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*

Marvelâ„¢ Glow-in-the-Dark Spider-Manâ„¢ 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!

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*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 😋

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 😍😍😍😍




Nail Polish Kits For Girls - Non Toxic Emoji Nail Art Manicure and Pedicure Kit For Kids With Scented Stickers, Peel-Off Nail Polish and More - Gifts Set for Girls 6 Years and Older



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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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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Back To School Must Have's & Awesome Locker Deals

Summer is slipping away so fast it is scary ya'll. I am starting to see Back To School items appearing in Target and I wish I could hit the pause button for summer to slow down. I have a rising middle schooler and two rising 2nd graders. I love to start school supply shopping when the deals start.

Target has already started Back To School deals ya'll!


  • Elmer's Glue bottles $.50
  • Plastic prong folders $.50
  • Pencil Sharpeners $.50
  • Crayola Colored Pencil 12 count $.99
  • Crayola Washable Markers 12 count $.99

I know my daughter is going to want this adorable Unicorn pencil case (just $4.99)
*Photo credit Target*
And if you have a mermaid fan then you will want to snag this adorable mermaid tail pencil case before they're sold out! Just $5.99

*Photo Credit Target*

Looking for a cute pencil box? I found an adorable Mermaid sequin pencil box at Justice for under $13

*Photo Credit Justice*


Middle School locker accessories:
I have seen some cute locker accessories at Five Below. My middle school daughter loves Justice. I have found some super cute back to school supplies at Justice. They have some adorable sparkly bookbags, lunchboxes and water bottles.

Walmart has a lot of great deals for back to school supplies. I found a super cute pink locker https://www.walmart.com/ip/LOCKER-KIT/727463801 for just $9.84 This is a great value! The kit includes a pink locker shelf, 2 pink magnets, magnetic dry erase board and dry erase marker, pink magnetic mirror and a cup! Wow!

*Photo Credit Walmart*

Looking for a great deal!? Target has a locker accessory kit for just $12.99 that includes a grey locker shelf, magnetic pencil cup, magnetic mirror, dry erase markers and 2 magnets!

*Photo Credit Target*


Target has tons of awesome deals on colorful locker shelves, magnetic pencil cups, decor, etc.


locker shelf available in 3 fun colors just $6.99

How cute is this magnetic Unicorn hook for lockers? Just $3.99

*Photo Credit Target*

If your middle schooler is a Unicorn lover like my daughter then she will probably love this adorable Unicorn Locker Mirror at Justice. It is under $20

*Photo Credit Justice*



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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Tips And Info On Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2018 #Disney


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Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is going to be here before you know it! This year the party starts even earlier....in August! I am going to share with you some great tips on beating the crowds and making the most of your visit.

DIY Alert! You can create your own Mickey pumpkin before you leave for your magical vacation! Just use toothpicks (or a nail) to attach the mini pumpkins to the big pumpkin. Purchase vinyl for the eyes, nose and mouse!



Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2018 Dates:
  • August 17, 24, 28, 31
  • September 3, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30
  • October 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28, 30, 31
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*Tips*

The cheapest party dates are the first 3 Tuesdays in September. Tickets are just $75 for adults and kids ages 10+. Tickets are $70/kids ages 3-9.  This would make the total cost for a family of 5 just $383.41 VS paying for a party in October when the rates increase to $99/adult and $90/kids ages 3-9 totaling $511.21 for a family of 5. The savings is a difference of $128. Now if you attend the party in mid October on a Friday night that will cost $109/adult and $104/kid totaling $564.46 making Friday night parties in October the priciest time to attend the party!  

Attending the party in September means the park is not as crowded because school has just started back for most of the East Coast. I highly recommend attending the party on one of the first 3 Tuesdays in September. If you absolutely can not attend in September I would recommend attending the party on a Tuesday in October. 

Friday night parties tend to be the busiest because of the locals who choose to attend the parks on the weekends. 

The party starts at 7 pm but guests with a party ticket may enter the park at 4:00 pm. Be sure to get in line just before 4:00 so you can go through baggage check and be at the entrance at 4:00. Be sure to grab a park map with the trick or treating locations. Bring your own bag so your little one's can get lots of candy! They do give out complimentary treat bags also if you forgot one.

Don't waste precious party time with a sit down dinner. Pack a cooler with food or visit a quick service in the park to save time. Make a game plan so that you can make the most of your time at the party. 


Expected Show Times for Key Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2018 Entertainment: 
  • Mickey's "Boo-To-You" Halloween Parade - 9:15 p.m., 11:15 p.m.
  • Happy HalloWishes Fireworks - 10:15 p.m.
  • Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular - 8:15 p.m., 10:45 p.m., 12 a.m.
  • Cadaver Dan's - 7:15 p.m., 8 p.m., 8:50 p.m., 9:55 p.m., 10:50 p.m

I recommend attending the 2nd parade at 11:15 pm, this will be much less easier to find a good seat and much less crowded. During the 1st parade at 9:15 pm plan to take advantage of the rides and meeting characters. Most people attend the 1st parade so you will have very minimal wait time for the rides and characters.


Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2018 Expected Treat Locations:
Main Street, U.S.A.
  • Town Square (Allergy-Friendly) *Busy location*
Adventureland
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room
  • Jungle Cruise
Frontierland
  • Splash Mountain
  • Dock to Tom Sawyer Island *One of the least crowded locations*
Liberty Square
  • Heritage House (Allergy Friendly)
  • Liberty Square Riverboat
Fantasyland
  • Pinocchio Village Haus
  • Mickey's PhilharMagic
  • Pete's Silly Sideshow
Tomorrowland
  • Space Mountain
  • Cosmic Ray's Starlight Café
  • Mickey's PhilharMagic *Busy location*



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Saturday, June 23, 2018

All About #Disney Castaway Cay #DCL


Here is a great map that you can download and print *photo courtesy of Disney Cruise Line

There is just SO much to do on Castaway Cay. There are a lot of FREE activities on the island which is nice. The island consists of a post office, family beaches with complimentary umbrella's and chairs for guests, private adult beach called Serenity Bay which also offers complimentary umbrella's and chairs for guests. There is also a water play area for younger children called Spring A Leak on the island and a really fun water slide attraction called Pelican Plunge located in the water near the family beach. There is also two restaurants, Cookies BBQ and Cookie's Two BBQ. For those that want a nice refreshing adult drink there are multiple bar's on the island.

