Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Fun at Lake Buena Vista Mall free Treats!

Free, Safe Fun at Lake Buena Vista Mall! While there check out the many great stores.

The Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores
15657 S Apopka Vineland Rd (SR 535)
Orlando, FL 32821

Going to be in or around Ocoee, Fl for Halloween?

Free haunted house for kids - Everyone is welcome it is for all age groups, it is made for kids but all ages enjoy it, it's fun spooky and scarey!

Located on Leslie Ann Lane, Ocoee, FL 34761

Doors will open at 6:45pm to 9:00pm

Free Candy and Halloween treats for all

Going to be in or around Kissimmee, Fl this Halloween??

FREE Haunted House in Canoe Creek Lakes. Old Canoe Creek to Zion, then 2nd left at Jess Evers on to Culdesac Ct. NOT for small children, though we have treats for them outside. Oct 31st from 6:30pm to 9:00pm Bring a change of shorts.

Happy Halloween from 7 Kids and Us

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Baby & Co Online Website for Your Infant Needs

Baby & Co is a online website that sells all your baby product needs. The site includes everything like, cribs, strollers, car seats even down to basics of linens and more. So check out Baby & Co for your infant needs. Baby & Co is a family run nursery business based in Keynsham, Bristol.
 Nuna Pepp Stroller in YellowI LOVE this stroller!
Nuna Pepp Stroller in Yellow is a unique lightweight stroller with a compact fold in half fold allowing you to easily get on with your day to day life. Once folded the pushchair will self stand, with a carry handle and trolley function to transport safely and hassle free.

The Pushchair has a comfortable seat with fully reclining 3 position backrest with an adjustable 5 point anti loop harness system. The over sized removable canopy with flip out visor will keep your little shaded.

The Pepp is easy to use and manoeuvre with its energy absorbing frame with front wheel suspension, adjustable handlebar and one touch central braking system.

Herb Garden Moses Basket

Lollipop lane Herb Garden Wicker Moses basket includes a wipe clean mattress.
The Herbs Garden bedding range from Lollipop Lane features Herbert the Donkey and his beautiful garden he loves to look after and keep. Have a great adventure in the garden with Herb and his growing plants. Herbs Garden from Lollipop lane comes in a combination of neutral colours with embroidery of Herb and his garden. Exact designs vary per piece.

Teething Ring by MariaTurnerCreations

Sarah is 8 months old now and has a bunch of teeth coming in which makes for an unhappy baby! I was very grateful to receive this personalized teething ring from MariaTurnerCreations on Etsy.

The 2.75" wood rings are hand sanded and polished with all natural olive oil and bees wax, then personalized with your child's name burned into the ring. The wash cloth that is attached is one side flannel cotton, and the other is terry cloth cotton for absorbing drool.

I know this would make a great gift, along with break for mom toy.

Maria has a few more items in her shop on which she makes which will fit your infant needs and wants. At MariaTurnerCreations items are priced from $10-$20 which avg price is $10. Great one of a kind gift for this holiday season.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Halloween Fun at Dinosaur World

Halloween Fun at Dinosaur World

Tampa Bay Lighting Representatives to hand out trick or treat candy!

thunderbug Have a Prehistoric Halloween Treat! Little ghouls and goblins visiting Dinosaur World in costume on Wednesday, October 31, will receive a treat and free admission with a paid adult admission. Children must be accompanied by an adult for safety reasons. This offer is valid during normal business hours, there are no extended hours or evening special events.

Stop by the Tampa Bay Lightning Thunder Bugs Kids Club Table between 2:00 and 5:00 pm. Kids can get stickers, tattoos, candy and Kids Club information! The Lightning representatives will be inside the giftshop so park admission is not necessary to visit the kids club table.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Shark Light Switch Cover by Kitty In Pink DIY Review

So, I am still working on Xander's room transformation, and in doing so I was offered to review this really nice Shark Switch Plate by the Etsy Shop 

When Xander got the Switch Plate in the mail he was SO excited that he grabbed the screwdriver and didn't even want to wait for me to get before pics lol 

I LOVE the way the Switch Cover makes his room look, I also am in love with so  many of her other designs (I might have to get one for each room!) 

