Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Explore the Outdoors with Nature Cat’s Great Outdoors App... #NatureCatPBS #OutdoorExplorer

 The Jackson Five Family blog received a complimentary product sample to help facilitate this feature. However, all opinions are honest and our own!

We're excited about a new app from PBS KIDS that will get kids outdoors this fall exploring nature. 

Fall is a wonderful time to be outside. The leaves are changing colors and falling off trees, the temperatures are cooler and there are so many fun things for you and your family to explore like pumpkin patches, nature trails etc... why not make it even more exciting to explore with this fun app!

My kids love being outdoors and Grady has really been loving it. The app offers daily adventures and new challenges from Nature Cat and his friends. When playing it inspires kids to use their eyes and ears to find exciting new things. It also offers several tools that all nature explorers should have like Squeeks' Compass, Daisy's Camera, Hal's Sound Recorder as well as sketching and art tools, fun stickers and nature journals so your kids can record everything they find and see all in one place

A neighboring town had their annual 'Walk with Nature' that takes you around a historic canal all the way to a 40 acre pond and it was the perfect chance for Grady to use the app and explore nature.

I love that he was actually looking around for things and taking pictures instead of just walking along the trail doing nothing. When you start a Daily Adventure Nature Cat asks you what the weather's like for the day. If it's sunny it will cater to that condition. On the day we went it was rainy so he was able to use that! 

He had fun telling us which way we were going since he had the compass. He also loved being able to add photos to his journal and sketching things he saw along the way. When we got home he loved showing us his journal and it was fun to see things through his perspective. It's a really fun, educational app and if your kids love being outdoors it's definitely work a download!


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Monday, October 17, 2016

Monsters and pumpkins and ghosts, oh my! Oriental Trading is our one-stop Halloween Shop this year!

The Jackson Five Family received a complimentary product sample to help facilitate this reader feature. However, all opinions are honest and our own!

It's almost Halloween and my boys are so excited! They love picking out costumes, decorating the porch and helping me plan the class Halloween party. 

We turn to Oriental Trading for all of our Halloween needs. They offer a huge selection of products to get you in the Halloween spirit. From party supplies, to home decor and 1000's of costumes to choose from they are our one-stop Halloween shop! They seriously have the best stuff. I'll be helping with Grady's 2nd grade class party and we chose some fun items to bring in. We are so excited to share this Deluxe Halloween Treasure Chest that is filled with an assortment of fun Halloween goodies.

 It will be fun for game prizes and whatever is left the teacher can use for classroom rewards. When you're little spider rings and Halloween pencils really are the best!! 

I always like to have a fun craft for the kids to make and this year we chose Peanuts Halloween Bracelet kits and these Cute Pumpkin Candy Bracelets that the kids will love to wear home. Oriental Trading has sooooooo many fun crafts to choose from.

Halloween wouldn't be Halloween without costumes and candy. Grady had to have this creepy gnome/troll costume --haha isn't he adorable! I never realized how many costumes Oriental Trading has to choose from. Whether you're wanting something cute and girly for your daughter, need an adult costume for yourself or your little guy wants something to creep out his buddies, they definitely have the perfect one. 

We also stocked up on candy from Oriental Trading. I love the large assortment they offer. Whether you need bulk candy to pass out, your favorite name brand treat or something a little different and extra special, Oriental Trading has all of that and the perfect treat bags to put them in! How cute are these chevron and polka dot bags? LOVE THEM!

Hop on over to Oriental Trading to check out all of these Halloween products and more!



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Sunday, October 9, 2016

Save $100 on family-friendly Hawaii vacations with Pleasant Holidays - USFG's new travel partner!

Happy weekend! I am SO EXCITED to share some exciting news... if you love to travel or have ever even thought about booking that tropical vacay you've always dreamed of then you'll want to learn more about Pleasant Holidays --a leading provider of package vacations. They've partnered with one of my faves, US Family Guide and I can't wait to share lots of info, deals and great savings with you throughout the year!

Pleasant Holidays is based in the U.S. and they offer great deals on family vacations worldwide including Hawaii, contiguous United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Costa Rica, Europe, Tahiti, Fiji and more. They can also book complete cruise vacations with airfare, onboard accommodations, and pre- and post-cruise hotel stays for vacations etc...

Pleasant Holidays is new to US Family Guide, but has been partnering with hotels and resorts for more than 55 years to get great offers you cannot book anywhere else. Whether you're planning to explore close to home or farther abroad, make them your one-stop-shop for everything you need: From flights to accommodations to car rentals or ground transfers, Pleasant Holidays can get you setup and on your way to your dream destination. 

They can also help you schedule exciting activities and tours while you're there and offer travel protection to protect your travel investment (because if parenthood has taught us one thing, it's to always expect the unexpected). And unlike some other online travel providers, they have in-destination customer assistance should you need it!

Pleasant Holidays is currently offering a great deal on Hawaii vacations that saves you $100 per booking! Select from 26 hotels and resorts on the four most popular islands: Oahu, Maui, Kauai and island of Hawaii. Explore the exciting sights of Oahu, including world-famous Waikiki Beach and historic Pearl Harbor. Watch the sun rise from the slopes of a dormant volcano on Maui. Snorkel, hike, kayak, surf, experience Polynesian culture and more...

This deal is valid on new vacations booked by 10/30/16 for select travel through 6/30/17 that include roundtrip airfare from the continental United States and a stay of five nights or longer at a participating hotel or resort. The $100 savings is per booking and taken at time of booking - no waiting for the savings. And if you book at the Moana Surfrider Westin Resort and Spa on Waikki Beach they'll include FREE breakfast, FREE cocktails and 15% off spa appointments...can you say YES PLEASE!

For more information or reservations please visit:


(or call 1-800-837-5154 or contact your travel agent)
Be sure to keep an eye on my blog page. I'll be sharing more great deals for memorable family vacations from Pleasant Holidays soon!