Last Minute DIY Father’s Day Gift

Last Minute DIY Father’s Day Gift

Father’s Day is this weekend and if you are like I am sometimes you are scrambling for a last minute gift. Year after year for holidays I say I will do better and well let me tell ya, it hasn’t changed.  Adding a child to that mix has not helped things at all. I continue to say I’ll do better, sometimes I do but you know what as Mom’s we just do the best we can.

The first idea I have for you is a Star Wars inspired craft with Yoda. For this you will need craft paint in green, brown, black, and white. You will also need paint brush or brushes and a canvas or sturdy paper. I went with a smaller canvas, If you have a young child you will need an incredible amount of patience. Super easy, place green paint on the bottom of the child’s foot and place upside down on your canvas. If the child is old enough let them do the remainder if not the rest is up to you. Paint arms and ears in the green and let dry. Add in some white in the ears, for eyes. Place black dots in the eyes. Use the brown paint to paint the stick Yoda holds. You can use the brown or black to write the words ” Yoda the Best Daddy.” You could also do Yoda the Best Dad in the Galaxy, Yoda the best Dad Ever there are many variations. Once its dry your all done, and have completed a fun father day craft. I put our daughters name and year on the back of the canvas.

 

The second craft is a grill tray. We did this gift last year. I had planned to do a white ceramic tray but I wanted something practical that could be used and also wasn’t going to break. After lots of searching I found a clear tray at Target for about $10. The tricky part is you have to basically do this backwards or mirrored so it shoes through correctly. I so wish I had my silhouette cameo when I did this. If you have one you could so use this and mirror your words. We used a foot print and a hand print for this one. Once I got everything on the tray and dried, I sprayed a clear sealer over the back so  the paint wouldn’t chip. You could also use clear modge podge. If your giving Dad a new grill for Fathers Day this is the perfect addition. My husband got one last year for his April Birthday so we gifted the tray with some new grill utensils.

 

So if your running around looking for a last minute DIY for Dad these are 2 great projects that will be super easy for you to throw together quickly. These gifts are sure to make the Dads in your life smile!

 

THREE Ingredient Dairy Free Yogurt Popsicles

THREE Ingredient Dairy Free Yogurt Popsicles

We are all about some popsicles around here lately  so I have been trying new recipes  once or twice weekly! My Daughter has a milk allergy, and I am mostly dairy free except for cheese and the occasional ice cream because well… With that said  I am always looking for new favorites when it comes to dairy free options.

We have really grown to love the So Delicious Coconut Milk yogurt. They have a good variety of flavors out there, though sometimes they seem hard to find in my market and it still taste good. Actually I think the flavored and sweetened ones are almost to sweet so I opt for the Plain Unsweetened and add to it myself. This also of course eliminates some of the extra added sugars. Its hot out so I thought why not freeze some yogurt into popsicles to make it seem like she is getting an treat at snack time. Let me tell you my daughter was a big fan! These are super easy and took me less than 10 min to make!

1 Cup Unsweetened Coconut Milk Yogurt

1 Cup Fruit of choice

1 Tablespoon of honey

4 part Popsicle Mold ( you may need more or less depending on your molds )


Add all the ingredients to the blender and blend together, this way the fruit can mix in well also. Pour into popsicle molds and pop in the freezer. I decided to do 2 different flavors so I spilt the recipe into 2 blenders. I made one blueberry and one strawberry. This made 1 individual blueberry and one individual strawberry popsicle and I layered the other 2. The layered ones are fun so next time I may just layer them all. You could also mix more than one fruit into the blender. The recipe is so easy to just swap around and try different combinations.

You can pull the popsicles out and wrap in parchment, that way you can use your molds again to make some more with just regular wooden popsicles sticks. I love these Reynolds individual sheets you can find here. One sheet was enough for all 4 popsicles and then I just tossed them in a freezer bag. These sheets are also great to line all your pans when cooking, they fit so perfectly.

After my daughter had her first one she asked for one daily when she got up from her nap. I love that they are just plain yogurt and fruit that she would usually make a disaster with so I didn’t mind letting her have them. They went super fast and I need to make another batch, and she thinks she is getting a special treat!

So what other flavors should we try next? Do you have some favorite dairy free recipes we should try this summer?

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Disney’s Toy Story Date Night In

Disney’s Toy Story Date Night In

 

Today starts my Date Night In Series.  Dating your spouse is so important! When you add a child into the mix, the dynamic of things change. Those weekly date nights, time alone with just your spouse become few and far between. By the time bedtime rolls around for the kids you are just plain exhausted. Budgets can be tight not allowing for a date night and a sitter, and even schedules can get crazy. However you can’t let that foundation you set for your marriage fade. That is why date nights even if they are not out of the home are so important.

