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Understanding your VIP Flex Ship Order

 

Flexship is the most convenient way to receive our products, and each qualifying Flexship ships free!

Each qualifying Flexship also includes a FREE product . It’s called Only For You, and you can’t them get any other way.

As a VIP Customer, we ask that you have two qualifying Flexship orders of $84 or more after your enrollment order, and we do not set a deadline by which they must be completed.

Product usage and needs vary from person to person. Some will want to order every month, while others don’t need it as frequently, especially if you’re taking advantage of our flash sale offers.

When you enrolled as a VIP Customer, you set a date for your first Flexship order.

Before it ships, you’ll receive an email from us. This gives you time to adjust what is included in the order.

Or, you can also push out your Flexship, up to 60 days at a time; there is no requirement to receive an order before you push the order again.

These two videos show you how to adjust the timing of your Flexship and the contents.

Thank you again for becoming part of the MONAT Family!

 

Fun With The Fam

Pigeon Roost Farms

OPENING SOON for the season!

So, it is no secret that my favorite season of all times is Fall! I love the pumpkins, cool weather, leaves turning colors, jeans with sweaters, bonfires, football and chili contests amongst my friends and I. Nothing beats the fall season! To top it off I have found the best family friendly place EVER to play and enjoy all things Fall!

Pigeon Roost Farms is located in Hebron Ohio and has everything you could ever look for in a fun fall setting! Lots of great fun for the whole family, with giant slides, challenging mazes, a new fort, and some of the most fantastic displays of pumpkins you’ll ever see, this place has it all!

We always have so much fun that we probably go 4-5 times a season, easily.

PumpkinFest, as they like to call it, is open every day from Saturday September 14th to October 31st 10am to 7pm (last entry at 6 p.m., you’ll need at least one hour to enjoy all the fun they have in store for you!)

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The Great Pumpkin Fun Center (open daily) includes:

•Fort Pigeon Roost•2013 Corn Maze – “Aliens Among Us”
•Hop-a-Long Corral
•Pigeon Roost Football Throw
•Spinning Wheel of Fortune
•Giant Gerbil Wheels
•The Enchanted Forest with Obstacle Course
•Hillside Rooster Racers & Turkey Tube Slides
•Fall Frontier – Pumpkin Express Train, Creepy Teepee Tunnel & Conestoga Corn Box
PumpkinFest Weekends also include:
•Wagon Rides and Face Painting
•Crafters and Demonstrations
•Kettle Corn
•Lots of Delicious Food from The Grill Family of Restaurants

There are also farm animals and exotic guests to check out!

The pumpkin patch includes: pumpkins (mini, regular and giant!), Indian corn, corn stalks, straw bales, apple gourds,12 varieties of squash, hard-shell birdhouse gourds, and all the fall décor your house and yard could hold!

Also, don’t forget to stop and let your little one pick out their Halloween costume and get their face painted while you check out all of the crafts and small shops before picking up your bag of fresh popped kettle corn or freshly made cotton candy!

Pigeon Roost is a fun time for ALL! Don’t miss out! Hope to see you there 🙂

Check out their website or their facebook page for up-to-date info!

Fun With The Fam

Want to go Larping?

Don’t ask why, but I have always have a soft spot in my soul for a good old fashion renaissance faire. I know, I really don’t seem the type to go larping (life action role playing – for those of you that have never indulged) in some other realm from long ago, but alas….I love it. It probably has to do with the fact that I grew up (for 5 years or so) in a small little town outside Chicago called Oregon, IL. In this town, even though it only had about 3,000 residents, there were a lot of cool things to do and see.

One of those being Stronghold Castle of Oregon,IL. The castle would have an “Olde English Faire” every fall that my parents would always take me to. I loved it! The people all dressed up from a different era, some of it fictional, some not. Fairies and creatures along with princes and princesses all talking funny and eating huge meat-sticks…it was something to behold!

Fast forward about 25 years and now I have my own children. So a few years back when my first child was about 2, I began searching for something similar around Ohio. I found many different events to go to and went to the one that seemed to have the most entertainment and such.

The Ohio Renaissance Festival is such a treat! My husband had never been to anything quite like this. And was pretty humored (or maybe mortified) when I decided to dress up as Maid Marian to attend. But he was a good sport and didn’t make fun of me too much. Going here each fall has become a family tradition. Our son gets a new sword every year we go and our daughter got to take her first visit there a few years back, walking away with a hair garland. Wasn’t she adorable?

