Bestway Spring Swim

March 25, 2021

What is the Best Way to kick off Spring???
How about a pool party with family and friends and a beautiful new pool!


Well that is exactly what we did... and it was AWESOME! We were fortunate enough to be sent this 22ft pool from @Tryazon and @BestwayUS to try out and share with our family and friends. This pool is The Coleman Power Steel Swim Vista Series II. The pool comes with a Filter pump, Pool Cover and Safety Ladder. 


Here are some features for the Coleman Power Steel Swim Vista Series II Pool:
*Size: 22ft x 52in
*Water Capacity (90%): 10,668 gallons
*Reinforced, fortified portholes built into the sidewalls
*Tritech enhanced 3-ply liner is durable and puncture-resistant
*Corrosion resistant steel frame
*Natural-looking rattan wick print on the outside liner
*Tile print on the inside liner

You can visit this link here to read all the features for this beautiful pool and see what other great products are available from Bestway.




My favorite feature of the Swim Vista Series Pool is the Portholes. My boys love to make silly faces and wave to me while they are swimming under water. My littlest guy loves watching his big brothers in the pool. Besides this being a fun thing for playing in the pool, it is also a great safety feature.


We planned a fun pool party to celebrate with family and friends and everyone had a blast. The weather was still a little cold since it is March after all, but that didn't stop the kids from jumping in. If you are anxious to get started with fun pool days, you can get some tips for heating your pool water here.


Just look at how much fun the kids were having! These are some of my favorite shots from the day. I'm sure there will be many more pool parties and priceless pictures to go along with it this summer.











Most of our party guests jumped in for one picture at the end of our party and then helped us put the pool cover back on. We are already looking forward to our next pool party with our family and friends.




A big thank you again to Tryazon and Bestway for giving us a summer full of super fun family moments in our new pool!
For anyone interested in hosting a party with Tryazon, you can watch this video here for a little introduction. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIpIYziuCHg





 

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Time After Time

March 12, 2021


 It's Here! It's Here! The Finale of our new favorite family show Secrets of Sulphur Springs. If you haven't been watching, you can catch up now on Disney Plus or DisneyNOW. If you love suspense, mystery, time-travel and trying to solve clues... this is the show for you! And the best part is it is one you can enjoy with your kids. My boys are 6, 9 and 11 and we all anxiously await the weekly episodes to see if any of our theories are correct. Let me tell you a little more about Disney Channel's first ever time-traveling mystery series. 


A little background on the show:

Set in the fiction Louisiana town of Sulphur Springs, the series follows 12-year-old Griffin Campbell whose world has been upended by his father, Ben. Ben has moved the family from Chicago to take ownership of an abandoned hotel property, The Tremont. The Campbell family, which also includes Griffin's mother, Sarah, and his younger twin siblings Wyatt and Zoey, moves into the Tremont in hopes of restoring the lively vacation destination it once was. On his first day at his new school, Griffin hears that the hotel is haunted by the ghost of Savannah, a girl who disappeared decades ago. He soon meets and befriends Harper, a thrill-seeking classmate, and soon they discover a secret portal that allows them to travel back in time and uncover clues about the town mystery. 

Source: Disney



Now let's catch up on what has happened so far...


Secrets of Sulphur Springs is a time-travel mystery series that the whole family can enjoy and it premiered Friday, January 15th.  

Episode 1, "Once Upon a Time"
Griffin and his family move to a new town and take ownership of an abandoned hotel in hopes of restoring it back to the lively vacation destination it once was. Griffin learns about Savannah, a girl who disappeared when his dad was a kid.

Episode 2, "Somewhere in Time" 
Griffin and Harper realize they have time traveled to the time before Savannah's disappearance. When they go back again, they think they see Savannah getting taken into the woods.

Episode 3, "Straight Outta Time"
Griffin and Harper learn the camp dance is coming up, and that is the day Savannah went missing! Harper meets Jess (her mom as a kid) and finds out her mom did go to camp and hated Savannah.

Episode 4, "Time to Face the Music"
Harper and Griffin learn that Young Jess rigged the talent show out of her hatred for Savannah. They vow to go back through the portal and stop Jess from causing Savannah's disappearance. 

Episode 5, "Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Time"
Ben convinces Savannah to go to the dance despite Griffin trying to stop her.  Jess has a plan for the dance, but does it go the way she is hoping?

Episode 6, "Time Warped"
Jess dares Savannah to spend the night in The Tremont basement... Will Savannah do it?!!

Episode 7, "Long Time Gone"
Griffin and Harper sneak back through the portal to find a search party looking for Savannah. 

Episode 8: Griffin and Harper realize that Savannah could have found the portal and traveled back in time too. They decide to go back in time another 30 years to 1960.

Episode 9: Griffin and Harper use the old radio in the hidden room to lead them back to Savannah. 

Episode 10: Griffin and Harper travel back in time again hoping to find more answers.

