Frugal Novice

When Sick Gets Real, Pfizer Products Provide Real Relief

This post has been sponsored by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. All thoughts and reviews are my own.

There is nothing worse than seeing your child sick. It’s just awful, and as parents of course we would do anything to help them feel better. When sick gets real, parents get proactive.

We have three kids, all of whom go to school and around other kids. This means, of course, that an immeasurable number of germs come into our home each and every day. And when one of our kids gets sick, we’re immediately on guard trying to prevent the other two from coming down with whatever bug we’re dealing with.

Right now strep is making its way around like crazy. So far we’ve managed to avoid it (knock on wood!) but we’ve definitely dealt it in the past. One time our middle son had strep but we really had no clue at first – he didn’t complain at all of a sore throat, but he had a fever and his head was hurting really badly. Thankfully we had children’s Advil to help alleviate the pain while we waited to hear back from the doctor’s office! Children’s Advil is a great solution for kids as young as 2, and up to 11 – so it’s perfect for us to have on hand for all three of our kids. It comes in several flavors, including  Sugar-free Dye-free Berry, Bubble Gum, Grape, Blue Raspberry, Fruit and Dye-Free White Grape. I personally love the color-free options, because my kids almost always drip a little medicine down the front of their shirts!  (Just FYI, moms of infants – there’s also Infants’ Advil White Grape, which provides fever relief with a syringe for easy dosing. This works great for children 6-23 months.

Of course, with it being winter, colds are also running rampant. We’re really thankful for medicines like Children’s Dimetapp and Children’s Robitussin to help relieve our kids’ miserable cold symptoms when they hit! Children’s Robitussin Extended-Release 12 Hour Cough Relief controls and relieves symptoms all day or all night. It’s available in grape or orange flavor, and works well for children ages 4 and up. (Please note, certain Children’s Robitussin products are only suitable for children ages 6 and up so I am always sure to read the box for instructions). Another great option is Children’s Dimetapp Multi-Symptom Cold Relief Dye-Free, which eases your child’s stuffy and runny nose and quiets a bothersome cough. The Children’s Dimetapp comes in a great-tasting grape flavor that’s dye-free, for children ages 6 and up.

*Note, bolded because this is important: Remember to always read and keep the cartons for complete warnings and dosing information on Pfizer Pediatric products and to use as directed.

Find out more information on the Sick Just Got Real site and Facebook page.

 

DIY Detailing Gives You the Feel of a New Car!

love having my car detailed; it gives me the feeling that I’m driving a brand-new vehicle, which is always fun! There’s just something nice about having a pristine-feeling car. No matter what your circumstance, detailing your vehicle is a way to pamper yourself – and your car. If you’re not willing, or able, to shell out the money for someone else to detail your car, don’t worry! Here are some steps to do it yourself and save money.

1.     Buff your paint. A good car wash goes a long way, but use an oscillating buffer with some polish to really make your car gleam. Follow up by waxing your car and you’ll get a great shine to your car’s exterior that will definitely make it feel new!

2.     Use an air compressor. There are lots of nooks and crannies you just can’t reach with a vacuum, so an air compressor can really make a difference in the depth of cleaning you’re able to achieve. Borrow one, rent one, or invest in one – regardless of how you acquire one, you’ll be glad you did. An air compressor loosens dirt from the carpet and seats, making it easier for you to clean.

3.      Remove all mats from your vehicle before vacuuming. Vacuum the interior well (after using the air compressor, of course) and take care of the mats while they’re outside of the car. While the mats are out, go ahead and wash them with a steam cleaner to get them looking great before you put them back in your vehicle.

4.     Use glass cleaner inside and out. You might not really think about cleaning the insides of your windows, but that’s where all the fingerprints are (or, if you’re like us, nose prints from your dogs that ride in the vehicle). Get your windows sparkling by using glass cleaner (a spray or wipes) on the interior and exterior of your windows.

5.     Wipe down all hard surfaces with a cleaner. You’ll remove any grime or dust settled on the car, and then you can finish off the job with something like Armor All to give a little added shine. Wipe your dashboard, of course, but also think about wiping off other hard surface areas you might not typically consider like around the doors where people put their hands, or on area where you clip your seatbelt in.

Keeping Cool During Cold Season

This post has been sponsored by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare.

