Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Disney + Coming to Hulu

Hulu recently announced that they will be offering Disney + as an add on for their subscribers!! I am SO happy about this announcement. Disney+ will include Disney and Pixar films, Marvel and Star Wars movies too! There will unlimited downloads! This means you can download your favorite Disney movies and tv shows to watch later. Perfect for road trips!!

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When will it launch?

November 12, 2019

How much will it cost?

Disney + will cost $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year (best deal)

What devices will Disney + be available on?

Roku, laptops, computers, Ipads, Kindles, PS4, etc.

Will there be ads?

Disney+ will be ad free!! Woohoo!!

To learn more about Disney + visit this website
To learn more about cutting the cable cord be sure to read my blog post.

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Friday, July 12, 2019

All About Our Day At Luray Caverns, VA

Luray Caverns is located less than 3 hours from Richmond, VA. Luray Caverns are considered a US Landmark. Did you know that the caverns were discovered in the 1800's? 

My children enjoyed exploring the caverns

Luray Caverns is the largest caverns in the Eastern United States


The caverns are a constant 54 degrees

Pricing:
  • Adults: $28
  • Children: $15
  • Under 6: FREE
  • Seniors: $25
  • Group Discounts:
  • 540•743•6551
If you are visiting Luray Caverns be sure to check out the complimentary car museum and old timey toy museum too! These were quite interesting.

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Sunday, June 9, 2019

Where We Stayed In Oahu + Sup Yoga #Hawaii #Wanderlust

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If you've been following along recently you probably read all about our 9 hour flight to Hawaii and all about our amazing day at Kualoa Ranch. Today I am going to share some more details and some of the fun activities that we did on our Hawaiian Vacation.

We stayed at the http://www.ilikaihotel.com/ in a 1 bedroom oceanview condo. We absolutely loved the Illikai. The condo was perfect for our family of 5. The Illikai Hotel has 1 and 2 bedroom condo's with kitchens. This is perfect for families who want to be able to cook some of their meals to save money.
Here is the outside view of the Illikai

The condo had 2 double beds and a sleeper sofa


This was a wonderful condo within walking distance of the infamous Waikiki Beach, Duke's Lagoon and Ala Moana Center Mall. We will stay here again next time we visit Oahu.

                               Look at the gorgeous sunsets we saw nightly from the balcony
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I miss waking up to this amazing view every morning


The Illikai is located next door to the famous Hilton Hawaiian Village and the Hilton's Duke's Lagoon. My kids really enjoyed playing in the lagoon. There are small fish in the lagoon. The Hilton rents kayaks, stand up paddle boards and pedal boats. They are pretty pricey to rent.

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Here's my little's in front of the Lagoon with gorgeous Diamond Head in the background.

We arrived in Oahu on a Wednesday afternoon and rode a cab to our condo. After checking in we walked to Ala Moana Center which is a gorgeous outdoor mall. It is actually one of the largest outdoor malls in the US. We had dinner at Ala Moana Center then we purchased a few groceries at Foodland Farms. On our 2nd day we enjoyed the beautiful beach and lagoon. We were pretty jet lagged and moving slow.

On our 3rd day my 12 year old daughter and I had reservations for a stand up paddle board yoga class https://www.yogafloats.com/ We had SO much fun and I would highly recommend this! The yoga class is offered every day at Ala Moana Beach which is just a 5 minute walk from the Illikai.




SUP Yoga was so much fun. The cost is $50 per adult and $40 per child for an hour long class. The yoga teacher will actually snap photos while you are doing the yoga and you will be able to download them for free online. I had never done stand up paddleboarding before but it was fairly easy to get the hang of. The class if for those that are beginners and experienced.

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

How To Cut The Cable Cord

After years of of having a Verizon cable and Internet package and paying over $150 per month I finally took the steps to cut the cable cord!! I debated about it for months and after doing some research I cut the cable cord! I am going to share with ya'll how to do this and how you can still watch your favorite shows.

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Call your cable provider and find out if you are in any type of a contract. In my case I was month to month meaning I was able to walk away at any time. I did keep Verizon Internet. I called Verizon and let them know I would be discontinuing my package and that I would just be needing Internet. They locked me in for a 2 year contract for Internet for just $44/month. This is such a good rate!!

Step 1: Call your provider and cut the cable! Keep Internet because you will need this to stream tv

Step 2: Purchase a https://www.roku.com/ This is what you will need to stream TV. You can order a Roku for each TV in your home or you can move it around. Ex. We keep our Roku on our family room TV but occasionally if the kids are having a sleepover we will move it upstairs to their TV in the playroom. A Roku is available for purchase at Target & Walmart for $25.

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Step 3: Purchase a package from https://www.sling.com/ I chose the BLUE package which cost $25/month *Currently as of today June 6 Sling is running a great promo if you sign up for Sling and pay for 2 months service you will receive a free Roku!

Step 4: Hook up your Roku to your TV of choice and start streaming TV. It is SO easy!

Why I chose Sling TV

I chose Sling TV because there are no contracts, you can quit at any time. You pay only $25 per month for the package and it includes all of my favorite TV networks. I selected the BLUE package because it includes Bravo TV (gotta have my Housewives!!), TLC, E and HGTV to name a few. You can even download the Sling app and watch on your computer, cell phone or tablet. Sadly the BLUE package does not include my kids favorite, Disney Channel. But to solve the problem I simply added the Disney Now app to the Roku and we are able to watch Disney shows, movies, etc for FREE! I also downloaded the Nick JR app and the PBS Kids app, all of which are FREE! 

