Thursday, July 20, 2017

Where is Minnie Mouse in Disney World? (Minnie Themed Giveaway! Ends 7/31 US)

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Be sure to check out the giveaway at the bottom of the page! Ends 7/31/17.

No Disney World trip would be complete without visiting Minnie Mouse, so where can you find her? Well, the answer is pretty simple: just about everywhere!  (Keep in mind that Disney is constantly changing, so while this information is true now, it might not be true when you visit.)


Currently, there is a Character Meet & Greet with Minnie Mouse at all four Disney World Parks.  You can get your picture together, get Minnie's autograph, and give her a hug.  Here's what to look for on your park map to find Minnie:

Magic Kingdom
  • Pete’s Silly Sideshow (across from Dumbo) -- There are no FastPasses for this attraction.  This is indoors.  (Pictured above.)

Epcot
  • Character Spot -- FastPasses are available, and I would recommend them for this attraction.  The lines, while indoors, can get quite long. (Pictured below.)

Hollywood Studios
  • Mickey and Minnie Starring in Red Carpet Dreams (on Commissary Lane) -- No FastPasses available.  A large portion of the line is outdoors, although it is shaded and has fans. 

Animal Kingdom
  • Adventure Outpost -- FastPasses available.  The line is indoors. 


Additionally, Minnie Mouse might visit you during a character dining experience or even stop by your Disney resort!  Have you met Minnie Mouse?





Minnie's Happy Helpers Giveaway



I'm excited to be partnering with Life with Heidi and some other bloggers to bring you this giveaway!

Here's a little about this giveaway from Heidi:
Minnie and Daisy are here to tackle adventures big and small! MINNIE’S HAPPY HELPERS will be making its Disney DVD debut on July 25th, and you won’t want to miss these best friends in action! The Happy Helpers make friendship fun; going around town helping their loved ones with a song and smile. From antics like babysitting an egg about to hatch to planning the perfect party, MINNIE’S HAPPY HELPERS is an entertaining tale fueled by friendship, fun, and going the extra mile! 

 Join Minnie and Daisy as They Run Their Own Temp Agency Helping Friends and Neighbors! Bring home the adventures on Disney DVD on July 25th! Includes a FREE Exclusive Customizable Happy Helpers Chart!   Voice Cast: Russi Taylor as Minnie Mouse; Tress MacNeille as Daisy Duck; Bret Iwan as Mickey Mouse; Daniel Ross as Donald Duck; April Winchell as Clarabelle Cow; Jim Cummings as Pete; and Bill Farmer as Goofy. Executive Producer: Rob LaDuca Co-Executive Producer and Supervising Story Editor: Mark Seidenberg Episodes: Egg-Xasperating! Happy Hula Helpers! Tea Time Trouble! Happy Birthday Helpers! Bed, Breakfast and Bungled! Gone Fishin’! Bonus Episode: Teed Off! Release Date: July 25, 2017 Ratings: TV-Y (US); G (CE/CF) Run Time: Approximately 77 minutes (including bonus episode) Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen (Enhanced for 16x9 Televisions) Audio: 2.0 Dolby Digital Languages: English & French Subtitles: English SDH, French & Spanish


Prizes and samples courtesy of Disney

Giveaway Details: This giveaway will run from 7/20-7/31 12:00 am est. Open to US Only and you must be 18 years or older to enter. One winner will receive this Minnie's Happy Helpers Prize Package! Good luck!



We reserve the right to make revisions, to cancel, or suspend this contest for any reason. We are not associated with any of the companies named above. The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received Open to the US 18+ only. Confirmed Winner(s) will be contacted by email. Winner(s) have 24 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this giveaway. Life with Heidi (and any other blog participating) is not responsible for product shipment/delivery. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements. Entrants must only enter with either one email address, IP address and/or Facebook account, anyone found violating these rules will be disqualified. It is at the sole discretion of the admin of the giveaway if the winner has met the rules or not.  Please email me at heidi@lifewithheidi.com with any questions or concerns about this giveaway.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Joovy Cabboose Ultralight Giveaway (Ends 7/28) US


It's Groovy Joovy Week at Thrifty Nifty Mommy. So far we've seen reviews and giveaways for the Joovy Caboose stroller, Joovy Tricycoo 4., the Joovy Zoom360 Ultralight Jogging Stroller, and the 2017 Joovy Room Playard and Nursery Center. Janessa is wrapping up the week today by sharing her review of the Joovy Caboose Ultralight Stroller and we've got a giveaway for one too!

