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What is a Fish Extender | Disney Cruise Recap

By on June 14, 2019
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As you’d expect from a brand like Disney, a Disney Cruise has about 6.4 billion fun things to do onboard. Shows, parties, waterslides, shopping, pools, mini-golf, tea parties, splash pads, character greetings, you name it, they’ve got it! There’s also an extra gift exchange program called the fish extender program that’s not sponsored by the Disney Cruise Line, but organized and run by passengers. We LOVED participating in the program. My kids had a blast helping pass out gifts and were so excited each time they received a gift.

What is a Fish Extender?

A fish extender (FE) is a pocket organizer that you hang on the fish hook outside of your cabin on a Disney Cruise. The hook was originally used by the cast members onboard to hang information about your cruise. Kind of like a cruise mailbox. But these days, most of the cruise information is delivered via the Disney Cruise Line app.

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Food on the Disney Dream Cruise – Disney Cruise Recap

By on May 31, 2019

One of the things we were most looking forward to experiencing on our Disney Cruise (besides the all-day childcare) was the food. You know we like to eat!

The Disney Dream ship has 3 main sit-down restaurants, 2 adults-only restaurants, a buffet, and a quick-service style casual dining area near the pool. There’s also 24-hour complimentary room service. Lots to choose from!

For dinner on a Disney cruise, you’re assigned a dinning time – either early dining at 5:45 or late dining at 8:15. You rotate through each of the 3 main dining restaurants, which is great since you get to try them all! On the Disney Dream, the 3 restaurants are the Royal Palace, the Enchanted Garden, and the Animator’s Palate. Each restaurant has its own theme and menu, and your wait staff travels with you to each restaurant so you’ll have the same waiters each night.

For breakfast and lunch on the Disney Dream, you can either order room service, eat at the buffet called Cabanas, grab a meal from the quick-service counter called Flo’s Café, or have a sit-down meal at the Royal Palace or the Enchanted Garden.

The two adults-only restaurants are Palo and Remy. These require reservations and aren’t included in the cost of your cruise. We didn’t try Palo or Remy on this cruise, but they are on my bucket list for next time!

There’s also all-you-can-eat complimentary soft service ice cream on the ship. Yum! You can also purchase other ice cream treats at Eye Scream ice cream parlor or grab a smoothie from the smoothie shop called Frozone’s Treats.

Specialty coffee is available for purchase at the Cove Café and the Vista Café. You can also pick up a few complimentary pastries to enjoy with your coffee.

We had a blast trying lots of different foods on the cruise and were pleased with pretty much everything we ordered. Unfortunately, I came down with tonsilitis on the second day of our trip and was sick for the rest of the cruise. So I didn’t get to enjoy the food as much as I was hoping since I felt so poorly. (So not fair!) But Josh and the kids took full advantage of trying everything and loved it all!

Food on the Disney Dream Cruise – Disney Cruise Recap

Our first meal on the cruise was lunch at the Animator’s Palate:

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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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