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Save 15% Off Full Day Salt River Rafting Now! [REVIEW]


My name is Idena Garrett and my huband and I did the full day Upper Salt River trip as a bucket list adventure to celebrate my husbands upcoming birthday.We had the privilege of going salt water rafting with Wilderness aware rafting company and it was amazing! I’ve never been rafting before but I always wanted to so I did and I will deffinetly go again!

Upon arriving, the crew at Wilderness Aware was incredibly well organized, immediately getting us started on filling out paperwork/forms and helping us with rental gear we needed. I was very impressed that they provide everything you need for your trip and even things you may have forgotten to bring, you could purchase.

It was beautiful and very clean in the river and at the meeting place. It was my first time but it wasn’t that difficult as long as you follow directions and listen to your guide. The safety lecture was thorough and comprehensive and you’ll know everything that you need to know.   Make sure to pay attention and respect the guides time explaining things.  

Halfway threw the rafting trip we stopped and had lunch. The guides provided a nutricious food and beverages for refueling, and even extra clothing for those who got a bit cold on the trip. This gave us the energy and motivation to go the whole way.  I was honestly expecting hot dogs or pizza because that’s easy to make or buy but instead they made us chicken/steak fajitas. They were delicious! The thing I loved the most about this experience was the staff. The staff was very nice and made sure that everyone was having a good time on and off the water.

My guide was name Matt Brown, he was very knowledgeable and informative. He made the half day rafting trip fun, exciting, and low anxiety for everyone. Matt was very passionate and thorough in explaining our plan for the day and safety precautions.

There were 5 people  (including me and my husband) so it wasn’t full or crowded in the raft like I expected. I just loved my experience and I REALLY recommend this to everyone in fact I’m booking another trip asap. It’s 3 hours away from where I live and it’s deffinetly worth the drive.

They took  pictures of us available on CD for $60.  A tad bit steep, but it’s a nice feature to have if you did not bring a camera.

My husband and I were incredibly impressed by the organization, professionalism, humor, and skill of the staff.  Thank you so much for this memorable experience. Our only regret is only rafting for one day.  Next year we want to do a longer trip!  You can view all of the available trips and book yours here to save 15% Off Full Day Salt River Rafting – March through May season!

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Blue Bayou Restaurant Review

We recently visited and dined at the Blue Bayou, a restaurant inside the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland. The Blue Bayou is a Cajun and Creole cuisine adjacent to Pirates of the Caribbean boat ride. If you visit Disneyland often then you know that all the food in the park is pretty amazing. Whether it’s a $5 churro or a corndog, you know that it’s going to be pretty darn good! Being able to eat a gourmet meal at the park is something everyone must do during their magical Disney visit.

The Blue Bayou is tucked away inside a dark night, lantern lit sky along the river. You can even watch the boat riders slowly ride on by as they first enter the ride. We made reservations (which is a must) for lunch, which I highly recommend. It is roughly half the price of the dinner option and just as delicious. We paid $35 a person, but they do have a few cheaper options, you can view on the menu below.

The inside of the Blue Bayou at our table

We love how accomadating the restaurant is. Two out of 3 of our children are very picky eaters and they had no problem with us bringing in other food for them from the park or grocery store. Even though the child’s menu is fairly inexpensive at about $10 a meal, I hate wasting food. Our 9 month old made quite the mess at our table as well with his baby puffs, and they told me not to clean up, they took care of it all.

The appetizer was fresh warm bread and butter, which was amazing!

With each entree you do get an option of salad or their Gumbo, and while the salad is good, please…Go with the GUMBO! It’s the best Gumbo I have ever had, hands down. I wish I could eat it everyday, it’s that delicious.

I ordered the Chicken option, while my husband ordered the steak. Both were cooked to perfection, no complaints at all.

The waitress recommended the Creme Brule for desert, which we gladly ordered. It was $7 and large enough for the two of us to share without feeling too guilty.

A tip when celebrating your birthday at Disneyland, let EVERYONE know it is your birthday! My daughter was able to celebrate her 8th birthday during our visit 3 times, breakfast, lunch and dinner. While they may not sing to you at every location, they will   provide you a delicious sweet treat to remember the occasion.

View the menu of the Blue Bayou in advance

A friendly recommendation when visiting any sit down restraunt at Disneyland is to make reservations by calling (407) 939-3463. Disneyland takes reservations up to a month in advance and if you would like to sit next to the water (like at the Blue Bayou Pirates ride) let them know when you check in at the time of your reservation. The Blue Bayou also accepts AP discounts which ours was 10%. It really adds up when you are spending over $200 at a restraunt.

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Save $100 on family-friendly Hawaii vacations with Pleasant Holidays

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US Family Guide has partnered with Pleasant Holidays, a leading provider of package vacations and we are SO excited to share how you can save!  Pleasant Holidays is based in the U.S. and they have amazing deals on family vacations worldwide – Hawaii, contiguous United States, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, Costa Rica, Europe, Tahiti, Fiji and more. Pleasant Holidays can also book complete cruise vacations with airfare and so much more.

