Tips and tricks for Great Wolf Lodge

Are you looking for a fun and exciting escape with your kids? This year makes 2 years we have opted for Great Wolf Lodge in Sandusky, Ohio. We decided to give a few Christmas gifts and then take them here for the rest of their gift. Because let’s be honest, a trip to GWL will be remember over some cheap toy that breaks in a week right? Of course! We opt to go during the winter months during school days. Simply because 1. Hubby works a lot less in the winter. 2. Kids are in school! My Little’s get more time to play and less lines because of this! 3. Who doesn’t want to be in 84 degree weather in the water when you can peek out the windows and see beautiful icicles hanging off the lodge?

Each time we have went I’m super impressed with the staff and all the things my kids can do. They say the rooms aren’t ready until 4pm but you can start swimming at 1pm. So we usually get there at 1 and have a bag packed with just swimming suits in case our room isn’t ready, but these past 2 times it has been ready before 4 :). First you walk into a huge lobby to check in equipped with a Dunkin’ Donuts and 2 restaurants and the big tree that comes to life! I’ll touch more on that later. You check in and they give you cute little wolf ears for each child, your room keys, and a paper with daily activities and times of events. I think everyday from 11-2 is crafts in the kids club. It’s cool….and all FREE! They have family games you can borrow from in there too! So take advantage of that for a game night after swimming. Kids can make buttons for souvenirs, whatever craft of the day is, or play in the corner where there is a rug, a dry erase board, and some bean bag chairs. They also have pillowcases and shirts you can purchase and allow your kids to color if you’d like. My kids love it! We do it the day we check in and the day we check out. Because even though check out is 11am you can still use the water park until I closes and the stuff at the lodge! Pretty neat huh? They also had face painting this time. That was cute. Besides the kids club they do wolf walks (educational), sometimes morning exercises, games, and more at different times in the lobby and the kids always get some sort of prize for it. Then there is the story time where the tree comes to life and tells a story. I believe it’s 15 minutes. It’s really cool too! There is enough free stuff to do here that you could not have to spend any extra money if you packed all your food drinks. Which leads me to start off my tips/hacks. Ready? Got a note pad?


Last year we took our instant pot for supper and we opted to purchase the breakfast package. It’s all you can eat. And this year we ate all we could then asked for more. Ate a bit more and then boxed the rest! Bam! Score! So there’s a hack you’ll want to keep to get the best bang for your buck! You get fruit, some pastries, sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs, and pancakes. It’s actually pretty good. Eggs are a touch bland, but still work to refuel for the next day. I highly suggest taking an instant pot and finding an easy meal for it. Something that will keep you full and energized. Take bottled water. They don’t offer cups of water. You’ll have a fridge and microwave. Take paper plates and utensils too. Any snacks you’d like. You can come and go from the water park as you please so if you’re hungry run back to your room grab a quick bite to eat and head back. Which leads me to my next hack.

While it’s warm air in the water park when you walk out it’s a big temperature change. This year I took our children’s robes and slippers. When we’d head back to the room we’d dry them off as best we could and the. Put their robes and slippers on. They looked cute, kept them warm, and we got lots of compliments saying that was a good idea. Also pack cute pajamas for them to wear for the story close to bedtime 😉 just for extra cuteness.


They will provide one shampoo and one lotion and 2 bars of soap. But if you forget your toothbrush or toothpaste be ready to fork out some cash from the little shop they have in there. Also pack a small first aid kit with some Neosporin, Tylenol, ibuprofen, etc. as this stuff is also expensive in there. Better to have it than wish you did when you might need it.

Take some extra lotion too. Especially if it’s winter. We found ourselves very dry and itchy after our first round of the waterpark. Thankfully I brought extra. The little bottle they give doesn’t go far for the family.

Buy a waterproof necklace case for your phone to take pictures in the waterpark. On the table in each room is a promo card from Shutterfly for a free 8×8 photo book 🙂 so take advantage of that and don’t forget it. I didn’t do this, but saw others and it’s a great idea. I did take pictures other places in the lodge though.

Okay next thing. I packed minimally this time. I took a large utility tote from Thirty-One, each kids own cinch sac from thirty-one and a carry on bag for hubby and I, and a toteally thermal bag from thirty-one for the food/drinks. All can be found each kids cinchsac went into the large utility tote and I clipped their swim vests to it. One trip without the cart 🙂 yay!

The day we checked out I gave hubby our bag with that days clothes and took just one cinchsac with all the kids clothes in it. I also took the laundry bag from the room for the wet clothes 🙂 so make sure to do that too. We took our showers in the restrooms in the waterpark changed and headed home.

