Monday, August 30, 2010

Disney Live! Mickey's Magic Show

Looking for a fun event to take the family to? Disney Live! presents Mickey’s Magic Show is on tour making stops all over the US. Swanky Moms has a special offer for you that can save your family $3 on each ticket purchased using the discount code "MOM" at, retail locations, theater box offices, or by phone at 1.800.745.3000. Tickets start at just $20, so with the MOM discount, it's just $17 a person. This would make a great birthday, holiday, or "just because" gift for the Disney fans in your life. Visit the Disney Live! Mickey's Magic Show site today to find out when the tour is in your area.

If you live in Southern California, act quick, the shows are just around the corner.

Fred Kavli Theatre at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza
(2100 E. Thousand Oaks, 91362)
Friday, September 24 – 3:00pm & 6:00pm

Long Beach Terrace Theater
(300 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802-4825)
Saturday, September 25 – 3:30pm & 6:30pm
Sunday, September 26 – 12:30pm

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

EcoAquarium from Wild Creations: Pets WITHOUT Mess!

We've all heard it before, "Mommy, Can I have a (fill in the blank) for a pet?" Whether you gave in with a yes, or denied your precious little one their own baby goat, pony, piglet or elephant. Here is a pet you can say YES to!

Wild Creations has come up with the EcoAquarium, a self contained mini aquarium with all you need to house the two miniature African Dwarf Frogs that it comes with. The best part about it (other than the cuteness of the teeny tiny frogs)? NO MESS and very little (seriously almost none) maintenance.

Now, you might be wondering how the frogs arrive. I was wondering that myself. You do need to make sure you are around close to delivery time, but really, this is the hardest part of the whole process. If you know it's not an option to be home during mail delivery, have it shipped to Grandma's house, a friend who you know is home during the day or even to your work! The frogs come in a box with all of the other supplies, but they are in air filled bags with water. So, it is crucial that they are let out as soon as possible. A few hours doesn't hurt them, I think mine were on the front porch for about 2 or so hours. AND due to the summer heat, there are cooling packs in the box, so they won't overheat.

As soon as we got home and saw the box on the front porch, I knew what it was, so we immediately cracked everything open and built a cute little home for our new friends, Hoppy and Jumpy (I know, very unoriginal, but it's what my boys chose). The instructions are more than easy to follow, layer the rocks, add the bamboo and "crystal" and fill with spring water (bottled water). Once it's all set up, introduce the slimy cuties to their new abode. The kit comes with a year's supply of feeding pellets. Each frog gets two pellets two times a week.

Here's the kicker though. Cleaning the aquarium is only necessary every 3 months! Moms, that's just 4 times a year. Because Wild Creations has conditioned their "living gravel" the aquarium cleans itself. The gravel acts as a natural biological filter turning excess food and waste into nutrients that are used by the bamboo plant. The plant in turn provides the oxygen for the frogs. The living gravel also removes ammonia so that the water doesn't become dirty and toxic. Oh harmonious nature!!!!

We have had our froggies for a few weeks now and both are doing great. The aquarium looks just as clean as the day we put it together, and it sits in our kitchen for everyone to see. The EcoAquarium would make the perfect gift for anyone on your shopping list. I think it's a really fun "grown up" gift too, perfect for an office desk. Or, if you are a family "on the go" and don't really have time for pets, this is the perfect solution. The kids will be proud pet owners and parents don't have to worry about pet sitters or daily maintenance.

Visit the Wild Creations site today and have your froggies in the next few days. What a fun family surprise this would be!