Friday, November 16, 2018

2018 Holiday Gift Guide #Giveaway

Don't miss entering this Holiday Gift Guide giveaway featuring great gift ideas for a young family! What would you most like to win?? Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway! Enter to win this fabulous collection of gift ideas for moms, kids and babies — featuring Top Gift Picks from Create. Play. Travel.! Shopping for family and friends can be a memorable experience. It's always fun to find the perfect gift for that special someone! This giveaway ends on December 15, 2018. One winner will be contacted through email and announced on the giveaway widget. The more entries you complete, the better of a chance you have to win!

Prize Collection: $50 Cake Maternity gift voucher for maternity & nursing wear

Huggs contour carrier Sleep Zzz kids body pillow

Toofeze Teether Silkberry Baby bamboo footies w/ easy dressing zipper (floral dandelion print)

Handsocks Window Jammers travel toy ciao!

baby portable high chair

Revelae Kids cloth snack bags

The Field Kids inventive play toy Inspirational NEST Organic crib sheet set

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Must Try #Disney Holiday Snacks

If you're planning a trip to Disney World be sure to save time for shopping at Disney Springs. And save room for some of these amazingly cute holiday snacks at Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail. You can find all of the super cute holiday must have items here!!

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Mickey shaped pretzels are my favorite!

There are some super cute and festive holiday treats popping up at Disney World's Magic Kingdom & Hollywood Studios.

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This adorable drink was spotted in Hollywood Studios at a kiosk.

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$12.99 for this adorable beverage that can double as a Christmas ornament.

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I love the Pluto Holiday Popcorn Bucket and it is a great deal for $15.50. Popcorn refills are $2 ya'll!

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Santa Macaroon's!! OMG They look so cute! Spotted at Baseline Taphouse in Hollywood Studios.

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Buzz Lightyear Popcorn bucket spotted at Hollywood Studio's



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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Happy Halloween...Now Let's Talk #Christmas


Halloween was fun and my kiddies had a blast trick or treating but now I'm in full blow Christmas mode ya'll!! It is my absolute favorite holiday and I just love love love every little detail. πŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸ€ΆπŸ””

I have seen some amazing deals already at Target ya'll!! The Lego Advent Calendars are ON SALE this week! Hurry and snag these before they sell out like last year. 

You can also find the Lego Advent Calendars online at Target.com for just $23.99

Lip Smacker has a super cute 12 days of XMAS countdown filled with various goodies including lip balm, lip shine, etc. πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹


I love this fun Lip Smacker 12 days of XMAS countdown!! 


Ya'll I am SO EXCITED that Caboodles are making a return!! I spotted the mini Caboodles at Target a few days ago in the makeup isle. How cute are they?! What a great price too for the mini's. $6.99 is a steal. And can we talk about how cute the Lip Smackers stocking stuffers are?! These bath bombs are such a great gift for friends. 

Check them out online too and they're available in peach and sky blue. They even have the bigger version (I had about 3 as a tween) online and in stores. The bigger version is $19.99. I'm predicting these will be super popular this holiday. 
*Image courtesy Target.com*

*Image courtesy Target.com*

With ToysRUs sadly no longer in the picture it looks like I will doing majority of my holiday shopping at Target!



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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Thirty one Global Inspired #Giveaway #NationalHandbagDay #ThirtyOne

Welcome, all the colors of fall with us and the new Global Inspired line from Thirty-One Gifts. These new exotic prints know no boundaries! We're kicking off National Handbag Day with the chance to win two fabulous bags from the Global Inspired line plus two matching zippered pouches to store all your goodies in style!

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Monday, October 8, 2018

Halloween DIY Crafts For Kids + Best Non Candy Treats

I can't believe it is already October ya'll! πŸ‘» I don't know about you but my children's school doesn't allow candy treats to be brought in for any occasion, including Halloween! So I have been brainstorming some kid friendly festive treats that are not candy/food. I'm going to share some fun idea's with you in case you are in the same boat as I am. I'm also going to share some super cute and easy Halloween DIY crafts for kids.

If you're not already following me on Pinterest you should be! I have a whole HALLOWEEN board with a ton of fun idea's from recipes to Disney pumpkins.

Here is a fun craft that just about anyone can do! All you need is paper, glue and pumpkin seeds.
Pumpkin Seed Fall Craft; could even do a brown construction paper stem with toddlers.
Simply draw a pumpkin on a piece of white paper and let your kids have fun painting the seeds orange. Then once the paint has dried let your kids glue the seeds to the pumpkin! If you want to avoid painting you could always just spray the seeds orange.

