Fun in Any Weather: Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum and Evergreen Wings & Waves Waterpark


Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum and Evergreen Wings & Waves Waterpark
If you are in Oregon, or are planning to visit, you’re going to put the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum and Evergreen Wings & Waves Waterpark on your list of things to do. The campus is located near McMinnville, OR. It is approximately one hour from Portland and 40 minutes from Salem. It’s a very pretty drive. Because Oregon is known as the rainy state, most of the year is not ideal for swimming. My kids were actually very concerned on the drive over because it was such a gloomy, cold and rainy day.  I told them not to worry because inside the Evergreen Wings & Waves Waterpark it is always the right temperature for swimming. Once we got inside, their worries were over.

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The waterpark features waterslides, a wave pool and more. It’s alot to take in all at once. They have a nice locker room area which you can rent one of three sizes to hold your valuables for a small charge and plenty of life vests of all sizes which are free to use. One of my main concerns going in to the park is water safety. Between the life vests and the overwhelming amount of lifeguards present, I felt more at ease.

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Our first stop was Splash Harbor. This is really fun because you can sit and relax on a tube. The water starts out calm and when the siren goes off, the waves start rolling in. The water in this pool goes from very shallow to about 5 feet in the deepest part.

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My older boys were all about the water slides. To get to them, you have to climb many stairs and you end up inside of an airplane. From there, you get to choose which slide you’d like to go down.

waterpark slide heightThe big water slides are the Mach 1, Tail Spin, Sonic Boom and Nose Dive. There are height regulations to ride these. I didn’t go on these myself, but my boys went through them a few times. They loved it!

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There are also a few smaller slides for the little kids.

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They have a big play structure that features a couple of waterslides as well as a big bucket of water that soaks the area every few minutes. It’s super fun.

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There is also a pool. It’s not very deep. It’s less than 4 feet in all areas, so the kids can swim freely and play basketball or go into the Vortex.

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There is a large hot tub right next to the pool so that you can keep your eye on your kids in the pool.

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After the waterpark visit, we headed over to the Evergreen Aviation Museum just next door.

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As you go in, they have a fun area for the kids to play. And it’s not just for the small kids. My older kids spent plenty of time checking out the exhibits in there.

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The Evergreen Aviation Museum is the home of the Hughes Flying Boat aka The Spruce Goose . It takes up a good portion of the building itself. This is the largest wood constructed and the largest wingspan airplane ever built.

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It is amazing to look at from the inside. Only portions of the plane are accessible, but tours of other parts of the plane are available for a fee.

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If you are an airplane enthusiast, then you will love this museum. There is just so much to see.

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Next door to the Aviation Museum is the Space Museum.

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This is just as big as the Aviation Museum. You could literally spend all day on the campus here between all of the buildings.  Lots and lots to see and do. There is a big space themed play structure in front of the building, but it was pouring rain outside when we came, so we didn’t get to check it out. It looked like fun though.

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My kids were really fascinated by this huge rocket.

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You can actually walk down to the bottom of it. It’s MASSIVE. You can barely see my son down there next to it.

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They also have a really cool moon scene setup as well.

We had such a great time visiting the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum and Evergreen Wings & Waves Waterpark and I am sure you will too. To learn more about the park and to get rates and directions, please visit their site.

Disclosure: We received free admission to the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum and Evergreen Wings & Waves Waterpark to facilitate this review. All opinions stated are my own.


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Keep Your Garden Organic with EcoScraps & $50 Walmart Giftcard Giveaway (Ends 5/24)

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by EcoScraps. However, all content presented in this post represents my own opinions.

Recently, there has been a huge movement towards organic food. Many of us have taken up organic gardening as a result. Have you thought about the dirt you are using though? Is it organic? If it’s not, you should definitely check out EcoScraps, which is available at Walmart stores.

Did you know, that in the United States, we waste 40% of the food produced. That is enough to fill the Rose Bowl every day. It sits in landfills producing methane, which is 20X more harmful than CO2? Since 2010, EcoScraps has been working to be a part of the solution by reusing this waste and keeping it out of the landfills. They want to make sustainability mainstream, which I think is very admirable. Between 2011 and 2015, EcoScraps recycled 75 million lbs of food waste. They are matching that number in 2016 with projected recycling of another 75 million lbs of food waste–this time in just 12 months. To put that into perspective for you, recycling 15 million lbs of food waste is equivalent to keeping 500,000 cars off the road for an entire day! It makes a huge difference.

