Saturday, August 11, 2018

Scarlett's 4th Birthday

Scarlett is turning 4 in December.  This is the first year that I actually have no idea what we're going to do for her birthday.  I don't know if we're having a party for her, or will just take her to do something fun.  You might say well it's only August, you have time! If you know me, you know that I like to plan in advance.  I usually have the party theme planned out and I start to buy decorations in about a month or so.  I'm completely out of ideas this year!

For Scarlett's birthday last year we had a pizza themed party at California Pizza Kitchen.  Part of my problem is that my house is not very large, so I can't have too many families over at once.  A party at a venue like a trampoline place is about $350-400 for 10 kids and doesn't include decorations, food, or cake.  As you can see, it's pricey.  

For Scarlett's 2nd birthday, we had a party in my house but it was really tight.  I am not sure if I want to just have a few of Scarlett's friend's over, or if we want to just take her to do something special in New York City since we don't live far.

Hopefully I can figure out a plan soon.  December is not as far away as you think! What did you do for your child's 4th birthday? 
Sunday, August 5, 2018

Enjoy Some Family Fun At Lake Compounce Amusement Park

The summer is a magical time of year.  It's a chance to build memories and explore places you haven't been before.  Some enjoy countless beach or pool days during the warmer months of the year, while others enjoy diving into museums and family friendly activities.  However you choose to spend your summer, make sure you pack a ton in!

Lake Compounce is the oldest continuously operating amusement park in the United States located in Bristol, CT.  Since the park is set on a lake at the base of a lush green mountain, you'll find it's not only beautiful and clean, but family friendly too.  This fun-filled park originally opened in 1846 and would surely be a wonderful place to take the family.  The park is less than 2 hours from NYC, Boston, and Providence, RI.

There's a ride for truly everyone's interests, from small child to adult.  The whole family will enjoy Lake Compounce's Crocodile Cove which is Connecticut's largest water park.  Cool off from the summer sun with a lazy river, water slides, and more.  Lake Compounce offers than 50 rides and attractions, and I guarantee you'll be having fun in no time.  Season passes are available if you'd like to visit the park on a regular basis.

Adults and teens will love Boulder Dash, which is one of the world's best wooden roller coasters, as well as Phobia Phear Coaster.  If you're a dare devil, this ride is perfect for you at speeds of up to 65 mph! I am sure you'll find a ride you'll want to ride over and over.  Don't forget Zoomer's Gas n' Go which is an antique mini corvette ride themed with 1950's nostalgia.

Circus World is the coolest kiddieland around.  There's plenty of exciting rides and shows for the younger crowd in this section of the park.  This has Scarlett's name written all over it.

If you prefer to extend your Lake Compounce visit for more than just an amusement park visit, you can make a reservation to stay at Bear Creek Campground at Lake Compounce.  The campsite is open May through October and features 20 fully furnished cabins, 6 Cub Huts, 5 Teepee's, 56 RV sites and 50 tent sites.

I've lived in New England for 6 years now, but have never been to Lake Compounce previously. Since Scarlett is at an age where she can ride rides by herself and really enjoy an amusement park, I knew this would be the perfect time to take her.

From the minute we walked into Lake Compounce, fun was the only thing on our agendas.  We got to the park when it opened at 11 AM, and the water section didn't open till 12.  So for the first hour while we waited for Crocodile Cove to open, Scarlett rode the caterpillar train ride, Dumbo, a mini kiddie coaster, and a few other rides.  Shockingly, the lines were not long at all and we barely had to wait for any of them! Scarlett loved that she was able to ride the rides by herself, she is very independent!

By the time 12 PM hit, it was very hot at about 90 degrees.  Crocodile Cove was packed with so much to do we didn't know what to check out first.  The wave pool water was cold and extremely refreshing.  Scarlett enjoyed the kiddie section with the mini water slides and went down them many times.  There are crazy water slides for teens and adults that are high up and go very fast.  I skipped those because they are too much for me.  I did go down some calmer water slides which I really loved!

It's so exciting as a parent to see your child having fun.  I loved seeing Scarlett smile and have such a blast.  You're only a small child for so long and her life is all about fun at this age! We spent a decent amount of time in the water section and then headed over to the lake  so she could play in the sand.

If you're spending an extended period of time at Crocodile Cove, you can have lunch or a snack there.  There's plenty of food options like pizza, burgers, hot dogs, fries, and cold beverages.  Whatever you could possibly want at a typical amusement park to eat is available.  Don't forget a sweet treat like cookies or ice cream!

Scarlett was very interested to check out the new Daniel Tiger show that Lake Compounce offers.  We went to the 2 pm show and she absolutely loved it! Most young children love Daniel Tiger and the audience was very interested.  The show is very interactive and the kid's were singing and dancing right along with Daniel and Katarina Kitty Cat who is also a main character of the show.