We are in the midst of winter, and I think we all know what that brings. Yes, beautiful snowy vistas (if you don’t live in Texas, that is), but also: cold and flu season.

The symptoms of a cold can range from uncomfortable to pretty debilitating! If you’ve ever tried working through a cold you know how hard it can be to concentrate due to the pain. And of course the flu is even worse, with aches and pain all over.

When your cold and flu symptoms become too much to handle, Advil Cold & Sinus is the number one pharmacist-recommended brand. It combines Advil, of course, which is the number one selling pain reliever, with a powerful nasal decongestant. It provides fast, powerful relief when you need it most. Just ask for it at the pharmacy counter!

You might just be able to stock up on Advil Cold & Sinus, chicken noodle soup and anything else you’ll need to make it through cold season – Pfizer is graciously providing a $25 VISA gift card for me to give away! Just enter via Rafflecopter below.

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A Kid-Friendly Plan for Keeping Your Car Clean

I have three children, ages 9, 7, and 4. We are on the go quite a bit, and each of my children brings items into the car as we’re out and about. They like to bring toys and books, which is all good and well until we have the equivalent of a toy store in the back of our vehicle!

It doesn’t always happen, but it’s a goal of mine to keep our car presentable; my standard is having it clean enough that we wouldn’t be embarrassed to offer someone a ride. Here are a few ways I’ve learned to manage the mess, even with kids!

1.     Schedule car washes. Taking the car to be washed just wasn’t on my radar, but now it’s something we do at least twice a month. When we get it washed we always follow it up with cleaning out and vacuuming the interior, so this ensures that we have an opportunity for deeper cleaning every couple of weeks. If you’re adverse to spending money on a car wash, you can schedule a weekend day to do it yourself at home – or better yet, make the kids do it! It can be a fun task that they might actually enjoy.

2.     Make smart car food choices. I think most parents will agree it’s pretty unrealistic to suggest a no-eating rule in the car. I have instituted this rule on occasion, and it definitely makes life harder. When we’re running late in the morning, it’s easier to let the kids eat breakfast on the drive to school. I’ve learned that we have to pick the right types of food – granola bars work well; cereal with lots of small pieces does not – and that we need to package food in the right way to help keep crumbs at bay.  When the children do bring cereal, we put it in a larger baggie, filling it only about ¼ of the way. You don’t want leftovers, because those will inevitably be spilled. I prefer to give the kids drinks in cups with lids because juice boxes often get unintentionally squeezed and make a big mess.

3.     Always throw trash away when you get gas. You’re standing around waiting for the gas to pump anyway – why not be productive? This will help keep trash from piling up and seeming like a daunting task to tackle.

4.     Provide a basket for each child in the car.  Go to the dollar store and get each of your children a small basket. Every so often have the kids bring their basket in and purge the car of various toys and items that have made their way into the vehicle over the past week.

5.     Keep baby wipes on hand. These are great for cleaning spills, wiping down the hard surfaces in the car, and cleaning up the kids, too. Quick wipe-ups help prevent stains from setting in and can curtail a sticky mess before it spreads.

Be Prepared in 2017 – Make an Emergency Kit for Your Vehicle!

The start of a new year is a perfect time to get organized. When it comes to being on the road, it can be crucial that you have a proper emergency kit stashed away in the trunk of your car – you definitely want to be prepared! It’s really simple to put together a kit of materials you might need in various situations, and you’ll sure be glad you did! You can buy pre-assembled kits, but if you make your own you can save money and end up with a kit that’s custom for your needs. Here are five things to include in a vehicle emergency kit:

1Fire extinguisher. This might not be something you think of automatically to have in your car, but think about how many times you’ve seen vehicles on fire on the side of the road. It’s good to be prepared! Make sure you get one rated for Class B (those that involve flammable/combustible liquids, like gasoline, diesel fuel and kerosene) or C (those involving electrical equipment like switches and batteries) fires.

2First-aid kit. You probably have one of these in your home (and if you don’t, add that to your shopping list, too!) and it’s just as important to have one in your car. This can be one of those things we knowwe need, but we never get around to purchasing. Neosporin, band-aids, antiseptic wipes, gauze, adhesive tape, and aspirin are all great things to include. Your family might have specific medical needs that you want to consider, too. We have been really glad to have band-aids in the car on several occasions!

