SeaWorld San Antonio 50th Celebration – Sea of Surprises

After a fun (albeit wet!) weekend at the Woodlands Resort, my family and I decided to venture a little further from home for a second adventure during Spring Break…to San Antonio! We stayed at the very cool Hyatt Hill Country Resort and enjoyed a day at SeaWorld.

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As a SeaWorld Ambassador, I was given a season pass so I can help kick-off celebrations like this. Let me just say, this is going to be a great year for SeaWorld San Antonio! For 18-months, SeaWorld is going to be celebrating with a new Shamu show, animal encounters, entertainment and special giveaways and prizes.

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We loved the Bubble Blowout mobile lab that greeted us when we arrived for the celebration and can now be found throughout the park. We also enjoyed seeing the beautiful Flamingos (check out Flamingo Cove as soon as you enter the park) and are excited about the other special animal encounters they have planned.

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Surprise Squad

When you visit the park, be on the look out for the Surprise Squad. These teams started wandering around SeaWorld on March 21st, giving away all sorts of prizes. I don’t know exactly what all the great giveaways will be, but I will say that when we were there, we saw them go up to a family taking a break on a bench and they gave them all-day dining passes! I hear that prizes will range from special gifts to even trips!

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Recycled Sculptures

We LOVED a new addition to the park, four sculptures all made out of recycled debris collected from beaches. A SeaWorld staff member told us that SeaWorld has collected 30 tons of debris over the last four years and used 98 percent of it to make 30 sculptures! Four of them reside at SeaWorld San Antonio including a penguin, jellyfish, shark and starfish. These sea-themed sculptures, many of which weigh more than half a ton, were so impressive and a great way to discuss ways we all can reduce, reuse and recycle. We also had fun playing “I spy” as we found bottles, bags, and other recognizable items that made up each sculpture.

You can learn more about projects like these at  SeaWorldCares.com.

A Great Deal

If you want to visit SeaWorld this year (we are going back in the summer and again in the fall for their special holiday celebrations!) now is a great time to get your passes. For a limited time, when you buy one SeaWorld San Antonio Fun Card, you get one free! Click here to find out more about this deal for unlimited admission through 12/31/14. The normal cost for a fun card is $65 for adults and $55 for kids (kids ages 3 and under are free).

As a SeaWorld ambassador, my family and I were given annual passes in order to visit the park for review purposes. No compensation was received and as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own! 

Getting Ready for Disney Social Media Moms with Magic At Play Clothing from Kohl’s (Giveaway!)

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I’m so excited to be attending the Disney Social Media Moms Conference again this year! It’s an unbelievable opportunity to learn from industry experts while having fun at the happiest place on earth! This year the conference is at Disneyland and there have been hints that some of the speakers will include Maxine Clark; Build A Bear, Doug Bowman; Twitter and Donald Driver; Super Bowl Champion. An awesome speaker line-up, the opportunity to network with incredibly talented bloggers and social media experts AND the chance to play at the park with my family? Dream. Come. True.

Needless to say, my family and I can’t wait to go next week…but we need to start packing. Preparing for a family vacation to Disney combined with a conference can be tricky. We don’t want to forget any park essentials (water bottles, back pack, sunscreen) along with conference must-haves (laptop, camera, mobile chargers). Check out some preparation and packing tips I posted about our Disney World trip last year.

And then there’s the most important part…what to wear!

We like to show our #DisneySide at home with Disney-themed clothes featuring Princesses, our favorite movie characters and (of course) classic Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Wearing Disney-inspired clothes at Disneyland is a must, so we were thrilled to learn about Magic at Play, a clothing collaboration between Disney and Kohl’s that came out April 3, 2014. I was given a gift card to Kohl’s so I could check out the apparel line by Jumping Beans for infants, toddlers, boys sizes 4-7 and girls sizes 4-6x and share what I thought with you.

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Annie had so much fun, but admittedly had a hard time deciding which pieces to choose from because there were so many options available at Kohl’s in stores and online. In the end she selected three tops, a pair of shorts, leggings and a dress. We loved the blinged out Mickey shirt and the subtle hints of Minnie on the sundress. A major plus….many of the pieces go together, giving you more outfit options. Also, Kohl’s often offers many sales and coupons so you can maximize your dollars. When we went, the entire Magic at Play Jumping Beans clothing line was 30 percent off. We also had an addition 20 percent off coupon AND a $10.00 off coupon that you can use if you spend $30 in apparel for children. Saving money on cute clothes makes me so happy.

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What do you think…pretty cool, right? Want to make your dollar stretch even further so you can get more from the collection? How about a giveaway for a $50.00 Kohl’s giftcard?!

A GIVEAWAY!

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Thank you Kohl’s for giving us a gift card to purchase Disney Jumping Bean apparel in order to review. No other compensation was received and as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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Daddy’s Girl

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