Here's some basic info about the Joovy Caboose Ultralight Stroller:

The new Caboose Ultralight Graphite is the most lightweight, compact and efficient double stroller. Designed for two children of different ages, it is preferred by parents for its practicality. With new upgraded features and an even lighter frame, the Caboose Ultralight Graphite continues to empower older children by giving them a choice to stand or sit while strolling. The Caboose Ultralight's design has been improved with a new graphite-colored aluminum frame and it is 10% lighter than the previous Ultralight model. At 22 lbs. fully configured, it is lighter than some single strollers. A new rear canopy attachment provides shade for the child sitting in the back. The new parent organizer also holds two beverages and has a convenient zippered pocket for keys, phone or wallet. A universal infant car seat adapter is included and fits most car seats on the market. This handy accessory converts the stroller into a travel system, allowing the older child to stand on the rear stand-on platform. The storage basket is ample enough for a diaper bag. Sealed ball bearing wheels provide superb maneuverability and the 4-wheel suspension make for a smooth ride. The linked rear parking brake adds extra security when the stroller is parked. In addition, the Caboose Ultralight has the most compact fold for a double stroller. If your children are within 2 years of each other, you may consider the optional Caboose Rear Seat, which converts the rear bench seat into a front-facing, full-size, reclining seat. This accessory is sold separately and it folds up with the stroller for convenience. It's also easy to install or uninstall. The Caboose Ultralight Graphite is a versatile tandem stroller that offers the size, weight and maneuverability of a single stroller without compromising features!

I'm teaming up with a few other great bloggers to bring you a giveaway for a Joovy Caboose Ultralight Stroller!

If you'd like a chance to win the Joovy Caboose Ultralight Stroller, enter using the Giveaway Tools entry form below. This giveaway is open to residents of the continental US (lower 48 states) and ends at 11:59pm EST on July 28th, 2017. Good luck! Entry Form Disclaimer: One winner will be randomly selected using the Giveaway Tools random selector and notified via email. Once notified, the winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, or Google. Void where prohibited. The sponsoring company is responsible for prize fulfillment

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Joovy Room Playard and Nursery Center Giveaway (Ends 7/27) US


It's Groovy Joovy Week at Thrifty Nifty Mommy. Every day this week (Monday through Friday) there will be a new Joovy product highlighted! So far we've seen reviews and giveaways for the Joovy Caboose stroller, Joovy Tricycoo 4., and the Joovy Zoom360 Ultralight Jogging Stroller. Today Janessa is sharing her review of the 2017 Joovy Room Playard and Nursery Center and we've got one to give away to one lucky reader too!

Here's some basic info about the Joovy Room Playard and Nursery Center:

The new Joovy Room Playard and Nursery Center offers convenience and functionality in a contemporary design. This premier, full-featured nursery center is a bassinet, changing station and playard, all-in-one. The full-size bassinet on the Room holds an infant up to 15 pounds. Both the bassinet and changing table are removable. A notable feature is the Room's flip-away changing table, it has a sturdy and comfortable vinyl top (not fabric) so it's super easy to wipe down and can support a baby up to 25 lbs. When not in use, just flip over the changing table so it's out of your way. The removable diaper organizer has several compartments to hold wipes, diapers, lotions and more. The giant side pocket is perfect for storing blankets or additional Joovy Room Fitted Sheets. One waterproof cotton sheet that works in the bassinet or playard floor is included, additional fitted sheets are sold separately. The Joovy Room Playard and Nursery Center has two wheels making it easy to move around your home and it includes a zippered travel bag for when you are on the go.

I'm teaming up with Thrifty Nifty Mommy and a few other great bloggers to bring you a giveaway for a Joovy Room Playard and Nursery Center!

If you'd like a chance to win the Joovy Room Playard and Nursery Center, enter using the Giveaway Tools entry form below. This giveaway is open to residents of the continental US (lower 48 states) and ends at 11:59pm EST on July 27th, 2017. Good luck! Entry Form Disclaimer: One winner will be randomly selected using the Giveaway Tools random selector and notified via email. Once notified, the winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, or Google. Void where prohibited. The sponsoring company is responsible for prize fulfillment.  The Philosopher's Wife is not responsible for prize shipment, fulfillment, or winner notification.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Step2 Cottage Playhouse Giveaway (Ends 7/13) US



 If you've been looking for the perfect playhouse for your little ones, look no further than the Step2 Charming Cottage Playhouse, sold exclusively at Toys "R" Us! We're thrilled to be able to give one of these darling cottages away to one of our readers, thanks to our friends at Step2.

