Setting Goals, Dreams and Ambitions for 2018

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.

Read More 

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. 

  1. The Simplified Life (of Course) 
  2. Grace Not Perfection (re read) 
  3. Big Little Lies 
  4. 12 Habits of a Woman Who Doesn’t Quit
  5. The Best Yes 
  6. 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. 

Self Care 

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! 

 

8 Festive drinks to try at Walt Disney World this Holiday Season

Walt Disney World at Christmas is truly magical, and it’s grown and changed, and evolved over the years. From the addition of Festival of the Holidays, extra festive treats, and beverages. 

There are so many good ones this year to try and here are 8 Festive drinks around Walt Disney World you shouldn’t miss out on! 

1. Hot Cocoa Martini at Disney’s Hollywood Studios 

There are 3 different Hot Cocoa Martinis you can try at Hollywood Studios this season. You can grab them individually or get the flight. If I did it again I would just order the Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa Martini. 

The trio comes with The Baileys Salted Caramel, Hot Cocoa Martini, and the Black Cherry Bourbon Martini. We are bourbon drinkers but the Bourbon one was awful. So much so we couldn’t even take more than a sip or 2 each and tossed it. 

 

2. Spiced Rum Punch Slush- Epcot- France Alace Holiday Kitchen Festival of the Holidays 

France always wins for the best drinks in my opinion, especially when it comes to a slush. Whether it’s Food and Wine Festival, Flower and Garden, a regular day at Epcot or Festival of the Holidays they seriously kill it every time. The Spiced Rum Punch Slush consist of Spiced Rhum, Rhum Clement V.S.O.P, Orange and Pineapple Juice with Cinnamon. Just try it, trust me! 

3. Holiday Kir – France Alsace Holiday Kitchen 

This was another favorite of mine. It was simple sparkling wine, topped with Monin Cranberry syrup and would make a perfect Christmas cocktail at home too!

4. Snowflake Margarita – Dockside Margaritas at Disney Springs 

The Margarita Bar at Disney Springs has always been a great stop. Ever since it got re done with extra seating it’s even better. Stop by in the evenings and enjoy a nice margarita by the water, and some live music. 

This Snowflake Margarita was surprisingly tasty. I wasn’t sure how I would feel about the Blue Curaco in it and was afraid it would be to sweet but it was very balanced and not too sweet at all. 

5. Wine Slushy- Amorettes Disney Springs 

While the Wine Slushy isn’t a seasonal drink, the Apple Cider Flavor is, and it’s delicious. I couldn’t decide on the flavor so I got the Apple Cider Riesling mixed with the Strawberry Syrah and I already can’t wait to have it again. 

6. Poinsettia Punch- Trader Sam’s Disney’s Polynesian Resort 

Trader Sams is one of my favorite stops, and the patio is a great spot if you can’t get in inside. Especially on a nice evening. I tend to always go for a Spikey Pineapple but decided to change it up this time and try something a little more festive this trip. 

The Poinsettia Punch was especially good, and reminded me of a rum punch. It consisted of Myers Dark Rum, Bacardi Superior Rum, St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram, Cranberry Juice, and Falernum with a splash of Lemon Juice. It had the perfect blend of Holiday flavors, and didn’t make me miss my Spikey Pineapple too much. 

7. The Holiday Beer Flight – Epcot American Holiday Kitchen 

It’s always nice to be able to try several drinks in one stop. My husband and I like to split flights like this because then we can try a little extra.  I definitely recommend grabbing the Holiday Beer Flight , it consisted of Orange Blossom Brewing Co Cranberry Kringle Pilsner ( was my favorite of the trio), Shipyard Eggnog White Porter, and JDub’s Season’s Greetings Peppermint Milk Stout. 

8. Plyalinda Sparkling Christmas Coffee Blonde – Festive Center Epcot 

We have a lot of local breweries at home and I’ve fallen in love with Blonde Coffee Beers. When I saw this listed in the Festival Passport I knew it was a must try on my list. I definitely recommend it if you like coffee beers, or something a little lighter.