3Jumper cables. We have these, and just recently were able to help a friend whose battery had died. If our car dies, it’ll make it a lot easier for us to get help by already having jumper cables. They’re inexpensive and compact, so it makes sense to have these on hand.

4Blankets. While it’s still cold these can be especially important to have. In winter, if you get stranded you’ll be thankful for the warmth. In the summer, if you get caught in a hail storm a blanket might be your only line of defense between you and the hail. If you have to fix a flat tire and are surrounded by rough terrain, you could lay the blanket down underneath you while you work.

5Foam tire sealant.  This is an inexpensive, temporary solution when you get a flat tire, and I think everyone should own a can. It could mean the difference in you being stranded in the middle of nowhere or making it to the nearest town for help!

While you’re assembling your kit, try and think of any other items you might need – and feel good about getting prepared for 2017 travel!

Don’t Forget to Make New Year’s Resolutions for your Vehicle!

It’s hard to believe that 2017 is already here! If you’re like me, you’ve probably made resolutions to get healthier this year. Add your vehicle’s health to your resolution list while you’re at it! Maintaining your vehicle will make you – and your wallet – happier when you look back on the year.

1.     Schedule regular tune-ups for your vehicle. Make sure your filters aren’t too dirty, that your fluid levels are where they need to be, and that everything is running smoothly. Our auto place even offers free check-ups in between oil changes, because they recognize that it’s a great way to keep your car in tip-top shape.

2.     Keep up with oil changes for your vehicle when needed. If you think you’re saving money by stretching out the time between oil changes, you’re not doing yourself any favors. It can actually end up costing you more in the long run because it can end up causing damage to your vehicle. Skipping an oil change leads to a less-efficient car with more potential for problems. Keep all your fluids topped off – most oil change places will tell you if your other fluid levels are too low.

3.     Declutter your car every day. I have three kids, so clutter is king in our car. I have to make a conscious effort to clean up as we exit the car each day or the clutter piles up before I know it! It’s easy to think that you’ll throw that coffee cup away tomorrow, but I promise that if you get into the habit it’s just as easy to go ahead and throw it away today. It only takes a minute to work on it a little each day, and then you don’t end up with a monumental task. If you have children like I do, make them clean up their trash – and bring in toys – every day, too. You’ll all feel better traveling in a clean car, and then you won’t be embarrassed to give someone a ride.

4.     Listen and look for things that are out of the ordinary for your vehicle. You’re with your car day in and day out, so you are familiar with what sounds and behaviors are normal. If you notice a weird clanking, buzzing, or humming, it’s worth getting it looked at. Right now it might be a minor problem, but if you put off taking care of the issue now it can turn into something big – and expensive.

5.     Maintain your tires and have them rotated regularly. Tire blowouts are not fun, but they can happen easily if your tires are worn or if you have nail in the tire that you’re not aware of. Keep an eye out for the condition of your tires, and look for things that might be stuck in them. Check your air pressure, too. Most cars now have a warning if your air pressure gets too low, but a simple tire gauge is a great tool to have around. Rotate the tires so they wear evenly.

Make the resolution to take great care of your car for the coming year with these five simple steps!

Kitchen Must-Have: Hamilton Beach Professional 14 Cup Dicing Food Processor

My contributor received a Hamilton Beach food processor to facilitate this review, and Hamilton Beach provided the food processor for the associated giveaway.

Frugal Novice contributor Debbie really knows her way around the kitchen, so she was perfect to test out the Hamilton Beach professional food processor sent my way for review. In fact, she regularly hosts a group of friends at her house for dinner, so she was able to use the food processor to make food for an upcoming gathering and share her opinions of the machine:

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I decided to try out several preparations of ingredients with the food processor to really get a feel for the variety of options it provides, and first started with dicing a potato. If you’ve ever done this manually, you know how hard it can be to get uniform cuts – so it’s really appealing to get the job done with a food processor instead!

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Here’s what the setup looks like – there’s a blade that spins around and then the potato will also be pushed through the grid, giving me nice cubed pieces of potato.

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The dicing worked really well and I’m happy with the finished product.

I did notice some potato left on the top of the disc when I removed it from the processor:

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The food processor comes with a device to help clean the dicer; there’s a bit of a learning curve in getting it to line up right, but once I got the hang of it I was able to use it to remove the leftover pieces of potato.

