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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!!

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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.

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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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Road Trip!!!

Just thinking back to our amazing spring break trip to Virginia. Such a beautiful state and we all had a great time!! I totally recommend, if you live on the east coast, a trip to visit Busch Gardens, Colonial Williamsburg, Fort Monroe, The USS Wisconsin (amazing), and Virginia Beach. Whether you did a staycation, took a road trip like us, or flew some where amazing for your Spring Break we would love to hear about your adventure!! Please leave us a comment, I am always looking for ideas for next year!!

Outfit links below (commission links)

Sunnies / Denim Jacket / $8 Tee / Perfect Joggers / Classic Sneakers

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Spring Break Style

Easter and Passover are almost here. So in the Northeast that means it will be spring break time! Last year we were lucky enough to spend spring break in Florida with family. But this year we will be on a staycation! But that doesn’t mean I can’t dream about flying somewhere warm, preferably near a beach. I put together my fake packing list. And if you are heading on vacation, hopefully it will give you some outfit inspiration!

All J.Crew items are 40% off. Use code REFRESH

All Gap items are 45% off. Use code CYBER

All J.Crew Factory items are 40%-60% off. Prices as marked on the website.

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From Left to Right:
Snake print sandals / White skinny denim / Straw clutch / Striped embroidered blouse
Navy ruffle one-shoulder swimsuit / Pineapple cover up / Straw hat / Striped beach fleece
Denim shorts / Rose gold sandals / Floral one-piece swimsuit / Navy crochet clutch
White eyelet sleeve tee / White denim shorts / Dobby striped shirt / Tassel key chain / Navy espadrille wedges

Here are some daytime looks for sightseeing, going out to eat, or just relaxing with a good book and drink!

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Navy tee and denim shorts are 40% off- use code REFRESH
Snake print sandals 15% -25% off – use code BEESKNEES
From Left to Right:
Straw hat / Slub cotton v-neck tee / Denim shorts / Snake print sandals
Tassel key chain / Navy eyelet sleeve tee / White denim shorts / Rose gold sandals

Going out to dinner or just need a cute outfit change? Can’t go wrong with a fun top and white denim!

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White denim shorts are 40% off- use code REFRESH
Dobby striped shirt 45% off – use code CYBER
Snake print sandals 15% – 25% off – use code BEESKNEES
From left to right:
Navy espadrille / Striped embroidered blouse/ / White skinny denim/ Navy crochet clutch / Dobby striped shirt / Straw clutch / White denim shorts / Snake print sandals

You will look so stylish by the pool or at the beach in these looks from Target or J.Crew. Since having 2 kids, I’m not very confident in a bikini. Plus, I have to be able to run around after them and I need to make sure my swimsuit will stay in place! These styles do the job but still make me feel young and trendy.

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New Orleans Trip

Birthday Trip to NOLA with the MR!

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We recently decided to take a short trip to celebrate the MR’s birthday; it’s a BIG one too!  Since neither of us has ever been New Orleans was the winner and it did not disappoint!

First of all the 3 things no one told me that are very important to know:

  • HUMIDITY: even though we went in November and the temperature averages 72 degrees the humidity is about 96%!! Be prepared for bad hair days!!  Ponytails!!
  • Bring comfy shoes: You will do A LOT of walking and will need comfy shoes.  Go ahead and bring your cute shoes for evening, but make sure you bring sneakers or walking shoes to handle the crazy sidewalks and tons of steps you will be doing.
  • Gas Lamp’s: There are real working gas lamps all over and they are absolutely beautiful.

The Hotel:

We stayed at the La Richelieu Hotel.  A very quaint French boutique hotel in the way back of the French Quarter.  The neighborhood was tucked away in the residential section, very close to Frenchman Street and the French Market.   Would definitely recommend this hotel if you are ok with being in a more quiet area.

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The Tours:

There are many tours to choose from in New Orleans to learn the area and I totally recommend taking a tour just to help get your bearings on what you want to see and do.  We started with a Haunted Tour of the French Quarter through Voo Doo Bone Lady Tours (http://www.voodooboneladytours.com/); I found them on Trip Advisor.  Our tour guide was Brain, please request him, and he was amazing.  He was so knowledgeable of the stories, history, and the area as he was born and raised right there in New Orleans.

