Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Kid Friendly New Years Eve Activities

It is hard to believe it is almost time to ring in a New Year! As my children get older each year they beg to stay up later and later. I try to have a fun evening to include them in New Years Eve celebrations. We start the night out by having a fun family friendly game of Disney Princess Candy Land followed by ice cream sundae bar. I put toppings out and let them decorate their ice cream with M&M's, sprinkles, chocolate syrup, gummy worms, etc.

Kid friendly NYE activites:

  • Ice Cream Sundae Bar
  • Board Games
  • Make Resolutions Together
  • Make Your Own Noise Maker
  • Create A Fun Time Capsule Using A Shoebox or Two Liter Bottle
  • Make A Countdown Clock
  • Have A Balloon Drop At Midnight
Serve a fun and festive milk and cookies snack (Use plastic flutes from a party store)

Make some creative "mocktails" for your children. Let them help create them, use apple juice or sprite and add fun candy to the drink. Here is a really great website with lots of fun kid friendly mocktails for kids

Kids love to get creative and what better time than New Years Eve to make a family time capsule?! It is very easy to create using a shoe box or two liter bottle. You can fill the time capsule with a few momento's from the year, such as Disney theme park tickets, photo's, movie ticket stubs, etc. Or you could even download this free time capsule printable

Include the kids and complete these awesome New Years Resolutions together. 

Whatever you do on New Years Eve make sure it is something fun and simple. Your kids will enjoy spending special time together as a family. Don't stress over trying to make the perfect New Years celebration, it's all about fun. 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Great Day Trips From Orlando

Many people visit Orlando Florida each year for their families vacation. After going to the theme parks it is always fun to take a few days 'off' from the parks and just relax by the pool. I am going to share with you some great day trips for the whole family. Just a few hours drive from Orlando or even less and you can be at one of Florida's beautiful beaches such as Cocoa Beach, FloridaCocoa Beach is often referred to as the "Disney Beach" because it is just a short drive from Orlando. Also, Disney Cruises depart from the port at Port Canaveral which is nearby to Cocoa Beach.

Another great day trip from Orlando is St. Augustine, Florida. It is a two hour drive from Orlando Florida but totally worth the drive. My family visited St. Augustine, Florida last year and we absolutely loved it! There is a lot of fun stuff to see and do, especially for children. My children loved the Pirate Museum and exploring the fort Castillo De San Marcos. Castillo De San Marcos fort is awesome and we spent about two hours exploring everything, watching the re enactments and they even have working cannon's! The admission prices are just $7 for adults and children under 16 years old are free.

Inside the Castillo De San Marcos Fort

St. Augustine offers so much to do, you can take a guided tour on a horse drawn carriage

For more information on things to do in St. Augustine visit this great website

Another fun day trip would be to visit LegoLand Florida. My children loved Legoland Florida. We spent the whole day there and wished that we had more time to visit for two days. It is about a 45 minute drive from Orlando. Be sure to read my review on Legoland Florida

Another great day trip from Orlando is the Kennedy Space Center located in Cape Canaveral Florida. Ticket prices vary. There are several tours offered and you can even have lunch with an astronaut for just $29.99 per adult! 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Our Christmas Traditions

In just 9 days YES NINE DAYS!!! it will be Christmas! I have spent months getting ready for this, with three children under 7 years old Christmas can be an expensive, busy and hectic time so I try to plan ahead and start Christmas shopping in mid October. This year my oldest daughter has asked for the Frozen Karaoke machine and a Barbie Dream House from Santa. My 5 year old little boy has asked for a guitar and dinosaurs. He is the easiest to buy presents for because he loves just about anything. I love how his list is so simple consisting of two items. Literally two items! My 3 year old little girl has asked Santa for quite a long detailed list of items, including a pink Pottery Barn Kids chair, Sophia the First sleeping bag, pink lego's, pink glitter shoes, Leap Frog Tag pen, Leapster games, etc.