 

10 Tips for Planning a Stress Free Walt Disney World Vacation

We love going to Walt Disney World, and for me planning it all is part of the fun. However I know for some people it can feel like so much work for just planning their vacation. 

Some people like to plan every second of their trip, however for me I just want to plan the basics. Dining, FastPass+ , any extra things that may require a reservation like Bippity Boppity Boutique and then make a list of things we want to do in each park, or resort we want to visit so we at least have a plan and know what is of higher importance on our list than other things. 

My Top 10 Tips for planning a Stress Free Disney Vacation

1. Know the Dates you can Book the Extras 

The best way to do this is to make sure to have the dates written down. You can get my free printable here that will help you in planning. 

You can book your Dining Reservations 180 days out plus 10 days. Whether you are staying on or off property you can book dining 180 days out. The perk to being on property is that you can book at 180 for years entire stay up to 10 days so you get to do this all at one time. If your off property you have to go day by day. 

FastPass+ can be booked 60 Days out for On Property Stays and 30 days for off property.( which again have to be done day by day) Again just another perk to staying on property. 

 

2. Download the My Disney Experience App 

This is must in your planning and for your trip! It had everything you need from booking FastPass+, to dining reservations and stores all that information for you to see daily in the parks. This is available in the app store for both Apple and Android. 

3. Make it fun! 

This playlist is perfect to listen to while booking dining, FastPass+, packing. Gets you in that Disney Spirit. 

Countdowns also make the process more fun. You can do a board where you change the countdown daily, or a chain. This gets the entire family engaged and in on the fun! Here are 50 great ideas from Sarah Lemp over at All Things with Purpose for your countdowns.

4. Don’t over plan 

Don’t plan every second of every day. FastPass+ and Dining Reservations of course. Ideas of what you want to do and knowing Parade and Fireworks Times most definitely. But don’t plan the time you will be at each ride, character meet and greet etc… I love to plan our trip but I like to be flexible when we are in the park, have an idea but yet go with the flow. 

5. FastPass+ Scheduling 

With FastPass+ one of my favorite things is to book them all back to back. So just as an example I will book 10-11, 11-12 and 12-1.  We will take advantage of shorter lines at opening until about 10:45 and then go to our first attraction, then right to our 2nd FastPass+ and then wait in line for another attraction. Around 12 we will venture to our last FastPass+ and once we scan our bands at the entrance we look to book an additional FastPass+. 

We may not get that FastPass+ until later in the afternoon depending on what’s available but it gives us that option to book a 4th and possibly even a fifth FastPass+ sometimes.  

We are a family that tends to take a mid day break and park hop so this really works well for us and for days at Magic Kingdom. I’ve also found when we don’t book them that way we spend a lot of time figuring out what to do while waiting until our next Fastpass which could be several hours later. 

6. Getting that Hard to find Dining Reservations 

When you get to book dining 180 days out you sometimes get a great selection of choices, however sometimes many families may book less than 6 months out. We often take last minute trips and have found very popular restaurants with a little extra work. Even when I book 180 days out I am really good at changing things when it gets closer. 

In the My Disney Experience app and on the website you can check dining reservations many times a day, and when I want something specific I do that a lot. I also find that upon arrival when we check for reservations they start to pop up in that 24-36hr before hand window. One trip I got a Cinderella’s Royal Table Reservation 3 Days before we were set to arrive. 

Don’t spend so much time obsessing over finding that one reservation (I actually just enjoy looking) that you drive yourself crazy. There are some sites that you can sign up for email alerts when reservations become available. 

7. Use a Disney Travel Agent 

If it’s your first time, or even your 10th time booking and going on a Disney Vacation I totally recommend booking with a travel agent. They will do all the work for you! You can give them free reign to book what they think you will enjoy or you can tell them specifics. They will do your FastPass+, Dining reservations and anything else you need. 

If you need some help I totally recommend Jones Family Travels for all your needs! 

8. Save Money on Your Trip Cost or for Spending Money

Did you know there are various ways to save a little money on your Disney Vacation even when Disney doesn’t have many discounts? 

