A Howl Of A Time

Great Wolf Lodge Experience

Groupon!

Great Wolf Lodge. The kids have been asking us to go there for what feels like forever. Truth be told, my hubby and I thought it may be too gimmicky and too expensive when we’d rather put the money towards a trip to Disney World. But… A Groupon deal came up for a $94 per night rate. You read that right… only $94 a night, and that included water park entry. Sure it was over Mother’s Day, but let’s be honest, I can celebrate Mother’s Day with my family at anytime. That deal was only good for a couple days, so I took full advantage. And I’m glad I did!

The Room!

When we arrived at the resort, we ended up upgrading to a Kid’s Cabin Suite (it was an additional $35 a night so still only $129 a night), and the kids were thrilled. The room was so fun, spacious and cute! It included a fireplace, balcony and “Cabin” area (I mean… it is called the Kid’s Cabin Suite…) for the kids, where they had bunkbeds, a little table and their own television. And, the most important part… The room was very clean.

The Waterpark!

The Indoor Waterpark… This is probably what Great Wolf Lodge is best known for. The Traverse City location features 3 tube slides, 2 regular water slides, 3 kiddie slides and kiddie pool, a lazy river, 2 hot tubs (one kid-friendly, one adult only), a water basketball area, an activity pool that includes balancing lily pads and their famous water tower.

The kids loved splashing around the waterpark. While my youngest went down the kiddie slides on loop (seriously… I’m sure she went down the slides a few hundred times… Thank goodness for poolside strawberry daiquiris! LOL), my oldest jumped from the tube slides to the lazy river to the Totem Tower slides to the basketball area and back around again. And they both had a blast! And not going to lie… I always love a good tube slide too. 🙂

Another thing I found interesting about the pool area, is the staff could frequently be seen cleaning everything down or running life guard drills by planting a “dummy” in the pool areas to see how long it took the lifeguards to see and “rescue” him.

But the best part about our time in the waterpark? Since we were there during a slower time of year, there were no lines! It should also be noted that they also have an outdoor pool area that’s open in the summers.

More Fun!

One thing that surprised me about Great Wolf Lodge is how many more activities they had for the kids! Probably the favorite amongst my family was the MagiQuest – A scavenger hunt that involves magical wands, riddles and exploring the entire hotel to complete various quests that ends in a duel with a Dragon or a challenge with a Pixie. It was a great way to get moving, explore the property and use our brains to solve the riddles.

In addition to the MagiQuest, the resort also has a Bedtime Story Time, Clock Tower show, Miniature Golf, Morning Yoga for the kids, Bowling, a Creation Station (basically a Build A Bear for the Lodge) and an arcade.

The Food!

Resort food. It can be hit or miss depending on the resort, so I was skeptical of how good the food options would be at Great Wolf Lodge. And I’m happy to say I was pleasantly surprised at how yummy the food was! They also had plenty of food options for a variety of dietary concerns (including Gluten Free!) at a variety of restaurants.

If you want a sit down meal at a regular restaurant, head to the Camp Critter Bar & Grill. They have everything from burgers, salads and chicken to pastas and grilled cheese. Plus, they had some tasty rolls (we seriously went through 3 baskets!) and a delicious Pineapple Mango Margarita.

If you’re craving pizza and pasta, head to Hungry As A Wolf (the pizza was delish… and my youngest ate 2 whole pieces!). Hanging by the pool, Buckets Incredible Craveables has you covered with tasty chicken fingers, burgers, fries, flatbread, pretzels and more. If you want something sweet, head to the Ice Cream shop or the Candy Store. And don’t forget… Dunkin Donuts will deliver breakfast to your room in the morning!

Overall!

We had an amazing experience! If the opportunity arises, you should totally head to Great Wolf Lodge for a quick getaway filled with family fun! And don’t forget to check Groupon for a great deal!