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The paper plate pumpkin is always fun, but it can get a bit messy with the painting!

My kids really enjoy this fun craft

Simply glue q tips to your paper and you have an instant skeleton!!

Check out The Suburban Mom's website for details on how to create an adorable Halloween Popsicle Stick Door Hanger!
Pumpkin Popsicle Srick Halloween Craft
*Photo Credit The Suburban Mom*

Non Candy HALLOWEEN Treat Ideas
  • Halloween Pencils
  • Glow Sticks (Five Below has a pack of 100 for just $5)
  • Play Doh
  • Spider Rings
  • Halloween stampers
  • Glitter sticky hands
  • mini slinkies
  • Vampire Teeth
  • Bouncy Balls
  • Halloween Rubber Duckies
Head to Oriental Trading website for a ton of fun and affordable non candy options for trick or treaters! Another great place to find Halloween treats that are non candy is the Dollar Store. Also Amazon has great bulk novelty toys for Halloween! 


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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

All About Kings Dominion's Great Pumpkin Fest + Giveaway!



What is Kings Dominion's Great Pumpkin Fest?

  • Kid friendly event held Saturdays & Sundays September 22nd-October 28th
  • Tons of kid friendly activities located in Planet Snoopy
  • Sally's Pumpkin Painting Patch (complimentary pumpkins!)
  • Pig Pen's People Washer (Foam Pit!)
  • Franklin's Scarecrow Maze
  • Meet n greet with various Peanuts gang including Snoopy!
  • Ghostly Games where everyone wins! ($2 & $5 games)
  • Stop by the Great Pumpkin Fest Headquarters located at the entrance to Planet Snoopy and receive your complimentary treat bag filled with crayons so you can collect treats at the various booths set up throughout Planet Snoopy
  • Check out our fun on my YouTube channel
Children can dress up in their Halloween costumes for the Great Pumpkin Fest!

Giveaway!!

Enter to win an awesome Kings Dominion swag bag filled with tons of goodies! 
Swag bag includes: Snoopy stuffed animal, Peanuts pencil/sharpener, notepad, lightup Charlie Brown, Snoopy ruler/puzzle, drawstring Kings Dominion bag, "No Boo" lightup necklace! 


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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Super Easy & Delicious #Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins #Recipes



These pumpkin chocolate chip muffins are SO soft and yummy and the best part is they are SO easy to make!! Here are the ingredients you will need:

1 1/2 Cups granulated sugar
1/2 Cup brown sugar
1 Cup vegetable oil
2 Eggs
4 Cups Flour
2 Cups Pumpkin (canned)
2 Cups Chocolate Chips (I prefer mini morsels)
1 1/2 Tablespoons Vanilla Extract
1 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
4 teaspoons baking powder 

Instructions: Mix sugars, oil, eggs, pumpkin, vanilla & pumpkin pie spice with a mixer. Mix remaining ingredients in separate bowl (except chocolate chips, save these for last). Add flour mix to the pumpkin mix. Mix until your batter is a creamy thick orange color. (See photo below). Fold in chocolate chips and gently mix with a spatula. Line muffin pan with cupcake wrappers. Bake at 350* for 10-11 minutes. Let cool for 10-15 minutes. 

Bake 350* for 10-11 minutes
This recipe will make 36 muffins 



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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Celebrate Howl-O-Ween At Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg


Howl-O-Ween Brings Spooktacular Fun to Great Wolf Lodge!

With fall less than two weeks away, that means Halloween is right around the corner! It’s almost time for kids to start planning their costumes, collaborating on the best trick-or-treat routes and asking around for the coolest Halloween party to attend. Parents, look no further! Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg is offering all of this and more in one place for a ghoulishly delightful, fun filled vacation!