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I was excited to try out a couple of EcoScraps products recently. I really wanted to try the  Natural and Organic Moist Garden Soil and the Natural and Organic Tomato, Herb & Vegetable Plant Food.

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I used the Garden Soil in my raised bed. I mixed it in with the existing dirt. I was a bit surprised at the size of this bag of dirt. It weighed 30 lbs. I could tell when I opened the bag that this dirt is very rich. It’s derived from a unique blend of fruits, vegetables and other organic materials.
I also really like that it’s moisture retaining. That will help save on water of the next few months.

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I ended up planting tomatoes in this particular raised bed which is perfect for the Organic Tomato, Herb & Vegetable Plant Food I have to use. This plant food provides the nutrients you need to grow all fruits and vegetables so I can use it all over the garden, it’s not just limited to tomatoes. It features added calcium to prevent rot, which I am excited about because I have had problems with end rot in my raised beds.

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It comes in little pellets which are very easy to distribute. The bag itself has a zip up feature, to keep it fresh and dry in between uses.

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Buy it:
EcoScraps products currently sold at Walmart are: Compost, Garden Soil, Potting Mix, Herb and Vegetable Plant Food, All Purpose Plant Food, Compost Accelerator, Citrus and Avocado Plant Food, Starter Plant Food, Rose and Flower Plant Food, Fresh Start Plant Food, Fruit and Vegetable Plant Food, Compost Accelerator. Buy it here.

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One of you will win a $50 Walmart giftcard, so that you can start your own organic garden with EcoScraps. Please enter through the Rafflecopter below. It may take 30 seconds or more to load.

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PeachSkinSheets 1500 Thread Count Soft Sheets Review & Giveaway (Ends 5/18)

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Spoil Mom this Mother’s Day with new sheets from PeachSkinSheets! She will love them. Not only will she get a great nights sleep with them, but she will love the great wrinkle free fit they provide as well as the deep pockets.

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I was recently sent a set of PeachSkinSheets for this review. There are several color choices available, but I chose Beach Blue (which just so happens to be one the colors of the month.) As I was putting these on the bed, I noticed right away how soft they are. They feel so luxurious. It was also super easy to put the fitted sheet on because of the deep pockets. Once it’s on, it stays on until you take it off. That is really important to me. I can’t think of anything more annoying than a fitted sheet that won’t stay put.

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The set comes with one Flat Sheet, one Deep Pocket Fitted Sheet, (which will even fit a memory foam mattress like mine), custom number and double pillow top heights, and two Standard Pillowcases with European Envelope Closures.  Overall, I have been really impressed with this set.  It’s comfy, it moisture wicking, doesn’t shrink or pill when you wash it and it’s wrinkle free. I’ve been very happy with the quality and the color. PeachSkinSheets got it just right.

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PeachSkinSheets are available in Split King, Cali King, King, Queen, Full, Twin and XL Dorm Twin and XL Dorm Full. Prices start at $55. There are two colors of the month which are priced at $55 for any size set. Regular sale price is $69.95 for any size set while Split King/Adjustable Bed specialty sizes are $85. Go here to shop.

Win it: One of you will win a set of PeachSkinSheets of your choosing. Please enter through the Rafflecopter below. It may take 30 seconds or more to load.

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Earn Free Amazon Gift Cards with Dealspotr

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I am very excited to share with you this fun new way to earn free Amazon gift cards, while at the same time, finding and sharing deals with others as a community. This fun site is called Dealspotr.

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The main idea of using Dealspotr is both sharing and “Spotting” deals.  When you “Spot” a deal, you are basically trying to predict which deals are going to  become “Hot Deals” or “On Fire Deals”. It’s kind of like you are voting for or “liking” that deal.

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If you guess these deals correctly, you will earn points. If you post a deal and it becomes “Hot” or “On Fire”, you will also earn points.

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Remember that you have a limited number of “Spots” per day. The more accurate you become at spotting hot deals, the more Spots you will get per day, which increases your chances of earning more points.

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Dealspotr is very much community oriented. Because of this, you will have a reputation. You start out at 0%. My “Deal Rep” on the site after about 2 weeks is currently at 18%. This means that I am currently earning +18% extra points for every deal I post. This number can go up or down based on how good the deals you post are. There is a flagging system in place, so if the deals you post aren’t legit or is a duplicate, you can lose points. This keeps the deal community honest and non-spammy, which makes it pleasant.

