Sunday, December 17, 2017

NO BETTER TIME THAN CHRISTMAS AT DISNEY

Hello all,

Living here in Florida I have been to a few of the major theme parks. One in particular, Disney is my favorite. Now that I have a grandchild,I wanted to take her there.It seems like the best time of the year to go, around Christmas time. Taking her to Disney was a dream of mine. So off I was to start planning.

I wanted to get the most out of our trip, so I checked out a few sites for advice to prepare. One of my favorite sites I checked out first was Couponing to Disney. I love this site and I find the author's advice easy to understand and follow. She offers many tips I took note of. I especially paid attention to her information about FastPass. We tried scheduling our FastPass with the Disney app, but it proved to be difficult to use and not very user friendly. We scheduled them through their kiosks instead.

We wanted to do as much as we could, so we used FastPass. With it we chose three rides initially. Then were able to choose more with FastPass, but one at a time. We rode a lot of rides! Even the few we did ride without FastPass, the lines were no longer than a 30 minute wait! We had an awesome time! I thought my granddaughter would be afraid of some of the rides, like the Teacups or Dumbo, but she absolutely loved them! In fact, the Teacups were her favorite! Her next favorite was It's a Small World. She loved being in the boat and watching all the animatronics going on around her! The expression on her face was timeless, something I will never forget! She even got to meet her favorite character, Minnie!

When it was time to eat, there were many eateries to choose from. We chose the Columbia Harbor House. It was perfect for lunch. We easily found seats, and it was very affordable. I definitely would eat there again.

Since it is the holiday season, when it got dark they lit up the front of the park around the castle with Christmas lights. It was such a sight to see! The castle was lit with purple and white lights. My granddaughter loved it! It was so beautiful. Every employee we came across was very knowledgable and pleasant. We had a great time! The only thing we didn't have time to do was shop, we were too tired. They did give my granddaughter a pin saying this was her first time at Disney, a real keepsake! I definitely recommend a trip to Disney for a way to spend quality time with the grandkids!



NO BETTER TIME THAN CHRISTMAS  AT DISNEY


NO BETTER TIME THAN CHRISTMAS  AT DISNEY


NO BETTER TIME THAN CHRISTMAS  AT DISNEY


NO BETTER TIME THAN CHRISTMAS  AT DISNEY


NO BETTER TIME THAN CHRISTMAS  AT DISNEY


NO BETTER TIME THAN CHRISTMAS  AT DISNEY


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

5 UNIQUE GIFTS FOR THAT HARD TO BUY FOR PERSON

Hello all,

Christmas time is a lot of work. All of that decorating, baking, gift buying , and wrapping presents is tiring. And everyone has that certain hard to buy for someone who has everything already. Or you just really don't know what to get for them. Well, I have the perfect gift guide for you. Here is a list of 5 unique gifts for that hard to buy for person. Hopefully these ideas can help you cross some gifts off your list!


1. Belly Fanny Pack - This is the perfect gift for the dad who has everything. Its made of durable leather, and unzips so pops can hide all his stash. You can buy it through this link for $12.99-



5 UNIQUE GIFTS FOR THAT HARD TO BUY FOR PERSON - BELLY FANNY PACK





2. Phone Tripod by the Claw - Now there has never been an easier way to take those holiday pictures. It even comes with a remote to help capture that perfect shot! You can buy it through this link for $17.99-




5 UNIQUE GIFTS FOR THAT HARD TO BUY FOR PERSON - PHONE TRIPOD BY THE CLAW




3. Mummy Style Sleeping Bag by Survival Hax - For that person who loves to camp, this sleeping bag is so comfy. It also is waterproof and keeps you warm in temps as low as 24 degrees.  You can buy it through this link for $24.99 - 




5 UNIQUE GIFTS FOR THAT HARD TO BUY FOR PERSON - MUMMY STYLE SLEEPING




4. Full Zip Fleece Jacket by Oalka - This fleece jacket is just the ticket to keep your loved ones warm. It's very comfy and has many pockets and a stand up collar to help keep you extra toasty. You can buy it through this link for $19.99-




