I Went To Disney With Small Kids, Here’s What I Learned…

Last week, Huff the Hubs, the kids, and my in-laws went to Disney World. It was a magical (and exhausting) time! I tried to prepare for the trip as best I could, knowing that I’d basically have to bring our entire house with us and somehow make it fit onto a stroller while we walked around the parks.

A lot of knowledge gained through a Disney vacation is acquired through trial and error. So I’m going to share my accomplishments and failures so you can have the best Disney vacay ever!

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Make “Park Bags” In Advance

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Listen to me: you are going to want to fall into bed AS SOON as you get back to the hotel. You are not going to want to reorganize a diaper bag/backpack when your back is aching and you have the stench of sweat and sunblock. Plan ahead! I got 2-gallon zip top bags and filled them with what I thought we would need while we were at the park: diapers, baby wipes, a change of clothes for each kid, medications (like Tylenol, Benadryl etc.), and whatever else you think you may need.

 

Buy “Souvenirs” For The Kids Before You Leave

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Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying to buy a “Walt Disney World” magnet before you go. What I’m saying is, your kids will ask for everything–and I mean eeeeeverything–in sight while you’re at the parks to the point where you will start trying to hide their eyes from the souvenir peddlers on the street because they will be like flies on honey with that stuff. My advice is: go to Dollar Tree and buy a few little figures of Mickey and pals to hand to your little ones when they want something. Its cheaper, its faster, and they have something in their hands to keep them busy during those long waits in ride lines. Also, if you plan on staying until the fireworks show, grab a bunch of glow sticks while you’re at DT! They even have Disney-themed ones! Such a money-saver (the glow stuff at DW was like $12 and up!) and you can splurge on something else later!

 

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!

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I didn’t really drink water while we were there (unless I got it at the resort because, filtered water). Huff the Hubs had a Camelbak, but he used tap water and it was just too funky-tasting for me. Plus, I needed caffeine because I was sooooo sleep-deprived. But, I should’ve just sucked it up and drank the funk water. Or bought a 24-pack of water bottles and taken those to the park. I ended up get a heat rash because I was under hydrated. Its the worst. Don’t be like me. Just drink some water every hour to avoid dehydration and all the crappy symptoms.

 

Plan Rest Days

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If I could do it over again, I would’ve planned two extra days just so we’d have time to rest at the hotel in between going to the parks. We should’ve done a rest day every other day, but we only had a limited time and limited budget. Next time, though, we’re splurging for more days so we can rest and not be so crabby/sleep-deprived.

 

Pack Snacks 

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Even if you’re doing the Disney Dining Plan, you’re going to want to pack snacks for your kids. You’re not going to want to spend your precious snack credits on a Danimals yogurt you could get at home–you’re going to want to use those for a Mickey-shaped cake pop, yo! Go Go Squeeze applesauce pouches, Goldfish crackers (they even have Mickey Mouse-shaped ones!), and peanut butter crackers were our saving graces during this trip.

 

DO NOT JUST “WING IT”

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Before we left, I kept seeing all these posts about planning your Disney World day. I was like, “I’m not going to plan out every second of our day! I just want it to be a leisurely thing.”

That was the dumbest decision I have ever made, second only to the time I decided to have my baby shower TWO days after giving birth.

You NEED a plan. You need to know who wants to ride what, which characters are where, and how you’re going to execute all of it. I though it would take the fun out of it, but as it turns out, having a plan makes things run so much smoother and you’ll be a lot less stressed if you do.

 

Have you ever been to Disney World/Disneyland with little ones? What advice would you add to the list? Share in the comments below!

Fan Girl Friday!

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Since today is our last day at Disney, what better way to celebrate our day than with a House of Mouse-themed Fan Girl Friday?

I know Maleficent is a villain, but she’s pretty bad-a. Show your love for the bewitchingly bad fairy with this awesome tee from Hot Topic!

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Y’all, I’m not much of a jewelry girl. I wear a few rings and a necklace every now and then. But OH. MY. SEAS. I want this ring!

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This 3-D ring is an exact replica of Triton’s castle from The Little Mermaid covered in blue and purple glitter!

 

Of all the Disney secondary characters, I feel like Edna Mode from The Incredibles is the most underrated and under-represented! She’s smart, creative, and has some wicked one-liners! Like this one featured on a tee!

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That chick is wise, too! And, as expected, this shirt does NOT come with a cape!

 

Not all Disney gear has to be a t-shirt. Check out this cah-yoot skirt, straight in from the street markets of Agrabah!

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The border on the skirt has silhouettes of your favorite characters and views from Aladdin! Street rat? Nah, girl. Street chic.

