Sunday, March 18, 2018

Farewell to Parragon Books.

**This was not a paid post. My honest opinions were used, they are solely my own & they may vary from others.The products mentioned below have been provided by PaRragon for the review free of charge.**

This will sadly be my last post for the book buddies program with the company PaRragon books. I recently received a farewell email letting the reviewers who have worked with them know that PaRragon will be closing it's doors in the U.S which means the book buddies program will be ending as well. However they do still have locations in Europe, Asia, Australia and India if you live in those locations you will still be able to purchase books through them.

Knowing the company is closing in the U.S is a bit heart breaking for me, I've always been a big book worm. I remember reading often as a child and loved going to the book store with my grandma when I was young, I've always made sure that my kids enjoy reading as well. PaRragon has a great selection of books suited for every age so it is a bit sad to see them go. Any how let's get onto the goodies that were in the last box.

The last box I received was given a space theme and encouraged you to reach for the stars and follow your dreams. The first two books in the box are from their new Stem Stars Series by Discovery and the titles are as follows;

Women Who Rocked Space (Retail Value $4.99) - This book tells you about nineteen wonderful women who all contributed to astronomy in one way or another. Each women has a two page layout that tells the reader a bit about each women along with what they contributed and it features their photo. This is a great book not only for little girls but for young boys as well, my daughter is a curious learner and she knows a lot of the big male names when it comes to astronomy and the space program but doesn't know any of the women (neither did I to be honest) so this is a nice book to have.

Women Who Rocked Medicine (Retail Value $4.99) - Just like the Women who rocked space this book is all about many of the women who made an impact in the medical field. This book features another nineteen women who made various contributions to medicine such as Florence Nightingale and  Virginia Apgar. Each lovely lady has two pages with her story, a photo if one was available and what they did for the medical field.

Dream You'll Be (Retail Value $9.99) - This is a rather cute bedtime rhyme book which goes over a variety of things your child might dream about becoming from a superhero or a pirate to a vet or school teacher but at the end it let's them know what no matter what they dream of being that they are already the most important thing to you the parent reading the book. I think all of the illustration in this book are fun, eye catching and charming they are quite colorful and drawn in a soft manner so everything flows well.

The Learnalots Preschool Thinking Skills (Retail Value $3.99) - My son is starting kindergarten this year and although he already knows everything this book covers this will be a good book to do a bit of work in daily to give him a re-fresh course to make sure he is ready for school and it will give us some one on one time while my daughter is doing her homework. It includes two pages of stickers as well to be used as rewards!

Bountiful Bowls (Retail Value $12.99) - While this book isn't related to space it is technically related towards goals of being healthier since it features dozens of recipes for different food bowls that use fresh ingredients like avocado, grapes, cabbage, lettuce and more. All of the recipes give you a list of ingredients for the bowl and any dressings you may need plus step by step instructions on how to make the bowl and a photo of each completed bowl. There are a lot of great bowls in this book, I look forward to trying some of them out.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Kids Fest at the Odysea Aquarium!

**This was not a paid post. My honest opinions were used, they are solely my own & they may vary from others. I received four tickets to the Kids Fest + a gift card to Sugar Drop from the Odysea Aquarium in exchange for the promotional post below featuring the event.**

My family loves to get out of the house so I am constantly on the search for events and activities in our area that are family friendly. At the moment the OdySea Aquarium out in Scottsdale is hosting a Kids Fest event which started on March 10th and runs until March 25th. The event is included in the cost of admission into the aquarium (note that Butterfly Wonderland, etc are separate experiences and are not included with the aquarium ticket). My family and I had the chance to go see not only the Kids Fest but the aquarium as well yesterday morning and it was quite a fun experience. 

When we went we had a few family members meet up with us that wanted to check out the aquarium as well. We ran into a tiny problem at the ticket booth but the employees were very helpful and resolved everything quickly so we headed into the aquarium. The kids got a big kick out of the bathrooms when you first come in on the bottom floor because there was a view into the shark tank! (sorry no photos, I was at the ticket booth and didn't know about the sharks until after we left, but the kids went with their grandma to see them). From the time you enter the front lobby of the aquarium until the time you leave there are fish to look at and things to do along with plenty of space to view everything without feeling crowded or uncomfortable. 