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We always have a blast, with plenty to do! There are several spots with many types of hearty food and drink, a huge artisan marketplace, craftsmen of great skill, amazing feats of skill, interactive comedy shows, skits and adventure, live jousting, merriment and romance, rides, games and more!

Kids will have a blast interacting with the people here and there are so many fun trinkets to bring home or make as souvenirs. From molding your hands in wax to making magic wands, the kids will find so much to entertain them!

Open from the last weekend in August for 8 weekends – Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day Monday from 10:30 am – 6 pm. Every weekend has a different theme (pirates, Irish, Romeo & Juliet, etc), so be sure to check here to see what you’ll be getting into! The last weekend of the season is the best because they have a ton of great trinkets and gifts on sale for those who are on your “nice list” this year.

Keep in touch for specials or deals on tickets or even giveaways ORF may be having by following them on Instagramtwitter or Facebook. Or, check out what you will be seeing at ORF by viewing their YouTube channel.

Hope you enjoy!! Don’t forget to dress the part, most do! It’s more fun that way!

DIY Crafts at Home

Kid Customized Kicks

Are your kids that perfect combination of creative and stylish? Need a new, cheap rainy day activity that will keep them entertained for at least an hour, maybe more? Better yet, it’s an activity that you could do again and again without boredom ever creeping in!

A few weeks ago we had a bout of 3 rainy afternoons in a row. The hubs was already at the store and the kids were over watching the movies I had rented the day prior. With the pool and trampoline out of the question, I decided I was time to bring out the big guns and come up with an entertaining craft for them to focus on.

I quickly called the husband, hoping he hadn’t already left the store, and asked him for 2 items – a pair of white sneakers for each child and a large pack of colored sharpie markers (as our daughter refuses to color with any other kind and has dried our current stash out). The sneakers were a mere $3.97 per pair (in kid sizes and $5.98 per adult) and the large pack of sharpie markers was around $18.00 (but well worth it!).

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The kids were so excited when Daddy got home and I sat them at the table letting them know they could create their very own pair of original shoes! Design away they did and we ended up with some really fun and funky sneakers! They made sure to wear them that very night and show them off at dinner with the grandparents!

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The one thing you will want to be sure to do is take out the laces. I decided to join in with the kids and chose to leave my laces white. But my older two decided to color their laces individually as well. You really can create whatever you want! Which is super fun for them, and you!

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Check out the finished looks below, didn’t they do a great job? They certainly had a blast creating their own unique, custom-made kicks.

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After seeing how much fun the kids had, I decided to create a pair of my own. Check them out below!

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Why not create a pair or two of your own inspired and custom shoes? Use quotes, favorite images or even something super memorable. Mine were inspired by my peacock-themed wedding, my beliefs and my daughter (who LOVES flowers, dandelions and making wishes!). If you create a pair as well, please share them with me so we can see your creativity. You can share on my facebook page, tag me on instagram or even on twitter!

MONAT

Quench Your Thirst

Has this summer heat got your locks feeling lackluster? Maybe the salty beach trip did you some good, but not quite the story for your hair.

Well don’t stress, as usual we are ahead of the game and have just the thing in the nick of time.

Today Monat announced TWO new products that will hydrate the heck out of your tresses. And to kick them off we have an amazing sale going as well. For more info on these items visit my site to view the details, or get your order in.

For the Foodie

Crispy Kale Chips

I love kale!

I love it in salads, steamed, especially in smoothies and most recently, during my low-carb/Keto diet, I have become fond of it as the perfect substitute for chips or popcorn, or any other salty or savory snack.

I snacked on a handful of these rather than popcorn during our Harry Potter marathon this weekend and imagined how good they would taste as “croutons” on a salad or alongside and sandwich even (lettuce wrap in my case).

I used an entire full 1 lb bag of organic kale, which produced roughly 8 servings of this salty, low carb (6 net carbs per serving) treat. If you are on a low carb or keto diet, not only does the carb count benefit you, but so does that salt for your electrolytes. Plus, sometimes I just want that crunchy snack and other than Wisps, you won’t find much of that on the low carb diet. Win, win and win!

So on we go with the recipe! Please note, this will make your kitchen odorous. I honestly did not mind the smell but my husband was NOT impressed!

Also, one addition I would add to this recipe (but did not this time around) would be shredded or grated parmesan, I can imagine that gives an even more savory taste! I would suggest grated over shredded and I would add it in during the oil process, I will note it below to be clear.

