Win Tickets to Disney On Ice Dare To Dream

Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream comes to the Amway Center for six performances September 8-10, 2017.

What isn’t there to love about the beauty, grace, high-energy and magic that is Disney on Ice?! This year, Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream, produced by Feld Entertainment Inc., that brings courage and adventure to audiences far and wide, including The City Beautiful, Orlando, this September. I will be there with my family as a Feld Ambassador*.

Hosts Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse lead an expedition across raging seas and snow covered mountains. These extraordinary tales will be told with a pantheon of Disney favorites including Moana, Maui and Friends from Disney’s Moana in their first Disney on Ice tour, plus beloved characters from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, Tangled and Cinderella and more, all telling extraordinary tales through music, dance, costuming and theatrics on ice!

Beautiful production numbers invite audiences into the world of Beauty and the Beast, as Belle shows what it means to be fearless. Along with her new friends in the enchanted castle, Belle is encouraged to step outside the ordinary and find joy in the bleakest situation. As she looks beyond the harsh exterior of the Beast to reach his gentle heart, fans learn there are teachable moments in everyday life.

Your favorite sing-along-able Disney music (not sure if that’s a word!) is half the fun of the show. You KNOW you know every single word, and to hear it performed amid the spectacle of the show is one of the key elements that brings smiles to faces of every age. Guests are welcomed into the Disney world to discover their inner hero through the story and song.

Performances:
Friday, September 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 9 at 11 a.m.
Saturday, September 9 at 3 p.m.
Saturday, September 9 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, September 10 at 1 p.m.
Sunday, September 10 at 5 p.m.

Tickets:
Ticket prices range from $18 – $100. Save 20% off select seats with code SAVE20. (Not valid on premium VIP seating. Hurry for the best available seats! Code expires September 7, 2017.) Visit DisneyOnIce.com for additional show information and to buy tickets.

Enter to Win 4 Tickets:
Want to win 4 tickets? Enter at Rafflecopter! (Click on image at left.)

One lucky winner will receive 4 tickets for either opening night, Friday, Sept. 8 at 7:30 p.m., or Saturday, Sept. 9 at 11 a.m. Contest begins at midnight 8/5/2017 and ends at midnight 8/26/2017.

*I am a Feld Entertainment Blogger Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows and other exclusive opportunities.

 

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Follow Your Heart

16205_event_image_545x325-c407183f29Once upon a time, Disney created a magical spectacle on ice with talented dancers, beautiful costumes, stirring music that instantly transforms kids of all ages to happy moments shared with beloved characters. The first weekend in September, Disney On Ice brings all that to life and more to Orlando in Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart. My family and I are excited to attend—especially ME! As a Feld Entertainment Ambassador, I received complimentary tickets to attend the show with my family in exchange for writing about the show.

Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart is bringing Disney•Pixar’s record-breaking animated feature Finding Dory to the ice for the first time in this live production produced by Feld Entertainment. The ice skating extravaganza featuring Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out, Disney’s Frozen and other beloved Disney stories visits Orlando from September 2-4, 2016 for six performances at Amway Center.  Tickets are on sale now.

Tickets for Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart start from $18 and have “Market pricing” which applies to all tickets. Rates fluctuate based on supply and demand. Lock in your price and seat location today!

Show Times:  Friday, September 2, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, September 3, 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, September 4, 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. All seats are reserved. Tickets are available at www.DisneyOnIce.com  or www.ticketmaster.com, at any Ticketmaster outlet, by calling 800-745-3000, or at the Amway Center box office (phone for information only: 407-440-7900). For group ticket sales and information, call 866-248-8740.