We are lucky that we have grandparents that watch our daughter about once a month so we can get out. Otherwise we would not have nights out very often at all. Not everyone has that option, and lets be real leaving a young child with a sitter is hard. Because of this and our need to make sure we are creating that time more than once a month we started Date Nights In at our house.

I am not talking always starting up Netflix and getting cozy on the couch more often. I am talking really creating a night where you can talk, dream, and inspire each other and have that one on one time without the distractions. That can even be tough on a real date night out. Find things to do that maybe take you back to things you used to love to do together.

I love to create things with a theme.  These date nights at home give me the ability to do so. When my daughter is old enough to watch and enjoy these things I can see many family themed date nights with movies in our future. I love to plan also, and as a Mom I’ve lost the ability to be creative as often as I would like to be so this gives me the ability to do it a few times a month.

A lot of this all started when I created our 12 Dates of Christmas.Something that has been a tradition of ours for the last 6 years or more. I’ll share more about that when Christmas is closer. I’ve been picking my brain for sometime about the things we loved to do and a lot of our most favorite dates night take us back to Disney Date nights from our time in Florida. The first date night in My Date Night In series, is Toy Story themed.

When we lived in Florida we absolutely loved hitting up the parks for really fun yet simple date nights. One of our favorites was to hit up Hollywood Studios for Pizza Planet and Toy Story Mania. (It was best during the non busy times.) Of course we would hit the other parks too. The goal was to create that at home for us and I did just that!

So the making of this date night was combined of homemade pizza, a Sheriff Woody inspired drink we called ” There’s a Snake in my Boot”, White Chocolate Chex Mix, and the Nintendo Wii Toy Story Midway Mania game. We also decided to pop in Toy Story 3 when we tired out from the game.

The Sheriff Woody inspired drink was actually fairly simple. Add 1.5 oz of Bourbon into a cup, top with  Ale 8 One which is a soda from Kentucky that is kind of a mix of Sprite and Ginger Ale. You can find it here. The glass bottle is better if you just want to drink it but we stock up when we go to Kentucky. These are a tad pricey to order online but you can sometimes find them at a local Kroger or Harris Teeter. Even Cracker Barrel sometimes has them as  they have started to expand outside of Kentucky! Add a few gummy worms and you have a “There’s A Snake In My Boot.” If you don’t have these just use ginger ale.

The recipe for the White Chocolate Chex Mix can be found here. Its super easy and the perfect movie snack!

We had the best time being competitive with each other playing Toy Story Mid Way Mania. Sometimes it is easy to forget how much fun you can have. For the dinner portion we decided it would be a non family dinner  night. We were more than ok and we would have dinner just the 2 of us after our daughter was in bed. It was the perfect time for conversation which does not happen much at dinner anymore. We are both are lucky enough to eat while trying to make sure our daughter is fed, not attempting to find a way out of her high chair, or dumping her plate on the floor.

There are so many ways you can create these great date nights at home. Most of this one with our grocery budget or things we already have in the house so this can definitely be done on a budget. Make sure to stay tuned as more Date Night In’s are coming every Friday in the month of June!

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Fresh Fruit & Coconut Water Popsicles

Fresh Fruit & Coconut Water Popsicles

Summer is  here, and that means pool days, outside fun, popsicles and ice cream! I want my child to enjoy all the fun that life and summer has to offer.  However I want to cut out some added sugars if and where I can. Trust me when I say I am not a perfect Mom by any means. These popsicles are just perfect for that!

We love Coconut Water in this house. The regular one and the pineapple flavored one. I had popsicles molds to try some different recipes through the summer and I thought why not use Coconut water as a base, and from there these popsicles where created and my sweet tiny human loves them.

NEED:

Coconut Water- amount will depend on your molds

Fresh or frozen fruit

Popsicle Molds ( You can find them here or also these that are disposable. )

I had tons of fruit in the fridge so we used pineapples, strawberries raspberries and black berries. Start with chopping up your fruit. I chopped mine up pretty small because I wanted my toddler to be ok with it, and my molds were pretty small. New molds have been ordered for more popsicles!

Add  fruit into each one, then coconut water,  more fruit at the top. Take a utensil and mix them a bit so hopefully the fruit will  spread out. It really did not take a whole lot of fruit to fill these guys up pretty well. After you fill them up, add in the sticks and they are ready to go in the freezer. Make sure to freeze them for a good 24hrs.

