Jan202014

How to Pack Disney Princess Costumes

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It’s no secret that my family and I love Disney World, especially my daughter who is a HUGE Disney Princess fan. She always looks forward to dressing up in the parks as her favorite princesses, which means a lot of packing on my part. Disney Princess costumes are always very full (high quality!) and glittery. Those who have had the experience of being near a Disney Princess costume know how messy the glitter can become- it seems to stick to everything. Packing these dresses can become a bit of a challenge because they can take up a lot of valuable room in your luggage, and the glitter can get all over other items (my husband isn’t a fan of his clothes being covered in glitter).

I have come up with a quick and easy solution to packing those dresses! First, I use any gallon-sized storage bag. I’m using …Continue Reading…

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Nov122013

It’s that time of year- Keep Your Germs, I Want To Travel!

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oof. These past two weeks have been a bit of a doozy. The kiddo has been fighting this nasty cold/virus/strep B for awhile now, and it’s finally catching up to us. The hubs (lucky dog) has been out of town for training in Fort Lauderdale, and hear him tell it, it’s paradise. He sent me pics from his adventure, and I must say, I was pretty jealous, but also happy for him to be able to experience it.

Here are pictures:

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Yeah, I was jealous, but in a totally good way.

 

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Look at those floors. LOOK AT THEM!

 

M and I try to go with him when he heads out of town, but with her being sick, there was no way we were going to hop on a plane. You’re welcome, healthy people! But interesting thing happened while he was gone, kiddo was journaling. Which resulted in me having a broken heart:

Break my heart, little miss.

Break my heart, little miss.

Don’t you just love her chat boxes?

We made it through the week alive (and I’m sure with a very expensive doctor bill in the process) and the hubs is finally home.

And now, I’m fighting a sore throat. I’m just thankful that I was healthy enough to take care of the kiddo while we were by ourselves (with the help of some great friends!).

My friend Tiff brought be a couple hats (and some meds for the kiddo, not shown here)- first one shown here (the second will be saved for another post)

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Me, no makeup but in a SNOW WHITE inspired hat! LOVE

 

Girly knows me, because I cannot RESIST anything Snow White! She’s crazy talented, and I am so thankful for her friendship. And my friend Tallise, who knows how to brighten anyone’s day (through their stomach, duh!) made us an incredible Smore’s Cake.

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YUM. I ate half of it on my own. What else am I supposed to do??

It was the most delicious and moist cake I’ve ever had. And we all know, chocolate can cure anything (especially the mommy home with a sick kid blues). Best. Cake. Ever. And I pretty much had it all to myself.

And now that the kiddo has been on antibiotics for a few days, we’re headed in to get her second expander put in today. Poor girl, can’t catch a break!

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Jul312013

Travel Tips for Disneyland

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*Disclosure- The following is a partner post

It’s probably safe to say that almost every child’s dream is to visit the magical world of Disneyland. From watching stunning shows and colorful parades to enjoying the exciting rides and meeting your favorite Disney characters, it’s no surprise that visiting Disneyland is also many adults’ idea of a great vacation too.

If you’re a Disney-fanatic just like me, then you’re probably eager to take the family on a trip of a lifetime. But this magical experience doesn’t come cheap so it’s certainly worth keeping your eyes peeled for any Disney offers and discounts. You might spot one in a brochure, on the TV or even online when you’re playing foxybingo . Here’s a few travel tips for surviving Disney with the family.

Before heading to the park, make sure the whole family has applied sunscreen and has plenty of water in their bag. Items like this are pricey once you’re in the park.
It’s worth checking the age and height requirements of particular rides – the last thing you want is to get your child excited for a cool ride, only to discover they’re too small or too old for it.

Once you’re inside the park, grab a few maps and arrange an emergency meet up area just in case you’re separated. Then study the calendar and see what time the parades, live entertainment and fireworks are on. This will help you make the most of the day.

The ‘rider swap’ initiative is certainly worth taking up if you have a child who is too small to ride. It works like this: the whole family queues up for the ride together. When they approach the ride, one parent rides with their older child while the other parent looks after the little one. Once the ride has finished, the parents have the chance to do the ‘rider swap’. They switch places so the other parent has a chance to ride while the other one waits.

If you want to make the most of the day, get to the park as early as possible. Bare in mind that the Animal Kingdom theme park at Disney World (if you’re headed there too) closes early.

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Jan22012

January is Disney Month at AAA!

Join your local AAA office on Sunday, January 8th from 2-4pm (presentations are held at 2:30pm) to save 30% on the room portion when you book a vacation at Disney’s Old Key West Resort or Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa. Also, they’ll have $100 on board credits when you book a verandah stateroom on a 7 night Caribbean cruise (make sure you ask for details while you’re there)! Click here to RSVP at your local office today!

My family and I always head to these events to find out what’s new with the “World”, and sometimes win a little something extra too! It’s a great way to spend an afternoon to get a good idea what a Disney vacation entails for your family.

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Jul72011

It’s that time of year- travel tips, tricks and products to make your life easier!

One thing that I am very proud of, is that my daughter (5) is a GREAT traveler.

I think it’s because as a family, we’ve done quite a bit of traveling since she was 3 months old. Whether it be by air or car (we still haven’t hit that cruise yet) she’s always been very happy even in the 9 hour car rides or the 4 hour layovers.

Here I’m going to share with you some of my top tips, tricks and products that I absolutely don’t leave home without.

First up- the tips:

It’s all about keeping your child happy, and on their schedule if at all possible. If you’re leaving on a 7:00am flight (that means security check in at 5:00am), make sure they head to bed an hour or two earlier than normal. You can start this process by 2 weeks before departure, cutting your child’s bed-time back by 15 minutes every 3 days. Your child will adjust because their bodies cannot tell 15 …Continue Reading…

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