What is Follow Your Heart all about and which Disney favorites will be featured? The show will have guests:follow heart dory

  • swim with Dory, Nemo, Marlin and new pal Hank from Disney•Pixar’s Finding Dory as they “just keep swimming” on a life-changing excursion to find her parents and discover the true meaning of family.
  • cheer with the Emotions from Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out –Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust– as they help Riley find the confidence to win the hockey championship and experience the emotional rollercoaster of growing up.elsa and olaf
  • venture to the wintery world of Arendelle where Olaf and Kristoff help reunite royal sisters Anna and Elsa from Disney’s Frozen and learn love is the most powerful magic of all. See Cinderella, Rapunzel, Tiana and the Disney Princesses make their dreams come true through their virtues of bravery, kindness and perseverance.
  • celebrate true friendship with Buzz Lightyear, Woody and The Toy Story gang.
  • make unforgettable memories with Mickey, Minnie and all of our Disney friends!

Want to buy tickets at a discount OR win 4 tickets to attend?

You can save 20% off select seats with code SAVE20.

*Not valid on premium VIP seating.
*Hurry for the best available seats! Code expires September 1, 2016.

You can win 4 tickets easily by clicking this Rafflecopter link and following the prompts. Contest ends at midnight August 19, 2016.

Rafflecopter logo link

Follow along on social media:

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/DisneyOnIce
Twitter: @DisneyOnIce #DisneyOnIce #FollowYourHeart
YouTube: www.youtube.com/DisneyOnIce
Instagram: @DisneyOnIce

Whether you’re a raffle winner or not, we’re all winners who get to see Disney on Ice Presents: Follow Your Heart. I can’t wait to be at the Amway Center enjoying one of the best family shows around. Feld Entertainment knows how to bring magic to audiences everywhere through not only Disney on Ice, but much, much more.

Feld Entertainment is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that lift the human spirit and create indelible memories, with 30 million people in attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment’s productions have appeared in more than 75 countries and on six continents to date and include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, AMSOIL Arenacross, Disney On Ice, Disney Live! and Marvel Universe LIVE! More information about Feld Entertainment is available online at www.feldentertainment.com.

SWEET Lake Buena Vista Factory Outlet Giveaway

Win a $50 gift card to Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores

Reebok shoppersHere in Central Florida we didn’t “really” get much of a winter, so it may seem strange to start talking about spring, but it IS about that time, which means Valentine’s Day is on the horizon AND… we need to all start planning our wardrobes, shoes, and accessories accordingly!

Just in time for a wardrobe update (or for new luggage, or something for the house, or a gift for Valentine’s Day!), I’m happy to be partnering with Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores for a $50 giveaway!

Whenever I’m in the area I stop by because it’s hassle-free and I can find factory-direct premium quality merchandise at savings up to 75% off (and sometimes more). Plus, there’s easy store front parking, so getting in and out quickly is a breeze!
The parking thing is a BIG issue for me. I appreciate the way I can get “in and out” quickly.

Maybe you’re not wanting a new outfit or two, but have gift giving in mind. There’s lots of options for moms, dads and grads in May, too. I find @LBVFS to be an ideal place to shop for all my springtime needs, from leather handbags and strappy sandals to workout gear, swimwear and that perfect, all-occasion dress. I also have great luck finding “unmentionables,” lol. VF Factory Outlet carries loads of beautiful (and practical) bras and panties… just sayin’!

LBVFS Logo.jpeg (1)Here’s your chance to win a $50 gift certificate to the mall, where you can select merchandise from designer and name-brand outlet stores, including Express and eSunWear Swimwear Outlet, the newly-expanded Ann Tailor LOFT (yay, I’m so glad they’ve finished the project), plus other well-known outlets including U.S. Polo Assn., Nike, OshKosh B’Gosh, Tommy Hilfiger Stores, G by GUESS, Justice, Carter’s, Crocs, Calvin Klein, Levi’s®, Aeropostale, Converse, Famous Footwear Outlet, Fossil, Rack Room Shoes, and many more. Several stores sell approved uniform merchandise. (NOTE: Gap and Old Navy outlets do not accept gift certificates). If all that shopping makes you hungry, stop by and treat yourself at Lindt Chocolate, while you’re there!

Rafflecopter logo linkEnter NOW

Click on the Rafflecopter icon and follow the prompts. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy! This is a short-run contest that ends at midnight, February 6. Good luck!