The switch Plate Covers are just $7.25 and she has SO many unusual covers for everyone in the family!

Hand Grenade Light Switch Plate Cover 

Bacon Light Switch Plate Cover 

Magical Unicorn Light Switch Plate Cover

SUPER Cute Camera/Phone Case by Button Bright Review

I am not a purse person. 
I hate carrying a purse. 
I think it's because I have no shoulders, I mean seriously it's like neck, arm. 
Nothing else. 

That's why when I started looking for a case for my phone, and since Casey and I go to Disney and out and around SO much I knew I wanted something SAFE for my phone, but also easy to carry. 

Then I came across the Etsy shop
The shop had such CUTE cases, all handmade and one of a kind. 
The one I chose has really cute orange flowers and a yellow strap which reminds me of bumblebees. 

My phone, my credit card and some cash all fit really nicely inside and are perfect for a day out with everyone, I also love that my phone is so easy to get to because I use it to take pictures of everything we do, and it's always a pain to have to dig for it!

Has other cases to choose from including eye glass cases, all starting at $12.50!

I was given the cell phone case at no charge for my review, though the review is strictly my own opinion, I was not paid to write a positive review. 

Pumpkin Caramel Cupcakes in a Jar Review by DotsandDoilies

When I was given the opportunity to review these Pumpkin Caramel Cupcake Jars by the Etsy shop Dots and Doilies  
I was SUPER excited! Not only is Pumpkin one of my all-time favorite flavors (my mom actually at one time considered opening a Pumpkin Shop locally, a place that served all varieties of everything PUMPKIN) but I also LOVE cupcakes. 

When I received the package, I opened it up and saw the cutest little mason jars PACKED with pumpkin goodness!


The frosting on top is a cream cheese frosting, which makes the pumpkin flavor really stand out. 
In the middle there is a cream (which Casey described as cheesecake like) I didn't get to that part in mine because my husband saw it and took off with it! 

Seriously, he always does that! I guess I need to start reviewing FOOD items when he is at work :-) 

Bottom line, these are $10 for a pair, she offers tons of different flavors on her "design your own" ad\

-Double Vanilla
-Double Chocolate
-Chocolate Caramel
-Chocolate Peanut Butter
-Vanilla Raspberry
-Banana Chocolate
-Very lemon
-Chocolate Vanilla
-Red Velvet
-Carrot Cake
-Peanut butter and jelly

Seasonal flavors:
-Pumpkin Spice
-Caramel Apple
-Apple cinnamon
-Apple pecan
-Brown sugar maple  


Gatorland Florida Halloween Special!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Spiderman Hooded Towel by NanaBananasGifts

Joshua received a full size hooded spiderman towel from NanaBananasGifts. We have had many character towels before but normally the quality is bad or they are very small and pretty much useless. That was not the case with this towel! Its a very nice heavy duty beach towel, full adult size along with a hood, and "handles" to place hands in, to pull in the sides.
Debbie, the owner of NanaBananasGifts makes many other towels too, like hello kitty, bunnies, sharks and more which are priced at only $30. She also has blankets, security blankets, receiving blankets and much more.
I recommend Debbie's shop NanaBananasGifts if your looking for a one of a kind useful long lasting gift or for your own personal use.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Christmas Tutu from lilLoveBowtique

What a gorgeous tutu from lilLoveBowtique! Kati had it well packaged so all you have to do is fluff.
I love the colors its a festive bright neon green along with a red, completed with a cute mistletoe clip in the center which you can take off and place anywhere or in child's hair. Elizabeth loved it and kept doing the ballet pose with it.
At lilLoveBowtique all the tutu's are priced from $22 to $30 depending on which you choose, along with other things Kati makes as well like hair bows which are anywhere from $4-$9 dollars depending on design. She has holiday, football, and seasonal tutu's. Most orders she hopes to have complete within 3-5 days of your order so plenty of time to get in some festive shopping. So come check out lilLoveBowtique for your holiday attire.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Southern Banana Foster Bars Review and Giveaway

I am not really a sweets person. 
BUT I love to try new things, especially fun things like
Southern Bananas Foster Bars!

