When your going to Disney with a young child it seems like there is so much to bring along. From possibly diapers, a little extra entertainment, snacks, maybe a car seat and a stroller you feel like your packing your entire house. I’m always looking for ways to make everything easier, stroller rental was one of those.
We have always taken our own stroller when driving and flying. On our last trip when we decided we wanted to take the car seat I was ready to look for the alternative to taking our stroller. I had already ordered diapers to be sent to the resort, so I just needed one more thing to make the trip a little easier.
I knew I didn’t want to rent a stroller in the park itself. To be honest they are plastic, have no storage and very little shade. I did some research and came across several companies that rent high end strollers like BOBs and Citi Minis.
I went with Magic Strollers and I could not have been happier. The reservation process was simple, and I needed the stroller past the 4pm return time so they told me to just add one extra day. It was so easy to adjust my reservation, and honestly so inexpensive.
Our flight left at noon, but at 7:00 am arrival day I received a text from Magic Strollers that the stroller was ready at my resort. When we arrived off the Magic Express I went right to bell services and the stroller was there for pick up, so easy!
We rented the Citi Mini GT, and we loved it. I’m actually now obsessed with this stroller and on the hunt for a used one because it’s so easy to open and close, and is light and easy to push in the parks. I may never bring my BOB again. Our BOB is great but it has a stable front wheel and is a pain to get on the bus, and even in our car trunk. My toddler loved how she could climb in herself since she is in the I’ll do it stage.
It was so nice to not hassle with our stroller, or worry about it getting beat up at gate check. I wore my daughter onto the plane, and when we got off the plane on the walk to the Magic Express just to make it so we didn’t have to chase her.
If you’re looking for one less thing to have to mess with in your travels to Walt Disney World I 100% recommend using Magic Strollers for your stroller rental needs. They also have doubles available if that’s something you need also. Have you ever used a stroller rental company and skipped bringing your own stroller to the parks?
*I did receive a FREE stroller rental for this post, however I 100% recommend this company and will use them again in the future.
Spring is almost here ( or at least I know so many of us hope so). It’s time to think about Spring and Summer Style. I love a good straw clutch for Spring and Summer. When I saw these straw clutches at Michaels I knew they were perfect for adding some fun of my own too.
I decided to use Pom Poms for this one to add some Disney Style fun. You can find Pom Poms at Target, Michaels as well as here on Amazon. Pinks and White are what I went with as I knew it would be perfect paired with several of my Lilly Pulitzer pieces. I debated threading the Poms or using hot glue and just decided to go with hot glue since I have a more industrial hot glue gun. To determine sizes and colors I laid them out how I wanted them before I made any decisions. These would also be super cute with an assortment of colors.
Once I had them arranged I added glue to the back of each one going down the line and pressing them down firmly.
This was packed in my suitcase and easily survived the trip there and back.
The clutch itself cost me under $6 when Micheals ran them 50% off. The Poms cost me around $3 or $4 and I hardly touched them it feels like so I’ll use them for other projects. I’m actually going to grab another clutch next time I am in the store and try to make one with assorted color Poms or tassels that will look great all Spring and Summer long. The possibilities are endless as to what you could do.
I styled it with one of my Lilly Pulitzer (see similar dress here) dresses, Tory Burch Millers, Lillian and Co Bracelets, and Kendra Scott earrings which all tied together perfectly for a little Disney date night with my husband. This is such a fun and easy way to add a little hidden Mickey into your style. What are some little ways you add a little Disney into your style?
National Margarita Day is this Thursday February 22nd. I’ve rounded up 5 of my favorite Margaritas on Walt Disney World property worth trying for National Margarita Day or any day in the parks!
Avocado Margarita – La Cava De Tequila México Epcot
I was very skeptical about trying this Margarita because it had melon liquor and that didn’t really appeal to me but the Avocado did so I decided to give it a try, and I was not disappointed. The drink is a mix of tequila, melon liqueur, fresh avocado, agave nectar, fresh lime juice served frozen with a hibiscus salt rim. The flavors all blend wonderfully together and it’s extra refreshing on a hot day Florida day.
Rose Gold Margarita Barefoot Pool Bar Polynesian Resort
All the Rose Gold craze at Walt Disney World makes this one an extra must have on the list. While I have not had it yet, I’ve heard it’s great. If your not staying at the Polynesian you can always visit, we do multiple times each trip it’s our favorite spot to eat, explore and grab drinks.
Italian Margarita- Italy Pavilion Epcot
This is such a nice twist on a Margarita. It’s a smooth combination of Limoncello and Grappa and can be found at Via Napoli, the Gelato Stand and at the Italy booth during food and wine festival.