One way is through saving up all your loose change in jar. This can all add up very quickly and you can cash it in before your trip for extra spending money

Purchase Disney Gifts Cards from Target (with the Red Card), BJ’s  or Sams Club and save 5%. I like to grab one on occasional Target trips and save them up. I will also save Target gift cards from their in store earning offers and use those to purchase Disney gift cards. 

Use cash back apps like Ebates and Ibotta and use those earnings for your Disney fund. I go more into depth about these apps in this post here

9. Shop for fun Disney Outfits and Other Goodies Ahead of Time 

One of my favorite things about planning a trip is planning fun outfits! From planning for myself and my daughter, and yes sometimes even my husband. Of course you can grab shirts and things upon arrival but there are so many great ones you can get from Small Shops and other places. Some of my favorite places to grab shirts for my trips are Target, Happily Ever Tees,  Oh Yeah Apparel, All Things Cute Designs, and Pretty Little Monograms are some of my favorites. There are other shops out there I love that I have yet to order from but definitely plan to do so. Once Upon Apparel, The Lost Bros, and Magical Monograms are on my list for a few future trips. You can find all these shops over on Instagram and I definitely recommend doing so!

Another item I love to add to my Disney wear is ears. To me they are great for any age and I love them both from the parks and small shops! Here are some of my favorite small shops for ears you can find on instagram, Ears Full of Sugar, Bippity Boppity Brooke, Pixie Made Ears,  and Aloha Ears. I also make bow and floral wire ears over in my shop which you can shop up in the shop tab.

 

From shirts to ears, to bags, pins, buttons, shoes there is so much cute and fun Disney things out there these days from Small Shops and other retailers it’s hard to make decisions on what to purchase!

 

10. Purchase Maker

I honestly can’t recommend this enough. It’s so great to get family pictures while on our trips that are high quality, not to mention not having to ask random strangers to take pictures. Just stop at the photopass photographers and get your pictures. I also love getting to enjoy the moments at character meet and greets while the photopass photographer snaps away. I don’t have to worry about getting pictures of my own most places and it is the best. We have it included with our  annual pass and it’s perfect, but I would totally pay for it if wasn’t part of our pass!

You can read about the perks of an Annual Pass and if it’s right for your family here!

For many Walt Disney World can be a Once in a Lifetime Vacation. For others it becomes a Home Away from Home. Take the time and truly enjoy the process of planning, and planning with your family. When the trip comes don’t sweat it if things don’t all happen the way you plan. Go with the flow, enjoy the family time, the magic and what I feel Disney does best bringing families together on a Magical Vacation. Happy Planning!

Dairy Free Sausage Gravy

With a daughter who has a dairy allergy turning more into a sensitivity I’m always trying to find ones to make things that require a lot of dairy tasty. I don’t do real milk myself with the exception of yogurt and cheese and well ice cream. Mostly I mean I don’t use regular milk or drink it, and I’m really trying to cut the other dairy items from my life as well. I definitely buy dairy alternatives where I can find them. 

My daughter started with Almond milk but I really wanted to find something with a little more. Then I kept hearing about Ripple Milk. We bought some and she loved it. I loved the protein, the less sugar and so many other things. People were telling me it tasted like real milk but I’ve never been a milk drinker but loved an occasional dark chocolate almond milk so I tried their chocolate milk and loved it. I decided I would start trying  replacing the almond milk I was using in recipes that called for milk with Ripple milk. It was so good! 

The cooler weather rolled in and I wanted homemade sausage gravy. I decided I would give Ripple a try for it. It was a hit, especially for my toddler who was getting something new and different. I honestly couldn’t tell much difference at all, and it was still that perfect comfort food. 

Here is what you need 

1 lb Sausage 

1/4 cup Flour 

Salt 

Pepper 

3-4 cups of Ripple milk 

Biscuits 

Cool sausage, you can tear into pieces or break apart with your spatula which is what I do. Once sausage is browned turn to medium heat and take 1/4 cup of flour and add half the cup to the pan until the sausage has absorbed it, then add the remaining  half. 

Once the flour has mixed in well add in milk 1 cup at a time. Start with just 3 Cups, turn to medium high heat. Let it come to a boil and turn to medium low. Stirring every few minutes. 

