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Hotel Breakers at Cedar Point – A Fabulous Family Vacation

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A few weeks ago my family took a mini vacation to check out the newly renovated Hotel Breakers at Cedar Point. My husband loves roller coasters and the kids and I love amusement parks but it is really hard to take little ones to a park a few hours away. They need naps and breaks and it is rough on me and my husband to get a days worth of fun in and then drive home with tired crabby kids. When we realized that Hotel Breakers offered a place to stay that is just a short walk down the beach from Cedar Point AND guests get early access to the park well it seemed ideal.

 

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As a larger family hotels are really hard for us unless they are suite style. Hotel Breakers offers these fabulous suite style rooms that worked so well for our family, two weeks later my husband and I are still marveling at how well Hotel Breakers worked for our family. The layout of the hotel rooms could not have been better for us or any family. You walk into a sitting room with a couch (that pulls out to a bed), a coffee table and a chair. Off of that to one side is a small kitchenette with fridge and microwave and a few cupboards and on the other side sliding glass doors leading to a balcony over looking Lake Erie. The bedroom has two queen size beds and there is a two part bathroom that opens into both rooms (and the toilet and shower are separated by a door). All these separate spaces and little extras made our stay very, very pleasant.

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cedar point beach walk

 

The newly renovated rooms not only have a great layout but they look fantastic, the bold and cheery colors and great decor are fun and cheery and perfect for a theme park hotel. The hotel has an indoor pool and hot tub as well as an out door pool, outdoor hot tub and outdoor mini water park play ares for younger kids. Hotel Breakers not only sits right on the beach, with a gorgeous stretch of beach to enjoy, it has a giant fire pits to enjoy on chilly evenings.

 

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hotel breakers water park

 

hotel breakers fire pit

 

hotel breakers at night

 

For us the early entry to Cedar Point was fantastic, my kids are early risers so early entry is perfect for us. The quick walk back to the hotel made it perfect for breaks and naps so I headed back with the little ones and my husband and the big kids stayed for more fun. Then my husband did some solo coaster fun testing out the new Rugarou ( twice and he loved it all while I took the kids back to get ready for dinner.

Hotel Breakers at Cedar Point truly was perfect for us and we have a new yearly vacation location. Not only do you have Cedar Point and Lake Erie you have Soak City Waterpark too. We went in early May so it was not warm enough for the water things yet but next year we plan on going when everything is open! And for those of you with a really large group they even have adjoining rooms with a total of 4 queen size beds and 2 bathrooms!

 

cedar point ride

 

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If you always wanted to visit Cedar Point but just could not see how it would work for your family then check out hotel breakers at Cedar Point I know it has now made Cedar Point a yearly summer destination for us!

 

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Thank you to Cedar Point for the complimentary stay and park tickets, all opinions are my own.

 

 

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How To Get The Most From Your Netflix Experience #NetflixStreamteam

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Of course it goes without saying that a dark and quiet room is needed to make sure you get to truly enjoy your movie viewing experience, but beyond that there is more you can do.

Netflix offers profiles, did you know this?

At my house the profiles are really, really important. I have kids who use Netflix more than I do and because of that it fills up my screen with kid movie suggestions. On the flip side my kids have accidentally clicked on movies that are not for them because of something my husband or I watched…. enter PROFILES.

We have created several profiles at our house and my Netflix experience has improved dramatically. We have one for the little girls, one for the bigger girls, one for me and one for my husband. Not only do we each have our own profile but in the kids profiles I can set parameters to make sure that only age appropriate shows are showing for my kids.

Netflix profiles have made using Netflix so much better for everyone in our family. I stress less about what my kids have access too ( thank you Netflix for parental controls) and Netflix actually gives me good suggestions now.

As I mentioned Netflix is actually giving me good suggestions now since they are based on what I am watching, not what my whole family is watching. In order to get the best suggestions you can set your preferences and tell Netflix what type of movies you like and it gets better and better at suggesting.

So after you have done all that and created your dream movie profile on Netflix grab a comfy spot, a blanket and curl up and watch some great flicks!

 

I am a member of the Netflix StreamTeam, all opininions are my own.

 

 

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus Xtreme! Coming to Columbus #Giveaway

I was provided tickets to see the show, all opinions are my own.

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The circus is coming to town!

The circus is coming to town!

Great news Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus Xtreme is coming to Columbus, Ohio and you can take your family! April 23-26 the circus will be in town at Value City Arena at the Jerome Schottenstein Center right here in Columbus, Ohio.

