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A Sprinkle of New Vacation Series - Characters in Flight (Part 3)

July 3, 2015

My family and I experienced the Characters in Flight.... Operated by Aerophile in Downtown Disney was on the "try" list, and let me say that it was just as intimidating for me as I thought it would be. As a wife and mom of two daredevils, I figured that I would be outvoted and would have to go along for the ride (no matter what).

As soon as we disembarked from our cruise on the Disney Dream, we hopped in the car with our first stop being Downtown Disney for Characters in Flight. I used my two Groupons the customer service representative took my phone and redeemed both Groupons and we proceeded to our flight. My knees were shaking and my first question to the employee on the ground was "how long will this take". He explained that it would be a total of about 10 minutes that included going up, having a look around, and coming back down. Sounds easy enough huh?

When we got on with the other riders, we were immediately lifted in the air (Why so fast? Hold on a second!). I held on for dear life while my son just walked with no issues looking at the surrounding area. My daughter and my husband were quiet while they enjoyed everything. What is wrong with them? SMH

As the balloon made it's way back to earth, I did manage to get some photos because I did not want to forget this experience at all.  I think that the bigger question here is, would I do it again? Umm, probably NOT, but I am glad that I experienced it because there is nothing better than saying that you have "been there, done that" right? Would I recommend it for others? Absolutely!





Until Next Time!

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Time for an Oil Change! Pennzoil Summer Rollback at Walmart

July 1, 2015

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and it’s advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. 
#FueltheLove #CollectiveBias

It is that time of year again – the summertime! Lord knows that as an educator, I am probably just a little bit more excited than my kids and every other kid I know. We live in Texas, and while the summer temperatures are hot, there is still so much to do and the great thing is that it doesn’t require an awfully long drive. Every city in the state has some awesome experiences to offer and I have visited a few. This time we visited San Antonio, Texas and had the pleasure of visiting The Alamo, Sea World San Antonio Texas Theme Park and getting plenty of rest sprinkled here and there. I think that little getaways are important, because they allow you to do something different, even if it is just for a “quickie” weekend road trip.

With the summertime, one can expect the usual road trip preparations such as planning, packing and getting your vehicle "road trip" ready. I don’t know about you, but I loathe getting the oil changed in my car however, it is a necessary task to keep our vehicles in tip-top shape. 

To make matters worse, I take my kids and they are not fans of getting the oil changed because at most locations we frequent, there is nothing else to do but sit there and stare at the TV that usually has static and some sort of news on or we are forced watch the other individuals watching us. How fun is that? Look at these two, not a fun experience for them, at all. (Side note: I made them sit down, so they thought we were going to just sit there and wait - Bad Mommy!) 
The day before we left for our weekend getaway, we took our vehicle to the Cedar Hill, Texas Walmart Automotive Care Center. When we arrived, the friendly representative approached our car, greeted us and asked how he could help. I explained that we were there to get our oil changed and in return he asked how many miles we had and we told him. Without me asking, he suggested Pennzoil for High Mileage Vehicles, which happens to be suggested for vehicles with more than 75,000 (which we had). I was impressed because it was almost like he read my mind. He also explained that the Pennzoil High Mileage Vehicle Oil helps to reduce leaks and oil consumption in higher mileage engines. How awesome is that?

While we waited, we were able to do some quick shopping for items we needed for the road. As we obtained the items on our list, the cashier called our names and we were able to check-out and pay for our items and the oil change in one transaction. The cost of the oil change was definitely well within our budget, which makes Walmart Automotive Care Center a perfect choice.


Speaking of budget: From June 10th-September 9th, a Pennzoil oil change will be on RollBack at Walmart Automotive Care Center stores. The current cost of the Pennzoil High Mileage Vehicle oil is $35.88 (regular price $39.00) which will save you money when compared to the industry standard price of $46. If you are interested in the Platinum Full Synthetic, it will cost $45.88 (regular price $49.88) and when compared with the industry standard price of $66, you can really use that savings for other things on your Walmart shopping list.





After this experience, I learned a few things about Pennzoil that I was not aware of. Pennzoil helps clean out the sludge that lesser oils leave behind, and when compared to a dirty engine it allows you to drive an extra 550 miles per year.

For more information about the Pennzoil Rollback or Fuel the Love with Pennzoil, please be sure to visit their websites. Also, for those that are interested the Pennzoil Warranty is a free warranty that covers 15 engine parts that may fail due to engine wear or which experience abnormal wear due to friction. For more information, check out the Pennzoil Warranty Site

The next time you need your oil changed and you have your kids in tow, definitely give the Walmart Automotive Care Center in your area a try. Also, in case you were wondering, the entire experience took about 30 minutes. Works for me!

Since we are discussing summer plans, what fun trips do you have planned? Please share.

Until Next Time!

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A Sprinkle of New Vacation Series - Castaway Cay runDisney 5K (Part 2)

June 26, 2015


That is not a mirage, I actually participated in the runDisney Castaway Cay 5K with my daughter, for the first time.  I had heard about the 5K on different social media outlets and knew that I had to take a chance and go for it. My daughter is in great shape so I knew that with her, I would stay motivated. Who wants to look like a total wimp in front of their kid, right? When we arrived on board the Disney Dream Cruise, I immediately checked the Navigator for details about how to sign up. It instructed those interested parties to go to Guest Services to get signed up (it was super easy and quick, by the way). The young man helping us, gave us the tickets and told us to present them to the representatives that would be present when we met the morning of the race.

We met in Evolution on Deck 4 at 8:30 AM the morning we docked at Castaway Cay. I can not lie, my first thought was to go back to the room and take advantage of some additional rest, but alas, I moved forward with it. After the representative gave us the safety pins and bids, they instructed us on what to do next (i.e. how we get to the starting line, and the actual route of the 5K, etc.). Without giving anything away, I really loved the scenery. 

We began our journey at the Bicycle Rentals and proceeded from there. While I did not run, I did do "my version" of a brisk walk because it was really hot and humid, but no worries, there were water stations along the route. As my daughter and I walked, I could not help but to think about about fast I could get a spot on the beach and enjoy that view. We entered the last stretch of the race and were greeted by husband who was cheering us on (Dude was playing in the Splash Pad area).
 
We finished and I immediately made my way to the nearest umbrella with the MOST PERFECT VIEW.

Would I take advantage of this in the future? The answer is Yes! Having said that, I am not sure I would do it on a shorter cruise so I guess that means that I will need to reserve a longer cruise the next time. Hey we all need motivation and that is mine. (*smile*).

Until Next Time!

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