This was a treat that my whole family LOVED, in fact loved them so much
that I only got ONE in a package of 6!

The etsy shop 
Crumbles Cookie Factory 
makes SO many amazing desserts! 

Check out some of these..

Mini Tiffany Blue Velvet  Whoopie Pies 1 dozen
Mini Tiffany Blue Velvet Whoopie Pies

Red Velvet Swirl Brownies
Red Velvet Swirl Brownies

As you can see, it was quite difficult to pick out a favorite to try! 

Crumbles Cookies items start at around $8 which is a FABULOUS price, We really enjoyed everything, and I definitely recommend her brownies!

Crumbles Cookies has generously offered an item of choice to one of my readers, to enter use the rafflecopter form below, giveaway is open to US residents and ends 10/31/12 at 12:01am 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Personalized Ipod Touch Case by Colors and Friends Review

I love my iPod Touch. 
Well, I used to love it, until my kids took it from me and now I never get to see it!

When ever someone asks me 
"what is the best learning device for a child"
I always say
"There is nothing better than an Apple product, free downloads and fun for parents too!"

There are SO many great downloads that are fun and educational. 

One of the things I worry about though with my Ipod is that my kids will drop it. 

It has happened before. 

Though it wasn't my kids who did it, it was my husband!

He dropped my iPod and the screen cracked about 50 times, which Apple doesn't cover damage by dropping or water, so I had to buy a new one. 

Now, I want to protect it with a case, and when I saw these awesome personalized cases on Etsy, I knew I had to have one!

Offers many different styles and colors of iPod and iPhone cases, all personalized! 

Starting at just $16.99!! 

Here is the one I chose for my mom's iPod since my kids play with hers almost as much as they play with mine, and I am SO scared that they will drop and break it. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Taco Seasoning and Tea by Kitchen Stories Review

I was so excited to be contacted by the Etsy shop

They have so many wonderful items in their store, and I wanted to try them all!

First I was offered to sample their 
Love Me Tender Herbal Tea
Organic Herbal Tea. 100g Love me Tender. Rest and Relaxation. Loose Teas Dried Herbs Spices Sunny Yellow Kitchen. Gift for Him or Her. 

This Herbal tea is 100% organic. CAFFEINE FREE.

Ingredients: Organic chamomile, valerian root, rose hips, spearmint, hibiscus & lemon verbana.

When I opened the CUTEST LITTLE TIN IN THE WORLD I could smell the peppermint right away. 

I love that the tea is organic and caffeine free, because I am a night time tea drinker and I don't like it to keep me awake!. 

This tea retails for $12 for 100grams or about 3.6 ounces. 

It does not come in a tea bag, so you have to use a tea ball or a coffee maker (like i did!) 

The second item I was sent to review was the 
Mexican Spice Blend

Mexican Spice Blend for the Vacation and Margarita loving person in you.  Hola, Fiesta Time. 

Ingredients: Chili peppers, cumin, garlic, onion, oregano, paprika, red pepper, black pepper & salt. Some spices and herbs are packaged around nuts, wheat and soy products.
When I opened the tin, I could smell the cumin and it reminded me of a wonderful Mexican restaurant that my husband takes me to on special occasions. 

You can use this spice blend for tacos, fajitas, enchiladas, burritos and so much more!

A 4 ounce jar retails for just $6! 

has so many items to choose from all starting at around $6, I see so many of these that people in my family would love for the Holidays and they make great teacher gifts! I was thinking of a jar of the Mexican spice blend and a package of tortillas as a teacher gift!

The Taste of India: The Tandoor Bar Indian Spice Kit. 5 great spices and blends to take you on a trip through India. 

This is one that everyone in my house would appreciate!


Simply Vintage Candles Pineapple Candle Review

When I came across the Etsy shop Simply Vintage Candles
Not only was I drawn to the cute labels, but also the 
unusual scents, as my readers may know, I am particular about candle scents, 
and I am not crazy about anything "foodie" like cookie or cupcake. 

Simply Vintage Candles has many intriguing scents including
Pumpkin Spice
Pina Colada 
Juicy Pineapple

I chose to try the Juicy Pineapple, and I am 100% happy with the scent! 
I can't believe how authentic it is, I have tried ALOT of candles in my time, 
and most of the pineapple scents are not authentic at ALL!