Fun Traditions: Baking Christmas Cookies

I try to get the children involved and let them help with baking cookies

As far as our Christmas traditions go, we typically put the artificial Christmas tree up on Thanksgiving Day. We decorate it together as a family watching the Macy's Thanksgiving parade on tv. Then each weekend in December we drive around and look at Christmas lights and decorations. This year we even had breakfast at the local YMCA with Santa. It was a huge hit and my children enjoyed creating picture frames too.

Santa Visit is another fun Christmas tradition for our family

What are some of your families Christmas traditions?

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Best Photo Spots At Magic Kingdom

Welcome to those of you joining me from I Am A Mommy Nerd and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 2nd stop on our Magical Blogorail.

There are so many wonderful family photo spots located throughout ALL of the Disney theme parks. A few of my favorite photo spots in Magic Kingdom are located along Main Street. When I think of Disney World I always think of Main Street and the fun bright colorful storefronts. I love having family photo's taken on Main Street with Cinderella's Castle in the background.

 Another great family photo spot at Magic Kingdom is located directly in front of the classic Walt Disney statue with Cinderella's Castle in the background. This is one of my favorite photo's:

As you enter Magic Kingdom you can't miss this beautiful Mickey shaped flower arrangement. This is THE cutest family photo spot. Perfect for your family scrapbook, picture frames, etc. 

Located in front of the carousel in Magic Kingdom you will see the iconic Sword In The Stone. This is such a cute photo spot for children, they can pretend to pull the sword out of the stone. And did you know that occasionally someone actually does magically pull the sword out?!

Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Disney Mamas

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:

1st Stop ~ I Am a Mommy Nerd - Snow White Grotto at Disneyland
2nd Stop ~ Disney with Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers - Best Photo Spots at Magic Kingdom
3rd Stop ~ Disney Mamas - Favorite Disney Photo Spots
Final Stop ~ Sparks of Magic - Capturing Memories At Disneyland

Friday, December 5, 2014

Enchanted Tales With Belle Review

Enchanted Tales With Belle includes an up close and personal memorable meetngreet experience for the whole family! Located in the new Fantasyland section of Magic Kingdom. I would highly recommend a Fast Pass for this attraction as the line can be quite long. Children are each given a special part to play in this theatre like production. 

Have your camera ready as your child will be selected to play a special part in the 'tale'

My kids really enjoyed this interactive meetngreet turned show

Belle gives each child a special keepsake bookmark. 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Epcot Kidcot Fun Stops Review

What is a Kidcot fun stop??

The Kidcot fun stops are located throughout the World Showcase. They are a great place to cool off, color and learn about the 11 different countries. Children will receive a cardboard Duffy to color on, place stickers on and they can use this to collect the 11 different stamps from each country.

You can purchase a World Showcase Passport  and collect the stamps from the different countries. There is even space in the back of the passport where your children can collect autographs.

Where to Find Kidcot Fun Stops
  • Mexico Pavilion (near Animales Fantasticos)
  • Norway Pavilion (at The Puffin’s Roost)
  • China Pavilion (near the exit of Reflections of China)
  • Germany Pavilion (at Volkunst)
  • Italy Pavilion (outside, near La Bottega Italiana)
  • American Adventure Pavilion (outside, near Heritage Manor Gifts)
  • Japan Pavilion (in the Bijutsu-kan Gallery)
  • Morocco Pavilion (at the Marketplace in the Medina)
  • France Pavilion (at Souvenirs de France)
  • United Kingdom Pavilion (at The Toy Soldier)
  • Canada Pavilion (at the exit of O Canada!)
my son at the China Kidcot Fun Stop

my children enjoyed collecting the different stamps from each country on their Duffy bears!

Overall I found this to be a fun educational activity and I would recommend doing it with your children. My children love to look back over the signatures and phrases written on their Duffy bears and it is a fun keepsake item.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Little Mermaid On Broadway

Welcome to those of you joining me from I Am A Mommy Nerd and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 4th stop on our Magical Blogorail.

