Monday, October 10, 2016

Improved Formula Retinol Cream By New York Biology

I've fallen in Love with Improved Formula Retinol Cream By New York Biology as I've gotten older I've noticed my face is just not as tight as it use to be.  I've tried other cream and didn't find them to work as well as this one.  I love it so much I made sure that when I evacuated for the hurricane I packed it in my bag.  With the stress of having to leave home and not knowing if my house would be safe it was nice to know that this Retinol cream would help keep me from getting more wrinkles.

I really love the top on this bottle, just push down with your fingers and the cream comes up through the hole in the center.  Save you from having to squeeze a bottle and risk getting to much, and having messy hands. This is a much cleaner way.

Every time I've been asked to try a New York Biology product I've been very pleased.  They have very high-quality products.  Looking forward to trying more of their products.

Click the link below and get your own bottle.  You will be very happy you did.

Retinol Cream by New York Biology

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Lavender EO by NewYorkBiology

I’m not the biggest fan of Lavender however this does smell true to the scent of lavender.  I’m happy that #NewYorkBiology sent me this bottle for free to try out in exchange for my honest review.
The lavender EO came in an amber bottle, which helps to prevent oxidation, has a screw-on cap, and a glass dropper, which allows for more precision.   I’m not new to EO I’ve been using them for over 20 years.  I decided to try this one out on my husband and see if I could get him to sleep sounder at night.  Happy to say it worked like a charm.  Lavender has a great calming effect on people.
Using a spray bottle I filled it with water and add about 6 drops into the bottle and spray it on his pillows and sheets on his side.  He was out like a light in a matter of time, and slept through the night with very little snoring.  
I’m looking to update my EO collection so I will be looking at the other EO’s that New York Biology has to offer.  #NEWYORKBIOLOGY  @NEWYORKBIOLOGY

Monday, September 5, 2016

Tea Tree Oil

This Tea Tree oil smells great. #NewYorkBiology sent me this bottle of Tea Tree Essential Oil to try out and review for free.  The oil comes in a glass bottle with a glass dropper as essential oils should. As well as a brown bottle to keep the lights from breaking the oil down.  I like using Tea Tree oil for skin problems.  I always keep a bottle on hand to use.  It’s also great for your hair and scalp.
I’m impressed that New York Biology has 45% Terpinen-4-ol to the tea tree oil.    "Terpinen-4-ol is used in multiple skin related diseases including blepharitis, rosacea, Demodex, meibomian gland dysfunction, chalazion and dry eye. It’s also used in lid margin diseases. 4-Terpineol has miticidal, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal effect."   The scent is not the greatest but it works great.

Peppermint Essential Oil

This Peppermint oil smells awesome. #NewYorkBiology sent me the bottle of Peppermint Essential Oil to try and review.
 The oil comes in a glass bottle with a glass dropper as essential oils should.  This would be wonderful for using around Christmas time. You can put a few drops in your essential oil diffuser, or add it to homemade candles or soaps for fragrance.   Bottle says external use only so I’ll just use it for scented items that are not ingested.  One thing I have noticed is the scent is so great that I can actually taste peppermint on my tongue just from smelling it.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Cocktail shaker by SHIKSHOOK

I can only say good things about the Cocktail Shaker Set from SHIKSHOOK.   The craftsmanship is awesome looks like it would cost a hundred, very high quality.   Tops seal nicely with no leaks.  Clean by hand or in the dishwasher.   It’s guarantee for lifetime with 100% money back..  
I received this item for free or deeply discounted for me to review.  My reviews are my opinion and only get 5 stars if they are truly worth it.  I try each item before I post the review.

Purchase one here   #SHIKSHOOK


Thursday, June 2, 2016

Free things to do

 Here's another list of Free things to do.  They are on my list of things to do, a few we have visited.  Keep an eye out for new post of reviews of places we have toured.