5 UNIQUE GIFTS FOR THAT HARD TO BUY FOR PERSON - OALKA FLEECE JACKET





5. Expandable Garden Hose by Asani - This is the perfect gift for that gardener on your list. It expands to 3 times its size, to 50 feet. It even comes with a nozzle with 8 settings and a carrying bag. You can buy it through this link for $23.99 - 



5 UNIQUE GIFTS FOR THAT HARD TO BUY FOR PERSON - EXPANDABLE GARDE HOSE

Monday, December 11, 2017

MAKE YOUR GIFT WRAPPING SAY WOW WITH GINGERBREAD GIFT TAGS

Hello all,

Nothing says Christmas to me like baking and gift wrapping. What a time saver to be able to combine the two. I found an awesome recipe from Brit and CO for adorable delicious gingerbread gift tags, but I saw Martha Stewart has one as well. Yes, you heard that right, the edible cookie you use as a gift tag. This makes you think why didn't I think of that! Here's the recipe, enjoy!:



INGREDIENTS:

3 cups flour
2 tsp ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
frosting
string or ribbon
 straw
cookie cutters



INSTRUCTIONS:

In a medium bowl mix flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda and salt.
In another bowl mix together butter, and brown sugar. Add the molasses, egg, and vanilla. Beat in flour mixture till smooth. Cover and refrigerate  for at least 4 hours.
Set oven to 350 degrees.  Roll out dough  1/4 inch thick on a floured surface.
Cut out the shapes with a cookie cutter. Add words or lettering if you like. Use a straw to cut a hole at the top.
Place them on a cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes. Then let cool.
Decorate with the frosting and use string or ribbon to put through the hole to attach to your presents.





MAKE YOUR GIFT WRAPPING SAY WOW WITH GINGERBREAD GIFT TAGS


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

5 FUN THINGS TO DO FOR CHRISTMAS FLORIDA STYLE

Hello all,

 There's no place quite like Florida for the holidays We have our own sense of style here. Florida has so much to see and do already, the holidays just add more to it. I've compiled a list of unforgettable amazing holiday things to do in Florida, enjoy:


1. Now Snowing 2017 - This is a monthlong winter wonderland spectacular featuring Charles Dickens carollers, performers, photos with Santa, horse drawn carriage rides, the Celebration Express train, and yes, it has nightly snowfalls at 6:00, 7:00, 8:00. amd 9:00 pm. They also have an ice rink open 4-10 pm till January 1st. This event and parking are free, but there are small fees for the ice skating, carriage rides, Santa photos, and the train. It's located at the Celebration Town Center, 701 Front St. Celebration.



5 FUN THINGS TO DO FOR CHRISTMAS FLORIDA STYLE- NOW SNOWING





2. Santa's Enchanted Forest - The site says it's the world's largest holiday theme park with over 100 rides, games, shows and attractions. It has been a tradition in the area for 35 years.It features south Florida's largest Christmas light show with millions of lights, lasers, themed displays, Christmas music, live shows and carnival rides. It's open now till January 7th, 5:00 pm till midnight. Admission for adults is $33.64, kids $24.30. It's located at 7900 SW 40th St., Miami.




5 FUN THINGS TO DO FOR CHRISTMAS FLORIDA STYLE- SANTA'S ENCHANTED FOREST





3. Christmas at Gaylord Palms - From November 21st to January 7th you can go to Christmas at Gaylord Palms. They have larger than life decorations with over 2 million lights. They have Alpine Rush Snow tubing, which is priced at $19.99. They also have ICE, a walk through attraction kept at 9 degrees. It is an inside winter wonderland with 2 million pounds of ice sculptures, 4 ice slides, ice carving zone, and a nativity scene carved of ice. Price is $29.99 adults, $16.99 kids. And let's not forget about Santa! You can take photos of him for a fee!




