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Monday, May 22, 2017

All About Our Royal Caribbean Cruise

We went on our very first family cruise with our three children a few weeks ago. We sailed on Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Sea's. The ship was absolutely amazing and we had SO much fun!! Over the next few weeks I'm going to share all of our adventures both on the ship and on the islands. We visited Nassau, Bahamas; St. Thomas and St. Maarten USVI.

The ship departed from Port Canaveral, Florida. We drove our own vehicle and parked at the Port. Parking rates can be found here. Did you know that Port Canaveral, Florida is only a 45 minute drive to Disney World?! We planned a surprise visit after the cruise (more on that later too). 

Arrival Procedure
We arrived at the Port at 10:30 am and the lines were very light. We found a parking space and went to check in. We waited about 30 minutes total and were able to board the ship by 11:00 am!! We carried on our 12 pack of Propel bottled water so my husband had to lug that around until our room was ready. Next time I would just put the bottled water in a small rolling suitcase and roll it on. Once we boarded the ship we headed straight to the kids pool and splash zone. My kids were so excited to explore the ship. Once our stateroom was ready we were able to drop off our carry on luggage and bottled water and explore the ship. We grabbed lunch at Park Cafe (a great spot to grab a quick panini or salad). Then we went to the mandatory muster drill at 4:00 followed by the sail away party. 

My Time Dining
We had My Time Dining each night on the ship. I would highly recommend making your dinner reservations ahead of time online. I made our reservations (for the main dining room) as soon as it became available to do so online (about the 120 day mark). I chose an early dinner time because my children get hungry (and cranky) if they do not eat dinner by 6. We did request a table by the window and we were pleasantly surprised when we received a wonderful table by a huge window each night. Our server was wonderful and we also requested her each night when we left. 

Adventure Ocean Kids Club
I have three children, ages 10, 7 and 6. They all visited the Adventure Ocean kids club daily on the ship. The kids clubs are divided by age groups: Aquanauts ages 3-5, Explorers ages 6-8 and Voyages ages 9-11. My two youngest children were so happy they were able to be in the same kids club together. Each day the children's program was a different theme. The kids club is open all day long on port days when the ship is docked. On "Sea Days" the kids club is open from 9-12, 2-5 and 7-10 pm. The counselors in the kids club were so wonderful. They knew my kids names by the second day of the cruise. My kids had so much fun playing Gaga Ball, freeze tag, Bingo, arts and crafts, making slime, making Pirate bandana's, etc. in the kids club. Oh and I should mention, kids club is free!! Unless you want take your children there at 10 pm for the extended evening session, this is $7/hour per child.

More to come on our cruise adventures....Stay tuned......

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Disney's Bibbity Bobbity Boutique Review #Disney

Reservations are highly recommended

Sprinkling the wand with the magic fairy dust

Finished results!

The Bibbity Bobbity Boutique has two magical locations. One is located at Downtown Disney inside of the Disney Store and the other location is actually inside Cinderella's Castle. The BBB is a sought after destination of all princesses ages 4 and up. There are many different packages available, prices starting at $54. This is such a magical place and I highly recommend a visit. Advanced reservations are highly recommended. To make reservations call 407-WDW-STYLE. The BBB at the Magic Kingdom is open from 8 am until 6:30 pm. The BBB at Downtown Disney is open from 9 am until 7:30 pm. Each princess will receive a sparkly crown, keepsake makeup and nailpolish. My daughter was celebrating her birthday so she received a special 'birthday' sash.


The Crown Package (starting at $59.95 plus tax) *This is the package I chose for my daughter*
  • Hairstyling
  • Shimmering make-up, face gem stickers
  • Princess sash and tote
  • Nail polish
The Courtyard Package (starting at $94.95 plus tax)
  • Hairstyling
  • Shimmering make-up, face gem stickers
  • Princess sash and tote
  • Nail polish
  • Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique T-shirt
  • Trendy tutu
The Castle Package (starting at $194.95 plus tax)
  • Hairstyling
  • Shimmering make-up, face gem stickers
  • Princess sash and tote
  • Nail polish
  • Complete costume of your choice plus accessories
  • One 6" x 8" and four 4" x 6" photos in a princess-themed holder

The Knight Package ($19.95 plus tax)
  • Hairstyling with gel
  • Mighty sword and shield
  • Confetti

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

My Favorite Disney Websites To Help You Plan Your Next Vacation

There are SO many wonderful websites to turn to for researching your next Disney World vacation. Today I am going to share with you just a few of my favorites!