Once it starts to thicken you will be able to tell if you need more milk. Sometimes I may need a little more but not the cup. I’ve noticed it differs with different brands of sausage sometimes and I’m sure with dog cook tops as well. 

Add in  1/3 tsp salt and 2 tsp pepper. You may need more pepper later to taste depending on how peppery you like your gravy. 

Once it’s simmered for about 25 min and thickened to your liking it is ready to serve. 

I don’t make homemade biscuits. We really like to use the Grands ones from the freezer section. I throw them in to cook when the gravy is thickening. This typically serves us 2 different meals so those biscuits we can make fresh, and not waste any. 

Top your biscuits with the gravy and enjoy!

Reheat Tip: If you save some for leftovers add a little of the Ripple Milk before you heat it up as it thickens a lot in the fridge but it’s great left over. 

Have you tried Ripple Milk? What are some great dairy replacements you love?

*this recipe has been adapted from the Pioneer Woman Sausage Gravy Recipe

Easy Crockpot Potato Soup

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It’s been much cooler here finally, which has had me wanting all the fall comfort foods. Not only are so many fall and winter comfort foods easy, so many are crockpot friendly which makes life much easier for this Mama.  

One my favorite go to comfort foods is potato soup. There is just something about it that’s so good. This recipe is far from healthy, but it’s one I keep going back too. One day I’ll figure out how to replace the cream of soups in here. 

You need:

A bag of frozen hash browns (I prefer the square cut ones but the shredded ones work fine too) 

32oz of chicken broth

1 can of cream of chicken or mushroom soup 

1 can of cheddar cheese soup (you can use 2 cans of the chicken/mushroom if you prefer) 

1 block of cream cheese 

Salt, Pepper, Garlic 

Crockpot liner 

Optional: 

Shredded Cheese 

Bacon

Corn bread 

Place you crock pot liner into your crock pot. You can get them here they are lifesavers and make for easy clean up! Dump in potatoes, chicken broth, cream of soup and cheddar cheese soup and stir. Add 1tsp each  of salt, pepper and garlic. You might need to add more to taste later. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. 

One hour before serving add the block of cream cheese. It will start to melt in and I usually stir it a few times in that hour. Add any extra seasoning you may need during this time. Once the cream cheese is melted you are ready to serve. 

We love cheesy potato soup, so I top with shredded cheese, crumbled bacon and corn bread. And then I mix it all together, and enjoy. 

Like most soups in my opinion it usually taste even better the next day! What’s one of your favorite comfort food go to’s? 

If you try out the recipe let me know what you think! 

12 Dates of Christmas

Christmas is a busy season. From parties, to family get together sans trying to “do it all”. I often found it became very difficult to really enjoy the season. Then one day I watched the movie on what’s now Freeform called the 12 Dates of Christmas and while it’s repeat dates it sparked an idea. 

So for at least the last 6 years at Christmas my husband and I have done the 12 Dates of Christmas. The last 2 years we have incorporated a mix of family dates with just Mommy and Daddy Dates.  This all started when we lived in Orlando and I worked at Walt Disney World where it was really easy to come up with so many Christmas dates. One of my favorite dates was when we left for Chicago Christmas night the first year we had off at Christmas, and we did many of our Christmas dates while there. 

I’ve had to get a little more creative over the years, but that is all the fun in it. While I will say last year we didn’t get to 12 Dates as between the 3 of us we spent a lot of December sick we tried the best we could. This has truly become one of my absolute favorite Christmas Traditions. My best friend and her fiance started this tradition as well a few years ago  after we did and got engaged on their 12th date of Christmas last year! Even though it wasn’t my date it is one of my favorite 12 Dates of Christmas stories. 

 

So how do we come up with all our dates, and are they all actually going out  and spending money on  dates? No definitely not we actually do a lot of free dates. So here are some tips for planning the 12 Dates of Christmas for your spouse and family.

