3 Reasons Why You Should Visit Disney’s Boardwalk!

The Disney Boardwalk features carnival style entertainment, delicious food and even a back entrance to Disney World’s Epcot theme park! I love visiting the Disney Boardwalk and here are 3 reasons why…

  1. When the sun goes down, the carnival lights go ON!

Disney’s Boardwalk is the perfect place to relax after a long day at the theme park. If sitting in a hotel room with energetic little ones just isn’t option, then take everyone down to the boardwalk for some nighttime fun! When the sun goes down, the Boardwalk begins to come alive with nightly entertainers looking to dazzle visitors of every age. Every time I have been, I have witnessed numerous juggling acts, magic shows and more! This is a great place to let the kids get their wiggles out before bedtime and it does not cost to enjoy the shows.

 

2. Delicious Food & Snacks!

The Disney Boardwalk offers food for every mood! Whether you are in the mood to sit down at a fun restaurant or just grab a pizza to go, the Boardwalk offers it all. The Boardwalk offers great carnival games alongside food stands with classic carnival eats such as funnel cakes, popcorn and even fried macaroni & cheese bites!

 

3. Jellyrolls! 

Jellyrolls is a Disney gem! Visit this nighttime entertainment hotspot packed with fun audience sing alongs, tasty drinks and in my opinion, the best nighttime entertainment Disney has to offer. The piano players are extremely theatrical and really bring their best Disney “A-Game.” This dueling piano bar is open nightly, ages 21 and up.

 

Pretty In Plaid

It finally hit 68 degrees here in Florida!

We may not get much of a “Fall” season but when it does happen, I know this is my opportunity to wear ALL THE PLAID!

Plaid is so easy to wear with boots, sneakers or even flats! Here are a few of my FAVE plaid looks this Florida Fall!

Peterbrooke Pumpkins for Halloween!

Get ready for your next Halloween party with Peterbrooke Chocolate!

Growing up in Jacksonville, Peterbrooke Chocolate Covered Popcorn is legendary! The delicious milk chocolate compliments the popcorn perfectly creating a sweet and salty combo for your tastebuds.

This year, Peterbrooke Chocolatier brought back the infamous CHOCOLATE COVERED POPCORN STUFFED PUMPKIN! This pumpkin is absolutely epic! The white chocolate pumpkin is actually orange and looks like a REAL pumpkin! The best part is that each pumpkin is jam-packed with scrumptious Peterbrooke Chocolate Covered Popcorn.

4 ways you can use the peterbooke chocolate pumpkin this halloween…
  1. A centerpiece turned dessert at your Fall or Halloween Party!
  2. Surprise the costume contest winner with this sweet treat!
  3. A dazzling birthday gift!
  4. Just for Fall FUN!
Visit your local Peterbrooke Chocolatier Store to pick up one of these delicious pumpkins! To find a location nearest you, visit…
https://www.peterbrooke.com

United Nations’ International Day Of The Girl

#DreamBigPrincess

What Is It?

  • Join Disney in celebrating the inspiring stories and words of advice from female trailblazers across industries from around the world, captured by 21 talented young women from 13 countries.

When Is It?

  • October 10, 2018 – November 20, 2018! Each like or share of a public photo or video with #DreamBigPrincess on FacebookInstagram or Twitter will unlock a US $1 donation from Disney Worldwide Services to Girl Up, the United Nations Foundation’s program supporting girls’ leadership and empowerment (minimum donation: $500,000/maximum donation: $1 million)

How Can You Get Involved?

  1. Share a photo of yourself Disney bounding as your favorite female Disney character along with a description of why they inspire you.
  2. Include the hashtag #DreamBigPrincess.
  3. Encourage friends, family and others to do the same!
  4. Unlock donations to inspire and support children everywhere!

To learn more visit …

https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2018/10/join-dreambigprincess-in-global-disney-bound-at-disney-parks-for-international-day-of-the-girl/

Tips For Attending Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party!