You can see in the video above that there’s a locking handle on this food processor. It holds everything together well and keeps the machine stable, along with the help of suction cups underneath.

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After dicing the potato I decided to try slicing cucumbers. The slicing disc has 15 different thicknesses to choose from, giving you a lot of options for various needs.

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Last but not least I used the shredding disc to shred cheddar for homemade pimento cheese.

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It worked really quickly, saving a lot of time and effort that would have been used if I’d shredded the cheese by hand.

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There was a little bit of cheese left on the disc, but not too much.

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Looks great, don’t you think? All set for making some amazing pimento cheese.

The Hamilton Beach Professional 14-cup food processor provides a lot of power and efficiency, and has some really smart features built in  – the suction cups and locking handle mentioned above, but also…

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a spot for the cord to be stored. Genius.

…and…

a storage container for all the parts and pieces. Love this!

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The Hamilton Beach Professional 14-cup food processor is a great tool to have in your kitchen arsenal, and I’m looking forward to making many more dishes with its help.

You might just be able to see how great it is for yourself! One lucky reader will win their very own food processor just like the one shown above. Enter via Rafflecopter below!

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Saving Money at CVS is Even Easier with Digital Receipts! #ReceiptYouLater

I’m proud to be working with CVS Pharmacy on the CVS Says Receipt You Later Campaign. All opinions expressed are my own, and all product claims or program details shared should be verified at CVS.com or with the appropriate manufacturers.

love to find bargains. I mean, the name of my blog has “frugal” in it, so it’s probably no surprise that I swoon a little when I find ways to save money.  And right now, while everyone’s budgets are recovering from Christmas, it’s the perfect time to find ways to stretch your dollar.

I’ve loved the CVS ExtraCare program for a long time, because I’ve gotten many great deals with their discounts. It’s better than ever now, because CVS has introduced Digital Receipts. I always have my phone with me, which means I now also always have my CVS coupons with me, right in the CVS Pharmacy app.

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Here’s the home screen for my app – I can easily view my deals and rewards, and can even store my ExtraCare card on my phone for store employees to scan when I’m shopping.

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CVS’s digital receipts totally simplify my life by going paperless; my wallet isn’t cluttered with long paper receipts, and I know my ExtraCare deals/coupons can be easily accessed (and not lost!). I know I’ll end up saving more money than ever because of this! I love that CVS is so committed to their customers’ needs – they heard loud and clear that we love coupons and special offers, but wanted a paperless option – and they provided it with their digital receipts!

I love how personalized the CVS app is – I’ll receive exclusive benefits, personalized savings offers, quarterly ExtraBucks and more. All of my personal preferences are saved for future transactions via email so everything is tailored for my needs.

If you don’t have access to digital receipts, here’s how to get started:

Just complete a simple, one-time opt-in process in store that includes enrolling in the ExtraCare Rewards program if you’re not already a member. Be sure and provide a valid email address so you can receive your digital receipts. Just ask a store associate! You can also download the free CVS Pharmacy app to make it even easier to manage your coupons and rewards.

Once you’re enrolled as an ExtraCare member, you will have all receipts delivered digitally via email. You will continue to receive exclusive benefits, personalized savings offers, available ExtraBucks Rewards and more, which can be redeemed in store by using a smartphone, tablet or computer, and then simply selecting the “send to card” button found next to each offer. Additionally, all personal preferences are saved for future transactions. You will always be able to specifically request a paper copy of your receipt at the time of the transaction if you’d like one!

Get 2017 off to a great, budget-friendly, organized start and sign up for CVS Digital Receipts today. Your wallet will thank you. #ReceiptYouLater #CVS

Oriental Trading Makes Christmas Parties a Hit!

I received items from Oriental Trading to help facilitate my review. All opinions are honest and are my own.

I love being room mom for my son’s class – and part of the fun of being room mom is planning the class Christmas party. I knew immediately that the place to go for all my Christmas party supplies was Oriental Trading Company. For one thing, I’ve used them many times so I’m confident in the quality of their products, but for another, I know they have a huge variety of items available, so I’ll be able to find whatever I’m looking for.

I found super cute plates and napkins (as you can see above). I always feel like those are key in setting a fun party atmosphere for kids, and these really do the trick.

My son’s favorite thing I got was these fun reindeer glasses. They’re so inexpensive that everyone in the class was able to get a pair – they make for great photos!