Margarita (ANY) at Dockside Margarita Disney Springs
You can never go wrong with a stop for a Margarita here on a trip to Disney Springs. Dockside has become even better since it’s renovation a just a few year ago. It’s a great spot to grab and go, or sit on the patio listen to live music and watch a beautiful Florida sunset.
Mo’ara Margarita Pandora World of Avatar Disney’s Animal Kingdom
This one has become quite possibly my ultimate favorite. While I have a few listed here I don’t usually go for Frozen Margaritas but this one is smooth which makes it enjoyable for me. It’s a combination of strawberry and blood orange flavors and topped with Boba Balls. It’s so refreshing, and a must if I’m wanting an adult beverage at Animal Kingdom.
You can’t go wrong with any of these Margaritas if your on Disney property. There are so many others I need to try. If your at home and looking for a good recipe to whip up try out my Coconut Water Margaritas. This is one of my favorite at home recipes to whip up.
I’m always looking for new things or crafts for us to do at home. Adding in Disney just peaks my girls interest so much more, and keeps her engaged. What can I say we are definitely a Disney family.
These sun catchers are something fun for the kids to do. They can hang on the window to catch the beautiful rays of sun in a fun way. If you have older kids they can do most the work, with younger ones like my toddler you will need to do most the work.
Here is what you need:
A fun paper plate- these were themed to Valentines Day but you could use anything
To start flip your plate over to trace your Mickey head onto the paper plate.
Poke your scissors through to cut out the Mickey shape. The plates I used were super thick and harder to cut. I might recommend using something a little less thick.
Cut 2 pieces of contact paper to fit the middle of plate.
Add contact paper to back side of the plate then flip over and add the glitter or confetti. Once that’s added top with the other piece of contact paper, and make sure to smooth it down really well.
I decided to add some ribbon but you don’t have too. To add it I just poked a hole with my scissors and strung it through.
Now you have a fun sun catcher you can make with supplies you probably already have at home. If we could get some Sunshine here so we can use ours that would be great! Make sure to show me all your creations.
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I’ve seen Rocks Box floating around for so long, and I’ve debated and debated it. Part of taking care of me more this year, was also about putting myself together more. I can be really bad about as a Stay at Home Mom it but I feel so much better when I do.
Jewelry can fix up the most simple of outfits, even if it’s jeans and a T-shirt. I love jewelry, so when a friend had a code for free month with a credit I figured why not give it a go. I honestly love Subscription boxes and they make life a little easier.
As far as the process goes, you fill out a style profile very similar to Stitch Fix. You can note your favorite designers, color preferences etc.. After I signed up and had set up to receive my first box Rocks Box emailed me to go and fill out my “Wish List” and they would give me an additional $5 credit. Doing this also gives your stylist an idea of pieces you really love. They may even grant those wishes when you receive your box.
The monthly cost after the first month is $21 but that credit is good until the end of the month towards anything you purchase. You can keep the pieces as long as you want, just pay the monthly fee. They send you a prepaid label to send back what you don’t want at any time. If you choose to keep everything you get a $10 credit.
An email was sent a few days before my box shipped showing what was inside of it. I also had the option to swap anything out that I may not have liked. I was happy with what they had picked out and two of the items were actually on my “Wish” list.
Inside the box was a description of each piece, as well as the prices listed.When your ready to mail it back you just go online and rate what you received and check out. Then you just place any returns back in the envelope, place the return shipping label on there
I’m a huge Kendra Scott fan, and I’ve been eyeing one of these necklaces for far too long. While I love this necklace I’m not going to be keeping it. For the price I decided I needed something that would go with a little more. I have some other colors on my wish list so if I decide to continue the box for a little while hopefully I’ll get one again.
Sophie Harper Pave X Ring in Gold
I loved this ring. I’ve wanted something like this for a while. Sadly this ring was a little to small for my middle finger where I wanted to wear it so I’ll be sending it back.
While this isn’t something I will do all the time it is a fun way to get a few new pieces added to your wardrobe. I’m at a place now where I would rather have some nicer pieces of jewelry than a bunch of cheap ones. I definitely recommend giving it a try if your looking for a few new pieces, or to do a little something for yourself. Men this would also make a great gift for the ladies in your life!
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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Have you got something for that special someone in your life?
Today I’m rounding up some of my favorite things you can still snag for the Disney lover in your life. Not all of them will arrive in time for the day, but you can always do a super cute I owe you!
I’ll start with some of my favorite easy to add to your everyday pieces. My go to for this is Lillian and Co. I just love their quote bracelets, and the quality is amazing! They come in Gold, Rose Gold, and Silver and look great mixed together.
