Archives for February 2015

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?



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

Coming to iRetreat? Join STASH Hotel Rewards!

Do you love to travel? Do you love a good deal? Then the STASH Hotel Rewards program is for you!  Stash is a hotel rewards program which allows you to earn stays at independent, unique hotels across the U.S. We are excited to announce that Stash has partnered with iRetreat 2015 which will be held in New Orleans on June 28-30 (use code IRETREATEARLYBIRD for 20% off your conference pass) and our host hotels, Hotel Mazarin and Dauphine Orleans.

When I travel with my family, I love to take advantage of the boutique hotels which embody the unique charm of each City we visit…something that big box hotels are missing.  From free breakfast buffets with local flare to some of the most luxurious pools and spas, hotels included in the Stash program have it ALL.  And just by staying at these hotels, you quickly earn points towards future stays.  Stash away your points to get FREE nights and make that dream vacation much more affordable! Ready to get started?



Sign up for STASH using this special membership sign up to qualify and immediately earn a bonus of 500 points just for joining! And if you are a blogger, write a blog post before February 15, 2015 featuring the STASH program and earn an additional 2500 points (report your post here to qualify for this bonus). Plus, one lucky blogger who writes a verified blog post post by 2/15 will receive a special award of 25,000 points!

Going to iRetreat Blog Conference?

iRetreat Attendees: Points may be redeemed at Hotel Mazarin or Dauphine Orleans Hotel during iRetreat. When you stay at Hotel Mazarin or the Dauphine Orleans Hotel during the conference you will earn on average another 800 points per night of your stay. Those who stay at least four nights will be awarded another bonus of an extra 2500 points from the New Orleans Hotel Collection.

Now that you have seen the benefits of Stash, join for FREE now!

Safe travels!