Just A Little Healing Mask

A huge thank you to The Healing Tree for sending me these Collagen Face Masks for Acne Prone Skin to review. I tried one earlier this week, and the mask has a relaxing minty scent and feels very cooling on the skin.

This mask is both environmentally friendly (it even uses biodegradable paper) and filled with effective ingredients. See below:

  • Fish Collagen – Did you know fish collagen is a Type 1 collagen that absorbs more efficiently than any other form of collagen? It is a great anti-aging ingredient that makes the skin look smoother and firmer while increasing cell regeneration.
  • Calendula – Extracted from Marigolds, Calendula oil is thought to possess antibacterial and anti-inflammatory elements, which makes it a common skincare ingredient to fight and clear up acne.
  • Tea Tree Oil – Tea Tree Oil is known to have a lot of benefits for skin. It has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antiseptic elements, making it a great ingredient to fight acne, soothe skin and itchiness and even help heal wounds.

After using this face mask, I did not notice much of an immediate difference in my skin… BUT, in the following days, I did notice that my breakouts started to clear up. That said, if you are looking for a mask that works instantly, this might not be for you. But if you are ok waiting a couple days for the ingredients of this mask to improve your skin, you should totally check it out.

If you are interested in this mask, or other masks I have tried, you can find it at in my new Amazon Influencer Store https://www.amazon.com/shop/totaltash

*Please note that these masks were sent to me for free by The Healing Tree and Shop Trendship to try.

Something Old, Something New

I love collecting clothes. The beauty of clothes is what goes around comes around, so with that collection comes an abundant wardrobe that ends up being more affordable in the end. While not all of my old clothes fit thanks to two little girls and a post-baby body, I’m still lucky enough to have some items that still do the trick.

Now, I have fun shopping my closet and pairing old pieces with new items. Take this outfit for example. I just got these Wild Fable jeans for $20 at Target earlier this week and paired them with this leopard print jacket (that has been in my closet for a lot of years) and viola… I have a fresh outfit that only cost me $20 in recent years.

Outfit: http://www.shopstyle.com/shop/TotallyTash/43221744

In addition to shopping my closet, I also tried the Laura Mercier’s metallic eyeshadows I received in my Influenster Vox Box. I love the Caviar Stick Eye Color. It goes on smoothly and even. Plus, the Magnetic Pink is so pretty on. As for the Caviar Chrome Veil Liquid Eye Color in Rose Gold Metal… The color is very pretty, but it goes on very blotchy. That said, as soon as I blended it in, it looked great, especially paired with Pixi Beauty’s Antique Rose and Metallic Rose shadows from their Eye Reflection Shadow Palette.

Eye Makeup: http://www.shopstyle.com/shop/TotallyTash/43221871

*Please note this post contains affiliate Links. The shadows were also sent to me complimentary for review.

A Panacea For Breakouts


A few weeks ago, Panacea sent me this Daily Facial Cleanser to try. I have been using it ever since… and I kinda love it!

This creamy cleanser does a great job of cleansing your face without drying it out thanks to a perfect combination of the below ingredients:

  • Moisture Shield Complex – made up of Hyaluronic Acid, Glycerin and Methylpropanediol, this complex leaves the skin radiant and moisturized.
  • Laminaria Japonica – this Japanese seaweed removes toxins, leaving behind glowing skin.
  • Vitamin E – this antioxidant prevents UV damage and protects the skin from free radicals.
  • Green Tea Extract – this antioxidant has anti-aging and skin soothing benefits.
  • Fig Extract – this ingredient is known to increase skin hydration and can decrease the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and acne.

Ever since I started using this Panacea cleanser, I have noticed that it helps my skin keep that healthy glow while reducing the number of breakouts. Plus, a little bit of this stuff goes a long way. You’ll be happy to know that it is also Paraben-Free, Cruelty-Free and Sulfate-Free. You should totally check it out.

*Please note, Panacea sent me this Daily Facial Cleanser to try.