Friday, August 14, 2015

New Amazon Original Kids' Series WISHENPOOF

This is a sponsored post, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
 
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 From the Creator of preschool favorites like Blue's Clues and Super Why!, Angela Santomero brings us a NEW Amazon Original animated series, Wishenpoof, with a little girl named Bianca and her friend, Bob the Bear. On Wishenpoof, Bianca solves life's problems in her own creative ways. Even though she has "wishing magic", she learns that with a little belief in your self, magic isn't always needed. {Wishenpoof is available starting today, August 14th, for Amazon Prime members.}

 
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McKinley and I had the privilege of previewing the first season together. She was instantly drawn to Bianca's ability to "wish" herself to a new adventure destination. But, as one episode continued, I loved that Bianca's mother encouraged her to not use her magic for everything. Instead, she was told that she could believe in herself {and show others that she believed in them} to get through a tough situation.

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Since we don't have wishing magic, it's important for me to teach my kids that they can do anything they put their minds to if they believe in themselves. And well, if they fail, that's ok too. I really enjoyed watching Wishenpoof with McKinley and learning from her which she thought was the right choice in Bianca's decisions. Should she have used magic to help Penelope? Was it nice that she bought a ice pop for her brother, rather than use her magic? These questions helped McKinley and I have a back and forth conversation about believing in yourself and in others.

Are you an Amazon Prime member? If so, great, you can watch Wishenpoof today! If not, sign up for a free trial here.



Monday, August 10, 2015

Chalkboard DIY Crafts for Back to School

My kids go back to school in two short weeks. It's hard to believe that Summer is coming to an end. We've had great couple of months, though. We...
WOW! Now that I finished that little recap of our Summer, I realize we had a very eventful couple of months! So, you can only imagine how ready I am for back-to-school season. With it comes teacher's gifts and Fall crafts. I can't wait! Here's a few crafts that feature CHALKBOARD.


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Chalkboard Fabric Pencil Pouch - I've been making zipper pouches for YEARS...why have I never thought of this? You can bet I'll be making some real soon!

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Chalkboard Mason Jar Teacher Gift - Looking for a quick and easy gift for your child's teacher? This is something she probably won't receive on the first day of school.

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Smart Cookie Teacher Printable - Dust off your mixer and make Teacher some chocolate chip cookies. You'll earn yourself {and your child} some major brownie points!

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Chalkboard Duct Tape Banner - Have you seen Chalkboard Duct Tape in stores yet? There's even Dry Erase Duct Tape! I love this idea on how to create a quick banner using only duct tape and a couple of other supplies. You could even use it as a photo prop for the 1st Day of School!

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Back to School Emergency Kit - There's a little bit of everything in this jar to ensure Teacher has a super first day {or week} back at school.

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Chalkboard Calendar - Now that Summer is over, it's time to get back on track {and actually know what day it is}. Oh, just me? Surely, during the lazy days of Summer, there were days that you weren't sure....

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1st Day of School Photo Idea - How cute is this photo idea? You could personalize this in many ways...and for boys and girls!

Which is your favorite Back to School Chalkboard idea? Show me which you make by tagging me on Instagram. I'm @jonahbonah!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Happy National Book Lovers Day! {and a Mabel's Labels promo code}

Happy National Book Lovers Day! Get 30% off the Ultimate Back to School Combo with the Book Icon at Mabel's Labels 

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Got a book lover in the house? Here are some fun ways to celebrate National Book Lovers Day: 
  • Visit your local library: Dust off that library card and read your next favorite book for free.
  • Reread classics: They're well loved for a reason.
  • Go on a literary tour of your city and learn some local history along the way.
  • Build or buy a new bookshelf to display all your favorite and well-loved books.
  • Host or join a book club: A great way to discover new books and get together with friends.
  • Visit a local independent book store for a fun dose of charm.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Unboxing the Toy Swag from Sweet Suite 2015

I such an amazing evening at Sweet Suite. I'm excited to share with you all, all of the great new toys that are coming soon! �� #SweetSuite #insideout #cabbagepatch #girlscoutscookieoven #BBNYC

Since returning from Blogger Bash in New York City last week, I've been stalking the UPS man. We knew before we left New York that the companies represented at the Sweet Suite 2015 event would be sending us a great big box of goodies instead of giving us swag there. I'm so thankful for that...it meant less lugging of bags back to your hotel room and to the airport. Whomever first thought of this idea, I'd like to give you a great big hug! Thank YOU!

Welcome to Sweet Suite 2015! #BBNYC

{As we walked into the building, we were greeted by these gorgeous lollipop ladies.}
Let me tell you a little about Sweet Suite. It's a BIG night of play with more toy brands than you can shake a stick at! I mean, there's Crayola, Cabbage Patch Kids, VTech, Strand Bands, LeapFrog, Fisher Price, Hasbro, Hexbug, and SO many more.

I can't wait to share with you all what I saw at Sweet Suite 2015. But first, @strandbands was one of my Top 5! It was like being in middle school all over again, as I sat there and made a friendship bracelet. So lovely to meet you, Cindy! �� #s

{The idea of Strand Bands is similar to what we all did when we were in middle school 20 years ago, it's a modern twist on friendship bracelet making, and more!}
Watch my unboxing video for a taste of what all we saw at Sweet Suite. And, what's inside the box isn't all of it! There are some bigger items arriving on my doorstep over time. I've got some pretty amazing toys to share with you over the next few months!!! You'll want to stay tuned!


