Thursday, July 22, 2021

Pottery Awesomeness Summer Fun Box #KidFriendly

My kids received their https://www.potteryawesomeness.com/ Summer Fun Box in the mail! 

The Summer Fun Box contains a super cute ceramic ice cream bowl, mini pineapple and a palm tree. Plus paint, paint brushes and sealer. Each box is $34.95 (at checkout I was able to add on a second box for 25% off). Pottery Awesomeness offers monthly subscription boxes or just a one time box option. They also offer party boxes complete with all the supplies you need to host a painting party! https://www.potteryawesomeness.com/pages/party-packages

Time to get creative! 


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My kids really enjoyed their Summer Fun Box & they were so excited for the paint to dry so they could start using their new bowls! 





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Thursday, May 13, 2021

All About Our Recent Visit To Great Wolf Lodge

We recently visited https://www.greatwolf.com/williamsburg to celebrate my daughter's birthday! We had SO much fun! This was our first time to visit Great Wolf Lodge since Covid-19 began. We have been to Great Wolf Lodge multiple times pre-Covid. Not all of the activities were open such as no mini golf, no ropes course and no 3D simulator rides. However, all of the water park attractions were open (except for the hot tubs). The Magiquest was open and bowling was even open! Due to covid-19 Great Wolf Lodge requires guests to wear a mask in the resort, lobby, hallways, waterpark area. Once you are seated at a restaurant you may take your mask off. Once you are in your private room you may take your mask off. Once you are at the waterpark in your chair you may take your mask off. Masks are not required on the waterslides. 


We arrived at 1 pm and checked in to our kid cabin room. We were so thrilled that our room was available when we arrived (normal check in is 4 pm). We went to our room to check it out and put on our swimsuits. 
 

How cute is the kid cabin room?! The cabin included two sets of bunk beds and a tv
How cute is the mural on the wall inside the kid cabin?! 



Happy birthday Alexis!! 


The kids really loved the kid cabin room and our balcony had a cool view of the outdoor pool which was empty. After putting on our swimsuits we headed to the waterpark!! Woohoo!! 



This is in the main lobby

Here is the huge wave pool

Private cabanas are available to rent for the day. These are super nice and include a mini refrigerator, a table and 2 chairs, a sofa, a TV and a privacy curtain. I am planning to rent one of these on our next visit. 

After playing at the waterpark for about 5 hours we decided to pick up a pizza from Hungry As A Wolf. They have salads, pizzas, two liter sodas, garlic bread, etc. I believe we spent about $30 for a pizza, garlic bread and a soda. We took the food to our room to eat dinner. After dinner we had planned to do mini golf but we discovered it was closed. We turned on the fireplace in our room and watched a Disney movie instead. 

The next morning we went to the lobby and picked up Dunkin Donuts for breakfast and some coffee. Then we put on our swimsuits and packed up our stuff. Check out is 11 am. We headed to the water park and secured chairs. By the way, the chairs are very spaced out at the water park due to covid. This was nice because in the past the chairs had been super close together. We enjoyed the water slides, lazy river and wave pool.
Yummy donuts!! 

We grabbed lunch from inside the water park. They have a quick service restaurant called Buckets. They offer kids meals that include chicken nuggets, fries and a drink. They also serve burgers, chicken sandwiches, fruit cups, icees and sodas. 

Overall we had a great weekend getaway to Great Wolf Lodge! We really enjoyed the time together at the water park!! I'd highly recommend a getaway to Great Wolf Lodge!

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Saturday, May 1, 2021

How I Save Money For Our Vacations!

There are a lot of ways to save money for your family vacation. Today I am going to share with you my favorite FREE charts for staying motivated to save money! https://debtfreecharts.com/collections/free-charts offer many cute free printable charts. You can title them however you wish. If you are saving up for a Disney vacation then you could title the chart Disney Vacation. 



I really LOVE these adorable Disney themed savings trackers:
Here is a super cute Disneyland printable (cost $2.00) Disneyland Savings Tracker
Here is a super cute Disney printable (cost $1.50) Disney Savings Tracker

There are some great apps that are made specifically to help you budget money and save for special events such as a vacation. Here are some of my favorite budgeting apps: 

2. https://mint.intuit.com/ Mint is a free app that offers bill reminders, cash flow tracking and tools for budgeting. 
3. https://www.ramseysolutions.com/ramseyplus This is an app that has a fee but you can start out using a trial run. This is a very detailed app that takes time to set up however once it is set up it is SO convenient. I love this app!

If you are looking for ways to earn extra money to save for a family vacation here are some options:

  • Become an https://www.instacart.com/ personal shopper. Hours are flexible-You can literally decide which days of the week and what times you want to work. Perfect for busy parents who are looking for a weekend job or evening job. Great tips. 
  • Sign up to be an www.UberEats.com delivery driver. Earn great tips and flexible hours.
  • Dog sitting for neighbors and friends is a great way to earn extra cash
  • Babysitting is a great way to earn extra money also
  • Cleaning houses
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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

All About Our Condo At Club Wyndham Bonnet Creek #Disney

We love staying at Club Wyndham's Bonnet Creek Resort This beautiful resort is located on Disney's property and it is a quick drive to the parks. We rented a two bedroom condo with a full kitchen. There is a washer and dryer in the condo. We had a gorgeous view of the lake and the pool.