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Also, each day, you will have a checklist, of items to complete. These items could be following a new store, following another user, posting a deal, etc. Once you complete your tasks for the day, you will get 200 points. Not to mention the points you earn from posting a deal, etc. It’s really easy to accumulate points just by doing these simple tasks every day.

I was impressed at just how easy it is to earn gift cards. I was able to get a $10 Amazon gift card after a little over one week, just by doing the daily checklists, spotting deals and commenting on deals. It’s super easy, fun and addictive. Once you see how easy it is to earn an Amazon gift card, you’ll be hooked.

Ready to get started? Go here to join Dealspotr. This is my referral code. By using it, you will get 5,000 free points when you join (worth $5). That’s half of what you would need to earn a $10 Amazon gift card! Or, if you prefer, you can use my code SWEETDEALS4MOMS.

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MaxxHaul Aluminum Compact Cargo Carrier Review


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Spring is finally here! For my family, that means will be wanting to take some road trips very soon. We are a family of five. Well, better make that six if we include our large, 70+ lb. dog. He likes to take trips with us also, but our smallish SUV has a hard time accommodating all of us. Especially anytime that we need to bring any extra gear such as camping supplies or coolers. Our car seems to be overflowing in that case.

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Thanks to MaxxHaul, our road trips will be much more comfortable. They sent the Aluminum Compact Cargo Carrier for review. This gives us the much needed extra space we were lacking. The cargo carrier features a lightweight, rust proof extruded aluminum basket which attaches to a receiver hitch on the back of our car. It fits 2”x2” receivers. It can hold up to 500 lbs. Not that we’d ever load that much extra weight onto it, but it’s nice to know it can hold a lot of weight.

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I was pleasantly surprised at just how much this carrier could hold. To test it out, I put on two coolers and a small, very heavy barbecue. It held them all just fine. Obviously, I would tie these all down if we were actually going somewhere, but that wasn’t the case this time. The inside basket itself measures 48-1/4” x 21-1/4” x 2”, so you’re getting quite a bit of space.

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Before the cargo carrier got here, I was kind of concerned about the spare tire situation on the back of our car. It extends out quite a bit, so I was worried it would be in the way. But, it wasn’t a problem at all. There’s plenty of extra space.

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This carrier also features built-in reflectors to add visibility for increased safety. These are not wired lights, in case you were wondering.

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MaxxHaul was also so kind as to send a locking hitch pin to prevent theft of the carrier as opposed to using the pin that came with it.  As you can see, one of these looks far more secure.

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It’s very simple to use. Just turn the key and it will unlock or lock.

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It connects where the cargo carrier and the receiving hitch meet.  It fits well. Not too tight and not too loose. Just right.

Overall I am really happy with this product and cannot wait to pack it up and head out on a road trip very, very soon.

Buy it: If you are needing some extra space for your car, the MaxxHaul Aluminum Compact Cargo might be the solution you are looking for. You can get yours here.

Disclosure: I received free product as part of this review. All opinions stated are my own.

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Silverback UV Protective Garden & Beach Parasol Review

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When the weather warms up and the sun graces us with it’s presence, my family loves to spend time outdoors. My kids love running around in the yard, playing in the sandbox and playing in the sprinkler. Myself, I kind of like to lounge and watch them play or hang out with my laptop at my patio table. When I’m not gardening, that is… To keep from getting too much sun, I like to hang out under a nice big umbrella. In the past, I hadn’t really considered an umbrella that offers UV protection, because I figured that the umbrella was blocking out the sun, but what I hadn’t thought of was that the UV rays can bounce off of the ground, which is where a UV protective umbrella is useful.

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The Silverback UV Protective Garden & Beach Parasol from Umbrella Heaven is a great option. It offers UV protection, shade and it will keep you dry. Not only that, but it’s nice to look at as well. I was sent one for this review and I couldn’t be happier. The secret of the UV protection is in the silver reflective outer skin and black internal shade. You’ll be amazed at the protection levels achieved with such a simple design.

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This umbrella is so easy to open. Very smooth. Even though it’s big, it’s not bulky and it feels like I am opening a small umbrella. It’s just as easy to take down too. It features an easy to use height adjustment lever, so that you can raise and lower it as needed. The umbrella comes apart into two pieces, for easy storage or travel. It can be used in a base (not included), but it also has a point at the bottom, so you can put it directly into the dirt or in sand at the beach!

