Thursday, June 25, 2015

Shutterfly.com offers personalized greeting cards!

I am definitely a Daddy's girl! Even so finding the perfect card for Father's Day can be a challenge! Some years I go humorous and other years, when I reflect on how much my dad means to me, I get a bit sappy and go for the serious and reflective card.

I am lucky I can hand deliver my Father's Day cards, but if you have to mail yours, you should check out Shutterfly.com.

Shutterfly.com offers personalized greeting cards for any occasion. You pick your card, write your message and schedule it to be delivered! And we aren't talking e-cards but real, printed, mailed out cards!

Yes, that's right, Shutterfly.com is a personal card assistant! There are hundreds of beautiful and clever cards to pick from, whether you're feeling silly or sentimental.

And there are many ways to personalize your card!
  • Add a gift card to top retailers (such as Amazon, iTunes, Target & more) in any greeting card.
  • Include your own photos which will be printed into the card with your own message.
  • Never forget a birthday again--import birthdays from Facebook and set up reminders.
  • Schedule cards for delivery—up to year in advance
Originally, Treat.com gave me free card credit in exchange for this post. Since Treat.com has closed, I have switched links to Shutterly.com. All opinions here are 100% my own humble opinion!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

NYC Cruise on Classic Harbor Line Yacht Manhattan (Plus 15% Discount on Tickets!)

We just stepped off our yacht... I know, aren't we fancy!? and what a trip we had around New York Harbor on Classic Harbor Line's yacht, Manhattan!

Let me tell you, New York Harbor is simply teeming with interesting sights and sounds, which you'd probably never experience unless you took a cruise.

For Father's Day, we hopped aboard the luxurious Yacht Manhattan, one of Classic Harbor Line's vessels, for a sunset tour of New York's waterways.



Now, the day was overcast and threatening some drizzles, so the New York skyline was fogged in a bit. But we could still see quite a bit when we got up close.

The boys excitedly followed us down the gangplank and onboard. Once we headed out into the harbor, another exciting thing happened: a man got down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend, and then all their friends and family came out from the top deck and surprised them! So a cruise makes for a wonderfully romantic experience, as well as a great family trip!


Our yacht had an open front deck with benches where we enjoyed the wind in our hair and watched the city slip by. Our two boys proudly walked around without holding on, showing off their "sea legs."

Inside the enclosed, air conditioned cabin, wooden fixtures shone and upholstered seats offered a place to relax and enjoy the scenery.

The captain narrated various landmarks, and upbeat swing music played, so fitting for the 1920's style yacht.

We packed a picnic lunch, and enjoyed our complimentary beverage while we approached the Statue of Liberty!

The yacht cruised quite close to Lady Liberty, making it possible to get good shots of her full length (again the clouds made for less detail but you can't control the weather!).

We saw the Staten Island Ferry, tugboats, kayaks, the Intrepid Air and Sea Museum, Ellis Island, and the three bridges of New York City - lovely.

New York City's buildings are simply stunning seen from the water, and you can really appreciate the size and grandeur of this city when you cruise by.



Ninety minutes on the water went by quicker than I thought possible, and we were sad to say goodbye to the captain, crew and ship!

Although we've been to New York City many times, we'd never experienced the city from the water, and it was truly a unique and lovely way to see the city from a new perspective!

Get 15% off your next New York Harbor Cruise trip!


Classic Harbor Line has several yachts and sailboats that regularly cruise and sail New York's Harbor. There are various kinds of trips, long and short, as well as brunches!

Their family friendly boat tours of Manhattan offer locals and visitors a chance to enjoy a different kind of sightseeing! And right now, my readers can get 15% off each ticket purchase with this promo code: MOM2015. Valid for any Day Sail, Sunset Sail, City Lights Sail aboard Schooner Adirondack, Schooner America 2.0, or any cruise on Yacht Manhattan.
Disclosure: I received family passes to this cruise at no charge in exchange for posting this message! All opinions are my own!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

What Your Child Learns at Digital Media Academy! (Plus $75 DISCOUNT!)

I've been telling you about Digital Media Academy - a super cool adventure for kids this summer! But wouldn't it be great to really SEE what your kids would learn? 