 

Here are details about this playhouse, from the Step2 website: This Step2 cottage playhouse gives little ones a cozy place to call their own. Youngsters can use the working, electronic doorbell to let their friends know when the have arrived for the fun! Children can have their own imaginative dinner party with the attached outdoor dining table. This sturdy kid’s playhouse features an open-design concept that allows little ones to play with their friends both inside and outside! Made in the USA of US and imported parts.
  • Little ones can use the built-in kitchen sink, swivel faucet and outdoor eating area to have an afternoon of imaginative play!
  • Large, open-air design allows for multiple children to play while allowing parents to keep a watchful eye
  • Real, working doorbell chimes to let kids know when their guests have arrived
  • Large window planter boxes allow for children to plant flowers!
  • Realistic stone and wood design will bring years of pretend play fun
  • Exclusively available at Toys "R" Us!
  • Adult assembly required
  • Recommended for ages 2 and up
Open to the continental US only, ages 18 and up. Ends 7/13/17 at 11:59 PM EST. Enter using the Giveaway Tools form below. Good Luck!
Disclosure: One winner will be randomly selected using the Giveaway Tools random selector and notified via email. Once notified, the winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or Google. Void where prohibited.  The Philosopher's Wife is not responsible for prize shipment or fulfillment. 

Friday, June 9, 2017

$30 Little Adventures Giveaway (Ends 6/25) US


Welcome to the Little Adventures Pretend Play Giveaway
Hosted by and full review at: Parenting Healthy

Learning Through Pretend Play

  • Critical Thinking: through role playing and problem solving, kids use pretend play to learn how to find conclusions. When rough play is involved to a safe extent, they are actually learning to self-regulate.
  • Problem Solving: Someone has to create a solution to rescue the princess or defeat the evil monsters. Your child will find a way!
  • Imagination: this is the natural way that children discover and learn about the world. In the scenarios they create in their games they find ways to use the skills they have to do more such as dress themselves and create scenarios.
The SAVINGS and GIVEAWAY Everybody gets a little something! Head over to LittleAdventures.com and shop costumes like the Princess Gift Set or Pirate Gift Set for only $19.99 regular price and once you find the costumes you want, enter to code: PH15% to save an extra 15%. Want to enter for your chance to win a $30 credit? Enter below. Open to US and ends on 6/25. Good luck!

Entry-Form

Parenting Healthy was provided with a product for review.  Bloggers, including The Philosopher's Wife, are not responsible for prize fulfillment or shipment.  Winning entries will be verified and winner will be emailed.  Winner must respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be drawn.

7 Quick Takes: Hello, again!

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1. Do you know how when mommies that blog say they have an announcement and 99% of the time it's a pregnancy announcement?  Well, I'm going to perpetuate that stereotype.  I'm pregnant!

2. This pregnancy has been, by far, my worst yet.  I've been incredibly nauseous and sick.  I'm finally getting some relief. I feel like I'm coming back to life again!  Even if I am still nauseous most days . . .  (Hopefully this will mean more regular blogging.)

3. I did manage to get some Disney in (just before our summer is blocked out).  Pandora is awesome, folks.  I couldn't even ride Flight of Passage (due to QT #1) and I'm still going to say it's fantastic.  (Blog post forthcoming!)

4. After four months of being too sick to do anything I have quite the back log of crafty projects that I simply need to do.


5.  Stack the States is a great app.  It's well worth the couple of bucks.  My three year old can now identify all fifty states and knows where they belong.  I'm impressed.  (Of course, we did have to have a talk about why the states don't have eyes on "normal" maps.)



6. While I've been too sick to actually do anything I have spent some time online.  I have some new favorite sewing pattern designers that I am itching to try out.  (Favorite in so far as I love what I see online -- I'll let you know what I think once I actually sew something using their patterns!)  One of these designers is Izzy & Ivy.  Isn't this jacket just adorable?  Of course, living in sunny Florida means that this gorgeous pattern isn't probably where I should spend my time or money . . .



