Mermaid University & Swashbucklers Acadamy at the Scottsdale Princess

My bestie is a huge proponent of staying in-state for vacations. She loves to take a few over the course of the summer! We got a killer deal on one of those group coupon sites for the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, so we decided to give stay-cations a try… And I’m so glad we did!

They had the Mermaid University and Moon Mermaid story time (complete with her Pet Pirate).They had Swashbuckler Academy, with a pirate show before the dive in movie which was followed by fireworks. 

However, my favorite part of coarse was the beautifully appointed Spa with a Zen garden,  roof top infinity pool… and of course the obligatory piña colada.

I can honestly say the Scottsdale Fairmont Princess is one of the most beautiful resort hotels I have been to in Arizona.  I was in no way compensated for this review; I just wanted to share my great experience at this super fun resort. These programs go until Labor Day  weekend, so if you’re interested better hurry! 

What is the best Stay-cation you’ve ever taken? I’d love to hear from you!

Missy

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Dude- Pokèmon Go. 

Am I right? 


I totally I called it… Pokèmon summer. I had no idea. 
I’m not afraid to say I like trendy things. I love to be doing the new fun thing! A lot of my friends are this way too, so when they started talking about Pokémon Go and catching Pokèmon at the Walmart YEAH I was curious.

I was super excited to get it for LT until I saw the crazy train permission requests. Like, my Windows 10 gave me less  trouble. Well, almost. After only a little research  I started seeing some serious technical and physical safety concerns and I had to lay the fatwa on P-Go.

Now my husband, who used to play ingress, actually downloaded the Pokémon go app without me knowing. I’m over here researching the cumulative safety concerns… He’s catching Pikachu and leveling up. He thought it was a good family-time app, and I saw his point! After several days of discussion about the best ways to protect LT’s safety I conceded defeat.

My Recommendations:

  • Use the Pokèmon Trainer Club login option
  • Play on an old iPhone with limited content (we were lucky enough to have an old one)
  • Share data and WATCH IT
  • Create a gmail for P-Go usage
  • Set the ground rules pre-download. (I admit. Time limits have been hard to stick with because it is so FUN.)

I’d be a terrible Pokèmon Trainer, but look how happy they are. 

So yes, I caved. I choose to look at it this why: I got new information and it changed my mind. That’s a good lesson… I think. 

Are you and your kids playing? Do you like it? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @missymrsmom

Gotta go… Gotta catch em all 😉 Missy

Tsum Tsum Tuesday FOREVER

It all started in Las Vegas. A cute little “BunBun” caught LT’s eye. Sure, we’d seen Tsum Tsum before but suddenly- LOVE. He won just ONE…

Which quickly turned to eight

Which became twelve. 
Then LT’s birthday party happened.
Sweet baby Jane, we gotta lotta cute around here. 

Of course, I know it’s impulsive ADHD-driven behavior. However, when one has very generous friends and a kid that sometimes has trouble differentiating between a new interest and a total world-altering, life-defining obsession… There is going to be an issue.A cuteness issue. You know you want some…

It’s certainly no secret that the acquiring of ALL THE TSUM TSUM is the goal. Pinterest introduced me to an TsumTsum Instagram trend that took up the majority of my Monday night. Add that Tsum Tsum Tuesday AND THE APP… 

I’m ALL IN. Somebody stop me? 
Nah… Follow the cuteness on Instagram @missymrsmom instead! See you soon, cutie!

DIY Funko Fun!

My first-grader, LT, is a humongous Captain America fan and I’m a nut for anything Marvel and/or kid-can-do… So this was an absolute no brainer for us!

I got this awesome product (see link) from Amazon this week and we had blast with it. 

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01E61EPC2/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?qid=1465794383&sr=8-1&pi=SY200_QL40&keywords=little+treasures+clay&dpPl=1&dpID=51tAIzIILlL&ref=plSrch#immersive-view_1465794425994


It wasn’t a simple project. The modeling compound is tricky; it was very light and dried out quickly. It is also very squishy so it was tough for LT’s little hands to manipulate. When we do Cap, we’ll do a trial run with Dollar Tree modeling clay. Also, the instructions we’re slightly more specific than ideal for a true Kid-Can-Do, but we “eye-balled it” and it turned out pretty darn cute!

This has given me the idea to make a whole DIY Funko Avengers Team. I love this stuff!

