Thursday, February 28, 2019

Must Pack Items For Flying With Kids #Familytravel


Flying with kids can be super stressful. I am in the process of packing and preparing for our spring break vacation. I am going to share with ya'll some of the must have items that you should pack for your kids if you are flying. 
  • Favorite blanket
  • Small travel size pillow or neck pillow
  • Clipboard and blank paper for drawing
  • Activity book (purchase a few new one's from Target or Barnes & Noble
  • Coloring books
  • Pencil case 
  • Colored pencils
  • small hand held pencil sharpener
  • crayons or markers
  • Ipad 
  • Nintendo DS
  • Headphones
  • Snacks
  • Empty thermos
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Wipes
  • Books
  • Play-Doh
  • Small travel size board game (Uno, Go Fish, travel checkers, Battleship, etc.)
  • Gum to chew for take off/landing



For starters, have each child empty their bookbag. Be sure the bookbag is not the smallest one they own. I really love the bookbags with the water bottle holders. These make great travel bags. Once the bookbag is empty start out by having your child put their favorite blanket in first. Then add in some activity books, coloring books, clipboards, paper and a pencil case filled with some colored pencils, a sharpener, crayons or markers (markers tend to be messier imo). Add the empty thermos to the side pocket. This will come in handy after you have gone through the TSA checkpoint. You can then fill the thermos with either water or juice for the plane ride. Keep the hand sanitizer and wipes in the front pocket of the bookbag so that they can be easily reached. 

The play-Doh is great for children ages 3-10. This will give them something to play with and provides a somewhat mess free creative outlet. You could even bring a few Play-Doh accessories if you like. 

The travel size board games are wonderful for both the plane ride, the layover and for the actual vacation. I'm sure you will have some down time and your kids will enjoy spending time playing a few games with you. 

Snacks! This is one of the most important must have item!! Don't forget the snacks!! My kids favorite snacks include: Goldfish, Pringles, Cheeze Its,  Raisins, bananas, peanut butter crackers, etc. Just pack more than you would normally pack. The longer the flight the more snacks you should pack. If your flight is 5+ hours I would recommend packing at least 1 giant box of the Goldfish! You never know when there could be a flight delay. 
Try to avoid messy snacks. 

Electronics
It is so important to pack your kids favorite electronics. This will be your best friend during a flight. Don't always count on the tiny tv in the seat to provide entertainment. Sometimes the tv's aren't working or not every seat may have a tv. Pack your personal electronics. They will come in handy during layovers, car rides, Uber rides, dinner, etc. Ipad, Nintendo DS, Leapster, etc. Don't forget the headphones!! 

Happy kids = stressfree flights!

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

All About My #Springbreak In #Hawaii


Spring Break is coming soon and I'm super excited because this year my family is going to Hawaii! I'm going to share with ya'll some must see attractions in Oahu. After our vacation I will post a full review on each of the activities listed below. Be sure you are following me on Instagram because I will be posting lots of photos & going live at many of the attractions below.

1. Pearl Harbor This historic site offers free tickets to tour the U.S.S Arizona Memorial. They have over 1,300 free tickets released every morning at 7 am, but the tickets are first come first serve. They often run out by 9 or 10 am. We decided to secure tickets online for $1/each. You can reserve tickets ahead of time here

2. Honolulu Zoo The Honolulu Zoo is located between the slopes of Diamond Head and Waikiki at the corner of Kapahulu Avenue and Kalakaua Avenue and is open 9:00 am to 4:30 pm daily. Admission is $19/adult and $11 for children ages 3-12. Military members receive a discounted rate.

3. Kualoa Ranch This 4,000 acre ranch is not only beautiful but it is home to famous movies such as Jurassic Park and the tv show Lost was filmed here!  Kualoa Ranch offers many activities to choose from including a Jungle Jeep tour, ATV tour, secret beach tour and more! I am SO excited about our tour to see scenes from the movie Jurassic Park & my favorite tv show Lost.

4. Waikiki Aquarium Discover the beautiful fish and sea creatures that live in the waters of Hawaii. 

5. The Bishop Museum A wonderful place to visit and learn all about the history of Hawaii. Educational, fun and exciting lava demonstration! Plus a planetarium with daily 25 minute movies $2.95/each.

6. Dole Plantation Pineapples galore! Kids will love the Dole Plantation's Pineapple Express Train. Parents will enjoy the garden tour. Be sure to save room for a sweet treat, the dole whip! There is a free pineapple cutting demo and a fish feeding pond. Plus a huge pineapple maze too!

7. Polynesian Cultural Center Travel through time as you experience thousands of years, north of culture from six different island nations. The Polynesian Villages are open 12-6 daily. Play ancient games, sample poi, watch a cultural presentation, paddle a canoe, etc. Be sure to save time to visit the nightly Luau. Fun for both parents and kids. Super educational too!