7. I'm currently reading The Thief.  Catherine's current favorite book is Roller Coaster.  Dominic's current favorite is My Little Animal Book.



Linking up with Kelly!  Come check out more Quick Takes.

Check out this fun Beauty and the Beast giveaway! (Ends 6/20/17. US only.)




Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Beauty and the Beast Giveaway (Ends 6/20) US

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Beauty and The Beast Exclusive Giveaway


Welcome to this awesome giveaway of an Beauty and The Beast Exclusive Giveaway prize package Giveaway hosted by Life with Heidi!

You can enter for your chance to win this prize pack that includes: Prize includes items that have an estimated value of $300+ Chip Cup for Kids $8.95 ARV Beauty and the Beast Necklace with Pendant by Danielle Nicole - Live Action Film $34.95 ARV Enchanted Rose Jewelry Box - Beauty and the Beast Live Action Film ARV $22.95 Beauty and the Beast ''Enchanted Objects'' Figurine by Derek Lesinski ARV $155.00 (DISNEY EXCLUSIVE) Gaston's Tavern Wall Sign - Walt Disney World ARV $70 Beauty and the Beast Bangle Set by Danielle Nicole - Live Action Film $49.95 (DISNEY EXCLUSIVE) Beauty And The Beast Combo Movie Pack on Blu-ray, Digital and DVD $24.96

Giveaway Details

This giveaway will run from 6/6-6/20 11:59 am est.
Open to US Only and you must be 18 years or older to enter.
One winner will receive this Beauty and The Beast Prize Package!
Good luck!

We reserve the right to make revisions, to cancel, or suspend this contest for any reason. We, the participating bloggers including The Philosopher's Wife, are not associated with any of the companies named above. The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received Open to the US 18+ only. Confirmed Winner(s) will be contacted by email. Winner(s) have 24 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this giveaway. Life with Heidi (and any other blog participating) is not responsible for product shipment/delivery. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements. Entrants must only enter with either one email address, IP address and/or Facebook account, anyone found violating these rules will be disqualified. It is at the sole discretion of the admin of the giveaway if the winner has met the rules or not.
Please email me at heidi@lifewithheidi.com with any questions or concerns.

About Beauty and The Beast

Get it from Amazon!


Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the live-action adaptation of the studio’s animated classic, brought the story and characters audiences know and love to spectacular life and broke box-office records. The release invites viewers to get up close and personal with the filmmakers and cast to see how this beloved animated film was transformed into a new live-action classic, from the first enchanted table read to a fascinating look at how the film was brought to life utilizing lavish sets, elaborately designed costumes and props, and state-of the-art technology. A feature on the amazing women behind the enchanted tale hosted by Emma Watson; and over 10 minutes of deleted scenes along with musical extras, including the “Beauty and the Beast” music video starring Ariana Grande and John Legend, Celine Dion’s heartfelt take on the new song “How Does a Moment Last Forever,” and jump directly to all you favorite unforgettable songs. Bring home the timeless tale beloved by generations on Digital HD, Blu-ray, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD, and On-Demand on June 6


Fans who bring home “Beauty and the Beast” can celebrate the release with three ways to watch the movie – the original theatrical cut, the premiere cut with overture, and a musical experience with a sing-along version. The release invites viewers to get up close and personal with the filmmakers and cast to see how this beloved animated film was transformed into a new live-action classic, from the first enchanted table read to a fascinating look at how the film was brought to life utilizing lavish sets, elaborately designed costumes and props, and state-of the-art technology. A feature on the amazing women behind the enchanted tale hosted by Emma Watson; and over 10 minutes of deleted scenes along with musical extras, including the “Beauty and the Beast” music video starring Ariana Grande and John Legend, Celine Dion’s heartfelt take on the new song “How Does a Moment Last Forever,” and jump directly to all you favorite unforgettable songs.