As I walked around, I noticed how clean the park was.  There was no trash on the ground and the park was very well-maintained.  Since this park has been around for a very long time, it has an old-timey feel to it, which I liked.  It's quaint and has a lot of character.  This park definitely does not feel like Disney World, it's small and intimate.

After the Daniel Tiger show, we rode a few more rides and then played some games.  We did not win any prizes, but we enjoyed playing anyway.  I loved Zoomer's Gas n' Go as one of the final rides I rode with Scarlett.  She was the driver and an excellent one at that I might add.  Sitting in an old classic car while you drive around a track with vintage ads while oldies play in the car was really cool.  I'm a lover of classic cars and the 1950's era, so this ride was right up my alley!

Four hours went by in a flash and I couldn't believe how much fun we had.  Like they say, time flies when you're having fun! Scarlett didn't want to leave, and I wish we had more time to spend at the park.  Our Sunday was definitely a fun-filled family day and we had a wonderful time.  We left with happy memories and smiles.  I hope to visit again next summer!

If you're in the New England area, you must make a trip to visit Lake Compounce.  The whole family will absolutely love it!

*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Lake Compounce for providing admission tickets in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own.  

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Go Back-to-School with LulaRoe! #LulaRoeSchooled

Scarlett will be starting school before I know it.  It feels like she just got out for the summer! She's entering her third year of preschool and absolutely loves school.  I'm happy she's always so eager and thrilled to go to school. Who wouldn't want to play and have fun all day? Even though she's not yet in public school, I still start the new school year off with some new outfits and shoes.  You have to begin the year off in style no matter what grade you're in!

LulaRoe is a multi-level company that sells comfortable clothing for women and children.  They are best known for their trademark one-size soft leggings in a variety of prints, colors, and patterns. Whether you like floral, stripes, or even polkadots there's a pair of pants, a skirt, or even a dress waiting for you!  The children's patterns offer shapes, rocketships, spaceships, and more.  Some of the patterns are bolder and louder than others, but you'll be able to find something to fit you or your child's needs.  The products are sold through consultants who want you to wear the most comfortable clothing on the planet.

I can guarantee that everyone has heard of LulaRoe.  I know I've been asked to buy clothing from Facebook Friends who work for the company, and everyone raves about the leggings.  I have to admit the leggings are buttery soft and like heaven!

Since school starts on September 4th, I have been buying what Scarlett needs for back to school as well as for the Fall season.  It's hard for me to not go overboard with buying her clothes, but some items I just can't resist!

Scarlett spends most of her days at school learning through play and doing messy art projects.  I do not want to send her in any clothes that are overly fancy to get stained.  Simple yet fashionable are the clothes I gravitate towards for school.

LulaRoe was kind enough to send Scarlett some awesome back-to-school clothes that she absolutely loves! I feel like the items sent show versatility and different looks can easily be created for them.  It's not easy to get a 3.5 year old to pose and some bribery happened to get these pictures!

As soon as Scarlett put this Scarlett dress on, we both loved it.  Not to mention, the dress has the same name as her! It's casual but still has plenty of style.  The colors of the flowers are bright and vivid and really catch your attention.  The dress is a drop big on Scarlett, but she'll have room to grow into it.  Pair it with sneakers for the playground, or sandals for school.  The material feels like a t-shirt and is loose and very comfortable.  I'm sure she'll be wearing it with some cute pink sandals to school while it's still warm out.  You could even put a belt on it to make it more form fitting and pair it with tights and boots for a cold weather look as well.  

This was my favorite outfit by far! These adorable buttery soft rocketship leggings feature fun rocketships. As soon as Scarlett put them on, she didn't want to take them off.  She asked me if they were pajamas because that's how soft they are! The leggings fit her perfectly, not too big and not too small.  I don't know how much time we'll have in them, hopefully she can make it till next spring in them.  She doesn't grow into new sizes too quickly.  The rocketship print is different from your standard stripe or polkadot, and they definitely are a conversation starter.  

You can pair these leggings with a black or white shirt or sweater.  I feel that a solid colored top goes best with the leggings since a print on the shirt would make the outfit too busy.  If you choose to make this outfit a fall/winter look, go with furry black boots for the ultimate look in cuteness.  Pink sneakers would add a fun pop of color too.  

If you're looking for something cute to welcome cooler weather in, I'd highly recommend this adorable Monroe jacket.  I paired it with a white shirt and some ripped jeans to give it more of an edgy look.  You could even do red or pink sneakers for some color.  Scarlett doesn't typically wear jackets like these but it was too cute to pass up.  The jacket is slightly large which means it will fit for some time to come.  It zips up and down easily and Scarlett has no trouble putting it on herself either.  
We're very satisfied with everything that was sent and are very happy to own some Lularoe items! The quality of everything is soft, high quality, and just wonderful.  If you're looking to spice up your child's wardrobe for Back to School season, Lularoe is waiting to hear from you.

*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Lularoe for providing product samples in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own.