Wildlife Safari in Oregon: Our Weekend Getaway Post

Wildlife Safari in Oregon: Our Weekend Getaway Post

Have you ever been to the wildlife safari in Oregon?

I knew when my birthday came around that we would probably do another trip to Winston Wildlife Safari since Arya didn’t really remember the first trip and Delilah had never been yet. We all love animals, so it seemed like the best choice as a weekend getaway.

I decided to keep it simple and book the last place we stayed at since it was family-friendly and fun, which is surprisingly the Seven Feather’s Casino. They have a big pool, had a decent arcade (we noticed they moved it to where the previous tiny gift shop used to be and now it’s kind of “meh”) and of course, they have restaurants and a spa that I didn’t try out.

We got to borrow a two-tone black and red 2021 Chevy Trailblazer RS for a few days for our trip which made the drive a little more fun and exciting! It had plenty of room for our luggage with a max cargo volume of 54.4 cu ft. and had ample space for our legs and feet. The kids loved the color and being able to use the internet wifi signal while driving 3.5 hours to the casino. Streaming our music from our pandora subscription was also cool since our 2 cars aren’t equipped with such features since they’re a 2005 and 2013. I could tell a difference with the trailblazer vs the normal car I drive since it has a little more oomph to get up and go quickly. It has 3 drive modes; normal, AWD (snow on fwd), and sport. One of these days we’ll be upgrading my husband’s car. Until then, we get to try out cars we wouldn’t normally think to try out.

 

We arrived at the hotel, checked in, and then decided we should probably eat go eat dinner and decided on Cow Creek Restaurant in the casino, and 5 hours later, I was running to the bathroom from food poisoning. Way to ring in the evening on my birthday! LOL

The next day I was feeling much better, which was great because we had to be at the safari before 10 am to do the cheetah photo experience. Let me just say, it was not worth the price per person but we didn’t really know what it entailed. If we didn’t get a deal on Groupon, I probably would have been upset we spent a huge amount just to have a mediocre photo of a cheetah standing like 20 feet in front of us on 2 leashes staring directly into the sun. They did a lot of talking about facts about cheetahs but my kids were getting bored and wanted to see the animals. They weren’t interested in standing there for 30 min listening to a guy talk. So, if your kids are impatient like mine, I would probably skip this one. We haven’t tried the others, but I imagine it’s more of the same.

The kids loved the safari drive-through and of course, being able to feed the animals. One of the emu’s ended up stealing Delilah’s food cup out of her hand, so now she loathes emus. It traumatized her for a good couple of weeks since she just couldn’t stop talking about the mean emu!

Despite the mean emu and me getting food poisoning, we had a good time and will do it again in another couple of years.

Yes, There is a Healthy Difference in Cooking Oils

Yes, There is a Healthy Difference in Cooking Oils

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I can’t tell you how unskilled I was in the cooking department when I first met my husband. Recipes weren’t my thing if they weren’t from a box which obviously wasn’t the greatest thing to prepare and eat. And don’t even get me started on oils, which ones are good and which ones are bad. I know now that canola oil should be avoided at all costs because it’s synthetically made, and here I’d go for that one over vegetable oil because I knew corn was genetically modified. Now that I’ve done my own research and can cook something outside of the box, one of my go-to oils is extra virgin olive oil.

Olive oil is such a lovely addition to any meal but what I did not know much was the process that olives go through in order to offer a supreme product. Flavor for Life introduced me to Le Stagioni d’ Italia 100%  Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

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Control Your Internet Usage With Circle Home Plus

Control Your Internet Usage With Circle Home Plus

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In today’s modern world, devices are pretty much in every home whether we like to admit it or not. I just wished I would have thought about the repercussions instead of being in the “moment” of getting our girls’ a tablet early on. My 6-year-old is pretty addicted and I needed something to help lessen the amount of time she spends on her tablet. Ever since she discovered Minecraft this past year, she hasn’t wanted to really play with toys. That to me is a big problem because being imaginative with toys and outside play should be the main activity of her day at this age. I blame myself though since I needed something to distract her while I took care of her younger sister. Parenting is hard. But I am taking control of all of our internet activity with Circle Home Plus.

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Big Family Vacation at Mt. Hood Tiny House Village

Big Family Vacation at Mt. Hood Tiny House Village

This year had been a little chaotic for everyone so we decided to take an end-of-the-year vacation with my immediate family. We were at first thinking we should just rent a big beach house, but the beach this time of the year in the PNW isn’t the most pleasant, so I suggested maybe going to the mountain so we could at least have some fun in the snow if we’re going to be “cold” anyways.

So I searched and actually stumbled upon Mt. Hood Tiny Village through Instagram and knew this is just the place that we all needed to stay at. We each booked our own tiny home, that way we could have our own space yet still visit in the center at the fire pit or in each other’s “tiny homes”.

These places were so cute and I knew I needed to claim the Ingrid before my family since it was spacious! When I research things, I do it fully and hard, so my family was mad that I selected that one, but hey, they did let me take charge. LOL

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Keeping Your Small Business Afloat in 2021

Keeping Your Small Business Afloat in 2021

We all know that the past year has been a rough time for all, but especially for small businesses.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Premera Blue Cross.

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