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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







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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.

Packages:

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. https://touringplans.com/ 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. http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/ 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. http://allears.net/dining/menu is my go to place for checking out that menu's at the many Disney restaurants, resorts and theme parks. Free!

4. https://www.disboards.com/ 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. https://www.tripadvisor.com/ 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


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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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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

How To Create A Budget Friendly St. Patrick's Day For Your Kids



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St. Patrick's Day is going to be here before you know!! My kids are really into the whole Leprechaun visit and they love pinching people who aren't wearing green. I am going to share with you some really budget friendly ways to make St. Patrick's Day special for your little one's!


First off, you just need a few things from the store. Pick up some green food coloring, Lucky Charms cereal, and some yellow cake mix and icing of your choice. Add the green food coloring to the yellow cake mix and bake following instructions on the box. The cake (or cupcakes) will be green and super festive! Add a few Lucky Charms to the top of the cake after you ice it. You could serve the cake for dessert on St. Patrick's Day or even for a snack after school.

It's fun to decorate the kitchen table the morning of St. Patrick's Day with some festive beads to go along with the theme. Most of the items I use to decorate the kitchen table I already had lying around the house. Hobby Lobby also has a lot of great St. Patrick's Day decorations. Start the day out with  really easy and fun St. Patrick's Day breakfast: green pancakes!! What kid doesn't love pancakes?! Dye the mix green and use a shamrock mold to shape the pancakes if you have a shamrock cookie cutter. If not, just making the green pancakes will do! A fun touch is green sprinkles and whipped cream. Don't forget to add green food coloring to the milk!!
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When your little's are home from school you could serve them some super cute green snacks (check out my Pinterest board for lots of fun ideas)  I personally love the green popcorn idea!

                                                    Homemade St. Patrick's Day Crafts for Kids, Green Popcorn, DIY St Patricks Day Treats:

Make the day fun and creative with surprises around every corner. You could even leave a few gold coins under your child's pillow the night before or in their backpacks.



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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Must Have Items For A Cruise




Today I am going to share with you some of my favorite must have items for a cruise!! My family is really excited about our upcoming Royal Caribbean cruise to the Caribbean. After reading Cruise Critic I discovered these awesome clear cruisetags for your baggage. These tags are especially nice because they will fit your Royal Caribbean baggage tags that you print out at home and they will protect them in the event of rain. These awesome baggage tags can be purchased online at Amazon. An 8 pack costs $10.95.

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Another great item to have for a cruise is a selfie stick!! I love pink and I was so happy to discover this super compact extendable selfie stick!! Selfie sticks are great, especially when you're on vacation and you want to capture the moment and actually be in the family photo also! This selfie stick is on sale this week for just $4.99!! I purchased it a few weeks ago for $14.99. So act fast! It is available online at Amazon
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Another great item for cruising is this super cute wet and dry bag by Yummi Pouch. Perfect for packing up on the last day of your cruise if you have a wet swimsuit that you don't want in your suitcase getting everything wet. Also these bags are great for your beach bag to hold your sunscreen, bug spray, etc. to keep these liquid items separate from your clothes and towels. I just love the fun bright colors in this chevron pattern.These are available online at Amazon

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Another must have for cruisers, especially if you are unsure whether or not your children will suffer with motion sickness while on a cruise is motion sickness bands. I purchased these bands at Triple A but I believe that you can find these at pharmacies, online and maybe even Walmart. 

I also recommend purchasing suction hooks for hanging your wet swimsuits to dry in your shower. Most cruise ship staterooms sadly do not have a lot of space for hanging your wet swimsuits to dry after a day at the beach or the pool. As a family of 5, we have quite a lot of swimwear to hang. So I purchased these heavy duty suction hooks from Bed Bath & Beyond. They cost $10 for a 6 pack. I can also use these at home before and after the cruise.

Be sure to stay tuned to read more cruise tips in just a few weeks! 

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Don't miss this awesome #BeMineGiveaway from @mommyscene featuring fun prizes for mom and kids

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Be Mine Giveaway for families, kids and babies - Mommy Scene We are excited to bring you a fun giveaway from Mommy Scene filled with wonderful prizes for your family and cute little ones!

Prize Collection Re-Play Valentine's Day Tableware Set Yummi Pouch Brights Reusable Food Pouches Pacific Baby 3-in-1 Insulated Baby Bottle (7 oz Cherries) + 1 piece Yellow and Green Straw Top Taster pack of Amara Baby Food and reusable grocery bag Four PaigeLauren Baby Caps and a Classic Layette Converter style of choice Buttons Diapers Cloth Diaper Cover style of choice and Two Daytime Inserts Handsocks Baby Mittens One Infanteenie Beenie Newborn Hat (Excludes monogrammed items) Cozy Blanket Pouch size and color of choice NogginSeek Peek & Seek Rattle Babo Botanicals Natural Kisses Lip Tint Trio Thinkbaby Sunscreen Bella B Foaming Face Wash and Nipple Nurture Sleep Zzz Pillow for kids ages 3+ The Shrunks Indoor Tuckaire Toddler Travel Bed Enter to Win these Valentine's Day Inspired Family Essentials!

This giveaway is coordinated by Mommy Scene, sponsored by the participating brands, and is open to US entries ages 18 and older. No purchase required to enter. One winner will be randomly chosen and contacted through e-mail, and their name displayed on the giveaway page after the giveaway ends on February 24, 2017. Mommy Scene and participating blogs are not responsible for fulfilling brand-sponsored prizes. Prizes will be shipped directly from each brand. Have fun and good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway Mommy Scene Blog Street Team




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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Mommy To Be & Me #Giveaway

We are excited to partner with Mommy Scene to bring you this Mommy-To-Be & Me Giveaway packed with wonderful products for families. Enter to win this entire gift collection for moms and kids! Giveaway ends 2/10/17.

