Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Canobie Lake Park - Summer Fun Year After Year!

We received complimentary admission to Canobie Lake Park to facilitate this review.
All opinions expressed are our own.

Our family just simply can't get enough of fun day trips in the summer! Amusement parks are always a favorite for our six-year-old thrill-seeker so we typically try to hit up as many as possible once school gets out. This year, with a new baby slowing us down just a bit, we cut our amusement park list down and chose our favorite - Canobie Lake Park - for some good old summer fun.

Canobie Lake Park is conveniently located in Salem, New Hampshire, just a little ways off of Route 93 -  an easy drive from most anywhere in New England. Parking is free and although you can't bring any food or drink in with you, the park is full of meal and snack options, so it's easy to arrive early, leave late, and spend the entire day making memories with your family!

I've been frequenting Canobie Lake Park since I was a kid. Someday I should dig through old photos and get one up on the blog! This park has been around for a long, long time... long before me! 

Canobie Lake Park is full of lots of family friendly fun. There are rides and activities for everyone - no matter their age or stage! This was our first year having two children with us at the park and our first year bringing an infant so my focus was a little bit different than in years past. 

Knowing about my options for breastfeeding at the park was at the top of my list of priorities. Canobie Lake Park allows breastfeeding throughout but also offers a cozy nursing room if privacy is preferred. I was able to find a shady spot at a picnic table under a tree during our family lunch but chose to check out the nursing room later in the evening when my baby was maxed out on stimulation from the crowds. It was such a nice space with a rocking chair, changing table, sink, and a locked door, only accessible with a key that can be obtained from an employee at the front of the park. It was exactly what both my baby and I needed to quietly unwind at the end of a long day.

Another focus for me this year was food allergies. Canobie Lake Park does not allow food to be brought in but they do have tons of dining options within the park. With a nursing infant struggling with sensitivities to multiple foods through my milk, I needed to know exactly what allergens were found in the foods that were available so that I could find something good to eat! My expectations were low and I was so pleasantly surprised! I was able to obtain a food allergy guide at the front of the park which listed every food option at every dining facility and which food allergens, if any, it had. Once I found something I was interested in, I was able to go to that dining area, share with them my dietary restrictions and view the packaging of the items I wanted to eat so that we could all confirm that they were safe. I was treated with the utmost respect and sensitivity - and I had the most delicious lunch!

Much to my oldest's excitement, we spent a bit more time than usual in the water portion of the park this year! The crowds are intense in this area on hot days, but the kiddos have so much fun! We had uncles and grandparents with us this year so plenty of playmates to help her manage the crowds.

Whether you're looking for water fun, roller coasters, a train ride, or some fun live music, you'll find it at Canobie Lake Park. Truly - there's something for everyone!

We can't wait to head back to the park again next summer for more fun!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Dolls, Accessories, and Loyal Pals from Our Generation

We received free product to facilitate this review. No other compensation was received. All opinions expressed are my own.

We've already shared with you our love of Our Generation Dolls from Battat. We love the quality and style these affordable 18" posable dolls with accessories, clothing, and options galore! We have several of these dolls and they - no surprise - love to play together! 

Our newest friend is Celeste. Her long blonde hair is beautiful and she comes with a shirt, vest, pair of pants, underwear, sandals (jelly shoes!), and a hairclip. We love that each of these girls comes with clothing and accessories that are interchangeable. Our six-year-old loves to mix-and-match the dolls and their clothes.

Besides dolls, Our Generation has a large assortment of Loyal Pals - animal friends for your doll (and your child!) to love and care for. There are dogs, cats, and horses of all different colors, shapes, and sizes. 

Celeste came to us with the Lusitano Horse. This horse is all about the hair! Sometimes I (like all moms, I'm sure) cringe when I see dolls and animal toys with long hair. The horror of those unruly tangles haunts me in my sleep. We haven't had the tangle horrors with these dolls or this horse! 

Besides coming with a saddle, top strap and bridle, this beautiful horse comes with a comb, a colorful hair extension, 2 ribbon extensions, a hair bow, hair gems, and hair elastics. Also included is a book of instructions for creating amazing hairstyles! 

The Lusitano Horse is the perfect size for Celeste and her friends. She's made of high quality hard plastic that makes her really easy to groom and bathe with a wet cloth. My six-year-old daughter, our horse lover, has spent hours on this task - washing her body and then styling her hair with all the included accessories.

You'll see that Celeste changed her clothes before her ride. Here she's wearing the Well Groomed Deluxe Outfit Set and is ready to go! This outfit set is sold separately. Our Generation has a huge variety of outfits for all sorts of occasions, so whatever your child's favorite activity is, there's sure to be a way to customize their doll to match! These clothes are easy to change and really make doll-play fun.

We knew we loved Our Generation before we met Celeste and her Loyal Pal, the Lusitano Horse, and our feelings are even stronger now! We love the quality, affordability, accessibility, quality, and style of these products. And, of course, we love that for every Our Generation doll, outfit, or accessory sold, a portion of sales goes to Free The Children's Power of a Girl Initiate to help provide girls in developing countries and education.

Read more about the Our Generation Story and find these great toys at a Target near you.
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