Thursday, June 4, 2020

Pool Closed? Here Are Some Ways To Bring The Fun To Your Backyard

Trampoline Sprinkler $50 for hours of water fun on your trampoline! Easy to set up and your kids will love this! Great way to cool off a hot summer day.

Spinning Sprinkler from Amazon.com $15.99

*Image courtesy Amazon.com*

Inflatable Splash Pool For Toddlers This is great for little one's who want to cool off this summer. $25 on Amazon.com

*Image Courtesy Amazon.com*

Inflatable Swimming Pool $30 from Amazon.com This pool fits up to 7 people (including adults!) and it is easy to set up. Be sure to cover the pool nightly to prevent bugs and animals from enjoying the fun.

*Image courtesy Amazon.com*

Or you could always go big and get this amazing waterslide: Bounctech Inflatable climbing waterslide
for just $599 from Amazon.com

*Image courtesy Amazon.com*



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Friday, May 15, 2020

Super Cute #Disney Face Masks

It is looking like Disney World will be opening this summer and will more than likely require guests to wear a face mask. Fingers crossed the parks will open soon!! Disney Springs is opening May 20!! There will be a limited number of people allowed into Disney Springs during phase 1.

Here are some super cute Disney themed face masks from Etsy:
Disney Face Masks $8 - $10
Select the pattern you like and the size

There are some super cute face masks available for pre-order on DisneyStore.com There is a limit of 2 per guest.
They range in size from small, medium, large and they have some really adorable prints.
Medium – Disney Cloth Face Masks 4-Pack Set – Pre-Order
Image courtesy Disney Store

Small – Disney Princess and Frozen Cloth Face Masks 4-Pack Set – Pre-Order
Image courtesy Disney Store

When is your next Disney vacation? Do you plan to reschedule due to COVID-19?


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Saturday, April 25, 2020

My Daughter's Birthday Haul! #GiftGuide For A 13 Year Old



My daughter will be turning 13 in a few days!! I am going to share with ya'll what I got my daughter and I will also link everything down below. We had planned a really fun roller skating birthday party for my daughter with all of her friends but sadly due to coronavirus we had to cancel the birthday party. We are just having pizza and cake along with presents at our house with just immediate family members. We did promise my daughter she could have 5 of her closest friends over for a sleepover once our Governor 'opens' up our state....which could be August or even December for all we know. UGH.



Back to the gift guide!!! Almost all tween's love technology. So you simply can't go wrong with that. Airpods are super popular right now so if your tween doesn't own them go ahead and make their day by purchasing those! They start at $159 and you can find them at the Apple store, Target, Walmart or Amazon. The #1 gift that my daughter has been begging for is an iphone. She currently has a very cheap Android phone that we purchased from Target for $40 for Christmas two years ago so it is time for a phone upgrade. You can't go wrong with a new phone!! I also purchased her a Simply Southern tee shirt, a screen protector for her new phone and a new phone case. My daughter loves Pura Vida Bracelets so I purchased her a few of those. I also purchased her body spray and lotion in her favorite scents from Bath and Body Works and I purchased her some really fun color changing LED lights from Amazon. I also purchased her a super cute nail polish dryer from Target. 2 books because she loves reading. I got her the books One of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus and One Of Us Is Next (sequel). I am also planning to surprise her with giant gold balloons of number 13 when she wakes up. Follow along on my Instagram to see the big day!

LED strip lights for her bedroom (they can change color with a remote)

Nail Dryer from Target (Found in the girls clothing section where they have a cute set up with bath bombs, hair brushes, nail stuff, etc.)


Links:
LED strip lights
PuraVida bracelets
iphone XR
Simply Southern
Bath and Body Works Happy Birthday Bag
One Of Us Is Lying
Nail Dryer

Some other really fun gifts you could get for a 13 year old girl include:
glitter laptop sleeve
Pop Sockets
ipod touch
Flamingo Pink Fujifilm Instax Camera
Lululemon pants
Starbucks 2020 Summer tumbler

Sunday, March 15, 2020

No School? Stuck Inside? Super easy & fun crafts, STEAM toys, etc for your kids #Indoorplay

While everyone is stuck at home during the quarantine I thought I would share some fun and easy activities that you can do with your children.