 

OH. EM. SQUEE. I seriously think I may order this to hold one of our photos in from Orlando!

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This Mickey “heart hands” frame holds a 3 by 4 1/2 inch photo–perfect for those pics from Splash Mountain or The Haunted Mansion!

 

Fan Girl Friday!

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Happy Friday, my fellow nerdlings! I have searched the interwebs high and low and found some amazing geeky goodies to share with you!

Have y’all seen the latest trailer for the new Fantastic Beasts movie? I. AM. SO. EXCITED. I’m almost as excited about this awesome Lego set featuring Newt Scamander’s magical case of creatures!

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Seriously, though! How cool is this set?! It Looks like a perfectly normal suitcase and then, bam! MAGIC.

 

And speaking of the wizarding world, for those of you wanting to write your memoirs but not wanting anyone to see them yet, I’ve got just the thing for you!

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This diary–more specifically, Tom Riddle’s diary–comes with a special pen filled with invisible ink and a flash light (cleverly disguised as a wand) that will reveal what has been written! Thankfully, no Dark Magic is included.

 

Did y’all know that 2018 is the 30th anniversary of My Neighbor Totoro?! Celebrate with this a-DORK-able necklace from Hot Topic!

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I absolutely love this! Now I just need to find a catbus shirt to wear with it!

 

We’re about to head to Orlando for our first-ever Disney trip with the kiddos! I think I may need this magical backpack to take with us!

 

This cute bag from designer Danielle Nicole can be worn as a backpack, shoulder bag, or cross-body bag! Not to mention it is super adorable!

 

Happy fangirling!

Try It Tuesday–er, Wednesday

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Last week, I told y’all that I bought some new cauliflower-based products. This weekend, I decided to try out another one: Green Giant’s cauliflower pizza crust!

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I wanted to see if I could make a pizza with simple ingredients and make it low-carb-friendly as well as have it actually taste good. Here’s what I used:

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~Green Giant Cauliflower Pizza Crust

~1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

~1 tsp Italian seasoning

~1/2 tsp minced garlic

~1/4 tsp Kosher salt

~1 cup fresh spinach, chopped

~3/4 cup fat free mozzarella cheese

~4 ounces grilled chicken

 

I mixed the spices and oil first and then spread it onto the pizza crust. I popped that in the oven for a few minutes and then took the crust back out, per the instructions on the box. Then, I added the spinach, cheese, and chicken on the crust and put the pizza back in the oven for about 10 minutes. After that, the pizza was ready!

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I think it turned out pretty good! The part of the crust that didn’t have any toppings on it was very “cauliflower-y”-tasting, but other than that, I liked this! I will definitely be trying this again!

Have you tried this? What did you think? Share in the comments below!

Mommy Monday

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Hey y’all! Halloween is officially over so we can now start focusing on Christmas!

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Oh wait. We still have to do Thanksgiving. My bad.

Don’t get me wrong, Thanksgiving is an okay holiday…but its not my favorite. Honestly, I just see the third Thursday in November as a hurdle to Christmas. But, I DO like how I can weave in little lessons here and there during the Thanksgiving season to help my kiddos (and myself) grasp the concept of thankfulness and having a grateful heart. Need some help in how you can teach your kiddos thankfulness this season? I gotchu, girl. Or should I say, Pinterest has you, girl.

 

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Coffee Cups and Crayons has a great printable you can download to have your older kids (and you and your hubby!) fill out every day in November to help you remember that even the simplest of things can be appreciated! By day ten, you typically have to start really looking at the little things in your life that you can be grateful for!

 

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Not Consumed Ministries has compiled a list of children’s books that help teach thankfulness! You can see the list here!

 

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The Fervent Mama offers a printable pack full of thankfulness activities for kids including memory verses about gratitude!

 

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Another site full of book recommendations about gratitude is Babies to Bookworms!

 

What is one of your family’s favorite thankfulness activities? How do you teach gratefulness to your children? Share in the comments below!

Try It Tuesday

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Last week, a friend of mine posted a picture of some new products she found at the grocery store. They were a part of the new riced cauliflower line from Green Giant! Intrigued, I bought one of the products to try–the riced cauliflower stuffing!

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This healthy version of the Thanksgiving staple is packed with cauliflower, carrots, celery, cranberries, and tasty herbs and spices! Its super easy to cook (and by “cook” I mean pop the bag in the microwave for like, 5 minutes) and its done!

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We had ours on the side of Keto chicken and asparagus! It was actually pretty good! I mean, I don’t think it will completely take the place of stuffing, but it was nice to have a healthier alternative!

Have you tried this yet? What did you think? Share in the comments below!