 Even if you don’t win, you can get in on the savings by downloading a coupon from the Center’s website, then bringing it to Travelpro at the Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores to receive a coupon booklet valued up to $400 in savings. Savvy discount shoppers can learn about these discounts, as well as specific stores and their hours by following the center on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, as well as visiting www.lbvfs.com. Many stores offer last-minute deals so it’s a great idea to follow the center and check online frequently! Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores is located just one mile from Walt Disney World at 15657 S Apopka Vineland Road (State Road 535) Orlando, FL 32821-6316, two miles south of I-4, Exit 68. Open daily. Hours are Monday-Saturday, 10am-9pm, and 10am-7pm on Sunday.

Disclosure: I received a $50 gift card in exchange for this post and my
honest input. I’m not disclosing how much I’ve spent there when I didn’t
have a gift card. ‘Cause it’s more than I’d care to… disclose.

Disney on Ice! at Amway Center

Disney on Ice Mickey Mouse Club 100 Years Of Magic TwitterTickets are now on sale for Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt. This monumental ice skating spectacular is coming to the Amway Center in Orlando from September 4-6, 2015 for six performances.

Belle on IceAs a child of Disney films (and a HUGE ice skating fan), I’m excited to see some of my favorite movie moments come to life. Of special interest to (ahem) MY generation are the more “classic” story lines… like Disney’s Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast. I can already picture Belle twirling and swirling on the ice with Beast, golden dress swishing! ♫ Tale as old as time… ♫ Or maybe she’ll be dreaming and reading as the townspeople wonder about that peculiar girl. “Here’s where she meets Prince Charming. But she won’t discover that it’s him till chapter three.”

filmstrip of disnsey on ice copyNot to be missed in Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic: Mouse-ter of Ceremonies Mickey Mouse himself will lead a parade of more than 50 beloved characters including Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and featuring an ensemble of Disney Princesses including Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel, Snow White and Tiana. The wintry wonderland of Disney’s Frozen also comes to life with Anna, Elsa, and the hilarious Olaf, as they discover that true love is the greatest magic of all.

The legacy of Disney is displayed through 14 classic and modern stories in this epic production that features an international team of award-winning figure skaters, high-energy choreography and a breathtaking set. With over 30 melodious masterpieces such as “Let It Go!,” “You’ve Got A Friend in Me” and “Hakuna Matata,” Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic is the ultimate Disney fan experience.

Where:  Amway Center, 400 West Church Street – Suite 200, Orlando, Florida 32801

Dates and Times of Performances:
Friday, September 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 5 at 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 6 at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices and Purchase:
Tickets start at $25. Also available at $30, $40, $60, $75 (VIP) and $100 (Rink side).
(Ticketmaster service charges and facility fees not included.) All seats are reserved, and tickets are now on sale to the public. Tickets are available at http://www.DisneyOnIce.com or http://www.ticketmaster.com, at any Ticketmaster outlet, by calling 800-745-3000, or at the Amway Center box office (phone for information only: 407-440-7900).  For group ticket sales and information, call 866-248-8740.

Promo code!
Use the promo code MOM5 to receive $5 off per ticket* for the show. Enter the code at checkout. *Not valid on VIP or Rink Side seating. Hurry for the best available seats! Code expires September 3, 2015.

Rafflecopter logo linkWant to win tickets? I’m giving away 4!

Click on the Rafflecopter image at left and follow the steps to be entered to win 4 tickets to either the Friday, Sept. 4, 7:30 p.m. or Saturday, Sept. 5, 11 a.m. showing.

For a complete list of tour dates, visit the Disney On Ice website (http://www.disneyonice.com) and stay current on the latest developments through social media:

• Facebook  (www.facebook.com/DisneyOnIce)
• Twitter  (@DisneyOnIce/@NicoleFeld (show’s producer twitter feed))
• YouTube  (www.youtube.com/DisneyOnIce)

Disclosure: I am a Feld Entertainment Blogger Ambassador. In exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my honest opinions on social media, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows and other exclusive opportunities.

