Friday, September 29, 2017

Painting pumpkins

Carving pumpkins with two little ones is just not going to happen. I mean knives and toddlers NO.

Painting pumpkins is such a fun alternative for everyone, no matter what age.

Doing arts and crafts is always a favorite thing to do in our family. Everyone gets involved and everyone has their own masterpiece. Gives the kids the freedom to do things their way and use their imaginations!!!!

The beautiful weather doesn't hurt either. Taking in all that fresh air without running after my two babes.

All you need is
Paint brushes
I repeat washable paint!!! Don't have to worry about ruining clothes and scrubbing it off the kids.

We had so much fun doing our first fall activity together.

My daughter had a blast painting herself :)
So our pumpkin has her footprints on it.

I mean literally what could be cuter than giving a family member a pumpkin with your kids hand and foot prints on it?!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Best Camping Hack for Kids

Beat the bugs with this simple trick!

I hate mosquitoes and basically any bug that can bite.

Bugs love my daughter. (She kinda likes them too and tries to catch them) As soon as she steps out the door to play, she gets bitten. Her bug bites totally explode and become huge welts and lumps. I have taken her to the doctor a few times. Only to find that it was only a spider or regular bug bite. Her skin just has a very extreme reaction. And then my poor girl is itching them like crazy. The only thing the doctor suggested was to get some Cortisone cream. Which is so greasy, ends up all over her clothes and everything else before it absorbs. AND my daughter tries to lick it UGH.

Here is the solution.

All you have to do is take a little Children's Benadryl and rub it on the bug bites. 

Within minutes...
- The swelling will go down
- It will stop the itching

THE BEST PART - If your child licks it, its only Benadryl. You don't have to worry!! It will not do any harm, since it's usually ingested anyway.

Best hack ever. It saved me this summer!!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Football Sunday Eats

Sundays are for... eating :)

In honor of the first football Sunday, I had to make some game day goodies. This may not be my prettiest appetizer but it is a party in your mouth! And easy, easy, easy.

What you need:
1 and 1/3 cup of plain greek yogurt
1 cup shredded cheese 
2 jalapenos
3 slices of bacon
Wonton wrappers

What to do:
1. Cook and chop bacon. 
2. Finely chop jalapenos.
3. Combine bacon, jalapenos, greek yogurt and shredded cheese in a large bowl.

4. Layer wonton wrappers in a muffin tin to create nachos.

5. First, I baked the wonton wrappers for a few minutes at 350 degrees.
6. Spread the nachos on a cookie sheet and spoon on the popper mixture.
 7. Continue to bake for about 15 minutes.
The edges should be brown and crispy and the popper mixture should be hot and bubbly. 

Enjoy :)

Saturday, September 2, 2017

5 reasons you should use a Disney travel affiliate if its your first visit!

I have never, ever used a travel agent in my life. Not even for my honeymoon. My feeling is why should I pay someone when I can do the research myself and book the entire vacation for a cheaper price. Usually, I obsessively check prices for flights over and over and over again. I search through tons of hotels comparing pricing and amenities. Double and triple check to make sure packages aren't less when booking together. I also look into doing all inclusive or trying to save money by doing meals and drinks separately. Does this sound like you?

1. It is absolutely free.
There is no fee or percentage built into your vacation.

2. Dining planning
I haven't been to Disney in years and this was my kid's first trip!  I am not familiar with any of the restaurants inside the parks. I decided to get the dining plan because with two babies, their bottles, snacks... I didn't want to have to worry about their food. During our day at Magic Kingdom, I decided a few hours prior to our dinner reservation that I wanted to eat at a different place. Since it was only a few hours away, I was unable to cancel it on the Disney app.  They directed me to a phone number and I spent 10 minutes on hold without speaking to anyone. I texted my travel affiliate and told her the problem. Within minutes, she had not only cancelled my dinner reservation and booked us another restaurant but also got the fee waived that I would have had to pay because I cancelled less than 24 hours.

3. Fast Pass planning
Again, I haven't been to Disney in years so I know the really big attractions with the long waits. Certain rides I knew I wanted to do, she was able to tell me if the lines are usually short enough where I didn't need to waste a fast pass. She helped me coordinate fast passes around our lunch and dinner reservations. We basically made a game plan for the whole day so we could fit everything in.

4. Questions 24/7
When I say that I texted her morning, noon, and night... every time I thought of something else. She helped me search for flights. I needed a pack and play in the hotel room, she called and reserved it to my room. I texted her while in the airport in a panic. They made us check one of our carry on bags. I wasn't sure if it would go directly to the hotel or if I had to pick it up from baggage. She always got back to me within minutes and told me not to worry!

5. It just makes life so much easier
Vacations with a 1 and 2 year old is stressful enough. Worrying about all the things you need to pack and have accessible for them.  I wanted to make sure that our days at the park were packed with as much as we could possibly do.  Our Disney travel affiliate has small children (who she has brought to the parks every year) so she has got this routine down to perfection and made our experience just absolutely magical!

Here is her link if you are planning to go to Disney! Thank you Jackie, you made our first trip awesome!!!