I also love their watches! I was gifted their Kingswell Dreamer Watch in Rose Gold for Christmas and it’s probably my favorite watch ever. The stainless steel mesh band makes it’s super comfortable, and it has a great vintage Hollywood vibe with a modern day feel. It’s perfect for casual days and easily dressed up as well.
For a super sweet everyday necklace head over the Make It Minnie. Her 2nd star to the right necklace is the perfect everyday piece. They are currently back in stock right now, she keeps selling out of them and I always miss them. I can’t wait to get my own. I’ve hinted at my husband about this one, so I’m hoping he is going to make it happen. I have also seen a preview of some things to come to her shop and they are so cute!
I’ve fallen in love recently with A Girl and the Castle Small Shop which is owned by Ashley from @danggooddisney. She has a variety of cute items in her shop, and each month donates a portion of her profits to a good cause. Currently she is taking that money to give to others to go on a trip to Haiti in August. She has raised money for her part of the trip and now is giving that money back to others. This girl has a heart of gold, so go support her shop!
One of my favorite items right now is her new shirt, It’s Important to Remember We all have Magic Inside of Us. I just snagged this shirt in the heathered navy color and can’t wait to get it in. These shirts won’t arrive in time for Valentines Day but you should still get one and give an I Owe You!
I’ve recently discovered Evelyn Henson and I’m in love with her work. This one isn’t just Disney and if you have someone who loves art work she has some great gift options. I love her Orlando print we lived there for 4 years and it still is home to me. She has many other cities available as well as her customizable travel print which I’m so in LOVE with. I’m ordering the prints from each place we have lived little by little and I’ve started with the Orlando one and can’t wait to receive it. I love having special artwork like this in my home. If you sign up for her emails you can get a 15% off your first order code as well!
If you have a Disney Pin collector in your life the small shop pins are the way to go. Magical Monograms has the perfect Mermaid heart pin. Lindsayland Pins has also become a new favorite of mine. She has the perfect Dole Whip pin which is currently unavailable , and a Violet Lemonade Pin perfect for Flower and Garden Festival.
Speaking of Ears, you can never go wrong with the gift of ears for any Disney Lover. I absolutely love Pixie Made Ears, they are some of my favorite ears. She happens to be restocking her shop tonight. Her Ears are also super affordable!
You can also never go wrong with a pin from one of my favorite shops ever Happily Ever Tees. Their Coffee with the Mouse Pin is perfect for the coffee lover in your life, and you can never go wrong with a Happily Ever Tees shirt either.
Another great little gift for the coffee lover in your life is a coffee cozy, or mug. I love the knit cozies from House of Mouse Hand Made. The Castle one pictured above is one of my favorites that I own. My absolute favorite coffee Mugs right now are my Shellie May mug and the Mickey Memories Mickey Pants Mug for January. You can find both of them on Shop Disney.
I’ll give a little love to my own small shop, before I jump completely out of the small shop thing. Cups, Mugs, Coffee Cozies are always a great idea. If you have a Rosè lover in your life my Rosè is better than people wine glass inspired by the movie Frozen. I’ve got many other fun items in my shop perfect for the Disney lover in your life. You can shop my store right here.
Disney Style has taken on a whole new world in the last year or two. I love how it’s evolved and how you can add the perfect touches of Disney to your regular everyday outfits. A Danielle Nicole Bag is the perfect gift. I just love these bags, and how fun they are and so will the Disney Lover in your life. You can shop them here on Shop Disney. I snagged this Snow white Cosmetic bag a few weeks ago on Sale and they had an extra 25% off, it is still on sale online.
Box Lunch Gifts has some great items you can get for the Disney lover in your life. The best thing about Box Lunch is for every $10 you spend they donate a meal through Feeding America.
They have some super cute bath bombs, and you can never go wrong with a bath bomb as part of a gift. Actually a cup or mug, with a bath bomb is great idea for a small gift if your on a budget especially.
Box Lunch also carries a different variety of Danielle Nicole Bags, Hats, Shirts, Pop Funko and other Disney apparel. So Gift Some and Give Back.
I have to share these Kendra Scott Earrings that I’m currently obsessed with. These give me the Tangled Vibes but honestly I just love them and they go with so much. The place I could find these Irene Studs Earrings was through Rocks Box. I received these in my first one ( review coming soon) and I looked online to share but they are sold out everywhere. If you would like to try and snag these on Rocks Box use code MEGANABFF31 and get your first month free. It can be cancelled at any time and you have no obligation to buy anything.
