Do you ever look around you..at your children, your comfortable home, the presents under your "perfect" Christmas tree and just think "Wow, we are so blessed". My husband and I talk about this often, especially this time of the year when so many parents do not have the money to pay their next electric bill..let alone presents for their children. We have always tried to teach our children that giving is always better than receiving, so this year we are going to try something new. In the past, we have done the traditional "Angel tree" at the mall, helped out a family at church but this year we are going to try something different. I saw an interview on a morning talk show where "secret santas" are paying off layaways at local Walmarts and I thought this would be a great idea ! I would encourage everybody to give back this season in one way or another, even if it is not monetary. There is a wonderful foundation called payawaythelayaway.org where you can donate any amount to help a family with Christmas. Spread the love this holiday season ! XOXO
A blast for all ages !
Let me start by saying that as a family, we have been to Orlando more than 30 times in just 9 years ! But in those MANY times that we have been down to "Theme Park Capitol of The World", we have never visited Legoland ! Our son was beyond excited when we told him that we were going to visit and he even packed all of his little lego figurines in his suitcase.
A huge tip ! If you are visiting Legoland in the off season...check their days and times that they are open ! I made this mistake unfortunately and it felt a lot like the scene from National Lampoon's Vacation when the Griswolds show up to Walley World.....
After I kicked myself for not checking their schedule, we decided to visit the next that they were open. Boy am I glad that we decided to try it again because this park is so much fun ! Earlier in the week we had visited Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Universal Studios, and Islands of Adventures, so we were beyond tired of standing in lines in the Florida heat. Legoland is a much needed breathe of fresh air when it comes to crowds, we did not have to wait more than 5 minutes for a ride. I feel like because this park is located about 45 minutes south of Orlando, the crowds are more thin (especially in the off season).
This park spans over 145 acres and offers over 50 rides and attractions, so make sure that you arrive early because you will want to experience all they have to offer. My 2 teenage daughters loved the shows and enjoyed riding the roller coasters with our 5 year old. My husband even made the statement that he would come back to Legoland a hundred times before he ever goes back to Disney ! Do yourself a favor and visit this park with your kids...you can even stay at the Legoland Hotel right next door !
Fall Break 2017 is almost here !! This year we are will be stopping at 5 different locations is 5 days and I could not be more pumped about it !! We have taken the girls to Disney more times that I can count but our son has never been and seeing it through his eyes will be so magical. We will be visiting 4 other very exciting places as well (not Disney related) and I can't wait to reveal those :)
I have gone back and forth for the past few years about buying a new dining room set. I have googled, browsed and Pinterest everything to find "the perfect" hutch. Everything was either too farmhouse-y, mid-evil, or just plain ugly. After seeing some transformations on Pinterest..I decided to grab some spray paint and jump on the band wagon. This is my china hutch before..not horrible but just too dark for my taste.
After a coat of primer, one quart of bright white and some freshly sprayed knobs....I ended up with a beautiful, bright focal piece for my wedding china !
This is what I used to complete this project :
We are trying to get our Fall Break plans together and looking to do something new in Florida ! We have been to Universal Studios and Disney more times than I can count, so after doing some research I found LegoLand. My 5 year old son is obsessed with ALL things Lego, so this might have to be a theme park to try but Trip Advisor has mixed reviews. I'm thinking this will be a GREAT travel review for the blog....
We areSo, It has been awhile since I have posted on my blog just because life is SO hectic right now ! Juggling a full time job, grad school, a growing side business, husband and 3 kids has really eaten up ALL of my time. Writing is one of my passions so I decided to wake up early on this Saturday morning and get caught up on some exciting reviews that have happened recently !
My husband and I booked a 7 day cruise for our very first Royal Caribbean cruise. We have only cruised with Carnival before, so we were very excited to try a new cruise line and most of all we were excited to try one the lines largest ships, Oasis of The Seas. This ship was beyond anything I had imagined it would be....it holds 6300 people at max capacity, boasts over 30 restaurants and bars, Central Park with over 10,000 live plants, AquaTheatre with amazing shows and so much more ! This particular cruise ported out of Port Canaveral and stopped in St. Maarten, St. Thomas and Bahamas. We decided to book an excursion to the world famous Maho Beach in St. Maarten where commercial planes fly just a few feet over your head ! We are already planning our next Royal Caribbean Cruise for next year !
My daughter decided that turquoise chevron was too "young" for her now that she is the big 1-3 so she decided that she wanted to paint her room Gray. My response was "what color Gray" ? "Just pick one" she says....and now the journey is on for the perfect shade of Gray but why does there have to be SO many choices ?!?! I have it narrowed down to these 3 contenders !
So between my husband changing jobs he was able to tackle this ! I am one lucky girl :) I can't wait to reveal the final look !
30 Crockpot Meals
If you are like me, you juggle...juggle work, juggle kids, juggle housework, and the list goes on and on. For years now, I have made a promise to myself that I would simplify my life and my schedule..has this happened ? NOPE..it has gotten even more hectic because I decided to throw in working on my Masters degree in the mix. So I knew something had to give...lightbulb moment ! Scrolling though Facebook a few years back, I saw a mom that pre-made 30 crockpot meals all at once and then froze them...I decided I was going to take on this task.
After 90 minutes at the grocery store and 2 1/2 hours of prep, I officially have 30 "not spaghetti again mom" gourmet meals ready to go for each day !
It has been a good, solid 4 weeks of getting ready in paint cans, saw dust and no lighting but it is FINALLY done ! I could not be more pleased with the outcome...especially the wall color that I picked out..my new favorite Dorian Gray by Sherwin Williams.
" You only live once but if you do it right..once is enough" ~ Cecil Beaton