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With the sun coming out to play, my husband and I decided that it was time for a family outing. With our smartphones and tablets taking over our lives, spending quality time with our family has become more important now than ever before. So, we make a conscious effort to do fun things with our children regularly. Getting out of the house and spending time outside is a great way to get away from all the technology that bogs you down on a daily basis.
We discussed all the different things that we could do, like having a nice, relaxing day at the beach, booking kids party venues and going to the zoo. In the end, both of us agreed that a day at the Adventure Park would be the most fun for the kids and would get us to be physically active, something that both my husband and I are very interested. And when we told the kids about the plan, they did what any eight and ten-year-old would do: squeal with excitement and start talking about how much fun they’ll have and all the things that they’ll get to do at the park. The week went by quickly with the kids counting down the days till they’ll get to go on rides and have fun in the water. On D-day, the kids woke up bright and early, excited to begin their day of fun and frolic. We had booked the tickets online, so when we arrived at Adventure Park, we went straight in.
While the day was supposed to be all about the kids having fun, when we got there, I got just as excited as the kids. After all, who could resist all those rides! Although the water park was our ultimate destination, we decided to start the day with some of the dry rides before venturing onto the wet ones. The kids loved the carousel, excitedly choosing which horse they wanted to ride on. Then all four of us got on the Ferris wheel, an oldie but a goodie, enjoying a great view of the park when it got to the top. For rides where the kids were deemed too young, my husband and I took turns watching the kids while the other person went on the ride. After a couple of other fun dry rides, we decided it was time to move onto the water park to cool down from the hot sun.
Before diving into the water, we had a quick lunch to keep us energised. So, a couple of burgers and fries later—and after slathering on sunscreen—it was time for some aqua fun! With slides and a water play area for kids, time flew as we had our fill of the water. My eight-year-old daughter and I particularly enjoyed floating on the lazy river, chatting about our day and having a real time. It was a great mother-daughter bonding experience for sure. My husband, being a thrill-seeker, went on the steep water slides over and over again, each time claiming that it was the last time only to go over again. My kids loved the smaller slides, and I just enjoyed soaking in the water and watching them have fun. I couldn’t have asked for a better idea for our family outing. The experience was perfect.
After a full day of running around and seeking thrills, of course, the kids were wiped out and tired, but still refused to leave. But once my husband and I assured them that it wasn’t their last time at Adventure Park and that we will return another day again, we finally convinced them to leave and made our way to the car, driving back home with tired, but contented smiles on our faces. It’s a good thing that we got the annual passes because we are going back for sure.
I foresee a lot of trips to Adventure Park shortly. Those memories that we made that day are priceless and will be cherished for a long, long time. I look forward to making more happy memories. Hopefully, our next trip to Adventure Park will be with a lot of friends. I’ve been telling everyone about what a great time we had. So, the next time we plan to go, they’ll probably be keen to join us. And you know what they say, the more, the merrier! Adventure Park is a place that promises endless fun and entertainment for both children and adults. There is something for everyone. It is a fun summer destination, the place to be at when the sun is beating down on us; fun in the water is an awesome way to beat the sun. A day is not enough to get your fill of Adventure Park and all the excitement that it has to offer. Seasonal passes are the way to go for all of us adventure lovers who can’t get enough of the rides. A word of advice to those of you planning a trip to Adventure Park: get there early. By the end of the day, you’re not going to want to leave. So, it’s a good idea to get there early to get your fill of the park. It’s been over a week since we went to the park, but the kids have not stopped talking about how much fun they had. My daughter has been dropping hints about having her birthday party there. And I’m all for it. We could maybe stay there for a weekend to celebrate her birthday and get our fill of all the rides and fun activities. A mini-vacation at a theme park? Sounds like fun for both the parents and the kids! Now that’s what’s called a beneficial, fun time for the entire family! I’m already dreaming of floating in the lazy river again, letting the tube gently take me around while I lounged and baked in the summer sun. Ah, bliss!
