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Easy DIY Advent Calendar

By on December 6, 2018
Easy DIY Advent Calendar | sunshineandholly.com | christmas crafts

Last month I was taking my monthly stroll around Hobby Lobby when I saw this cool easy DIY advent calendar box listed at half off. I thought to myself, “That craft looks pretty easy! I could totally do that!” So I tossed it in my cart along with some red letter stickers and some Christmas paper that was also half off – score!

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Fast forward to a couple of days ago when I found the Hobby Lobby bag in the dining room with the supplies still in it, unopened. Whoops! Totally forgot about this! (And that’s when you know you go shopping too much – when you forget that you bought stuff.) 😂 Anyway, I got to work and managed to almost finish the project in one sitting. Until I realized I didn’t have enough red number stickers to finish… (This is why I’m not good at crafting!)

Easy DIY Advent Calendar

Here’s how I made it: 

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Review of the Pixar Play Zone at Disney World’s Contemporary Resort

By on December 4, 2018
Review of the Pixar Play Zone at Disney World's Contemporary Resort | sunshineandholly.com

Josh and I have always loved Disney. In fact, we honeymooned at Disney back in 2007 when we were first married. So we definitely know how fun Disney can be without kids! During our most recent trip to Disney, we wanted to recreate that kid-free fun, so we booked our kids a night at the Pixar Play Zone – Disney’s kids-only experience located at the Contemporary Resort right next to the Magic Kingdom.

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Review of the Pixar Play Zone at Disney World’s Contemporary Resort

For $65 per child, your kids (ages 4-12) can play from 5pm to 10:30pm at the Play Zone. They’ll eat dinner, meet characters, do crafts, play games, and even end the night with a dance party! I know the price may seem high, but for five and a half hours of childcare, plus dinner, crafts, and character meet and greets, it really isn’t bad. It comes out to around $12 an hour per child, which seems reasonable for all that’s included. And for us, after almost a week with our kids 24/7, it was totally worth it to get a few hours to ourselves!

 

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Join the Movement – Giving Tuesday

By on November 20, 2018
Join the Movement - Giving Tuesday | sunshineandholly.com | #givingtuesday

Last week I heard about a new movement for a global day of giving called Giving Tuesday. Piggy-backing on the success of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday uses the power of social media to kick off the charitable season. You can check out the Giving Tuesday website to find charities and organizations in your community. I hope you all join in the movement this year and give! Every little bit counts. If you do give back, make sure to share it on social media using the hashtag #givingtuesday so we can spread awareness of this awesome cause!

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Here are a few organizations and charities that we love:

 

Our House

ourhousega.org/

Our House is an amazing shelter here in Atlanta for children and families.

“At Our House, we are game changers. We offer children and families experiencing homelessness the tools, support, and education they need to thrive. By tackling homelessness at its source, we help the generation experiencing homelessness today, and break the cycle for those most likely to
experience it tomorrow.”

Donate to Our House by clicking here. 

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Chateau Elan Wine Tasting and Tour

By on November 14, 2018
Chateau Elan Wine Tasting and Tour | sunshineandholly.com | explore georgia | weekend trips atlanta | anniversary trip ideas

For our 11th anniversary, we did a fun (and tasty) wine tour at the Chateau Elan Winery and Resort in Braselton, Georgia.

We had a blast and love all the wines we tried! Want to check it out yourself? Tours are offered at the winery Tuesday through Sunday for just $5.00 a person, and add on an additional wine tasting of 5-7 wines for $25 per person. There are 3 different flights to choose from – the Southern Fox, the American, and the Old World. They also offer the “Château Grandeur” for $63 a person that includes the tour and chef selected cheeses and seasonal snacks. We saw another group enjoying the cheese platter and wished we had splurged for that because it looked delish!

The best part of the wine tasting is that you can take your time and enjoy the wine at your own pace. Once you’ve paid for the tasting at the front of the winery, you’ll receive your own tasting menu. You’ll take this up to the bar and choose which wine you’d like to try first. After the bartender pours your glass, you can walk around the winery and explore. Then just head back to the bar when you’re ready for your next wine!

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3 Reasons to Visit Jaemor Farms’ Pumpkin Patch

By on October 26, 2018
3 Reasons to Visit Jaemor Farms' Pumpkin Patch | sunshineandholly.com | Jaemore Farm | Atlanta fall fun | best pumpkin patches in Georgia | explore Georgia | best Atlanta pumpkin

3 Reasons to Visit Jaemor Farms' Pumpkin Patch | sunshineandholly.com | Jaemore Farm | Atlanta fall fun | best pumpkin patches in Georgia | explore Georgia | best Atlanta pumpkinIf you don’t take pictures of your family in a pumpkin patch each fall, are you even a mom?! Seriously though – it seems like it’s a requirement these days. We’ve visited a bunch of different pumpkin patches over the years, but my favorites are outside of the city. For me, a sprawling farm of pumpkin fields and a quaint little country store with freshly picked mountain apples, country jams, and homemade apple-cider donuts give me more “fall-feels” than the pumpkin patches that pop up in parking lots here in Atlanta. This year, we visited Jaemor Farms‘ patch and were able to get some really awesome obligatory pumpkin patch pictures, a decently priced pumpkin, and some other tasty treats!

Here are 3 reasons to visit Jaemor Farms’ pumpkin patch:

1. It’s free!

There’s no entry fee for the pumpkin patch at Jaemor. Feel free to roam around the fields at your leisure, taking all of those obligatory family pictures. The pumpkins aren’t super expensive, and the prices vary by size. You can also skip the field altogether and choose a pumpkin from their farm market store.

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