Friday, May 22, 2015

Happy Memorial Day Weekend --Shop for your Summer Family Vacation Essentials at Kohl's...

(The Jackson Five Family blog received a complimentary product sample from Kohl's to help facilitate this reader feature. However, all opinions are honest and our own!)
Three more days and school's out for the summer --thank goodness! We couldn't be more excited to forgo bed times, spend days in the pool and travel as a family. Vacations are our favorite and that's why I've created a 'Summer Family Vacation Essentials' guide with some of our fave items from Kohl's to help you with all of your summer travel needs.

At Kohl's you'll find the latest swimwear, beach essentials, trendy summer clothing and many other vacay essentials all in one place.

1. Swimwear --We love spending sunny days on the beach so having great swimwear is essential. Loving these suits we found at Kohl's from our fave brands like Nike, Jumping Beans, Hang Ten and Apt.9

2. Beach Essentials --Did you know that Kohl's offers beach essentials like beach towels, sunglasses, goggles, beach chairs and so much more. Loving my new Juicy Couture sunnies and our new The Big One Chevron Beach Towels that are huge. They come in many fun shades and are on sale for only $11.99 right now! What a steal!!

3. Summer Apparel --Kohl's offers the latest clothing trends for the whole family. When vacationing I know that there are many photos taken so I don't want to sacrifice style, but still want to be comfortable going from afternoon sightseeing straight to dinner. I'm loving summery outfits like the one below that do just that. Scalloped shorts, bow flip flops, and beachy accessories look cute paired together!

 4. Vacation Traveling Entertainment --I love that while shopping Kohl's I can even find everything I need to keep our family entertained en route to our vacay destination. Whether traveling by car or plane you'll love their huge selection of headphones, kids activities and tablets for all of your entertainment needs. Stock up now to keep your family busy on the way so you don't have to hear 'are we there yet' a million and five times ;-)

 Kohl's really is a one-stop-shop for all of your Summer Family Vacation Essential needs this summer!
Like Kohl's on Facebook and make sure you follow on Instagram and Twitter @kohls to stay up to date with their latest coupon codes, product launches and much more!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Spring Into Fashion with Olivia + Joy Handbags...

(The Jackson Five Family blog received a complimentary product sample to help facilitate this reader feature. However, all opinions are honest and our own!)
I'm obsessed with my new Adrienne Satchel from Olivia + Joy...
This handbag is so much fun for spring with it's boho chic feel featuring gold zippers, dangling fringe and a fun navy color.
(also available in black and brown)
It offers plenty of room with both front and back exterior zipper pockets, 2 open interior sections divided by a big zippered pouch and a few open pockets for things like my cellphone, sunglasses and lip gloss.
There are multiple ways to carry it with 2 double handles or the longer, detachable shoulder strap. This handbag has quickly become my fave!!

Olivia + Joy offers so many fun handbags, wristlets and wallets.
 I'm loving all of the bright colors they have available right now, not to mention their huge selection of styles!

You can check them out by visiting:

Monday, May 18, 2015

Spring into fashion with baby and toddler shoes from the Lili Collection...

I'm so excited to introduce you to the Lili Collection --A fun line of baby and kids shoes handmade with love right here in the USA. They make the cutest leather Bow Moccs, Fringe Boots and the sweetest little Sprinkle Shoes made from real sprinkles among other things!
We were recently sent a pair of Lili Collection Gold and Pink Bow Moccs and my niece loves them! They are made with 100% genuine leather and they are seriously the softest shoes you'll ever feel. They are soooooo cute! She wore them all day and didn't want to take them off. She said they were so comfortable and her new fave shoes.
There are so many cute pairs to choose from! I love their Sprinkle Shoes --they are made with real sprinkles! Each sprinkle is individually hand placed, how sweet is that. They are perfect for photo sessions and special occasions.
Going into summer the Sweet-Treat Mocc's featuring popsicles and ice cream cones are perfect too!
Tassels are on trend for summer, how stylish are these Black and White Tassel Mocc's --LOVE!

Learn more about the Lili Collection and view all styles available by visiting:


Sunday, May 17, 2015

Visit Ripley's of Gatlinburg this Summer with 8 exciting attractions to visit...

Looking for a fun place to vacation this summer? One of our fave places is Gatlinburg, TN because there are so many fun things to do. There are shows to see, tons of dining and shopping options, and plenty of attractions to visit.
One of the biggest names in the Gatlinburg area is Ripley's-- they offer 8 unique attractions...
1. Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
2. Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Odditorium
3. Ripley's Marvelous Mirror Maze
4. Ripley's Haunted Adventure
5. Ripley's 5D Moving Theater
6. Ripley's Davy Crockett Mini-Golf
7. Ripley's Old Mac Mini-Golf
8. Guinness World Record Museum
Whether you're a thrill seeker and want to experience the bone-chilling Haunted Adventure, have a competitive side and want to play your family in a round of Davy Crockett's mini-golf or love weird facts which you'll see plenty of at the Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium there is definitely something for everyone at the Ripley's attractions!
We love a good savings so we're excited to share a great deal with you!
Save $3 off adult and $2 off child admission tickets to ALL of the Ripley's attractions in Tennessee (offer valid until 12.31.15)
Simply use code USFAMILYGUIDE at checkout to take advantage of this offer at:

Monday, May 11, 2015

Mother's Day Weekend at Great Wolf Lodge....

