• Travel

    Royal Yacht Britannia: Everything You Need To Know To Visit This Royal Residence!

    Visiting the Royal Yacht Britannia in Edinburgh Of all of the beautiful and historic sites I visited in Edinburgh, Scotland, the Royal Yacht Britannia was hands-down the most intriguing.  Now permanently berthed in Edinburgh, this amazing ship served as a royal residence for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and the royal family for over 40 years.  Visitors get an up-close and highly personal perspective on the royals, unlike any other royal residence.  But before you head out to the ship, there are a few things you should know. Royal Yacht Britannia:  An Unexpected Location I visited the Royal Yacht Britannia on my very first day in the city, and as part…

  • Disney Tips

    Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique: Why We Always Skip It and What We Do Instead

    Princess make-overs at Disney World’s Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique are SUPER popular.   “BBB,” as it’s affectionately called, offers a Disney Princess Makeover Experiences for children ages 3 to 12.  Fairy Godmother’s-in-Training transform your little girl into a princess from head to toe.  The main salon location is situated inside Cinderella Castle, smack in the middle of the Magic Kingdom, and another salon is located inside the Once Upon A Toy Store in Disney Springs Marketplace. Everywhere you turn in the Magic Kingdom, you see little girls in the same princess dresses, sporting tight ballerina buns, covered in glitter.  They’re simply adorable, and I’m sure the make-over add some magic to…

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    Disney World Crowds: How To Survive A Crowded Day At Disney World

    Taking a Walt Disney World Vacation is an amazing experience for any family, but avoiding Disney World crowds is absolutely key to having a great time while you’re there.  Nobody likes to wait for hours and hours just to ride one attraction, and knowing how to deal with wall-to-wall people in the parks is essential to having an enjoyable vacation.  During our trips to the most magical place on earth, I’ve discovered some strategies to help make a crowded day at Disney World more enjoyable. Disney World Crowds:  Plan Ahead to Avoid Them During Your Trip My number one strategy to avoid crowds at Disney World is to consider them…

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    Your First Disney Trip: 9 Things You MUST DO To Have The Full Disney World Experience!

    Taking a Disney World Vacation is an ideal trip for most families, but in order to get the full experience on your first Disney trip, there are some things you MUST do! Your First Disney Trip:  Ride the Monorail Disney World’s amazing transportation system reaches it’s peak with the Monorail!  These futuristic trains carry guests into the parks in of of the most unique and exciting ways to travel.  Whether you’re visiting a resort or just taking a cruise from the ticket and transportation center over to the Magic Kingdom, a Monorail ride is the perfect start to any first Disney trip. Your First Disney Trip:  Stand on Main Street…

  • Travel

    Colonial Williamsburg: How To Have The Perfect Visit!

    Colonial Williamsburg Williamsburg, Virginia, is one of the most historic cities in the United States of America and is a great vacation destination for families.  And thanks to the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, you can step back in time and see what it was like to live there in the late 1700s.  Here’s everything you need to know in order to have an awesome visit to Colonial Williamsburg! Colonial Williamsburg Hotels While there are lots of hotels in the Colonial Williamsburg area, I highly recommend staying right on the property.  With five hotels and several restored homes available, visitors are sure to find accommodations that will suit their needs and their…

  • Crafts

    3-D Valentine’s Cards: Super Easy, Super Fast, and Super Cute!!

    Do-It-Yourself 3-D Valentine’s Cards My kids and I have been making this super easy, super fast 3-D Valentine’s cards for several years now and they are always a HUGE hit in their classrooms!  I like them so much better than traditional style Valentine pop-up cards because, with this method, the part that’s popping out is actually the candy!  They also take almost ZERO craft skills, but turn out to be super impressive!  All you need is a few basic supplies and you can make the most memorable homemade Valentine card your class has ever seen. 3-D Valentine’s Card Supplies What you’ll need: a camera (I used the one on my…

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    Disney Dining: How to Score The BEST Reservations AFTER the 180 Day Mark!

    I love Disney Dining!! We never travel to Walt Disney World without staying on property and just so we can have access to the Disney Dining Plan. What I DON’T love is the crazy scramble to try to snag reservations a the best restaurants. It’s all too common to find yourself getting up early (or staying up late) to try to snag a table at Be Our Guest or Cinderella’s Royal Table, only to find them completely booked out with not a table in sight. But never fear, I’ve discovered a fantastic service that can help you find a table, even if you’re trip is less than 180 days away!…

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    Don’t Make These Rookie Mistakes at Disney World

    Disney World Mistakes Disney World mistakes are easy to make if you’re a first time visitor. Avoid these rookie pitfalls to have the best Disney Trip ever. Ignoring Crowd Calendar Crowd calendars are key when planning a Walt Disney World get-away. Crowd levels at Disney World can vary widely from day to day, depending on what events are happening. Things like a Princess Marathon or a Pop Warner Playoff can drastically effect the number of people in the parks. Figuring out which days are more likely to be less crowded than others can be an overwhelming task. Thankfully there are som great online resources that take the guess work out…

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    How You Can Turn Your Smart Watch Into A Magic Band!

    Ok, my fellow Disney World Fanatics!  I just found the COOLEST accessory that you are definitely going to want to have for your next Walt Disney World Vacation! My husband LOVES his smart watch and all the cool features that come with it.  Step counting, alternate payment methods, quick access to text messages, his watch just about does it all.  But wearing it AND a magic band can be a little excessive for him.  Well, someone out there is SUPER smart, and has created the best solution ever to this problem!  It’s a magic band puck holder designed specifically for smart watches!   Just take the removable puck from your magic…

  • Travel

    Colonial Williamsburg Ghost Tour: A Review of “Ghosts Among Us”

    Colonial Williamsburg Ghost Tour There are plenty of ghosts tours to choose from in Colonial Williamsburg, but by far, the best one in my book is the Ghosts Among Us Tour, offered by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.  The only tour in Williamsburg Ghost Tour that actually takes you inside historic buildings, tickets can be purchased at the Lumber House Ticket Office or online at https://www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/plan/calendar/ghosts-amongst-us .   We paid $18 per person for this experience, and it was well worth every penny. Our tour started at the Lumber House Ticket Office on the Duke of Gloucester Street.   We checked in at the window where we were assigned to our group…