Kids and parents alike can enjoy Halloween-themed activities at Great Wolf Lodge such as:
  • Trick-or-Treat Trail - Multiple trail stops will be set up throughout the Lodge where little goblins and ghouls can collect candy and participate in an interactive activity such as the Witch Hat Ring Toss, Mummy Bowling, Pin the Wolf Ears on Mr. Bones, and more.
  • Howl-O-Ween House - A life-sized, not-so-haunted house will come alive in the Grand Lobby, which will also serve as the first stop on the Trick-or-Treat Trail. Additionally, the Howl-O-Ween House will serve as a Teal Pumpkin stop for guests with food allergies and a non-food treat will be distributed for guest enjoyment. 
  • Costume Parade - Guests will put their boo-tiful costumes on display and join the Great Wolf Kids for a Costume Parade around the Grand Lobby.
  • Monster Bash Dance Party - Witches, mummies and more can show off their scariest dance moves set to favorite Halloween tunes that are sure to get everybody’s bones moving and grooving.
  • Spooktacular Story Time - A Great Wolf Lodge tradition takes on a Howl-O-Ween twist as young guests are treated to a festive Halloween story. The interactive tales will transport guests into a boo-bit scary, but mostly silly land every night in the Grand Lobby.

In addition to packing plastic pumpkin pails and plenty of ghostly garments for costume parades, families can’t forget to bring their bathing suits for Great Wolf’s massive 84-degree indoor waterpark, featuring areas specifically designed for toddlers, tweens, teens, and even adults. And when it’s time to dry off, families can enjoy dry play activities, such the interactive live-action role playing game Magiquest® or Howlers Peak Ropes Course. There’s something for everyone!


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Monday, August 27, 2018

Selecting The Right Backpack #BTS

There are so many options now days for backpacks!! I am going to break it down from a Mom's point of view. It really depends on what you are looking for. Decide if you want a bookbag for just a few school years or forever.

1. Functional

2. Fashionable

3. Forever

If you are looking for the "Forever backpack" then head to LLBean and check out their wide variety of backpacks. I have had my LLBean backpack since I was in elementary school and it has lasted for over 30 years ya'll!! If the zipper ever does break or the backpack becomes damaged they will send you a new one. LLBean offers a variety of different sizes for children ranging in age/size. The Deluxe Book Pack is the one I would recommend for elementary/middle school. The Deluxe backpack is $49.95 and available in a variety of fun designs.
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*Photo credit LLBean*

The Original Book Pack is perfect for younger children, Kindergarteners, First Graders, Second Graders. The Original Book Pack is available in fun patterns and it has a convenient water bottle pocket on the side. These can be personalized too. The Original Book Pack is $39.95. This is what my youngest daughter uses.
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*Photo Credit LLBean*

If you have a preschooler then I would recommend the Junior Original Backpack. This is much smaller and perfect for the little one's. The Junior Original Backpack costs just $29.95 and it is available in 3 colors.
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*Photo Credit LLBean*

Now if you are looking for a fashionable and functional bookbag then head over to Pottery Barn Kids and check out the wide variety of backpacks including Disney princess, glittery, butterflies, unicorns, cats, camouflage, Disney Cars, Star Wars, sharks, transportation, MBL, Snoopy, etc SO many options ya'll!!

My kids have always loved their Pottery Barn Kids bookbags. But I do need to warn you, they are pricey and they do not have any warranties. Womp womp. We have purchased at least 6 PBK backpacks over the years. They are great for road trips, sleepovers, field trips, school, etc. But I would not recommend planning to use them "forever" as we have already had a zipper break on one, a hole form in another, etc. And I called the customer service number and sadly they did not offer to send us a replacement. The Pottery Barn Kids bookbags are available in 4 sizes: Pre-K, Small, Large & Rolling. Prices range from $34 to $74. My rising 6th grader has the Large size and it fits the 3" inch binders and her lunchbox. At our school the rolling bags are not allowed. But I love the rolling bags! The rolling bags are especially nice for airports, traveling, etc.

Mackenzie Aqua<br>Disney Princess Backpack
How cute is the Disney Princess collection at PBK?!
*Photo Credit Pottery Barn Kids*

MarvelΓ’„¢ Glow-in-the-Dark Spider-ManΓ’„¢ Backpacks
How cute is the Marvel SpiderMan collection at PBK?
*Photo Credit Pottery Barn Kids*

Now if you are looking for a more fashionable, affordable backpack you could always go to Justice and be blinded by the glitter when you walk in the door LOL. They have some really cute initial backpacks and really sparkly mermaid backpacks. The prices are very affordable, starting at just $20

If you are on a budget then head over to Five Below. They have backpacks for just $5. I have seen Shopkins and Redskins backpacks there!

washington redskins backpack 17in
*Photo Credit Five Below*



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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Find Out Why I Love This Scented Nail Polish Kit

