Enter to Win Family 4-Pack Passes for Oakland County Waterparks {4 Winners!} ENDS 8/5/14

Oakland County Waterparks

I received my own passes from Oakland County Parks and Recreation to the waterparks for the purpose of this post.

Mother Nature’s thermostat has been cranked these past few days, which means one thing: WATER FUN. We are lucky to have tons of lakes, splash pads and more in this area, but two mega fun Oakland County Waterparks — Red Oaks Waterpark, {Madison Heights}, and Waterford Oaks Waterpark {Waterford}, stand out in my mind.

Learn more about the parks below and then enter to win 1 of 4 family 4-packs of passes to the park of your choosing!


  • Soak Station, children’s water playground with 68 features, including water jets, curtains and slides, plus bubbler jets and a six-foot tipping bucket; must be 56″ or shorter and be accompanied by an adult.
  • Spray & Play, a water play area for toddlers, with 15 water jets and bubblers at zero depth.
  • The River Ride, a 990-foot long moving river {tubes provided}.
  • Triple Turn, a triple-flume waterslide
  • Terrific Tides wave-action pool.  The pool is heated.

Red Oaks Waterpark


Weekends & Holidays: Regular Rate: $18 | Oakland County Resident Discount Rate: $13

Active Military/Seniors 62 and older: $2 discount off regular or resident full day admission rate

Weekday {Monday – Friday}: Regular Rate: $15 | Oakland County Resident Discount Rate: $10

Active Military/Seniors 62 and older: $2 discount off regular or resident full day admission rate 

Twilight Discount (after 4 p.m. Monday – Friday ONLY, excluding holidays): Regular Rate: $12 | Oakland County Resident Discount Rate: $7

Twilight discount cannot be combined with other discounts.  

**Children under 2 years old are free with a paid adult admission.**

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Bucketfilling from A to Z Book + Bucket Fillers Inc. Giveaway with Two Prize Packs {ENDS 8/8/14}

Bucket Fillers Inc. I received a copy of the book Bucketfilling from A to Z from Bucket Fillers, Inc. in exchange for the post below. All opinions expressed are my own.

I recently had the opportunity to check out the children’s book, Bucketfilling from A to Z, and again I am impressed at the latest children’s book from authors Carol McCloud and Caryn Butzke of Bucket Fillers, Inc., a Michigan-based company making strides to make children kinder.

If you aren’t familiar with the bucket filling concept, essentially it’s the idea that every person in the world has an invisible bucket with them and they can choose to fill it with positive words and action or be a “bucket dipper” and take away what’s inside with mean-spirited words or action.

What I adore about this concept is that is SO teachable to kids of various ages. Kinley is a few months shy of 4 years old and LOVES this concept. It really seems to help to get her to think about her actions more {especially when it comes to tormenting her sister}! I often can be found saying, “Don’t be a bucket dipper to your sister. Please fill her bucket and be helpful instead,” to her. Gotta love sibling rivalry! When baby arrives, I will definitely be asking my girls for help and look forward to telling them to help and in turn, fill my bucket ;)

Bucket Filling from A to Z Book
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Disney Planes Fire & Rescue Review #FireAndRescue

Planes- Fire & Rescue

Image from Disney press materials On Monday, I had the opportunity to attend a sneak peek of Disney’s latest movie — Planes: Fire & Rescue. To be honest, I was excited for the excuse to go to the movies with my big kid {Kinley, age 3.5}, but not terribly excited about the movie. After all, […]

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To My Son Before You Are Born

To My Son {Before You Are Born}, In a few weeks {perhaps even days}, we’re going to meet for the very first time. You’re likely going to cause me an incredible amount of pain and then you’re going to make your grand entrance into the world and fill a section in my heart where I […]

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Disney On Ice Princesses & Heroes Presale Code {In Auburn Hills Oct. 16-19}

Disney On Ice Princesses & Heroes - Palace of Auburn Hills

Disney On Ice is one of our favorite shows to attend each year. I just received the special pre-sale code for the Disney On Ice presents Princesses & Heroes show, coming to The Palace of Auburn Hills October 16-19, 2014. {See image below} Many of you will be thrilled to know that this show now […]

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My Maternity Photo Shoot with Deanna Spivey Photography, A Metro Detroit Photographer

Deanna Spivey Photography Maternity 2

Awhile back, my friend Deanna of Deanna Spivey Photography, asked if she could take maternity photos for me. My initial response was “no thanks” — simply because I’d just rather have photos of my family, not me, around my house. And let’s face it — this is my third baby, so it’s not exactly like […]

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Sibling Preparation: Getting Kids Ready For a New Baby

Getting Kids Ready for A New Baby

Nothing has been consuming my mind more over these past few weeks than how my girls, Karina – age 2 {in 17 days} and Kinley – 3.5, are going to react to their new baby brother, who is due to arrive in 3 weeks+/-. Kinley has been there, done that, and I know she will […]

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Our Experience at the Oakland County Fair

Oakland County Fair1

I received vouchers to the fair from Oakland County Parks and Rec in exchange for promoting. All opinions and experiences are my own. As I count down my final days as a mother of two, I am squeezing in everything possible before I’m home with baby for a few weeks while we adjust to being a […]

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Join Me in Detroit This Wednesday for a VIP Experience with Lincoln Motor Co. at Shinola {Register at Link!}

Lincoln MKC

One of the major perks to being a blogger and chatterbox on social media is getting invited to sweet events. I’m pretty pumped about this one happening this Wednesday, July 9, and I am thrilled to be able to take up to 10 guests. Check out the fun and feel free to register and join […]

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Detroit Gold Cup 2014: Awesome Family Event {+Giveaway ENDS 7/8/14}

Detroit Gold Cup Hydroplane

One of the things I miss most about my former job is working in the GM Renaissance Center in Detroit. If you’ve never been, it’s up there with one of the coolest places to work because there is always something awesome happening along the beautiful riverfront, especially during summer. One majorly cool event that has happened […]

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Family Fun in Southeast Michigan in July 2014

Family Fun in Southeast Michigan in July 2014

RE-PIN HERE! My Karina post 4th of July parade in Brighton last year. Happening again this year on the 4th! Mi oh mi it’s JULY! Summer is already flying. There are tons of fab events happening this month, with of course — many surrounding the 4th of July holiday. Take a peek at what’s coming up for […]

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Oakland County Fair 2014 Information + Quick Giveaway {5 PASSES!} ENDS 7/3

Oakland County Fair 2014 Information

Nothing says summer quite like a good ole fashion county fair! I’ve loved hitting up the county fair circuit since I was a little gal. I’ve always loved seeing the 4-H animals, getting a fresh squeezed lemonade, riding some carnival rides and checking out the special event happenings! I’m so happy to be able to […]

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