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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Last Hodgepodge of July!

Hodgepodge today! Thank you From This Side of The Pond! Come join the fun! Visit, answer questions and share!  Here we go-

From this Side of the Pond

1. We've reached edition number 315 here in the Wednesday Hodgepodge. So tell us, what were you doing at 3:15 yesterday? Is that typical? On a scale of 1-10 (with 1 being low and 10 being high) what's your energy level usually like at 3:15 PM? Yesterday at 3:15 PM I'm pretty sure I was folding laundry. It was pouring rain here and chilly. My oldest was making turkey chili for our dinner, my youngest was making soap with a kit she received for her birthday. A good day for comfort food and crafts. My energy level is so-so that time of day but nothing an iced coffee can't cure! 

2. A frisbee, a tantrum, a towel, a party, a punch, or a curveball...which have you most recently thrown or had thrown at/for you? Elaborate. This past weekend we threw around the frisbee...does that count? There's nothing like a warm, lazy Summer evening with lawn games and my family. My happy place!

3. What are three things that would help you right now. Tell us how or why. Sunshine, to warm our week up a bit. Extra cash, because when would that NOT help and another JULY. It was a great month - I'm not thrilled it's winding down so quickly. 
4. Do you think you're strong? Why or why not? What makes you strong? I do think I'm strong. I was raised by a strong woman who has persevered through curveballs thrown her way in life. I've learned a lot from my Mom. I like to think I've got a decent head on my shoulders, a good upbringing and good values. That helps. 

5. Do you enjoy reading historical fiction? What's your favorite book set sometime in the past? I did like the Great Gatsby, Little House on the Prairie. Can't think of much else. 

6. Insert your own random thought here.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Storyland 2017 Feature and Discount Coupon #ad #StoryLandNH #MyStoryLandAdventure

It's that time of year again! Summer means school vacation and planning for summer getaways! Guess what, there's STILL time! As we head into the very last week of July (seriously how did THAT happen?) it's the perfect time to plan a last minute Summer getaway! There's plenty of fun left to be had! For the past several years, we've taken a few days to enjoy a wonderful getaway that we continue to enjoy! It's great for kids of all ages: Storyland! As I've said before, we live pretty close to this park which continues to bring big smiles! This year, Storyland is better than ever, featuring new shows and more fun! They've added a new character area where you can meet all your favorite Storyland friends throughout the day! Their newest ride, the Roar-O-Saurus brings fast fun for those who are thrill seeking. This is one roller coaster that will keep them coming back! 
What I love about this park? Storyland is a beautiful and CLEAN amusement park settled in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.  2016 is their 64th year in business!  It's a great place to bring the younger set because the rides are age appropriate, entertaining and fun! In addition to the rides, they have plenty of shows and games! There's nostalgia here - this is the same park my husband used to go to when he was a kid!
Never fear, this isn't a run down park, Storyland continues to adapt and change, updating rides and bringing us new opportunities.  The Roar-O-Saurus  is fun for the slightly older kids and definitely scream worthy!  This roller coaster was named one of the Most Insane New Roller Coasters in the US by CNN!                       
Their Storybook Animals area that incorporates live animals including goats, chickens, pigs and sheep.  Each area has a story that accompanies the animal:  The Three Little Pigs, Baa Baa Black Sheep and Mary Had a Little Lamb are all found here.  My kids love this section because they love animals and there is always something new to see! It's wonderful to watch your children as they innocently enjoy this area.  There are always people cleaning and feeding the animals too so it's a great educational opportunity for the kids. 
The Little Dreamers Play area that is perfect for animal loving kids and adults! This interactive play area has rhymes including Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater, One Two Buckle My Shoe and more.  They also have a big play structure with slides and a huge tree to climb. It's set in a shady area and is the perfect way to get the kids back to the basics or spend the last hour at the park.  Kids doing what they do best: laughing, using their imagination and having fun!
A little more about the rides!  There are easy and relaxing rides like the Swan Boats and then rides on the bigger boat: the Swan Queen.  There's a large Pirate Ship for those seeking adventure, and a ride through the Jungle to bring the color back to Butterfly Island. They have the beloved Tea Cups, Turtle Twirl, Flying Fish, Antique Carousel, Antique Cars, Farm Tractors and our favorite, the Polar Coaster!  It's nice to be at an amusement park where the kids can actually ride on a roller coaster that's just fun but not too intense.  Kid's have to be 36 inches to ride that, the Bamboo Shoots, Storyland's log floom and the Dr Geyser's Water Ride.  Kids of all ages can ride the remaining rides.  There are over 20 to enjoy!  (You can see the full list of park info here).  It takes at least a full day to do it all.  What's great about this park too is that if you enter after 3pm on the 1st day, you'll  get in FREE the next day. It's a really great value. For the price of admission you can have a day and a half of fun, games, rides, playground time and shows! 
There are also 5 shows to enjoy, including a magic show that my girls love!  It's a nice diversion to watch something!  These shows are the perfect way to spend a little "downtime" after a wild morning filled with rides and fun.  I also have wonderful memories of my little Sydney falling asleep on me as a baby while Riley took in an afternoon show.  No worries - children under 3 are free at Storyland!
You can bring your own food to this park, which we love but there are also some good options for food that you can see here. This year, they're even offering an All Season Dining Pass for those of you who plan to visit often. A great value! You can read more about that here

They also have several character appearances throughout the Summer including Rory, Duke and Humpty Dumpty. You can view the entire list of characters that will be visiting here.
Convinced yet?  If you're in the New England area, it's a great option when planning your next vacation!  Be sure to Like Storyland on Facebook here!  You can also follow them on Twitter here!  Be sure to sign up for their e-newsletter here to be "in the know" and for your chance to win tickets to the park!  

