GAGA for Gingham!

The classic black and white Gingham pattern is perfect for fall! Accessorize Gingham with red, yellow or even royal blue! It’s such a versatile pattern that I just had to share my favorite Gingham looks with you! Shop them below!

Fall Style Round Up- September

We are almost into October and I am finally ready to bring you the first round up of my favorite style picks to kick off this marvelous season! A few of these looks have already made their way into my closet and a few are waiting to leave my online tote!

 

A Few More Faves

Inside Our Marriott Ocean Pointe Vacation Villa

Welcome to the world of traveling with a baby!

This is brand new world for us and as exciting as it can be, traveling with children really includes a lot of planning. However, by staying at the Marriott Ocean Pointe Vacation Club, we did not have to pack nearly as much as my husband and I anticipated.  It is so important to book a resort location that helps make packing a little easier! Thanks to Marriott, our ocean view villa was perfect for our family vacation and here are a few reasons why…

Spacious Rooms

We stayed in a one bedroom villa that was perfect for our family of three! The bedroom was separate from the family/dining room and featured a LARGE bathroom. The villa included a dining room table that comfortably sat six and was perfect for eating meals together as a family. We even brought Hampton’s walker to the villa. Hampton was so thrilled to have the large amount of space to move the walker freely around the villa.

 

Full Kitchen!!!!

There are not enough exclamation marks to really express how amazing and essential having a full kitchen in our villa really was throughout our trip! It was magical. I was able to wash Hampton’s bottles, dishes, cups and even toys in the dishwasher. The refrigerator allowed us to store leftovers safely as well as keep Hampton’s milk chilled. The resort provided dish soap, dishwasher pods, paper towels, coffee, condiments and more! It made our stay at the Marriott Ocean Pointe extremely easy and convenient!!!

Villa Amenities

Three words. Washer and Dryer. Our Marriott at Ocean Pointe Villa featured a washer and dryer, complete with detergent for our stay! It does not get any easier. I was able to maintain the laundry throughout the trip which made unpacking back at home a breeze.

fantastic friendly staff

Would we stay at the Marriott Ocean Pointe Vacation Club again? Absolutely! The main reason our stay at the Ocean Grande Marriott was so magnificent was due to the amazing staff working at the resort. The tone for any vacation really does begin upon arriving at your destination.  The staff was extremely friendly and helpful from the moment we checked in and this continued until the moment we checked out.

Take advantage of the AUTUMN ADVANCE PURCHASEand book by September 27th, 2018! Receive 30% off leisure rates when you book with the Autumn Advance Purchase rate at 13 beautiful Marriott Resorts! #sponsored

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3 Ingredient Pumpkin Play-Dough

What You Need

  • 3 Cups – All Purpose Flour
  • 3/4 Cup – Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 Cup – Canned Pumpkin

Gather the ingredients and combine in a large mixing bowl. You may use a wooden spoon to mix but to be completely honest, I used my hands to mix it all together. Not only did it work great, but I enjoyed playing with the Pumpkin Play Dough a bit as well! This recipe makes enough Pumpkin Play Dough for 2-3 children. One fresh batch will last about a day or so. Store at room temperature in an air tight container.

 

 

5 Reasons To Book NOW & SAVE with Marriott!

 The Marriott Vacation Club Ocean Point in Palm Beach sunny Florida was the perfect spot for our family getaway. This gorgeous beach front resort is perfect for the entire family, featuring fantastic amenities and on-going activities for every single age! Here are 5 reasons The Marriott Vacation Club Ocean Pointe is perfect for your next getaway…


5-  Plenty of Pools

The sunshine state tends to heat up in the summer time. Choose from one of FOUR pools or THREE spas to relax and cool down in! This includes the family friendly Children’s pool, Sailfish Whirlpool Spa, Cobia/ Pompano Pool, Cobia Whirlpool Spa, temperature controlled Main Pool, Kingfish Pool and Kingfish Whirlpool Spa. Hampton loved the Splash Pad at Turtle’s Nest! No need to pack towels for your pool day because Marriott Ocean Pointe provides fresh towels all day, everyday!