16 oz Sweet Pumpkin Spice- Square Deal by Simply Vintage Candles

Simply Vintage Candles are soy, so they burn a LONG time, and they come in a cute little tin with a lid. 
The candles start at $10.75 and are very well worth the price. 

These would make a great Holiday gift for someone who loves candles. 

Check out their facebook page too!

We are a mother-daughter team who love the time we spend together. We are passionate about our candles and take great pride in pouring each one with care and detail. We hope that you enjoy our vintage candles half as much as we enjoy making them for you.  

8 oz Coconut Cabana by Simply Vintage Candles

Kissimmee, Fl Old Town Activities for October/Halloween

Old Town has all this going on during the month of October as well as car, truck, low rider, and motorcycle nights, on top of shopping, rides and more! Looking for something to do head out to Old Town.

Downtown Kissimmee Fl Haunted House

Paige took her kids last year and loved it, they did a great job on the scare factor

Downtown Kissimmee Fl Trick or Treat October 26th 2012

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Visit Ripley's Believe it or Not Orlando Florida for $5!

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Holds 2nd Annual Gimme Five Food Drive to Fight Hunger in 
Orlando Area  
Donate 5 cans of food and get a ticket to Ripley's Orlando Odditorium for only $5 from November 4-8
Orlando, Fla. (Oct. 15, 2012) - Ripley's Believe It or Not! is bringing back its Gimme Five Food Drive campaign to combat hunger in all the cities where it has Believe It or Not! Odditoriums.
This year's event will take place from Sunday, November 4 through Thursday, November 8. 
Here's how it works: guests who bring a donation of five non-perishable food items can get a ticket to Ripley's Believe It or Not! Orlando Odditorium for just $5 (regular adult ticket price is $19.99). All the food collected will go to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.
"This is a win-win situation," said Jim Pattison Jr., President of Ripley Entertainment Inc. "We're able to help needy families put food on the table and also offer a great discount when families visit our Odditoriums."

Last year's Gimme Five Food Drive netted more than 15,000 donations and helped feed tens of thousands of people across the country.
Facts on hunger in the Central Florida:
  • Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida has provided more than 33 million pounds of groceries over the past 12 months.
  • Second Harvest provides more than 500 nonprofit agencies in Central Florida with food to give to their clients.
  • Many food bank clients say their children have to skip meals because there is not enough money for food.
Suggested donations include juice, soup, beans, tuna, cereal, canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, pasta, tomato sauce and baby food.
Ripley's Orlando Odditorium is located at 8201 International Drive. Hours are from 9:00 am to midnight daily (last entry is at 11:00 pm).
Ripley's "Gimme Five" promotion may not be combined with any other offers. One discount ticket available for every 5 non-perishable food items donated.
Media contacts:
Joe Kasinski  
Director of Sales & Marketing, Ripley's Believe It or Not! Orlando Odditorium  
Tim O'Brien
VP Communications
Ripley Entertainment
615-646-7465 - office
615-496-5949 - cell
About Ripley Entertainment
Ripley Entertainment Inc. (, keepers of the venerable Ripley's Believe It or Not! brand, is a global leader in location-based entertainment, entertaining more than 12 million annually at its 80-plus attractions in 10 countries. In addition to its 32 Believe It or Not!Odditoriums, the Orlando, Florida-based company has publishing, licensing and broadcast divisions, best-selling books and the popular syndicated cartoon strip, Ripley's Believe It or Not!, that still runs daily in 42 countries. Ripley Entertainment is a Jim Pattison Company, the third-largest privately held company in Canada.

Down with Homework! Kids need Play and Family Time.