The scavenger hunt for the Kids Fest began in the first aquarium room with clue #1 being shown on a projector screen near the Sturgeon touching tank. Speaking of touching tanks they also had opportunities for the kids to touch other sea creatures as well and they provided both hand sanitizer and hand washing stations. There were other activities as well along the aquarium tour for all the kids to interact with including a big projector showing touch ap games on the floor that the kids could run/walk across to pop bubbles and such. One of the things I was excited about was being able to see a penguin paint a picture! It was very adorable and a unique experience that everyone should try out at least once. They also had Elsa come visit the kids to take photos and do meet and greets.

Along with different touching stations and activities they had not only a wide range of wish to see but they also offered bugs, otters, tropical birds and there is a toe-toed sloth (for a limited time as part of their ambassador animal program). We sadly didn't get to see the otters this time as they were all in the back corner of the enclosure but we hope to see them next time. I've already gone over quite a bit, but there couldn't be more could there? Oh yes there is! Everything I just described was on the second floor of the facility, you eventually reach and end point where you have to take an escalator or an elevator back down to the first floor. If you have the escalator you'll be taken through part of a over head tunnel where the fish swim above you. 

Moving along the tour you'll walk through a second tunnel of fish where you can stop and watch them swim from one side to the other directly above your head. Towards the end of when the aquarium walk through comes to a finish you'll end up at the OdySea Voyager! If it currently is on a sea adventure you'll have to stand in line for a short trip before boarding the ship. What is the OdySea Voyager? It is a neat auditorium room that is stationed on a track and it rotates a full 360 degrees stopping at different "stations" along the way, the entire experience takes about twenty two minutes and you'll see four different aquarium tanks with different sea creatures such as sharks and sea turtles. Following the voyage there will be another short walking distance of tanks before reaching the end where you'll go back up to the second floor and pop out in the gift shop. 

We were all amazed at how many shops & restaurants were on this property along with all of the experiences offered. The newest addition to their shopping area is a candy shop called Sugar Drop and they have a lovely selection of sweets and other fun trinkets for purchase, even I saw several things I wanted to get. My kids both ended up picking a large rainbow lollipop with a stuffed animal attached and I grabbed a cow tail and a few circus candy canes. All in all the entire experience was a lot of fun and it wasn't even everything they have to offer there! They also sell tickets for behind the scenes tours of the Shark bay, Penguin feeding/meetings, and more which we hope to check out in the future. If you are in Arizona you should come check out this event and aquarium it is well worth the trip!

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Kidtopia 2018!

**This was not a paid post. My honest opinions were used, they are solely my own & they may vary from others. I received four tickets to the Kidtopia 2018 through Entercom Communications in exchange for the promotional post below featuring the newest section of this center.**

Sometimes in the morning on the way to work if I am not listening to my MP3 player I enjoy listening to 94.5 Kool FM and for the last week or so I've been listening to them more and heard them talking about an event catered completely to kids for kids. My kids were very excited when I told them we were going to be headed out to the Kidtopia event today March 10th! The event was held at the Gilbert Civic Center out in Gilbert,AZ so it was about an hours drive for us but the kids didn't mind. The event was outside and the weather today was absolutely perfect for this event.

Once we started getting closer to the civic center the event was very easy to spot because they had a long row of giant inflatables and amusement park rides set up so we knew exactly where to go. The parking lot was easy to manage and we found a spot right away which was nice since we arrive about an hour after it started. Entrance was a breeze as well, they did a bag check and a wand check then we were on our way to having fun. They had dozens of sponsor tents set up for local businesses and brands that signed up for the event, some had crafting tables, others had spinning wheels where you could win prizes. My kids had a lot of fun with the spinning wheels because you never know what you might win!

Along with some smaller craft tables they also had one big crafting area, a dance zone, selfie galleries,  food trucks, games and more for the kids to enjoy. A few special guest starts such as In Real Life and Evie Clair stopped by to perform for the crowd and everything was set up pretty well allowing plenty of space for everyone to move around while enjoying the festivities.

I really like that they made this event suited for kids of all ages, there was something for each age group to do and enjoy plus they had some fun characters there (Spiderman & Elsa) visiting with the kids and taking pictures. It was also nice that all of the rides and activities were free to do with the entry ticket instead of having to pay to get in and then paying again for rides and games. Everyone was really friendly and helpful if you needed anything, I thought as a whole this was a great family related event to attend. I hope they decide to do another Kidtopia event next year and I look forward to seeing what it has to offer!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Did you know sells books?