I Started Buying Designer Dresses Online and Saved Money
Just like every woman I know, I loved shopping at those big DFO’s in Melbourne rather than buying online. Nothing can be more relaxing than entering one boutique after another looking at and trying a variety of short dresses. The only problem I have regarding designer clothing shops is that they do sell their merchandise at high price tags. This is of course very understandable as these stores have to pay for overhead expenses.
But, I want to start saving money, and my dilemma was that my love for designer dresses was preventing me from doing that.
One day, I was using my laptop and browsing through social media when I came across an ad. It was for discounted designer dresses that are available online.
I have always been sceptical about online shopping. I do not feel safe using my banking details online. I have heard so much of the scams going around and about sites and individuals that use people personal and financial details for illegal activities.
But, some of my friends have been convincing me that shopping online is safe. You just have to make sure that you are going to transact with legit online stores.
As I was looking at the dresses on the ad, I was enticed to give online shopping a try. I gave in after a few minutes and clicked on the ad. It redirected me to the shop’s homepage.
There, more dresses are on display. I was smiling as a saw the big sign: Everything On Sale at 50% off. Wow. This is something new. The most amount of discount I usually get from the boutiques I frequently go to was 20%. With the 50% discount, I would be able to get the dresses I want and still have enough money left to save.
Yes, I was encouraged by the discount to try this virtual shopping thing. I browsed through the site and discovered that I could make an order without registering as a member. But by being a member, I will be able to enjoy more benefits like the first-time buyer gift.
Now, that was certainly a big bonus for me. I got to give this site an A for that very convincing marketing strategy. A freebie for first-time customers. That was something that I really should have,
So, I registered. The process did not take long, but when it was time to enter my bank details, I became a bit hesitant. Here goes the moment of truth. Should I continue or should I just leave the site? But the big discount, the freebie and the beautiful designer dresses were very tempting indeed. How can I let this golden opportunity pass?
Of course, I couldn’t. So, despite my apprehension, I entered my bank details. And with eyes closed, clicked Save.
The site then asked me what to do next. With a little smile on my face, I have chosen the option to start shopping. I immediately went to the item categories and selected designer dresses. Again, in front of me – on the computer screen – were different stunningly beautiful dresses.
I got excited and started. I clicked one dress after another until I got to a decision. Three dresses were chosen: a cocktail dress in green satin; a midnight-colored sequinned halter blouse-on long gown and an essential mini black dress.
I would have chosen two more, but I tried hard to stop myself. That was going to be an experiment. I wanted to try if online shopping was safe. When I clicked Check Out and saw the total cost plus shipping, I was amazed. It was half the price of what I would usually pay for two designer dresses.
What made me more surprised was the first-time shopper gift was a 50% discount coupon that I can use for my next purchase. Of course, I cannot use the coupon for discounted items, but it’s okay. I can use the coupon anytime I want to. There was no expiration on its effectivity.
I was jubilant, and some of my apprehensions went out the window. I did the last check on my purchases and then clicked finish. There, my first online shopping experience was over.
The site confirmed my order through email. The message said that my order would be shipped as soon as they have been processed. I was going to receive another email to inform me that processing is over, the payment was taken from my bank account and shipping starts. True enough, another email came an hour later. These people work fast. The email informed me to wait two to three days. A link to a page where I can track my order was also provided.
I was a very curious person, so I clicked the link and entered my order number in the search box. The result was immediate, and my order was processed, and it’s being shipped. The following day, I tracked my order again. It was still being shipped.
On day two I became so busy that I forgot to track. Thus, I was surprised when the package arrived on the third day. I excitedly opened the box and inside were the three beautiful designer dresses I ordered online.
Each one was exactly how I imagine it to be. They fitted me perfectly too. I immediately checked my email and there I saw one mail from the store. They were informing me that they received info that I have to get my order and they asked if I would be willing to leave a review on their service and on each item I purchased.
Since everything went really, I was very much willing to give the store a five-star rating and the dresses the same.
From then on, I shopped for my clothes – and other needs – online. My first experience was entirely satisfying, and I can honestly say the online shopping is indeed safe.