Grab them out of the fridge on a hot day for a yummy treat and enjoy. These are not only a much healthier option, but they are also super hydrating because of the electrolytes in the coconut water. Also Mamas out there they are so great for teething. We absolutely love these popsicles and I can’t wait to try lots of new fun recipes this summer, and of course I will be sharing them!

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Trader Joes Under Ten Dollar Dinner

Trader Joes Under Ten Dollar Dinner

Trying to stick to a grocery budget can be hard sometimes, especially when you start to get burnt out on your go to meals. While we try to eat healthier the best we can , sometimes I just want to go back to some of my easy favorites that aren’t the best for me. When we moved to North Carolina I fell in love with Trader Joes as Orlando didn’t have one yet. We went often and grabbed new things to try. One of our favorites was the Gorgonzola Gnocchi. To be honest this was the first time I think I had ever even had gnocchi. I also loved their sweet potato and brown butter one. It made for a quick easy dinners as we adjusted to a new normal 8-5 life and did not know what to do with ourselves when we could actually make a meal together at home. That was almost 4.5 years ago. I still love Trader Joes but I do try to make better choices there now, and there are lots of good ones in that category as well.

After having the gnocchi several times over I decided it was good but plain and I needed to dress it up a bit. We started buying 2 bags of it and making both at once because we loved having leftovers to eat for lunch the next day. If you are feeding a family bigger than 2 you definitely need 2 bags anyways. Making this meal cost about $10 when you truly add it all together. HEre is what you need from Trader Joes.  (All of these ingredients came from Trader joes except the Spinach which was already in the fridge, however that can also be bought at Trader Joes)

2 bags of Trader Joes Gorgonzola Gnocchi – $2.99 each bag

Container of Pancetta – $3.19 You will use half s0 $1.60 for the serving

Sun dried Tomatoes – $1.99 I used 1/4 cup which was about 1/4 of the bag so about .66

Spinach – $2.19 for a bag of organic  You will use one cup so about .73 for the serving

So it was about $8.94 for 4 servings,  we will use all the other ingredients for other meals as well.

Saute one cup of spinach with Olive Oil and garlic ( I used garlic powder) in a pan lightly, then add half the container of Pancetta. I like to get the Pancetta good and crispy like bacon. Next chop and add in 1/4 cup of sun dried tomatoes. Push all ingredients to the side and add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to heat up per the bag instructions, then add in gnocchi. Let all the gorgonzola start melt and start mixing it all together. It only takes about 7 minutes to cook. Now you have a quick easy way to get a delicious gnocchi dinner for under $10 at home. Makes life simple for the Mama. Even though my daughter cant do dairy, she loves the gnocchi so we wipe the sauce off some and give her the gnocchi, and make her a little something else, because well this Mama needs some comfort food sometimes.

So how will I use those other ingredients I have left? We always have spinach in our fridge. I use it in my daughters smoothies, for salads, other dishes so its pretty much a staple in our house. The pancetta we love in scrambled eggs, added to a salad, a pizza, and the same goes for the sun dried tomatoes. You can even add them into other pastas as the sun dried tomatoes are usually good for a little while. I love being able to use things multiple ways and not just use them for only one meal. There are many other ways you can add to this delicious gnocchi, chicken, Italian sausageand the list goes on. Stop by Trader Joes and grab yourself some today!

 

6 Reasons a Walt Disney World Annual Pass may be right for your Family

6 Reasons a Walt Disney World Annual Pass may be right for your Family

My family and I love to go Disney! There are a lot of reasons but here is a few. It is our second home, I was a cast member there for 4 years, we got engaged there, and it is just the perfect place for a fun family vacation. Being a previous cast member I know a lot of the ins and outs, tips and tricks of  Walt Disney World even though it has been 4 years since I worked there. We visit frequently, I read Disney Blogs on the regular and much more to constantly stay up to date. This past year in November we decided it was time to get a Walt Disney World Annual Pass. We have been blessed with many trips to Disney for cheap thanks to Disney friends but with a child we needed to be able to have more flexibility and plan on our own.

 

So is a Walt Disney Word Annual Pass right for our Family? Here are 5 reasons why it might be.

