Friday, June 14, 2019

Birthday Hike at Palm Springs Aerial Tramway #June9 #BirthdayGirl



Hello! I hope you have been well. I have been busy, but I took some time to celebrate my birthday. On June 9th, I celebrated another year of life, completing various challenging hikes at the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway in Mt. San Jacinto State Park. If you enjoy hiking, camping ($5 per person for permit), or just spending time in nature as I do, you will enjoy this place. There is a cute, little, museum and fine dining at Peaks Restaurant. 


Best Time to Arrive
Once you arrive at the large "Palm Springs Aerial Tramway" sign at Tram Way road, you still have approximately 3 miles to drive up a steep hill to get to the official entrance to purchase your parking. The parking fee right now is $8, which was reasonable.

I arrived at 9:00 am but had to catch the 9:15 am tram. Make sure to arrive 10 mins early before the tram time on your ticket. However, it was easy to stand in line and get a new card for the next tram. I do recommend that you arrive early to avoid the queues and park in LOT A, if possible, to avoid taking a shuttle. When I left at 2:30 pm on Sunday, the parking lot was packed! 

Purchase Tickets
I purchased my ticket online, and you can use the 'print-at-home' option or save it on your phone to have it scanned. Make sure that you have access to your ticket before heading up the mountain to the entrance because there is limited-to-NO Internet service. They have summer, annual, and ride 'n' dine passes. 

Riding the Tram
Once you have your tickets, make sure to have your bags open to be checked before entering the boarding room area. You can get your picture taken and see how it turned out once you reach the top. They will direct you onto the tram, and it is approximately a 10-minute ride while standing. It is very scenic, and the floor rotates 360 degrees so you can see from all perspectives as you ride up the mountain. Place all backpacks between your legs and camping gear is stacked, neatly, together. They try to get as many people safely on the tram as possible so you may feel as if you are closer than usual to your neighbor. That was alright with me :)

Mountain Station
When I arrived at the top, there were restrooms, a museum, and a place to get coffee and snacks. I brought hot tea with me, so I was good to go. The hike down to the first two short hikes (guided if you prefer), Desert View Trail and the Nature Trail, were comfortable, but save some energy for the walk back up to the tram. It will challenge your endurance!!


Notch 1 of the Desert View Trail


Wilderness Area (For challenging hikes)
After eating the lunch I brought, I decided to get a free hiking permit at the Ranger's Station and take the Round Valley Trail hike. There were two times when I had to focus on the trail's path, but I eventually found my way and asked some hikers along the way to be sure. I took a bottle of water, but if you don't bring any, you can fill up a water bottle at the Ranger's Station. I observed the tall trees, the creek, and at some points, there were higher water levels than others. I had to leap over the stream too! When I made it to the end, I felt accomplished, challenged, and genuinely grateful to be healthy and alive on my birthday.

June 9th Birthday Girl (me)

I would highly recommend the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway if you enjoy hiking, camping, or want a change of scenery to relax and decompress in nature. I will be back sooner rather than later.

Happy adventuring.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Video Blog: China Travel in Macau #TravelVlog



During my time in China, I had the opportunity to visit Macau. It has a similar look and feel to casino-life in Las Vegas, Nevada! Wow! Macau is definitely a gem, even if you drop in for 1 or 2 nights like many visitors do. 

If you're into event planning, you can even host events in Macau, which is welcomed because it helps their economy. There is a lot to do and you can see that many people are enjoying the city sights and hopefully making money too at the casinos.

In my video blog below, see some of what Macau has to offer. Hopefully, you will plan your next vacation to Macau and make new memories. 

Happy Travels!


Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Ekster Safe Wallet For Dad Giveaway! (Open to US) Ends: 6.5.19 #GiftForDad



What are you getting the best dad in the world? Why not a solar-powered trackable Ekster Safe Wallet. It also has quick card access at the touch of a button! Selena Thinking Out Loud has teamed up with some amazing bloggers and the brand, Ekster, to bring you this giveaway. Read all about their wallets and enter the giveaway below.

Give Dad Ekster Safe Wallet Giveaway
 

Welcome to the Give Dad Ekster Safe Wallet!