Mosaic Butterfly Stepping Stone $7.99


*Image Credit Amazon*

Melissa & Doug Figurines Craft Kit $7 This is a great deal, perfect for the whole family. Set includes 3 animals to paint, paint and paint brushes

*Image Courtesy Amazon*

Paint Your Own Birdhouse  $27.99 for a 3 pack This is a favorite activity for my children!

*Image Courtesy Amazon*

Brain Flakes $13.98 This is a great STEAM toy for boys and girls. This will keep them busy for a while!! My kids begged me to purchase these for them after using them in their school STEAM classroom.

*Image Courtesy Amazon*

WikkiStix triple pack $15.99 These are so fun! I even love to play with these!!

*Image Courtesy Amazon*

KNEX Building Set $27.50 Perfect for ages 7 -12. My son is 10 and he loves building with KNEX.

*Image Courtesy Amazon*

Be sure to check out my Pinterest page for even more fun activities for your kids.

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Friday, March 6, 2020

Should You Cancel Your Upcoming Vacation Due To #Coronavirus

Today we are going to talk about the infamous Coronavirus and whether or not you should consider cancelling an upcoming vacation. There are many things to consider and you should make the decision that is best for your family. I am not giving medical advice, simply my opinion.

As a Mom to 3 children and an avid cruise lover who has a cruise booked in less than 2 months I myself am considering whether or not I should cancel our upcoming Royal Caribbean cruise. We are loyal to Royal and really do not want to cancel. We have had a cruise booked for a few months now and we are all super excited about it. Cruising is just so relaxing for everyone in the family and my absolute favorite thing about cruising is the fact that I don't have to cook for 7 straight days ya'll!!! We get waited on at every meal plus the beautiful ocean views can't be beat.

That being said, I consider myself and my family to be in great health and we take our daily vitamins plus vitamin C now. I am honestly not considering cancelling my families upcoming cruise due to the coronavirus scare.  Until today my cruise was non refundable so I was pretty much committed to going for the simple fact that we could not get a refund if we were to cancel. However, that all changed this afternoon when I read on the Royal Caribbean Blog that Royal Caribbean is now changing their cancellation policy. Now you may cancel up to 48 hours prior to your sailing and receive a credit towards a future cruise! This is great news for people who want to sail but just don't know what the future will hold. The way I see it is, coronavirus could fizzle away once the weather turns warmer and it could be old news by the end of April. If that is the case then I would feel totally confident taking our cruise. Many cruise lines have increased their cleaning and taken precautionary measures to prevent the spread of germs. I also pack Lysol and spray and wipe down our stateroom (telephone, light switches, remotes, door knobs, the counters, etc). I also always, always, always pack plenty of wipes and hand sanitizer. I was doing this before the coronavirus was even a thing ya'll. My husband used to laugh at me about it. Now he gets it!!


                          Myself and my kiddies when cruised on Oasis of the Seas back in 2017

So let's say you end up cancelling or rescheduling your cruise or vacation. You will feel better about not traveling and potentially putting your family at risk of getting sick. However, you could still get coronavirus just by going out and about to the grocery store, movie theater, riding the metro, etc. So you really need to consider if it is worth cancelling.....There are some cons to cancelling your vacation, such as you may loose your deposit depending on which cruise line you are booked with. Also you and your family will face disappointment of not being able to take that vacation (sad face).

Overall, you have to make the best decision for your family. Talk to your family doctor about it if you are unsure. Do some research on your own. Check out the islands your cruise is stopping at and see if they have had any coronavirus cases.

If you are counting down the days until your cruise like I am be sure to visit my must have items for a cruise blog post. Leave me a comment and let me know when is your next cruise?