Cornell Fine Arts Museum 
The Cornell Fine Arts Museum is home to several historical works and guests can see the exhibits free of charge.
The museum is closed on Sundays.
The Fred Stone Theatre at Rollins College
The theater hosts a student-produced "Second Stage Series" that is free. Evening performances are Wednesday to Saturday, with matinees on Saturday and Sunday.
 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park, FL 32789
Winter Park Historical Museum 
Learn about Winter Park's history as the free museum featuring displays, hands-on exhibits, gardens and more. 200 W. New England Ave., Winter Park, FL
Charles Morse Museum 
The Morse Museum of American Art has one of the most comprehensive collections of work by Louis Comfort Tiffany. The Museum also features a chapel interior designed for the 1893 World’s Colombian Exposition in Chicago. The museum is free from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. November through April. There are also free concerts during parts of the year.
 445 N Park Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789

Downtown Sanford
Stroll through this historical town's shops, restaurants, eateries and bars. You can also observe the ancient architecture.  Visit the Welcome Center at 230 East First Street and get a map. At 520 E First St is a Museum that you don't want to miss.  Also 301 W. 7th Street is the Student Museum of Sanford. The building was built in 1902.  We visited last yer with our oldest grand daughter who being a history buff like me walked around with tears of awe in her eyes. Harry P. Leu Gardens
Story time! Take your young children to the garden for free storytelling on the third Monday of every month.  Bring children under 18 months at 10 a.m., toddlers at 10:20 a.m., and three and four-year-olds at 10:40 a.m. Park attractions include a butterfly garden, a two-acre) tropical stream garden, bamboo and palm gardens, and a house museum dating to the 1880's. Admission to the park is free from 9 a.m. to noon on Mondays.1920 N. Forest Ave., Orlando, FL 32803 (take a bag lunch and enjoy lunch on the patio where there are tables and chairs)
 Bach Festival Society of Winter Park
The Society is known to host free concerts, like their "July 4th Celebration in the Park," or "Christmas in the Park.
University of Central Florida's Arboretum  Explore over 600 plant species at the 80-acre University of Central Florida Arboretum. If plants aren't up your alley, take a walk or bite along the 9-acre lake or check out the Swamp Habitat.
 4000 Central Florida Blvd., Orlando, FL 32816

 CityArts Factory
The CityArts Factory houses seven separate and diverse art galleries that showcase local and international art. Exhibitions rotate monthly. Attend art show openings at multiple venues from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month.  29 Orange Ave., Orlando, FL 32801
Grand Bohemian Gallery 
You don't have to be a guest at the hotel to tour the gallery. Featured in the gallery is The Kessler Collection, established by art enthusiast Richard C. Kessler. The pieces displayed are original and rare pieces of artwork ranging from oil paintings, glass, wood, contemporary jewelry, bronze sculptures and unique gift items within the galleries as well as throughout his luxury hotels.
325 N. Orange Ave., Orlando, FL 32801
Lake Eola Park
Did you know that Lake Eola is actually an 80-foot sinkhole? The park is 43-acres and is right in the heart of Downtown Orlando. You can take a jog around the lake, enjoy a concert or play in the amphitheater or stop by the farmers market on Sundays.
Orlando Brewing Company 
Orlando Brewing Company is the only certified organic brewery in Florida. They offer free tours at 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. They also offer free entertainment on the weekends.
1301 Atlanta Ave., Orlando, FL 32806
Big Tree Park
Before it was destroyed, the main attraction to the park was a 118-foot-tall, bald cypress tree that was over 3,500 years old.We were able to visit during Grandparents camp just before the tree was burned down.  The 5 grandkids were so glad we saw the Senator. Lady Liberty still stands and is worth seeing, bring a lunch there are picnic tables and restrooms.
761 General Hutchinson Pkwy., Longwood, FL 32750
Black Hammock Adventures Guests can enjoy free alligator and bird exhibits, watch trainers feed the 12-foot, 650-pound alligator (Sun. afternoons only) and listen to free live music at the restaurant (Fri. and Sat. nights only).
 2356 Black Hammock Fish Camp Rd., Oviedo, FL 32765