Check out my Pinterest boards (MissyMrsMom) for more fun kid crafts! If you’d like to follow me on Twitter @missymrsmom, I sure would be glad to have you. 

Thanks for visiting 💞 Missy 

You need #stikbot in your life! MMM #review

How can you not LOVE this little cutie?!

I’d never heard of them, but the box caught my eye.  Boom! Vision Therapy jackpot! My Little Tyke loves YT Kids and anything iPhone app related. This looked like it would cater to both fascinations and satisfy our daily Vision Therapy requirement!

It was so simple to set up. I’d downloaded the free app the night before to (play) practice and by the time we got home from school I was ready! LT had those guys sticking to everything, including each other. He mastered the tripod set-up with ease, even while patching, and was patient while I set up the DIY green screen I rigged up. He was crazy about the sounds effects and voice recorder; his fondest wish is to make an animation long enough to sync up with the intro to “Animals” by Maroon 5. Good thing we’ve got a few days off coming up!

I thought this would also be a “win” from the ADHD point of view. I’d hoped that the constant “next  focus” of moving of the toys, working the shutter and and adding effects would be enough to keep him on task. He did well, but by the time school lets out he’s not exactly in the mindframe for a tutorial.

I’m really looking forward to tomorrow where we can dig into making even more videos!

Poor Harry

Do you love #stikbot? Post your vids to my Twitter, I’d love to see them!

How to get E-gift certificates from Coinstar

A few weeks ago at Easter the E.B. ran out of candy for the eggs. Oops. We decided to raid the change jar and I was actually surprised at how much change we have. The children were very very happy with their surprise coin eggs and I got a surprise idea.

While waiting in line at customer service at Walmart one day I noticed on the Coinstar screen that you could get e-certificates for places like Starbucks, Toys “R” Us and even Amazon! The best part? No fee!  So instead of paying the standard 10% of each dollar to coin star for sorting your money (no way)  you get all of your change applied towards an e- certificate to a place you already use! This was my chance to give it a shot.

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Monday morning, I grabbed our big mason jar of change, and headed out to my local Walmart. I was disappointed that they did not have the e-certificates available at their Coinstar but that’s fine… They’re everywhere, right? So I tried two more places and still no luck. I was pretty frustrated and also afraid I missed the promotion.

I decided to call the grocery store by my house and asked the manager. The manager was kind enough to go over to the coin star machine and check it for me. It was available, so I grabbed the mason jar again and headed out.

When I got to the Coinstar this was the screen that I saw. There were a lot more choices on my screen that day and I wish I had gotten as picture of that screen.  Apparently, each Coinstar location has its own list of available the certificates which is subject to change.

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There is a five dollar minimum, but I knew  I would have no problem reaching that amount. In fact, I was trying to reach $49 so that I could get free shipping on the big Amazon order I was itching to make (I don’t have Amazon prime, I know I know I really need it).

After touching the start button it asked me if I wanted cash with a 10% fee, or an e-certificate. I looked through the e-certificates available and chose Amazon. Then I simply emptied my change  into the counter and waited for the machine to count it. When I was done it printed this  e-certificate .

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Pretty easy, huh? I was excited. I raced home to get on my Amazon account to make my order. It was a little tricky finding all of the things that I wanted within the “free shipping on orders over $49” purchase shipping deal. I finally did and was ready to check out, but ran into another problem.

On the payment option page, I put in my code from Coinstar under gift cards and promotional codes. I had no problem there; the code applied immediately. It would not, however, allow me to continue to the end. I was hesitant to put in a credit card (because I wanted to do a post on using these e-certificates for kids that don’t have credit cards on their account). However it would not let  me complete the purchase without it. I emailed customer service but they said a credit card is necessary, and gave me a list of reasons why it’s totally safe. Which I’m sure that it is; Amazon is one of the biggest retailers in the world, but for my purposes it was a bit of a snafu. After I entered my credit card I was able to finish my transaction with a few pennies left on my account as an account credit.

My fun purchases arrived in a few days and other than the credit card issue, I was fully satisfied with my first Coinstar e-certificate. I’m going to try an iTunes certificate next, so check back soon!

 

Olaplex – #mmmreview

 Hi! This is a simple review for Olaplex, the hair stuff that everyone from here to the UK is talking about! I am very cheap (as you may know) BUT I decided to try this because everyone is raving. I got it from Amazon for $23 (direct link below).

