This is our first Christmas in our house and decorating has begun! I found a simple & festive DIY via Pinterest, to show off all our family’s Christmas cards!
All you need is ribbon, adhesive tape and clothespins!
Many people think why take a baby to Disneyland? It’s not possible! You won’t have fun. I say hush to the
naysayers. When you are prepared, it’s an awesome experience to have with you & your little one! I’ve listed below our families two day itinerary, as well as tips & must-haves for a successful trip at the happiest place on earth!
First things first! Download the Disneyland App on your phone. It’s great for wait times, dining reservations, purchasing park tickets, storing photos the cast members take of you, and countless other things!
Next, I think having a schedule always works best with kids. Holler if ya hear me, mamas? Especially, at a place like Disneyland it’s nice to have a game plan prior to entering the park. Our first trip with kids we had two under two and opted to stay walking distance to the park, which I loved! It was super convenient, plus the hotel served breakfast and offered a shuttle to the parks. Below is a map to give you an idea of what is all near by. Stay tuned for a post on accommodation details!
Listed below is an itinerary I made for our family’s two days at the parks. We did both California Adventure & Disneyland. All of the attractions listed below, our whole family was able to ride/enjoy, with the exception of only 2 or 3 rides.
*NOTE- Naps are not in the itinerary, as my kids napped sporadically in their stroller throughout the day.
7:00 am Breakfast at hotel
7:30 am Walk to park
8:00 am Arrive at Disneyland
-Take a picture in front of the iconic flower Mickey just as you enter the gates
-Take a picture in front of the castle
Next, head straight over to Fantasyland!
Casey’s Jr. Circus Train
Mad Tea Party
Alice in Wonderland
Storybook Land Boat Ride
It’s A Small World
Meet Mickey & Minnie & take a picture!
Tour their Homes
Chip ‘n Dale tree house
Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
*Adventureland / Frontierland
The Enchanted Tiki Room
Grab some Dole whip
Tarzan Tree House
The Jungle Cruise
The Haunted Mansion
The Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Stop to get a Churro funnel cake @ Hungry Bear Restaurant! Soooo good!
6:30 pm Head to set up blanket to watch parade near Main street round about entrance.
8:45 & 10:45 pm Electrical light parade starts
9:30 pm Fireworks
Continue to ride rides and see the parade the following day.
7:00 am Breakfast at hotel
7:30 am Walk to park
8:00 am Arrive at California Adventures
*Get Fast pass for World of Color @ 9:45
Disney jr dance party
10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 2:15, 3:15, 4:15
Turtle talk with Crush
Frozen show at Hyperion Theater, 12pm, 3pm or 5pm, grab lunch while waiting in line.
Toy Story Mania
King Tritons Carousel
The Mickey Ferris Wheel
Show: It’s tough to be a bug
Hemlich’s Chew Chew
Junkyard jamboree 32″ or taller
Luigi’s rollinlickin roaster 32″ or taller
World of Color- make sure you get fast pass earlier in day for show!
Tip #1: Know where the Baby Care Centers are Located.
Both parks offer the Baby Care Centers & they are equipped with changing tables, areas to nurse, a sink, microwave to heat up food and lounge areas. You are able to buy baby necessities here as well. Location details below.
Disneyland: At the end of Main Street, next to First Aid.
California Adventure: Next to the Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop and across from the Bakery Tour in Pacific Wharf.
Tip #2: Pack Jackets / Blanket
Jackets are a must. Once the sun goes down the temperature drops significantly. You are going to want an extra layer regardless of the season. Trust me! I’ve experienced Disney in all seasons, and I ALWAYS need a jacket.
A blanket and or towel is perfect for parade seating. I recommend claiming your spot about an hour prior to the start of the parade. The best viewing ( less congested) is near the restrooms next to Alice In Wonderland.
Tip #3: Bring a Stroller
This was an essential for me & my babes. After the initial excitement Savannah was ready to catch a ride on the stroller. It was perfect for nap time too. Not to mention it served as our portable house, carrying all our junk!
Tip #4: Right outside the entrance of the park is a area to rent strollers in case you don’t pack your own. They also offer an air dispenser to fill up your stroller tires. It was a lifesaver our last trip, as the tires were completely flat when we arrived to the park.
Tip #5: Tie a scarf, ribbon, bandanna or ballon around handle of your stroller. It helps with identifying your crews stuff in the sea of strollers parked outside each ride.
Tip #6: Bring a Baby Carrier
Since you are required to park strollers outside each ride, I would suggest bringing a baby carrier for your non walkers. An hour in you are going to be glad you have this hands free option. Most rides that do NOT have a height requirement allow for you to have your baby on your chest during the ride.
Tip #7: Snacks & Treats
Waiting in line can get tiring for anyone, but especially for little ones. I made sure to have snacks on deck & gave Savannah one bite at a time to keep her occupied. Sounds silly, but it’s all about strategy. For a “treat” we bought her bubbles which she LOVED! Other kids around her in line got a kick out of them as well.
Tip#8: Disney allows for outside food and beverages to be brought in! Keep that in mind if you’re looking to save money. I love me some churros and Mickey pretzels, BUT $5 bottles of water adds up quick!
Tip #9: Bring A Backpack
We’ve made it a habit to keep our valuables (camera, keys, cellphone and wallet) in a backpack that we keep with us at all times. Simpler items we just keep in the stroller when we are riding the rides.