What you will need:

  • 1 lb bag of organic kale
  • 4 tablespoons of organic unrefined coconut oil, melted
  • Himalayan pink salt (roughly 1 tsp)
  • Black ground pepper (roughly 1 tsp)
  • Garlic powder (roughly 1 tsp)

What you will need to do:

Set the oven to 350 F and grease the baking tray. As I refuse to use cooking sprays (did you know they can get rust off your bike chain or bugs off your windshield? Many contain additives and GMOs – yuck!) I made sure to smear a bit of coconut oil across the pan.

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Be sure the kale is washed and dried. I am able to get my kale pre-shredded, but if you do not you will need to remove the center rib and stems from each leaf and discard. Cut or tear them into bite-size pieces. These will significantly shrink during the baking process so you can make them a little larger.

Place the kale into a large bowl (with the 1 lb bag, I had to do this in a couple of batches) and drizzle the melted oil over it and then massage or toss the kale around to get evenly covered. Now is when I would add in the grated parmesan next time as well. You can go ahead and toss all of the seasonings on now as well or do as I did below.

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Once coated, lay the kale out onto the baking tray in a single layer and top with pepper, salt and garlic powder.

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Bake the kale until crisp and the edges are slightly browned, roughly 12-15 minutes. Toss into a large bag or bowl and enjoy!

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Book Club

Behind Closed Doors – B.A. Paris

Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris is a twisted psychological thriller about a couple that is seemingly perfect. Living a life of luxury and filled with love and admiration for one another, Jack and Grace seem to have it all. But not every couple, or person for that matter, is perfect.

Jack is an extremely handsome, successful and wealthy prosecutor that fights against one of the worst types of criminals, abusive men. He has the manners of royalty to boot. It is no wonder that when Grace meets him she is extremely taken by him. He sweeps her off her feet and caters to her, surprising her with trips and houses. He is wealthy enough that Grace no longer needs to work, even though she’d like to stay busy. But he insists on taking over all of the breadwinning.

To their friends eyes, Grace has it so easy and has the most attentive husband. But is he too attentive, too controlling? Grace soon finds that the man she married is not the man she thought he was. And in reality, the work he does has a twisted meaning to him.

Grace has a disabled younger sister that will soon be coming to live with them and Jack could not be more happy. The plans he has are much less than loving.

Will Grace be able to save herself and her sister? Will she get away? Or is she as crazy as he makes her out to be, and imagining it all?

This book will make you second guess those “perfect” relationships you see in others. Everyone has their own secrets and issues behind their doors.

For the Foodie

Sweet Treat Flag

Fourth of July is fast approaching and I am sure, as I do, you have plenty of parties to attend. I really wish that this year we were back in the hills of Tennessee, like we were last year. There is truly nothing better than celebrating the holiday in Gatlinburg, TN. What a fantastic time we had!

Since we had all the kiddos in the cabin, I came up with the perfect (and easy) dessert treat to make with them all one of our evenings. It turned out adorable, and the kids had such a fun time making this. It will surely be a beautiful and patriotic addition to any of your family gatherings!

 

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Ingredients you will need:

  • Large puffy marshmallows (roughly 30)
  • Toothpicks (or tiny fingers will do)
  • Red & Blue sugar sprinkles (white too if you want to be perfect)
  • scissors (or a knife)
  • butter or Crisco
  • Baking dish (9×13 or 7×11 will do)
  • Hershey Bars (chocolate chips could be substituted)
  • Graham Crackers

Here is what you’ll do:

First you will want to grease the baking dish with butter or Crisco and set the oven at 450 degrees F.

Then I poured the sugar crystals into separate bowls, set out a bowl of water as well and cut all of the big marshmallows into halves.

While I completed those tasks I let the kids break up the Hershey bars and lay them down to complete the first layer of our delicious dish.

I then let the kids each take turns getting their marshmallow halves dumped into water and then into the sugar colors we needed for our second layer. Little fingers or toothpicks can be used for that step.

Let these dry on wax paper before placing them onto the chocolate bars, should be about 20 minutes. Once dry, you will place these, cut side down, onto the chocolate bar layer, making sure to get your flag in the right order. The kids had lots of fun making a pattern with these!

Top off the dish with the extra sugar crystals on any lacking areas and place the dish into the oven to bake for 7 to 9 minutes, just until the tops of the marshmallows start to brown. We let the kiddos eat the leftover crystalized marshmallows while they waited!

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Take out and let cool a little. Serve with graham crackers or pretzels and enjoy this sweet and salty treat! The sugar sprinkles form a perfect crystallized topping to the dip so you get the most divine combination of chocolate, cream marshmallow and sweet crunch. Best served warm and with a glass of milk!