Every year, Mickey Mouse is known for really going above and beyond to host the BEST Halloween Party at Disney World. This year is no exception! Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is packed full of magical moments, delicious sweet treats and characters galore!

Here are a few tips and pointers I learned this year at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party!

-SKIP PACKING A TRICK-OR-TREAT BAG! The Mouse is always thinking ten steps ahead and that includes providing each guest with a trick or treat bag. Word on the (Main) Street is you can even receive multiple bags…just ask a cast member!

 

-NO FAST PASS? NO PROBLEM! Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party may not provide the option to sign up for fast passes, but don’t let that discourage you from getting on your favorite ride. The Party offers two parades. One begins around 9pm and the other begins around 11pm. The parades are practically identical so take advantage of the rides during one of the parades. The wait time will more than likely be shorter due to guests viewing the spooky parade.

 

GRAB DINNER BEFORE 8PM!  I eat dinner around 6pm every single night but all the theme park walking took a toll on my stomach and by 9pm, I was ready to re-fuel with a second dinner. That’s right, “Dinner #2”, however I found it increasingly difficult to find any food that was not sweet or in the form of candy after 8pm. Most of the cafeterias and restaurants stopped serving food after 8:30pm. The only place I was able to find “dinner style” food was Cosmic Rays in Tomorrow Land. Food being served consisted of burgers, fries and sandwiches however be prepared to wait. Due to being one of the only late night food options, this place tends to draw a crowd. If you do decide to visit Cosmic Rays for dinner, check out the SUPER- STRETCHY-Burger. Mozzarella sticks on a burger? SAY.NO.MORE.

Try these 4 things at Disney Springs!

Formally known as Downtown Disney, Disney Springs is a phenomenal way to experience the “Disney Magic” without having to pay the price of an admission ticket to the park! There are so many new shops, places to eat and areas to explore!

  1. SPRINKLES CUPCAKE ATM

Sprinkles Cupcakes is a quick service cupcake chain that made it’s way to Disney Springs featuring a pink, fun “Cupcake ATM.” The ATM is located directly outside the shop doors and features classic Sprinkles flavors along with a few seasonal flavors from time to time. Don’t let a small line discourage you from giving the ATM a whirl. It is a fun activity for children as well as adults!

2. BUILD & RACE A LEGO CAR

This fun activity is located in the covered pavilion outside of The Lego Store. The covered awning features several lego activity tables. This is a fantastic way to allow children to play for a bit to escape the afternoon showers or the Florida heat.

3. THE BASKET at WINE BAR GEORGE

The Basket is an outdoor service window right outside of Winebar George. Service includes fresh baked cookies, cheeses, sandwiches and yes…FROSE’! The service is fast and friendly making it easy to grab a refreshing beverage as you explore Disney Springs.

 

4. ROOFTOP BEVERAGE BAR at COCO-COLA STORE

We actually found this spot by accident but it was such a fun gem to find! The views of Disney Springs alone is a great reason to visit the Rooftop Beverage Bar at the Coco-Cola Store. Take the elevator up to the beverage bar or take the long route. I enjoyed the longer route because we also discovered a fun “Polar Bear Pit Stop” photo opportunity along the way! Simply walk up sidewalks that border the inside of the building. You can choose to make a pit stop at each floor or simply keep going until you reach the top. Enjoy Coco-Cola tasting flights at the bar or even an adult beverage!

3 Things I Learned at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

International Food & Wine Festival first timer right here!

I love Epcot! Despite the many times I have visited this fantastic theme park, this was my first time visiting during their annual International Food & Wine Festival. The festival is jam packed with delicious food,  innovative drinks and pop-up tents galore! Here are three things I learned from my very first visit to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival…

  1. GRAB A FESTIVAL PASSPORT! 

The festival features global cuisines at over forty destinations along with fun merchandise and unique events. It can be hard to keep track of on your own, so do yourself a favor and collect one of these Travel Itineraries as soon as you enter the park! This fun booklet features concert series dates, festival merchandise, a list of all seminars/demonstrations and events. In the middle of there booklet, you will have access to removable stickers that will help you mark off most event locations. This also doubles as a fun souvenir. Ask a cast member where to find one and they will point you in the right direction!