1. Think of things you already do at Christmas 

  •  pick out a Christmas Tree
  • decorate the tree 
  • movies you watch 

2. Look for events in Your Area 

  • Christmas Parades 
  • Tree Lightings
  • plays or shows in the area

3. Get Creative 

  • are you traveling for the holidays? Look in the local area festivities 
  • service projects/ giving back
  • Church Services

Here are some ideas of some of our favorite Adult only Christmas Dates 

Ones for the Whole Family

For anyone spending any time at Disney 

I will say we do try to start this before Thanksgiving sometimes, and may go up until New Years. I love Christmas, I decorate early because it takes me a while to do and I want time to enjoy it, and that’s the same for all the activities. When we lived in Florida we started really early because Disney Christmas starts early. It was fun last year to incorporate a few  Disney things in again, and this year we will do the same with more!  

One thing we always incorporate is Christmas Eve service at Church. It’s super important to make sure we are truly celebrating the reason for the season. 

We truly value our family time, and time together. So slow down this Christmas season and spend more time with those you love. Cherish the moments and Celebrate the Season together. I’ll be sharing some new things we are doing this season over the next few weeks here and on my social media (follow me here) and I want to hear  about your dates too so tag me in your post or email me for a chance to be featured. 

Have a Cars 3 Family Movie Night!

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Now that my daughter is almost 2 and will sit for a bit and watch a movie, I was super excited to plan a themed family movie night for the whole family. Y’all the Pinterest Mom in me (I’m half Amazon Prime too)  has been waiting for this for so long. 

With the release of Cars 3 I knew it was the perfect first one. I didn’t go crazy over the top but definitely enough to make it fun for all of us. 

My daughter hasn’t seen all of either of the first two Cars movies (because she doesn’t sit all the way through movies) but she loves her Lighting McQueen car, and  her Cars 3 bath toys I snagged this summer in the Target Dollar Spot. She was excited to watch Cars since we left Target with the movie.

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I love Free Printables, so I headed over to one of my favorite blogs Hostess With the Mostess to see what they had, and of course they delivered. I’ve used their printables for my Kentucky Derby Party for years and they have the best party ideas! 

I also found these printable coloring sheets for my daughter to color while I was getting dinner ready from Mom Junction. We only use color wonder markers so the great part about finding the printable sheets is you can print them right onto blank color wonder paper. I can not recommend Color Wonder enough for you s kids. You can find it here, and the printable color sheets are from which can be found here

For dinner we had sliders, and Kraft Cars 3 Mac and Cheese. Super simple but themed great for the night. 

For dessert we had a cozy cone filled with tires (mini chocolate donuts). I made the Cozy Cone myself with just a 12×12 sheet of orange card stock. And then glued taped the side. You can see the steps below. 

I had found some cute Cars suckers at Target right after Halloween and thought those would be a fun addition to the night as well. My daughter also wore some of her favorite pajamas from the Baby Gap for Disney line which are sadly sold out but you can grab some similar ones here

My husband and I have even Cars fans since the first movie came out. We have been itching to get out to Disneyland to Cars Land since it opened. Cars 3 was better than Cars 2 in my opinion, and I absolutely fell in love with Cruz Ramirez. I’m not going to spoil anything for anyone who hasn’t seen it but Disney and Pixar did a great job with this movie, and I have to say it’s a must see! Grab your copy here while they are on sale. 


Did you like Cars 3 as much as the other two in the franchise? Which one is your favorite? 

5 Ways to Earn Cash Back and Save Money this Holiday Season

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There are several ways to earn extra money, gift cards or save money just by doing very little this holiday season. If you’re shopping online, buying groceries, things for a holiday party or Christmas gifts why not use some of these things to save or get money back. 

Ebates

If you do online shopping and you aren’t using Ebates you should be! This is a great way to earn money back on online purchases from 1000’s of merchants, even small businesses on Etsy. Cash back could be anywhere from 1% and I’ve seen it up to 15%. During the holidays they are great at offering bigger cashback promos, and  even have merchant discounts listed on their site. You receive a check or can get a direct pay pal deposit quarterly so it’s nice to get that extra cash back after the holidays.  If you don’t have an account sign up here and receive a $10 Credit on your first qualifying purchase. Ebates now has an app if you tend to find yourself shopping on your phone often like I do. Why not earn a little cash back while doing your online shopping this season.

