Thursday, June 13, 2019

Private Family Villas in Koh Samui

This blog post is sponsored. All opinions are 100% my own.

My family and I love to travel! My happy place is always on the beach. It's like my whole body does a big exhale. The sounds, the smell, the warm sand between my toes. Heavenly!

I recently discovered private family villas in Koh Samui. Koh Samui is located in Thailand and has some of the most beautiful beaches that I've ever laid my eyes upon!

Private Family Villas in Koh Samui

Just about all of our vacations, we do as a family. I decided that kids grow up too fast, and I want to create special moments as a family to help bond us together. My daughters are already sixteen, and my little one will be turning thirteen soon.

Here are some reasons to rent private family villas in Koh Samui, Thailand.

  • Instead of just pointing and clicking on which villa you would like, you can talk to a real-life human. They will ask you about who you're traveling with and make suggestions based on your families needs. I love this little extra personal touch!
  • There are villas for just about everyone's budget. Also, most of the villas include staff. Some villas include up to 10 staff members. Talk about a spoiled getaway.
  • You can arrange for services such as a specific meal plan, pool toys, BBQ, or even pick-up from the airport!
  • The beaches in this area are stunning.
  • You can also save money by renting a private family villa because you can cook your own meals if you choose.
  • So much more space and privacy for your family!

I'm sold! I want to rent a private family villa in Koh Samui! I love the personalization that this company provides. Even better yet every time someone books a tree is planted in Sumatra, Indonesia.

Plan your family escape today!

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Spend Your Summer at the Detroit Zoo & Win A Membership

This blog post is sponsored. All opinions are 100% my own.

Gather around my penguin loving friends! I have fantastic news for you! YOU can spend your summer at the Detroit Zoo for less than it would cost you to take out a family of four to dinner. Yep, even the penguins are talking about this excellent deal

Lifelong memories are made at the Detroit Zoo. My girls that are now teenagers spent many summers there, but the fun doesn't end in summer. The Detroit Zoo is open year round.

Spend Your Summer at the Detroit Zoo

Membership at the Detroit Zoo starts at $56. Yep, quite a bit less than those coffee runs. Such a great deal!

There are three ways to become a member! 
  1. Visit https://detroitzoo.org/support/membership/ to sign up!
  2. Call (248) 541-5717 and press 3.
  3. Visit the member booth at the Zoo.
There are so many incredible perks to membership!
  • Free Detroit Zoo admission and parking during daytime public hours, including Wild Summer Nights concerts (my favorite).
  • Discounts on Zoo merchandise and program.
  • Advance ticket sales to special events including Zoo Brew, Wild Beasts Wild Wine, Zoo.
  • Exclusive Members-only seasonal Rackham Fountain entrance.
  • Free subscriptions to Habitat, the Detroit Zoological Society Member magazine, and Zmail, the monthly email newsletter.

If you haven't been to the Detroit Zoo in a while, it's time to plan a visit. Better yet buy a membership! Here are some new additions to the Detroit Zoo! 
  • Buddy's Pizza is now open and serving it's original Detroit style pizza. Yummy!
  • There are now even more ways to navigate the Zoo from the palm of your hand. They've expanded the Detroit Zoo Treks, an interactive mobile map system offering guests guided routes through the Zoo. Choose among various treks on your next visit! Go to detroitzoo.org/treks. 
  • The expanded Holtzman Wildlife Foundation Red Panda Forest is now open. It provides a larger, more stimulating naturalistic environment for these charismatic creatures, including a flowing stream, new nesting places, and an 80-foot canopy walkway through the trees, providing unparalleled views for guests.
  • The Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Co. is now brewing inside the Detroit Zoo. In addition to their signature espresso drinks, the coffee company is serving its frozen cappuccino, the Polar Cap. This Detroit Zoo exclusive is brewed fresh and available for purchase in 12-oz. bags.

I can't wait to go check out Tula the baby camel and Hana the baby snow monkey. They're so precious! I'm planning weekly visits this summer with my family. What are you waiting for? Sign up for a Detroit Zoo membership today!

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Home Pool Safety

This blog post is sponsored. All opinions are 100% my own.

With so many affordable backyard pools on the market, many people have pools.  So, with summer around the corner, I thought we should discuss home pool safety. 

It doesn't matter if you have a baby pool, Intex, or even an inground pool, you should always follow home pool safety.

We had a pool before my kids could even walk, and I went out of my way to protect my children and the kids that might find themselves in my back yard.

Home Pool Safety

Here is a list of do's for home pool safety!

