Family Fun at Ocean Breeze Waterpark {with a Giveaway}

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Ok my friends, raise your hand if you love going to waterparks.

Ocean Breeze Waterpark

We are huge fans of waterparks and extremely lucky to live about 3 miles from Ocean Breeze Waterpark in Virginia Beach.  It is one of our favorite things to do in the summertime.

Ocean Breeze Waterpark

We’ve been getting season passes since Connor was 2 and I can’t imagine a summer without Ocean Breeze.

Just look at all the fun things they have:

Ocean Breeze Waterpark

With over 30 rides, slides, and attractions, you’ll have a blast!  Going to Ocean Breeze is one of our favorite summer activities to do as a family and it’s the first place people want to go when they come to visit us.

We had Connor’s second birthday at Ocean Breeze and rented one of their cabanans, which I highly recommend.  Last summer was the first summer that Connor was tall enough to go down most of the slides and now that is all he talks about.  I could really go on and on about how much we love Ocean Breeze but I think you should just check it out for yourself.

And there’s more!

Ocean Breeze has a lot of fun events planned this month including Dive-in Movie Night.

Dive-in Movie – Frozen

This Thursday, July 11 come to Ocean Breeze to enjoy the waterpark and join there for their 2nd Dive-In Movie.  They will be showing the movie Frozen as soon as the sun goes down.  Guess what that means?  Relax in their million-gallon wave pool while watching the movie Frozen.  How awesome does that sound!!  I’m pretty sure Connor is going to freak out about this.

Check out all their July events HERE.

Do you live in Virginia Beach or are you planning a vacation to Virginia Beach?  If so, you have to visit Ocean Breeze Waterpark.

Now for my favorite part – It’s giveaway time!!

Win 4 Day Passes to Ocean Breeze Waterpark.  Woohoo!!

Come spend the day at Ocean Breeze Waterpark and experience the fun for yourself.  Use the Rafflecopter below to enter.
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$500 Fun in the Sun Cash Giveaway

I have an AWESOME giveaway for you today!!

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I’m so excited to be joining an amazing group of bloggers to bring you this great giveaway.

One lucky person will win $500 cash.

Complete the tasks below to earn entries into this giveaway.

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ConsumerCrafts FREE Jewelry eBook and Giveaway

Hey friends!  You all know how much I love sharing easy jewelry tutorials with you and today I’ve got some exciting news to share.

ConsumerCrafts has created a Jewelry Making eBook that you can download for FREE.  How awesome is that?

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Their jewely eBook is super easy to download.  Just go HERE to sign up and then your free eBook will be emailed to you.

ConsumerCrafts has has included 9 easy DIY jewelry tutorials with step-by-step directions.  The tutorials are easy to follow with pictures to guide you through each step.  And the best part is - they have all the supplies you need to make each piece of jewelry so you can order everything right from them.  They’ve made it so easy for you to create 9 pieces of jewelry!!

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Aren’t they all gorgeous?!  I’m loving that tassel keychain and I can’t wait to make the anchor bracelet.

But there’s more!!  ConsumerCrafts is sponsoring a $100 craft shopping spree to US and Canadian readers.  Enter below for your chance to win $100 to spend at ConsumerCrafts on all sorts of fun crafting supplies.  Woohoo!  I so wish I could win this myself.

Enter using Rafflecopter below.  Good luck and thanks for entering!
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A Few Goode Heroes Contest

This post brought to you by Murphy-Goode Winery. All opinions are 100% mine.

As a teacher and Navy wife, I am lucky to be surrounded by heroes every day!  There are so many people who work hard and go out of their way to help others on a daily basis without expecting anything in return.  That’s exactly why Murphy-Goode is sponsoring A Few Goode Heroes Contest on their Facebook page.

Murphy-Goode is a wine company who strongly believes in giving back to the community.  They are a proud sponsor of Operation Homefront, a non-profit organization that honors active duty soldiers and veterans by supporting their families with emergency financial assistance.

Every year they create a special wine and donate .50 cents of every bottle sold to help raise funds and awareness for Operation Homefront.  How awesome is that?  I love when companies work with charities and help raise money for a good cause.

Connor and I are honored to have our own special hero who just returned home from a 9 month deployment.

We are so proud of our sailor!  He works extremely hard and sacrifices so much for our family.  His dedication to us and his career motivates him to work hard every day.  I know I could never do his job and I’m so proud of him for his success in the U.S. Navy.

Now, we need your help voting.  Who do you think deserves to win the A Few Goode Heroes Contest?  Visit Murphy-Goode on Facebook to see all the fabulous heroes nominated.  Voting takes place May 12 – May 19, 2014.