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It has a very simple tilt feature as well. This is great for when the sun comes in at a different angle than from just above you. The canopy itself is approximately 70″across, so it’s a generous size. Overall I am really happy with this umbrella. I can tell that it’s very sturdy and good quality.

Buy it: Check out all of the umbrellas and garden parasols that Umbrella Heaven has to offer.

Disclosure: I received free product as part of this review. All opinions stated are my own.

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Suncast 100 ft. Hose Hideaway Review

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In some ways, I am a minimalist. I dislike clutter and eyesores in or around my home. That doesn’t mean that I don’t have any hot spots like that in my house, because I do. We do live here after all,  but I try to eliminate as many as I can when I have the time and resources to do so. Even if it just means that I find a place to hide the some of the clutter, I am ok with that because some clutter is necessary. One of the areas that I have really been wanting to get cleaned up this year is our front yard. It had been pretty neglected and is missing the mark entirely when it comes to curb appeal.

Our hose, which I would guess is about 50 feet, was hanging on your average aluminum wall mount on the house. Not terrible, but not very pretty either. Also, having to pull the bulky hose off and try to keep it all untangled was a big pain. Then putting it away when it is likely wet and somewhat dirty was not high on my list of fun things to do. There had to be a better way…

Thankfully, I was sent a 100 ft. Hose Hideaway from Suncast so that I could try it out and tell you all about it. I LOVE IT! To me, the hose is one of those necessary clutter items I was talking about and this box is the perfect way to hide it when it’s not in use. Not only that, but it has a reel handle to spin the hose in when I am done so I don’t have to wrestle with wet, muddy hose anymore. Yeah!

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This Hose Hideaway was so easy to get set up. As you can see, it comes complete with stakes, to keep it held down to the ground. Definitely take a few minutes to get those in. The hose is so heavy, you really need those stakes holding the box to the ground.

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It also comes with a leader hose. That’s the one I used to connect to the faucet and the box. My actual hose is connected to the spout inside the box.

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I just twisted it to the spout and turned on the hose to test it. I was thrilled that there were no leaks! Once you have your stakes in and hoses all attached you are ready to reel it in. That’s the best part.

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Just turn the handle and the hose comes all in. Shut the lid and you are done. Eyesore eliminated!

Buy it: Go here to find out where you can get your own Suncast Hose Hideaway.

Disclosure: I received free product as part of this review. All opinions stated are my own.

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D. Liles Collection: Elegant & Unique Dresses for Little Girls


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Part of the fun of having a little girl is getting to dress her up fancy. Whether you have an occasion, such as a wedding, holiday or a church program where fancier clothing is needed, or you just want to take some adorable pictures, the D. Liles Collection is sure to help you achieve your desired look.

The D. Liles Collection is an online Vintage Clothing Boutique which carries lovely dresses and accessories for girls. Beautiful, elegant, feminine and unique are some of the words I would use to describe the D. Liles Collection. The D. Liles Collection has been featured in magazines such as Glamour, on Stylemepretty.com

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My lovely little girl was excited to choose a dress from the D. Liles Collection. She chose the Evangeline Flower Girl Dress. While we have no wedding to attend, it can be used for any fancy occasion. This dress is available in sizes 6-9 months all the way through 11/12 in big girl sizes. I found the dress we received to be true to size.

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This dress is beautiful! It is very detailed in the design. The pictures really can’t do it the justice it deserves. This vintage-inspired dress features soft creamy ivory Venetian lace on the upper stretchy bodice.

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The back is fully elasticized for a comfy and flexible fit, straps tie in the back to allow the dress length to be adjusted. My daughter was a bit shy about showing off the back, but it really is pretty.

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The attached skirt has four layers of gathered tulle, it is lined at the skirt, with a soft, high-quality cotton fabric and falls mid length. My daughter really did feel like the little princess that she is wearing this dress. While she was somewhat shy about wearing it in public, when we got back home she did not want to take it off. I do believe we will get alot of use out of this dress..

Buy it: Head over to D. Liles Collection to browse all of their adorable dresses and hair accessories. You won’t be disappointed.

Disclosure: I received free product as part of this review. All opinions stated are my own.


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