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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