So if you want a fun filled trip try planning your waterpark time around all the cool fun free things for the kids if you don’t want to splurge in the arcade or the little spa. Don’t forget if you need a quick warm up session there are 2 hot tub areas. One family friendly and the other for 21 and over 🙂

Do you have any good advice or tips that might help make someone’s stay more enjoyable or less stressful? If so let us know in the comments!

Enjoy planning a fun family vacation!

We splurged on the kid cabin this time 🙂 they loved it!

Kid club craft fun


Ground floor opportunity

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My CEO would talk to me personally and comment on my Facebook. What other company does that?! I loved the family atmosphere it had! My last post was the day I joined. I’ve been eagerly waiting until now to post my success with this company. We are still less than 400 US consultants (we are also in Australia). Guess how many of those consultants are on MY team? 165! I have made so many friendships it has truly been a blessing. I am now a Director and so close to Senior Director with the company! I also have girls under me who are directors! It has been a fun ride. And I LOVE getting to spoil myself with our products.

Oh side note——ALL of our products are HANDMADE!!!! So that makes us super unique!

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Direct sales opportunity

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Are we there yet?

Hi everyone!

Wow a lot has happened since my last post. Along with getting over hand foot and mouth from previous post my children also got chicken pox. We managed. But that was a long month and a half. Isabelle has started gymnastics and just like her big sister she loves it. 

In other news the weather here has been nice lately. Especially for November. Still not a big fan of the time change, but I’ll manage. 

Some of my favorite things right now are the little kicks of Schlatter baby #4 and my instant pot. Seriously you NEED an instant pot. Maybe some day soon I’ll make a post if my instant pot adventures. 

Anyhow I labeled my post are we there yet because this week needs to end quick. Yesterday I found out one of my grandpas is in the hospital again for heart issues, I have a doctor appointment, a Sole Hope party, and a massage. I have to manage to grocery shop, take my kids to church alone, clean my house, and somehow stay sane. 

I will also make another post about sole hope. It seems pretty awesome. Some friends and family are going to begin to make shoes for children in Uganda. This really tugs on my heart for a specific reason which I hope I can share with you soon. However my timing, my husbands timing, and God’s timing are all different. Visit and check out what they are all about. I’m sure if you had your own sole hope party you’d have a great time!  Anyhow let me know if you’ve stopped by. Want to hear how you all are and what you’ve been up to :). 

Booster seats and diseases

Hello all! 

I really need to get better at writing on here. Since the last post I have taken a fast paced EMT course. I worked hard, stayed up late reading and studying, and I PASSED. The NREMT was a bear to take, but I made it and now a nationally registered EMT basic that is licensed in Ohio. I’m super excited. I have been on one run so far. Would have been more but,,,,,,,,,,,,,hand foot and mouth has hit our household. 😦 while I feel my children have gotten the more mild cases, it’s still a nasty virus. Let me run you through how our previous week has been. Last Saturday early A.M I think around 1 A.M I awoke to Preston with stridor again. If you don’t know what stridor is it is a high pitched wheezing noise that is made from your airway swelling shut. I woke Evan up and said here we go again and I rushed him off to the ER. Praise be to God this time it wasn’t as bad as last time or worse than last time. This time he only received one shot and one breathing treatment and was sent home, but still a super scary moment. A few days later I finally convinced Evan to go to the ER to have his chest pain of 4 days to be checked out. Thankfully again it turned out to be benign. The next night I held Isabelle right before bed and she felt warm. While I talked to her I noticed a spot on her tongue. I proceeded to ask her to open up and say “ahh” she did. And I got a nice view of white patches in her cheeks and sores in the back of her throat. Oh no I thought. I called “call a nurse” from a hospital a county a way. I love that service. So helpful. She informed me it was probably strep and to monitor the fever and get her into the doctor within 24 hours. Well I’m a paranoid mother and I worried she had the fever and spots earlier that day and I just hadn’t noticed and I was worried I wouldn’t get into the doctor office the next morning anyhow so off the the ER we went. The tested her for strep which was negative.  Which was good, but by this time I noticed another symptom. A spot on her lip. I asked if it was hand foot and mouth and the ER Doctor said possibly but I would just have to wait and see. Sure enough the next day she had more spots. Now I’m really concerned. This virus is ridiculously contagious and for a long time to boot. 7-10 days your child can be contagious. And of course I knew each of my kids wouldn’t get it at the exact same time. I figured we’d be contagious 3 weeks with how it would stairsstep between them. Well here we are on a Monday from a previous Wednesday and I still see new sores on Isabelle’s feet. Eventually there will be light at the end of the tunnel I just don’t have a glimpse of it yet. Thankfully all of the kids have ate and drank fine even with the mouth sores. Other children aren’t as lucky. I’ve heard from others their children couldn’t eat or drink. Poor babies. I did however give them each seperate baths every night of the following:

  • Bentonite clay
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Epsom salt
  • Coconut oil
  • Thieves essential oil 
  • Lavender essential oil
  • Tea tree essential oil 
  • Purification essential oil
  • Frankincense essential oil

That’s the only things I have done and I’m wondering if that didn’t take away the pain factor. As it didn’t take away the sores or stop them, they look like they should be painful but they aren’t to them. 
I am hoping and praying for them to it be contagious and back to normal ASAP. Poor Olivia spent her 4th birthday today with this nasty disease. To try and make her day better, since I couldn’t have her party I moved car seats and set up her booster seat and we all had a picnic with daddy while he was working. She loves being able to be in a booster seat now. And she’s so thrilled to be 4! My babies are growing too fast. 

On another note my quail started laying eggs yesterday. I can eat them without feeling sick!!! I haven’t been able to eat eggs in like 1.5-2yrs! And I love eggs! I also did some research on the quail egg cure. Seriously look into it! Each of my kids had a raw quail egg in OJ for breakfast this morning and loved it. I’m hoping it will help heal them quicker. And before you judge me for giving my children raw quail eggs they don’t carry salmonella and the research behind consuming raw quail eggs is baffling. Seriously google it. You’ll want to try it! Anyhow that’s our life right now! Hope to update you soon with more exciting news that involves happy healthy news! God bless you! And go wash your hands after reading this–hand foot and mouth is terribly contagious. Haha

Fire drill

As a parent one of the things you become most proud about is the good things that you teach your children that stick. I’m so glad Olivia can tell about some Bible stories already. Yes they learn some bad behabior unfortunately, but when they take the good and run with it-it is an awesome feeling. Last week for home school our PE/health assignments were fire safety. We did fire drills here at home. Well today I did a surprise smoke detector test and they all remembered what to do! Preston even took off running for the door! Anyhow, just wanted to share a tid bit for why I’m so proud and blessed today! Enjoy the weather today!


Honeymoon Pictures

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img_2123this was a beautiful waterfall in the background, unfortunately not a great picture of it

we stayed and Ocean Maya Royale Riveria Maya.  We plan to go back…hopefully next year =]

img_2144These creatures were all over down there along with some deer and raccoons. These guys were called Coaties (spelling?)img_2145Evan didn’t find the hammocks as comfortable as I did. hahaimg_2146-1img_2124-1Iguanaimg_2147-1This was a lagoon from a river that emptied into the ocean about a 20 minute beach walk from our hotel.  IT was BEAUTIFUL.  Once again, pictures do no justice for this place. Evan also talked to a pilot from Spain in this lagoon.  It’s crazy who you meet.img_2148-1Dinner at the fancy restaurant “Blue Moon”.img_2140Love this manimg_2141

This is a picture I took underwater at the lagoonmirandas phone 206mirandas phone 207Right in the door to Tulum. This guide in the yellow shirt plays Olympic Water Polo. He told us he played in the Toronto 2014 Olympics.  He was our driver and tour guide for alltournative toursmirandas phone 208Mayan ruinsmirandas phone 209We were told these ruins used to be painted.  You probably can’t see in the picture but there are red flakes left on this ruinmirandas phone 210Tulum is in the top 20 beaches in the world. Sadly it was too windy for us to be allowed to walk the beach that day.mirandas phone 211From here on our please ignore our faces and focus on the backgrounds. hahamirandas phone 212mirandas phone 222mirandas phone 223mirandas phone 224mirandas phone 225mirandas phone 226mirandas phone 227mirandas phone 228mirandas phone 229mirandas phone 230mirandas phone 231mirandas phone 232mirandas phone 240mirandas phone 243mirandas phone 244mirandas phone 245mirandas phone 246Last night Pier stop before we left. Want to know what happened? Walked clear to the end and a CROCODILE quickly SWAM into the water.  He was resting on some rocks RIGHT AT THE END of the pier. We were a little scared at first, but Evan wanted to give me a hug and I simply stated, “NOPE! I’m DONE” And quickly walked off of the pier and back onto the hotel grounds. I was NOT going to be crocodile soup a few hours before returning to my children.  It was a lovely view and the sound of the waves were relaxing…..for the mere 10 seconds we were at the end of the pier until the crocodile decided to ruin that. With that being said STILL GO!

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