It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

By on October 28, 2016

One of my favorite memories of Elementary school was the day we would go to art class, frost sugar cookies with orange frosting and watch It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. It is that memory that automatically makes me feel like it is Fall. 
This year the girls are finally old enough where they are really understanding the fun of the holidays. I knew I wanted to do something a little different than just watch the movie on the couch. I wanted to create that consistent memory like I had with watching it at school. So when I saw it was going to be on TV I made sure to have Branden record it for me. 

The next day I picked the kids up from school and I told them we were having a picnic in the living room and watching The Great Pumpkin. Ace then said we had to wear pajamas too so it would be a pajama party. I loved it! We got home, played for a little bit, Ace did some homework then I got the kids in the bath and into pajamas. As a treat Branden got McDonald’s happy meals which were Charlie Brown theme. I laid blankets down on the floor and the kids had a little picnic in the living room while watching the movie. It is the perfect movie to do this with on a school night, which is what we did because it is short enough not to run into bed time. It also can hold the girls attention since it is short. I love a good classic. I can’t wait for them to all be old enough to sit through Hocus Pocus (Which by the way is on sale for only $3.99! Saywhat?!)
Overall it was a really cute little memory for me and I hope for them. I love making little traditions for my babies. 
What are your traditions with your kids for Halloween?

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Fall Family Fun!

By on October 12, 2016

This post is sponsored by the Goldfish brand, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Who else is totally in love with Fall? It feels like the true start of Fall when October hits. There is so much to do and it all seems to be centered around family fun. 
Here is a list of our favorite Fall activities!

1. Pumpkin Patch. Every single year we get together with friends and go to the pumpkin patch. We have a Farmer’s Market here that has a painting area and the kids love it. We started this tradition of going with friends when Ace was just a baby. It’s so cool to be able to see how much all of our kids have grown and changed through the years. 

2. Decorating. Once September starts I am all about Fall decor. Who doesn’t love pumpkins all around the house? The most fun is decorating for Halloween. My husband usually goes all out. It’s one of his favorite things to do. 

3. Scary movies. Ok so maybe they aren’t very scary but we love watching Halloween movies together. The kids get some yummy snacks, their favorite is Goldfish crackers and the orange goes quite nicely with Halloween, right? Then we cuddle up with cozy blankets, turn out all the lights and watch a Halloween movie.  

4. Hayrides! Last year we took the kids to a Fall event and they had hayrides. When I was a kid we did hayrides every year during Christmas time but it was really fun to get to go during the Fall festival. The kids loved it. 

5. Baking. Nothing screams October or Fall than baking. I love baking cookies for the kids, sure they are just the packaged ones because I am the worst cook but whatever works! 
What are some of your favorite October activities? 

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A new Gilmore Girls Featurette! Who will be watching?!

By on October 6, 2016

Tell me I am not the only one counting down the days till the Gilmore Girls comes back to Netflix on November 25th?! I am beyond excited about this. Way more excited than I was about Fuller House. I mean this show was one I watched religiously in high school. I actually started rewatching it on Netflix because I just had to relive the amazingness of the show. It seriously brings me back. 
If you haven’t seen it already there is a new teaser out there of the show and you must watch it! 

So more importantly who do you think Rory is with now? Dean? Jess? Logan? I am hoping for Jess or Dean. I never really liked Logan. And I kind of am dying to see what Lane’s character is up to now. I mean it was hysterical when she had the twins. I also wonder if they will have Luke’s daughter on the show. So many things I can not wait to see!

Who else will be watching?!

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Family Moments: How to Survive Disney World with Kids

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We just got back from another fabulous Disney trip. This time we took it super easy since we bought Silver Passes and knew we would be going back frequently through out the year. We have a tradition with my best friend Kat that we go to Disney every Fall. We usually do Disney’s Not so Scary Halloween Party but decided on Silver Passes instead. 

My Mom with my sister, me and my brother at Epcot

Since I have been doing to Disney World since I was a baby here are a few tips on how we survive Disney with our whole crew. 
1. Arrive early. Getting to the park early is a must. This is the best way to get the most done before the crowds and heat become overwhelming. Being Floridians we are used to the humidity but even we need a break from the crazy heat in the middle of the day. We usually get to the parks when they open and take a midday break. 

2. Eat early as well. If you get to the parks early you can also eat early because you should have gotten a couple of rides in before the big rush. We like to have lunch at 11am. If places open before that than get in at 10:45am. You will beat the crazy rush to eat at noon. It is also nice to get in early because you want to be able to eat inside if the heat is really bad. It will be a nice break from the bright sun and you won’t have to wait around for an open table. Been there, done that and it’s not easy with a bunch of kids in tow. 
3. Bring your own snacks and drinks into the park. The great thing about Disney is they allow you to bring your own food and drinks into the park. I believe there is a limit on the size cooler you can bring in but generally you are good to go with a small cooler or backpack of stuff. Now that we are done with diapers we can really stock our backpack with the good stuff, snacks! My favorite things to bring are Goldfish crackers, some kind of fruit and lots of water! We usually bring the kid’s sippy cups and refill them with water throughout the day. 
4. Get the My Disney Experience App. This app will save your life! First of all you can check wait times and see what rides are down. Sometimes rides will shut down due to weather or refurbishment. The best thing you can do with this app is get Fast Passes! These will help you get on rides much quicker and avoid the lines. You get a max of 3 a day and 30 days in advance so use them wisely. What we like to do is get Fast Passes for the rides we really want to ride and do not want to miss. We usually use our Fast Passes on rides like Mine Train, Big Thunder Mountain and Peter Pan. If you don’t get a Fast Pass for Peter Pan or Mine Train it will be a long wait so check the app for wait times. On the app you can also make dining reservations but you need to do this in advance. Don’t wait till you get to the park. 
5. Splurge on a treat! This is something I love to do once in awhile in the park. Whether it is getting a special toy or an ice-cream it is fun to watch your kids eyes light up when they get a special Disney treat. One night we were at the park really late and Ace wanted to go on Buzz Lightyear but the line was crazy long. We were all exhausted and we decided this was a time to offer up that special treat. We went into the store right outside the ride and said the kids could split a toy since we were missing out on the ride. We ended up getting one of those sets with all the Toy Story characters and they were so excited. I didn’t feel bad about missing the one ride he had been talking about going on all night and the kids all got a fun toy to split. It is one that isn’t even that expensive so it was a win-win. 

6. Bring your own light up toys. If you plan on staying for the night shows or parades you will see Disney employees selling fun light up toys. My best friend and I realized that we could bring a little fun to the parks ourselves by buying glow jewelry from the dollar store. The kids love it and don’t care it’s not the Disney ones. 

7. Take a break. This one might be easier said than done since we have passes we can use throughout the year. I get not wanting to take a break if you only have a day or two to enjoy the parks but if you can take a break midday. The park becomes crazy hot and your kids are more likely to melt down at night if they haven’t rested. We usually leave the park after lunch or for lunch and don’t come back till 4 or 5pm if we are at Magic Kingdom on a late night. If the parks close earlier we will come back earlier. The kids all nap and eat before we head back to the park. My friend’s daughters are older so they usually take a pool break and chill out while the younger kids nap. This is something I always remember doing as a kid and loved. Not sure why but I always thought it was fun to go in the pool then go back to the park. There is also something so fun about going to the parks at night. It’s cooled off a bit and you don’t feel like you are in such a rush. I would rather take the break and stay late than not take a break and leave the parks early for kids to go to bed early. 

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