(Up to $109 RV)

1 Winner

This giveaway is part of our Mother's Day/Father's Day/Graduation Gift Guide – Stop by to see all the giveaways and great products.

Hosted by: Michigan Saving and More

Promoted by: Selena Thinking Out Loud

Below is a list of all the bloggers involved in the gift guide giveaways.
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PRIZE
This giveaway's Sponsor is:

EKSTER®

Ekster® is known for bringing to life the first and only solar-powered trackable wallet. Their products were recently featured by Forbes, CBS, Digital Trends, and many more for its innovative design and features. They went viral after becoming the most funded smart wallet on Kickstarter.
Ekster Wallets

Choice of a Ekster wallet

See the review HERE.

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RULES AND HOW TO ENTER


  • Giveaway is open to continental United States residents only.
  • Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter.
  • This giveaway event will end at 11:59 PM (EST), June 5, 2019.
  • The winner will have 48 hours to email their information back to las93063 at gmail dot com or a new winner will be drawn, you may want to put this email address as safe as it could go to spam. 
  • By entering you are authorizing us to collect the information on the form below, this information is used only to contact the winner! 
  • No purchase necessary. 
  • Void where prohibited by law, and the number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Winners are chosen randomly by the Giveaway Tools program. 
Enter below and Good Luck!
 


Disclaimer: The sponsors are each responsible for shipping of the above prizes. Selena Thinking Out Loud, nor any other blog associated with this contests are responsible for prize fulfillment. This giveaway/sweepstakes is in no way endorsed, affiliated, or associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site.

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Gifts for Graduates Now at Walmart.com #Shopping



They worked hard for the past several years, staying focused on their grades. Now it's graduation day! Show them how proud you are with a graduation gift from Walmart. Find the perfect gift they'll love because you know them best. 

Deal Ends: June 18, 2019


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Saturday, April 13, 2019

Field Roast FRuffalo Wings Review #VeganFood #MeatAlternative



Recently, I tried Field Roast FRuffalo Wings, a vegan take on hot wings, using vegan sausages instead. The sauce is authentic to what you would taste in a sauce from a chicken wing restaurant. However, the flavor of the hot and spicy sauce is tasty. You can find these at your local Whole Foods Market, Sprouts Market, and some Walmarts too!

In this video, I show you how I prepared them and what I thought about them overall. Enjoy! 





Disclaimer; This review is 100% my own opinion. I purchased this product to prepare for myself at home and wanted to share my personal experience. Your taste buds may give you a different opinion about this product. 

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Get 36% Off Strawberry Plants at Bloomingbulb



Strawberry plants are so much fun to grow in the Spring. Once they are fully-grown, you can have them with cereal, make a strawberry shortcake, or pop them in your mouth for a sweet, healthy, treat. Bloomingbulb has a nice assortment of strawberry plants available now for thirty-six percent off. 


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Here are some of the strawberries you can purchase now from Bloomingbulb. They will be shipped according to your hardiness zone so that you can plant them at the correct time. Spring is here so they will be shipped pretty quickly. Happy Gardening!






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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Goliath Games Easter Basket Giveaway! Open to US and CAN | Ends: 4/14/19



Selena Thinking Out Loud has teamed with some amazing bloggers to bring you this Ultimate Goliath Easter Basket Giveaway! You will have a chance to win four fun games for your kids. Game night will be SO exciting! Enter using the entry form below. This event is open to U.S. and Canada. Good Luck!




Sponsored By: Goliath Games 
Hosted By: Love, Mrs. Mommy
Promoted By: Selena Thinking Out Loud


Winner Will Receive:

The Ultimate Easter Basket Prize Pack from 
Goliath Games!

Goliath is one of the few global family-owned toy companies in the industry and continues to be one of the fastest growing companies in the world!