Tip #10: Sanitizer wipes
Things get messy with kids even on a regular day at home and when your on the go these babies come in handy!
So you want to take your kids camping? First, let me start off by saying, it ain’t for the weak. Don’t get me wrong, it is a blast, but I never realized just how much planning goes into experiencing a successful & fun trip. Like seriously. As a kid, I did what kids do on vacation, I left the actual “work” to my parents. And this time around it was my turn to show MY kids how it’s done. Luckily, I had my parents along to give me a refresher course.
#1. Pack everything in clear tubs
I’m so happy I did this! It was super easy to find anything we needed. I made separate ones for food, clothes, toys & sleeping/ bathroom items. Organization when camping is key!
#2. Pack lots of hand wipes & baby wipes
If you are just the slightest germaphobe like myself, you will catch yourself using these 24/7 with all the dirt & mess Mother Nature has to offer. They are a quick and easy way to refresh.
#3. Bring a walker or play center
If you’re camping with a non walker make sure you pack a play center for them to sit at. Along with a blanket to place underneath them. Otherwise, you may find yourself carrying your little one EVERYWHERE around the campsite. I made this mistake and my back was killing me. Luckily, Walmart was right up the street.
#4. A baby carrier
I originally planned to carry the baby on my chest the majority of the time, but quickly learned this wasn’t going to happen. But, I’m definitely happy I brought it for hiking and other outings.
#5. Pack EXTRA clothes & layer up!
Getting dirty is a part of camping. It IS going to happen. So be prepared with some extra outfits for the kiddos. Also, with that make sure you pack old shoes you are not worried about the kids messing up.
#6. Sunscreen & bug spray
The kids were good to go with their bucket hats and long sleeves for the most part, but a little extra protection can’t hurt.
#7. Pack & Play
Great for sleeping at night, as well as having out in the campsite for the little ones to hangout in. One of the big things I wish I packed.
#8. Check the forecast
It’s always good to check the weather before you depart on any trip, but especially camping. You spend 99% of your time outside. Yes, I know, self explanatory. We had rain everyday we were there. I made sure to pack the kids rain jackets, that way they were still able to enjoy their time.
#9. Be flexible
A must when doing anything with kids. Not everything you planned for is going to happen. Which is cool. It’s all about the experience & making memories anyways.
#10. AND last but not least don’t forget to eat a couple smores. These will be vital after a hard days work. 😜
Sunday’s are the best. Sunday’s are family days. You know, church with the family and grab some brunch after. BUT this Sunday was extra sweet, as I got to spend it enjoying one of God’s beautiful creations front row! And when I say front row I mean FRONT row. Me & the fam braved the crowds and set up shop a few feet front the ocean. The beach during Memorial Weekend is no joke, so if you’re not a people person, I would suggest staying away during the holidays.
Cruzin’ on the boardwalk with Miss Lou Lou Belle! She is such a little diva in her Carter’s Fedora!
The boardwalk at Hollywood Beach is lined with restaurants and bars for your enjoyment. I stopped in one of the local souvnier shops and bought an adorable floatie for Savannah! Seriously, it was TOO CUTE!
I told Trevin to give me his BEST Blue Steel. No bad. Not bad at all. Lol
Downtown Miami offers a vibrant art scene with picture perfect murals on every block. The Wynnwood Walls launched in 2012 and has become a must see when visiting Miami!
Grab some lunch at the Wynwood Resturant & Bar!
Wynnwood Walls is FREE to the public & open almost everyday of the year!
Location : 2520 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127
I heard the beaches in Flordia were beautiful & my expectations were definitely met at Las Olas Beach in Fort Lauderdale. Huge palm trees line the pathway to the white sand beach and the turquoise water is absolutley breath taking!
Las Olas is super family friendly & has tons of restaurants with beach views!
Me & Savvy’s swimsuits are both from Target!
What better way to start your vacay in Flordia, then with lunch by the ocean! I’m a sucker for a great view and that’s what you get at Coconut’s Grill in Fort Lauderdale.The menu has a great variety, PLUS there are several yummy options each day on their special menu! We enjoyed the fresh coconut shrimp with homemade mac & cheese! Sooooo GOOD!
Purse: Platos Closet
Necklace: Forever 21
Savannah’s whole fit is from Target!
Hey Fashionistas! Me & the family are headed to beautiful Flordia for Memorial weekend! I’m so excited to introduce Savvy to the beach. Sunglasses on, sand in between our toes, it’s going to be great! Lol
Top: Forever 21
Savannah’s fedora is from Carters & romper is from Target!
Fashionistas! We all know the unforgettable classic. The go-to color. The undeniably stylish shade. Famous for it’s slimming ways. The chicest of “chic” color in your closet, ladies and gentleman, BLACK!
I wore this cute little number from TOBI.com, out to dinner in the city last week. So slimming and sleek, gotta love a romper. Who doesn’t love to show off their favorite feature. Legs, legs, legs! Yep, it’s all about that self love in 2016!
Hey Fashionistas! Vacation season is quickly approaching and I have teamed up with online retailer, TOBI, to bring to you stylish summer looks!
One of my favorite outfits during the warmer months is THE MAXI DRESS! Simple, sexy & sleek!
I am wearing the Jolene Lace Up Maxi Dress- available now at Tobi.com – click the TOBI icon below to get yours and check out other super cute selections!