1. is my favorite website when it comes to planning which days to visit the various Disney theme parks. They have an awesome crowd calendar that will tell you how busy the park will be on the day you will be there. *The website is free, but you can join for $14.95/year and receive special access to information--highly recommend.

2. is my favorite website when it comes to all things Disney food!! They have up to date information about the latest and greatest must try foods at Disney parks. Plus they have awesome dining reviews from various restaurants. Very easy to navigate. Free!

3. is my go to place for checking out that menu's at the many Disney restaurants, resorts and theme parks. Free!

4. is where I turn to for first hand info from people just like you and me. You can read trip reports, ask questions about your upcoming Disney vacation, research restaurant reviews, resort reviews, etc. There are categories for each topic. Very easy to navigate. Free!

5. Yes I know this is not Disney specific however you can find great reviews and info about Disney resorts here too! And Disney restaurant reviews. Just type in the name of the resort or restaurant and click search. Easy peasy.

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Super Excited To Host A #Disneykids Preschool Playdate

The party supplies have arrived for our upcoming #Disneykids preschool playdate!! My kids are so excited to share their love of Disney with their friends. The party kit that I received from BSM Media included the following items: Pop Secret popcorn (which I will be serving at our playdate), Mickey Mouse coloring book (a prize for one lucky child at our playdate), Mickey Mouse Clubhouse paper plates, paper cups, cupcake wrappers and napkins, Jake & the Neverland Pirates party hats, Sofia the First party hats, HP social media snapshot printer paper, Softsoap (perfect for cleanup), Sofia the First rolling luggage, party hats, crayons, games, and stickers. You can watch our video of the reveal on my new YouTube Channel. Be sure to subscribe so you can see videos from our #Disneykids playdate!

One lucky girl will win the grand prize---a Sofia The First suitcase from American Tourister

Each parent that attends my #Disneykids preschool playdate will receive these awesome HP social media snapshots printer paper. 

*Disclaimer*I received complimentary products from BSM Media in exchange for my honest opinions*

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

$100 Kohl's Gift Card #Giveaway #beauty #beautyful #beautytips

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Pure Body Naturals. All thoughts and opinions are those of our own.

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I LOVE Kohl's! They have just about everything, including these awesome must have beauty products. I absolutely love this Dead Sea Mud Mask. I love to take a hot bubble bath and relax with a mud mask. And I really love essential oils. Did you know you can use essential oils in your bath water? My favorite is peppermint oil, it helps to relieve stress and is wonderful for people with allergies.

 Dead Sea Mud Mask - $18.95 30% Off with Code BBSEAMUD Free Shipping with Prime. Beard Oil Kit (Beard Oil & Beard Balm) - $19.96 30% Off with Code BBBRDOIL Free Shipping with Prime Theraputic Grade Set of Top 6 Essential Oils - $17.95 30% Off with Code BBTOPSIX Free Shipping (no Prime required) Eye Gel - $18.95 30% Off with Code BBEYEGEL Free Shipping. (no Prime required) Retinol Moisturizer - $18.95 30% Off with Code BBRETMOS Free Shipping. (no Prime required) Trio Butters Gift Set - $29.95 30% Off with Code BBBUTTER Free Shipping. (no Prime required)   Now for the giveaway! One lucky winner will receive the $100 Kohls Gift Card mentioned above! Open to US residents, 18 and up only. One entry per household/IP address. Winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Giveaway begins March 29th, 2017 at 12am Eastern and ends April 12th, 2017 at 11:59pm Eastern

Disclosure: This blog was compensated for this posting. The sponsor, Pure Body Naturals is responsible for prize shipment. This giveaway is in no way associated or affiliated with any social media outlets. This post may contain affiliate links.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

#DisneyKids Box Reveal

We are super excited to be hosting a #Disneykids party! We received our package today with party supplies. Stay tuned for more information!!

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Best Apps For Kids For The iPad and iPhone

There are SO many apps to choose from now days, however, only a few that don't require WIFI. With an upcoming twelve hour road trip to Florida I am preparing ahead and downloading tons of new apps for my iPad for my children to play. This should keep them busy for at least a few hours. I'm going to share with you some of my favorite apps for kids for both the iPhone and iPad

Apps I love:

  • Temple Run : ages 7+, free (NO WIFI required to use this app)
  •  Minnie's Home Makeover : all ages, free This is my five year old's favorite game to play! NO WIFI required to play this app either)
  • Lego Duplo Food all ages, free NO WIFI required! This is my 5 year old daughter's favorite game

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