I hate public schools, I am grateful that I get a break from my kids but really when I have them they should be allowed to be KIDS! I only have 2 in school right now, I only see them on weekends and Wednesdays, because I work nights, husband days. It's crazy the amount of homework each child is given! They get home from school watch maybe 30 mins of tv or outside then do their homework, followed with shower, dinner then pretty much bed. So really when are they kids??? I mean hum the youth of America are fat? really? gee I wonder why? maybe cause they sit all day in a classroom with no recess and then come home to sit more eat and sleep yeah I see all that extra time to go play which is a huge help on staying fit. I mean they need to change the schools in general teach kids the basic then teach them how to survive! Teach them how to cook, clean, organize, work on cars, computers, music, and more teach them things that are USEFUL! I think it would help to have more hands on classes basic grade school then turn it into a college where kids can enjoy school.
I love how also the A.D.H.D. rises as well as Autism and such yes I believe that most is cause of shots but other cases is probably kids just having brain farts to where they can't sit still anymore. I know I cannot sit for 6 hours while someone talks away about nothing that I am interested in, so why should I think a kid who naturally has a bunch of energy will? I just wish that the school systems would at least ban homework and realize this is FAMILY time, I can understand every now and then projects or finishing work that was not completed at school but that should be it! Teachers are always saying they get underpaid which is probably the case so cut them a break from the extra work as well by taking out the homework. Flat out what happens when you overload anything it breaks so its not summer that makes kids forget its the fact that they have had it, it;s an overload and they crash.
Give our kids back their time to be kids!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

As most know October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month if anyone has anything they wish posted on the subject please feel free to contact us at and we will publish asap.

Please have written as you would like posted, include links if needed thanks to all, 7 Kids and Us.

Lets Help a Fan Win

Kristina is a fellow 7 Kids and Us fan, that would love some help to win a 8 piece living room set:
This is her story:
Please consider us! We just moved into a new house in a small town with my 88 week old son (no joke I just got an email that hes 88 weeks old today! lol) My dad died two years ago and my mom has moved in with us who has severe dementia at 59 years old. I'm pregnant with our second son and money is tight! It's about to be my husband's birthday on 10/23 and I would LOVE to surprise him with this giveaway. He deserves it so much for being there for me and my mom. Thank you!!
Please log into Facebook and Like 88hours and vote for Kristina 
Thanks from Kristina and 7 Kids and Us. 

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Don't throw that dress out just yet!

I have learned rarely to look at tags when buying my kids clothes cause most of the time the size might say a 6 but fits my 4 year old or say 4 and fit my 6 year old. That being said I cleaned out clothes for my daughter and realized she had a 6-9 month shirt on, well I guess cause the size it was meant to be a dress. I didn't ever think it was a dress it was her 12 month old shirt which was super cute. It works both ways some of my older daughters shirts make for a cute dress for Sarah. So before you donate that dress think to yourself would this make a cute shirt for when she is older?

She is wearing what is meant to be a dress for a 6-9 month old lol, it made a great shirt! This is my older daughters 2t shirt made a great dress!

Susan's Disney Family Giveaway!

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Sammi's Blog of Life: John Frieda Giveaway

Please check out a fellow blogger's giveaway! One winner gets a John Frieda Tool!

John Freida Giveaway

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Never wear a red shirt to Target

I made that mistake today, and got asked at least 4 times "where is the bathroom" or "where can I find..."
So just some advice....never wear a red shirt to Target.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Happy 29th Birthday Casey!!!!!

3 Guitar Prints by YassisPlace Review

So Just like how Xander's room is in makeover to a Big Boy Room, we are trying to make what was a spare bedroom into a room for Riley to call his own. 

Riley LOVES music, he loves guitars, drums, microphones, cymbals, keyboards..anything that makes music he is in love with. 

That's how I knew he would LOVE these guitar prints from the Etsy shop 

Guitar Art Children's Wall Art in red, black and white 3 pc set 8x10 by Yassisplace 

I don't have pictures of them on my wall yet, because I have to get them framed. 
When I took them out of the package Riley was SO excited! He loved them and read what it said right away!

That's what Riley is Born to Rock, and what I think is funny is that when I was pregnant with him I wore a shirt all the time that said "Future Rock Star" 
That's SO Riley. 

As soon as I get these awesome prints on my wall I will share a picture with all of you. 

YassisPlace sells over 500 different sets of prints, all for nursery's and kids rooms (though I was tempted to put some of them in MY room!)

The prices start at about $36 for a set of 3, and these prints are worth every penny, they are thick and very clear and shiny, I can see that in a frame they will last a LONG time.