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Sunday, February 10, 2019

How To Find The Best Airfare Deals


Flying can be SO expensive, especially when you have a big family like me! Purchasing 5 plane tickets really can effect the "Vacation Budget". I've done a lot of research on how to find the best airfare deals and I'm going to share some interesting information and tips with ya'll. For starters, I learned that the best day of the week to book airfare tickets is TUESDAY specifically around 3:00 pm. This is because the newest rates have come out at the beginning of the week and by Tuesday a lot of the competitors have released deals to try to beat the rates.

Another tip when searching for the best airfare deals is to DELETE your COOKIES on your computer after your search. This way the sites airfare rates will be refreshed and the newest updated rate. 

Be sure to check multiple sites and compare airfare pricing. Check out sites like www.Expedia.com and www.priceline.com and https://www.cheapflights.com/

And did you know that many airlines offer day passes to the private lounges?! www.aa.com American Airlines has a one day pass for customers. The day pass is $59 per adult. Up to 3 children per adult are free. The Admirals Club offers many great perks such as wi-fi, drinks, snacks, private space to relax and charge your devices, business center and some lounges offer shower suites. It sounds like a great deal for people traveling with long layovers.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Aloha Pineapple Smoothie #Recipe

I just made one of the most delicious smoothie's ya'll and it was SO easy! I am on a smoothie kick lately. I am supplementing a smoothie for my lunch. I found some great recipe's on Pinterest.


1 whole pineapple makes a lot! I frozen the pineapple in the container for later. 


Ingredients: 

1 pineapple
1 banana
5-6 frozen strawberries (or fresh)
1/2 Cup Ice
1/2 Cup Vanilla lowfat yogurt

Slice the pineapple. Add ingredients to blender. Blend until smooth and enjoy!



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Sunday, January 27, 2019

Enter To Win A Family 4 Pack of Tickets To Finding Neverland at The National Theatre in DC


I am a huge Peter Pan fan and this Broadway musical looks absolutely amazing! I am super excited to host an awesome giveaway for my readers. If you live in Virginia, Maryland or DC you will want to check this out. 

FINDING NEVERLAND
Tuesday, Feb. 26 – Sunday, March 3
The National Theatre

Directed by visionary Tony®-winner Diane Paulus and based on the critically-acclaimed Academy Award® winning film, FINDING NEVERLAND tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes a monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland, where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever. The magic of Barrie’s classic tale springs spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event.

Run time: Approximately 2 hours and 25 minutes, including one intermission. Recommended for age 7 and up.

The National Theatre is located downtown
on 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC, 20004, facing Pennsylvania Avenue and Freedom
Plaza. The closest Metro stop is Metro Center.
For more information on Finding Neverland visit:
http://thenationaldc.org/events/category/series/neverland-19/

One lucky winner will be selected to attend the February 26th show at 7:30 pm with their family or friends. Prize: 4 pack of tickets. Must be picked up between 6:30-7:30 pm.


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Saturday, January 19, 2019

Welcome To Our #Disney Travel Agent

Hi, My name is Sarah Howell and I am a travel planner with Pixie and Pirate Destinations, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner.  I live in Chesterfield, VA with my husband, 13-year-old identical twin girls and 10-year-old boy/girls twins. That’s right I have 2 sets of twins.  Believe it or not it’s not has hard as it sounds. I book vacations to all of the Disney destinations (Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Aulani, Disney Cruises, and Adventures by Disney), plus Universal Orlando, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, and Beaches and Sandals luxury all inclusive resorts.  I prefer to focus on only a few destinations to be able to provide you with first hand knowledge of the destinations. I have been an agent for almost 8 years. When it comes to planning your vacation, we will work together to plan a trip that is right for your family and your budget. The key to finding a good travel planner is to find one that is willing to work with you and knows that its more than just planning the same trip for you that they planned for their family.  We all lead busy lives, and nobody has the time to research, book, and plan a vacation. That is where I step in to help. I’m here to offer guidance and suggestions. My goal is to take the stress and confusion out of planning a vacation. My services are Free. Email me at sarah@pixieandpiratedestinations.com so we can start planning your next vacation today.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

How To Make Creative Art Work On A #Budget #DIY #Disney Artwork


This past weekend was a snowy/icy weekend and we were stuck inside. I decided to get creative with my kiddies. I purchased some canvasses from Michael's Crafts. They were on sale 2 for $4. I picked up some acrylic paint in my favorite colors $.70 cent each. Not bad! Spend a total of $12 for this little project for 4 canvasses and all supplies.

I already own the Mickey cut out, but if you don't own one you can find them at Michael's also. They are hard to find because they are so popular. Here's one on Amazon.

Step 1: Hole punch the Mickey shapes using painters tape

Step 2: Place Mickey shapes onto canvas (arrange however you'd like)

Step 3: Paint your canvas

Step 4: Allow paint to dry completely before removing the tape. Now you have a fun piece of art that you can hang wherever!

My kids also did canvas paintings using the painters tape. They chose to paint their initials. 

My daughter chose her favorite colors and did a great job!

Finished product





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