Prizes include:

1. Four (4) Hero Prize Winners: One (1) prize of $500, made in the Selected Contestant’s name, will be donated to his or her 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization of choice. A matching donation of $500 will also be donated to Operation Homefront. Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”): $2,000. The nonprofit must be incorporated in the United States and must be in good standing.

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Burger Nation Sweepstakes

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It is FINALLY warm outside and I am thrilled that we have been able to grill out these past few weekends.  There is nothing better than sitting on the deck with friends and enjoying a great tasting burger right off the grill.

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My husband is the grill master at our house and my neighbor and him love to have burger cook-offs to see who can make the best burger.  I’m not sure what they put in their burgers but they always taste amazing!  They won’t share their secret recipe but that’s ok because I’m perfectly happy sitting with a glass of wine while they do the cooking.

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Do you have a fabulous tasting burger recipe?  Private Selection® and Kroger want to know what secret ingredients you use to make your burger stand out from the rest.  Enter the Burger Nation Sweepstakes and make your mark on Burger Nation.

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To make the ultimate grilling experience even better, One lucky winner will enjoy the ultimate grilling experience by winning a brand new Weber® Summit® E-670™ Gas Grill.

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Plus, every recipe, quick tip or sweepstakes submission gives entrants a coupon for a free Mason Jar Dessert.

I would enter just for the dessert and I’m pretty sure my husband might be willing to share his secret recipe if he knows he could win a brand new grill!

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Mother’s Day Jewelry Giveaway

I’m sure you all know by now that I love making jewelry!  It is one of my favorite things to do and it’s also one of my favorite gifts to give.

And now I want to give it away to you!!

I’ve teamed up with a few of my favorite bloggy friends and we’re hosting a Mother’s Day Jewelry giveaway.

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One lucky winner will win a this AWESOME collection of handmade jewelry!!

Faith Bracelet from Meredith at Wait Til Your Father Gets Home | Earrings from Bethany at Pitter and Glink

Personalized hand-stamped mommy necklace with 1- or 2-disc design from Adrianne at Happy Hour Projects | Reversible Pendant Necklace from Melanie at It Happens in a Blink

Bracelet from Marilyn at 4 You with Love | Mum Necklace from Kadie at Seven Alive

Custom Color Filigree Earrings from Kara at Happy Go Lucky

Use the Rafflecopter below to enter.  Giveaway ends May 15 and is open to residents of U.S. and Canada.

Good Luck and Happy Mother’s Day!

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A Few of My Favorite Things Giveaway

Guess what?!  I’ve got another AWESOME giveaway for you today, just in time for Mother’s Day!!

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Last week’s giveaway was so much fun that I’ve decided to do it again.  I’ve teamed up with some awesome ladies and we are giving away our favorite things.  These are all gifts that we would love to receive ourselves and now we’re giving them away to you!

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This time I’m giving away a $15 Target Giftcard, my favorite EOS Lip Balm, a Mason Jar Tumbler and a pair of gorgeous Kara Heart Stud Earrings from the fabulous Kendra Phillip.

Use the Rafflecopter below to enter.

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Enter to win LOTS of other great prizes on these blogs:

Something Swanky

A Dash of Sanity

Crazy for Crust

High Heels and Grills

Mama Miss

Your Cup of Cake

Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke

Love Grows Wild

Creme de la Crumb

Sweet Treats & More

Favorite Family Recipes

Baking with Blondie

Center Cut Cook

Crumbs and Chaos

Mom on Timeout

The Slow Roasted Italian

Taste and Tell

Big Red Clifford

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Mother’s Day Gift Basket Giveaway

I’ve got a fabulous giveaway for you today!!  I’ve teamed up with an awesome group of bloggers and we’re celebrating Mother’s Day early by giving away 19 gift baskets full of our favorite things!

You could win one or all of the above baskets for your or your mom…or any special lady.  To See all of the other baskets up close, as well as enter to win all of them, click on the links below.

Enter to win each and every basket or just the ones that really speak to you…your call!

The baskets’ contents have been personally selected by each blogger— they’re filled with items to pamper, crafty fun, home decor and household items, beautiful jewelry, organizing supplies, yumminess, handbags, gift cards and even more! There’s something for everyone.

Click to enter each of the basket giveaways you see above:


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I’ve been gathering a few of my FAVORITE things for this giveaway so let’s take a peak at what’s inside my basket:
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The first two items are my favorite!