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I ordered some really awesome looking wood trees for the kids to decorate, but they ended up being out of stock (be sure and order early, since so many people shop at Oriental Trading) so I used some cute pompom balls and green paint to let kids decorate little wood rectangles and make Christmas ornaments.

No matter what kind of party you’re planning, Oriental Trading is definitely the go-to for all your supplies!

Keep Your Family Safe and Secure with Kaspersky

This post is brought to you by Kaspersky Lab and The Motherhood. All opinions in this blog are my own.

Kids – and families in general – are more digitally connected now than ever before. Whether it’s through computers, tablets, or smart phones, there’s a lot of online activity in most homes. Brian and I try to be vigilant about monitoring what the kids are accessing, but it’s still a good idea to have something more in place for protection. That’s where Kaspersky Lab comes in. They’ve got a gift for keeping families safe, and right now (until January 10, 2017) you can take advantage of  an incredible deal – up to 50% off of all their core products including:

    • Kaspersky Antivirus
    • Kaspersky Internet Security
    • Kaspersky Total Security (best protection for families!)

Kaspersky Total Security is an amazing deal, especially with the discount! You can:

  • Secure computers, smartphones and tablets with multi-device protection
  • Shop and bank safely with award-winning Safe Money technology
  • Protect, monitor and set limits for your kids online with Safe Kids technology
  • Stop webcam hackers from spying into your home
  • Confirm the security of your Wi-Fi connection
  • Easily create, sync and manage your passwords
  • Backup valuable data for free online—including photos and videos

It can be hard sometimes finding the right security to use – You want to make sure you go with a company you can really trust! Kaspersky Lab is a brand you can feel secure (see what I did there?) in using, and here’s why:

  • 1st place in 60 independent tests and reviews
  • 400 million users around the world
  • 800 million threats stopped last year alone—including ransomware
  • AV-Comparatives’ top-rated product—5 straight years

Don’t forget to shop before January 10 to take advantage of savings up to 50% off! Click here to get started on the path to cyber security for your family.

Fogo de Chao – Decadent Dining Experience!

We received meals to facilitate our review. All opinions are honest and are our own.

Several years ago Brian and I got the opportunity to eat at a Fogo de Chao in Austin, and we loved it. We’ve told the kids for years about what a fun dining experience it is (not to mention amazingly delicious), so we were really thrilled with the opportunity to introduce them – and my mother-in-law (Brian’s stepdad had already been) – to the restaurant on our recent trip to Dallas. We visited the Addison location and had a truly lovely meal.

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If you’re not familiar with Fogo de Chao, let me give you the most important piece of information – come HUNGRY. There is an abundance of exquisite food, and trust me, you’ll want to try it all. The salad bar alone is stocked with all sorts of cheeses, fruits, veggies & more – and if you go to brunch there are other offerings out as well!

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If you looked at the salad bar alone you’d think you’d won the lottery, but the real heart of the Fogo de Chao experience is the meat. Every guest receives a two-sided card. One one side it’s red, meaning servers should stop bringing meat, and on the other it’s green, meaning you’re ready for more.

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There are a ton of different options to try – filet, strip steak, ribs, lamb, pork, beef, chicken – and it’s all delicious. A server will ask you how you’d like your meat cooked (when applicable) and then give you a portion to place on your plate.

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Beyond that, the sides brought to the table are amazing, too!

Our fabulous waiter, Antonio, had us try the bolo de fuba, which is a corn cake served with a banana whipped cream – so good. We loved the polenta, caramelized bananas, and creamy whipped potatoes, too.

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And y’all, the bread. It is light, airy, cheesy popover-style rolls called pao de queijo. I seriously couldn’t get enough of them and wish I could have them every day.

At this point I’m sure you can tell that the food is totally worth a visit, but what takes Fogo de Chao even more over the top is the service. The manager Tony was gregarious and welcoming, our waiter Antonio was always ready to pull out our chairs for us and was constantly on top of any need we might have. If you want to feel pampered, Fogo de Chao is the place to be. Thanks to Tony and his team for running a top notch restaurant through and through. We’ll definitely be back!

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Also, don’t miss this great news!

From Monday – Thursday, now through Jan. 2all military veterans and active duty personnel will receive 40% off their dinner or 25% off their lunch (valid for the full Churrasco experience; reservations required, just mention “Military Holiday” when making reservation).