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Sunday, February 23, 2020

Online Homeschool Anatomy Curriculum

I know a lot of my awesome readers are homeschool Mom's. I am so excited to share with ya'll this
amazing class!!!
This post is sponsored by College Prep Science. Copyright 2020 by Greg Landry
Greg Landry’s online homeschool Anatomy & Physiology Curriculum Class offers a full year
(two-semester) option for 9th – 12th grade homeschooled students and a half school year (one semester)
options for 6th – 9th grade homeschooled students.


Professor Landry is a former college professor – he designed and ran a gross anatomy (cadaver) lab for
junior-level pre-med college students. Over the past 20+ years, he has taught science to thousands of
homeschooled students. His students love his online classes that are filled with teaching and stories from
the trenches (cadaver tanks) that make anatomy and physiology come to life! The classes cover the
anatomy and physiology of all human systems plus the insight that can only come from working with
cadavers. His online classes also include time in his virtual anatomy and physiology lab to perform
experiments and write lab reports.


Anatomy and physiology is interesting to most students because they’re learning about themselves but
it tends to most interesting to students who are leaning towards fields such as: medicine (medical doctor),
nursing, athletic training, chiropractic, physician’s assistant, pharmacy, nurse practitioner, exercise
science, massage therapy, sports medicine, physical therapy, etc. Professor Landry believes that studying
human anatomy and physiology is illuminating God’s Creation and that it reveals His glory.
- Human Anatomy & Physiology (9th-12th) - Two Semester Class
- Pre-Anatomy & Physiology (6th-9th) - One Semester Class
In the words of a homeschool parent…
"Greg, ...what you did for our daughter will have far-reaching effects. You showed her that learning
can be enjoyable..."
Thankful in Indiana
Jim H.
Professor Landry also offers homeschool anatomy and physiology/biology in-person two-day lab
intensives at 15 locations throughout the U.S. These intensives enable students to complete a full year of
anatomy and physiology/biology labs in just two days – while enjoying the process!
Homeschool dad, scientist, and former college professor, Greg Landry, offers live, online homeschool science classes, Homeschool ACT Prep Bootcamp, the Homeschool Mom’s Science Podcast, in-person two-day science lab intensives nationwide, freebies for homeschool moms, and student-produced homeschool print publications.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Join My New #Disney Planning Group


Are you planning a Disney vacation? Feeling overwhelmed? Not sure where to start? Unsure where to dine and which character meal and time to select? Not sure which Disney resort will be the best fit for your family? Join my new VIP Disney Planning Group!! One time joining fee of $25


Each week we will discuss a variety of topics ranging from how to select Disney FP+ to which Disney resort is the best fit for your family. You can ask questions in the VIP group and they will be answered by me. Debating staying on or off property at Disney? I will share my favorite off property locations.

The VIP Disney Planning Group will help you with your Disney vacation planning and help you to have the most magical vacation! Grab a cup of coffee and hop on Facebook and start your planning in the VIP Disney Planning Group. Best of all, there will be monthly giveaways!!



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Sunday, February 2, 2020

Valentine's Day DIY Sensory Bin + #Slime Recipe

Valentine's Day is in less than 2 weeks ya'll!! Head over to my Pinterest Valentine's board for tons of creative crafts for your little's and fun recipes. 

For toddlers:
Make a Valentine's Day sensory bin. Grab a plastic bin and fill with fun!

