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Happy Anniversary Schlitterbahn!

Every year we have visited Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels for a quick family break before the heat of the summer really hits. This year may be no different as we plan our trip! 

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If you are unfamiliar with Schlitterbahn, it is the largest and one of the best water parks in world! It is an award-winning family attraction and this year they are celebrating a bunch of anniversaries! Their uphill water coaster, the Master Blaster turns 20 and it’s a pretty awesome ride! Last year was the first time Lennox was able to ride the big rides and she just loves it. She could stay there for days upon days!

I’ll be sure to share a lot more photos and tips for a trip to Schlitterbahn soon!

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In the mean time, check out our past few visits:

Our Weekend at Schlitterbahn, New Braunfels

Schlitterbahn New Braunfels Waterpark

 

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Take a ‘Brain Break’ with Nintendo DS and Yo-kai Watch + Giveaway

This post was sponsored by Nintendo as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.

With our recent move and so much change going on – Lennox has had a tough transition into a new school, new friends, new house and about 10 other things, plus she’s 5! That’s a lot of change for a little 5-year-old.  Lennox spends almost all of her days at school, learning and working hard. Most of it is technology free as well. So when she gets home or on the weekend, she wants downtime just like we all do. In theory I’d love to work on extra things with her, do something educational or even get outside more – but really, she just needs a ‘brain break’ – and lets be honest – so do mom and dad! So usually that means she is free to watch some tv, play on the computer or play video games.

yokai-watch3 She recently got a “hand me down” Nintendo 3DS, so we have started looking for games that are age appropriate for her to play. Some of the games are easy to play but there are too many on-screen directions that she can’t follow. However, when we received Yo-kai Watch, it seemed like a great fit for her. There was not too much story for her to figure out and read and she could jump right into the game. She eagerly sat down and played it, with a a little help from Dad! I could hear them in the other room talking about what the Yo-Kai were doing and her character, which she created, Eleanor. Where she picked the same Eleanor, I have no idea!

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If you are unfamiliar with Yo-Kai Watch, here is a little more information: Yo-kai Watch is a Japanese video game that is just now starting in the US. Yo-kai are mischievous little creatures that inhabit the world. The player must find and befriend them to create teams and battles versus other Yo-kai. Yo-kai Watch is made exclusively for Nintendo 2DS, 3DS and 3DSXL for $39.99 wherever video games are sold. yokai-watch

** Yo-Kai Watch Giveaway **

Nintendo is giving away the game to one of my readers. All you have to do is use the rafflecopter widget below to enter by April 4, 2016.

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Contest entrants are only eligible to win once per sweepstake, per household as a part of a campaign sponsored by Influence Central and must reside in the United States

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Pudding Cups & Easter Eggs

This post is sponsored by Snack Pack®. All opinions are 100% my own.

Easter is less than 2 weeks away, and so instead of dying Easter eggs at the last possible moment, as we usually do, I decided to pick up some Easter egg dye, Snack Pack® Pudding Cups and eggs this weekend, and let my daughter start decorating a little earlier this year. 

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You’re probably wondering why the pudding? What do Snack Pack® Pudding Cups and dying Easter eggs have to do with one another? Well – while Snack Pack® Pudding is an easy go-to snack for your kids, make sure to save all of the empty pudding cups because they are the perfect size for dying Easter eggs. They are especially good for those little fingers that can’t quite figure out how to use the egg dippers!

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Just add some vinegar to each of the empty Snack Pack Pudding Cups and drop in the dye tablets. Once they have dissolved you can add in more vinegar for a deeper color or water for a more pastel color. Either way, fill up the cups about 2/3’s. This will give you enough room to dip in the eggs without them spilling. 

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Once your kids have finished dying their Easter eggs the cups can just be recycled for quick clean up or saved for another use. 

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This spring, take a moment to slow down and enjoy a tasty and fun treat with the kids and then have some fun dying Easter eggs! Snack Pack® comes in a variety of flavors and offers endless mix-in opportunities the kids can help prepare. Each serving of Snack Pack® is fortified with as much calcium as an 8-ounce glass of milk,* so you can feel good about serving your kids Snack Pack®. For mix-in inspiration, visit Snack Pack® on Pinterest and Facebook.

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*All Snack Pack products contain 30% DV calcium, with the exception of Bakery Shop Lemon Meringue Pie, Lemon Pudding, and Snack Pack® Gels.