    “Beauty and the Beast” features an extraordinary ensemble cast, including Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as The Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, Kevin Kline as Maurice, Josh Gad as LeFou, Ewan McGregor as Lumière, Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, Audra McDonald as Madame de Garderobe, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, Hattie Morahan as the enchantress and Nathan Mack as Chip with Ian McKellen as Cogsworth and Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts. Directed by Bill Condon and based on the 1991 animated film “Beauty and the Beast,” the screenplay is written by Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos. Alan Menken provides the score, which includes new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Howard Ashman as well as three new songs written by Menken and Tim Rice. The film is produced by Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman, p.g.a. and Todd Lieberman, p.g.a with Jeffrey Silver, Thomas Schumacher and Don Hahn serving as executive producers. DISC SPECIFICATIONS: Product SKUs: Digital HD/SD, Blu-ray Combo Pack, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand Feature Run Time: Approximately 123 minutes Rating: PG in U.S., PG in CE, and G in CF Aspect Ratio: Blu-ray Feature Film = 1080p High Definition / Widescreen 2.40 DVD Feature Film = Widescreen 2.40 Audio: Blu-ray = English 7.1 DTS-HDMA & 2.0 Descriptive Audio, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks DVD = English, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio Languages/Subtitles: Blu-ray = English SDH, Spanish and French DVD = English SDH, Spanish and French
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Monday, February 6, 2017

February Granny-Spiration Challenge


Welcome to the February edition of the Granny-Spiration Challenge!  Projects will be shared from your hosts the first Saturday of each month. Post times will vary -- you can see my Be My Valentine: A Free Crochet Pattern right here!

Join the Challenge!

You will be able to link up from 9am EST on the first Saturday of the month, through 11:59pm EST on the second Thursday from the start date - specific dates are on top of the Rafflecopter form - giving you almost two weeks to link up and enter the giveaway! (Feel free to read more about it at EyeLoveKnots.)

Please share projects that are family friendly and GRANNY INSPIRED!  It could be a "regular" granny square, a solid granny square, a granny stitch pattern, a pattern review, or an inspiration piece -- we're pretty open minded.

*Please make sure to link to your post, and not your homepage.
*If you don't have a blog, you can still share with us by creating a Free Flickr Account - powered by Yahoo. Add your projects there, and then come back here with the link for the project.
*Link ups cannot be to Etsy listings or Ravelry pages where patterns are sold. You can link to blog posts, Flickr or Facebook pages, Pins, etc that are directed towards it, but can't directly link to it.
*Features may be chosen at the discretion of each host. By linking up, you give us permission to feature your item.

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Enter the Giveaway!

This month's Granny-Spiration giveaway will be for two skeins of Yarn Bee's Andres Alpaca Yarn in the Foxglove colorway.  Sponsored by EyeLoveKnots.


Void where prohibited.  Sponsor is responsible for prize shipment and fulfilment.  Must be 18+.  US only. 

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Be My Valentine: Crochet Heart (Free Pattern)

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Here's a unique Valentine to give this February!  Of course, it makes a sweet little gift anytime of the year!

Materials
I used Sugar 'n Cream cotton yarn and an H hook. (I find it rather amusing that all but one of these colors has "hot" in the name.)

Pattern Notes
This is not a tested pattern.  It also presupposes a basic knowledge of crochet.  I'd rate this as an advanced beginner pattern.

Free Crochet Heart Pattern

Round 1 (Hot Pink)
Chain 4. Join.  Start like a basic granny square: chain 2, 2 dc, chain two, three dc. chain two, three dc.chain two, three dc. chain two, three dc. Chain two, join.

Round 2 (Beach Glass)
 3 dc, ch 2, 3dc in each corner, chain one between each corner.

Round 3 (Hot Purple)
Slip stitch to join in a corner.  10 triple crochet stitches into the chain one space.  Slip stitch in corner. 10 triple crochet stitches into the chain one space.

Round 4 (Hot Blue)
Single stitch around.
Note: Chain 2 at heart point.
Note: On purple, single crochet in each stitch but chain one between each stitch.

Round 5 (Hot Orange)
Slip stitch in back loop of the blue.
Note: Chain two at the point.

Weave in your ends and enjoy!



As always, I enjoy sharing my projects around the blogosphere.  Here are the some of the places where I link up!



Wednesday, February 1, 2017

I Love Travel Giveaway (Ends 2/15) US

Rustic Pathways I Love Travel Giveaway

Sponsored by:
Rustic Pathways
Hosted By
~1 Winner~
Open to US
2/1  12am ~ 2/15 11:59pm
~Prize~
$500 Travel Gift Certificate 
(either airline or hotel)

A special shout out to our Co-Hosts 
 Deliciously Savvy,  Fabulous and Brunette, Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains, IMHO Views Reviews and Giveaways InezbyDesign,  Michigan Saving and More, and Oh My Heart

From the host: 

Rustic Pathways is a leader in providing superior quality international community service, education, and adventure programs for students around the globe. Rustic Pathways was founded in 1983 and offers spring and summer break experiences as well as Gap Year programs and customized experiences for educators and small groups.