Lake Buena Vista Shopping Giveaway

LBV20121102-186Back to school means back to school shopping. Want to do all that shopping with a $50 gift card?

Win a $50 gift card to Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores

As a mom, I want to get the best deals possible. (Even though we homeschool, we still have a growing boy who wants to look good, too at co-ops and other events.)

Cash registers will be ringing during back-to-school shopping very, VERY soon. (Now WHERE did the summer go?!) Good news, though: The Florida Sales Tax Holiday begins at 12:01am, Friday, August 7 and ends at 11:59pm, Sunday, August 16, so plan now to take advantage of that. I’ll be looking for deals throughout the month.

I’ll be shopping at Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores, where shopping is hassle-free and you can find factory-direct premium quality merchandise at savings up to 75% off (and sometimes more). Plus, there’s easy store front parking, so getting in and out quickly is a breeze!

Stop by VF Outlet (one of my favorites) while you’re at the mall. I always find a deal there on dresses and ladies underwear. They have school uniforms too if, you know, back to school shopping isn’t just for the mom! (We need a few things now and again, too! And during the sales tax holiday, it’s a great time!)

 Here’s your chance to win a $50 gift certificate to the mall, where you can select merchandise at most of their outlet shops and get great deals at U.S. Polo Assn., Nike, OshKosh B’Gosh, Tommy Hilfiger Stores, plus other well-known outlets including G by GUESS, Justice, Carter’s, Crocs, Calvin Klein, Levi’s®, Aeropostale, Converse, Famous Footwear Outlet, Fossil, Rack Room Shoes, and many more. Several stores sell approved uniform merchandise. Don’t forget to stop by and treat yourself at Lindt Chocolate, too! Sorry, Gap and Old Navy outlets do not accept gift certificates.

Rafflecopter logo linkEnter through Rafflecopter at left. This is a quick contest that starts today and ends August 4 at midnight.

Even if you don’t win, you can get in on the savings by downloading a coupon from the Center’s website, then bringing it to Travelpro at the Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores to receive a coupon booklet valued up to $400 in savings. Savvy discount shoppers can learn about these discounts, as well as specific stores and their hours by following the center on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, as well as visiting www.lbvfs.com. Many stores offer last-minute deals so it’s a great idea to follow the center and check back online frequently! Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores is located just one mile from Walt Disney World at 15657 State Road 535 (Vineland) Orlando, FL 32821-6316, and two miles south of I-4, Exit 68. Summer Hours are in place Monday-Saturday, 10am-9:30pm, and 10am-7pm on Sunday.

Happy shopping!

Disclosure: I received a $50 gift card in exchange for this post and my honest input. I’m not disclosing how much I’ve spent there when I didn’t have a gift card JUST this past month. 😉

Giveaway for Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores

If you know me at all, you know I am not a huge shopper. At the mall you have to park on THIS end while what you end up buying is at THAT end. I’m more of what you’d call a “hunter/gatherer.” I know I want a spring dress, size (redacted), “this” cost, “such and such” brand if possible, and OH I’d like to enjoy my shopping experience.

LBVFS ShoppersBecause I’m so picky (even when I’m shopping for either my son or husband), I enjoy the Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores when the hunt is on!

They have factory-direct premium quality merchandise at savings up to 75% off (and sometimes more). Plus, there’s easy store front parking, so getting in and out quickly is really easy!

April 10th-12th they’re having a big sidewalk sale. I went last year, and it was fun, not only to see all the great deals, but because they have special vendors all around, and activities for the kids, too.

The Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores were kind enough to give my readers a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to the mall.

Rafflecopter logo linkHere’s how to enter: Click the Rafflecopter image and follow the directions. Make sure you visit the Rafflecopter page and the “People can enter by…” section.

 Even if you don’t win, you can get in on the savings by downloading a coupon from the Center’s website, then bringing it to Travelpro at the Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores to receive a coupon booklet valued up to $400 in savings. Many stores offer additional savings from 20-40% off to “Friends & Family.”  Savvy discount shoppers can learn about these discounts, as well as specific stores and their hours by following the center on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, as well as visiting www.lbvfs.com. Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores is located just one mile from Walt Disney World at 15657 S. Apopka Vineland Road (State Road 535), Orlando, FL 32821-6316, and two miles south of I-4, Exit 68. Stores are open Monday-Saturday, 10am-9pm, and 10am-7pm on Sunday.