I hope you had a great Mother's Day, I sure did. We spent all weekend at one of our favorite places --Great Wolf Lodge.
My parent's came with us this time and it was so fun being able to spend Mother's Day doing something fun with my mom and kids.
Being on the GWL Ask-A-Mom panel I get asked a lot if Great Wolf Lodge is really that much fun. If there are things to do for certain ages, if there are other things to do besides the waterpark etc... Let me tell you that it REALLY is that much fun! Once you are checked in at the resort you don't have to leave. There is something for everyone in the family. The water park is great for all ages. Just look at my mom's face after we talked her into going down Coyote Cannon --we promised her it wasn't 'that bad' ha! She may have laughed so hard she cried, but she survived and we will have this memory forever!
Whether you're seeking a big thrill or simply looking for some relaxing water fun you'll find it at GWL. There are slides for both little kids and big kids. There is a family ride that everyone can go on together, double tube rides for friends, a lazy river, a huge play tower called Fort Mackenzie that kids can climb without being in deep water, a wave pool, and hot tubs for both kids and adults. It's a great weekend getaway, the perfect fun family vacation and a place where memories are made!
Once you've have enough of the waterpark there are many other fun activities to enjoy. MagiQuest is a big hit with the kids. My kids also love the arcade and playing the Howl at the Moon Glow miniature golf. Little kids love when the Great Clock Tower Show comes alive, story-time is held and when other fun activities in the lobby take place like dance parties and the magician visits! 
 I personally love browsing the gift shop, sipping my Starbucks by the fire and I love that I have the option of a spa treatment right on sight too (if only I had time for that, maybe some day when my kids are teenagers!!).
You'll never go hungry at the GWL --they offer so many food options. There are fun little snack shops located in the water park area and there is a great pizza parlor right outside of the waterpark doors. If you're really hungry you'll love the Loose Moose Cottage buffet that is available for both breakfast and dinner and I highly recommend trying the new Lodge Wood Fired Grill. My parents loved trying it for the first time. It's a little pricier, but the steaks and burgers are out of this world!
The boys' finished their night with a trip to the gift shop where they brought home 2 new friends and they enjoyed "the best paw fudge" ever, their exact words --yum!

It was a Mother's Day weekend that I'll never forget. We can't wait until our next visit and hope you'll plan a visit soon!
Find deals and stay up-to-date with the latest information by liking GWL on Facebook and following on Instagram and Twitter @GreatWolfLodge
Have a howlin' great Monday!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Give the Gift of Tieks by Gavrieli this Mother's Day --her feet will thank you!

It's almost Mother's Day so why not spoil mom with one of my fave, fave, faves... Tieks by Gavrieli.
I LOVE my Tieks. My sister and I recently purchased these flats and they are so fun and so comfortable!

I got the Pop Pink and she went for Leopard and oh my goodness are we so happy we did!

I'm already debating which color will be my next pair.... Hint, hint, hint to my hubby and kids and all of you who need the perfect Mother's Day gift this year!

Visit the Boutiek to view all colors available and to purchase an E-Gift Card that can be delivered right to mom's e-mail just in time for Mother's Day this Sunday!


Happy Shopping!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Rinse.Recycle.Reimagine... Enter the @UnileverUSA #ReimagineThat Sweepstakes and be entered to win a $500 gift card #ad

(The Jackson Five Family received a gift card to help facilitate this reader feature. However all opinions are honest and our own!)
Unilever is launching “Rinse. Recycle. Reimagine.” a new program in partnership with Keep America Beautiful and the Ad Council designed to educate people about recycling in the bathroom, inspire them to reimagine what empty bathroom products could become through recycling, and ultimately make a small change that holds big potential to positively impact the environment.
Sometimes our priorities are not what they should be. I'll admit that I'm just as guilty as the next when it's comes to recycling --It's something that takes so little time and with a little extra effort it can make such a big impact in this world, but we often forget about it or simply don't choose to do it.

Unilever the maker of products including Dove, Suave, St. Ives, Caress and more recently launched their 'Rinse.Recycle.Reimagine' program which educates people about the importance of recycling those bathroom products and they encourage YOU to help make a change! We'll go out of our way to get a drink when thirsty, charge our cell phones when they're about to go dead etc., but we're often too lazy to walk an empty plastic bottle from the restroom to our recycling bins. Those empty bottles don't have to continue filling up our landfills, instead they can be turned into something great like hairbrushes, backpacks and even our kids favorite backyard play sets!

Clean up your bathroom act and help spread the word about Unilever's Rinse.Recycle.Reimagine program by sharing a photo of your bathroom empties being recycled on Twitter and Instagram. When you use the hashtag #ReimagineThat, add #sweeps to your post and tag @UnileverUSA you'll be entered for a chance to win recycled, reimagined prizes! 

The sweepstakes runs from now until June 9th and there will be daily prizes (42 in total) given away! The grand prize is a $500 gift card!

Start recycling and enter today!
Make sure you include ALL 3 of these components in order to qualify:
Tag @UnileverUSA
Use hashtag #ReimagineThat
Use hashtag #sweeps
To learn more about taking small actions that can make a BIG difference visit: