Saturday, October 21, 2017

8 Reasons You Will Want to Visit #Scream-A-Geddon2017 ASAP



I was lucky enough to partner up with SCREAM-A-GEDDON again this year. They provided me with the opportunity to go for free with some friends and to giveaway some tickets (if you are just now reading this, you missed the giveaway. Check back next year and hopefully I will have another one.). Honestly, I would have paid for tickets to go anyhow. This is the third year that S-A-G has been open and my third year (and fourth time) going. It gets better and better every year. I cannot recommend it enough. Here are 8 reasons why YOU will want to visit SCREAM-A-GEDDON ASAP.

1. "I can't wait to come back next week!", "This was so scary, but so fun!", "Thank you so much for introducing me to SCREAM-A-GEDDON!", "I have to tell my family/friends/everyone I know about this, they will love it.", "It is totally worth the drive!":

These are quotes from my two friends that I took to S-A-G last night. It was their first time and we had so much fun! They both loved it. One of them is even returning next week and taking her family and neighbors.

2. SCREAM-A-GEDDON is literally located in a dark field / woods in the middle of nowhere.

It is so beautiful and tranquil, but also really dark and creepy. You won't have lights from rides, streetlamps or buildings illuminating all the people waiting to scare you at this attraction. One of my friends mentioned that she loved it because it felt like we were in the country on a farm.

3. Interactive Houses! 

What is an interactive house? It is a house where you can wear a glow necklace. If you wear the glow necklace it gives them permission to touch you, pull you away from your group and even lock you up for a minute or two. There are two interactive houses. I ALWAYS have a lot of interaction in Blackpool Prison. It is the reason why it is one of my 2 favorite houses. Infected is also interactive, but I have only been pulled away from my group once out of three times of wearing the necklace in Infected. If you are afraid to wear the necklace, start with Infected. Don't let this sign scare you!:


4. They have an amazing haunted hay ride.

I admit that I was not a fan of the Cursed Hayride the first year. I didn't find it scary and had a few bored moments on the ride then. I tried it again last night and it was amazing! They actually stop the hayride in several scare zones. Everyone on the ride was screaming, laughing and jumping. It was a lot of fun. They also have some pretty amazing sets to look at. If you look closely, you can see some of the course from Treehoppers while you are riding around.

5. Dead Woods.

Dead Woods is my other favorite attraction. For me, it is by far the scariest and most enjoyable attraction I have ever been in. You literally walk on a small scarcely lit path deep into the woods with a small group and one glow stick. They wait a few minutes between groups so that your group should remain alone (people sometimes ruin this by stopping or running). The glow stick is so that the people in the woods can see you coming. However, you won't always see THEM. This is the attraction that sometimes makes me leave my group and run out of the woods. Opps.

Pro Tip: head to Dead Woods first because the line gets long.

6. They only allow a few people to go through an attraction at a time.

The thing that I hate the most about some other haunted houses and them park attractions is that they do not allow enough time between letting groups of people go into a house. Haunted attractions are best done in small groups so that you aren't watching the group in front of you get scared. Like many others, I am only scared if I don't see them coming.


7. Bedlam 3-D is a very creative artistic house.

Bedlam is the "circus" "clown" house. However, it is so much more than that. You wear 3-D glasses and from the 3-D neon skulls that pop out at you to the firing neurons that are painted on the wall, it is a work of art. My friend actually stopped in the middle of the maze to admire a large brain hanging from the ceiling and was scared by an actor lying in wait. There is a lot to see and appreciate in this exquisite house.



8. The houses are always changing / improving from year to year.

I have been to S-A-G four times over three years. I have been to S-A-G twice this year two weeks apart. Each experience has been drastically different. While the attractions have the same names as last year, they have changed a lot. I already talked about how the hayride has changed. What I didn't mention was that Bedlam 3-D used to be really cool just because of the esthetics. Now, I find it scary too. They have improved this house SO much. Other attractions (especially theme parks) literally have the same houses every year. The SCREAM-A-GEDDON owners and manager literally travel the country to haunted houses looking for new amazing ideas and bring them back to incorporate into the houses to make them better. The names may remain the same, but the attractions change year to year.


It is really dark on the grounds and pictures do not do SCREAM-A-GEDDON justice, but here are a few more pictures from my two visits this year:












What are you waiting for? Do not wait until next year. Experience the fright of your life today! SCREAM-A-GEDDON is located just north of Tampa in Dade City. It runs every night through Halloween and November 3rd and 4th. Pro Tip: Buy your tickets online as early as possible. They are cheaper online and prices are subject to increase closer to the date. 

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Swago: Shopping Edition Is Back! (US)


The holidays are close and the online rewards site Swagbucks has a smart and fun way for you to earn and save while you spend.

Swagbucks is hosting another round of Shopping Swago! What is SWAGO you ask? It's
a bingo-inspired promotion run by Swagbucks, a website that rewards you with points (called SB) for completing everyday online activities. You can redeem those SB for free gift cards. If you've never used Swagbucks, participating in SWAGO is a great introduction to the site and an easy way to earn a good amount of points quickly.

Click here to get started!

Here’s what you need to know to get your 200 SB Bonus (and don’t worry, you don’t have to make a purchase to complete a pattern):
  • Shop Swago will begin on Monday, October 23rd at 9am PT/12pm ET, make sure you hit “Join” otherwise you won’t get credit for completing the action items. Each square on your Swago Board will contain an action item to complete.
  • Once you complete the action item in a particular square the square will change color signifying the action item is complete.
  • You have a limited amount of time to mark off as many squares as possible so use your time wisely.
  • Be mindful of the patterns and their corresponding bonuses located on the right of your Swago Board. The patterns will vary in difficulty and bonus value - up to 300 SB - enough for your first $3 gift card.
  • Once you’ve achieved a pattern the corresponding “Submit” button will light up. You can have multiple patterns available for submission, however, you can only submit ONE pattern so choose wisely.
  • The game ends Friday, October 27th at 12pm PDT/3pm EDT. So make sure to hit “Submit” on the pattern you wish to submit. If you don’t hit “Submit” before the game ends you won’t receive your SB bonus.   

Also, if you sign up through me this month, you'll get a $10 rebate when you make your first purchase via Swagbucks Shopping! You can activate it in the "Swag Ups" area of "My Account"

Friday, September 15, 2017

#Scream-A-Geddon2017 + #Giveaway


*I have partnered with SCREAM-A-GEDDON and affiliates to sponsor this post.*

Halloween season is upon us and that means candy, costumes and fun. It also means that many of us will enjoy being terrified, screaming and running through the woods. Yes, running through the woods. I am not talking about one of the lame theme park haunted houses. I am talking about a haunted attraction that is literally smack dab in the middle of the woods in the middle of nowhere... Scream-A-Geddon. Scream-A-Geddon is hands down the best Halloween attraction I have ever been to and the only attraction that has scared me AND made me run. I have been to a lot of haunted houses (and riverboats) too. Trust me, nothing compares.
 
Scream-A-Geddon is returning for the third year this year. I am thrilled to announce that I will be returning for a third year as well. You can come too! Here are the details:


WHAT:
 
Voted best newcomer by USA’s Best Haunted Houses, SCREAM-AGEDDON returns for its third year starting Friday, September 22nd. 

SCREAM-A-GEDDON promises sinister attractions that are more interactive than ever before. SCREAM-A-GEDDON will feature haunted attractions with themes that range from an infectious disease epidemic to a heinous and sinister prison riot.

The attractions include Deadwoods, Bedlam 3D, Cursed Hayride, Blackpool Prison and newly redesigned Infected: Ground Zero and Monster Midway. Infected:  Ground Zero will challenge guests to take a step further and become a part of the story and take on terrifying challenges to stay alive. Do you dare?

DATES:

September 22nd- November 4th

TICKETS:

Tickets start at $19.95

WHERE:
27839 Saint Joe Road
Dade City, FL 33525

About SCREAM-A-GEDDON:

SCREAM-A-GEDDON is the newest Halloween attraction in the Tampa Bay area featuring horrifying attractions spread over 60 acres. The “Monster Midway” will feature carnival games and a variety of food and beverages, including beer. For more information about SCREAM-A-GEDDON, please visit www.SCREAMAGEDDON.com .



You can read my Yelp review from the first year here:

Read Crystal H.'s review of Scream-A-Geddon on Yelp


The attractions have continued to change and improve. I will be reviewing this years Scream-A-Geddon within a month or so. In the meantime, who wants to win tickets?

GIVEAWAY: 


Good luck!

$200,000,000 Swago PLUS Spin & Win (US)


The digital rewards site Swagbucks is nearing $200,000,000 in cash and gift cards given back to it members. Since 2008, they've rewarded members for things we all do online, like shopping, watching videos, discovering deals, answering surveys, and searching the web.

$200,000,000 is a huge number, and to celebrate they're holding a "Swago" promotion starting Monday, September 11th at 9am PDT!

Swago is just like bingo, but in this case you're filling out squares as you earn points on their site for doing things you already do online. If you're thinking of trying Swagbucks, this is a great chance to learn all about how the site works and earn bonus points while doing it. Here are a few tips:

  • Each square on your Swago Board will contain an action item to complete. They can be anything from getting a search win, completing a survey, or just visiting one of our popular stores!
     
