Monday, December 28, 2015

Our "Lego" Christmas

Christmas Eve we sprinkled reindeer food on our lawn, left some delicious cookies out for Santa and were in bed by 10 pm. Usually Mom & Dad are up past midnight putting everything together, but this year was so nice and relaxing. The kids wanted Lego's and there was nothing to put together!! Score!

My 4 year old is a big time Sofia The First fan, she asked Santa for the Lego Duplo Sofia set

My 6 year old son asked Santa for the Lego City helicopter set

My 8 year old was really hoping for the Lego Friends horse stable and the Lego Friends books

Christmas morning I made the kids m&m pancakes after they checked out their goodies from Santa. Then we opened presents after breakfast. We like to space it out so they don't unwrap everything in 30 minutes. I let each child open a present then watch the others open their gifts. 

The day after Christmas we had "Christmas Round 2" with my husbands family. We had a marinated pork tenderloin with potatoes and I made my first bundt cake.

Our kids were sad to see the Elf go back to the North Pole but they had a blast finding him each morning. I think their favorite day was when our Elf was in the Barbie Dreamhouse having a date with Elsa. 

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and I wish you all a happy New Year!! 

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Busch Gardens Christmastown Review

Twas The Night is an amazing ice skating show that takes place each evening at 5:30, 7:30 and 9:30 pm It is a MUST see show! My kids said it was their favorite show at Busch Gardens Christmastown. Be sure to get there 20-30 minutes before show times to get a great seat. Tip-don't sit too close to the stage or you won't be able to see the special fireworks at the end. 

Santa's Workshop gets very busy, we headed there immediately once the park opened at 2:45. Tip-you can enter Busch Gardens at 2:00 but they do not open up anything except England. To get to Santa's workshop I would suggest waiting at the rope drop near the entrance to Italy so that once it is 2:45 you can head to Santa's Workshop to avoid a long wait time.

We purchased the Santa photo's which were a 6x8 size and cost $24 for two photos

There are 3 character meet n greet's at Busch Gardens Christmastown-Penguins, Santa and Frosty the Snowman The Penguin meet n greet is located near Trappers Smokehouse. They have the cutest penguin stuffed animals for sale here too. 

Frosty The Snowman meet n greet is located near the Peppermint Twist (near Roman Rapids area)

At night the park really looks amazing! There are lights galore and be sure to take a ride on the Choo Choo Train at night so you can see the whole park. 

The Clidesdale horses are available for photo's in England

The Polar Parkway is absolutely breathtaking! This is Escape From Pompei decorated with tons and tons of beautiful lights. 

This was one of my favorite Christmas Tree's at Christmastown! So beautiful! 

Busch Gardens Christmastown tickets cost $30 per person and I would recommend purchasing online to save time. There are many wonderful shows, my kids loved Twas The Night (ice skating show) and Scrooge (located inside in England). We also saw Gloria (indoor) which is located in Ireland. This tells the story of the birth of Jesus and is mostly singing. Jingle Bells is a really fun, kid friendly show located inside at Octoberfest. We brought our kids dinner in a soft sided cooler and let them eat during the show inside at Octoberfest. We purchased dinner from the buffet and ate during the show too. I love how Busch Gardens allows people to bring food and drinks in to the park. This really helps save money! 

Overall, I would highly recommend visiting Christmastown! It was a lot of fun. My kids were sad that the Sesame Street Forest of Fun was closed. They love that area. However, there are lots of kiddie rides open, the airplanes, bumper cars, balloon ride, peppermint twist, tea cups, train, sky ride, etc.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Disney Princess A Magical Pop-Up World Review + Giveaway

I recently received this amazingly beautiful pop up book from Insight Editions. I absolutely love this beautiful book! It is such a special Disney Princess book. I have never seen a more beautiful book. To really appreciate this book you have to see each page to really grasp just how detailed everything is. Check out this video clip from to see the book.

This collectible piece of Disney Princess magic spans eleven films and princesses, including fan-favorites such as Belle, Snow White, Ariel, and Rapunzel. Through twenty-seven pop-ups and transformative scenes, the key moments from these beloved films leap from the page, and the accompanying text makes this book a wonderful interactive reading experience that families will treasure.

Disney Princess: A Magical Pop-Up World by Matthew Reinhart 

The pages really come to life before your eyes! 

Pull the flaps to watch the Disney Princesses transform

This book is such a special keepsake, perfect for a special birthday or holiday gift

To purchase this amazing book visit Insight Editions website. This book is available for $65 however you can save 35% off your order with this special code: IEFRIENDS

Also, I am going to be giving away one copy to a very lucky reader! To enter the giveaway simply leave a comment on my Facebook, Instagram or this blog post. Winner must be a US resident. Winner will be chosen on Wednesday December 16th.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Christmas Is More Than Presents

As we begin to decorate for the quickly approaching holidays I want to remind everyone that Christmas is more than just presents. Spend quality time creating memories with your children that they will remember much longer than the presents under the tree. My children love looking at Christmas lights. We go at least once a week and check out neighborhood lights. Another fun holiday tradition for my family is when we bake cookies. Start a new holiday tradition by teaching your children the joy of giving to others. Donate your older coats that no longer fit to a local homeless shelter. Donate toys to a local church nursery or Goodwill. This year I am going to give my children the opportunity to choose a charity of their choice (from the one's listed below) and each child will get to personally pick their favorite charity to send a holiday donation to. 

Remember Christmas is more than presents

From my family to yours wishing you a Merry Christmas 

Below are some of the many wonderful charities you could donate a holiday gift to (or even volunteer your time):

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