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Wildwood Grove at Dollywood – Everything You Need to Know

By on May 14, 2019

A big thanks to Dollywood for inviting me to the media event for the grand opening of Wildwood Grove and for the free park admission for my family!

If you’ve never been to Dollywood, you’re really missing out! Located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, this family-friendly theme park is packed with award-winning rides, shows, and attractions. Recently, Dollywood opened a brand-new expansion of the park called Wildwood Grove. With 11 new thrilling experiences, it’s the largest expansion in park history.

 

Here’s everything you need to know about Wildwood Grove at Dollywood!

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Easter 2019

By on April 25, 2019

We had such a great Easter this year! The weather was beautiful, no one was sick, we weren’t late to anything, and the Easter Bunny even had time to do a fun scavenger hunt for the kids.

We started celebrating Easter earlier in the week when we dyed Easter eggs with a kit from Target. It came with a powder that you mixed to make editable foam. It actually worked really well and made some beautiful eggs!

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Super Simple Kid-Friendly Vegetable Side Dishes for Weeknight Dinners

By on April 16, 2019
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When I was a newlywed, I LOVED to meal plan. There was nothing better than going through cookbooks and magazines and searching online for yummy recipes to try. (Thank goodness Pinterest wasn’t around back then – I would have spent way too many hours pinning a million recipes!)

But the novelty of meal planning wore off, especially after having kids. I hate spending all that time picking out recipes, shopping, and cooking, only to have my kids turn up their noses at what I’ve prepared. #momlife

These days I do my best to meal plan, but there are many nights where I still stand in front of the open fridge, looking for inspiration when I haven’t prepared ahead of time. But typically I have a meat and vegetable side dish planned for each night. I like to keep the side dish simple and easy – the less chopping, cooking, or dirtying up pans, the better!

Here are a few super simple kid-friendly vegetable side dishes for weeknight dinners:

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10 Reasons We Love Disney’s Bay Lake Tower

By on April 11, 2019
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When booking accommodations for Disney, there are lots of things to take into consideration. Price, location to the parks, and amenities for example, but there are other things that can make an otherwise average hotel stay at Disney into an exceptional one. We’ve stayed at several different hotels over the years, both on-property and off, and our favorite so far has been the Bay Lake Tower at the Contemporary Resort.

Bay Lake Tower is part of the Disney Vacation Club, a timeshare program run by Disney. However, there are ways to book Bay Lake Tower rooms without being part of the club. We booked a trip through DVCrentals.com and had a great experience! (And saved $$$ too! Find out more about DVC Rentals below.)

Bay Lake Tower offers studios, 1-bedroom, and 2-bedroom villas. There’s a pool with a water slide, access to the monorail, and (by far the best part in my opinion) the resort is WALKING DISTANCE to the Magic Kingdom. You heard that right! No need to wait in the long monorail or bus lines. It’s wonderful to be able to walk back to your hotel after a long day at the parks, and not waiting in the long lines for transportation.

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Disney Cruise Fish Extender Gift Idea for Adults – Coffee and Donuts

By on March 28, 2019
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Looking for a cute fish extender gift idea for adults? Check this out!

We’re leaving in 5 days for our first cruise ever – and it’s a Disney cruise! You know how obsessed we are with Disney and we can’t wait to experience all of the fun. We’ll be sailing for 5 days/4 nights in the Bahamas with a stop in Nassau and a stop at Disney’s private island – Castaway Cay. This is a dream vacation for us – something that’s been on our bucket list for a long time and I feel so blessed that we’re at a point in our lives where we can swing this financially. (I guess all that solo parenting while my husband travels has finally paid off! Seriously though – Josh works so hard to provide for us and I’m so grateful for him.)

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