A National Parks Adventure


I was lucky enough to be invited to preview the new IMAX movie, National Parks Adventure, now playing at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

My family loves to be outdoors, and camping is a staple of our summer plans. I knew going in I would enjoy the movie. It ignites a desire to get out and explore the 400+ parks and historic sites.

If you didn’t already know about how National Parks became a reality in the U.S., this movie will catch you up. Everyone will enjoy the beauty of the landscapes, the playful wildlife, the adventures the characters partake in, and the wonderful soundtrack.

I’m excited that the coming school year sees my youngest entering 4th grade, which means we’ll be able to get a free National Parks pass. Just visit www.everykidinapark.gov after September 1st. If your 4th grader didn’t partake this year, you still have time to get a pass, but it will expire on August 31. All info is on the site. Why not take advantage of visiting a new destination? Or take your family someplace you spent time in your youth.

I look forward to posting pictures of our National Parks adventures- share yours online with the hashtag #findyourpark

Barnes & Noble Discovery Weekend

“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.”
― Lemony Snicket, Horseradish

I was invited to a preview of Barnes & Noble’s upcoming Discovery Weekend, November 21-23.  B&N is one of my favorite stores, and a place where I do a lot of my gift shopping. Lucky for you, dear readers, all nationwide Barnes & Nobles are hosting this event.

I hope you can imagine how fun it was to walk around the bookstore, giggling and fangirling over all the gift ideas. You could buy that book lover on your list an artfolds book. Saturday November 22, you can learn how to craft it (although the books do come with directions). You’ll want to call your local store and reserve a spot- it’s sure to be a big hit (recommended for ages 13 and up).

Read the book, fold the pages to make it art you can display.

Read the book, fold the pages to make it art you can display.

This weekend is also a great time to add some holiday books to your library. My boys love when I bring out our Christmas books in December. One of their favorites is Snowmen At Night. Sunday, November 23, you’ll be able to join in a Snowmen At Night storytime, with crafts and activities. Pick up the book and have fun searching for hidden images the illustrator put into the pictures.

Barnes & Noble wants to help you find the best gift, be it a book, some music, games or toys. Use the hashtag #BNGiftTip and get some advice via Twitter. An added bonus, if you are a B&N member, you can take advantage of the free express shipping.

The latest Pigeon book, by our favorite author Mo Willems.

The latest Pigeon book, by our favorite author Mo Willems.


A whovians wishlist- Doctor Who everything!

Definitely check out your local Barnes & Noble, with events & contests this weekend. If you happen to be wearing your ugly holiday sweater- even better. Be sure to snap a picture of you in the store, and tag it (#BNSweaterContest) on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Full contest details here.

*I was invited to write about Barnes & Noble’s Discovery weekend, and was compensated for my time. All reviews and opinions are my own.*

A Breath Of Fresh Air

A year ago, I was invited to a Glade event, where I received their Sense & Spray automatic air freshener. I loved it. So when they asked me to review their new product, I was keen. The other freshener does its job in the downstairs bathroom. But my two smelly boys need something in their bathroom.

Insert the new Glade Sense & Spray air freshener.

With a much cooler style, and new scents, it is both stylish & inconspicuous anywhere in your home. I must warn you though, the Hawaiian Breezes may cause you to dream of warmer locals. 🙂

*I received this product for free in exchange for an honest review. And I honestly do like this product!