  • Do signup your child for swim lessons. This is so important. Your child will learn about water safety along with the lifelong skill of knowing how to swim.
  • Do lock your gates, ladders, sliding doors, keep kids away from water when an adult isn't around to supervise.
  • Do wear sunscreen. Teach your children to protect their skin. Make it a habit just like brushing your teeth.
  • Do have a phone nearby in case you need to call 911.
  • Do talk as a family about the rules around water and safety.
  • Do assign someone to always be watching in the water. Never be more than arm's length away.

Here is a list of don'ts for home pool safety!
  • Don't leave toys in the pool. Your child might be tempted to reach for them.
  • Don't let life jackets replace adult supervision.
  • Don't ever leave your child unattended near water.
  • Don't forget that it's crucial to be CPR certified in case of an emergency.
  • Don't get distracted!

The best drowning prevention is through supervision and education. If you haven't done so, spring is the perfect time to start your swimming education at Aqua-Tots Swim Schools!

Aqua-Tots Canton
43335 Joy Rd., Canton, MI 48187
(734) 828-2000

Aqua-Tots Novi 
44225 W. 12 Mile Road, Ste. C103, Novi, MI  48377
(248) 845-4544

Aqua-Tots Troy 
846 E. Big Beaver Road, Troy, MI  48083
(248) 845-4545

Aqua-Tots Sterling Heights 
44891 Hayes Rd., Sterling Heights, MI  48183
(586) 884-3633

Aqua-Tots Auburn Hills 
 (248) 537-4005
750 Brown Road, Auburn Hills, MI.  48316

Aqua-Tots Farmington Hills 
31221 W. 14 Mile Road, Farmington Hills, MI.  48334
 (248) 537-4004

Aqua-Tots Woodhaven 
21621 Allen Road. 
Woodhaven MI, 48183

Friday, May 31, 2019

Frank The Man The Music Fox Theatre & Giveaway

This blog post is sponsored. All opinions are 100% my own.

Andiamo Restaurants and WJR Radio Presents  FRANK The Man The Music starring BOB ANDERSON at the Fox Theatre in The District Detroit on Saturday, June 15 at 8 p.m. Experience the stories, the music and the legend of Frank Sinatra at this incredible show featuring another Detroit Legend, The Johnny Trudell 31 piece Orchestra. This will be an exclusive one-night-only hometown performance by the Las Vegas Hall of Famer, Detroit native and Warren Centerline High School graduate, Bob Anderson.  The show debuted last year in Detroit at The Detroit Opera House and will return to Detroit by popular demand. The production has also engaged Tony Award-winning Broadway Producer Eva Price, and partner Carl Flanigan of Maximum Entertainment Productions as general managers for the upcoming Broadway presentation of FRANK The Man The Music.

Frank The Man The Music starring BOB ANDERSON, is an entertaining performance that transcends every generation! This must-see show was voted “Best Live Show,” “Best Headliner,” and “Best Live Performance” at the annual Las Vegas Best of the Best Entertainment Awards in 2015. Anderson transforms into Frank Sinatra with his look that was designed by Hollywood’s top make-up artists, Academy Award winner, Kazu Tsuji, who worked on his shows in Las Vegas and Emmy Award Winner, Ron Wild, who tours with the show. 

Link to purchase tickets: 313pres.co/2VpHy4P

Enter to win a family pack of tickets! You must live local to win. The winner will have 24 hours to respond. The contest ends 6/9/19.

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Saturday, May 25, 2019

5 Things on Saturday

Happy Saturday! Join me for a cup of coffee and let's chat! My cup is almost empty and needs to be refilled.

1. I've had to do some talking to myself this week. Since I'm not Shipting and walking a zillion miles a week, I've gained some weight. I had to remind myself that I'm lifting weights and feeling healthy. That sometimes you need to stay off the darn scale and just focus on lifting and counting macros. Your mind is everything. Set it straight.

2. My Cricut is my new obsession. I've been learning how to use it and making tee shirts for everyone but myself. Faith and Matt are so easy to design shirts for so I've been having a ton of fun being creative.

3. We've had a terrible few weeks trying to find someone to remodel the home we inherited. Finally, after many calls, the company that I wanted that did my parents garage called me back. I've had three other companies out. We spent many hours talking and planning, and this guy has great ideas and seems to share our style. Later this week we get our proposal. Who knows we might be moving by fall or next spring. I will be glad to be away from my creepy neighbor and have some land. The yard we have now is so small. I do love our house and our other neighbor, sniff.

4. We spent the afternoon in Port Huron yesterday. My oldest is interested in joining the military. We met a few people a while back at a restaurant that worked for the Coast Guard. They invited us out, so we went to visit. The Coast Guard has an excellent academy, but your grades need to be at a 4.0 or higher. So now, she's considering the Navy. It was exciting learning about all of the cool programs through the military.

5. I'm heading off this morning to workout and taking the family to see Aladdin. I hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. I will be spending mine with family and friends.