**This was not a paid post. My honest opinions were used, they are solely my own and they may vary from others.The products mentioned below have been provided by for the review free of charge.**

If you are a big TV watcher I am sure you've seen at least one commercial and know that they are a great place to shop for pet products. Aside from pet food, medications and more did you know that they also carry a selection of animal related books? You can find animal coloring books, pet training books and more.

Up until recently I didn't know they sold books either until I was offered an opportunity to review The Sibley Guide to Birds - Second Edition by David Allen Sibley. If you've seen my nature inspired Instagram (@Lunas_Enchanting_Adventures) then you know I love taking photos of birds, but I don't always know what the breed of bird I am photographing is. I have a smaller bird guide but due to migration patterns there has been a time or two I couldn't find the bird I photographed in the book so when I saw this book includes over 600 pages of birds I knew I had to have this in my collection.

This book is thick as you can tell from the photo above, the cover is in between a soft and hard cover.  All of the images included in this book are beautiful paintings digitally remastered from original art for enhanced print quality and have great coloring. I like the amount of information this book provides, I do wish however that instead of being sorted alphabetically that it was sorted by bird color to help narrowing down breeds easier. Over all I am very pleased with this book! It can be purchased through for $19.20 and shipping is fast. 

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

The AZ Renaissance Festival is open until April 1st!

**This was not a paid post. My honest opinions were used, they are solely my own & they may vary from others. I received four tickets to the event mentioned below in exchange for promotion of the event. Tickets were provided by the Arizona Renaissance Festival and **

When I was younger I used to love when we had the chance to visit the Renaissance Festival when it came around. I remember when my cousin worked there helping out at the wax hand stand, It is a memory that stands out most in my mind because I remember my younger brother trying to bite his wax hand on the way home. I sadly hadn't been to the festival in several years so I was excited to be offered the opportunity to receive tickets to this years festival in exchange for promoting the festival. The festival opened on February 10th and will remain open until April 1st and it is located off of US Highway 60 in Gold Canyon,Arizona.

The Renaissance Festival offers a wide range of stage shows, shops, food and magical creatures. You are free to come dressed up or come in your daily wear, no one will judge either way. We chose to dress up and we had a lot of fun doing so. We made sure to arrive when they opened so that we could get a parking spot up close to the entrance because the parking lot will be quite full later on in the day so it is best to come early. From the time you arrive until the time you leave you will see dozens of fare staff wandering around entertaining people whether it is with singing, dancing or being a living statue there is no shortage of things to see or do.

When it comes to the Renaissance Festival the only thing I wish was different is that I had more cash to spend! There are so many amazing shops that are selling artwork, clothing, footwear, jewelry, hair accessories, pet dragons, unicorn horns and more that you are sure to find several things you will want to take home. Along with physical goods you'll also find a wide range of delicious aromas coming from the food vendors, speaking of food I had some of the best cheddar broccoli soup in a bread bowl I've ever had while we were there.

There was a large amount of stage shows and street performers that there simply isn't enough time in the day to see them all so I suggest taking a look at a map when you first arrive to see the daily schedule and pick out the shows you'd like to see. My favorite has always been the birds of prey shows, but this year we found a new street performer we really love as well and that is Fire Flicker the dragon. If dragons are not your favorite magical creature there is also a Unicorn, mermaids, and more! Come out to the Arizona Renaissance Festival to explore and see which magical creatures you stumble upon.  Tickets for this event are $24 per adult and $14 for children 5+, ticket costs include entry into the festival and free parking. I highly suggest wearing comfortable shoes and bring sunscreen + water if you plan on being out all day.

Monday, March 5, 2018

New Dino Explorer room at the AZ Legoland Discovery Center!

**This was not a paid post. My honest opinions were used, they are solely my own & they may vary from others. I received four tickets to the Arizona Legoland Discovery Center in exchange for the promotional post below featuring the newest section of this center.**

If you live in Arizona (or plan on visiting soon) and are looking for places that offer family fun and activities the Arizona Legoland Discovery Center is definitely a great destination to check out. The Arizona Legoland Discovery Center offers two different rides, a playground, a 4D Cinema, a parent zone plus a cafe and 10 lego build zones. Their newest addition is a Dino Explorer themed room that is sure to bring a smile to all Dinosaur and Lego lovers faces alike.