  • Once you complete the action item in a particular square the square will change color signifying the action item is complete.
     
  • You have until 12pm PT/3pm ET on Tuesday, September 19th to mark off as many squares as possible so use your time wisely.
     
  • Be mindful of the patterns and their corresponding bonuses located on the right of your Swago Board. The patterns will vary in difficulty and bonus value. Once you’ve achieved a pattern, the corresponding “Submit” button will light up. You can have multiple patterns available for submission, however, you can only submit ONE pattern so choose wisely.
  • Each activity you successfully complete on your Swago Board will give you anywhere from 1-20 spins on the Spin & Win Wheel. PLUS, when you submit your board for a bonus you'll get additional spins. The number of spins will depend on the pattern you complete. The wheel has all sorts of great prizes that you can win, and each spin is a winner!

The Spin and Win Wheel will not be available to use until 9AM PT/12PM ET on Tuesday, September 19th and will end at 9AM PT/12PM ET on Thursday, September 21st.

Fill up your board and then submit your pattern to get even more points. If you can fill in the whole board, you get a 500 SB bonus! That's enough for a $5 gift card in their Rewards Store to the retailer of your choice.

Click here right now and click "Join" to get started! If you don't already have a Swagbucks account, you'll be able to quickly sign up; PLUS, if 300 SB before the first of next month, you'll get a bonus 300 SB!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Paparazzi Jewelry from Jill


Have you heard of Paparazzi Accessories? I have seen some advertisements for this company on Facebook, but I never looked into it. I of course said yes when Jill Valero contacted me and asked me if I would like to try it out for free. I did not know that I would be starting a new obsession. The best thing about Paparazzi is that everything is $5! Paparazzi has necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings, and hair accessories. They even have some children and Men accessories! 
 
A little about Jill and her business: 

I'm a stay at home mom of 4 kids (ages 12, 7,5, and 2). We homeschool our kiddos and I run an awesome jewelry business from home. I sell Paparazzi Accessories. Everything is 100% lead and nickel free which was a BIG deal for me, because I have super sensitive skin. This is the only line of fashion accessories I've ever been able to wear without a reaction.New items are released on my website www.jewelryfromJill.com every single weekday (Mon-Fri) so the selection is constantly changing to keep up with the current fashion trends. There aren't any catalogs or any crazy sales pitches, just great jewelry at great prices for every budget.

You can also shop and join shopping parties on Jill's Facebook page. Another cool thing about this jewelry is that the same piece may be available in multiple colors. Here is what Jill sent me to try out.


I didn't think I would like this bracelet when I first received it. It looked odd in the bag. However, after I tried it on I fell in love with it. You can wear it a few different ways and you may even be able to fit it on your ankle. I am excited to wear this out for a night of dancing or to concerts.

 This butterfly ring reminds me of my Mom who passed away a few months ago. She loved butterflies. She would have loved this ring. All the rings have a stretchy band that allow them to fit multiple sizes. They are recommended for sizes 6-9, but that is flexible.


This pair of earrings did not photograph well. They have really pretty little green gems sporadically in the pattern. They are a little larger than I typically wear, but they are pretty. I am expanding my style with these which is fun.

This bracelet is SO ME. It has little round green gems (again, they didn't photograph as well as I would have liked). This bracelet is very pretty and would make a great gift.



They also have Men's jewelry and Children's jewelry. Jill send me the Men's choker pictured on the left side and the flower bracelet and earrings for little girls. The children pieces are only $1! The picture on the right just shows several of the jewelry pieces together.


This is a REALLY long, stylish purple necklace. Guess what? Necklaces come with free earrings too. Yes, only $5 for this set. AMAZING. I forgot to take a picture when I wore this the other day, but it is so long that I couldn't fit it all in the picture.


Sparkly headbands? Yes, Paparazzi has those too. Jill sent me this one. Headbands aren't really my thing, but this is really pretty. My friend is going to love it when I gift it to her.

For me the ultimate compliment that a review can give is when they make a purchase from the company that they are reviewing. I have done this not once, but twice since I received the initial package a little over a week ago. This was my first small purchase.


 I LOVE all three items so much. The black bracelet is coming with me to the Rise Against concert tomorrow. I have worn both earrings already too. My second order was just shipped. Shipping is only $3.50 (although she has some free shipping specials sometimes too) and it is super fast 3 day shipping. You will not have to wait long for your jewelry. 

Inventory is always changing, so make sure you check out what she has available each time. Don't hesitate or it will sell out quick. She always lists how many of each piece is available.

Make sure that you follow Jill on Facebook and look out for the next party! I will see you there.