Friday, May 22, 2015

Tomorowland in theaters 5/22

After just visiting Disney and hanging out in Tomorrowland I was very excited to see the new movie which is out in theaters TODAY (May 22nd). "A beautiful tomorrow is just a dream away" - Walt Disney

This movie has everything I like to see when I go to the theater, action, passion, mystery, vintage style dresses, a little Disney and George Clooney! I don't have high expectations or anything.

I got to see a preview of the movie earlier this week and left the theater feeling good and wanting to make a difference. It has a unique story that left me asking the question What will our future be? I won't give away the whole story, but I can give you a look into it with the trailer.

The movie is rated PG, and is something the family can sit down together and enjoy (I would say ages 7 and up). It will make you think about the future, past and hopefully you'll all walk away with an idea of what can be. The future holds a lot and we are the dreamers that will make the change. This movie only helps us to see anything is possible.

Do you have plans to see it this weekend?

Disclaimer: I attended a press preview of the movie. As always all opinions are my own.


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Thursday, May 21, 2015

HI HO - Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Ride at Disney World

Hi Ho, Hi Ho it's off to work I go (then some whistles, which I am horrible at)!

We all know and love the story of Snow White and her Seven Dwarfs. So when Disney came out with the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride last year there was no doubt it would be awesome.

This is probably the ride people are talking the most about. A roller coaster for the family to enjoy (must be 38 inches to ride) and want to go on again and again. They even made the line interactive so the everyone would be entertained, and trust me, there was quite a line for this ride. We were standing near when the park opened and were amazed with how quickly everyone walked in an orderly fashion to this ride. 

We had the chance to go into the park early one morning and be filmed as we rode it. Since this was our first time riding it you really do get our real reactions. I also learned how much I laugh when I'm excited! 

I loved that if you had the Magic Band and Memory Maker it would capture your picture and a little video. These photos are priceless to me and I'm so glad I have them.

This ride is one that if you can schedule a fastpass for it do it, but if you didn't scheduled one it's worth the wait in line. My tip would be to try to ride during the fireworks as the line was shorter and the show is amazing! 

Have you ridden this ride before? What did you think of it?

Disclaimer: I was invited to attend the 2015 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration.  I paid a conference fee to attend and was provided with discounted and complimentary items. As always all opinions are my own.


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

MomTrends Travel Event 2015

Traveling as a family is a very important thing to Mike and I. We want our kids to experience life and see the US and world. With the kids getting a little older we're planning some bigger trips and I was excited to learn about some travel tips and products that will make it a little easier for everyone at the 4th Annual MomTrends Travel Event.

First lets start with Guardian. We take a camping trip every year and we know that when you're spending lots of time outside and or near the woods ticks and mosquitoes find you and your sweet little ones. I was so happy to learn about this all-natural and DEET free spray and will be using it in both the backyard and woods!

Something else that's important when you have little ones is taking along the items you need. Baby Bjorn has so many great things. Their travel crib is something people swear by, and their baby carrier has stepped up to the plate in so many ways. I was excited about the small potty and the seat, both things I'll be needing for our little guy very soon. I also swear by this bib. It really catches the food and all you have to do is rinse it off. Less laundry is a major plus for me.

When it comes to snacks BarkThins are a great treat for everyone. It doesn't matter if you're in the car, on the plane or by the campfire they give you that treat you want with a little something extra. With flavors like Dark Chocolate Pretzel, Dark Chocolate Peppermint and Blueberry Quinoa this is something everyone can enjoy!

Now we all know vacations are a bit of relaxing and sometimes long and busy days so sitting down to enjoy a glass of wine is exactly what is needed. I love these XO, G the little glasses give you just what you want and you don't have to worry about opening a big bottle and not drinking it all.

For the fashion of summer MiracleSuit is the best way to look and feel good about spending time by the pool, beach, lake or just running through the sprinkler in your backyard. I love their different styles and how they make me feel. I also am a huge fan of their different cover ups. Easy to throw on and they dry quick.

One of the tips we got from New York Family Magazine was to visit National Parks. There's so many great parks out there and it's something you can do for years. #FindyourPark is something we want to do more of. Even it's it's a weekend getaway it will be fun to cross off the different parks.

Something I never really thought about was a sleep aid. If you're traveling internationally it's hard to get your body to adjust to the time difference so packing some ZzzQuil can help so you don't miss any of the fun because you're tired.

I also got to check out OiOi bags and they really can hold a lot and don't look like a diaper bag. A great tip was to always keep a book or magazine for you in the bag you never know when they'll be sleeping and it's nice to unplug for a bit and get lost in a book!

I fell in love with the FairyTales hair kit. It's such work to comb E's hair, but this stuff is awesome and I love that it helps keep her hair healthy after spending time in the sun and pools. The detangler smells so good that I want to use it on my hair!

I'm also very excited about Acure Organic Castile Soap. I love that we can use this for everything from washing dishes to brushing our teeth and while they have fragrance free, I'm excited to try the Tropical Citrus!

While there were so many great travel tips and products it's also nice to have a little stay-cation or backyard camp our and Land of Nod knows how to bring the fun for everyone. With adorable tents, sleeping bags and a Smores kit any family would love to have fun and bring their imagination to life.

Traveling and adventuring as a family is the best gift we give our kids. It's time together and it doesn't matter if it's around the world or in the backyard. Thanks MomTrends for helping me get ready for a fun summer of adventure with the family!

All images provided from MomTrends

Disclaimer: I attended the MomTrends Travel event and received a gift bag. As always all opinions are my own.