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The above is called The Lalaurie House, which has a history so horrifying that it was almost unbelievable.  Look it up and then go to NOLA to see it…….  Every hair on my neck and arms stood every time we walked by it, which was several times a day because it is right in the middle of everything.  This was just one of the sights from the tour!

We also took a tour of the St Louis Cemetery No.1.  I would highly recommend a cemetery tour, there are many.  The tour we choose was through Tours by Steven, also found on Trip Advisor, and our guide was Chad.  Chad was great, also born and raised right there in New Orleans and his family owns a tomb in the cemetery he toured us through.  The history inside the walls was amazing, learning why the cemeteries are all above ground in New Orleans and the whole burial process was truly amazing.  You really start to understand the culture of the area through this process and ceremonies.

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The French Quarter:

The French Quarter is 14 blocks long by 12 blocks wide.  We spent a very full day visiting all the sites packed into this relatively small area.  We started with the French Market.  This is an open air, covered market packed with local artisans selling their goods. You can find absolutely anything here: Jewelry, artwork, leather goods, clothing, food, soaps, and strange alligator heads, hats, just to name a few things.  A must see location!

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The French Market sits close to the Mississippi River so next we walked along the river.  Beautiful! The best part is that this walk will lead you to Café Du Monde!  YES!  You will NEED to stop here for your fix of their beignets and café au lait (oh-lay).  This is pretty much the only thing on the menu and wow I can see why.  DELICIOUS!!  Please note that if there is a line, you wait and watch for a table to open up and just go sit.  They will clean off the table if it is dirty.  Do not wait to be seated.  If you are lucky like us you will find a table near the edge of the open patio and there will be an amazing street band entertaining everyone right there!!

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Right outside of Café Du Monde is Jackson Square, named after Andrew Jackson. A beautiful green space surrounded by more artists selling their artwork.  At the end of the green space is the beautiful St Louis Cathedral.  This cathedral was built in 1727 and has a rich history that you must visit.  In the evening you must visit the back side of the cathedral and see the shadow from the reflection of the statue of Jesus. The locals refer to it as Touchdown Jesus….

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The next must do is a stop at the Hotel Monteleone for a drink at their Carousel Bar.  It is a beautifully decorated feature that actually rotates, very slowly, around the bar.  It also overlooks Royal Street,  so it’s great place to rest after all the walking, have a drink and people watch.

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We followed this up with a walk down Bourbon Street!  This was not really my cup of tea, but you have to do it once in your lifetime!  It is bustling with people, music, and spontaneous street band parades. That part I loved, it’s the bar scene that I did not love so much.  If you want a true taste of the Jazz/Blues seen you NEED to take a walk down Frenchman St!  Frenchman St is where you will find amazing Jazz clubs/bars such as, the Spotted cat and Bambaolas.  Great places to just grab seat for hours and watch the amazing bands that rotate and play all night long.  Also, on Frenchman St was another great open air market called Palace Market.  Another place to mix with local artist and have a chance to purchase their beautiful goods!

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The Garden District:

Street Car ride! The street cars have running since 1923 and are absolutely beautiful.

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We took the street car to Washington Ave. in the Garden District.  The Garden District is 12 blocks long by 5 blocks wide.  Every block is full the most beautiful mansions you will ever see.  There are many tours to take here as well.  We used this self-guided walking tour from Frommers (Walking Tour 2 New Orleans).  One thing to keep in mind as you are touring this beautiful area is that these homes are occupied and you really need to respect that as you are looking around and taking pictures.  You will also see many celebrity homes!  Make sure you leave time to stroll down Magazine Street for all the shops and eateries!

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The Architecture:

Whether you are strolling the hustle and bustle of Bourbon St, the residential area of the French Quarter or the Garden District, you will notice the beautiful surroundings and the buildings.  As you are passing all these colorful structures you will gain the understanding of the rich history of this area.  The locals have done an amazing effort of keeping the original feel of New Orleans and all its beauty and history.

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One more thing:

A MUST see attraction is what they advertise as the 2nd best museum in the world, the WWII museum.  It is outstanding (as it was described to me)! You will learn things you never knew for sure about this war.

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Enjoy!