Well, we are back from our Disney vacation and we miss it already. So much has changed since the last time we were there 5 years ago. I will NOT wait that long to visit again. Everyone has their tips and strategies for navigating through the parks so here are my top 5 tips/favs from The Walt Disney World Parks.

1.  It makes sense for us to stay at a Disney resort as you can take advantage of the magic hours and those magic bands are great as that is really all you need to carry with you. Who wants to lug around a bag with stuff all day especially if you have older kids.

2.  Early in, rest afternoon, late night,  back at it – Here is our strategy as our kids are a bit older (10 and 13) – Get to the park early, get your favorite rides in first thing and schedule fast passes for either late morning or later in the evening. My kids like to go on multiple times but with long lines that is not possible. We took a break each day at around 2 and we enjoyed the rides early in the morning with no lines, some days had the fast pass mid-morning and when we got back in the evening we enjoyed the sites and did not stress about the long lines. (at Magic Kingdom there were no lines at 11:00 pm lol)

3. Eat where you like and it doesn’t have to be a big sit down meal each day – we did not do the meal plan. We had one lunch reservation (so we could have a Fantasmic show pass) and of course the most coveted meal -a dinner reservation at Be Our Guest). The other meals we just went with what we liked – dinner at Epcot in Italy and Germany. We also like Downtown Disney as our favorite restaurant is Wolfgang Puck Express. It’s casual, the food is great and you do not need a reservation.

4. Treats! Get the Dole Whip treat at Aloha Isle in  Adventureland which is the popular frozen treat blended in pineapple, orange, vanilla or swirled flavors. I kept seeing that frozen banana on a stick everywhere! It was so good!  The  kids loved the Coke slushie in Animal Kingdom as they never drink it so that was a special treat.   Another favorite in Downtown Disney is Ghiradelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop. LOVE the one scoop sundaes.

5. Disney is not a relaxing vacation  -it is very fun but it’s non-stop and tiring. We were lucky as it was 85 and sunny each day so relaxing by the pool each afternoon was a real treat. That is one recommendation – to take a break and relax each day. There can be so much shuttling back and forth on those buses and waiting in line and running to the ride you want. TRY to relax each day if you can. We also spent our last day by the pool and got a ride to the airport at 3:30 (yes my kids were in the pool at 3:05….didn’t want to leave the 85 temps for 25 degrees back home!) so at least we got to have a bit of a wind down period.  As I kept saying to my family, “you can rest when we get home!”

 

Memories at Magic Kingdom #DisneySide

Memories at Magic Kingdom #DisneySide

 

Epcot!

Epcot!

 

Want to bring your kids to Fenway and enjoy a kid friendly experience?

New for the 2015 season, The Red Sox are “Calling All Kids” to join Red Sox Kid Nation.The first 25,000 kids who register for Red Sox Kid Nation (for free) will receive a free ticket to a 2015 game as part of the Calling All Kids program. Sign up here:

As part of the “Calling All Kids” program the team is making Fenway Park an even more kid-friendly atmosphere. Here are a few of the awesome additions.

Gate K & Kid Nation Concourse – This special new entrance at Fenway is dedicated to children and families and will be located adjacent to Gate B near the corner of Van Ness and Ipswich Streets. The gate will lead fans into the new Kid Nation Concourse featuring new attractions for young fans, including: A seven-foot giant Wally bobblehead, Interactive video wall, Life-size images & footprints Red Sox players, Balloon artist, stilt walker, and face painter will keep kids entertained!

• Wally’s Clubhouse – Red Sox Kid Nation Clubhouse is being transformed into the new “Wally’s Clubhouse,” open from the 3rd to the 7th inning season-long, providing families with little ones a place to play and walk around, and a welcoming venue for children to meet Wally the Green Monster.

• Red Sox Kids Crew – A new group of Fenway Park staff, Red Sox Kids Crew, will greet kids as they enter Gate K, lead children in games, and provide families with assistance and information about kid-friendly Fenway Park activities.

Be sure to sign up to enjoy a game and all the fun kid-focused activities! I am so excited to be a part of the #RedSoxMoms this year. I will be sure to update you on other fun Red Sox related activities.

Disclosure:  I was treated to a kick off luncheon for #RedSoxMoms this week and received a goodie bag with fun kid items such as a bobble head. All opinions in this post are my own.

#RedSoxMoms

#RedSoxMoms

My favorite line of make-up and skin care just launched a new venture with Target.

Pacifica’s partnership with Target is the part of the Made to Matter Program.  Pacifica is of the 31 brands selected for Made to Matter 2015 – Handpicked by Target, the collection features leading natural, organic and sustainable brands that use simple, recognizable ingredients designed to be better for everyone and accessible to anyone.