This is a wonderful place to re-live your memories you had as a child with your own children.  You can take this park at your pace, the lines are reasonable (if any), there are plenty of places to get shade, places to shop, food to eat and of course, memories to be made! 
I'm happy to report that Barefoot by the Sea readers are able to get a special discount on tickets to the park! Simply click here to purchase tickets or use promo code: barefootbyseablog17. It's a great time to visit the beautiful and scenic White Mountains of New Hampshire and take a trip to Storyland! 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Hodgepodge - half way through the year!

Already Wednesday again! I hope you are having a great week! It's been warm and sunny here, we're in the thick of Summer now - loving every bit! 

Here are the questions to this week's Wednesday Hodgepodge. Come join the fun! Thank you, as always From This Side of the Pond

From this Side of the Pond

1. Growing up, were you close to your grandparents? Tell us one or two specific things you remember about them. I was close to my Grandmother on my Father's side (my Grandfather died before I was born). 
We used to go visit every Sunday, we would have lunch together and my Dad would mow her lawn. We would have long, lazy afternoons and pick black raspberries. My Grandparents on my Mom's side raised TWELVE kids. My grandfather would take me swimming - he wasn't the type to just "watch the kids while they swam", he would actually swim WITH us. My Grandmother was always loving, caring and a funny woman. I miss them ALL.

2. What's an item you were attached to as a child? What happened to it?
My Paddington Bear, I slept with him every night. When I was in the 8th grade we went to Disney for a vacation and brought my best friend. My friend hid the bear under the bed and he got left behind. Go ahead, ask if we're still friends ;)

3. When you look out your window, do you see the forest or the trees (literally and figuratively)? Explain. I see the trees and I love them. We sit on our back deck, especially this time of year and watch all the birds and busy land above us, I love it!

4. Do you like sour candies? Which of the 'sour' foods listed below would you say is your favorite?

grapefruit, Greek yogurt, tart cherries, lemons, limes, sauerkraut, buttermilk, or kumquats 

I do like sour foods! Limes are probably my very favorite but grapefruit is close!

Have you ever eaten a kumquat? What's your favorite dish containing one of the sour foods on the list? I have eaten a kumquat. I'm thinking a fresh margarita, on the rocks, no salt is my favorite! 

5. July 1st marked the mid point of 2017. In fifteen words or less, tell us how it's going so far. It's been a good year, I'm grateful for health, good fortune and our happy family.

6. Insert your own random thought here.

I came across this picture last week. I love seeing the 80s style. For those of you who haven't seen me, can you guess where I am? 

Friday, July 14, 2017

July Daily Goodie Box #sponsored #ad

*Please note, I did receive a Daily Goodie Box to review but all opinions, as always are my own!**

Okay, it's JULY 14th people! How did that happen? This month seems to be flying on by and once again we're at the half way mark. Time to slow down Summer, I'm not quite ready for the momentum to build like this. There are however, some good things about time slipping on by...
It's that time of month again - the JULY Daily Daily Goodie Box! I do love the surprises every month and this month did not disappoint!  The Daily Goodie Box is 100% free so not at all like other subscription boxes out there. Simply become a member and fill out a personal profile on their site (also free). If you meet the requirements for a Goodie Box you'll be eligible for a box shipped to your doorstep! The eligibility is based on various factors like demographics, interest in current products, etc but it's worth trying to get one because the boxes are GOOD! Every month, they feature samples of a variety of food, drink, and personal care items. You'll be  asked to review your items in online profile. The more reviews you do, the better your chances of getting chosen for future boxes! Win, win, win!
Yummy! Simple ingredients - pure coconut oil, non GMO seed, salt and real cheddar cheese.

This interesting and refreshing drink promotes healthy magnesium levels and balances calcium intake! It claims it helps you feel less stressed and more relaxed, I was excited to give it a try! 

I really do love this scent! Often referred to as "air conditioning for the soul", it's the blend of fine Italian talcum powder and subtle fragrance that will leave the body feeling dry, comfortable and feeling great.

I do love to relax at the end of the day with a cup of tea! The combination of coconut and vanilla is wonderful.  It's caffeine free and certified organic - all good!  
A protein shake that's portable, full of protein from Greek yogurt and is a delicious alternative to the usual breakfast shake. I love that you don't need a blender, just add milk and go!

I do love this water, hydrates and refreshes - and low calories!

My daughter stole these before I had a chance but she gobbled them up! Great for a grab and go snack - kid approved! 

We love Goddess Garden around here! All natural products and now a way to protect my lips! Yes please! 
Low sugar and non GMO, this bar was yummy and a great mix of fruit and nuts. Great for the Fall and lunchboxes! 

This is an all natural, organic and homeopathic first aid ointment that kills over 5X more bacteria than the leading antibiotic ointments! I am going to find this! This is the time of year we're always getting scrapes and cuts so it's a "must have" for our medicine cabinet!

In case you missed last month's feature, you can check it out here. Now, head on over to the Daily Goodie Box and sign up to get your own! Good luck! 

Have a great weekend!
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