle of learning a new way as a mother, working again, and a deepening divide within my own family. It's been stressful and heart breaking to say the least.

On the flip side, I have also had the amazing opportunity to watch my boys grow right before my eyes. They are growing hard and fast. D is looking, acting, and thinking like a bona-fide big boy. 1st grade has been a breeze for him. Except for his handwriting  (It stinks). K is getting smarter and dare I say more coordinated as he grows. He has always had a bigger personality than could possibly be contained in that little body but he is my spice. They are mama's boys through and through. The way they look at me melts me and I hope that never changes.

I've also found love. Real, gritty, hard love. Traditionally perfect love? Maybe not, but is that actually a thing? Is it perfect for me love? Absolutely. I am lucky and thankful for what that has brought me. Strength and courage at the least. To be loved and treated like I matter is a powerful thing.

I say all that to say this: I feel like my life is moving in the right direction for the first time in my life. Which generally sucks at 33. Do I mourn the past? Absolutely. Even more so though, I look forward to the future. The past made me who I am. It made me a mother. It made me grey. It made me the kind of person that has no doubt she will endure.

All of this has caused a funk in my journaling here though. I'm working on fixing that. I've got one story in particular to tell about my 3rd son that is... hard. If you've been along with me this far, I hope you'll stick around. I need all the help I can get.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Baseball Time!

It's that time of year again! Fall baseball is gearing up and getting ready for season start. The fall season is much less competitive than spring but that does not mean we are not at it full force.

K decided he wanted to give a try at Tball again so I signed him up and we have been practicing when we had the chance. At practice last week he hit his first coach pitched ball and the joy on his face was ridiculously amazing. Then, he did it two more times! Much rejoicing was had.


D is in his first season with the big boys this year. I am proud to say he was first draft pick for his team and only the third picked in the whole league! Tough kid!


So if you are looking for us... well, pretty much ever this fall, we will be at the ball field cheering on the most adorable baseball players in the history of ever. Every. Single. Day.

Monday, September 8, 2014

51% Off Collage.com Photobook? Yes, Please!

We all have them. Folder after folder of pictures we have taken with our phones and digital cameras that we hold onto, swearing one day we will print them all off and keep them to show people. Only, it's too much trouble isn't it?

The good news? Creating a photo book just got a lot easier. Collage.com's new One-Click Photo Book is the fastest photo book builder available.

Using Collage.com's One-Click Photo Book, you can quickly and easily select photos of any size from Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, or your computer. Then, the innovative auto-placement engine instantly suggests a perfect layout, placing photos of any size in chronological order over the desired number of pages. This puts your photos front and center - No more shoehorning them into prefab templates. Best of all, the aerial overview allows you to quickly swap and resize photos from any page instead of making you work one page at a time.

Even better news, Use this link for 51% off a 20-page 11.5"x8" Hardcover Photo BookFrom Collage.com: http://bit.ly/collagepbdeal . That means 20 pages of gorgeous, custom designed photobook for just over $20!

*I am being provided a code to use towards a photobook of my own in exchange for this post but all opinions are my own. Check back soon to see how mine turned out!

Disney on Ice presents Frozen TRIVIA!

Excited about Disney on Ice presents Frozen? How about a little trivia to help the time pass?

Have you bought your tickets yet?? If not, head on over to Ticketmaster before they sell out!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

20% off Back to School with @LabelDaddy!

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I love using these for the boys' sports equipment! They stand up to the wear and tear and are the perfect way for them to customize their stuff around the house to prevent the guesswork on who actually owns what they are inevitably fighting over.

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Disney on Ice Goes Frozen in Atlanta!


We all knew it was inevitable that this show would come. Since I first watched Frozen with my boys, I've been anxiously awaiting the announcement of it coming to my all time favorite kids franchise: Disney on Ice!

This year, Feld Entertainment invites us to enter a fantastical winter wonderland beyond all imagination at Disney On Ice presents Frozen! The heartwarming, Academy Award ® -winning tale you love is now LIVE and skating into your town. You’ll be magically whisked away into the wintery world of Arendelle, where you will be dazzled by amazing special effects and astonishing skating. Sing and dance along to inspiring songs, including “Let It Go.” Join royal sisters Elsa and Anna, the hilarious snowman Olaf, Kristoff, his loyal reindeer Sven and the mystical trolls as they journey to discover that true love is ultimately the most magical power of all!



Hosted by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, with special guest appearances by your most beloved Disney Princesses and characters from favorites like Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story, Finding Nemo and Disney’s The Lion King, don’t miss this unforgettable celebration of love and friendship. Tickets are on sale now.