The Little Mermaid has always been my favorite Disney movie and I have always wanted to see Little Mermaid live on Broadway. Unfortunately the production ended in 2012, however I have read the reviews and it is supposed to be one amazing production and I am holding out hope that it will return to Broadway! I hope to visit New York City in a few years when my little's are older. One of my "must see" items on my list is attend a Disney production on Broadway. Here is the Broadway website with information on the Little Mermaid show.

The Broadway show consists of multiple scenes from the original movie The Little Mermaid. One of my favorite parts from The Little Mermaid is the scene in which Ursala begins to take Ariel's voice. The show was two hours and thirty minutes. You can view clips on You Tube from the actual Broadway show if you are like me and love all things Little Mermaid :)

Voyage of the Little Mermaid at Disney's Hollywood Studio's is one of my favorite shows in all of Disney World. I can only imagine how amazing Little Mermaid live on Broadway was.

Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Saving Up For Disney.

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:

1st Stop ~ Disney Mamas - The Magic Of Disney's Beauty and The Beast On Broadway
2nd Stop ~ Capturing Magical Memories - Into The Woods
3rd Stop ~ I Am a Mommy Nerd - Mary Poppins On Broadway
4th Stop ~ Disney with Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers - The Little Mermaid
Final Stop ~ Saving Up for Disney - Aladdin

Monday, November 17, 2014

Elf On The Shelf 101

You have probably heard of the Elf On The Shelf by now. If not, I am going to give you all the basics when it comes to the super popular Elf.

What is the Elf?
The Elf on the Shelf is a Christmas tradition, on the first day of December the Elf makes his appearance in your home. Your children can name your Elf and you can read the super cute book to your children. The book explains most everything on a level your children will understand. Basically, you and your children can not touch the Elf or he will loose his magical powers. He reports daily to the North Pole and tells Santa if your children have been naughty or nice.

Where can you find the Elf?
You can find the Elf online at http://www.elfontheshelf.com/ or if you are heading to the store you can most likely find it at any big box retailer such as Target or Walmart. Barnes & Noble sells the Elf on the Shelf and many of the cute accessories.

Target has a huge selection of Elf on the Shelf items, even super cute unisex pajamas for just $12

I love the super cute Elf on the Shelf gift bags at Target

Wait, the Elf has accessories? 
Of course! For starters, when you purchase your Elf on the Shelf you can decide if you want a boy or a girl (or both!). You can choose to dress your Elf in a super cute leather jacket, game day jersey or even a satin tiered skirt. Next you can decide if you want your Elf to have a pet. New this year, Elf Pets which includes an adorable soft reindeer. There's even a DVD about the Elf called The Elf's Story. My children love this DVD. Each year we add on to our Elf On The Shelf collection. Last year we also purchased the Elf on the Shelf Christmas ornament. This year they have added a super cute coloring book, board book with sounds for little children and even a set of 4 Elf Figurines. The brand is really growing and it is just getting cuter and cuter. It is hard to resist!

How much does the Elf cost?
The Elf on the Shelf costs $29.95 and this includes the hard cover book and Elf. The Elf Pet reindeer costs $19.95 and the clothes cost $6.95 each. Target has Elf on the Shelf gift bags, wrapping paper, baking set with Elf apron and an apron for a child.

What does the Elf do?
Each day the Elf reports back to the North Pole and tells Santa if the children have been naughty or nice. Parents can have fun with the Elf and make him do funny, silly, crazy, naughty things each morning the children will have a blast trying to find the Elf and what he is up to. Here's a few example's of what our Elf was up to last Christmas.

having a picnic

Captured by the army men

sneaking into Mommy's wine!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Top 10 Christmas Gifts For Kids Under 8 Years Old

Top 10 Christmas Gifts For Kids Under 8 Years Old

  1. Disney's Sofia The First Royal Prep Academy $79.99
  2. Doc McStuffins Get Better Talking Mobile $44.99
  3. Zoomer The Dino $79.99
  4. Remote Control Monster Jam Truck $69.99
  5. Frozen Disco Dance Party Karaoke Machine with Light $79.99 
  6. Frozen Vanity $49.99 
  7. My Little Pony Princess Twilight Sparkle's Friendship Rainbow Kingdom $34.99 
  8. Lego Duplo Big Farm $59.99
  9. Lego Disney Princess Cinderella's Romantic Castle $59.99
  10. Razor Scooter $38.99 
*Photos credit Target, ToysRUS and Lego* 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

