Hot Summer Cool Giveaway
Summer is here and in California that means I am either indoors with the A/C blasting, at the beach or in a pool! Sometimes it is too hot! But that doesn’t stop us from exploring and having fun in my amazing state! There is so much here from the coastlines to the desert. Art, music and so much to see. Check out some cool summer items that you can win!
Earrings by Green Tree Jewelry
Did I mention these are all made from wood? Why wood? It is lightweight, eco-friendly, comes from sustainable sources and super cute. The winner will get three pairs of earrings from Green Tree Jewelry website. All earrings are made in the U.S. These, below, are the three I got. Cute shaped ones with a ocean scene, pineapples and Day of the Dead skulls.
Baby Magic Madness!
Keep baby bottoms clean and skin soft and smooth with Baby Magic and Boudreaux’s Butt Paste (can’t say that three times fast). Winner will get their own set of these soothing products. Great for newborns, toddlers and good to give at baby showers.
Fire Up The Grill With Weber’s Greatest Hits Cookbook.
125 recipes for the grill by Jamie Purviance. Perfect for days when it is too hot for the oven or stove to be heating up the house. Just get outside and have delicious food for the whole family.
Children’s Pajamas From JamBox
If you have growing kids you’ll love JamBox. It is a monthly subscription box for pajamas. These are adorable summer ones with a tank top and the bottoms are shorts. All shorts of styles, colors and sizes. Sign up for one, three or six months. Give as gifts too.
Get all your extra summer clothing clean!
Laundry is never fun but it has to get done! Seems like my laundry triples in the summer! Dirty clothing from grass stains, camping, the beach and more. Lots of towels too. Dropps works with HE machines and are pre-measured. Great if you have kids helping with laundry that overmeasure too much. They are also scent and dye free and have no harsh chemicals. You can also order for them to be delivered to your door.
Total Retail Value Aprox: $195. One winner for everything. Winner must be of the age 18-years-old, or older and live in the continental U.S.
Disclaimer:One or more products below were provided for free. However the review is my honest opinion. This post may include affiliate links.
My Real Earth Body Butter Giveaway!
Would you like to know why My Real Earth is so amazing? Check out the full My Real Earth Review on littlecrunchy.com an earth friendly parenting blog. In summery, many of the skin care products in the United States contain things that we maybe wish they didn’t. Chemicals like QUATERNIUM 15, SELENIUM SULFIDE, PHTHALATES, PETROLEUM DISTILLATE, PARABENS, TRICLOSAN, BHA and BHT are just a few to look out for. It can be a lot to keep up with and it is something we should really care about. My Real Earth has done the research and wants to make sure you only put the best on your body, to keep what is in your body healthy!
+18 and USA Only!
Ends July 29th, 2017
Winner has 48 hours to respond to winning e-mail or a new winner will be picked.
Prize: Winner gets to pick the scent they would like to receive one jar of Whipped Body Butter!
Banggood is an international online store that sells a variety of quality items in reasonable prices. If you need smartphone, smart watches, drones, flashlights, sport cameras and so on – they’ve got it all for you and ship it to you anywhere WORLDWIDE!
Living up to its slogan – “Shopping with FUN, Best bang for your buck!” – Banggood make sure that every product they sell has been carefully selected to offer the best quality and highest value, offers low cost (sometimes free) shipping, and provides friendly and helpful customer support!
One winner will get a Doogee Mix – 5.5 Inch Android Smartphone. This edgy android smartphone is equiped with 4GB RAM, 64GB ROM Helio P25 Octa-Core 2.5GHz and 4G.
Use the rafflecopter form below to earn your chances. There are tons of options to choose from to gain entries. The more entries, the more chances of winning. This giveaway will close on July 30, 2017, and is open to 18+ worldwide. Good luck!
10 Ways To Quit Smoking This Summer
Smoking cigarettes is not healthy. We all know this (or are in denial). It is not new news. However it is clearly an addiction and not as easy for some to quit as others. I’ve meet people that have been smoking 20-30-40+ years. It is a big part of their life and quitting is something that many fail at. Here are a few tips and ideas that have helped others and I hope anyone wanting to quit finds support from friends and loved ones and are successful.
- Cold turkey isn’t good for most. Try a step down from cigarettes and try The Cue Vapor System. It is a vape system with pre-filled cartridges. You can charge it and take it on the go. The e-liquid cartridges come in different milligrams so you can start where you are comfortable and reduce the number as you go. The Cue is not for sale to minors and does contain nicotine, an addictive chemical.