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Pleasant Holidays is new to US Family Guide, but they have been partnering with hotels and resorts for more than 55 years to get great offers you will not be able to find anywhere else! Pleasant Holidays will gladly become your family’s one-stop-shop for everything you need when planing the perfect vacation or getaway.

Not only can Pleasant Holidays help with booking flights, car rentals and ground transfers, but they can help with exciting activities and tours specific to your vacation. They also offer travel protection coverage to insure that your travels go as smoothly as possible, so you can enjoy every moment of your vacation as soon as it starts, from end to finish.

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If you and your family have been looking to travel to Hawaii for your next vacation, look no further! Pleasant Holidays now has an amazing deal on Hawaii vacations that will save you $100 per booking. You would think that because of this awesome deal that you are limited to your restore, but nope! You can select from 26 hotels and resorts on the four most popular islands: Oahu, Maui, Kauai and island of Hawaii. Explore the exciting sights of Oahu, including world-famous Waikiki Beach and historic Pearl Harbor. Pleasant Holidays will help you plan family friendly activities during your stay which is especially helpful if you have not been to Hawaii before.

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This deal is valid on new vacations booked by 10/30/16 for select travel through 6/30/17 that include roundtrip airfare from the continental United States and a stay of five nights or longer at a participating hotel or resort. The $100 savings is per booking and taken at time of booking – so no waiting, it is applied immediately! For more information or reservations visit www.PleasantHolidays.com, call 1-800-837-5154 or contact your travel agent. Don’t wait for this special to end, make sure you call and book your new vacation today!

Keep eye out on our blog for more Pleasant Holidays specials for your family travels!

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Picky about your protein? With Orgain you will Look no further #PowerTothePicky

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This review was made possible by iConnect and Orgain.  I was provided compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions stated are 100% mine.”

As a parent I am always looking for the best for not only myself, but my family as well. Once hearing about Orgain’s Organic Protein Powder, I was so excited to try this. I have tried so many different protein drink and replacements. I do not eat meat and to have a protein replacement that is Vegan is so important to me. Studies have also shown that a diet with plant-based protein is so much more healthier than with an animal-based protein, which is why I started changing my lifestyle.

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Most protein powders I have tried are absolutely awful! They are chalky and lacking flavor in most that I have tried. In return I end up adding other foods and flavors to compensate, really taking away from the healthiness and low calories the protein drinks a offer. If you have to add extra fruits or peanut butter to make your drink taste better you are also adding extra calories, defeating the purpose.

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I love how sweet Orgain’s protein powder is without having to add anything to it. The Blender Bottle is absolutely amazing! You can take your drink to go and just add water. I haven’t even needed to add milk to mine, it tasted just fine with water which normally would not work for me.

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Orgain is by far my new favorite protein powder and I will be drinking this every morning as a breakfast substitute before my workouts. My children also like it which is a miracle to find something they love. Our entire family will be incorporating Orgain’s Organic Protein into our daily diet. I cannot wait to see the healthy results all around.

This video by Orgain, couldn’t be more true!

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Fresh Pineapple Cup Drinks

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With summer on its way and Pineapples readily available at the Farmers Market I have been beyond excited to make Fresh Pineapple drinks, straight from the Pineapple itself! So good, like seriously, amazing. I love that you can do so much with this recipe and add ingredients as you like to give it an extra twist. Here is my quick Pineapple Cup Drink Recipe, and remember you can easily change it up to your liking.

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What you will need:
Pineapple
Dole Pineapple Juice
Lime
Ice
Bowl
Blender
Knife/Spoon

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When you pick out your Pineapples make sure they will stand straight up, this is a must for your drinks to hold together so you can enjoy. My favorite place to purchase local fruit is our Farmers Market. First start off carefully slicing the top off of your pineapple as shown above.

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You want to then carefully cut the inside of the Pineapple out by slicing in a circle around the inside about an inch in. Then slice the inside into an “X” shape, this will help you to be able to scoop it out with a spoon in a bowl.

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pineapple cup, summertime pineapple drinks

pineapple cup, summertime pineapple drinks

This is where you will use your blender, or I used my NutriBullet and it works great! Add in the Pineapple you scooped from the inside, half a can of the Dole Pineapple juice, one cup of ice and half of a lime. Blend away!

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Wa-lah! You have your Fresh Pineapple drink ready to pour inside of your Pineapple. I like to put the Pineapple in the freezer while I make the filling so that it stays cold but its not necessary if you are going to drink right away. These are great for parties, lunchtime and even just Summertime snacks. You can always add extra fruit or spice it up with an adult “RUM” version for an extra twist.

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pineapple cup, summertime pineapple drinks

Simple, easy, refreshing and literally takes 10 minutes to make, can’t beat that! So much fun, ENJOY!