Episode 11: The Season Finale is here! Harper goes back in time by herself to find her dad. Will he take her on a ride down memory lane? Who else will they meet in this episode? Will they find any ghosts? So many questions... so little time.


Watch it this Friday, March 13th on the Disney Channel to see what Secrets are revealed! All I will say is I really hope there is a Season 2 and that it doesn't take too long to come out because my boys and I will be anxiously waiting. 😉

We also had the chance to interview a few of the actors from Secrets of Sulphur Springs through zoom this week. We were joined by Elle Graham (Savannah), Preston Oliver (Griffin) and Kyliegh Curran (Harper) after we watched the sneak peek of the finale with a great group of mom bloggers and their families. My son Link had a great question to ask the Disney Channel cast. See the video below for the question and the very cool answer they shared with us. 


IG pages for the cast and mom bloggers that joined us: @ellecharlottegraham @preston_oliver @kylieghcurran @monicaplus_2 @christina.patricio @kristincruz @popcornandtatertots @OCBoysLife @belairmommie @caseydacanay  @casey_dacanay @monicazyoung @the.real.la.mama @sweet.p.and.sky @thesweetertasteoflife @thepositivemom


A special thank you to Disney Channel PR and Kristin Cruz for this weeks special delivery. Did any of you have a caboodle growing up? I know I did and I loved mine! This time though, I'm sure mine will be used for an army base or legos thanks to my boys. Life sure has changed for me, but I wouldn't want to share my new caboodle with anyone else. 💙







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No Time Like The Present

March 5, 2021

The countdown is on!



The final episode of Secrets of Sulphur Springs is next week and we can hardly wait after seeing this weeks episode. Every week this show leaves me and my boys wanting more. More clues, more answers, more time-travel. I am loving having a new family show that we can look forward to each week. And it is so fun to hear their theories of what they think is going to happen. So far we are seeing that some of our theories were right. How about you and your family? Any theories you want to share with us? Leave a comment below and let us know.


Here are some still shots from this weeks episode. Can you make any predictions from seeing these pictures???





Photo credit: Disney


This week we got a special package from Disney Channel PR and Kristin Cruz that had mugs from The Tremont and Hot Chocolate Bombs. It was fun to imagine us visiting The Tremont as guests of the hotel. How cool would that be?! We enjoyed the sneak peek of this weeks episode and our yummy Hot Chocolate Bombs. Have you tried some yet? My boys loved seeing the chocolate break apart, turn the milk chocolate brown and see the marshmallows pop up on the surface. Delicious and Fun!



Be sure to tune in tonight on Disney Channel to watch episode 10 of Secrets of Sulphur Springs "No Time Like The Present" at 8:00pm EST.  Griffin and Harper successfully travel to the past, where they find Savannah working at the Tremont. What more will we find out? Well no spoilers here! So go check out the episode to see and we will see you back here next week!

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As Time Goes By...

February 26, 2021

As a kid I always loved the game clue, so it's no surprise that I am loving Disney's Secrets of Sulphur Springs. It's like a longer version of my favorite game with new clues revealed every episode. Who, What, Where... you have to watch every Friday at 8pm on the Disney Channel to find out and try to solve the mystery. The only hard part is trying to wait for the new episode each week when you just want more clues now! 




Well I've got some exciting news for you! Starting today, Friday February 26th, you can now watch Secrets of Sulphur Springs on Disney+. Binge watch now so you are ready for the final episodes in this season. I know my boys and I will be rewatching the episodes to look for any little clues we might have missed along the way.



This week for our early screening we received a double dose of surprises. A delicious package from Jon & Vinny's with all the ingredients we needed to make our own pizza. And a special box from Disney Plus to celebrate the announcement of Secrets of Sulphur Springs coming to Disney+









Can you tell what the boys' favorite part of making pizza was? 😆 It was so entertaining watching them try to throw their dough in the air and catch it. And Ledger's reaction watching them was too cute.  




Delicious pizza and cookies in Disney+ gear was a fun way to watch our early screening of this weeks exciting episode. I swear this show gets better and better with every episode. Each time we are on the edge of our seats and now we are about to fall off our chairs in anticipation of what will happen next! We need answers ASAP because we have a lot of theories in our house about how this mystery will be solved... or if it will ever be solved?! Will we find out who wrote STAY on the mirror in the last episode? How was Griffin's dad involved in Savannah's disappearance? Will anyone else find the portal? So many questions... Share with us your questions or theories about the show in the comments. We would love to know!



Coming up this week...

Episode 9 "As Time Goes By". Watch it today on Disney Channel at 8pm or on DisneyNOW. The search for Savannah continues. Will they find the portal??? Are there really ghosts in The Tremont??? 

I'll just tell you this... I had CHILLS very early on and the intensity continued throughout the entire episode. I can't wait to hear what you all think of it.

Enjoy the new episode and we will see you next week for more fun!



Photo credit: Disney

 

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Secret Ingredient

February 19, 2021

Love is always the SECRET ingredient!