First, Digital Media Academy is held at high-ranking colleges and universities in both the United States and Canada. Your kids would have an amazing on-campus experience!

But what would they do there? Let's take a look:

Graphic Design
Computer Programming


Filmmaking!
Mentored by Industry Experts
Hands on Learning in and Out of the Classroom!
Robotics
Rocket Launching!

Really SEE the action in this video about Digital Media Academy!

Need more reasons to check it out:


  1. Kids get hands on experience in important tech areas
  2. Taught with the latest software and hardware - Apple Canon, Adobe!
  3. Choose 1 or 2 week sessions
  4. In the top 10 best summer camps in the world!
  5. Check out the Made by Girls empowerment program!
  6. Build pre-collegiate experience! 

Get $75 off your summer camp registration NOW!

Save $75 off summer camps at Digital Media Academy with code TECHSUMMER at www.DigitalMediaAcademy.org

Sign up for multiple weeks and save big! Campers save $125 for each additional course they register for. Register by June 30th to #CreateTheNext best-selling app this summer!

#CreateTheNext this summer at Digital Media Academy!

Questions? Call 1(866)656-3342 to speak with a Guest Service Representative or email info@digitalmediaacademy.org and mention the US Family Guide Special Offer

This post was written as part of the US Family Guide blogger program and I will be compensated for sharing this message! All opinions are my own. 

Celebrate National Egg Day with 63¢ Egg McMuffin Sandwiches! (Plus Giveaway!)

The Egg McMuffin is truly an icon of American food history!

I grew up with it, and chances are you did too! In fact, my mom used to make them for us at home because we loved them so much!

Well, one week from today there's going to be a celebration! On June 3rd, National Egg Day, McDonald's celebrates their iconic breakfast sandwich! Participating restaurants in Western Massachusetts and Connecticut will be offering Egg McMuffin Sandwiches for just 63¢!! (Limit 4 per customer, excluding Fairfield County. In Western Mass, only Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin Counties)

Did you know? 


  • The classic Egg McMuffin breakfast sandwich is made with a freshly cracked Grade A egg, topped with extra lean Canadian bacon and a slice of melty American cheese, and held together by a freshly toasted English muffin.
  • The eggs in Egg McMuffins get their shape from special six-ring tools placed right on the grill! (I've been behind the scenes at McDonald's and know this is true!).
  • The eggs in Egg McMuffins are REAL, WHOLE eggs! (true!)
  • The Egg McMuffin is just 300 calories
  • The Egg McMuffin was created in 1972! It's over 40 years old!!

Celebrate National Egg Day with 63¢ Egg McMuffins... and a Giveaway!

In addition to offering such a special price on Egg McMuffins, McDonald's is also offering you a giveaway through my blog!

The best part is you get to try making Egg McMuffin's... at HOME!!!

Here's what you could win:
McDonald’s “Egg-cellent” Prize Pack (ARV: $50)
·         Cotton McDonald’s Lovin’ Tote Bag
·         McDonald’s Travel Mug
·         Egg McMuffin t-shirt
·         Egg McMuffin apron
·         Egg McMuffin pins (one for you/one for someone you love)
·         Egg rings & egg flipper (so you can make an Egg McMuffin at home for someone you love; watch McDonald’s Executive Chef Dan Coudreaut show you how to make one!)
·         $20 McDonald’s Arch Card

Use the form below to enter for a chance to win!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thanks to McDonalds of Western Mass. and Connecticut for providing products and samples for this post and giveaway! All opinions are my own!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Cruise New York Harbor this Summer! 15% off code!

A visit to New York City is always an exciting event for our family! I try to make it into the city several times a year.

Our little boys already enjoy watching skyscrapers flash past and going over bridges. Another thing they enjoy is listening to this Patch the Pirate story on CD where Lady Liberty is one of the main characters!

So I can't wait for this summer, because we'll be taking the boys on a cruise of New York Harbor for a unique view of this patriotic landmark!

Check out the boat we'll ride in (or one similar!)

These family friendly boat tours run by Classic Harbor Line escort you on a privilege tour of the breathtaking sights of New York City and the Statue of Liberty... via elegant 1920s-style yachts and sailboats!

We'll be able to imagine immigrants arriving through these waterways, seeing their first glimpse of Lady Liberty and first breath of freedom!