4- Resort Style Sports

Wake up and hit the court! Marriott Ocean Pointe offers resort style volleyball and resort style tennis. Surround yourself with sky high palm trees as you exercise your way into a healthy lifestyle. Sign up ahead of time on select days for Volleyball tournaments or Tennis Round Robin. Visit the concierge desk to sign up!

3-  Multiple Fitness Centers & Classes

Marriott’s Vacation Club at Ocean Pointe makes it super easy to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle while on vacation. Sweat it out at either the Pompano Fitness Center or the Kingfish Fitness Center. Start your day with morning stretch classes (offered on select days) at the Sailfish Lounge. Get your afternoon adrenaline flowing with the Get Fit Bootcamp offered at the outdoor pavilion. Head over and relax in one of the two whirlpool spas following any workout! Need more motivation? All of these classes and more are completely complimentary during your stay!

2- Daily Activities for EVERY AGE!

The Marriott at Ocean Pointe eliminates the stress of planning your vacation by providing numerous fun and engaging actives every single day, many of which are included in your stay! Little ones will enjoy Ocean Reef Activities including age appropriate crafts, Kids Club Bingo and fun treats. Hampton loved his first experience with kinetic sand!

Teens will love the engaging actives offered ranging from Lego imagination time to learning to make your very own beach candle or lip balm. The actives change every single day along with fun end of day treats such as build your own smores around a fire pit. Don’t miss out on the evening movie at the Sailfish Lounge!

Have you ever wanted to learn to make Paella? What about crafting your very own sangria to sip on? This is just a taste of what the Marriott at Ocean Pointe offers for adults to relax, unwind and even learn a new skill. Select actives are offered at an additional charge and vary on the day.

1- THE BEACH

The sunshine state is home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches! The Vacation Club at Marriott’s Ocean Pointe offers a luxurious vacation that is just steps from the Atlantic Ocean. Leave the crowds behind and embrace the warm sunshine.

Take advantage of the AUTUMN ADVANCE PURCHASE and book by September 27th, 2018! Receive 30% off leisure rates when you book with the Autumn Advance Purchase rate at 13 beautiful Marriott Resorts! #sponsored

Visit AUTUMN ADVANCE PURCHASE to learn more!

Making Our Patio Family Friendly!

Football season is upon us! This calls for cooler weather and multiple family cookouts. I love any excuse to have friends and family over simply because I love entertaining. One of my favorite places to entertain is the great outdoors! My back lanai to be exact…

Patio furniture is key when entertaining outdoors. We previously had patio furniture that was intended more for lounging than anything else. Well life has changed, AND IN THE BEST WAY! We needed a patio set that was going to cater to our entire family. Thankfully, BestChoiceProducts.com had plenty of options to choose from when it came time to make the switch. I found a high quality patio set that included four chairs with matching cushions and a heavy duty glass top table.

A heavy duty table will allow us to maximize the amount of use, not only with entertaining family and friends but also with day to day activities with Hampton. It is perfect for art projects, dining and more! Find a patio set that fits your lifestyle by checking out BestChoiceProducts.com today!

4 RIDES YOU MUST GO ON at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween!

Mickey is hosting the most MAGICAL Halloween party of the year and you are INVITED! 

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween is running this year from August 17th thru October 31st. I was so excited to receive an invitation to attend the very first day of the event. There are so many magical surprises for ghouls young and old! The party includes NEW Halloween themed ride features and they are AMAZING! Here are 4 rides you MUST CHECK OUT this year at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party…

#4 SPACE MOUNTAIN

Calling all outer space explorers seeking a thrilling (and chilling) experience! Space Mountain is a fantastic ride to begin with but Disney decided to take it to the next level this year. Soar through pitch black space while jamming out to a hard rock soundtrack. Did you read that right? PITCH BLACK. That’s right fellow space travelers! Ride Space Mountain in pitch black darkness. You may even experience a few spooky surprises along the way!