Disney on Ice presents Frozen will be visiting Philips Arena October 7th- 12thand its sure to sell out! To buy tickets head over to Ticketmaster! To stay updated on all things Disney on Ice be sure to like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Crock Pot Classics: Cinnamon Raisin French Toast

Its been awhile since I shared one of my favorite Crock Pot recipes with you, no? Of course that doesn't mean I am not cooking them, I am just not posting them. So, I decided to share this quick, easy breakfast  with you to beat off the cold that hopefully some of you are seeing. It also makes a great addition to every one's favorite meal: Breakfast for dinner.


This started out in our family as a regular french toast kind of deal but then my boys became addicted to cinnamon raisin bread so we switched to making it with that instead. You can use regular bread but honestly, the raisin bread is best.

This recipe also serves kind of a dual purpose here. You will find that this recipe will make a lot of French toast. So unless your family is large or ridiculously hungry, you will find your need to freeze some of it to have another day. I usually cut slices out (think cake slices) and tray freeze them. Then I can just defrost a few slices and have an easy breakfast. Of course you can half the recipe but you'll need a smaller Crock Pot than I own or you won't need to cook it near as long. Mine is 6 quarts.


Ok, time to gather your ingredients:

1 loaf cinnamon raisin bread (cut into chunks or half slices)
12 eggs
2c Milk
2tsp Cinnamon
2tbsp Light brown sugar
2tsp vanilla

Whisk all of the ingredients except the bread in a bowl. When it is well blended, gently fold the bread into the mix. Or you can put the bread into a big bowl and pour the mix over it. You don't want the bread to fall apart really but you do want it all coated and soaked in the mixture.

When its all coated and most of the liquid has soaked in (you can stick it in the fridge and let it sit if you want) dump it all into a well greased Crock Pot. Well greased people. Seriously. Cook it on low for 6-8 hours. Sometimes it takes mine a little longer for some reason.

Use a spoon to serve or even just dump it on a plate and slice it up. Enjoy!




Saturday, July 19, 2014

Famous Footwear is Coming to Suwanee!

If you have kids, you know how absurd it is how quickly they out grow their shoes. In my house, it never fails that they always outgrow their shoes at the same time. Usually two or three times a year, I am shoe shopping with the two of them and while K is easy to shop for, D is increasingly picky about the style and brand of all of his clothing.

Good news for us, Famous Footwear announced today it is opening a new store in Suwanee, Georgia, located in the John’s Creek Town Center at 3630 Peachtree Parkway, marking its 16th location in the Atlanta market!

The 6,000-square-foot store will open on July 23 and will host a
series of grand opening event activities throughout the day. To celebrate the opening in Suwanee, Famous Footwear is hosting
an all-day grand opening event on August 16 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Shoppers are invited to experience fun activities including:

· A local shoe artist customizing shoes for customers from noon to 6 p.m.
· Drawings every hour from noon to 6 p.m. for a chance to win free shoes.
· An appearance from popular local radio station, WWPW-FM 96.1, giving shoppers the chance to meet some of their favorite radio personalities.
· A DJ spinning live music!

Famous Footwear is a leading, easy-to-shop footwear destination, featuring brand name merchandise for women, men and children, making it a one-stop-shop for the entire family. Shoppers can access Famous Footwear’s loyalty Rewards program and vast style selection in-store to meet their family’s footwear needs.

Famous Footwear recently launched their new mobile app which gives Rewards members 15 bonus points just for downloading, makes redeeming Rewards points even easier and gives shoppers access to exclusive mobile offers. The Famous Footwear app is available for download today on Google Play and iTunes or simply by texting APP to FAMOUS (326687) to get a mobile link.



For more information, visit www.Famous.com or www.Facebook.com/FamousFootwear.

*I was provided a gift card in exchange for spreading the word about Atlanta's newest location but all opinions are my own.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Two Swimmy Fish

Its official, both my boys can swim! D learned to swim unassisted last Summer but has only gotten stronger and more confident this year. Lately he has been perfecting his dive. Its progressed from a cringe worthy belly flop to a much more sophisticated looking dive.



K on the other hand refused to be in the water and not be wrapped around your face and/ or have a swim vest on until this year. I even tried swim lessons to make it easier and it didn't help.

At the beginning of the swim season this year, I got him a new vest and let him have at it. He has been so much more confident this year its almost like a different kid. He jumps in and puts his face in and swims all around the pool chatting up strangers all day as long as he had his vest. If I took the vest off he would panic. Until recently. His confidence I  the water has grown by leaps and bounds in the last month. Then, today, I decided to try again.



Little fart had me snowed! He took off across the pool like it was no big deal. Jump in and swim to you, mom? No problem. Go fetch that diving ring from water over my head? Check. The only thing I cant convince him to do is backfloat. He is convinced he's going to drown on his back for some reason. Still, I'm impressed as heck. First they taught themselves to use the potty, then they taught themselves to swim. No complaints here!

