Falling in Love with Netflix New Releases

This post is written by the Experimental Mommy as part of the #StreamTeam. All opinions are 100% my own.

Because February is the month of love, my little ones have been doing “heart” themed projects at school.  On Valentine’s Day, I got a handmade card from my 6 year old on which was clearly written, “You are the best parents in the whole world.” I was so touched as I read it but shortly after giving me a big hug, my daughter also clearly stated, “I love you, Mom….but not as much as Netflix.”

At least I know where I stand.

In honor of the most romantic month of the year, I thought I would share the Netflix new releases that my family and I are falling in love with all over again.

After being obsessed with the story of the “real life” mermaids during season one of the Netflix Original, my daughters could not wait for the release of  new “tails” from Mako Mermaids and they were not disappointed.  While they were waiting on the release, my girls checked out Ever After High, a new show surrounding a boarding school attended by the kids of famous storybook characters. But for me, February is also about chocolate which is why I grab my baking inspiration from the Cupcake Wars collection (hint: resist the urge to lick the screen).

We are about to leave on a road trip, so I am seeking new Netflix suggestions. Which shows are you currently loving?

New Orleans Audubon Zoo’s New Gator Run Lazy River: SNEAK PEEK!

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It’s time to plan your Summer vacation?  Do you know where you will be taking the kids this year? While New Orleans is not traditionally known as a kid friendly destination, I beg you to reconsider.  Between the Aquarium, Insectarium, Children’s Museum, kid centric walking tours, beignets and City Park’s Carousel Gardens, there is no shortage of entertainment for your little ones.  And now, the Audubon Zoo is making a New Orleans vacation even “cooler.”

The Cool Zoo already offers jumping water spouts, a huge alligator water slide, a spider monkey soaker, and water-spitting snakes and will expand in 2015 by an acre and a half with the Gator Run lazy river, sand beach and additional refreshment stand with more seating.  The Gator Run addition is slated to open in April of 2015 to cool off zoo guests in the crazy New Orleans heat.

I was fortunate enough to be one of the first to get a sneak peek of the addition right after water was added to the park.  Who’s ready to dive in?

 

UPDATED: 

The Cool Zoo Admission will be $10 for Members and $12 for Non-Members.  It WILL include the Gator Run lazy river.

Turning Back the Clock with Neutrogena #RapidResults

With New Year’s Day just a few hours away, I am reflecting on all that 2014 has been to my family and I.  My girls are growing up before my eyes, we had the opportunity to travel to some great destinations such as Disneyland, Canada, Honduras and Jamaica and the real eye opener was that I turned 40.  Yes, 40.

So, for my 2015 New Year’s Resolutions, I am focusing on me (something I have been ignoring for the past decade with two small children in my home).  But it is time to put some of my energy into self development: learn more, eat better, get exercise, and take care of my skin.  Fortunately, Neutrogena is helping me develop a skin regimen that will keep my skin nourished and healthy.

I took the Neutrogena Anti-Aging 7 Day Retinol Road Test to see if I could verify the clinically proven claim of noticeable improvements of fine lines and overall skin tone in just one week. The products including Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Moisturizer (Day and Night), Rapid Wrinkle Repair Serum and Rapid Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream contain a unique combination of three key ingredients: hyaluronic acid, glucose complex and Retinol SA.

The latest breakthrough Retinol technology developed by Neutrogena®, Accelerated Retinol SA combines the highest concentration of Retinol with Glucose Complex and Hyaluronic Acid. This nourishing formula boosts the efficacy of pure, stabilized Retinol, making it highly effective yet gentle. Skin is left feeling smoother and younger-looking. In fact, it’s clinically proven to visibly improve the look of wrinkles, fine lines, tone, and texture.

Time for the test drive.  For the first time, I took a really close look at my skin, searched for wrinkles and identified problem spots.  Apparently, I have more wrinkles than I realized! The worst areas for me are wrinkles in the forehead, crow’s feet and dark circles around my eyes.  Could Neutrogena help me in just one week? I was skeptical.

The system is quite simple. I started with the serum, followed by the eye cream and topped with the appropriate moisturizer (day or night). All of these products work great under your foundation.  I immediately noticed that my skin just felt healthy.  I think my skin literally drank in the moisturizer and I have never felt my skin feel so soft and smooth.

After one week, some of the fine lines on my forehead were definitely diminished (I think the deeper wrinkles will take more time).  My eyes looked more “awake” and overall younger and more vibrant.  I was concerned that the number of products used on my skin would feel heavy or greasy but that was totally not the case.

If your New Year’s Resolution includes taking better care of yourself and your skin, check out the Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair for immediate results.  To help you get started, one of my readers will win a YEAR’S SUPPLY of the Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair line.  Enter below:

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Fashionably Festive with American Girl BeForever

This post was written by the Experimental Mommy. While a sample was received to facilitate this review, all opinions remain 100% mine.

It’s no secret that my own American girls love American Girl. The brand has been featured on this blog numerous times over the past 6 years and now my daughters are including the dolls in their very own gift guide for girls.  As a Mom of two daughters and because American Girl celebrates girls, all that they are and all that they will become, this brand is one I truly love.

My husband is a history teacher at an all girls high school so he helps to encourage leadership in young women at work and at home.  So it is no surprise that he loves seeing our daughters excited about learning history through the American Girl BeForever line which connects girls to timeless stories, inspiring characters and endless possibilities.  Building on the historical characters, my husband uses them as a starting point for conversations about the past and what we can learn from them.

The BeForever line will debut with eight characters; all-new, historically accurate outfits and accessories for dolls; new and refreshed fiction books; and an original line of historically inspired clothing for girls.  But I absolutely love that the BeForever line is including contemporary fashions for girls inspired by the historical characters in sizes 6-16.

My daughter could not wait to try on the American Girl BeForever Pretty Plum Dress inspired by Rebecca.  About the outfit:

Inspired by Rebecca, this herringbone dress features a Peter Pan collar and cap sleeves with velvet trim, and decorative side buttons on the bodice. A kicky knife-pleated skirt and velvet sash finish the look. Dress is lined, with in-seam pockets and a back zip.

It was the perfect out for a Girl Scout Mother-Daughter Tea!  The quality was top notch and the style of the outfit turned quite a few heads.  My little one was proud to wear the outfit and told her friends all about Rebecca and the character’s story.

If you are still in need of a holiday gift that will make you the best Mom/Dad/Aunt/Uncle/Grandma/Godfather, head to a local American Girl store and check out these adorable outfits!