 

 

2. INVEST IN A PORTABLE FOOD & BEVERAGE TRAY

The festival is jam packed with delicious food and tasty drinks. This tray just helps make strolling through the festival a little easier with both your food and drink. You never know when you need may just be tempted to double up on snacks as you wander through the various countries.

 

3. CHRISTOPHER ROBIN’S ROOM

Okay this is a little off topic but it truly is something I learned while attending the festival this year. Make your way back of the pavilion in England. Enter the attached gift shop and keep walking until the reach the back of the gift shop. Look for a door with a stain glassed window. Although you are not able to go inside, you can peek through the window and view Christopher Robin’s room. How fun is that?!

Cupcake “Dress-Up”

Easy As 1-2-3!

Okay so I will be the first to admit, I did NOT make these cupcakes. In fact, the fabulous bakers at the Publix Bakery baked these delicious cupcakes.  I did find the decorations that transformed these yellow sweets into a pineapple paradise sea of cupcakes. Prior to following the steps below, order your favorite flavor and color icing cupcakes at a local bakery or neighborhood grocery store.

STEP 1- FIND & ORDER A CUPCAKE TOPPER 

 

STEP 2- FIND & ORDER A CUPCAKE LINER

 

 

STEP 3- PUT IT ALL TOGETHER!

My neighborhood grocery store, Publix, allowed me to bring the cupcake liners in one week prior to picking up my order and the bakers actually put the liners under each cupcake. Post cupcake pick up, I topped each cupcake with the “Pineapple” Themed Cupcake Topper. It was that simple! The cupcakes were delicious and such a hit at Hampton’s first birthday! I will probably use this method over and over again because it was EASY and FUN!

*OPTIONAL*  TO-GO CONTAINERS for guests

My guests loved having the option of taking home a cupcake for later! Here are a few containers I found that worked for us!

 

The Ultimate Travel Stroller

We live an active lifestyle and this includes bringing our one year old son along with us on every adventure. Our most recent adventure included the most magical place on earth but the idea of physically carrying Hampton with us throughout the park the entire time was not so magical. Luckily, we discovered the Jet Ultra Compact Stroller by Silver Cross just in time for our trip!

Here are 3 reasons why the Jet Ultra Compact Stroller was the PERFECT travel stroller for our family!

  1. SUPER COMPACT! This is no exaggeration because the Jet Ultra Compact Stroller has the capability of folding up so small that it is actually APPROVED to fit into an overhead compartment inside an airplane. We did not travel by air however we did travel by bus from the resort to the theme park. This is when the stroller really worked its magic for us. I cannot stress enough how important and easy it was to take this stroller with us on the bus to Disney World.
  2. SUN SHIELD! Disney World is extremely hot in the summertime. We constantly applied sunscreen as directed however if I could feel the sun beating down on my forehead , then I was confident Hampton could feel the same. Luckily the Jet Ultra Compact Stroller offers a UPF+ 50 extended hood with a pop-out hood feature!
  3. LIGHTWEIGHT! The Jet Ultra Compact Stroller is only 13lbs. It was so easy to fold the stroller up and carry it with us to our next destination throughout the entire trip.

I highly recommend the Jet Ultra Compact Stroller by Silver Cross! Hampton was extremely comfortable sitting as well as napping in the stroller. It’s so convenient and easy to use that this stroller is a must for traveling during the upcoming holiday season! #sponsored

Learn more about why the Jet Ultra Compact Stroller is perfect for your little one by visiting http://silvercrossus.com

Sunday Target Haul

Behold my pre-coffee 8:30 am Target Haul! I could not pass up the fall and winter clothing items from Cat & Jack! Each piece was under $10 and the colors are absolutely perfect for pumpkin patch photos! Shop my random Target Haul below!