Open To US and Canada entries and must be 18+ to

enter
Giveaway Dates ~ 3/31 9:00 AM EST

through 4/14 11:59PM EST




Disclosure: Selena Thinking Out Loud, Love, Mrs. Mommy and all participating bloggers are not held responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill their prize obligations. This giveaway is in no way endorsed or sponsored by Facebook or any other social media site. The winner will be randomly drawn by Giveaway Tools and will be notified by email. Winner will have 48 hours to reply before a replacement winner will be drawn. If you would like to participate in an event like this please contact LoveMrsMommy (at) gmail (dot) com.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Get 49% Off Astilbe at Bloomingbulb #SpringPlanting



Bloomingbulb has Astilbe available now for spring planting! They are now forty-nine percent off their regular price. Astilbe like moist planting areas and have a fern-like, bronze and green foliage with blossoms. 

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Here are some of Bloomingbulb Astilbe available now. Click on any one of them below for more information. Purchase your favorites directly from Bloomingbulb. They will be shipped to you according to your hardiness zone to ensure correct planting time.




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Visit to Shamian Island in Guangzhou China #TravelVlog



Some places I visit are relaxing and memorable. During my travels in China with my MBA cohort, we visited Shamian Island in the District of Guangzhou. There were many cultural buildings, shops, places to sit and relax as people walked by. If you would like a cup of coffee or tea, there is a Starbucks on the island as well. I also saw many cats, who appeared to be just as relaxed as the people. In this video blog below, you will get a brief look into this area called Shamian Island.


Thursday, March 28, 2019

Save on New Tires at Walmart! #TireSale #DriveSafe



Now save even more on car tires at Walmart! If your current tires have taken a beating this past year, while driving on snowy, rainy, and rocky roads, it's the perfect time to check their condition and purchase two or four more and save. 

I enjoy taking road trips and maybe you do too. Maybe you commute back and forth to work or like an off-road challenge, whatever the case, having good tires on your vehicle(s) is a part of car maintenance and safe driving. Always be prepared for your next adventure.

From now through April 10th, find the right tires by entering your vehicle's year, make and model. Search Now!

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Sunday, March 24, 2019

Spring Fever Flash Sale up to 50% Off at Bluebella (Ends 03.31.19)



Bluebella Spring Fever Flash Sale up to 50% off, starts now, March 25th through March 31st, for a limited time and while inventory lasts! Shop now for beautiful lingerie and save.



Bluebella Spring Fever Flash Sale
This deal ends: 03.31.19

Easter Savings Now Available at Walmart! #ShopNow



Whether you're shopping for Easter supplies to build the perfect basket with candy and toys, or getting geared up for a more formal Easter Sunday dinner, all your Easter essentials are available now at Walmart.com! You'll love the savings and the deals, conveniently located in one place.

This deal ends: 04.22.19

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Walmart has Your March Madness Essentials!



Wal-Mart.com USA, LLCWalmart has your Game Time essentials, offering you the advantage of the best seat in the house! Right now you will find everything you need for an ultimate viewing party including TVs, Streaming Devices, Home Theater Systems, and Media Room Furniture. Plus, you'll find tasty tailgating snacks for game day and beyond when you gear up for Game Time at Walmart.com.

This deal ends: 04.09.19

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Win a Tenergy STEM Building Toys Bundle! Open to U.S. 18+ #Giveaway



Enter the Tenergy STEM Building Toys Bundle Giveaway! Your child will LOVE this hands-on activity. After reviewing the items in this bundle, I would like to purchase them too, but you get a chance to win. Use the entry form below to enter or purchase yours from Amazon. The links to purchase and the personal reviews by Deliciously Savvy are below. Good Luck!

Tenergy STEM Building Toys Bundle Giveaway! 1 Winner ~ $131 TRV (Ends 4/21) 

@SMGurusNetwork @TenergyOfficial

Welcome to The Tenergy STEM Building Toys Bundle Giveaway!

1 Winner ~ $131 TRV

This giveaway is part of our Spring/Easter Gift Guide – Stop by to see all the giveaways and great products.

Host is Deliciously Savvy

Promoted by: Selena Thinking Out Loud


Below is a list of all the bloggers involved in the gift guide giveaways.
This giveaway's Sponsor is:
1 Lucky Winner Will Win A Tenergy 2 in 1 STEM Robotic Kit & A GEO Salt Water/Solar Powered Robot and the Dynamo Lantern ~ A $131 TRV!

Tenergy 2 in 1 STEM Robotic Kit

Available on Amazon
Read My Review HERE.