Artegon Marketplace

5250 International Dr., Orlando, FL 32819
Enzian Theater/Eden Bar
This outdoor bar hosts the "Wednesday Night Pitcher Show" every Wednesday, as long as the weather permits. You can grab a beer and some snacks at Eden Bar and enjoy this free outdoor movie on the lawn. Before the show is "Jell-o shot movie trivia."
To help with traffic and parking Enzian will now have valet parking available for every Wednesday Night Pitcher Show for $3 per car. Show your valet stub for a free popcorn! Free parking is also available at First Watch and State Farm across the street.
1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland, FL 32751
Popcorn Flicks in the Park 
Visit Maitland's Enzian Theater on the second Thursday of each month for Popcorn Flicks, a free classic movie series in Central Park. 1300 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland, FL 32751

Downtown Disney
You don't need a Disney World ticket to enjoy Disney shops and entertainment. Stroll the streets of Downtown Disney Marketplace for an array of boutiques and eateries for every budget.
On the same property visit
Lego Imagination Center 
On the first Tuesday of the month, the Lego Store in Downtown Disney Marketplace offers a free Mini-Model Build. There’s a limit of one free mini-model set per child while supplies last, and the event is open to children ages 6-14.
1780 E Buena Vista Dr., Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Disney's Boardwalk 
Stroll along Disney's Boardwalk, which is a re-creation of a 1930's-style Atlantic coastal village. Stretching a quarter-mile, you can enjoy the free street musicians, magicians and performers.
2101 Epcot Resorts Blvd., Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Downtown Celebration 
There is much to do in this community, including visiting the Philip Johnson-designed welcome center, letting the kids play in the interactive fountain and stopping by the farmers market at Lakeside Park. Visitors can even see (fake) snow falling in the winter months.
Universal CityWalk
Although there is a parking fee, Universal CityWalk is the free part of the park. You can stroll and see performances, enjoy dueling pianos at Pat O' Briens and even grab up a mic and bring out your inner-star at Rising Star Karaoke.
There are also several restaurants to choose from if you're hungry.
This is a free part of Universal where you can see some sidewalk attractions and enjoy the studio without having to go into the amusement park. There is a parking fee of $17 and Florida residents park free after 6 p.m

 Daytona Flea Market 
Voted one of the Top 5 Markets in the Country by USA Weekend, this market offers goods from over 600 vendors and 1000 booths. There is also a classic car cruise each month.
Address: 2987 Bellevue Ave, Daytona Beach, FL 32124
Friends of the Bandshell at Daytona Beach The 4,000-seat Friends of the Bandshell is a nonprofit show hosting bands playing everything from country to classical.This is located just down from the Pier, it's beautiful to see. While your there check out the monument preserving the memories of motorcycle racing. Check out the shops and restaurants too (yummy ice cream). 70 Boardwalk, Daytona Beach, FL 32118 
Museum of Florida Art 
The museum is home to several rotating exhibits, gallery talks and receptions, educational programming, master artist workshops and special events throughout the year.
 600 N. Woodland Blvd, DeLand, FL 32720
The Loop Ormond Beach The Loop runs over 30 miles and passes through parks and on the shore of the Atlantic. There are also several trails for biking or hiking.
 The Loop, Old Dixie Hwy, Ormond Beach, FL
Sugar Mill Botanical Gardens  Travel the trails to a sugar mill constructed in 1832 and explore the many plant species along the way, including a 250-year-old oak. There are also sculptures of dinosaurs. Awesome gardens and remains.
950 Old Sugar Mill Rd. Port Orange, FL 32119