Your kids will feel extra special being able to create this masterpiece on their own too!

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Need another great (but healthier) treat for Memorial Day or 4th of July parties? Check out this patriotic fruit “cake”. Yum!

Book Club

Everything I Never Told You – Celeste Ng

 

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng is a dramatic book about a family with a Chinese background that tries to fit in to a predominantly white American community. The father in the family is of full Chinese heritage and the mother is fully Caucasian. The story will tap into the struggle of a mixed race marriage as well as that of growing up biracial.

This book tells the story of a young girl, Lydia, who is faced with a lot of pressure from both her father and her mother. This young girl has a lot of struggles being of a biracial minority within her school, trying to fit in and also trying to live up to her father and mothers completely different expectations.
She is not an only child and while each child within the family has completely different roles, hers holds the most pressure.

When Lydia goes missing and is found no longer alive there are many questions: did the young boy down the street with a troubled upbringing, who has she had been hanging out with every day for the past several months, do something? There’s no way she could have done this to herself, right? She was the perfect daughter, well liked, social, smart, or was that all a facade?

The family struggles to discover what happened while secrets come out. In the end they will be stronger than they were before, even if they never do find out why exactly this tragedy happened.

Fun With The Fam

School’s OUT For Summer!

Summer is officially here! School has ended and the chill has finally left us. But even though I love spring and fall, I am super excited that our hot summer has arrived because I get to share with you all of our favorite watering holes! The one thing I love about living in Ohio is that I get to see a glimpse of all four seasons, not so much the case in the south where I am from. But I would definitely be ok if Fall lasted six months of the year 😉

Since Summer is finally here I figured I would share some of our favorite watering hole spots! Some are free and some are not. Do your best to hit up each spot during the next several weeks. Let me know which one is your favorite in the comments!

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Zoombezi Bay Waterpark is probably our most favorite place to go, and also the most expensive! Even if you are a Zoo member. But boy oh boy is it fun for all ages! They have a young kiddie pool area with many attractions, a older kiddie area with a pirate ship, four and a half story treehouse, slides, a big water bucket that topples over every so often, and a large area to swim. They also have a huge lazy river (one for families and one for just adults – beverages allowed!). There is also a tidal wave pool and many big slides to have fun on! Several concession stands and food options to choose from. During the summer they host several “Dive-In Movie” nights. I haven’t been to one yet but it sounds like a lot of fun! You will spend a pretty penny but its always a fun day here!

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Heath City Water Park is another fun location. As a much smaller and cheaper version of Zoombezi Bay, they have a baby pool, kids pool with slides and swings, and larger pools with big slides. There is also a nice covered area on the lawn in case you dont want direct sunlight all afternoon, which was anperfect spot for Leighton’s nap and feeding sessions. If your kids are still quite small (5 and under) you will save time traveling and money for them to have just as much fun here

Dillon State Park has a small wading pool area with a geyser-like sprinkler, as well as many other attractions (campgrounds, swimming beach, tennis and volleyball courts, seven picnics shelters, several miles of trails, disc golf, hunting, fishing….you name it). But for just a fun afternoon with your tykes, the wading pool at Dillon and a packed lunch in the picnic shelter followed by some time on the playground next to it while drying off makes for a fun, free afternoon!

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Scioto Mile Splash Pad has been a big hit for my family the past few summers. It is perfect for a hot afternoon of fun. There is plenty of trails to walk on along the riverside (but far enough away that your child cannot run into the water), and big lawns to play or pop down and have a picnic. The Bicentennial Park Splash Pad on Scioto Mile is the largest in Columbus. It’s 15,000 square feet and has water features that spray as high as 75 feet in the air. There is also plenty of seating for the onlookers, shaded and not shaded. And at night the fountain experience is enhanced by unique lighting and fog effects. Super cool, and free!

Last year was the first time we didn’t go to the beach on vacation. We were all bummed, but with the kids being so little we didn’t feel ready to go to the ocean quite yet. We do have a beach trip planned for this summer and the kids are so excited! From the pictures you can see they, especially my daughter, will be just as much a sun-bathing beach bum as her momma! However, even without a beach trip last year, we had many fun days in the cool water visiting the places I mentioned. If you haven’t already, go check them out!

I have also found this great article about other local splash pad areas around Columbus and can’t wait to try them out this summer before we take off to the beach! Don’t they look like fun?!

Let me know what you thought of these locations or if you have more that you know of in the Central Ohio area that I need to check out!