GEO Salt Water/Solar Powered Robot and the Dynamo Lantern

Available On Amazon
Read My Review HERE.

THE GIVEAWAY

This giveaway/sweepstakes is in no way endorsed, affiliated, or associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site. This Giveaway is valid to United States residents only, Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway event will end at 11:59 PM (EST) 4/21/19. The winners will have 48 hours to email their information back to mcushing7 at hotmail dot com or a new winner will be drawn, you may want to put this email address as safe as it could go to spam. The giveaway is not valid where prohibited! By entering you are authorizing us to collect the information on the form below, this information is used only to contact the winner! No purchase necessary, Void where prohibited by law, and the number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Winners are chosen randomly by the Giveaway Tools program. The sponsors are each responsible for shipping of the above prizes. No blog associated with this contests are responsible for prize fulfillment. If you would like to be a sponsor in a giveaway like this please email Laura Smith at mcushing7 (at)hotmail (dot) com. If you take an entry you must stay following for the entire contest or you will be disqualified.

Also we all “love it if you like us” on Facebook! If you like our blogs on social media it helps us bring you only the best giveaways and more of them! Don't forget to stop by for your daily bonus entries.


Enter below and Good Luck!

Disclaimer: Selena Thinking Out Loud, Deliciously Savvy and any blog promoting this giveaway is not responsible for the awarding of the prize. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment and shipping to winner. Any questions about this giveaway? Email Melissa At mcushing7 (at) hotmail (dot) com.

Daylilies Available Now | 54% Off at Bloomingbulb! #SpringPlanting



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Daylilies are 54% off at Bloomingbulb! These plants are known for their beautiful flowers. They will be shipped according to your hardiness zone so you can plant them at the right time. Below are just two types of Daylilies they have, but there are many more on their website.



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Win a 5-Piece Mealtime Gift Set from Precious Moments| Winner's Choice | #Giveaway Open to U.S Ends: 4.20.19



Enter to win a 5-piece mealtime gift set from Precious Moments. These would be perfect baby shower gifts. The entry form is located below and open to the U.S. I'm wishing you lots of luck, but most of all have fun!

Sponsored By: Precious Moments

Hosted By: Love, Mrs. Mommy

Promoted By: Selena Thinking Out Loud

*** 3 Winners Will Receive ***

Their choice of a 5-Piece Mealtime Gift Set!

Set includes plate, bowl, cup, fork, and spoon. Carefully crafted of bamboo. Dishwasher safe. Do not place in microwave or oven. Approximate measurements: Plate - 8.25" diameter Bowl – 6" diameter Cup – 3.5" high, holds 9 ounces. Fork and spoon – 5.5" long each Makes a great gift for birthdays, holidays, baby showers, and ‘just because’.


Open To US entries and must be 18+ to enter
Giveaway Dates ~ 3/23 9:00 AM EST through 4/20 11:59PM EST
Disclosure: Selena Thinking Out Loud, Love, Mrs. Mommy and all participating bloggers are not held responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill their prize obligations. This giveaway is in no way endorsed or sponsored by Facebook or any other social media site. The winners will be randomly drawn by Giveaway Tools and will be notified by email. Winners will have 48 hours to reply before a replacement winner will be drawn. If you would like to participate in an event like this please contact LoveMrsMommy (at) gmail (dot) com.

Beyond Meat Brat Sausage Review #Meatfree #VeganFood



I have noticed that there are more options to choose from when it comes to meat alternatives. When I decided to eat a vegan diet, I was always nervous about finding cheese and meat alternatives that did not taste like card board. Fortunately, I have discovered brands like Beyond Meat who work hard to bring a satisfying experience to meat substitutes. I absolutely love their vegan burger and decided to finally try their Beyond Sausage. They have a hot Italian and brat sausage, which can be found in your local grocery store's meat section. You can visit the Beyond Meat website, to locate a stores in your area and for coupons.

In the video below, I share my personal review of the Beyond Meat Brat Sausage. It should be cooked in a frying pan on medium-high to high heat and turned continuously for six minutes. They can be added to your favorite pasta dish, put on the grill, or eaten by themselves with mustard.