Upon entering the room you are greeted with a jungle themed decor featuring plants and leaves on the walls, crates containing dinosaur eggs, and a big T-rex bursting out of the wall. In the center of the room you'll find a big Dinosaur island made completely out of  Lego Bricks, you and your child are free to use the Lego brick bins to create your dinosaur and add them to the island or add it to the master piece collection shelf for all to see. My favorite part about the island is that they use special lighting and sound effects to make it appear as though the water is moving, the lava is erupting and more plus they have two screens showing you ideas of Dinosaurs to build.

Since there is a limited amount of children/adults that are able to sit around the island in the center of the room there are also several Dinosaur print shaped tables in the room that have Lego brick bins in the center so there is more seating and play areas available. We had a great time checking out the new room at the Arizona Legoland Discovery Center, my kids had so much fun they were asking me if we could go back the next day so they could build some more. This facility is located inside of Arizona Mills Mall and is well worth the visit, you can come and build with your kids or you can relax in the parent zone for a bit while your children build and make friends.

If you buy tickets ahead of time online ticket prices are only $14.95 instead of $19.95 at the door. Ticket prices include both rides, the play zone, a walk through Mini land and more. Food/Drinks from the cafe and any photo packages purchased/gift shop items are sold separate. They offer zones for younger children that are toddler ages and older children with corresponding Lego brick sizes that are just right for each age group.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Parragon Books Jan Book Box!

**This was not a paid post. My honest opinions were used, they are solely my own & they may vary from others.The products mentioned below have been provided by PaRragon for the review free of charge.**

One of my favorite days of the month is when I come home to find a purple package waiting for me with a capital P on it because that means our book buddy box for the month has arrived. This post will go over last months (January) box of books and the adventures they hold.

Walk With Me written by Margaret Wise Brown;  This is such an adorable book when it comes to both the story and illustrations. It is a rhyming bedtime story created to encourage sweet dreams of nature and they managed to create quite a charming story setting. The story is just long enough that it will keep your child's attention while reading it to them and with the cute creatures you will spot on the pages of the book they won't want to take their eyes off of it either. My children and I highly enjoy this book and plan on keeping it in our collection for many years to come. The retail value on this book is $9.99 usd.

Disney Princess Wipe-clean Activity Book; This book is great for road trips, doctor office visits, etc because it allows your child to do different drawing and puzzle activities over and over again. One of my favorite activities in this book is the page that asks you to draw Mrs. Potts from Beauty & The Beast, once finished you wipe it clean and create a tea pot design of your own. The pen included with this book is attached to the book via a string which helps keep the pen with the book because what good is the book without the erasable pen? Most of the activities in this book are fairly simple so I would suggest getting this book for a child that is on the younger side (3-6). The retail value on this book is $9.99 usd.

Disney Tangled The Series "The Dreamer In Me" ; Out of all the books we received in this months box, this book is my daughters favorite. This activity journal is great for older children and it offers a ton of hands on activities such as doodle pages, thought inspiring question pages, sticker pages and more. You will get 128 pages packed full of fun plus there is a slide lock pocket at the back of the book to store stickers, pens, etc to use with your journal which is nice because you won't have to go hunt down a pen to use. The plastic cover will help keep your journal protected from spills or food smudges. I am almost a little jealous with how nice this journal is, I wish they offered an adult version. I personally like the size of the book because it makes it easy to carry around with you on trips. The retail value of this book is $12.99 usd.

Disney Princess Mini Collectors Tin; A fun filled tin featuring a sixty-four page activity book, 20+ stickers and a sticker scene to keep your little princess entertained and all of it comes in a little storage tin that can be reused for a number of things. This is a cute little tin that would make a good Easter basket or Christmas stocking stuffer for the Disney lover in your life. The tin only measures about 6" x 4" so it is great for traveling and will fit right into your purse or back pack. My kids thought the sticker scene was pretty neat because it allows you to use your imagination to create what ever you'd like.

All of these books can be purchased on Amazon and all for under $10.