 Welcome Back and OMG Get Ready!!! This weeks new episode of Secrets of Sulphur Springs is going to leave you speechless like it did for me and my boys. 😉 Disneys Secrets of Sulphur Springs is something my boys and I look forward to watching together every week. This show is full of mystery, clues, surprises and you guessed it... SECRETS! Each week we anxiously wait to see what clues we will get and what secrets will be exposed. The characters in this show are so great at pulling you in, making you feel all these different emotions and leaving you wanting more. The suspense is real! Each episode leaves us with chills and this weeks episode is guaranteed to do that again.



Episode 8 "If I Could Turn Back Time" airs tonight at 8pm on the Disney Channel. You can also catch up on episodes with DisneyNOW. In this episode, Griffin and Harper realize that Savannah could have found the portal and travelled back in time too. Together they go back in time another 30 years to 1960. What do you think they will find? I won't give away any spoilers, but trust me when I say this is a can't miss episode!   


Before we watched the sneak peek, we made some delicious beignets to enjoy during the show. We had a lot of laughs and made a big mess trying to make beignets for the first time. Our beignets turned out good despite us not having the right tools and no idea what we were doing. Lol. We are definitely not chefs in this house... but if we keep trying and learning, then we will get there one day. 😉 If you want to see how our little cooking adventure was, be sure to watch our YouTube video showing you all the crazy shenanigans that happened in our kitchen. 

Cooking Beignets with Kids




A special thanks to Disney Channel PR and Kristin Cruz for this super fun cooking experience and the exciting sneak peek of Secrets of Sulphur Springs. Leave a comment and tell us your theories about Secrets of Sulphur Springs. What happened to Savannah and what other secrets will be revealed? See you all next week for more fun!






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Secrets of Sulphur Springs

February 12, 2021

 Guess What??? A new episode of Secrets of Sulphur Springs is coming your way... and it is so good! Get ready for episode 7 in this exciting, mysterious, time-traveling adventure that keeps you guessing every step of the way. 



This week we enjoyed another special sneak peek of the newest episode of Secrets of Sulphur Springs. It is our new family favorite and each week we countdown to watching the new episode together with a delicious treat. Pie anyone?!! Well how about Tiny Pies! We were sent 4 pies from Tiny Pies and the flavors were Dutchy's Apple, Tart Cherry, Sweet Texas Pecan and Texas Two Step. They were so tasty and my little guy Ledger kept trying to steal them,  so I had to snap my pictures really fast before he devoured them all.




A little background on the show:

Set in the fiction Louisiana town of Sulphur Springs, the series follows 12-year-old Griffin Campbell whose world has been upended by his father, Ben. Ben has moved the family from Chicago to take ownership of an abandoned hotel property, The Tremont. The Campbell family, which also includes Griffin's mother, Sarah, and his younger twin siblings Wyatt and Zoey, moves into the Tremont in hopes of restoring the lively vacation destination it once was. On his first day at his new school, Griffin hears that the hotel is haunted by the ghost of Savannah, a girl who disappeared decades ago. He soon meets and befriends Harper, a thrill-seeking classmate, and soon they discover a secret portal that allows them to travel back in time and uncover clues about the town mystery. 

Source: Disney




Now let's catch up on what has happened so far...


Secrets of Sulphur Springs is a time-travel mystery series that the whole family can enjoy and it premiered Friday, January 15th.  

Episode 1, "Once Upon a Time"
Griffin and his family move to a new town and take ownership of an abandoned hotel in hopes of restoring it back to the lively vacation destination it once was. Griffin learns about Savannah, a girl who disappeared when his dad was a kid.


Episode 2, "Somewhere in Time" 
Griffin and Harper realize they have time traveled to the time before Savannah's disappearance. When they go back again, they think they see Savannah getting taken into the woods.

Episode 3, "Straight Outta Time"
Griffin and Harper learn the camp dance is coming up, and that is the day Savannah went missing! Harper meets Jess (her mom as a kid) and finds out her mom did go to camp and hated Savannah.

Episode 4, "Time to Face the Music"
Harper and Griffin learn that Young Jess rigged the talent show out of her hatred for Savannah. They vow to go back through the portal and stop Jess from causing Savannah's disappearance. 

Episode 5, "Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Time"
Ben convinces Savannah to go to the dance despite Griffin trying to stop her.  Jess has a plan for the dance, but does it go the way she is hoping?

Episode 6, "Time Warped"
Jess dares Savannah to spend the night in The Tremont basement... Will Savannah do it?!!

Episode 7, "Long Time Gone"
Griffin and Harper sneak back through the portal to find a search party looking for Savannah. 
Watch it this Friday, February 12th on the Disney Channel to see what new clues are revealed!

Photo credit: Disney

Photo credit: Disney

This weeks episode had a funny moment that had my boys laughing and blushing at the same time. Can you guess what happens based on the picture below?

Photo Credit: Disney


Be sure to check out this mysterious new family show and let me know if it had you on the edge of your seat too! My boys and I can't wait for the next episode. See you next week for another fun look at Secrets of Sulphur Springs.




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