Here are Fogo de Chao’s holiday hours:

  • Christmas Eve: 11:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
  • Christmas Day: 12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • New Year’s Eve: 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
  • New Year’s Day: 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Their special holiday menu includes such items as:

  • Seasonal Beef Roast
  • Sweet Potato Casserole
  • Butternut & Sweet Potato Soup
  • Roasted Butternut Squash and Pear & Endive Salads

Don’t miss out on a truly one-of-a-kind dining experience – check out Fogo de Chao this holiday season!

ICE! at Gaylord Texan is the Perfect Family Getaway

We received tickets to ICE! to facilitate our review. All opinions are honest and are our own.

We, like most other families, feel like we’re busy all the time – and especially so during the holidays. It seemed, then, like the perfect idea to get away and do something fun for the whole family. The Gaylord Texan is less than three hours away, and we set our sights on going to the ICE! exhibit.

We stayed one night at the Gaylord as part of our trip, and I can’t recommend enough adding this to your itinerary. It was so nice getting back to our room at the end of a busy day and just relax. I’ll tell you more about our room in a bit (spoiler alert: it was amazing), but first let’s talk about the whole reason we went – ICE! The theme this year is Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, a classic theme that was nostalgic for the adults and charming for the kids.

If you’ve never been to ICE! before, you should know that there are lines to get in – as with anything that’s immensely popular, there are a lot of people that want to go. We knew this ahead of time and were prepared, which made the waiting much more pleasant. Our solution? We bought a huge bag of popcorn and a big bag of cotton candy for the 5 kids to share. This worked great! You might also want to bring along a book for each child (something Christmas-themed would be perfect) to read while you’re waiting.

The Gaylord does a wonderful job of decorating the areas so that it feels magical and fun. In one waiting area, you’re surrounded by what looks like various machines for toy making. In another, there’s a giant rotating ice mountain and mist floating down with snowflakes shining on it.

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Once you get very close to entering the exhibit, everyone receives a thick blue parka to wear. Another tip is to bring along your own gloves, hats, and scarves – this helps keep everyone warmer! The kids looked adorable in their parkas.

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Brian and his mom looked pretty cute, too!

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Once we got into the exhibit area I was really pleased with how easy it was to see each exhibit. It didn’t seem crowded at all, and we were able to go through at our own pace without feeling rushed. We could stop and look at all the details, and could take as many photos as we wanted – and trust me, there are so many things to take photos of! The attention to every aspect of the experience is beyond what you’d even expect. It was utterly impressive, and we were all wowed by the artists’ work.

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Check out the beautiful nativity, too:

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At the end of the exhibit there is a whole room filled with ice slides the whole family can go down – the kids thought this was a lot of fun and wanted to go down several times!

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If you want to check on tickets or get more info on ICE! click here – it’s running through January 1!

Once we left the exhibit we went and got hot chocolate – the perfect treat to warm up with after being SO cold! Afterward we went over to the adjacent area, which had all sorts of activities to choose from. We got to meet some characters:

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We also did the snow tubing, which was a hit with everyone. We got to go down the slopes 12 times, and the lines moved pretty quickly for this attraction. Living in Texas our chances for tubing down a snowy hill are pretty slim, so this was especially fun for all of us!

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There are so many activities to choose from! We already decided we want to go back next year and try out some of the other options, like cookies & milk with Mrs. Claus, an elf scavenger hunt, and throwing real snowballs!

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We really enjoyed walking around the vast atrium of the Gaylord and looking at all the different decorations. It is absolutely beautiful, and we had fun taking photos at various settings.

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We did photos with Santa, too!

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I’ve got to talk about our room a bit, too, because it was honestly a huge highlight of the trip for the kids too. We walked into the suite and all three of them said “Wow!!!” – I decided to do a little video tour so you can see for yourself what a perfect setup this is for families:

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The kids loved the view outside our room and spent a ton of time hanging out on the balcony, looking at lights and watching people walk by. This was our view at night – so pretty, isn’t it?

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This was an absolutely wonderful getaway for our family – the kids loved it and didn’t want to leave! They shared their favorite parts of our stay:

We can’t wait to go back and stay at the Gaylord again – they have fun things all throughout the year so we’ll be looking for opportunities to go and have another wonderful weekend getaway!