At the Lake Buena Vista Outlet Stores you can select merchandise at over 50 spacious outlet shops and get great deals at the area’s only Old Navy outlet store, plus other well-known outlets including U.S. Polo Assn., Lindt Chocolate, Nike, OshKosh B’Gosh, Tommy Hilfiger Stores, G by GUESS, Justice, Carter’s, Crocs, Calvin Klein, Levi’s®, Aeropostale, Converse, Famous Footwear Outlet, Fossil, Gap, Rack Room Shoes, and many more.

Join me on the hunt. Mama needs a new pair of shoes!

Back-To-School with Goodwill

For back-to-school shopping (like at any time of the year), I am constantly on the lookout for deals. Whether it’s a great coupon, free shipping offer, online community purchasing deal, or some other way to keep more of our hard-earned money, I’m IN. That mindset also steers me to garage sales and thrift stores where kids’ clothes, especially, are a great find!

2014-07-30 15.08.59bGoodwill of Central Florida invited me to do some shopping for my 2nd grader with $25 in gift cards (find out how you can win yours below). As a third-generation recycler and “upcycler” (new term for old habit of re-purposing something others have lost use for), I was only happy to stop by to hunt for clothes for my fast-growing boy.

First up: Gather items WE no longer need. On the way in, 2014-07-30 13.53.17my granny (90-years-old!) pushed the cart that carried our 3 bags full of stuff that no longer fit, or were not what we wanted anymore (including a wok she bought and used one time…. It just wasn’t “right” for her, so she donated it.) There are lots of new items at thrift stores!

Next, go in with a mission: For us, we needed to find clothes for field trips, soccer class, everyday, and “formal.” (My son likes to “dress” for dinner sometimes, and can often be seen in a suit and tie “just because.”) As homeschoolers, our back-to-school list is decidedly less extensive than traditional needs, but we do have to get all the usual items, as he’s growing out of his clothes quicker than I can buy them. That is, coincidentally, one of the reasons I buy second-hand—kids grow out of clothes so fast that oftentimes you can get something practically brand new for cents on the dollar.

Goodwill shopping tripSo what did we find? For $25 we bought:

  • 2 long-sleeve dress shirts
  • 2 tee shirts
  • 2 collared everyday shirts
  • 3 pairs of shorts
  • 3 books
  • art supplies

Prices ranged from 74 cents for a collared shirt (it was the “color of the week” so it was half-off the original $1.49!) to $3.49 for shorts. The dress shirts (worn once if they were worn at all) were 2.99 apiece.

Insider tip: Look for the color of the week tags first. Then, if you don’t find what
you’re after, go back and look through the other items.

Rafflecopter logo linkAre you a budget-conscious parent looking for a great way to buy back-to-school clothes? Enter this giveaway by clicking on the Rafflecopter photo at left. Maybe you’ll win $25 in gift cards to shop for your kiddos! Good luck!

Leave a comment below for one entry, or add more by Tweeting and if YOU have a cool find, post it on Instagram (details at the Rafflecopter link). Goodwill and other thrift stores have amazing deals on furniture, housewares and adult clothing too. And YES, they even have wedding gowns. I bought my vintage 1940s gown online and consider it my very best second-hand deal! can’t wait to see what cool stuff you find or have found in the past.

$50 Gift Card Giveaway for Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores

VF Outlet Back to School 2014Although we homeschool, it just seems “wrong” to pass up on back-to-school shopping, especially during the Florida sales tax holiday August 1-3. Kids grow out of clothes (and SHOES!) faster than imagined and whether your kids go to a brick and mortar building or to co-op, kids need “stuff”. Thankfully there are lots of deals to be had in Orlando, and some of our favorite stores are all together at the Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores. (And for those who buy school uniforms… you really want to check this out!)