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I have not seen the show but after reading about it I can not wait to take my family!

 

In Ringling Bros.® Presents Circus XTREME, Ringmaster David Shipman guides audiences on a quest around the world with the help of hilarious adventure seekers, Alex and Irina Emelin. The show will thrill you as the Mongolian riders send arrows flying across the arena sky. This all-female troupe displays their skills in one of the most unique acts this year, performing a series of tricks and maneuvers atop elegant two-hump camels. Jaw-dropping freestyle BMX riders and free running tumblers fill the arena floor performing crazy-stunts mixed with acrobats leaping through a 15ft transparent tower – and this is just one act! During this energetic show, personal introductions to our performing pachyderms will allow audiences to be on a first name basis with our magnificent animals. All this and more happens during the most unexpected circus experience at Ringling Bros. Presents Circus XTREME.

 

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With each ticket purchase you get to come an hour early to meet the performers, try on costumes and see the animals up close, such a fun night of family fun! I have a family 4 pack of tickets to give away to one lucky reader so be cure to enter below!

WIN IT: Win a family 4 pack of tickets to see Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus Xtreme April 23-26 t Value City Arena at the Jerome Schottenstein Center right here in Columbus, Ohio. Enter in the form below.

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Basketball Viewing Party!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #EasyBracketParty #CollectiveBias
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Everywhere you turn it is basketball, basketball, basketball, it is March after all! So whether you are a hard core fan or married to one you can at least enjoy the madness by throwing a basketball viewing party. The best part about this time of year is you don’t have to schedule your party around your favorite team as the hardcore fans are watching every single game!

 

basketball themed party

 

Over the weekend we had some family over and enjoyed delicious food, basketball and some great company. The spread was made up of favorites in new ways, but nothing crazy or complicated. We used some favorite brands like OREOS, Original Wheat Thins, Coke Zero, Ritz Crackers and Reese’s Mini Peanut Butter Cups. All things we love and enjoy alone but together they make great party food.

 

reeses peanut butter cup cake

 

reeses basketball cake

 

I knew I wanted an over the top delicious cake so I enlisted the help of my talented friend, gave her a bag of Reese’s Mini Peanut Butter Cups and told her to go to town. The Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup cake she made was amazing! It was covered in these bite sized Reese’s Mini Peanut Butter Cups and even had a peanut butter filling! I love how she cut the mini Reese’s to edge the cake, such a great effect, and of course the marshmallow fondant basketballs and Reese’s Mini basketball hoop were a hit!

 

ritz cracker crusted chicken wings

 

For the main dish I went with a classic game time favorite, chicken wings. I decided to mix it up a bit by breading them with Ritz crackers and the result was amazing! I did two different version one with traditional wing sauce and one with a sweet chili sauce, everyone said it was a toss up as to which tasted better. The best part about these wings is they are baked so you bread them, throw them in the oven and walk away!

ritz cracker crusted chicken wings directions

Ritz Cracker Crusted Chicken Wings

Ingredients:

  • Chicken wings
  • Ritz Crackers
  • Olive Oil
  • Buffalo Wing Sauce
  • Sweet Chili Sauce

Place the crackers in a blender and make crumbs. Brush each wing with olive oil then roll it in the Ritz Cracker crumbs. Bake on a greased pan at 350 for 20 minutes then turn the temperature up to 400 and bake for another 10-20 minutes depending on the size of your wings. I cooked larger wings and they needed 20 minutes at 400. Remove when the breading is turning a dark golden brown. Then brush the wings with your chosen sauce and serve.

 

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To round out our food selection I added a family favorite dipping sauce this Easy Chili Cheese Sauce but to change things up a bit I put out Original Wheat Thins instead of traditional tortilla chips, I really liked the change. Of course we had to have more than one dessert so I put together these super easy OREO pudding cups. Simply crush your OREOS and layer them with vanilla pudding. I totally bought the $1 pudding cups and these cute mini dessert cups with spoons at Giant Eagle and they look so cute and fancy and saved me time. I love that Giant Eagle not only has all the food items I need for a great basketball viewing party but the serving dishes to make it stand out too!

 

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After all those desserts and calories I am so glad I decided to grab Coke Zero to enjoy a great tasting carbonated drink and not keep adding to my calorie count! As of now my team is still hanging in there and doing well, how about you? It’s not too late to host your own Basketball Viewing Party and as you can see you just need a few simple decorations like basketball plates and some delicious food and great friends to have a good time!

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