#3 MAD TEA PARTY CUPS

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is serving up tea this year with a little extra magic! Experience the Mad Tea Party like never before with whimsical music, crazy colorful lights and a light breeze of spooky fog. This ride is perfect for kids who love to swirl and twirl on a cool summer night. Now the question is, what color tea cup will you pick to ride in?

#2 PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN

Hold onto your Pirate hats! Disney brought their “A-Game” with the new INTERACTIVE Pirates of the Caribbean ride. Help Jack Sparrow find a nasty scoundrel who is after his treasure. He goes by the name of “Gunpowder Pete.” It actually took me a few moments to realize some of the pirates throughout the ride were REAL. Disney’s animatronics are so realistic, I was almost in disbelief. I have not been on this ride in a long time so I also noticed a few changes in the ride scenes that I’m sure you already know about. The scene with the “Pirate Auction”, I believe has changed and the pirates are now waiting in line to trade what appears to be antiques (picture frames, decor, etc.) I also noticed a pretty fierce female pirate in the same scene which I absolutely LOVED!

#1 HAUNTED MANSION

This ride is a given if you are attending Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween but something insane went down at the end that literally had us screaming, “WHHAAAAT JUST HAPPENED?!” The ride features 999 grim grinning ghosts and upon entering the line, there were even a couple who came out onto the mansion lawn to chit chat with guests. My favorite part in this ride used to be the ghostly ballroom scene but this has now changed! Previous riders know that at the end of the ride, you tend to acquire a hitchhiker or two. However, THE GHOST FACE SWAPPED OUR FACES IN THE MIRROR! YES! Our actual faces were picked up and swapped by a spooky friend. IT WAS BY FAR THE COOLEST feature on the ride!

Do you plan on attending this year? What is your favorite ride? Let me know in the comments below!

Advance tickets start at $75 for adults and $70 for children (ages 3-9) Visit MickeyHalloween.com to grab your tickets today!

Working In/Out and All About Clothing

“Working out” does not have to involve going to the gym or studio. Personally, I can work up a solid sweat redirecting my ten month old north of 100 times a day.

I will happily admit I wear tennis skirts to run errands. Perhaps one day I will invest in tennis lessons and actually give it a whirl. In the meantime, I just really enjoy wearing the stretchy skirts. The drool and vomit is super easy to wipe off and keep it moving. Same goes for yoga and yoga pants. I don’t wear the “work out attire” because I don’t care about my appearance. I wear “athletic style” clothing because there are days that motherhood truly does feel like training for a triathlon and this clothing best accommodates my on-the-go lifestyle.

Here are my favorite pieces to mix and match if you also enjoy wearing “athletic style” clothing for running errands or even the occasional stroller walk!

90 Degree by Reflex Power Flex RacerBack Tank Top

This is the BEST $13 Racerback Tank Top! It comes in all colors and I have 6 of them! It does run a bit on the smaller side but you can’t beat this price!

 

Adventure Timeline

Pump up the excitement for your next big adventure with this printable calendar! Creating a small timeline leading up to an event may help allow a child to better understand when a special event is happening. This is perfect for toddlers, preschoolers and even elementary students. Customize this printable calendar to create your own visual timeline at home! Just fill in the correct number of days until your fun adventure!

3 Ways To Conduct A Daily Countdown

  1. Place a sticker over the daily square leading up to your goal.
  2. Move a “symbol” to the next day using scotch tape.
  3. Color the entire daily square to eliminate that day from the countdown.

 DOWNLOAD AND PRINT BELOW

BLANK CALENDAR

Casual Mickey Gear

Walt Disney World hosts a magical melting pot of people every single day. However, the majority of people visiting Disney have one thing in common and that is planning the proper theme park attire ahead of time. Theme park gear means something different to everyone. While some prefer to show off their “Disney Style” by mirroring their favorite character, others prefer a more laid back theme park approach including comfortable sneakers, breathable tee shirts and dare I add…a pack around your waist that holds the essentials? Here is a more casual approach to a day at the parks…