The Holidays Have Come and Gone

If you are anything like me, you hate to see the holidays go. After all of the planning, prep, fun, and excitement, the regular everyday busyness of life takes over again and the holidays become just a memory.

3 wise men

This year, mainly because of our pending move, but also maybe because we bought a dead live tree, I put away most of our Christmas decorations just two days after Christmas. Wreaths and candles, stockings and tree decorations, all got boxed up, leaving behind an incredible mess. Pine needles were everywhere, and dust lined the shelves and the mantle around where our decorations sat.

I hurriedly stacked the boxes full of memories with most of the other packed boxes in our house, so we could ready our half-packed house for guests to help us ring in the New Year. Those dusty shelves were wiped down and a few of our new Christmas gifts – decor that matched perfectly with our personalities – were placed on them, avoiding a box for a bit. Our house was made ready for yet another celebration.

Happy New Year

Just like after any good party, there was quite a mess to clean up afterwards… noise makers left on the floor, along with cookie crumbs and popcorn kernels; wine glasses on coffee tables, some still half full; and confetti everywhere. A messy house evident of a good time had by all.

Once recovered from these joyful celebrations with family and friends, out came the cleaning supplies and to work I went. Now, cleaning house is not exactly my favorite thing to do, but I decided to tackle one room at a time before taking a break. After all, it was still winter break for my kids, so I took advantage of some down time, too.

With the help of CVS Total Home products, I was able to do everything from wiping down our dusty mantle and shelves to cleaning our toilets – all four of them. I’m a fan of using paper towels when cleaning (no judging!), so stocking up before a big clean is a must, but I was able to find just about everything I needed at CVS.

The first of the year is also a good time to check home air filters, replace lightbulbs, and change the batteries in smoke detectors. Look for all you need at your local CVS!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are mine.

Our Afternoon at Ripley’s San Antonio

We have been to San Antonio several times. The Alamo and River Walk are among our favorite places to visit. We had always walked by Ripley’s and I thought it would be a fun place to take the kids, but we never had a chance to stop in and visit. Until last Saturday.

Ripley's San Antonio

We kind of got a late start, but arrived at Ripley’s mid-afternoon. We had 3-way combo tickets, but knew we’d have plenty of time to tour the Odditorium and Wax Museum, and sneak in to the 4D Theater – the attractions wouldn’t close until 10pm (8pm, Mon-Thur).

Louis Tussaud’s was first on the agenda. We mingled with movie stars, celebrities, and prominent figures. All wax, of course!

Ripley's 3-way combo

Walt Disney and the 7 dwarves, Marilyn Monroe, the President, and more… All so lifelike! (Others, not so much, and quite scary, to be honest.)

WaxWorks San Antonio

Next up was the 4D Theater. This was Timmy’s favorite of all of the attractions – We wore 3D glasses and had quite the wild ride, during two different adventures, making it feel as though we were inside the movie! (Great for 4 year olds, but the older kids felt like it was eh, and unfortunately the experience made Ray feel queasy.)

Ripley's - 4D Theater

Imagine the following in 3D, moving in your seat with all the bumps and turns…


Last, but certainly not least, was the Odditorium. Since 1918, the Believe It or Not Odditoriums have showcased the eclectically bizarre collection of Robert Ripley – the world’s most unbelievable exhibits. Authentic shrunken heads, two-headed animals, and a 19th century vampire killing kit only scratches the surface of what’s behind the doors of Ripley’s San Antonio.

Ripley's Believe it or Not Odditorium

This was a great way for us to spend the afternoon as a family. There was lots to see and we all learned a bit, as well!

Disclosure: We received complimentary 3-way combo tickets, courtesy of Ripley’s. This post also includes affiliate links, but all thoughts and opinions are mine, of course.

Save up to 50% at Tiny Prints TODAY ONLY!!

Hey early birds…you’re about to get a great deal on holiday cards.

From 7:00am to 11:00am (eastern time) TODAY ONLY, Tiny Prints is making their already awesome Cyber Week deal even more awesome.

Tiny Prints Cyber Monday

Through the end of today, you can get 40% off all holiday cards using the code CYBER40. If your order is more than $49, use that and stack the code FREESHIP49 for free shipping if your order is more than $49. But, if you are up early enough, add the code FLASH1204 and you’ll save an extra 10% on your order. That’s a total of almost 50% off holiday cards. 

So, check it out and remember to use all 3 codes to save nearly 50%!

Disclosure: I have included affiliate links.