Operating in over 20 different countries, Rustic Pathways focuses on areas of interest from public health, medicine, and education to the environment and community service. 80 percent of Rustic Pathways travel programs involve a service element where students give back to the communities they are visiting. From Morocco to Myanmar, each program is designed to help students make meaning of their travel experiences, identify interests and passions, gain confidence, and grow as individuals.

Across the globe, Rustic Pathways employs local staff and fosters lasting relationships with the communities in which it operates, enabling students to have immersive and authentic travel and service experiences. Rustic Pathways  was recently voted the Best Youth Tour Operator at the 2015 World Youth Student and Travel Conference (WYSTC) by 7,500 young travelers. 

For more information call 800.321.4353 or visit  RusticPathways.com. You can also follow the company on Facebook or Instagram, watch  Rustic Pathways  on YouTube and check out the Rustic Pathways LinkedIn  page.  
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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sesame Street: K is for Kindness (Pembroke Lakes Mall in Pembroke Pines, Florida)

This is a sponsored post written by me.  All opinions are my own.

Did you watch Sesame Street as a kid?  I totally did!  In fact, I bet that my Mom still has an old VHS tape or two labeled with my name on it that has vintage Sesame Street.  It would have been carefully taped from TV.  (Oh, the things today's kids wouldn't understand!)

Do your kids love Elmo?

Would your kids like to meet Elmo?

If you answered "yes" to the above, especially to the second two questions, then you might be interested in the Sesame Street: K is for Kindness Tour.  This tour is celebrating the start of the 47th season of Sesame Street.

The target audience is, of course, the preschooler in the family.  Meet and greets with some of the characters, hands on fun, a fifteen minute stage show, a library corner, and more will entertain one and all.  The goal of this tour is to "spark imagination, inspire a love of reading, cultivate kindness, and provide an element of surprise for children at each and every stop.”*  Being so immersed in the Sesame Street world will be a magical experience for your preschooler.

Should I make it a little better? It's free.

While this tour is making a variety of stops, I especially want to tell you about the tour stop happening in sunny Florida!  Elmo (and some of his friends) will be visiting the Pembroke Lakes Mall on Saturday, January 21st, 2017 in Pembroke Pines, Florida from 11 AM until 4 PM.  The mall is located at: 11401 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines, FL 33026.

As a parent that frequents all that Central Florida has to offer, it's just so amazing to watch the joy on your kid's face their favorite characters come to life.  I highly doubt that you would regret taking the time to bring your kids to the K is for Kindness Tour.

You can follow Pembroke Lakes Mall on Twitter,  Instagram, and Facebook.



*Quote is from Scott Chambers who is the Senior Vice President and General Manager of North America Media and Licensing, Sesame Workshop.


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Disney with Two Little Kids and One Adult

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We're addicted to Disney.

We go often.  It's a rare week that we aren't there.  (Unless we're blocked because we don't have the crazy-super-duper expensive passes.  Just the regular ol' pretty expensive passes.)

Almost every time it's the whole family: me, Daddy, Catherine, and Dominic.  However, it has been just me and the kids a more than a few times.  Am I crazy?  Well, maybe.  But not for this.

Since I've done it successfully so often I thought I would share some tips that have worked well for us.  I know there are lots of scenarios out there that equate into only one parent being able to bring the kids, so maybe something in here will help you.




1. Pick your park.

I recommend sticking with Magic Kingdom.  Currently my kids are two and six.  Catherine, 6, can ride everything Magic Kingdom has to offer.  Dominic can ride a lot, but certainly not everything.

While you could piece together a fun trip to Epcot, Hollywood Studios, or Animal Kingdom with proper planning (and we have) I think Magic Kingdom is the best bet.  The only Disney World park that the kids and I haven't done without Daddy is Hollywood Studios -- but a lot of that has to do with him being a major Star Wars aficionado.  (At the bottom of this post check out my links for "What to do at Disney's ______ Park with Little Kids and Babies" for planning help.)

The one big negative that Magic Kingdom has is getting over the lake.  Getting from the car to the front gate at the other parks takes ten minutes, tops, at Magic Kingdom it frequently takes a half an hour.