Purchase 1 -2 pounds of white rice. Dye the rice red or pink. Fill the bin with the rice.  OR you could use dried beans or sand (messier route) Add plastic hearts (nothing too small that your toddler could choke on). Also add fun objects like a measuring cup, a plastic spoon, bowl, etc.
Image result for valentine sensory bin
*Image courtesy the Inspired Home*

A fun DIY craft for kids for Valentine's Day:

Super fun Valentine SLIME
You and your kids will LOVE making this easy DIY Valentine's Day Slime project. This fun craft makes a great party favor too!
*Image courtesy The Farm Girl Gabs*

Recipe Ingredients:
Clear Elmer's Glue
Borax Powder
Heart confetti glitter
Pink ultra fine glitter
Water

For the step by step instructions head over to the https://thefarmgirlgabs.com/valentines-day-slime/


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Sunday, January 26, 2020

My #Fabletics Package + VIP Membership Review



I wanted to share with ya'll my recent Fabletics order. I joined as a VIP to get the absolute best price possible. As a VIP member you score great deals and you get free shipping for orders over $49. I love the fun prints for the leggings and sports bras. The fabric is so smooth and soft.

I ordered the high-waisted powerhold capri in camo. I LOVE this pattern!! They cost $84 but if you become a VIP member it will cost $54.

I also ordered this super cute black tank top. It is the Delta Seamlesss Tank III and cost $44.95. But if you become a VIP member it will cost $34.95


It is $59 but if you join as a VIP like I did you will get it for $22

I would have spent over $250 on my order if I had not become a VIP. Since I did join and become a VIP I spent less than $60 for 2 pairs of leggings, 1 sports bra and a black workout tank top!! 

About the VIP program
New VIP member exclusives
Receive low discounted pricing
Early access to new launches
Place a monthly order by the 5th of each month
You can skip a month if you want but you must log in and choose the skip option
Earn points, rewards & gear
Cancel at anytime (no contract)




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Sunday, January 19, 2020

Enter To Win A $200 #Disney Gift Card

It is my birthday weekend and I am super excited to share with ya'll a BIG announcement!!



It is my birthday weekend and to celebrate I am giving away a $200 DISNEY Gift Card to one lucky winner!!!

To enter to win simply follow me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DisneywithKids and follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/everydayadventureswithkids/

Comment below that you entered and leave your Twitter name/Instagram account and email

*Giveaway winner must 18 or older and live in the USA* *Winner will be selected February 1st*


Saturday, January 11, 2020

Week 2: Getting Organized: Pantry

Welcome to week 2 of getting organized on a budget: PANTRY

The pantry can tend to be a neglected, unorganized space. However, today I am going to share with you a few easy tips on how to organize your pantry on a budget. You will be able to turn your pantry into a functioning, organized space. If you don't want to spend any money on organizing supplies no worries!

For less than $125 you can purchase the following items from Amazon and turn your pantry into an organized space.

Teyyvn Plastic Storage Basket, 10.03" x 7.59" x 4.09", Pack of 6, Gray     Bellemain Spice Gripper Clip Strips for Plastic Jars - Set of 3, Holds 12 Jars

Pack of 6 baskets from Amazon                                       Spice Gripper Strips for plastic spice jars                                                                                                   Set of 3, holds 12 jars
$18.99                                                                                $7.95

Simple Houseware CO-001-1 Kitchen Tool, 1-(Pack), Chrome   
Store up to 36 cans in this stackable organizer
$20.97
Amazon

DII Natural Water Hyacinth Storage Basket with Handles, Beige
Storage Baskets (Set of 5) 
Includes 2 small baskets, 2 medium baskets and 1 X large basket.
$49.99 Amazon

Cereal Container Food Storage Containers, Blingco Set of 8 (2.5L/85oz) Airtight Dry Food Storage Containers with Lids - BPA Free Plastic for Flour, Sugar, Cereal and Pantry Storage Containers
Airtight Food Storage Containers Set of 8
Perfect for pasta's, cereals, flour, sugar, etc.
$23.99
Amazon

Start by removing all items from your pantry. Make a pile of items that are expired and need to be thrown away. Make another pile of items you no longer use, these can be donated. Make a final pile of items you do want to keep.