I do need to add that I am a fan of MTV's The Challenge and unfortunately Sling does not include MTV. However, during the 3 months of the year that the show is airing I do subscribe to https://try.philo.com/ which cost just $20 per month. Philo will allow you to try it out for a free 7 day trial so I recommend doing this. The Philo package includes over 58 channels including MTV, Hallmark Channel (perfect for the Hallmark Holiday movies!), OWN, UpTV, DIY, A&E, HGTV, TLC, etc. to name a few.

There are many other ways to stream TV and if you want LIVE TV you can also subscribe to LIVE TV with Hulu, however it is going to cost more.  https://www.hulu.com

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Saturday, May 25, 2019

All About Our Vacation In #Hawaii: Our Jungle Jeep Tour At @KualoahHi

A few weeks ago I shared with everyone the details of our 9 hour flight to Hawaii. Today I am going to share with ya'll one of the fun activities that we did in Oahu. The most fun and adventurous tour we did in Oahu was visiting Kualoa Ranch! I highly recommend if you are on Oahu that you make time to visit. They offer a variety of tours including a 2 hour kayak tour around Chinaman's hat, 1 and 2 hour horseback tours, ATV tours, Farm to Table Tour, etc. We hope to visit again when we return to Hawaii. I'd love to try the ATV tour next time.



We are big fans of Jurassic Park and my kids were super excited to learn that it was filmed in Oahu. We booked the Jungle Jeep Tour at Kualoa Ranch which is where many movies and tv shows have been filmed. We enjoyed the Jungle Jeep Tour, it was probably one of the highlights of the kids vacation.



All About The Tour:
90 minutes Rainforest Tour
Tour movie sites including Jumanji and Kong Skull Island, Jurassic Valley 
Beautiful scenic views 
$47.95/adult $36.95/child

Look at the incredible view from the jeep of the famous Chinaman's Hat




Check out those dinosaur claw marks!!


My kids absolutely loved seeing the many movie sets, especially Jurassic World! Be sure to save time to check out the huge gift shop. My son purchased a Jurassic World tee shirt and my daughter purchased a beautiful hand carved stone turtle. 

Kuaoloa Ranch has an on site restaurant called Aunty Pat's Cafe serving breakfast, lunch and snacks until 6 pm. The buffet looked good and it is open daily from 10 am until 2 pm. 


I highly recommend a visit to Kualoa Ranch if you are visiting Oahu. Plan to spend at least 45 minutes in the gift shop :) It is great!




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Thursday, May 9, 2019

All About Our 9 Hour Flight To Hawaii on #UnitedAirlines


We recently traveled to Oahu Hawaii for spring break. We flew United Airlines out of Raleigh, NC and we had an hour layover in Houston, Texas. I had just enough time in the Houston airport to grab a Starbucks and a fruit cup before it was time to board the flight.  From Houston, Texas the flight to Oahu Hawaii was 9 hours!! The time also changed and we lost 6 hours since we were coming from the East Coast. I chose United Airlines because they were the best priced flights I could find. We really enjoyed flying United. We were able to each bring a carry on size bag on the flight plus a 'personal item' which was the kids backpacks. Overall the flight went fairly smooth. They no longer offer complimentary meals on flights to Hawaii, however they had meals available for purchase including snacks. They did give out complimentary pretzels and drinks.  To view the menu's for United Airlines visit the United Airlines website. They also gave out complimentary ear buds and a (new) soft blanket. 

It was so nice having our own tv screens! We were able to watch lots of movies and tv shows.


I ended up purchasing my kids their own "Classic Snack Box" which cost $10 and included:
Cheese spread
Crackers
Oreos (2)
Pretzel Crisp bag
Root Beer Float marshmallow (this was delicious!)
Salami
Twizzlers


They also sell a "Kids Snack Box" which costs $6 and includes: applesauce, beef stick, cheddar crackers, fruit snacks and graham snacks.

My kids watched two movies on the flight. I had packed them a lot of fun things to do in their backpacks to keep them busy. Check out my detailed packing list here. In addition to watching movies my kids also did some sticker activity books, played with Lego's, did some drawing, played on their Nintendo DS's and they never napped! UGH! The 9 hour flight went by somewhat fast up until the last hour. My kids started to get antsy so I took them to walk around the plane, we asked the flight attendants for an extra sprite and we walked the aisles for about ten minutes.

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

All About Our Visit To Sea Life Park #Hawaii

We visited Sea Life Park in Oahu, Hawaii. The park is located about 30 minutes outside of Waikiki. We had a rental car so we drove but if you do not have a car you can ride the bus. Parking cost $5. They have lockers available to rent. 

The kids had SO much fun seeing the beautiful turtles, dolphins, penguins, bird aviary, fish, sharks and the adorable sea lions

Honu means sea turtle in Hawaii



My kids loved the touch pool

Exploring underwater

Sea Life park offers many wonderful animal experiences that are available for an additional cost. Guests can swim with the dolphins, encounter a sea lion, feed a dolphin, etc.

Be sure to check out the Kolohe Kai Sea Lion show!

The bird aviary was so fun! The sticks are complimentary and allow guests to feed the birds up close


There are 2 fun playgrounds available for little one's

Be sure to save room for lunch! They have several great food options at Sea Life Park. Check out the various dining options here We had delicious hot dogs from Pinks Hollywood Hot Dogs. The pineapple hot dog was amazing! 

Ticket prices:
General Admission: $39.99 (13 and older) 
Junior Admission: $24.99 (3-12 years) 
Infants: Free (1 year to 2 years ) 






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