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Fun Run with GoGoSqueez at Epcot

Have you ever wanted to do something, but just didn't know how it would turn out? This is how I felt when I saw an email about a Fun Run sponsored by GoGoSqueeZ at the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration.

I first learned about Fun Runs at Disney last year at their On the Road Conference. I was totally intrigued, but am not a runner so I came to terms with the idea that I would probably never do one. Sure I run for the bus or train, but couldn't do a ½ marathon or 5K without training. I’m more of a why run when you can dance kind of gal!

Then I saw the Fun Run was only 1 mile. I can do that. I mean the train station is a mile away and I walk that so I signed up. It was a 6am run on Mother’s Day, but getting the chance to run through Epcot without anyone there was something I couldn't pass up.

I woke up early (5:15am) and was out the door to meet about 80 other friends to run/walk to the Butterfly Garden in Epcot.

There were some veteran runners, some novice and some people who were planning to walk. We were given GoGo SqueeZ capes to wear and I loved feeling like SuperMom ready to conquer this run. I met Erin and we decided to do the run together. We ran till we got to the front of Epcot and then took to walking as we started snapping pictures of an empty and dark Epcot.

I loved all the encouragement and Mother’s Day wishes from the Cast Members and GoGo SqueeZ team they were also handing us packets to keep our energy up. Seriously so tasty to get a cold appleapple right as we walked into the park.

As we ended at the Butterfly Garden we were given medals, wished a Happy Mother’s Day and of course they had water and more GoGo Squeez!

We then took some time to enjoy the peace of the park and our accomplishment. I got to walk back with Sarah and as we approached the Yacht Club we ran into a few other friends Esti, and Krista. Of course the sun was rising so we took advantage of an empty dock and did some photos. We are social media moms after all!

The biggest thing I took away from the Fun Run was I really can do anything. It was a good reminder that it’s okay to do something out of your comfort zone. You never know what will come of it. For me it was new friends and the pride that I can tell my kids it doesn't matter how you finish just as long as you do.

Disclaimer: I was invited to attend the 2015 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration.  I paid a conference fee to attend and was provided with discounted and complimentary items. As always all opinions are my own.


Sunday, May 17, 2015

Mother's Day in Disney World 2015

This year I was very lucky to spend Mother’s Day in the happiest place on earth with my family. It was also the last day of the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration so they really made it special for attendees.

I got up very early for the GoGoSqueez Fun Run and even though it was 5:40am Mike made sure to wish me a Happy Mother’s Day before I left the room. When I got back to the room everyone was asleep so I showered and got ready for the last event. The kids woke and wished me a Happy Mother’s Day and showered me with kisses and hugs and soon we were off to breakfast.

We had a delicious meal and Voice Play was the perfect entertainment. I loved their Top 10 Broadway remix. Then the Disney team played a magical/hysterical video. I felt very lucky that Mike took to the kids to this event and was in tears as I watched the last seconds (specifically 4:09)!

Later that day we decided to head into Epcot. There was something special I wanted to do with Eleanor. In Japan they have a pick a pearl and I LOVE pearls so I asked her to do this with me as my gift. Eleanor and I each picked an oyster and watched as she opened them to see what was inside.

We each got a beautiful pearl and I’m glad we did it together. I even gave her a necklace to put the pearl in and I will have mine turned into something special to remind me of the day and trip.

The best and most unplanned part of the day was riding SevenDwarfs Mine Train while Wishes (the firework show) was happening at the Magic Kingdom that night. I was so glad we had Photo Pass to capture our surprise and excitement. It’s moments like this that make me realize I’m right where I should be in life and nothing could be better! A very magical Mother's day.

I hope everyone had a great day. Moms, Grandparents, Aunties, Sisters, and Friends you are all special and appreciated!

Disclaimer: I was invited to attend the 2015 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration.  I paid a conference fee to attend and was provided with discounted and complimentary items. As always all opinions are my own.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Made in USA at Walmart & ideas for Mom

Mother's day is this weekend. How did that happen? I hate to admit this, but I've totally dropped the ball this year.

It's always tough to figure out what to get my Mom and Mother in Laws, the one consistency with all of them is they like flowers and putting things out in their garden. It's a good thing May is the perfect time to get these areas ready and this year I went to Walmart for some fun gifts.

We all love to support Made in the USA (MiUSA) items. I know I'm willing to pay a little more knowing it's keeping jobs and money in the country. I didn't realize how committed Walmart is to selling produtcs that are made, assembeled and grown here, but they are and of course they have everyday low prices.

I saw this Pennington Cedar Wren Bird House and knew it would be perfect in my Moms front tree. It's got weather-resistant Eastern Red Cedar, made in Georgian and perfect for our favorite songbird, and it's only $8.47.

I personally love that my kids give me a plant each year (I know it's coming so I'm going to be prepared) and I'm not a huge clay pot fan so I want something that won't break. This long lasting resin planter is perfect for indoor or outdoor use. Did you know resin planters will retain moisture longer than clay pots and this ones only $0.67.  Throw some of the Plantation Products Swet Pea Seeds in for $2 and you've helped companies in both Illinois and Massachusetts.

Supporting American Made products is a great thing, and I'm excited that Walmart is putting the effort and resources into bringing more jobs and products to America. They even host an Open Call event where companies who are looking to sell their U.S. made products to Walmart can pitch the idea without and appointment, mark your calendar for July 7, 2015!

Disclaimer: I was provided samples in exchange for a review. As always all opinions are my own.