There are a lot of fun excursions offered on Castaway Cay. To view the excursions you can visit the Disney Cruise Line website and then click 'ships and activities' and then choose the option that says 'port adventures'. Next choose the island you are visiting and then you can view the many excursion options.
Castaway Cay offers the following excursions for an additional fee:


  • Abaco Back Country Fishing excursion
  • Bicycle Rentals
  • Boat Rentals (Sea Kayaks, Hobie Cats, Aqua Trikes, Stand Up Paddle Boards)
  • Castaway Cay Getaway Package (this is a great value and it includes 3 fun activities: snorkeling, bike rental for one hour and a float or tube rental for the day
  • Castaway Cay Island Cruise (90 minute adventure)
  • Private Cabana Rental for the day (there is limited quantity)
  • Stingray Adventure
  • Extreme Getaway Package (this is a great value and includes 4 fun activities: snorkeling, bike rental for one hour, float or tube rental for the day and the stingray adventure)
  • Float and tube rentals ($10 per tube for the whole day) *please note you are not allowed to bring your own float on a Disney Cruise
  • Parasailing 
  • Glass Bottom Boat
  • Seahorse Catamaran Snorkel Adventure
  • Wild Side Teen Adventure
  • Walking and Kayak Nature Adventure
  • Jet Ski Rentals (singles and double)


I am looking forward to renting a private cabana on the family beach. With three young children I feel it will be a really nice luxury to have a private area to relax, change the kids, rinse off with the private shower and take a nice afternoon nap. Here is a great YouTube video that shows a tour of a private cabana tour. I am planning to rent a jet ski and take the 45 minute island tour with my Dad. We might even check the kids into Scuttles Cove so that we can have some quiet time on the beach with a nice adult beverage and a good book!

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Tips On Creating An Affordable Summer Bucket List



Summer is almost here and my littles are beyond excited! Each summer we make a fun list of things they want to do together and check off the items as we go. Last summer their bucket list got a little out of control and we didn't quite check off all of the items on the list. This summer we are trying something a little different. We are on a tight budget this summer because we are in the process of moving and we just got back from Disney World a few weeks ago.

Having fun with your kids shouldn't cost a ton of money and there are plenty of fun free things to do. Try to create a fun summer bucket list with your children to include them. Write each child's list for them if they are little or let each child make their own list on a bright piece of paper using fun colored markers, dry erase boards, etc. Get creative!

Tips:

  • Set a budget and explain it (anything that requires an overnight hotel stay for example might not work) 
  • Set boundaries (within an hour of your house if you don't want to drive too far, etc.)
  • Encourage your children to try something new (visit a new playground for example)
  • Pull out a local map and explore a new area 
  • Remind your children that they can have fun in their own backyard too! 
  • Visit the Dollar Store and grab some summer fun accessories such as water balloons, water guns, bug catchers, bubbles, chalk, etc.

My children love visiting the local zoo and we purchased passes so we can return for free all summer long. We are planning a day trip to the beach and of course trips to the pool. Whatever you do, remember to have fun and don't go overboard!

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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Must Have Items For A Cruise #Familytravel



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.

These luggage tags are waterproof, reusable for many more vacations to come and durable!


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


Photo Credit: Amazon

I just love this awesome pattern! These bags are perfect for the summertime. I pack my children's snacks in them everyday for school also (they have smaller sizes available).

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.

Another must have item for a cruise is a highlighter! Everyday you will receive a cruise planner with the daily activities offered. A highlighter comes in handy for highlighting the various fun activities you want to do. 






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Sunday, May 13, 2018

All About The New #Disney Items at #Target

Ya'll the new Disney accessories and makeup line at Target are available now!! Run to Target this weekend before they sell out! Some of the items are also available online.

Here's the scoop:

L'Oreal Paris has a new lipstick line called the Mickey Mouse Collection
check it out here Available in stores and online in various shades for just $5.99 They also have eye shadow pencils and mascara.


Photo Credit: Target

Another new addition to Target is this super cute Disney Mickey Mouse hand sanitizer
 Available in various scents for just $3 These are perfect for children's lunch boxes, bookbags, etc.
photo credit: Target

Next up is the cutest beach bag! Mickey Sandproof Tote is perfect for the beach, pool, road trip, etc. And the price is great---$14.99
Photo Credit: Target

If you are a Disney camper then you will LOVE these adorable items:

Adorable Mickey paper plates for just $2.00 for a 10 count 
Photo Credit: Target
Don't forget to grab some matching napkins for just $2.00 for a 20 count. 
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Mickey Serving Tray is perfect for serving the family at your cabin or campsite and only $16.99
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These stainless steel mugs are perfect for the Disney camper! Available in stores or online for just $4.99
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These serving bowls would make a great addition to your camping gear. Just $14.99
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These beverage servers are great for your campsite! Just $9.99
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These Mickey themed food covers are too cute! Check them out here
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I really love these travel water bottles They are available in various adorable patterns for just $9.99
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The items listed above are just a few of the new Disney items at Target. Some stores will have these items and others will run out fast. I suggest you head there today! :) Or order online!




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