My girls love to paint their nails! I had stopped buying nail polish after hearing that certain brands were using harmful chemicals and toxins. But I just have to share with ya'll this super cute Emoji Nail Kit I received from SMITCO. The nail polishes in this kit are toxic free and water based so no need for harmful acetone to remove. The kit includes 6 scented nail polishes, 2 nail files, nail stickers, stick on nails and tools to decorate your nails. These are truly scented and my whole bathroom smelled like cupcakes and strawberries after my daughter painted her nails! Yummy! You can purchase them on Amazon.com for just $26.99 πŸ˜‹

Perfect for any occasion, a sleepover or a friend's birthday present😍

How cute are these scented nail polishes?! The bottles alone are adorable ya'll1

My tween loves that the kit included this awesome hollographic paper 

Look at how cute the neon pink nail polish is! Here is what is included in the kit 😎

Peach scented nails 😍😍😍😍




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Monday, August 13, 2018

Top 5 Reasons My Kids Love #GreatWolfLodge

My kids love the pool and waterslides so of course one of the their favorite places to go is the Great Wolf Lodge! Great Wolf Lodge is fun for the whole family! I am going to share with ya'll the top 5 reasons my kids love GWL.

1. Fort Mackenzie aka "The Big Bucket"
My kids love playing in the fort and climbing the net to the top. Of course they love the waterslides too. They love watching the giant bucket fill up with water and tip over spilling over a thousand gallons of water! They could play in Fort Mackenzie for hours! I literally have to bribe them to leave.

2. MagiQuest 
My son loves playing MagiQuest! You can bring your wand back each time you visit GWL and then reactivate the wand. Your past quests will be saved in the computer system. 
MagiQuest is located on 4 floors of Great Wolf Lodge. Wands activate the various attractions and kids just love it! Score points and compete with others too!


Pricing

  • Game
    $14.99
    Each quest takes 15-30 minutes to complete. Players can play as many quests as they like during their stay.
    Wands
    $21.99
    Wand prices range from $15.99 to $21.99, depending on the style.

3.  Scoops Kids Spa

My girls absolutely love going to Scoops Kids Spa. We usually make an appointment for a ice cream themed pedicure. So fun!! 

Manicures & Pedicures
Ice Cream-Themed Manicure
$44.99
Ice Cream-Themed Pedicure
$49.99
Mani/Pedi Combo
$74.99
Mommy & Me Pedicure
$79.99
Neapolitan Combo
$94.99
Includes Ice Cream-Themed Manicure, Ice Cream-Themed Pedicure and Chocolate Organic Facial.
Nail Toppings
$15.00
Nail art and stickers with purchase of a manicure or pedicure service.

$2 per nail | $15 for ten
 *Photo credit Great Wolf Lodge*

4. The Candy Store
Kids can fill up a cup of candy for just $12. They have such cute candy ya'll. I saw a candy pizza, candy sushi package, so many delicious flavors of Jelly Beans too!!



5. Storytime in the lobby

Every night at 8 pm guests can come down to the lobby for a very special story time performance. Children wear their pajama's and bring their blankets to sit on. This is such a cute storytime! The tree's start talking and it is just a really fun, magical time for kids of all ages. There are also character meetngreets. 

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Tour My Coastal Kitchen & Find Out How To Recreate On A Budget

We moved into our new home just two months ago and I have been busy decorating, unpacking, painting, etc. I am excited to share with ya'll my kitchen and the coastal accents and where I purchased them. The kitchen is the main focus of our downstairs, we have an open floorplan and when you enter our home you almost immediately see the kitchen. I painted the island a gorgeous coastal color that I found at Lowe's. It is called Sea Mist and I absolutely love how it turned out.


These counter height bar stools are from Birch Lane These barstools are sold as a two pack and cost just $55!!! This was such a great bargain. I had searched and searched for white counter height barstools and when I came across these I was SO happy! I had found similar bar stools for triple the price at Pottery Barn ya'll!

I purchased this driftwood bowl from Pier1 It is actually on clearance for just $37 now so hurry over to their website!! 

Our granite is called Luna Pearl and I just love how it goes so nicely with the coastal paint

I added little coastal accents such as this silver starfish and beachy soap. I tried not to overdue it with coastal accents. You know the saying "Less is more" and I tried my best to stick to that. The silver starfish is from Pottery Barn. The artwork beside the cabinet is from Kirklands. You can find it here and here


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