Here's more details about the cruise!


It's a 1.5 hour narrated tour in the comfort of glassed in observatories. Heated for winter and air-conditioned for summer, you get stunning, panoramic views of the city and all its historic scenes!

A full bar is available, and guests are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch! We will for sure!!

I'll be posting again about our experience once we go on our trip - I am highly anticipating this event for the kids!

Get your tickets now for 15% off!!

My readers get a 15% off discount for these tours with this online PROMO CODE: Mom2015

Valid for any Day Sail, Sunset Sail, City Lights Sail aboard Schooner Adirondack, Schooner America 2.0 OR any Cruise aboard the 1920's style motor yacht: Yacht Manhattan!
Disclosure: I will be receiving family passes to this cruise at no charge in exchange for posting this message! All opinions are my own!

Monday, May 11, 2015

10 Reasons to Consider Digital Media Academy for your Kids (Plus $75 off!)

I bet you're already thinking of summer activities for kids, right? 

If you are looking for a longer summer camp activity, I have an idea for you! 

Digital Media Academy!!! 

Founded at Stanford University, Digital Media Academy offers a blend of fun and learning via their summer camps for kids!

Learn at some of the most prestigous colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and Canada. 

Here's 10 Reasons to choose DMA for your kids' summer camp experience:


  1. Real-world experience in an important tech area
  2. Kids learn via hands-on projects
  3. Kids use the latest software and hardware from Apple, Cannon, Adobe, and more!
  4. One-week or multiple week experience options
  5. Classes taught by industry experts and tech professionals
  6. Wide range of options: computer programming, app developments, 3D Modeling, robotics, graphic design, filmmaking, and more!
  7. Ranked as one of the 10 best summer camps in the world!!!!
  8. Made by Girls - new program dedicated to empowering girls and closing the gender gap in the tech industry
  9. Pre-collegiate experience that builds your child's self-confidence through project based learning.
  10. $75 off offer RIGHT NOW!!

Here's a video to learn a bit more about Digital Media Academy


The DMA Experience from Digital Media Academy on Vimeo.

Get $75 off your summer camp registration!!

Save $75 off summer camps at Digital Media Academy with code TECHSUMMER at www.DigitalMediaAcademy.org

Sign up for multiple weeks and save big! Campers save $125 for each additional course they register for. Register by May 31 to #CreateTheNext best-selling app this summer!

Questions? Call 1(866)656-3342 to speak with a Guest Service Representative or email info@digitalmediaacademy.org and mention the US Family Guide Special Offer

#CreateTheNext this summer at Digital Media Academy!

This post was written as part of the US Family Guide blogger program and I will be compensated for sharing this message! All opinions are my own. 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Grab your favorite dinner for just $7 at Bonefish Grill

We first tried out Bonefish Grill last summer and it became an instant favorite for our family (and I'm not even much of a seafood eater, but the choices and fresh tastes kept bringing me back!). 

Well, now you don't have to worry about the high price of dining out with the new limited time deals from Bonefish Grill!! Check them out!

Starting NOW, the original soft shell Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos® are just $7 (until June 2). Perfect for Cinco de Mayo or Mother's Day celebrations!

But on May 12, the three more choices are also available for just $7!!! 

Back by popular demand, Bonefish Grill – the fresh fish experts and winner of the 2015 Consumer Picks Best Seafood award – are offering guest favorites Bang Bang Shrimp® Tacos andBlackened Baja Fish Tacos (both served in Bonefish Grill’s original soft shell) and their original Fish + Chips

So... just to recap: get these favorites for $7 from May 12 until June 2

Bang Bang Shrimp® Tacos feature three warm tortillas filled with signature Bang Bang Shrimp, lettuce, tomatoes + sour cream.

Baja Fish Tacos include three blackened fish tacos in warm tortillas, finished with fresh romaine, mango salsa, lime crema + fresh herb pesto.

Fish + Chips are served tempura-style with tartar sauce and crispy french fries.

Click here to get your $7 offer and to find a restaurant near you, visit www.BonefishGrill.com.

This post is brought to you by Bonefish Grill and I was sent a gift card in exchange for sharing. All opinions are my own.