 

  1. You have a child under the age of 3 (Disney with young children – Another post for another day)

 

Our daughter is only 1.5. She has been to Disney 3 times already. We are taking extra advantage of it since we don’t have to pay for her right now, as our ability to go more often may change once she turns 3. (We hope not though.) At Disney 2 and under are FREE. No ticket required, no dining plan or meals have to be purchased, we can even still get a King size room. She can get her own plate at character meals at no charge, and eat off ours at others. However, she is an eater so we do buy her meals sometimes. This just makes things that much easier. I know it seems so young for a child to go to Disney but its free and they may not remember but you will!

 

  1. If you plan to go for more than 10 days in a calendar year it may pay for itself

 

When we got our pass in November we actually got an extra month free which gave us 13 months to use our pass. We have already been for around 14 days and the pass has easily paid for itself and then some. Price compare the options, especially if you like to park hop like we do. Also annual pass holders get room, food and merchandise discounts so that adds more savings.

 

  1. Memory Maker

 

This can be confusing to some as its listed as Photo pass under the pass holder perks, but it’s the exact same thing as the memory maker. It is one of my favorite perks of the pass. If you’re a Florida resident not every pass comes with this, but it is worth it for one person in your party to have the one with photo pass for the perk alone. Memory Maker cost $169 a trip, $149 if booked in advance. Over 2 trips that’s $300 or more you would pay for it close to half the cost of a pass. I wouldn’t do a trip without it, it is worth every bit!

 

 

  1. Free Parking

 

If you ever decide to go and stay off property, your parking with an Annual Pass is FREE! Parking is crazy expensive at $20 a day. Our most recent trip we stayed off property ( not my favorite thing, but we had a good deal!) and the pass saved us $140 in parking fees we would have paid.

 

  1. Discounts & Perks

 

Pass holders save on rooms, dining and merchandise. Room discounts can be up to about 30% off depending on the type of the resort. You receive 20% off merchandise and 10-20% off at certain food and beverage locations. We have yet to use the room discount but have easily saved upwards of $100-$150 from dining and merchandise discounts. You can even use your pass holder discount on the shop Disney parks app. Also just this year they have added special pass holder entrances. It was so great to skip the line at the turnstiles on the early mornings.  Who doesn’t love a discount, and good perks!

       6. Special Events and Merchandise

There are so many great special events throughout the year at Disney. From Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival, Food and Wine Festival, Mickeys Not So Scary Halloween Party, Mickeys Very Merry Christmas Party, Holidays around the World , to the New Festival of the Arts Disney always has something fun and new to offer! The Fall and Christmas are one of our favorite times to visit, and no it never gets old! With an annual pass you can experience it all, and there is always special merchandise just for annual pass holders.

 

As I mentioned we have already been 14 days since our first day of use in November. The park days alone have already paid for themselves and then  some based on what we have paid for 2 different trips worth of 7 day park hopper tickets. Because we got 13 months at time of purchase we plan to get one more week trip, and hopefully a long weekend or 2.

Do the math and the research and see what works best for your family. You could take one trip with your pass in 2017 and one in 2018 before its expiration saving you on trip for the following year. I think so many people don’t realize this is even an option.

Annual passes may not be the best option for every family depending on how often your family likes to make the trip. Sometimes we like to be spontaneous and plan a last minute little get away. That’s not easy for everyone to do, but if you can sometimes it is fun to fly by the seat of your pants. Happy Disney planning!

Tips for Saving at Target

Tips for Saving at Target

 

 

 

 

Who loves a good deal? I mean we all love Target right? Seriously we spend so much money at Target each month between diapers, the special non dairy milk my daughter drinks, household items and well all the other random things you find at Target that you may or may not need. I also grocery shop there on occasion since we have Super Target near by.

Finding more ways to save and get FREE things makes Target that much better.   The first way to save at Target is with the Red Card. Now I am not saying go get a credit card, ( you can if you want too) what I love about Target is they offer the debit card option too! You save 5% every single time you use your red card in store or online. You also receive an extended return time frame, and free shipping on online orders. Every so often they also send some good coupons just for red card users. The debit card connects right to your personal bank account so if you don’t want to go open a credit card and are a frequent Target shopper this is the way to go. We finally got the debit card and when we started saving money each trip we wondered why the heck it took us so dang long! When you are saving a couple extra bucks a trip it really adds up over a year. Combine other coupons you may have, in store specials, and cartwheel and your savings really add up. For example a few weeks ago Honest Company diapers were buy one get one 50% off which made 2 packs around $38, then cartwheel had 10% off Honest Company products. Then you add another 5% with the Red Card and that made them about $33. One box is $25.99 regular price so this was a fantastic way to stack savings together! We typically use Babyganics or Honest Company so I watch for these type of sales on these diapers often, stacked with other deals.

