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The Deserts of Disney & Universal (I had no idea!!)

When in Disney I was going to write a blog about what I wore on vacation or what I packed, but what we ate seemed so much more interesting! Also, it’s a PSA!!

Have you been or are going to Disney/Universal in the near future? Well, if you are you need to pay special attention to the deserts!! Listen, taking my kids when they were 3 & 5 was wonderful, to see their little faces light up the first time they met a character or saw the castle was something I will never forget. However, I was so consumed with watching after them I completely missed so much!!!

Taking them now that they are 11 & 13 was a completely different experience. We all were able to really enjoy the parks, rides, entertainment, food and the DESERTS!! I had no idea!!!

The desert eating started in EPCOT. We were entering the World Showcase and thee is was….the most amazing donut cart we had ever seen (for the moment)! So many to choose from but Bella choose the the vanilla donut with chocolate icing and mini m&m’s. It was so gooey and so good!!

Next we went over to Universal and our first night there we came across this shop called Voo Doo Donuts. Ummmm……..when you walk into this store you are greeted with a carousel of all the amazing donuts to choose from. We choose a vanilla one with marshmallow topping and captain crunch cereal and another vanilla donut with caramel, chocolate, and nuts. Totally worth the extra calories!!

Voo Doo Donuts
Check out their other locations here! If you are near one, you NEED to try them!

On our 2nd day in Universal as we were leaving the park we came across these Lard Lad Donuts! This donut was bigger than my daughters (and my) face!! Again this did not disappoint and fed the 4 of us for 2 days.

Lard Lad Donuts
As good as it looks for sure!!

Lastly, a friend had recommended we eat at the Chocolate Emporium at the City Walk in Universal. So we did! Dinner was good, but it was all about the milkshakes. I have never seen anything like this before ever in my life!! These milkshakes are served in a super mason jar and each flavor has an amazing treat on top. Bella had the chocolate brownie milkshake, which had a chocolate chocolate chip brownie on top with the straw going right through it! Sandro had a double chocolate milkshakes with whipped cream, chocolate chunks and strawberries on top!!

That’s all I remember from this amazing trip to Disney and Universal!! If you have gone with your babies, it is totally worth going again once they are old enough for you all as a family to enjoy everything these parks have to offer!! Especially the deserts!!

Please leave a comment if have tried any of these places or if you know of any other amazing deserts there to try!!

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Party Season Is Fast Approaching!

Yes it is!! Can’t believe it is November! I just love this time of year! All the festive happenings like songs, holiday shows, perfect time of year for glitzy outfits, and gatherings. I love to bring a special gift for all the hostesses I will be visiting and I like to stock up on those gifts just in case I need one quick! Here are a few of my favorite items to give!

The gift of Warmth!

Buffalo Plaid here
Plaid here
2 solid colors here
Nordic prints here
Sounthwest prints here

I love giving cozy blankets. Everyone loves them and can always use one more! This blanket I found by accident at, of all places, Dicks Sporting Goods. It comes in a TON of colors and patterns. One side is a beautiful velvety soft plush and the other is a super soft Sherpa fleece. The best part is that it is only $25 each or BUY 1 GET 1 FREE!!!!! Can’t you believe it?! Pick up 2 for the perfect just in case gift!

The gift of Light!

Pictured Above
The Whole Selection here

In this world of switch on candles (I have them in every room of my house), it is nice to actually light a beautiful candle and experience the flicker of the flame. If you have ever walked into an Anthropologie store then you have experienced the beautiful scent that envelopes you as you stroll through. It is this candle I love to give as gifts. It is always packaged beautifully and the scent is light, pretty, and not overwhelming. They range in price from $12- $98. I like to give the smaller sized candles for a pretty little hostess gift!

The gift of Moisturized Skin!

Josie Maran Body Butter

The winter can be really tough on your skin. I know mine gets really dry throughout the season. The only moisturizer I feel comfortable giving as a gift, because I know how amazing it is, is Josie Maran’s Body Butter. I use it everywhere including my face as my day cream. It light, non greasy, and absorbs right into your skin. I have been using it for years and don’t see myself stopping anytime soon. It makes a perfect personal gift for anyone.