My Little Birthday Boy Turns 5

It is so hard to believe that it has already been 5 years since my little guy was born!! Time surely is flying by. I wanted to share with my readers a few photo's from my son Hunter's recent birthday. Birthday boy woke up and immediately wanted to open his presents. He loves pirate's and he is learning how to write his name in preschool so I thought a personalized pirate themed book would be such a perfect gift for him. I found this adorable personalized book called My Very Own Pirate Tale from I See Me! They offer a variety of adorable personalized children's books for both boys and girls. These make such unique gifts. Let me tell you, as soon as he saw his photo in the front of the book he went nuts! "Mommy that's ME!" he shouted. Then I told him to keep looking through the book and then he discovered the letter's on each page spelling out his name! He thought this was SO awesome. He also received a personalized pirate bandana with the book. It is the cutest thing ever! He loves planes, trains and firetrucks and when I saw the personalized stickers on the I See Me! website I knew I had to get them! The stickers are available for girls or boys and they are so cute. 

Birthday boy with his new personalized book from I See Me!

He loved his personalized stickers too!! 

Birthday boy had a party with his preschool friends at Monkey Joe's

Look who came to his party?! A Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle! 

With the holidays approaching quickly I wanted to share with you this awesome special that I See Me! is offering: FREE shipping!

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Friday, November 7, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide 2014---Win A Personalized Book from I See Me!

Giveaway hosted by Tales From A Southern Mom and Mommy by Nurture Sponsored by I See Me!
M Is For Me is a darling book that incorporates your child’s name and first letter in to the background of the colorful and beautifully illustrated book. You go through the alphabet with a word or phrase using each letter. The letter corresponding to your child’s name will highlight them! A great personalized name book for children learning to read and even those who just enjoy the bright colors and artwork. 074-1024x682 With this specific book you can choose from a few colors for the cover, the name, and on the inside add a short personalized message and even a photo! I See Me, Inc not only has this book but also fairy tales, holiday books, new baby books, lunch boxes, and so much more! You can read the full review HERE! Enter Below, Good Luck and Happy Holidays!
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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Hallmark Ornaments Review + Giveaway

Look what I got in the mail from Hallmark! Have you seen the new Dreambook with the 2014 Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments?! If you haven't, you can pick up your very own copy at any Hallmark store. These Dreambooks are free and include over 80 beautiful color pages with photos of all of the Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments. 

My Christmas tree overflows with beautiful, adorable and one of a kind Hallmark ornaments. It is a tradition in my family for each child to pick out a special Hallmark Keepsake ornament each Christmas. My children each have their own Christmas tree in their bedrooms, they decorate their own tree's with their special Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments that they pick out each year. My son's little tree is a Disney themed tree complete with Buzz Lightyear, Lightening McQueen, Mickey Mouse and Pooh Bear ornaments. The family Christmas tree is in our family room and it is decked out with Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments from when I was a child. Each year my parents bought me a special ornament and let me tell you, what a fun stroll down memory lane it is when I am decorating the tree. 

A look back on Christmas 2011

One of my most treasured Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments-this adorable snowman wearing mouse ears :)

Our family tree

One lucky winner will win this ornament:

Counting down already....53 days until Christmas!!

The new Christmas Countdown ornament is just so adorable! I love this adorable Santa riding the train and my kids love that it counts down! What a great way to get everyone excited for Christmas! 

One lucky winner will win this ornament:

This adorable Mickey Mouse ornament is part of a series from classic animated films. You can purchase this in stores or online for just $12.95

Onlucky winner will withiornament:

Every princess loves Sophia! This adorable Keepsake Ornament is available now in stores or online for just $14.95

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