Thursday, November 5, 2020

All About The New Aldi Advent Calendars

The new Aldi holiday 2020 advent calendars just arrived in stores yesterday, November 4 and they are SO fun! There's literally an advent calendar for everyone in the family ya'll! Including your cat!! Yes you read that right, they have advent calendars for pets ya'll!! 

Cheese Advent Calendar 
24 days of imported mini cheeses
$14.99

Cat Advent Calendar 25 days of cat treats!
$5.89

Coffee Advent Calendar
Includes 24 Kcups
$9.99

Beer Advent Calendar 
$49.99
*Limit 2*

Hard Seltzer Advent Calendar 
Includes 24 8.5 oz cans 
$34.99

Wine Advent Calendar
Includes 24 187 m.L bottles
$69.99
*Limit 2* These are hard to find and sell out fast!




Paw Patrol Advent Calendar 
Includes 7 pups, 2 pup friends, 15 accessories
$19.99

Cars Advent Calendar
$16.99

Barbie Advent Calendar
Includes Barbie doll, clothes, accessories
$24.99

Disney Storybook Collection Advent Calendar
Includes 24 Disney books. There is also a Frozen themed calendar of books.
$9.99

Premium Chocolate Advent Calendar
$4.99

Chocolate Advent Calendars
$4.99

Advent Calendar Candle
$4.99

Be sure to head to your local Aldi soon because they Advent Calendars tend to sell out fast! 

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Monday, November 2, 2020

Disney Holiday #Giveaway

It's time for a Disney themed holiday giveaway ya'll!! I am SO excited to share with you that I am hosting a holiday giveaway! There will be not one but three winners selected!! Prizes include adorable Disney Christmas plate, Disney Store Santa Mickey Mouse Plush and one lucky winner will win the grand prize $50 Disney gift card! 
*Image Courtesy of Disney Store*
How cute is Santa Mickey Mouse?! One lucky winner will win this cutie! 

*Image Courtesy of Disney Store*
I just LOVE this adorable Minnie Mouse Christmas plate! One lucky winner will win this from shopdisney.com


To enter click the link below and follow the prompts. 
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Where To Start When Planning A Family Vacation

Many people ask me how long it takes me to plan our family vacations. Today I am going to share with ya'll some super easy ways to get started planning your own family vacation. If you are going somewhere you've been before such as your favorite beach then it should be really easy to get started planning. However, if you are going somewhere totally new that you've never been before then it is does take a lot more time to plan ahead and do some research on where you would like to stay. 

Vacation Planning Details

For starters, before I really dive into planning our family vacation I usually ask my three children this simple question: Where would you like to go for our next family vacation? I will usually give them 3 choices. I asked the kids if they would prefer to go on a cruise or Disney World and they chose a cruise!! Sadly, due to Coronavirus our cruise was cancelled this past May 2020. We ended up going to the beach. 

After you have decided on your destination I recommend doing some research. My favorite website to research are typically www.TripAdvisor.com. You can search your destination on their website and read many great reviews on hotels, restaurants, attractions, etc. Also you can see which hotels are ranked the best and see great photos. Tip: do not stay at hotel that is under construction. This can create many irritating obstacles such as loud noise, closed attractions, limited dining, etc. Tip: Check the resort's website to see if they are offering any promotions/special discounts.



Select your travel dates but before you actually book the resort check around on various websites to see if it is a lower cost to book directly on the resort website or on a third party site such as Expedia.com

Once your trip is actually booked put those dates on your calendar and be sure to let your work know asap. 

Now for the fun part---planning! I really enjoy planning out our family vacations. When we went to Oahu, Hawaii I spent about a month planning our vacation. I did a lot of research on fun family friendly places to visit in Hawaii. I also researched which area of Oahu we wanted to rent a condo at. We wanted to be within walking distance to restaurants, the beach and activities to avoid renting a car for the entire vacation. We knew we wanted a condo with a kitchen so we could avoid eating out every meal. We like having a full kitchen to cook meals and a full size refrigerator is always great when you have 5 people! Read all about our Hawaii adventures here


Just remember to allow time for actually relaxing on your vacation and of course budget for the vacation. I like to create a spreadsheet and budget each meal out, airfare, hotel/condo rental, spending money, activities money, etc. so I know somewhat what my vacation budget needs to be. 

Be sure to check out my post about packing for a roadtrip


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