Here is the family room

Here is the kitchen (We were unpacking when I took this photo)

The kids bedroom had 2 queen size beds

The master bedroom had a king size bed with an attached bathroom

master bathroom

Gorgeous balcony view

We were in tower #4 


One of our favorite things about Bonnet Creek Resort is the many beautiful pools, waterslides and lazy river! My kids favorite pool is the "Pirate Ship" pool which has a very fun waterslide, pool bar and beach entry pool.

The "Pirate Ship" pool is also located just beside the restaurant Back Bay Bar & Grill

We brought our own tubes for the lazy river but if you forget to bring yours they do sell them directly at the pool and they have an air pump

Complimentary mini golf located at tower #3 at the resort


We loved the food from Back Bay Bar & Grill. We ordered the kids chicken fingers and fries and the grand nacho's for a snack by the pool. My kids loved the kids meals.

We also treated the kids to the brownie sundae from Back Bay Bar & Grill 

There are pool cabanas available to rent for the day. These include a mini fridge, 2 lounge chairs, 2 regular chairs, a flat screen TV and a privacy screen. The prices range but the week we were there (early March) prices were $110/day. We did not rent a cabana. There are tons of complimentary pool chairs.

Definitely try the mud slide from the pool bar! Perfect for an afternoon snack

We just love how beautiful Wyndham's Bonnet Creek is. This resort is gated and I felt very safe here. There are 6 towers and a beautiful trail around the lake. They have very nice gas grilling stations located at each tower for guests to use. There are also picnic tables. We ordered groceries from Publix and had them delivered directly to our tower by Instacart. We grilled one night and my husband said the grills were very clean and really nice.

We enjoyed the complimentary mini golf. Just make a reservation then head to the main tower to pick up the clubs. On Tuesdays they offer glow golf. They also offer outdoor family movies a few nights a week. 

This is such a great resort and ended up costing us much less than staying in a Disney "Villa". 

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Sunday, March 14, 2021

All About Our Day At Disney's Animal Kingdom #Disney

We spent the entire day at Animal Kingdom! We arrived at 8 am and we headed straight to Avatar Land. This is such a cool section of the park. The wait times were already at 45 minutes for Avatar Flight of Passage and the Na'Vi River Journey. We decided to ride Flight of Passage first. We absolutely loved this ride! It reminds me a little of Soarin' at Epcot. I highly recommend riding this. To describe the ride, you are virtually flying through Pandora on a banshee. Guests must be 44" or taller to ride. My daughter was able to ride even though she was in a boot.


The beautiful water fall outside of Avatar Flight of Passage





My kids really love the Kilamanjaro Safari ride! We saw many animals this time. The wait time was long though. We waited about 50 minutes for the safari at 11 am. 


We found the cutest cupcakes at Zuri's Sweet Shop in the Harambe Market. This is a great place to get some special treats to take home.

We explored Gorilla Falls after riding the Safari. My daughter loves hippo's and she was SO happy to finally see a hippo up close! Definitely plan to spend at least 30 minutes exploring Gorilla Falls. This was a really cool part of Animal Kingdom that we never knew existed on our previous visit a few years ago. 

My son was really excited to see a silverback gorilla. There are actually 5 of them living here however we only saw 2.

After exploring Gorilla Falls we headed to the Wildlife Express Train located at Rafiki's Planet Watch. This is a pretty cool open air train. It takes you to the Affection Station where children can pet many animals, learn about animals and even pick up a free coloring book.



Here is the Affection Section petting zoo. They have sinks located just outside of this area.

They offer daily complimentary drawing classes here at the Conservation Station!

There is a really high tech Veterinarian surgery center here where you can view live surgeries and procedures happening.

Next up we headed to Asia to ride Expedition Everest. The wait time was only 10 minutes!! We LOVE this roller coaster and we decided to ride it twice!! 

We had a nice afternoon snack at Tamu Tamu. Then we rode Dinosaur and explored Discovery Island. Animal Kingdom closed at 5 pm however if you hop in line for a ride by 4:55 they will allow you to ride. The gift shops do stay open much longer.

Be sure to snap some photos at the entrance to Animal Kingdom. They have a really cute photo area.

We had a great day at Animal Kingdom! I feel like it is one of the least crowded parks which makes it more enjoyable for me personally. We brought a soft cooler with our lunch and we ate in a nice shaded area in the Harambe Market. We purchased Dole Whips at Tamu Tamu and unfortunately they were extremely messy, sticky and dripping literally everywhere. We ended up throwing our daughter's away because it was just such a mess. I will stick to dole whips at Magic Kingdom from now on. Can't wait to return to Animal Kingdom. We LOVED the new Avatar Land and my kids said Avatar Flight of Passage was their favorite ride of the day. 

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