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B015B9A91E/ref=yo_ii_img?ie=UTF8&psc=1

It wasn’t easy to wait for my miracle product, but the two days passed… And I got this teensy little bottle of potential. I have a lot of super fine hair so I was nervous that it wouldn’t be enough (Spoiler alert: It was). 


From the Amazon site:

Description

The No.3 Bond Perfector is designed for at-home use. It is best to apply to clean, towel-dried hair. If build-up is present such as oils or silicones, shampoo and towel dry before application for best results. This is NOT a conditioning treatment OR a leave-in treatment. It is meant to be shampooed out of the hair. No.3 must process a minimum of 10 minutes. If hair is compromised, 20+ mins is recommended. Once a week is suggested for healthy hair

Features

  • Step 3 of the Olaplex Professional System, for once-a-week, at home applications to eliminate breakage from chemical services
  • Apply a generous amount from roots to ends on towel-dried hair. Use once a week between chemical services to strengthen hair. Comb through once. Leave on for a minimum of 10 minutes or more
  • Rinse from hair. Shampoo and condition

This is my hair pre-treatment. 

This is how I applied it (per ‘Features‘ above). 

My method:

*I separated the top two parts of my hair with clips then I saturated the back mid-to-length with the treatment 
*Next, I did the front portions of my hair all the way to the roots;especially the crown, where I have a lot of breakage. *Last I made sure to get the pieces that frame my face and the very ends & then covered it with a target bag. (MMM note: a shower cap IS better!)
I left it on for about 5 Adele songs & cleaned my bathroom. 
And… 
So… Not too bad, for a $12 at home treatment & 25 minutes of my morning. All jokes aside, my hair feels lighter and better especially at the crown which is usually a crispy mess, TBH. Is it better than the ION from Sally Beauty? Yes. But is it worth the $$? I’m going to have to say YES. I’d especially recommend this for anyone that has long hair, processed hair or excessively heat-styled hair. 
The second half of the bottle will be used by my daughter, who has very thick shoulder-length hair. I plan on posting her photos & result in the comments after I can get Sassy to do the treatment 😉
I’ve already ordered a second bottle to use to prepare for my twice yearly cut (gulp) which I know I need, but dread like like mad. I’ll post those pics in the comments also. 
I’ve always got my eye out for a good hair repair treatment, so please leave your recommendations in the comments!
Disclaimer: I haven’t been paid to endorse Olaplex (or any product ever)& all I know about hair is what I’ve learned about my own & my sassy daughter’s through trial/error… Treat at your own risk 🙂

Lock Laces are AWESOME – MMM Review

These have SAVED our mornings!


My Little Tyke has always loathed putting on his shoes. He has trashed dozens of pairs of Velcro shoes because he pulls them SO tight. We were literally buying a pair of shoes a month because of it! Even when the shoes were passable, I dreaded leaving the house b/c a shoe-induced screaming-and-tears tantrum was a probability.
Last summer we found sandals with this kind of bungee cord and clamp setup and they were a day-saver! But of course they wore out and we just could not find another pair.

He cried. I cried. It was ugly.

I tried different kid of laces (the curly ones, flat elastic, lace keepers, etc.) We continued to practice shoe tying, and MrDad actually helped him somewhat master the skill but the combination of tricky fine-motor  skills and easy frustration makes it a hassle and distraction at school. 

Then someone recommended Hickies. They were a little more than I wanted to spend, but then the LOCK LACES popped up in Amazon’s “recommended for you”. They looked exactly like the sandals laces and they come in tons of colors, most importantly red. SOLD.

I could not wait to get them and when we did we were not disappointed! LOCK LACES sent a nifty how-to video via email after we ordered so they were super easy to put into some lace-able shoes we had. 

The next morning was a dream come true. Little Tyke loved the color, how tight he could pull them and that they clamped easily. That morning was one of the best school-day mornings we have ever had.

These are shoes are less than a month old (which isn’t uncommon for LT) but this is the third pair of shoes we used our original pair of Lock Laces on!


Brand new pair of shoes and brand new Lock Laces… Because I will not be without them. (LT loves red with every fiber of his being, so we just keep buying the same pair.)

I recommend these to everyone and our house will never be without a pair (or two or six). THANK YOU LOCK LACES 🙂

I was in no way compensated to post this review; I just absolutely believe these laces are a God send for LT’s shoe-sensory issues. 

But hey, @LOCKLACES, if you want to hook LT up, he’d be as gleeful as this guy