Ibotta

I’m hit or miss with Ibotta. Sometimes I can do really well and they have tons of things I purchase and other times I forget to look all together. When I’m consistent I do really well earning $20-$25 a month back. They also now have online shopping for cash back on their mobile app so it’s not all scanning your groceries. Join here and when you sign up you get a $10 signup bonus, plus you will be on my team which is also important for bonuses! 

Drop 

 I discovered Drop not long ago. This is basically an app where you link one of your cards and pick 5 merchants you shop from. They know when you purchase and you start to earn points from those merchants. I use Amazon, Starbucks, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and Target. I’ve never earned from Target because I have a Target Red Debit Card and I didn’t think of that when I signed up but I have already cashed in for my first $10 Amazon gift card (there are many others to choose from), and I’m halfway to another. They often send me bonus offers for the merchants I chose and other random merchants on occasion. They use a completely safe server. Join here and get 1000 drop points to start, and download the app! 

Swagbucks 

I’ve done really well with Swagbucks and I’ve had months I kinda forget it exists. I’m a busy Mom so this one takes a little more work. Swagbucks has surveys, videos you can watch, offers you can do, and also cash back options. If you like to try different subscription services its great to get cash back. I tried an Honest Beauty Box, got it when it was 50% off so $25 , and earned 2500 Swagbucks which is $25. If you really want to learn the ins and outs of Swagbucks their are Facebook groups and lots of articles online. I typically cash out for Target gifts cards and I find myself using Swagbucks a little more when we are saving extra for our Disney Trips. Signup here and get a sign on bonus. 

Target Red Card and Cartwheel

While this isn’t a cashback deal it is a great way to save a little extra money. We have a Target debit card and it’s the best thing we ever did. Who doesn’t love 5% off every single purchase as well Free Shipping on all online orders. Plus if you are ordering online you can also use Ebates for cashback.  When the holiday rush of shoppers sets in this is really great to have. Target also runs some amazing sales in November and December, on toys, and various other items so I always make sure to check the weekly ad, and cartwheel. When you combine the two things you really can get some great savings.

The Holiday season can get expensive and stressful, so why not earn some cash back or money you were already spending. What are some ways you love to save during the holiday season?

Gap X Disney Favorites- It’s Friends and Family Weekend!

Gap X Disney Favorites- It’s Friends and Family Weekend!

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I have fallen in love with the Disney x Gap collaboration and since its release over a year ago it honestly just keeps getting better. Gone are the days of basic cartoon characters just being thrown on clothes, they now have really become stylish. Gap’s friends and family sale is this weekend and I wanted to share some of my favorites from the current collection. Get 40% off your purchase instore and online, and 50% off if you use your Gap card. Plus shipping is free on all online orders so it’s a great time to grab a few cute things!

We love Minnie Mouse in this house, and I just love how cute these pieces are. We have an older style of the leggings with Minnie and Daisy on them and they are soft, wash so well and just make my daughter happy when she has them on. I am obsessed with the overalls, I just think overalls are so cute on kids but on the brink of potty training I don’t think they will be completely practical for us.

 

Gap has so much cure buffalo plaid right now and I couldn’t be more in love, but the fact that they added into their Disney Collection is just the icing on the plate! There is some cute stuff for the little boys too!

These were some of our favorite tops from the Beauty and the Beast collection they had this Spring.

 

While we aren’t in that next stage yet I often find myself admiring the selection in the older girls section at many stores. Gap Kids in one of them. They really have done a fantastic job at creating fun Disney pieces for little girls moving to that next stage of life. They have a fit line for older girls!

I’m a girl mama, but the clothes for little boys at gap are so cute! I have friends expecting twin boys and recently purchased them the cutest 7 Dwarfs sleepers and hats. When I was shopping for them I wanted to buy all the things. I just love how cute and classic some of these pieces look without feeling super cheesy. 

Probably one of my favorite parts about the Boys collection is all the Star Wars things. They have really done a great job with these pieces. I also know several smaller adults who buy some pieces in the boys section to add to their Disney Style. Sadly I’m just too tall or I would do the same on a few pieces. 