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Sunday, January 5, 2020

Tips For Staying Healthy This Winter


  • Wash your children's bookbags every few weeks
  • Wipe down your children's lunchboxes and spray with Lysol (Did you know some lunchboxes can be machine washed?!)
  • Encourage your children to wash hands frequently at school
  • Send wipes in their lunchboxes
  • Keep hand sanitizer in your car
  • Load up on Vitamin C (chewables are great)
  • If you're not already taking a daily Vitamin now is a great time to start
  • Wipe down kitchen tables and counter tops frequently
  • Avoid sharing drinks/foods
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Clean bathroom countertops with bleach
  • Wash children's clothing in warm water (Did you know Lysol makes laundry detergent?!)
  • Lysol detergent  is available at Walmart for only $5.97
  • Elderberry Gummies for kids are wonderful for boosting your kids immunity!!



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Thursday, January 2, 2020

Free Dining Plan Is Back For #Disney World!


EXTREMELY LIMITED

Walt Disney World is offering Free dining plans when you purchase a non-discounted 5 night/6 day vacation package that includes a room at a select Disney resort hotel and a ticket with park hopper option. Book now through January 16, 2020 for arrivals most nights June 27 through 28, July 5 through July 7 and August 29 through September 8, 2020. Receive the Disney Quick Service meal plan with Value and Moderate Resort hotel packages and Disney Dining plan when you stay at a Deluxe and Deluxe Villa resort. 

Contact me at sarah@pixieandpiratedestinations.com for a free no obligation quote.  If these dates don’t work, Disney is also offering a Room discount for select Walt Disney World resorts for most nights Jan 2 through April 25, 2020.   Booking through March 7, 2020

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Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Week 1 of Getting Organized: My Favorite Cleaning Products

Welcome to week 1 of getting organized: CLEANING ADDITION! I hope you had a great New Year's Eve and I hope you are refreshed and ready to set your goals. I am going to share with you some of my favorite ways to kick start the new year and get organized.

I always like to start the new year out with a clean house. This includes clean sheets, towels, bathroom floor mats, etc. I usually dedicate the first weekend of January to cleaning the house. I have each of my 3 children change their sheets on their bed (we try to do this every 2-3 weeks). I also wash their comforters and blankets. Then I wash all of our bathroom towels. It is so nice to start the new year out with a clean house. I don't know about you, but I feel super accomplished after this weekend deep clean.

My favorite cleaning products:
     
Method All-Purpose Cleaner                    Method Daily Granite Cleaner
Great for kitchen countertops,                      $7.39
kitchen tables, etc.
$3.99
*Paraben free*                                            *Paraben free*
*Hypoallergenic*                                        *Hypoallergenic*
*BPA free*                                                  *BPA free*
*Made in the USA*                                     *Made in the USA*

                                          
Method Daily Steel Cleaner                     Method Glass + Surface Cleaner
Great for stainless steel appliances              $3.99
$4.99
*Paraben free*                                       
*Hypoallergenic*                                 
*BPA free*
*Made in the USA*


Microfiber All-Purpose Cloth                              Method Anibac bathroom Cleaner
Set of 3 $9.95                                                          $2.99
Great for dusting, cleaning electronics, etc.             *Paraben free*
                                                                                *Hypoallergenic*
                                                                                 *Made in the USA*

E-Cloth Kitchen Pack
$14.99
These are amazing! My favorite 'go to' cleaning towel. Perfect for kitchen counter tops, spills, etc. Chemical free cleaning, just add water. Proven to remove 99% of bacteria from hard surfaces with just water!

You can find all of my favorite cleaning products at most major retailers. Or you can sign up for monthly cleaning supplies from Grove. Click the link below to join and get a free home bundle with your purchase of $20 from Grove. You can find all of my favorite cleaning products on the Grove's website.



Next up I would recommend washing your kids lunchboxes, book bags, jackets, gloves, etc. to wash off all of those icky school germs. If your child's lunchbox is not washing machine safe just spray it and wipe down the inside.

Next, to get organized I try to make a list of all of my goals, both short term and long term. Go ahead and complete the goals below. Feel free to print this out, hang it somewhere you will see on a daily basis.




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