The gift of a Special Message!

Actually, I Can
Get After It
See The Good

I love a great mug with a great message! It is the perfect way to start your day with your cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate! I found these lovely mugs for $4.99!! They are perfect on their own or paired with a great bag of coffee!

What are some of your gifting ideas that you like to give or have received? We would love to hear!

(Commission links)

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Top 5 Amazon Finds For October!

To close out the month of October I am bringing you my top 5 Amazon finds! I find that my Amazon finds are usually full of hits and some misses, but this month I only have hits!!! Below are the items you need to know about!!

#1 – Cowl Neck Sweater

Cowl neck sweater

This is my absolute favorite Amazon buy yet! I actually purchased this at the end of last season but it is back in stock and you needed to know about it. It is an oversized fit but fitted in the arms (which I ❤️), super soft and cozy (not itchy at all) and has the largest cowl neck I have ever seen! I usually wear a size small, this item is one size fits all. Comes is 11 colors!

Cowl Neck Sweater

#2 – Zip Up Sherpa Fleece

Sherpa Fleece

This may be one of the softest Sherpa fleece I own. I love the asymmetrical zipper, the cute cozy pockets, and the slightly roomy fit. I am wearing a size small. Also, comes in 11 colors & prints (yes there’s leopard!)

Sherpa Fleece

#3 – Knit Joggers

Knit Joggers

I reach for these joggers every weekend. I love the fit, the fabrication, the waistband (fits like a mid rise), the pockets, and the cuff at ankle. The waistband is a substantial 3 inches and has a tie. The cuff at ankle is also substantial and allows you to wear full length or pull up to wear more cropped. I am wearing a size small.

Knit Joggers

#4 – High Low Sweater

Sweater
Joggers

This sweater is VERY light weight. Almost more like a knit top. It is also very roomy to layer over a tank. Looks great off shoulder and not. I love the high low length which is perfect to wear with leggings. For only $17.99 it’s a bargain!! I am wearing a size small.

Sweater

#5 – “Making Magic Happen”

T- Shirt

My family is head down to Disney World next week and we are SUPER excited!! This t-shirt is going to be perfect for this trip! This is more of a fitted tee, so if you want it to be roomy you need to size up one size. The sleeve detail is really cute!! I am wearing a size small.

What are your favorite amazing finds? We would love to give them a try and if we like them they may end up in our next Monthly Amazon Finds!!

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Halloween Treat Bags

I love doing all the little things around the holidays which make it extra fun with the kiddos. They love giving their friends some treats for Halloween, but we are no longer allowed to bring in food treats due to allergies. If your kids like doing the same thing, here is a quick idea that you still have time for that will be fun to do and fun to give out. (These are also great for other holidays or celebrating bdays in the classroom).

The last few years we have created treat bags for their school friends filled with non-food treats like boucy balls, spider rings, pencils, notepads, bubbles etc. With multiple kids, making treat bags for over 40 kids can get expensive. But by going to a store where they sell these items in bulk like Target and the Dollar Store, you can give out cute treats without blowing your budget!

This year we chose Target and I let the kids pick out what they wanted to fill their bags with. I find that this activity allows the kids to feel part of the process and make the decisions, but I know it won’t end up costing me an arm and a leg!

I usually find these deals in the Target dollar section up in the front of the store or in the back corner where they set up their Halloween destination with candy, decor, etc. Here are the treats they picked out for this year as well as stickers to decorate the name tags (see below).

What’s also great about this project, is that the kids can basically do all the steps themselves. So they are empowered to figure things out but also feel a sense of accomplishment when they are done and pride when they hand out the bags to their friends.

First step is we start with making the name tags for each friend. We use a paper cutter to cut card stock into squares or rectangles. Then we use a single hole punch to punch a hole in the top corner. This is where we will attach the name tag to the gift bag.

Next comes decorating the name tags. This is by far my kid’s favorite step since I let them have free reign over however they want to decorate them. They use stickers, markers- whatever they think will look the best! My son can now write so he labels each tag with a friend’s name and then puts his name on the other side. My daughter isn’t able to fully write yet so I let her decorate one side and then I write From V on the other side.