 

 

 

We have many sleepwear pieces, and I really love them. They wash well. don’t shrink much and are so soft. That is one thing I love about Gap’s sleepwear.

These Snow White pajamas were our first pair, and my daughter literally wore them out.

Before I became a Mom I kinda vowed my kid wouldn’t have the character sneakers, and shoes. However with brands like Mini Melissa (we love ours get them here), Vans and Baby Gap making them so cute now I guess that’s changed. But honestly all the new cute ones look nothing like character shoes used to. My favorites are the girls Mary Janes and high top sneakers. Both at such a good price during the sale!

 

 

Disney accessories are some of my favorite things. Gap has created such a great line of hats, bags and other items for this collection. I love the Minnie Mouse Ears because they fit my daughters head so much better than most others. 

 

There is not a ton of things for adults but there has been a few here and there. However I have been eyeing the joggers below since I saw them in the store. They are so soft and I could see myself wearing them around the house all the time.


It is the season, so why not stock up on some super cute Christmas goodies during the sale. I love all the pajamas, but there are some cute tops for kids too!

So what are you thinking of grabbing this weekend? Do you love this line for your kids as much as I do?

My Top 10 Disney Halloween Costumes of 2017

My Top 10 Disney Halloween Costumes of 2017

I’ll be honest I’ve never been that crazy about  Halloween. I do love making, creating, dreaming up costumes. Of course I love the candy, Hocus Pocus, and Halloweentown. But I’ve never been into the scary movies, haunted houses kinda thing. 

When I worked at Disney it definitely changed my feelings for Halloween and so did becoming a Mom. I fell in love with Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, the Boo to You parade, the music, the special events, the more fun side of Halloween again! There are so many great Disney Halloween costumes out there and I want to share my top 10 favorites of 2017from some of my Disney friends with you! 

  1. I’ll start with a few throwing it back to the 90’s. I couldn’t love these Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers costumes from Magic Kingdom Mamas more! This was one of my favorite shows as a kid and it just brings back all the good feels from Disney Afternoons. Magic Kingdom Mamas are Disneyland bloggers who know all there is to know about Disneyland make sure to check them out here and on Instagram @magic_kingdom_mamas.

2. Next is this Zenon Girl of the future costume from Claire over at @cvdoss. Zetus Leptus, another Disney Channel Classic. I just love seeing people throwing it back this year and getting creative. One of the things I love most about Halloween. 

3. Amuck Amuck Amuck! Ok what’s not to love about these costumes of my 3 favorite witches. You can’t go wrong with Hocus Pocus! 

4. I do have to say Disney Channel does still have it with some their original movies. Even I have enjoyed the Descendants movies and these costumes from Descendants 2 are just fantastic! 

5. When you have 2 to dress up it’s so fun to pair them together. I just love this WallE and Eve brother sister pair. 

6. With sweet friends expecting twins soon I just loved @twinthusastics Cruella and Dalmatians costumes. I mean how adorable are they! 

7. Star Wars is ever so popular, and I love this mother son duo of Princess Leia and Kylo Ren. Hilary has even shared her DIY of her no sew costume here over on the Anaheim Moms blog. 

8. You can’t beat this Mermaid family, it’s a classic but I just love it!  The Little Mermaid is my absolute favorite and I can definitely seeing my family doing this in the future as I have another Ariel fan in my house these days. 

9. This is probably one of my favorite costumes I’ve seen this season from Raven over at the Disney Dorm. The Live action Beauty in the Beast was a huge success and I think I might love it more than the original animated version. Raven made a fantastic Provincial Belle. You can find this costume over at Fun Costumes, the purse at Hot Topic, and the shoes at Forever 21. Make sure to also check out Raven’s instagram page @thedisneydorm.

10. I’ve saved the BEST for last because this costume is just so creative and amazing and you will only understand if you have been to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party before. This may be one of the best I’ve seen. Mel did a fantastic job creating these costumes. They are the wristbands, and wristband distribution for the party. I always love seeing people get extra creative just like this! 

What is your favorite Disney Halloween Costume? We are being pretty simple this year with Minnie Mouse because that’s what my Minnie obsessed daughter has requested.