Mommy to Be and Me Giveaway prizes - Mommy Scene

Mommy-To-Be & Me Prize Collection

Pacific Baby 3-in-1 Insulated Baby Bottle (7 oz Cherries) + 1 piece Yellow and Green Straw Top.
Blue Baby Bum Organic Bamboo Toddler Towel
Dahlia Cloth 3 pack Feminine Cloth Pads
BabyIt Perineal Massage and Postpartum Recovery Gel
Antipodes Merino Premium Sleep Bag
Thinkbaby Shampoo & Body Wash
Basic Invite $30 Gift Certificate to order birth announcements
Paige Lauren (4) baby caps of winner's choice and (1) Classic Layette Converter in the color of winner's choice.
Cake Maternity Organic CupCake Nursing pads and the NEW Heather Grey Cotton Candy seamless bra
Belly Belt Wardrobe Extender Kit
Wubba Water sample pack - Reddy Freddy (Fruit Punch), Blue Ha Choo! (Blue Raspberry) and Orange Ouchy (Orange)
Revelae Kids Cozy Blanket Pouch & Yummy Pouch Brights Reusable Food Pouches
Copper Pearl $25 Gift Certificate
Three Lollies Preggie Pop Drops Ginger Lozenges
Babo Botanicals 3-in-1 Wipes & Babo Plush Bunny Gift Set

Enter to Win these Essentials for New Moms & Families!

This giveaway is coordinated by Mommy Scene, sponsored by the participating brands, and is open to US entries ages 18 and older. No purchase required to enter. One winner will be randomly chosen and contacted through e-mail, and their name displayed on the giveaway widget after the giveaway ends on February 10, 2017. Mommy Scene and participating blogs are not responsible for fulfilling brand-sponsored prizes. Prizes will be shipped directly from each brand. Have fun and good luck!

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Friday, January 20, 2017

How To Save Money For A Vacation

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A family vacation is a must have for this Momma!! I feel like every Mom needs something to look forward to and a vacation is just the fix for me. I really enjoy the whole planning process for a vacation however I don't enjoy the whole saving the money for the vacation....I learned last year that it is a much better plan to start saving for a vacation a year in advance.

In order to save for your family vacation it is really important to set a "vacation budget" and try not to go over it. Also, after you set your "vacation budget" try to make a plan of how to save money each month to apply towards the vacation. I recommend trying to save at least $200-$400 per month if you can swing it. This will add up very quickly over just about 6 months. Be sure to put the money that you are saving into a special savings account so that you aren't tempted to use it for other things.

Did you know the average family vacation costs $1,200 to $4,500 for a family of four. Vacation prices can really vary depending on where you're going and how you are planning to get there. Flying will cost a lot more. If you start saving immediately after your vacation is over for the next vacation then it will just become a monthly habit that you will learn to adjust to financially.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

How To Save Money At The Grocery Store

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Grocery prices keep increasing making the grocery budget off the charts! I remember when I could buy a weeks worth of groceries for my family of 5 for less than $120. Not anymore! We spend on average $150 per week and that is if we are really limiting the kids snacks, paper products ,etc. I am here to share with you some great money saving tips on how to save money at the grocery store. For starters, always come with a grocery list. Don't make the mistake of coming to the grocery store without a shopping list. This will result in a lot of unnecessary items being purchased. 


Tips:
Always make a grocery list
Never shop when you are hungry
Plan your meals out prior to going to the grocery store
Purchase store brand items (generic brands) to save money
Buy items that are on sale
Create a realistic weekly grocery budget

If I see that something is on sale that we use on a regular basis then I will go ahead and purchase a few. Also, if I see that something is buy one get one free I always buy at least 3 (only if this is something we would be needing anyways in a week or two). I try to always plan out our weekly meal's prior to going to the grocery store. This will help me stay organized and helps me stay on track at the grocery store. I create a grocery budget and if I go over budget one week then I usually stay under budget the following week by avoiding items that we do not absolutely need. 

Be sure to read the grocery store weekly ad's, clip coupons and sign up for your grocery store's loyalty program card which will usually save you some money each week on certain items.


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Friday, January 6, 2017

Happy Healthy New Year #Giveaway

Happy Healthy New Year Giveaway - Mommy Scene
We are excited to bring you this Happy Healthy New Year Giveaway coordinated by Mommy Scene and featuring some fun products to help your family be a little healthier this year!

Happy Healthy New Year Giveaway Prizes

Pure Hazelwood baby necklace & Munch Mitt teething mitten.
Chub Chub Baby PouchBuddy feeding attachment that screws onto the spout of many standard and reusable baby food pouches.
Funbites food cutter that makes meals fun! Check out the new Paw Patrol Funbites!
Yummi Pouch cloth snack bags (set of 3) for Eco-friendly snack time.
Duo Diary health journal for new moms to take charge of their health and manage recovery, symptoms and weight loss after having a baby.
Dahlia Cloth set of feminine cloth pads for women of all ages.
This giveaway is coordinated by Mommy Scene, sponsored by the participating brands, and is open to US entries ages 18 and older. No purchase required to enter. 1 winner will be randomly chosen and contacted through e-mail, and their name displayed on the giveaway page after the giveaway ends on January 19, 2017. Mommy Scene and participating blogs are not responsible for fulfilling brand-sponsored prizes. Prizes will be shipped directly from each brand. Have fun and good luck!



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