August 31, 2013

Hershey Park and Campground Review

This summer my family decided that instead of going camping in Lake George like we had done the past two summers we would try something new.  We didn't want to travel too far having young children so we decided to go to Hershey Park!

We usually tent when we camp but since the family we were going with had a baby we asked my in-laws if we could borrow their truck and pop-up camper.  After a quick lesson with his dad hubby was ready for the 3 1/2 hour ride to Hershey, PA!
Hersheypark Camping Resort has cabins and various hookup sites.  The campsite we chose was all by itself at the end of the loop, which was great for keeping an eye on the kids.  Check in was pretty quick and the moms and kids left the dads to set up camp while we went shopping for groceries.
We only bought tickets for the park for one day but Hershey has a fantastic program that when you stay at one of their properties you can enter the park the night before for a few hours of fun.  We laid low the first night and caught lightning bugs and ate smores.

The next day we ate breakfast at the campsite and had lunch at The Soda Jerk Diner and Dairy Bar.  They had a great '50's atmosphere and huge portions of great home cooked food!  Next up, Hershey's Chocolate World!
Admission to Hershey's Chocolate World is free which includes Hershey's Great American Chocolate Tour Ride.  It's a simulated factory tour that shows the life of chocolate from bean to Hershey's chocolate.  We paid extra for the 4D movie The Great Chocolate Factory Mystery.  My son loved it!  He was truly convinced that the factory was under attack!
We returned that evening to the campground to make dinner and head into the park for our extra hours.  The park was not busy and we were able to get on a lot of rides, including some big coasters for the grownups!

The following morning after breakfast we got on the bus (another perk to staying on property) and headed into the park.  We started off on some dry rides and as it got hotter we headed over to the water park.  We had our strollers but grabbed a locker for our wallets and purses.  This was the hit of the trip.  The kids went nuts!  This park was truly designed with children in mind.
Each area was fenced in so it was easy to keep tabs on everyone.  Life jackets were available in several sizes at no extra charge.  The lifeguards were on point and actively scanning the whole area which was wonderful piece of mind.
We ate lunch in the water park area so we didn't have to change out of our suits.  The kids quickly devoured their chicken strips and french fries and were back in the water!  Once we were ready to get back on some dry rides we changed in the very clean and open changing station.  The kids snoozed with dad while the moms hit a few rides.
We had dinner in the Pioneer Frontier area and there was something for everyone.  We had Mexican and it was very reasonably priced for park food.  We finished off the night with a train ride that all of us could go on together.  Got to love my son's meltdown . . .

Overall, it was a great stay.  The campground was clean and staff was friendly.  The parks were well thought out for families with children of all ages.  We all agreed that we wished we had more time to spend here and that next time we will take more time off!!

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August 27, 2013

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August 14, 2013

Ageless Derma Satin Lip Gloss Review

For those of you that don't know, I am a lip product junkie.  I've said it before and I'll say it again!  I just can't help myself.  I have lip balms and lip glosses all over.  I have them on my desk, in my desk, on my night stand, in my purse, in my car, in the medicine cabinet, in the kitchen drawer...  I know, it's a little over board but you just never know when you might need it!
Laurel Likes It Ageless Derma Lip Gloss

I recently was given the opportunity to try out a new type of lip gloss from Ageless Derma.  This lip gloss has anti aging properties to keep your lip looking supple and kissable!  I chose the "Blossom" color from the swatch online hoping it wasn't going to be too overwhelming.  While I love glosses I am not into a lot of actual color.  I prefer a more natural "just bitten" type of look.
Laurel Likes It Ageless Derma Lip GlossThe color looked very bright in the jar but I am happy to report that it looks great on my lips!  The one thing I can't stand about lip gloss is that it can be sticky and this is not!  It is smooth when I press my lips together and actually leaves my lips feeling very moisturized.

Laurel Likes It Ageless Derma Lip Gloss
Natural - no product
Laurel Likes It Ageless Derma Lip Gloss
With Ageless Derma "Blossom"

This has been sitting on my desk since I got it and I think it will be there for while!  You can order your own Ageless Derma Lip Gloss on their website and use code 'Beauty' and get 20% off.  They have a lot of other products and I would love to try more!

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*disclaimer: I received this product complimentary from Ageless Derma for testing and review purposes. However, all opinions are my own and I will always be honest, good or bad.*

August 12, 2013

Woolzies Dryer Balls Review and Giveaway!

Do you have those ugly blue spikey dryer balls banging around in your dryer?  I do, well, I did until I received Woolzies Dryer Balls!  I never really thought about it until I read about them but those blue plastic dryer balls are not good!  Just like you are not supposed to reheat food in a plastic container or drink water out of a water bottle that has been left in your car, they can be leaching out all sorts of terrible chemicals when heated!  Woolzies are a great alternative that will last up to 1000 loads of laundry free of chemicals!

Woolzies are 100% pure new zealand wool dryer balls that do everything that conventional fabric softeners do plus they reduce drying time by 25%. They are money back guaranteed to last for at least 1,000 loads!  
Woolzies have no chemicals at all and are also hypoallergenic so are safe even for people with wool sensitivities.

All you do is toss the 6 wool balls into the dryer and run it. Simple!  I have used them for a few loads and I have so say I am impressed.  I had stopped using liquid fabric softener a while ago because I switched to a detergent that had coconut oil in it claiming to soften clothes.  Well, I still used the dryer sheet and my clothes were soft and smelled great too.  Then I read about the build up that can accumulate on your lint screen from using dryer sheets and cause potential dryer fires.  So, I stopped using dryer sheets too and only used the 2 ugly blue dryer balls to soften my clothes.

Since it's summer I have been using my laundry line most of the time but on rainy days or when I am doing laundry at night I use the dryer.  So I put them to a true test and used a sample of Seventh Generation detergent that I had, no liquid softener, no dryer sheet.  The clothes came out soft and surprisingly they smelled great even though the detergent was unscented!

Another plus to using Woolzies Dryer Balls is that they are quiet!  Just a soft rumble from my dryer now instead of the banging and clanging I've become so accustomed to hearing.  I am hooked and these will be staying in my dryer until I can't use them any more!

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*I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.*