2. Adjust your expectations.


If you're solo with the little people there's a good chance that you won't be able to do everything that you'd like.  Space Mountain is one of my favorite rides at Magic Kingdom.  I simply can't ride it though when it's just me and the kids.  I've even had to give up an elusive Mine Train FastPass that I somehow scored because, clearly, Dominic can't wait for me by himself while Catherine and I ride.  (That was a day we thought Daddy might be able to come.)  I'm one of those people that could be at the park from opening to closing and be totally happy.  My kids can't do that.  Acknowledge that this might not be your ideal trip and then, well, let it go.


3. Watch carefully for tiredness.

I think this is especially important whenever the children outnumber the adults.  You only have so many arms!  Maybe you have mastered giving one kid a piggy back, pushing a stroller, carrying an umbrella, all while juggling three cups of water, but I haven't.  Getting tired and cranky isn't good for anyone; sometimes cutting a visit short is the answer.  When it's been just me and the kids we typically stay at the parks for about 4 to 6 hours.  More than that gets dicey.



4. Bring the stroller.

I never go without a stroller.  My Fitbit shows that I average about 7 miles a day in the parks.  (Keep in mind, these are short park visits -- for a longer visit it's easily over 10 miles!)  That's a lot for little legs.  I've been looking for one of the sit and stand type strollers, but haven't found a good one in my price range.  (Meaning I haven't found a good one at a yard sale or on Craigslist yet!)  Catherine does a great job of keeping up, but I have had them both ride in the single stroller together more than once.

A word of caution about strollers: If you aren't at the park early (which you should be!) you will probably need to take a tram in the parking lot.  Please note, you must fold up your stroller to get on the tram.  This means that you, and you alone, will be carrying your stroller, the bags, and the kids.  That can get quite overwhelming.  If you're early you will most likely be in one of the close parking lots and can skip the tram.

5. Plan your visit.

Get those FastPasses!  Lines for Winnie the Pooh, Buzz, and especially Peter Pan can be quite long.  Also, ask the kids what they would like to do.  One time both of my kids wanted to spend time in Pooh's house.  We hung out in front of the ride playing in Pooh's house for over half an hour.  They loved it.  Another time Dominic wanted to ride the "horses" over and over again, so we rode the Carousel a half dozen times one morning.



6. Get there early.

This is a good Disney World tip in general.  My kids tend to be early rises, so getting there early isn't really an issue.  While the initial opening of the gates surge can be intimidating if you've never been there before, it is the least crowded part of the day.  Enjoy it!  Seriously, you can get on almost a dozen rides by lunchtime if you're there for the gate drop.


7. Pack carefully.

We typically have three bags: small cooler, diaper bag, and a rain gear bag.  The cooler (similar to this one) generally has PB&J and a few snacks (we don't pack water since it's free at all of the restaurants), the diaper bag has one day's worth of supplies, and then we have some type of rain protection for each person (especially during the rainy season).  Try to keep each bag as minimal as possible.  Whatever you bring you will be lugging around for the entire day.  You will also probably be lugging your children at some point.  I sometimes ditch the rain gear bag, although that has been a bad decision more than once, and sometimes we bring our pin trading bag (similar to this one, but ours is pink, with princesses).

8. Have fun!

It's Disney.  Enjoy yourself!  A Disney day, or week, will be different if you're the solo adult, but everyone can still have a great time!




Be sure to take a look at what you can do with little kids and babies at each of the Disney World parks!



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Saturday, January 7, 2017

Granny Stripe Hat

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This Granny Stripe Hat is my first of the Granny-Spiration Project.  (Read more about this below, and be sure to enter the giveaway!)  This is an easy hat to crochet and works up quite quickly.

I used an H hook and Caron Simply Soft.

A note about fit and size:  This is a slouchy hat.  My lovely model has a larger than average head circumference for her age.  This hat would properly fit teens and ladies.

Chain 5. Join.

Row 1  *Two dc, chain 1*around until there are six groups of 2dc.

Row 2  Crochet 2 groups of 2dc in each chain one space of previous row, make sure to chain one between each group. (12 groups of 2dc)

Rows 3 &4 Crochet 3dc in each chain one space, keeping the chain one between each group.

Row 5 Crochet 2 dc groups of three in each chain 1 space (always have a chain one between each group)

Row 6 - 10 3 dc groups in each chain with a chain 1 between each one.

Row 11 HDC around.

Rows 12 through 15 HDC in the third loop.  Finish off.



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