So I mentioned Cartwheel. I’ve had Cartwheel for sometime but have really learned to utilize it so much better in the last year. If you are not familiar with Cartwheel it is an app specific for Target. The app offers certain percentages off of certain items. I see the percentage range anywhere from 5-50% off an item. New things can be added daily and when you add things you can see when that offer expires. You only get so many slots to add offers on cartwheel and the more you use the app with the offers you earn more spots to add additional offers. When I first really started using it I would have to delete offers sometimes for something that had better savings and sometimes because I wasn’t going to use it that trip.  I typically will skim through the app before I go. Its divided in categories so if you know what your going for that helps. I love now that I can scan items from my phone while in store to see if there is an offer for that item available. Often Target has signs posted of more popular Cartwheel deals. During the holidays they ran some really great offers that sometimes only ran for 24 hours. I love saving extra money, and saving an extra $10  or more sometimes on a trip makes me feel much better.

In combination with Cartwheel is a newer service called Red Perks. This used to be a separate app but is now combined into the Cartwheel app. Not all Target areas have this perk just yet, but I have to say it is one of my favorites. I love that the 2 are combined now also so the cashier just has to scan one bar code at check out. So what is Red Perks you ask? With Red Perks you earn 10 points per dollar spent in store. Once you hit 5000 points you get to choose a perk. Used to it was a 5% off shopping day so it didn’t appeal to me all that much but I still used it. Now they have a list of FREE items you can choose to use your perk on. I have gotten FREE toys, a skillet, a SIP water bottle ( these retail for $25), jeans, and even pajamas. I always try to use my perk on something worth my wild. For example I have seen a bag of chocolates on there. I would rather spend the $3 on the bag of chocolates if I want them and get something that is a little more costly instead. If you are not using Red Perks you should check to see if its available in your area.

Another great perk is when Target has gift card offers when you make certain purchase amounts. For example recently there was a coupon out that you got a FREE $10 gift card for spending $50 on groceries. I ended up using this deal twice in the time it was available. These are the kind of deals that make me do my weekly grocery shopping at Target. I mean that was a FREE $20 to spend at Target that I was going to spend anyways on groceries! To top it off of course I had Cartwheel Deals and also got my extra 5% from my red card. The way to really save is to scan this coupon prior to cartwheel in case you don’t spend the $50 dollars after cartwheel discounts. This wasn’t really an issue for me because who gets out of Target without spending $50+ anyways!

So this is just a few ways I save at Target. Do you have other ways you save at Target? Tell me about them! Make sure to follow me on my Facebook and Instagram pages as I will help keep you up to date as Target deals come along each week. Happy Shopping!

 

 

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Welcome to Magically Megan!

Welcome to Magically Megan!

 

 

Welcome to Magically Megan! If you know me or have followed me for a while you know this isn’t my first rodeo at blogging. The truth is in the past I had no clue what I was doing. So, as they say the 3rd time is a charm! Thank you for continuing to follow.

The last 6 or so months blogging has been on my heart. For a long time, it has been something I have wanted to do. It was also something as a Mom I wanted to do to have something that was just for me. A way of finding myself again. You see sometimes as Moms we tend to lose ourselves a bit. Being a Mom, Wife, maybe even a full-time employee, yes they are all part of our description but we are still so much more. For me as a stay at home mom I find that some people give us all the credit, and some people think we stay home all day and watch TV, which is the furthest from the truth. In the days of constantly feeding, diaper changing, cleaning up after, keeping a household in order, possibly working a full -time job and many other things ( things I wouldn’t change for the world) a Mom should find something just for her. Maybe its blogging, maybe it’s an at home business, maybe its teaching a few fitness classes at a local gym each week. Whatever it is, while being a Mom is the most important, rewarding, hardest job we will ever have it is ok to step aside and explore who you are outside of being a Mom. This very statement was made at my first ever MOPS meeting this past September and its stuck with me ever since, it has just taken me pretty much the entire MOPS ( Moms of Preschoolers) year to put it into action.

 

 

So, with the brainstorming after that meeting I knew blogging was where I wanted to go back to, that was where I was going to step to the side a bit and do that exploring.  With that I bring you Magically Megan. A Disney & Lifestyle blog. I will share many things from motherhood, to home décor, recipes, money saving tips, lots of Disney goodies and so much more! I do hope you will follow along. To stay the most up to date please sign up for my email list, and follow me over on social media as well!