It is still winter, and whether your throwing something together for your child, girlfriend or loved one you can never go wrong with a cute little Lip Smacker Tsum Tsum chapstick. These can be purchased at Target and Walgreens, or on the Lip Smacker website. They are so cute and fun, and my 2 year old is obsessed with them.
What are you doing for the Disney Lover in your Life this Valentines Day?
One of my goals for this year is to spread love, kindness and magic. There is no better time to start than in a month filled with love. Most importantly to show my child God’s love, and how we can be God’s Love to others. While at 2 she may not understand all the verses and stories just yet I know the little things we teach them now stick with them.
When I think of TRUE LOVE, or LOVE in general God and Jesus are truly the ultimate definition. Which sparked the 14 Days of Love through Bible Verses.
I grabbed some little foam hearts in the dollar spot at Target, $1 for 8. I could have easily cut out hearts and you can definitely do that. With a toddler I figured the foam ones were a little more durable.
I debated how we would use these for a while, and I decided to display them in the form of garland. Each day we can read the verse for the day, but will be able to look at them all each day.
I had some verses in mind when I thought of this project, and I did some digging for a few others. I used a permanent marker and wrote the verses out on each heart, punches holes in the top and strung them. Because of the space where I wanted to hang them I did it on two strands.
If you have an older child I think it would be super cute to do a a jar with paper hearts with verses. They could pull one out each day to read and hang them some way.
The one verse I didn’t use that I wanted too was John 3:16. If you align it right it actually spells out Valentine. I couldn’t get it to fit on a heart, so I plan on adding this free printable in a little frame you can get it here.
Let use the month to share God’s love and be the example of God’s love. Through social media, in our communities, in our homes and schools. Shine for all to see and spread Love and Kindness.
I’ll be sharing each days verse on my instagram, and a few acts of love or kindness as well. Follow my page over at @magicallymegan and use hashtag #14daysodlove and #magicallymegan so I can see what your doing in your home!
One of my favorite things to eat at Disney is breakfast! It sounds crazy coming from me, considering most days I hardly eat much at all for breakfast. I’m just not a breakfast person. At Disney I want to fuel up for a day in the parks, plus there are so many great options.
On our December trip we decided to book a reservation at the new Ale and Compass At Disney’s Yacht Club Resort. Let me tell you it did not disappoint.
Ale and Compass replaced the Captains Grille and the location got a beautiful overhaul. It had a very modern Nautical Vibe to it, and honestly it was super cozy!
The menu had a lot of great options for breakfast, from your traditional items, to a twist on traditional items and more.
The location has a Hearth Oven, and at breakfast their Breakfast pie is cooked in the oven. They also have other Hearth Oven Pies at lunch and dinner.
We ordered a press pot of their Joffrey’s coffee. Joffrey’s is so underrated on Disney property and I would much rather have their coffee over Starbucks. We love ordering a press pot when we sit down to breakfast, and it’s really not much more than getting a default cup of coffee.
My 2 year old kept it pretty simple and of course wanted Mickey Waffles and chose to order her own bacon for the first time. She hasn’t really had it much but when the server asked her the girl knew what she wanted.
I went with the Blueberry and Bacon Pancakes. I dream of these pancakes, they are seriously some of the best I’ve ever had. Knowing that bacon at Disney isn’t anything to special I debated ordering them, but these were the real deal. There were good thick cut pieces of bacon and fresh blueberries in these pancakes, and they were crispy around the edges but still perfectly fluffy in the middle. I seriously can not wait to go back for these.
My husband ordered the breakfast pie, and again this did not disappoint either. We weren’t sure what to expect but when it came out it was almost like a breakfast pizza cooked in their Hearth Oven. The crust of it was soft yet crispy with that wood fire over taste. It will honestly be hard to choose what to order when we return.
My husband had to work for a bit after breakfast, so he went over to the Ale and Compass Lounge next door while my daughter and I ventured to Epcot for a while. He decided to check out the Captains Bloody Mary which is the same one on the Ale and Compass breakfast menu. This one comes with a Lobster Claw and a bacon strip, so of course he says no other Bloody Mary even compares. I am not a Bloody Mary fan so I can’t really compare.
When I returned from Epcot my daughter was asleep so I joined him for a beverage. Ale and Compass Lounge is very easily one of my new favorite Lounges on property to just stop, relax and have a drink.
I tried their Maple Old Fashioned, it has a very different spin to it and that probably makes it one of my most favorite Old Fashions ever. It’s your typical bourbon and bitters, but instead of just the twist of orange or orange peel they use Orange Juice and Maple Syrup and was so good. We liked it so much we actually stopped by to hang out again on our last day of the trip.