Then comes the fun step of stuffing the bags! We separate each treat into a pile and the kids make sure there is one of each thing in each bag.

Final step is closing the bags. This is where the grownup may need to help a little. I use the twist tie to close the bag as well as attach the name tag. Loop the twish tie through the hole on the name tag. Then bunch the top of the goodie bag together, wrap the twist tie around the bag, and twist a few times. The bag should be secure and you should still be able to see the name on the tag. Voila! Here is the final product!

Hope you found this helpful and enjoy making treat bags with your own kiddos.

Happy Halloween!! xo, Liz

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New Fall Denim Hunt!

The Rockstar Skinny (white button down, grey cardi (similar), leopard belt (similar & better) & tan boots)
The Cigarette Straight Leg (camel sweater, suede bootie)
The Cropped Boot Cut (wine tee, camel cardi, leopard slingbacks)

Fall is the time to refresh my Denim options. For the past 10 years, at least, I feel like I have only been reaching for my skinny jeans. Remember when skinny jeans first were becoming a thing, after our boot cuts were becoming “old”? At that time I thought you had to be a certain body type to wear them, soooooo wrong!! We all can wear them and that is all I have been wearing since.

I have been wearing Old Navy Rockstar Super Skinnies for most of that time. I reach for them everyday, but now I feel I am ready for something new. I have been loving how The straight leg and those cute kick flairs have been looking on all the models on the websites but scared to try myself. Recently I purchased the Cigarette Straight Leg Jeans and the Cropped Boot Cut from the Gap. Check out my review and most importantly what shoes go best with these styles below!

SKINNY – First we will take a closer look at the Old Navy Rockstar Jeans. Like I said, these are my go to jeans of choice. You really just can’t go wrong here. The price, many color and fabric options, and levels of destruction available seems endless at times!

The Rockstar Jean I am wearing
All the Rockstar Jeans
Tan Boots
Olive Booties
Leopard Slingbacks

1) They offer low, mid, and high rise. I wear the mid rise and it hits me about a inch below my belly button.

2) These jeans are super skinny from hip all the way down to ankle opening. They also are very stretchy. They will hold their shape all day, so no baggy knees at the end of the day!!

3) I find skinny jeans par well with all shoe styles, but they are your go to jean to wear with tall or over the knee boots.

STRAIGHT LEG – Next we will take a closer look at these Cigarette Fit Jeans from Gap.

The Jeans I Am Wearing
All the Cigarette styles
Suede Booties
Orange Pumps
Sneakers

1) This particular pair I choose is a high rise. They hit me about a 1/2 inch above my belly button. There are many different styles to choose from.

2) This fit is fitted through the hip and thigh then a slim straight leg to the ankle.

3) In terms of what shoes work best with this style: higher bootie, pumps, and sneakers. I do not think tucking these into your tall boots will be an option…

CROPPED BOOT CUT – Last we will take a closer look at these super cute cropped boot cut jeans. I love these, but understand they may not be for everyone.

Cropped Boot Cut Here
All Boot Cuts
Leopard Slingbacks
Suede Booties
Suede Pump

1) These are high rise with exposed button fly. They hit about 1/2 inch above my belly button.

2) They are fitted through hips and thighs then slightly flair out. They hit about 4 inches above my ankle.

3) This for looks great with a higher shaft bootie or tighter shaft tall boot, flats, and I feel they look amazing with heels of any type.

I would love to hear your thoughts!! Send in your comments! (commission links)

Holiday, Holiday, Kids

Group Candy T-Shirts- Perfect Family Halloween Outfit

The finished product!

Once I had my kiddos, I became much more excited about Halloween! I love all the prep- picking out pumpkins, making gift bags for friends at school, making sure we have the right amount of candy for the big night, and of course picking out the costumes! But when I have to find outfits for us all to wear as a family, that is where I struggle to think of something creative!

Last Halloween, we were invited to a Halloween party at my son’s friend’s house from daycare. I originally thought it was just a costume party for the kids, so I figured I was all set and they would wear their regular Halloween costumes that they were planning on wearing on Halloween night. But I was in for a big surprise two days before the party when I found out the adults had to dress up too!!! Ugh!