How old were your kids when they learned to swim?

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Going Grey

I remember the day I found my first grey hair. It was two days before my 21st birthday. I was shopping to find an outfit to go out with my friends for the big day and the light in the dressing room caught the glimmer of grey shining out in the rest of my dark brown head. I pulled it out and told no one.
Fast forward five years through a wedding, years of unbelievable stress, and the birth of two children and suddenly one morning there were two. They were just there. Taunting me from the very top of my head like beacons of a coming storm. I pulled them and told everyone.

For years after that I colored my hair. It went through a myriad of shades of brown and red. I considered blonde but I always chickened out and couldnt commit to it. With hair as dark as mine it would require lots of bleaching and upkeep that I dont have the time or money for.

The last 3 years my hair has reverted to its natural color. I started with dying it back as close as I could get it to my natural color and let it grow from there. I've cut the ends off and let it grow its self back to the dark, chestnut brown I was born with.


Now, the grey has reached the stage where its no longer "pullable". If I pulled all the grey on my head right now I would look rather odd to put it lightly. It seems like it has gathered mostly around the tops of my ears with scattered loners appearing occasionally on the top of my head. 

So now I am faced with the quandary that most women in their 30s deal with. To dye or not to dye? Do I repeat the process of dying my hair every month only to have to eventually let it revert to its natural state eventually anyway? Or just make peace with the aging process and let it take over? Odds are good natural will win out. At least for the time being. 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

My Very Own Toothless

Ok, maybe not toothless but a tooth less for sure! 

First tooth gone!

Who told him that he could grow up??

Monday, June 30, 2014

ScoreBig.com: Save on Events and Attractions!


I was invited last week by ScoreBig.com to check out the website and share my experience. I have to admit, I had personally never heard of it. ScoreBig.com enables consumers to get great tickets for live sports, concert and theater events at guaranteed savings of up to 60%. Customers are invited to bid on tickets and never pay any fees on their tickets.

My first visit went amazingly smooth! If you've ever bought tickets to an event online, especially through a discount site, you know what a pain it can be. You can spend a lot of time and energy looking for the perfect seats only to lose them to time outs or end up paying huge fees for the privilage. ScoreBig.com was not like that.

I was able to quickly find the local Atlanta site by allowing it to find me by GPS and it showed me the top events right at the top of the page. It was easy to find the show I wanted to attend and once I picked the date that worked for me, the tickets were split up by section.



Each section was clearly marked on a map of the venue so I knew where the seats would be in relation to the stage before I bid. It does not give you a specific seat location though. So if you are picky about where you sit and are looking to book a more specific seat location, this might not be the site for you.

Once I had my section and date picked, all I had to do was place my bid and click to place it! It tells you immediately if your bid was accepted or not so there isnt any waiting but if your bid is accepted, it will charge your credit card immediately. So be sure you can handle the amount you bid. Of course if your bid is rejected, your card will not be charged.

A couple of importants notes to remember before you bid:


  • This isn't ebay. Dont under bid to the point you know its low ball. There is a handy little scale that pops up under the space you enter your bid that gives you an idea how far off base your bid might be.


  • If your bid is not accepted, you will be locked out of bidding on that seating section for 24 hours. You can choose a different section to bid on immediately but you cant bid on the same section more than once a day, meaning your first choice could sell out. This happened to me twice!


  • Tickets may be either emailed, mailed, or held at will call depending on the event. Be sure you enter your email and mailing address correctly to ensure prompt delivery! 


Overall, the site was super easy to use but I didn't actually end up saving but about 20% on the tickets I chose. They are listed at $92.50 on Ticketmaster and I paid $72.50 on ScoreBig.com. That doesnt include any fees or taxes that other sites charge though, so the savings would still be higher overall. Plus, the concert I got tickets for are in big demand, so it's probably a miracle I got them at all.

ScoreBig.com had a good variety and forthe price I paid, I would definitely check them first next time I'm in the market for event tickets! Their selection changes all the time too so what may be there today might be gone tomorrow. So, go check it out and get bidding!

* I was given a promo code to facilitate this review but all opinions are my own.

Monday, June 23, 2014

My Not So Little Monster

My little monster is getting way too big here lately. Yes, he will be 5 in less than 3 months but I never said he was allowed to grow up on me. All of a sudden he has gotten the big boy look. The big feet, the big hands, the definition in his legs. 

He has always had the big boy personality. Well, a big personality in general actually. He's out grown the sass that comes with turning four though. He is much more reasonable and definitely easing on the temper. Still working on the lying though. At least he's bad at it.