Fort Christmas 
Twenty minutes east of Orlando in Titusville is Fort Christmas Historical Park, a full-size replica of Fort Christmas, originally built for the Second Seminole Indian War (1835-1842). The Fort has several historical structures and many pioneer demonstrations, like musk and cannon firings. There are also craft fairs throughout the year. Closed Mondays and holidays.
1300 N. Fort Christmas Rd., Christmas, FL 32709
Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards
Complimentary Tours and Wine Tasting are offered seven days a week.  Your personal Tour Guide will show you the production area and the view of the vineyards where the grapes are grown and harvested. The Wine Tasting is held at the large tasting counter. A selection of award winning wines ranging from dry to sweet with sparkling are usually offered.
 19239 U.S. 27, Clermont, FL 34715
Old Town  Visit this unique amusement park on Saturdays for a vintage-car parade or on Wednesdays to see The Dukes, a ‘50s and ‘60s cover band.
Visitors must buy tickets for the amusement rides, but admission to Old Town, and its concerts and car shows, is free. 5770 W Ibm Hwy # 324, Kissimmee, FL 34746

The Legend of Spook Hill 
A sign marks the spot where you should stop your car, put it in neutral, and watch as your car rolls uphill. 5th St., Lake Wales, FL 33853 
Watch a rocket launch from the Kennedy Space Center 
There are several spots around Central Florida to watch a rocket launch from the Kennedy Space Center. Some of the places include Kennedy Point Park, Marina Park, Rotary Riverfront Park and Sand Point Park, which are all located of of U.S. 1 on the shore of the Indian river. All of the parks offer free parking and public restrooms. You can also pack some food and use the picnic tables and grills.

Summer 2016

School's almost out and as grandparents (and parents) we are looking to find out what to do with the kids.  I've composed a list of Free to Nearly Free activities.

Splash Pads- I posted a list of these last year.  Please view their website to see if prices have changed or times-    Splash pads.

Reading programs- As a Native Floridian I know there are times it's just to hot to be out and about or there's one of the almost daily thunderstorms going on.  So that's a good time to pull out the books and do some reading.  Here's some programs I found-

Orange County Library
Seminole County Library
Lake County Library
Volusia County Library- I can't locate a summer program on their page.

Barnes and Noble Read 8 books get a free book 1st thru 6th grade- and the journal
Scholastic has a school wide program
Book it and Pizza Hut have teamed up for a program that starts June 22nd with great prizes-
Book Adventures- Read Books earn points for prizes
Chucke Cheese- read every day for 2 weeks get 10 tokens
TD Bank- read 10 books earn $10 for saving account
Books a Million- earn tote bag or 4 read books

Not Free However good for a child having reading problems  UCF


Regal is offering kids movies all summer long at MANY locations for just $1 per ticket!   Tues and Wed 10am- Wekiva Riverwalk
Am Star - Tuesday and Wed 10am- $3.50 includes id drink and box of popcorn. Lake Mary is the only local theater

Special events at Mt Dora Community Building on Thursday 2-3

Want to beat the heat of not drive in the rain then do a movie day at home
Amazon Prime members can watch tons of free movies- Amazon Prime - Instant Video Free Trial

Netflix has a free month for becoming a member- membership as low as $7.99 a month

Bowling:  Register your kids (ages 15 and under) for the Summer Games and let them enjoy 2 free games every weekday, all summer long! Register HERE.

Play Grounds
Winter Park
Lake County

Mall Play area's -  Are great for those 100° days or thunderstorms.
Altamonte Mall has one near Sears bottom floor,
Seminole Towne lower level by Sears,they also have a train cost is $3 per person. there's also a Bungee jump in the food court.
Fashion Square No play area but does have a bowling alley- 407-730-9808

Wekiva Springs- $6.00 per vehicle Note go early for the park fills up quickly during summer
Kelly Park/Rock Springs $5 per vehicle same as Wekiva it fills quickly during summer
City of Orlando Pools
Know of any other places let me know.