- Get the app. There are free apps, in the App Store or Google Play where you can get help and online support as well as a check off on how many days you are tobacco-free. My Last Cigarette and MyQuitCoach are two that are popular and have good ratings.
- Find alternative habits. Chewing gum helps with some people. If you have a ten-minute break at work when you would normally smoke do something else, like go for a walk or find a good book to read.
- Recruit your friends in moral support. Make sure they are on your team and help you out. If you have friends that smoke, ask them to not smoke around you.
- Join a gym. Focus on good health and other positive changes you can make in your life.
- Save the money! Figure out how much you are normally spending weekly on cigarettes and put the money in a clear jar on your kitchen table. Add to it each week. Make a goal. Like, in 6-months you will spend the money on a vacation.
- Avoid alcohol and other triggers. Especially in the beginning.
- Brush your teeth after meals. That clean, minty feeling will detour you from wanting a cigarette.
- Don’t give up. If you slip and have a cigarette you can still quit again. Start now. Don’t wait until Monday.
- Throw away all ash trash, any cigarette packets and any lighters in your house. Out of sight, out of mind.
Lifetime Memories Made At Thousand Trails This Summer
We went camping at Thousand Trails in Santa Barbara this month. It was our first time there and we weren’t sure what to bring. I checked the website to learn more about the location and the amenities offered. What I didn’t expect is how amazing it was. Everything was clean, well taken care of and topnotch. All of the staff was sincerely nice and helpful. We had a blast and will definitely be going back. It is deep in Santa Barbara so we packed for the beach when we should have packed more for hot weather. We also brought too much food (never a bad problem). We stayed in a cabin (WOW, but more about that later) but there are lots of other options.
So, first thing you’ll need to do is pick a Thousand Trails location. You can pick based on location, travel time, amenities, etc. I liked Rancho Oso because it was fairly close (1 1/2 hours away) and had horseback riding. I also like that it was in the middle of the mountains. We were away from freeways, traffic and other city life yet had others on site and a general store in case we needed anything.
Some Details About Our Cabin
The cabins come in a few sizes. All have kitchens, bathrooms, tv with cable and are fully furnished.
Our cabin had a loft upstairs with two twin beds (kids slept here).
From the loft looking down was the living room (and porch at the top of the photos). The kitchen table sits four chairs and the couch has a hide-a-bed. The bedroom had a queen bed, closet with dresser drawers, end table and tv. It wasn’t huge but was big enough to have everything fit in it comfortably. The kitchen was fully stocked with pots, pans, dishes, seasoning, etc and the bathroom had linens and soap. The kitchen even had a knife block, dish soap, dish rags, a sponge to do the dishes, etc. View from patio looking back. Loft upstairs. Entertainment center and tv on right. Kitchen and than bathroom and bedroom. there is a pantry and full-size refrigerator too.
Lots of shade! I love how the trees are fully grown and are all over the place. Even on a hot day there is a nice breeze too.
So Many Ways To Get Exercise and Explore
There is a lot for families to do outdoors. Here is horse shoes, tennis courts and pickleball courts. Plenty of things for kids too. Playground fun to tire kids out and make friends. There is also Golden Horseshoe Hunts, Scavenger Hunts, family movie nights, card games, wagon rides and more. Miniature golf greens. Putters and balls can be checked out for usage. Basketball hoops on the right. There is also two pools and a jacuzzi. We wandered around and explored the campgrounds. It was a great way to meet other people and get in a nice walk.
If you have an RV you can bring it and hook it up. There are also options to leave the RV at Thousand Trails and come back to camp without having to drag the RV home and back again.
A Place To Ditch The Kids
We found the Adult Lounge too. A nice building for some adult-time without kids. Everyone must be 18-years-old, or older to hang out here. It has a living room with couches, tv, a fireplace and exercise equipment, a billiards room, a room with puzzles and board games and wifi! Yes, I said wifi. The rest of the campgrounds don’t have wifi, so if you want your kids to unplug and jump in a pool or ride a horse, just don’t tell them the password. The mountains surrounding the camp are so big that regular internet is spotty. The Adult Lodge has wine tasting on Saturdays for those over 21 too.