He has been a talker since birth (practically) and has no qualms about chatting up strangers. Thats where his huge personality really shines. He can carry on a conversation with anyone. He can also talk just about anything out of other kids and some adults. He's quite pursasive. My mother says he is going to make quite a senator some day. 


He is also losing a little of the clumsy that has kept him quite gravity aware for most of his life. He is getting strong and losing a little of the heft that gained him the nickname "hunky". He loves to wrestle and swim. Baby boy would live in the pool but he's not quite there with the swimming yet so he takes his trusty vest with him.


Of course he still loves to snuggle. He has always been the most physically affectionate little kid I've ever seen. He will hug, kiss, and snuggle anyone he thinks might need it. Even if they arent so sure they did. Especially from a pool wet kid. Still, hes a lover and a big time mamas boy.


My little goof is growing up. I am not ready for this. He is supposed to stay little. Both of them are. 

Friday, June 20, 2014

Spring Baseball




So proud of my big boy! 3 game balls, season champs, and tournament runner ups! Not bad for his first season of (coach pitch) baseball! He had an absolute blast playing and being a part of his team. He will be seeing one of his coaches for private training this Summer and he is itching to get started already! I love that he has found a sport he loves so much. 



Friday, June 13, 2014

#UFCGymPerimeter Now Offering Kids Classes!

It's no secret that my boys are active. They love to run and play and wrestle. Constant movement. Needless to say, I try to keep us busy. Between baseball and parks and errands, we are always looking for some fun and excercise is always an added bonus.

This week, the boys got to try out a new kids gym class. UFC Gym Perimeter is a new addition to the Atlanta area and has something for every member of the family. The gym recently started a kids program with classes every Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday. Taught by a staff of rockstar, attentive professionals, UFC Gym kids classes help your little one learn self-confidence, coordination,discipline and self-defense. Plus, it's fun!

The boys tried out the kids class and they had an absolute blast! At UFC Gym, boys and girls learn self-defense, self-confidence and discipline while having fun in a safe and entertaining group class format. It's also a great way for them to burn energy and have fun! The instructors were fun and energetic and kept the kids entertained through the warms up, lesson, and cool down that is included in every class. They got to do some fun races and spend some time in "the ring" learning some new moves.



Of course they dont only offer kids classes. UFC Gym Perimeter features boxing, kickboxing, and MMA classes;private and advanced training; and kids classes; offering something for every member of the family.

Looking to connect with UFC Gym Perimeter?
Website:http://www.ufcgym.com/perimeter/
Facebook:http://facebook.com/UFCGymPerimeter
Twitter: http://twitter.com/UFCGymPerimeter
Instagram: http://instagram.com/UFCGymPerimeter
* This is a sponsored post withMums the Word Network and UFC Gym Perimeter. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor is Now Open!

Its no secret that Summer in Atlanta gets hot. Hot and sticky with very few breezes. Of course that means we are always looking for ways to cool off and relax. A way to make the Summer a little less brutal.

This year, one of Atlanta's favorite places to hang out and have some thrilling family fun is also the newest place to have some water fun! Six Flags Over Georgia opened its Hurricane Harbor attraction this Summer! With over 7 new acres dedicated to Hurricane Harbor it is sure to have something for everyone.

For starters, Calypso Bay is a 38,000 square, zero entry wave pool second to none. Stay at the entry and enjoy the waves gently lapping at your toes or brave the true surfside experience closer in. The boys had a blast splashing and jumping in the waves that were just their size around the middle of the pool. They even provide the life vests for the less aggressive swimmers and tubes for lazy floating.

Then there are the two new water slides for those that crave a little more of an adrenaline rush! Tsunami Surge is the worlds first zero gravity hybrid slide, which drop kicks you down five stories, swirls you around, and gives you that weightless feeling that is both terrifying and fun at the same time. Then there are the Bonzai Pipelines with 180 and 360 degrees turns which you can ride solo or with a friend.

For the smaller ones in your life, be sure to check out the Paradise Island attraction. With slides for everyone from the most adventerous tots to the slightly more cautious, this is a structure with a whole of opportunity. Rope ladders, spray guns, and huge water buckets dumping galore, my boys had a blast exploring all the different levels and slides.

My biggest tip for those going with kids would be to invest in some water shoes. The concrete gets hot between the attractions and running around on it all day can leave sore tootsies! I would also plan on renting a locker to store your dry clothes, cell phones, etc so you arent worrying about them while enjoying the fun. I was pleased to find they were generously sized!

If you are planning a trip to Six Flags over Georgia this year, definitely be sure to make time for some water adventure at Hurricane Harbor. It definitely adds to the experience and gives you the chance to cool off and relax between roller coasters!


*I was invited to the Grand Opening Celebration and given tickets to return another day for my review of Hurricane Harbor but all opinions are my own!

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