I like shopping at  Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores because there is a nice variety of stores (and it’s plus for me to park right in front of the stores). As a deal-seeker, I really enjoy the savings up to 75% off (and sometimes more). (On my last visit I bought an $80 dress for $12. Bam!)

So, do YOU like deals? Here’s your chance to win a $50 gift certificate to the mall, where you can select merchandise at over 50 spacious outlet shops and get great deals at the area’s only Old Navy outlet store, newcomer U.S. Polo Assn., newly renovated Nike, OshKosh B’Gosh and Tommy Hilfiger Stores, plus other well-known outlets including G by GUESS, Justice, Carter’s, Crocs, Calvin Klein, Levi’s®, Aeropostale, Converse, Famous Footwear Outlet, Fossil, Gap, Izod, Rack Room Shoes, and many more. Don’t forget to stop by and treat yourself at Lindt Chocolate, too!

Rafflecopter logo linkTo enter: Click on the Rafflecopter image, and post a comment. To gain more entries, Tweet about it, too (see link for more information).

Even if you don’t win, you can get in on the savings by downloading a coupon from the Center’s website, then bringing it to Travelpro at the Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores to receive a coupon booklet valued up to $400 in savings. Many stores offer additional savings from 20-40% off to “Friends & Family.”  Savvy discount shoppers can learn about these discounts, as well as specific stores and their hours by following the center on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, as well as visiting www.lbvfs.com. Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores is located just one mile from Walt Disney World at 15657 S. Apopka Vineland Road (State Road 535), Orlando, FL 32821-6316, and two miles south of I-4, Exit 68. Stores are open Monday-Saturday, 10am-9pm, and 10am-7pm on Sunday.

Good luck, and happy shopping!

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Real Kids Shades are Necessary Gear for Kids

140526_Pentax (33small)I’m a huge supporter of eye protection for kids. That’s why I teamed up with Real Kids Shades again this summer to get the word out that sunglasses for kids are not just cool accessories, but necessary GEAR.

Since my son was very little I’ve kept him in sunglasses. We live in Florida and are out in the sun a ton, going on homeschool adventures, visiting the theme parks, gardening, orienteering, riding bikes, hiking, doing volunteer projects… you name it. You’ll find him doing these things with us… wearing sunglasses. I’m kind of a freak about it, actually!RKG pool shot Daniel Bolt

When I was a kid I rarely wore shades. It was such a problem for me that the whites of my eyes actually got sun burned. If I opened my eyes real wide, you could see the horizontal red streak. It’s called photokeratitis, or radiation keratitis and happens when the cornea is scorched by ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. People who live/work/play in sunny climes or winter wonderlands are also susceptible (they can become “snow-blind”).

Because of my personal experience with what may end up being an issue for my now-adult eyes, I vowed to ensure my son had the healthiest eyes possible. I sought out Real Kids Shades and asked them if I could review their product (see post here). Since then I’ve not only been an avid supporter, but have been a customer regardless of whether or not I was doing a giveaway or receiving samples.

Real Kids Shades has been so kind as to provide me with three of their newest designs to review for this post AND (drum roll please) every weekend in June are giving away one pair every weekend to my readers!

Rafflecopter logo linkHere’s how you enter:
Click on the RaffleCopter image. You’ll need to leave a comment below with your best tips for summer safety (manditory) AND you need to verify you’ve done that at the RaffleCopter link. For extra entries, Tweet as indicated and/or follow on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter….

So which pair should you choose should you win? Here’s the rundown of the styles we tried out:

Bolt in Black/Lime for kids 7+
(Pictured above on the right) These two-toned glasses have super flexible frames! My son them to be “very comfortable” and said he “liked that they have rubber on them” (meaning the green soft Flex-FitTM part of the wrap-around frames). He loves how they look, too. (But comfort comes first he’ll tell you!)