With very little time, I had to come up with outfits that I could buy or make in one day! I had seen someone post m&m shirts being sold online and figured- I could make those! So I headed over to AC Moore to figure out my game plan. By the way, I have been loving AC Moore. It has become by go-to for so many projects which I will continue to showcase here on the blog. Lot’s of great stuff and they are always having sales or coupons which make the projects very affordable.

I had never made these shirts before so I wasn’t sure of all the supplies I would need. But I made a list of what I thought and figured I would make it up as I went along! The kids loved being able to pick out their own colors. My only goal was to have 4 different colors so we could represent an m&m pack as much as we could.

Besides the actual t-shirts, here are the main supplies I needed:

  • Felt for the letter m. Black is shown here but used the same brand and size in white for the project
  • Glue gun and extra glue refills
  • Wooden letter m to use as an outline. I chose the lower case m to match the m&m logo

First step was I laid out the white felt into one big piece. Then I used the wooden m and traced it on the white felt 4x, 1 for each tee I was making. I then cut out each m using fabric scissors. You can use regular scissors, but I already owned the fabric ones and felt they cut a little faster and the cuts were cleaner.

Next step, I laid each tee shirt flat and measured where I wanted the m to sit. Once I decided on placement, I cut out a piece of felt to use for all of the other tees so that the placement was the same on each shirt. I measured from the neckline down so that the placement could be consistent even though the t-shirts were all different sizes.

When I was happy with the placement and ready to use the glue gun, I needed a hard surface to lay the shirts on and provide stability when gluing. I used a hard place mat which also kept the glue gun steady while warming up and not in use.

It was finally time to start gluing. Once the glue gun was warmed up, I applied the glue on the underneath part of the m, ensuring I kept the original placement on the t-shirt so they would all be centered. Once I did one pass of glue, I went back and glued again around the edges to make sure the felt stayed flat and secured.

Ta-da! And here is how they looked finished! I needed to give them a little while to cool down and dry. I also re-checked to make sure all the edges were sticking and laying flat. Then all we needed to do was pick out neutral colored clothes to layer underneath so the shirts would be the pop of color. And we were ready for the party!

All in all, it was a super easy project once I had the supplies. The most time consuming part was cutting out the m’s so that they were straight and neat. Gluing them down went pretty fast. I think the total project at home took me about 2 hours.

Hope you enjoyed reading about this project and that it inspires your own m&m group costume! Happy Halloween!!

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Fall Trend Alert: Super Feminine Tops! Courtesy of Anthropologie!

A pretty major trend that you are probably already seeing out there for fall is feminine tops or blouses. Think ruffles, rushing, lace, eyelet, floral and animal prints, pleating, and embroidery.

When I think of feminine details the first retailer that comes to my mind is Anthropologie. I just love going in there, it is a true experience for the senses. From the moment you walk in the door you are enveloped in the visual merchandising, which currently feels like you are walking through an autumn forest, then the scent of the amazing candles hit you, followed by the music which is always just perfect compliment to the season.

The first trend is the Plaid trend. You will find it in pants, blazers and tops. This plaid top is so pretty with buttons down the back and a simple fringe hem detail.

Plaid Top

Next we have the Ruffle trend. The white tunic is so perfect for the summer and will be perfect in the fall layered under a duster cardigan.

White Tunic

This animal print blouse is gorgeous with ruffle detail on wrist & hem, and rushing at the waist.

Leopard Blouse

Lace! Love lace! These tops are only a portion of what Anthro has to offer in lace!

Simple lace top with rushed sleeves
Beautiful eyelet top with ruffle shoulders
Sweet linen button front with lace neckline and ruffle sleeve (sold out)

Prints! Animal and florals! There are the most gorgeous prints.

Gorgeous floral print with sheer sleeves and ruffle detail on shoulder
Subtle snake print with pleated neckline

This next top is just a simple sweet top for any occasion.

Pink bib puff sleeve top

You will definitely get inspired by a trip to Anthropologie this season!!

Enjoy!