Thursday, May 26, 2016

Save Cash With The South Florida Adventure Pass

I received four complimentary South Florida Adventure Passes this month in exchange for my thoughts. I hope you get a chance to explore this money-saving option as well. 

Family time is very important to us, but it's been quite limited these days. My husband has been working long hours because his department is short-staffed. 

Any day that we get to spend together is always a good one. 

And this summer, things are about to get very interesting. 

Yesterday, we stopped by Jungle Island to pick up our South Florida Adventure Passes, and explore the place. 

Having these passes means we get unlimited access to seven local attractions: 

6. Jungle Island; and 

It's going to be a summer full of savings and lots of family fun. 

We arrived to Jungle Island at noon and all the animals were calm. Although I'm not a fan of caged animals, I did appreciate the variety of species you can find throughout the attraction. It was nice to see that there were free birds along the passage way. 

Some birds come from Central America, others from the South America and different parts of the world. All of which had vibrant colors. 

We didn't have time to stop by Parrot Cove, but we admired it from afar. 

Our toddler was impressed by the leopards and all the other "meows", as he calls them. 

From the Jungle Theater, we hurried through the Playground. Our toddler loves roaming through the Playground but since it was a school day, there were two different schools that have claimed the playground and we didn't want our toddler to get caught in the craziness. 
We made our way through the Serpentarium, which was one of the creepiest places I'd ever been. 

At the Serpentarium you're surrounded by different reptiles. And that means there are SNAKES! 

I almost fainted to the thought of our boys only having a glass in between themselves and this reptile. 

You get the best view of what it's like to be up close and personal to an alligator in the Serpentarium. 

We all thought it was cool to see the alligators resting at the bottom of the water. 

We had such a great time at Jungle Island that we're already planning our next trip. This time, we're bringing our bathing suits so we can get a close look at Parrot Cove. 

Want to join us next time? 
Grab a South Florida Adventure Pass this week so you can start enjoying unlimited access to the seven attractions as well. 

Adult passes are $50 (plus tax, ages 13+) 
Child passes are $40 (plus tax, ages 3-12) 

Already have a seasonal pass to one of the seven locations? No problem. 

Existing annual pass holders or members at participating attractions can upgrade to South Florida Adventure Pass for $30 for adults and $20 per child ( plus tax). 

Head over to the website for more information. 

Friday, May 20, 2016

27 Years Later...

If someone told me that my family would be complete by age 27, I'd probably laugh in their face. 

I'm a year away from the timeline I had given myself. Right now my second car would've been paid off, and I'd be hoping to settle down in a condo of some sort back in New Jersey. Or maybe even Boston with my cousin Stephanie. 

But that was only a plan. 

And we all know what happens with plans. 

Our Time Is Short
Most of the people I know make a big deal about their birthdays. For me, the day I was born is very personal. I often celebrate it with those I love, and in a way that celebrates life in general. For instance, last year we went to our favorite dog beach as a family and ate at a local restaurant. 

To some, those activities seem like everyday life. For me, it's all about enjoying moments. 

June 2nd marks a new year for me. A day when I can look back at where I imagined myself years ago, and compare it to where I am today. 

I love where my life has taken me, and wouldn't change anything. Yes, even with the setbacks.  Okay, maybe I wish I could focus more on networking and promo but I know once the boys become a little more independent I will be able to do more with my blog and other side projects.

Until then, I do what I can and take on opportunities that work with my family life. After all, it's  family first, always. 

But lately things have been rough for us. One day I'll share it here. I'm currently working on an e-book that highlights all the events leading up to this moment in my life. 

Eventually I'll be stronger than I am today, and be able to talk more about what's going on. Until then, I'll be taking random breaks from my blog and spending time with the boys. They deserve happiness, and that's what I'm going to give them from here on out. 

May this weekend be as fabulous as you. 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Brunch With The Boys

Einstein Bros. Bagels sent us gift cards to try their new #TwistNDip bagels. All thoughts are my own. 

Food shopping is always fun with our boys. At least we always try to make it an adventure. 

Aside from the random tantrums and having to rush to the nearest bathroom with our toddler who is in the final stages of potty training, food shopping is always interesting. 

What makes it even more interesting are the lunch breaks.
And today, we picked up some bagels from our local Einstein Bros. Bagels.

This trip brought me back to my hometown, which is predominantly a Jewish neighborhood.

Driving home with the bagels reminded of when my father and I would pick up bagels from a local Jewish deli. Even the setting was quite similar. Both are small with a huge counter.

Our toddler helped pick out the spread and drinks, while I checked out the place.

It was nice to see Doggie Bagels available for our four-legged son at check-out. The Doggie Bagels are  made out of beef, and Rocky was so excited to try them. We grabbed two and were on our way.

What I love most about the #TwistNDip bagel is that it offers a fun way for your little ones to not only eat their bagel, but also
makes it easy for moms to monitor how much their little one has eaten. 

Starting now until July 31, Einstein Bros. Bagels wants to see bagel lovers show off their best #TwistNDip moves. Fans are invited to post a photo or video that captures how they Twist N’ Dip on Facebook,Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #TwistNDip. Einstein Bros. will select winners every week to receive awesome prizes, such as Six Flags prize packs, summer swag and even free bagels for a year.

So bagel lovers, show us your moves!