Ale and Compass gets a 10 out of 10 in my book, from the exceptional service to the food. We are eager to try it out for other meals as well, and hope it is just as good. We would much rather do these nice quiet sit down breakfast than all the character ones. Character meals are fun and we do try and do one a trip, or the ones that have those harder to find characters but we enjoy spending much less, getting fresh food and a little less chaos.
Do you have favorite breakfast spots at Walt Disney World?
*Ale and Compass offers Annual Pass Holder, DVC and Tables in Wonderland discounts. The Lounge also takes Tables in Wonderland.
So it’s taking me a few days, ok weeks into the New Year to really compile this post, but I think it’s important to do for myself even if no one reads it. I thinking writing down your goals and looking at them through the year helps you work harder to obtain those goals. I’m more about setting goals for the year than resolutions really. Here are some goals and plans I have for 2018!
Create more Simplified living, and Life
I’ve really fallen in love with Author Emily Ley, so when her new book A Simplified Life came out in November I knew it was the perfect thing for the new year.
I love her thoughts on intentional living, creating a Simplified Life that works for you and your life and family. One that doesn’t mean perfectly labeled and organized pantry’s, or toy rooms but ones that make your life easier. She is currently doing a 31 day Simplified Challenge you can do in around 15 minutes each day to start simplifying things in your life.
I also have her Simplified Planner which I’ve been super excited to use. As a blogger, small shop owner, Mom, Wife, Friend I need something to really plan things. You can even meal plan here. I’m a write it down kind of person.
To be honest I spend too much time on electronics so my goal is to read a lot more in 2018. I want to read books for pleasure, to better my self, Faith Based, self help. Here are a few I’m adding to my list this year.
The Simplified Life (of Course)
Grace Not Perfection (re read)
Big Little Lies
12 Habits of a Woman Who Doesn’t Quit
The Best Yes
The Happiness Project (I’ve had this for far too long)
I plan on adding at least 4 more to this which doesn’t include my devotionals. I love to read and is something I haven’t spent enough time doing. and this is all part of me doing something for me, and taking care of myself.
Grace Not Perfection
“I will live by a standard of Grace Not Perfection” – Emily Ley
I read the book Grace Not Perfection last year as I was going through a really rough time in my life. It really spoke to me in ways I needed then and I was dealing with some pretty serious anxiety which I haven’t opened up much about. A lot of the anxiety really dealt with motherhood and the unknowns, but also the feeling of constantly drowning in all that needed to be done.
I decided that I want to re read this book this year as I think it may speak to me in a different way.
Grace Not Perfection is my word for the year. Well I guess really my motto, but I’m going to strive for this daily, in all walks of life.
One thing I plan do more of this year is self care. Self Care doesn’t always mean a day at the spa though those are wonderful, or fancy bath bombs, or expensive things. For me sometimes is just a hot quiet bath, some yoga, or getting up 45 minutes before my daughter to make sure I get my quiet time in, or a grocery trip by myself. Though I know this seems like what everyone does, I’m also going to start up a work out routine.
When I got in my deepest point of my anxiety being bad last fall I wasn’t taking care of myself. I was overwhelmed, not sleeping enough and just physically and mentally exhausted. I refuse to let myself get to that point again. To be able to take care of those I love I have to take care of myself too. That’s hard to do sometimes as a mom but I’m learning.
In order to be the best version of myself I also need to take care of myself.
Grow my Blog and Small Shop
I took the leap of owning and starting my own business in May of last year. My blog launched in May and my small shop back in August. I’m so glad I did, it’s grown and continues to grow so I’m so excited to see where it will be after a full year, and also by the end of 2018.
I’m setting goals and chasing dreams and I can’t wait to see where this year takes me!
Grow in My Faith
I haven’t been that great at having a daily quiet time with God but when I do it makes my entire day different. Prayer, faith, and my trust in him helped get me through some of the darkest times of 2017. I’m learning to let go and let God. I’m excited to dig deeper in my faith this year in so many ways and make that top priority in my life.
Spread Love and Kindness, Make Magic
Our world needs so much love and kindness, and I want to spread as much as I can this year. I also want to teach my daughter to be kind and loving and I know that starts with me.
I’ve got a little Valentines project up my sleeve about Love I’ll be sharing soon, and I’m brainstorming for more ideas through the year.
When I worked for Disney making Magic was the most rewarding part of my job. Sure we were supposed to but I always loved going above and beyond that in any way I could. I’ve missed that, and I’ve realized I don’t have to be at Disney for that to be a thing.
I’m looking forward to 2018, making it a better year. Being healthy, happy, loving, kind and creating everyday Magic. Oh and of course lots of Disney Magic and time with precious family!