More Outside On The Site
For those staying long-term or in tents there are a few buildings with restrooms, soda machines and washing machine and dryers to use. Our cabin was two story and had a picnic table for outdoor dining. It also had a barbecue on the patio.
Camping, RV-ing, Glamping, Cabins And More. Stay in so many ways and yet have a store, pool, playground, etc.
Forget something like sunscreen or charcoal or want a candy bar? The Country Store has it all. The Stone Lodge is where kids can go to check out sports equipment, play ping-pong and families can purchase meals and dine in the mesh hall or outdoors. There is a large amount of horses at Rancho Oso too. Some are for families to rent for riding (they have little kid rides or hour long rides for older kids and adults). Campers can bring their horses here to be able to ride while on vacation. Some people board their horses here too. We got to see some cowboys teach kids about riding rodeo cows (they used young calves and a stuffed animal rider). The kids and adults were entertained and educated by this. Some alternative options for lodging. I seriously want to come back and stay in every single one!
First there is the corrals. These are like cabins but smaller. Not sure but I think they are empty inside. Than you have the option of covered wagons. These are so cool! There is steps to get inside and I also saw one with a wheelchair ramp. Finally, you can sleep in a teepee. They have beds inside too! The teepees and wagons are in a large circle with picnic tables and barbecues on the side of each one.
I love how gorgeous it is at Rancho Oso. The grounds are in excellent condition with no trash, debris or anything else on the ground. The view is spectacular in every direction. No wonder why this is a popular vacation spot! The kids even said they wanted to stay for ever.
We also saw other livestock wandering around. Chickens and turkeys were hanging out near the horse corrals and there are goats and a large amount of cattle. There were a few different species of butterflies and some ground squirrels. Shady path to the Adult Lounge and Member Services (you can go in there and talk to Martin to learn more about becoming a member at Thousand Trails and all the benefits and perks that comes with it. Martin Turner firstname.lastname@example.org or 855-572-6246. You can contact him to save money on a 1-year or 4-year membership and learn more about getting 2 free weeks a year! Members can visit other Thousand Trails locations too. Random selfie enjoying the grounds. The Stone Lodge has a history of its own and is a unique building to explore. On the right is the recreation room, middle is the mess hall and left is a room for teens to play ping-pong or hang out. There is also arts and crafts for younger kids and to the left of the stone lodge is a church with services on Sunday. Inside is roomy with couches and where food is served. There is a row of picnic tables inside and outside for dining. I like that I could buy breakfast, lunch or dinner Friday-Sunday. We had dinner one night (just to try it and hang out with other families. Plus I suck at cooking tri-tip). My son and I had the tri-tip and my daughter had the vegetarian lasagna. There was also a huge salad, corn, beans and garlic bread. For younger kids there was also a choice of chicken nuggets. The meals vary depending on the day but you can get a menu selection while you are staying there.Other fun family activities are the ice cream social. We got to choose from three flavors and add nuts, whip cream and cherries. Lots to shop for inside the Country Store. Groceries, gifts, ice cream and more.
Got the kids to smile in front of a giant cactus. Some bees pollinating the cactus flowers.The chapel is a general domination service held every Sunday at 10am.
Horses & Hikes
Kids and adults can take a 1-hour trail ride around the outer trails, through the streams and exploring with a guide. Riders must wear helmets and be under 200 lbs.
The horses were the kids’ favorite part. I didn’t ride but did get to pet the horses. They are very mild-mannered and are great for new or experienced riders.
Guests of Thousand Trials can get a Walk The Trails Mileage Log and keep track of miles walked while on hikes. They can turn in the cards at any Thousand Trails location for prizes. We explored a few trails including one to the Rancho Oso Waterfall, to a stream (the one they rode the horses on) and there is even a swimming hole (we didn’t find it).
It was hot outside but the trails were nicely shaded for most of the hike. We passed a few people hiking but I liked how quiet it was and how we could hear all the birds and nearby animals running around in the bushes.Throwing a rock in the stream to see how deep it is. It was too deep for us to cross on foot (didn’t want our shoes wet). I was surprised how much water there was in June.Picture on the way to Chumana Lake to go fishing. Just goes to show there are a lot of residence in the area outside of Rancho Oso but they are somewhere further back in the hills and trees.
Sign leaving… We will definitely be back. This was a wonderful place to make lasting summer memories with my kids. I love that every since person we came across (employees and other families) was delightful and friendly. I can’t wait to visit again.