Sunday, September 14, 2014

Summer Wardrobe

This is the best time of year to stock up on clothing for next summer.  I headed over to #oldnavy this weekend and picked up a couple of tops and shorts already for next summer and possibly another holiday next March.

There were a number of pieces that were under the five dollar mark which is an amazing deal.  Also, my receipt had a 15% off coupon if the customer satisfaction survey is completed.  I'll be completing that this week and visiting the Old Navy near my office to check out their selection as well.

Hope your all having an amazing week!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Fallsview Indoor Water Park

My family and I recently had the opportunity to visit Niagara Falls Fallsview Indoor Water Park.  After hearing many positive reviews from friends and family that had visited, we decided that it was our turn to go on a mini vacation. 

We stayed at the Sheraton Hotel that faced the Falls.  It was such a beautiful room.  My husband especially like that the balcony doors actually opened and that he was able to get the ultimate #selfie with the view of Niagara Falls in the same picture.  Most hotels do not provide doors or windows that open, but The Sheridan Hotel allows guests to access the beautiful Falls with a balcony.We were able to enjoy the fresh air and many delicious scents from the Niagara Falls tourist strip.   Our deluxe room had comfortable fluffy beds, a cozy fireplace and a gorgeous view of Niagara Falls.   The room was pristine, and truly felt like we were living in luxury.

Once we settled into our room we headed straight to the waterpark.  Fallsview Indoor WaterPark is a 3 acres of water fun for the entire family! It is a short walk across from Niagara Falls.  The Waterpark has many different attractions for all, including 16 waterslides, a wave pool, a large Beach House play area (where we spent most of our time) and a Tiny Tots Splash Park which is suitable for young children.  

Fallsview Water Park also encompasses an outdoor/roof top pool and sundeck, two large hot tubs and the Plant Hollywood Beach Club restaurant that has many different options for snacks and meals! You never have to leave the fun and excitement of the waterpark.   One of the great things about Fallsview WaterPark is that families can stay at The Sheraton Hotel or at the Crowne Plaza.  Both hotels are connected by a walkway to the Waterpark, which is really convenient for families that plan on playing and staying. 

We had the opportunity of trying out all the attractions at Fallsview Waterpark.  However, my three year old son adored the Beach House play area and we spent most of our time there.  Upon arriving, I was a little nervous on how he would do on the water slides.  I was relieved to find out that all the waterslides he was able to go on, I was able to go on as well.  This was huge relief for our family.  Having a nonstop 3 year old on the waterslides was exhausting for us, but we enjoyed every minute of it.

We ate at Planet Hollywood Beach club for lunch, which had many different items to pick from including many healthy options.   While enjoying our meal, our son played at the Jungle Beach playground which is located on the upper level, overlooking the waterpark.   My son was able to digest his meal and enjoy some land attractions!

My husband and I took shifts relaxing at the Horseshoe Hot Springs hot tubs, which is a perfect addition to taking a break from the little ones and having a few minutes to yourselves while still being able to watch what your children are doing from the gated area. 

Over the past few years my husband and I have been to many playgrounds, splash pads and pools with our son, but nothing compares to the cleanliness and comfortable water temperatures at Fallsview Waterpark.  Employees were constantly cleaning the playground, dining areas, and lawn chair areas.   I was extremely impressed regarding the vigilance of cleanliness at the waterpark. 

As most of you know, I love a great deal and greatly appreciated that there was no rental fees for lifejackets, towels and that baby swim diapers were being offered without a charge.  Next time, our swim bags will definitely be much lighter. The change rooms where very large and had many private shower areas. Best of all, there was a swimsuit dryer!

Once we left the waterpark, we quickly changed and headed over to the Rainforest Café, which is also conveniently located on the lower level of the Sheraton Hotel.  We had the most amazing meals and our waitress, Meghan, made our experience both memorable and enjoyable.  The atmosphere and realistic looking, the animals were exciting and it made our getaway even more special! Our son talked about Jungle and Rainforest for days! Our meals were delicious, hot and served in a timely manner, even though the restaurant was packed with customers, the customer service was outstanding.  

Overall our family had an amazing mini vacation at The Fallsview Waterpark, The Sheraton Hotel and dinner at the Rainforest café.  We are thoroughly looking forward to repeating this trip sometime soon! For any of you that are interested in visiting the Fallsview Waterpark, click the link posted on my blog and get an amazing deal… you won’t be disappointed!

Happy Couponing!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Amazing Week

Over the past couple of days, my family and I traveled down to Niagara Falls and lived the tourist life!  We stayed at the beautiful Sheraton Hotel and 'vacationed' at the Fallsview Indoor Waterpark.

I will be doing a complete review in the upcoming days of all the places to visited so that all of you can follow in our footsteps!

Happy Couponing!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Look for the Best Deal

Over the past couple of weeks my husband and I have attempting to book weekly family outings in and out of the GTA.  These little outings can be very expensive and we always try to save a much money as we can before we go.  Here are a couple of tips that we try and follow.

  1. Search online for coupons and deals.  We have saved a ton of money doing this!  Its unbelievable what you can find online.
  2. Pack your own lunch!  Spending money at the park for lunch can be very expensive.  Bringing a picnic lunch is far more affordable and if you have a craving for a snack its much cheaper than buying a whole meal for each person.
  3. There are some attractions that offer cheaper pricing after a certain time.  Check out their websites.
  4. Parking or Transit?  How much will it cost you to drive and park your car verses taking a bus or a train. Sometimes its easier to take transit than to struggle with parking at a theme park. 
  5. Bring your own drinks.  I always fill my backpack with a couple of water bottles or pop instead of buying it at the park.
  6. Don't buy t-shirts at theme park. Every year we go to Disney and I make sure to pick up a couple of Disney shirts at Walmart before we go.
This week we went bowling... a first for my son, and we're lucky to find a coupon on their website.

Tomorrow we are off to Safari Niagara and we're lucky enough to find another Groupon Deal that was half the cost of buying tickets at the park.

Lesson for today....  GOOGLE everything!

Happy Couponing

Friday, August 1, 2014

Garage Sale

We're finally having a family garage sale tomorrow in hopes of clearing out all of the stuff we've collected over the past few years.  It wasn't until we moved that I realized how much stuff we were actually hording! 

The last one we had was 3 years ago and we made about $150, which I though was really good, but now I think we can make more money as we have a LOT more to get rid of.  

We're hoping to get enough money this year to put towards a couple of bills and if we're lucky to get an iPad as well.  *wishful thinking*

(Pictures to follow)

My question to all of you is... how to get the most money out of your garage sale without being unreasonable!

Happy Couponing!