As part of the Made to Matter Program Pacifica offers the Power of Love Collection, exclusively to Target, which is set to launch April 1st. The new products include the Power of Love lipstick. For every lipstick purchased Pacifica will give one lipstick to a women in need. I love this new creamy lipstick as it’s hydrating and the colors are fun and bright. Other new products include the power of love coconut infused mineral eye shadows, coco pure make-up removing wipes and rose gold brightening primer serum!

I do love all Pacifica products, especially the wipes. Real easy to use for moms on the go and they all smell really great. AND…now Pacifica has hand cream AND in my favorite scent – Island Vanilla! It’s my favorite scent  in an easy to tote small tube. The stunning brows is a quick way to brighten up your face by making sure your eyebrows look done up. The web site calls the bb cream, “A true multitasking miracle that hydrates, primes, illuminates, and perfects leaving a sheer bare skin finish.” I call it the easiest make-up to apply. Be sure to add the sea foam complete face wash to your list of must haves. It smells like coconuts and really takes off your make-up in a flash.

Disclosure: Pacifica sent me the products in the photos to review. All opinions are my own.

 

Lip stick, Brow make-up and more from @ILovePacifica

Lip stick, Brow make-up and more from @ILovePacifica 

wipes, wash and new hand cream from @ILovePacifica

wipes, wash and new hand cream from @ILovePacifica

 

It’s snowing…again…cannot wait until Springtime! I got a sense of spring as Yankee Candle sent me a few of their new 2015 fragrances! So at least I can add a bit of spring in the air inside my home.

In case you didn’t know, The Yankee Candle Company, Inc. is the world’s largest manufacturer of premium scented candles, and they have retail stores just about everywhere (more than 500 retail stores) you can also go online.

There are five new fragrances from the classic jar collection including the following:

Red Raspberry – Tangy sweet and full of nature’s goodness … there is nothing quite as delicious as ripe, rosy red raspberries.

Picnic in the Park – Warm and sunny … like an afternoon daydream stretched out on a soft blanket under a shade tree.

Blue Summer Sky – Under a bright blue sky … breathe the clean, earthy, airy scent of a heavenly summer day.

Peach Cobbler – Peaches, from the farmer’s market, perfectly baked with cinnamon and honey sugar.

Wild Sea Grass – Kissed by the ocean breeze, the green scent of dewy sea grass atop the sand dunes.

Also new are five new fragrances from the Pure Radiance collection including:

Pearlescent – Sophisticated pleasure … there’s a shimmery glow of elegance in this lovely, powdery floral bouquet.

Whisper – Heavenly sweet and luxurious, this perfume captivates the senses with its quietly enticing beauty.

Escape– Get away anytime with this perfect blend of refreshing beach air and a delicious tropical drink.

Paradise– Bask in a gentle, relaxing island breeze filled with the alluring scent of native fruit blossoms.

Meadow – Wonderfully carefree and playful … a clean, fresh scent filled with green fields, golden sunshine and blue skies.

We love love the freshness of Red Raspberry so sweet! Also, given that we just handed out over 90 boxes of Girl Scout cookies it nice to have a reminder of our favorite cookie now in the form of a candle. The Yankee Candle Company also launched the Girl Scout Cookies Candle Collection with 4 scents including Thin Mints, Trefoils, Chocolate Peanut Butter and our favorite Coconut Caramel Stripes.  Buy one and have the wonderful reminder of your favorite girl scout cookie!

Disclosure: The Yankee Candle Co. sent me the fragrances in the photo to try out. All opinions are my own.

Spring Scents from @theyankeecandle

Spring Scents from @theyankeecandle

 

We tried it and loved it! I am sure we are all done with snow and the aches and pains that come along with it. Maybe you forgot that Valentine’s Day is coming up so why not treat yourself to a massage or treat your hubby to one!

Massage Envy Spa has some great services and they also are a membership spa. What is really nice is you can join and then decide each month if you want a massage or facial. I had not had a massage in years and while it took time to relax the benefits afterwards were great. I was calm and ready for bed! You can customize your massage with what you need – a deep tissue, sports massage, foot massage or prenatal. They even have a sugar foot scrub therapy as an add on. I opted for a regular massage with a focus on cranial sacral therapy as I do get headaches a lot.  For Valentine’s Day why not try it? They also have a room where you can get side by side massages!  They do offer a three month special at $179.97 if you want to try it out. The monthly membership dues are $59.99 and if another family member joins they can add on for $49.99. This is the perfect gift for this long winter.  And for all you wondering if your guy will like it – he will – especially if he has been shoveling for the last few weeks!

Disclosure: Massage Envy sent my husband and I gift cards for the massage. All opinions are my own.

Yup…..There is more snow today and more snow on the way! Usually we have not seen snow like this back to back to back to back!  As you can see from this not so great photo, the snow keeps piling up in the front of our circle. There is just no place to put the snow! I would have taken a better photo but this is my spot for today, working from home as I am not feeling great. Let’s save the sickness post for another time as there has been some crazy viruses lingering!