RKS swag black limeSwag Black/Green for kids 10+
These Wayfarer-style glasses have BRIGHTLY colored soft, impact-resistant polycarbonate frames (there are other kid-approved color combinations, but we’re partial to green in our house!). They’re perfect for chilling in the sun and getting noticed!

 Blade Black/Lime for kids 10+

The wrap-around frame maximizes protection from peripheral light and looks super cool in the process. My young reviewer thought they were fun to wear. (Let’s face it: If they LIKE the glasses, they’re more likely to wear them!)

140526_Pentax (17c)All Real Kids Shades are third-party verified for 100% UV-A/UV-B protection and have shatterproof/impact-resistant polycarbonate lenses. With a wide variety of styles and sizes, Real Kids Shades will have a pair that’s just right for any and all of your little ones.

And, budget-friendly moms: orders over $25 are shipped free (US). I’ve priced “play glasses” and they’re comparable in price. And. No. Protection.

Even if you don’t buy Real Kids Shades, please purchase ones that block 100% of both types of ultraviolet sun rays: UV-A and UV-B. a UV 400 rating is ideal. Ensure they’ve been third-party tested, too and contain no phthalates, lead or bisphenol A.

You wouldn’t let your kids go out without a bike helmet. This is important, too. Protective eyewear is not just a fashion accessory. It’s Necessary Gear. Let’s get ’em geared up!

Disclosure: I received three pair of Real Kids Shades to try out, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

 

 

 

Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores Giveaway

LBFO logoIf you know me at all, you know I’m not much of a shopper. I’m a HUNTer. I know I want a flowered dress, capped sleeves, size (none-ya), below-the-knee, on sale…. OH, and it has to be purchased at a store that’s easy to get in and out of. (I know. I’m picky.)

Good for me the Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores mall is having their 17th Annual Spring Festival on Saturday, April 12th where I can park easily, get in and out easily, and hunt for that perfect Easter dress (or shoes, and…).

Give Kids the World Village Ms. Merry and Mayor ClaytonI’m especially excited that two of my favorite bunnies in the whole world, Mayor Clayton and Ms. Merry from Give Kids the World Village (GKTW) will be visiting at the Festival and superheroes from Heroes Alliance. The center is selling raffle tickets for a chance to win more than $6,000 in prizes including attraction tickets, hotels stays, store gifts and gift cards. One hundred percent of raffle ticket sales benefit Give Kids the World. (Thank you LBVFS!)

We’re huge GKTW supporters (you can read about one of our adventures here).

In addition, there will be a farmers market, crafts, face painting, balloon sculpting, games and an awesome sidewalk sale.

The Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores mall boasts 50 outlet shops including:

  • the area’s only Old Navy outlet store
  • U.S. Polo Assn.
  • Lindt Chocolate,
  • Nike, OshKosh B’Gosh
  • Tommy Hilfiger Stores
  • G by GUESS
  • Justice
  • Carter’s
  • Crocs
  • Calvin Klein
  • Levi’s®
  • Aeropostale
  • Converse
  • Famous Footwear Outlet
  • Fossil
  • Gap
  • Izod
  • Rack Room ShoesLoft Outlet image
  • and many more including one of my favorites:
    The Ann Taylor Loft store.

 

If you would like a chance to win a $50 gift certificate toshop at the LBVFS mall, click on the Rafflecopter image at left.Rafflecopter logo link

Even if you don’t win, you can get in on the savings by downloading a coupon from the Center’s website, then bringing it to Travelpro at the Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores to receive a coupon booklet valued up to $400 in savings. Many stores offer additional savings from 20-40% off to “Friends & Family.”  Savvy discount shoppers can learn about these discounts, as well as specific stores and their hours by following the center on Facebook and Twitter, as well as visiting www.lbvfs.com. Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores is located just one mile from Walt Disney World at 15657 S. Apopka Vineland Road (State Road 535), Orlando, FL 32821-6316, and two miles south of I-4, Exit 68. Stores are open Monday-Saturday, 10am-9pm, and 10am-7pm on Sunday. 

4/8/2014 update: Contest has ended. Congratulations to Mary Edwards, winner of the $50 gift card.