Which was your favorite toy that came out of the Sweet Suite Swag Box?? Are any of these toys on your kids Christmas Wish List? Tell me about them in the comments below!







Saturday, July 25, 2015

Walt Disney & Marvel Present ANT-MAN

Last week I had the privilege of being invited to a pre-screeing of ANT-MAN in New York City. Like, right smack dab in Times Square. It was surreal. {Thank you, Marshall!}

You guys, Paul Rudd, THE ANT-MAN was there! Sadly, my Uber was a few minutes late and NYC traffic was brutal, so I didn't get to see Paul in person, as I had hoped to. That's quite alright, though. I was on cloud nine just being there.

Have you seen the trailer for this new Marvel movie? Take a look.



If you remember, a few months ago, I had the privilege of getting to see Avengers Age of Ultron as a pre-screening. Before that movie I was NOT a super hero fan. Boy, am I now! Age of Ultron, Guardians of the Galaxy, and now Ant-Man...I'll watch them on repeat. 

So, tell me, have you seen ANT-MAN? Phenomenal, right?

Pro tip: Did you know to NEVER leave a Marvel movie until AFTER the credits? There's ALWAYS extra fun footage after the credits reel! I won't give any spoilers about this movie...but, did you see?? Will there be an Ant-Man 2?

Friday, July 24, 2015

An Insiders Look at Disney's The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror {video}

This past May my family and I were invited to Disney Social Media Moms Celebration {#DisneySMMC} at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL. While we aren't strangers to the Disney Parks in Orlando, this was our first time at #DisneySSMC on the east coast. {Last year we were invited to the Celebration in Disneyland, CA.}

The amazing team that organized the event this year were able to pull off a pretty incredible experience for a select few of us. We got to choose a ride {Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Rock 'N' Roller Coaster featuring Aerosmith, or The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror} and ride our selection with a GoPro mount capturing every moment. Did I mention we got to do this BEFORE the parks opened to the public. I chose The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. It's my most favorite ride at Walt Disney World, and well I had to choose quickly before the spots filled up. My family had no choice. {buwahaha!} 

Ever wonder what your face looks like when you're terrified? Well, I got to see mine. You never really get to see the looks on your kids faces either, because you're too afraid for yourself. My video shows each and every one of our reactions! 

Take a look!


So much fun, right?? What's your favorite ride at Walt Disney World Resorts?? Are you a thrill seeker or an easy-going rider? Tell me in the comments!

Disclaimer: I was invited to DisneySMMC and was able to take part in some pretty amazing activities and events. This event was NOT free. However, we did receive discounted lodging and park tickets. Disney did NOT as me to write this post. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

On Lake Time {at Flamingo Lake in Jacksonville, FL}

It's becoming an annual tradition to go to the lake at the beginning of each Summer. My mother-in-law rents a yurt at Flamingo Lake in Jacksonville, FL and we all spend a few days hanging out in the water and on the shore. So much fun!

Flamingo Lake is an inexpensive staycation destination in our city, and we love it! Who needs to pack up, load up, and head out of town when you have such a fun spot right in your backyard?

Lake Life, take two. || Are you on Periscope? I shared two videos today about the wonderful location we've been at for two days. Go see the horrible storm we kept dodging to enjoy our time in the water. ��
{seriously, can she get any cuter? too bad that float has a hole in it...someone send a patch kit!}

Lake Life. :frog::green_heart::turtle: #FlamingoLake #ilovejax #igersjax #jonahbonahinjax
{different swimsuit, different day. gotta love hand-me-downs from cousins and momma's Old Navy discount!}

Same lake, different day. :blue_heart: #lakelife #mabrymaeeveryday #mabrymaehutchins #jonahbonahinjax #igersjax #ilovejax #FlamingoLake #frogglezgoggles
{we've discovered Frogglez Goggles. You want to get your kids a pair TODAY. A separate post telling you why, coming soon.}

Good bye, Flamingo Lake! We've all had a super great time!! :blue_heart: #kidsonvacation #lakelife #jonahbonahinjax #igersjax #ilovejax #FlamingoLake #summerfun
{I don't feel like I'm spending enough time with this boy lately. He's the sweetest, most giving boy on the planet. Jonah Bonah, momma loves you!}

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{on the last day, I treated them {haha!} to McDonald's Happy Meals}

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{Jake brought a friend with him. Teenagers, y'all.}
 
 
See those inflatables behind them? It's an additional $7 per day, per person, but worth every penny. You and your kids can go out there and climb and jump and slide until your hearts content. And then, you all go home, or back to your campsite, and PASS OUT! A quiet night is well worth the $7 per kid in my book!

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{everyone had their share of kisses from the sun...McKinley was no exception. She came home with quite the tan.}

Flamingo Lake, Jacksonville, FL 2015

Flamingo Lake, Jacksonville, FL 2015
{Jett spent most of his time at the lake sitting on the shore, catching minnows and tadpoles, digging them holes and filling them with water. I tell you guys often that he's an animal lover. I mean every word of it!}

Flamingo Lake, Jacksonville, FL 2015

 
Do you have a favorite staycation spot in your hometown?? Ours is, for sure, Flamingo Lake!