In addition to my PR work I teach communications at a nearby college and so far we have had two classes cancelled. Trying to catch up has been hard. Trying to stay fashionable in this weather is even harder (it is a fashion communications course after all!) You can’t really wear nice boots in this weather and let’s face it snow boots are not the best fashion choice. Here have been my two options these last few days and I would like to change it up a bit. You know what comes up when you google fashionable snow boots? Uggs, North Face and LLBean boots – not the nicest looking boots to pair with leggings and a dress. For this dilemma I will turn to Glamour magazine. Looking to step up your snow boot selection a notch?  Here from Glamour are a few ideas!

Snow…sigh!

My Bulky Snow Boots!

My Bulky Snow Boots!

Snow, snow go away!

Snow, snow go away!

As a busy mom the winter season always brings dry skin. You want an extra boost of moisture? Try FAB  – First Aid Beauty products.

I just tested out the ultra repair liquid recovery at night and when I woke up my skin was the most moisturized I have ever felt. It is very liquidy so be careful it does not slide off you fingers when you apply.

If you are looking for an eye cream for the day time that gives that bright eye appearance, try the eye duty triple remedy. It has a stainless steel applicator so it blends in the product very nicely.  It also brightens the eye area with light reflecting pigments for smooth skin.

At night the triple remedy overnight balm is what the delicate eye area needs for extra moisture and you can use it on your eye lids as well. It is very thick and it is a bit hard to get out of the little pot but I do like the way it goes on and instantly soaks in.

Finally the ultra repair cream provides instant relief for stressed skin and is a great moisturizer especially for winter and works wonders on those with any kind of skin irritation such as eczema or psoriasis.

Disclosure: FAB sent me the above products to test out. All opinions are my own.

FAB products for eye - day and night!

FAB products for eye – day and night!

 

 

We have a few family trips planned for the next 6 months including NYC, Disney and New Hampshire. With four of us, that is a lot of luggage and especially with an overnight trip you don’t want to pack too much and you want it to be organized. I also tend to leave everything in my suitcase so that is why I love this overnight bag from Laurie Greiner @QVC.  The weekend bag with snap in toiletry case is from the shark tank beauty. side note – she IS smart, successful and beautiful!. My kids and I just love shark tank! What I love about this must have travel bag is the size as it’s perfect for short trips. When my husband saw it he even said he is going to take it on business trips so I am glad they sent me the black one! It also has multi-directional wheels so it is so easy to move through the airport. The additional features include: a clear cosmetics organizer, mobile device pocket and telescoping handle.

She does have some other neat travel items. Check out all the travel items on QVC as well as the beauty travel items. Most brands have some great sets, like this one from WEN. The WEN ultimate cleanse and style travel gift set has everything from the line that you will need in mini sizes. I especially think the packets of the cleansing conditioner are great as they take up less space in your bag! This kit includes the styling cream, the mousse, the replenishing treatment mist, treatment oil, glossing serum and a travel pouch. Also, if you have not tried this line before this kit is the best way to try out the products.

Happy Travels!

Disclosure: QVC sent me the above items to review and test out. All opinions are my own.

 

@QVC Laurie Greiner weekend bag

@QVC Laurie Greiner weekend bag

 

@QVC WEN by Chaz Dean Ultimate Cleanse and Style Travel Gift Set

@QVC WEN by Chaz Dean Ultimate Cleanse and Style Travel Gift Set

The french toast was made last night in preparation for the storm. Yes, that is correct – I MADE french toast and did not take it out of the box from the freezer.  Kids are playing outside, dog is barely going out and I am working from home today. We are very lucky that we have power and are safe inside. Here are just a few scenes from the blizzard of 2015 or as they are calling it Juno.

Scenes from #Juno #Blizzardof2015

Scenes from #Juno #Blizzardof2015

Scenes from #Juno

Scenes from #Juno

Scenes of a winter storm

Scenes of a winter storm

It is that time of year when my tween and teen decide it is time to switch up their rooms and move everything around once again! Every once in a while they also decide to NOT share their big bedroom (with the bathroom and walk in closet) and one of them decides to move to the small room. Wayfair to the rescue! They have the perfect solutions for small spaces and any space really.  Plus my kids love looking on the site for decorating ideas. I do like how the site has inspiration boards as well. I love a good white dresser and nightstand. Plus for the kids a nice vanity is something they will love. Check out the one in my daughter’s room from Wayfair. We did not add the mirror on top as we did not want to block the light coming in the window. It is small and fits perfectly in the nook.  The site has a great selection of unique finds and a ton of cute vanity/make-up stands and sets here.  If you are on the hunt for some good deals check out Wayfair.com!

Disclosure: Wayfair sent me the vanity. All opinions in this post are my own.

cute finds @wayfair

cute finds @wayfair

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