A Foldover Clutch / Makeup Bag by the super talented Joanne from KaraMiaSofia Etsy Shop is gorgeous.  This is one of my favorite Etsy shops.  I ordered the Jenna Clutch for my trip to Spain.

Make Today Awesome Wooden Sign handmade by my friend Lindsay from Artsy Fartsy Mama.  I put one on my night stand so I see it every morning when I wake up.  It always makes me so happy!

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 Peanut Butter Chocolate LINDOR Truffles – can you go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate?

My favorite gum

This FABULOUS Mason Tumbler that I love and use everyday.

And you definitely need some green tea and lemonade to go with the tumbler:)

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 Dry Erase Labels – I’m obsessed with using these labels on everything.

Washi tape

Two pairs of Filigree Earrings handmade by me.

A $10 Starbucks Gift Card.  Woohoo!!  You know I love Starbucks!

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EOS Lip Balm

Eucerin Intensive Repair Hand Creme

Rimmel Stay Glossy Lip Gloss

OPI Nail Polish in my favorite spring color

These awesome braided hair ties that make great bracelets when you wear your hair down.


Enter using Rafflecopter below and then click on the other links to enter their fabulous gift baskets.  Open to US residents.

Good luck!

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Time to Celebrate with a Gift Card Giveaway

I have another awesome giveaway for you all today.

I’m helping my friend Amy from One Artsy Mama celebrate her blog’s 3rd birthday.  I absolutely love Amy and her blog.  I’m so happy to have met her through blogging.  We did the Shine on Friday party together and then we finally met in person last September when we went to our first blog conference together.

So let’s get this celebration started!


I’ve joined Amy and a few other fabulous bloggers to bring you this awesome giveaway.  In honor of 3 years of blogging there will be 3 gift card prizes.

Winner #1 – $150

Winner #2 – $50

Winner #3 – $20

The winner will be able to choose the gift card they want.  They can choose between Starbucks, Amazon, Target, Michaels, or Hobby Lobby.  How great is that?

Rafflecopter will walk you through the process.  Good Luck!

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Gold Dipped Teardrop Earrings {with a $300 Paypal Giveaway}

Happy Monday!

I’ve teamed up with a group of super talented ladies to bring you 15 gorgeous gold inspired projects along with an awesome giveaway.

Gold Dipped Teardrop Earrings Tutorial

I’ve been wanting to make a pair of wire wrapped earrings for awhile now and I finally did it!  It was so much easier than I thought it would be.  And to add a little glam, I dipped the teardrop beads in gold leafing.

I was so nervous about this entire project but I’m so glad I went with it because the gold dipped earrings turned out even better than I thought they would.

Materials needed:

  • 22 gauge wire
  • teardrop beads
  • gold leafing paint
  • gold earring hooks
  • round nose pliers

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Step 1:  Cut your wire and wrap around the top of the teardrop bead.  I used this great tutorial by Contrariwise Ramblings.

Step 2:  Add your earring hooks so you can hang them after you dip the ends in the gold leafing.

Step 3:  Dip the ends of the beads into the gold leafing paint.  Let dry and then dip again.  I had to dip the pink beads a third time to get a good coating but the clear beads only needed to be dipped twice.

Step 4:  Let paint dry and you are ready to wear your gorgeous new gold dipped earrings.

Gold Dipped Teardrop Earrings Tutorial

I LOVE the way these earrings turned out!  I can’t wait to stock up on more beads that I can dip in the gold leafing paint.

I’ve teamed up with 14 super talented ladies to share more “golden” inspired projects with you today.

Love That Gold- 15 Golden Projects to Inspire

From left to right, they are:
DIY Gold Polka Dot Mug & Irish Coffee Recipe from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs
“Mommy Loves Me” Heat-Transfer Onesie by It Happens In A Blink
How To Take Pictures During The “Golden Hour” by Lindsay Faber Photography
Gold-Dipped Tear Drop Earrings by Happy Go Lucky
Gold Lettered Vintage Plates by The Sweet Escape
DIY Gold and Silver Key Fob by 4 You With Love
“Don’t Miss The Colours of the Rainbow” Printable by Clean and Scentsible
Gold Dipped Kitchen Utensils by Echoes of Laughter
Golden Pencils by The DIY Dreamer
Gold Speckled Eggs by Craftberry Bush
Gold Circle Pendants by Northstory
Kate Spade-inspired Coasters by Suburble
Gold-and-Black Layered Bracelet by Happy Hour Projects
Vintage Key Art by Satori Design for Living
Gold Bowties by Fynes Designs

And we are celebrating all these fabulous gold projects with a giveaway!

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