5 FUN THINGS TO DO FOR CHRISTMAS FLORIDA STYLE- GAYLORD PALMS





4. Busch Gardens Christmas Town - This event runs for 23 select dates from November 19th to December 31st. The park comes alive with 2 million lights and decorations. You can meet and take photos with Rudolph and Santa. They have special Christmas musicals and ice shows. They also have a Christmas village where they offer treats and Christmas gift shopping. They even have a Christmas Town Express where you climb aboard a train and sing Christmas carols. This event is included with the regular Busch Gardens admission price. Adults are $104.99, and kids are $89.99.




5 FUN THINGS TO DO FOR CHRISTMAS FLORIDA STYLE - CHRISTMAS TOWN






5. Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at Disney - The december Christmas parties are December 7,8,10,12,14,15,19.21.  During the parties you can see Mickey's Once Upon a Time Christmas Parade, Holiday Wishes fireworks, 2 Christmas stage shows, dance parties and meet and greets. They also serve complimentary hot cocoa, cookies and apple slices. They even have snow on Main Street! These tickets are popular and hard to come by at adults $99.00, kids $94.00. There is a separate admission cost for this.




5 FUN THINGS TO DO FOR CHRISTMAS FLORIDA STYLE - MICKEY'S VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS PARTY




Sunday, December 3, 2017

GOING CAMPING? HERES 70% OFF AN AWESOME SLEEPING BAG

I received compensation  in exchange for writing this review. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own


Hello all,

My family loves the outdoors. Especially camping, and there is no better time than now for camping here in Florida. The weather is just perfect this time of year. I was so happy when I received the 3 Season Mummy Sleeping Bag by Survival Hax to review.

We were on the lookout for new sleeping bags to buy. My husband is the type who gets so cold in any weather. This sleeping bag is amazing! It keeps you snug, cozy, and warm all snuggled in like a mummy. My husband said it was extremely comfortable and he almost fell asleep in it while trying it out for me! The sleeping bag comes in a convenient carry bag with a handle that I liked a lot. And its ultralight, which is a win win for me, being under 3 pounds.

The 3 Season Mummy Sleeping Bag can handle temperatures as low 24F and still keep you warm. The sleeping bag is even water resistant, which is good when it rains like it does here so often. The bag is made out of soft, comfortable, high quality material. This is an awesome product, and would make a great gift! This sleeping bag sells for $24.99 on amazon through this link http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01F8DMDV2.  Even that is a steal for this high quality sleeping bag. But right now with coupon code  SLYP75BG  you can save a whopping 70% off through one of these links   https://survivalhax.com/collections/all/products/mummy-sleeping-bag,  
https://www.amazon.com/Survival-Hax-Mummy-Sleeping-Bag/dp/B01F8DMDY4 . That is an awesome deal, enjoy!  #survivalhax  #sleepingbag


GOING CAMPING? HERES 70% OFF AN AWESOME SLEEPING BAG




GOING CAMPING? HERES 70% OFF AN AWESOME SLEEPING BAG


GOING CAMPING? HERES 70% OFF AN AWESOME SLEEPING BAG
GOING CAMPING? HERES 70% OFF AN AWESOME SLEEPING BAG


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

A DELICIOUS CHRISTMAS TRADITION- FRUITCAKE

Hello all,

When I think of Christmas, I think of trees, decorating and baking. And when I think of Christmas baking, I think of fruitcake. Love them or hate them, fruitcake is definitely a Christmas tradition. I've tasted a few that were downright delicious. I've come across one that fits the bill for delicious. It's a recipe from a Taste of Home for a delicious Christmas tradition - fruitcake!. Give it a try!


INGREDIENTS:
3 cups coarsely cut nuts such as walnuts, pecans or hazelnuts
1 pound chopped pitted dates
1 cup halved maraschino cherries
3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract



DIRECTIONS:
In a bowl combine, nuts, cherries and dates. In a separate bowl combine flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Add to nut mixture and stir until well coated.
In a small bowl beat eggs until foamy then stir in vanilla. Fold into nut mixture and mix well.
Pour into a greased parchment lined 9 X 5 loaf pan.
Bake at 300 degrees for 1 3/4 hours until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Cool and enjoy!


A DELICIOUS CHRISTMAS TRADITION- FRUITCAKE



Sunday, November 26, 2017

FASCINATING FACTS BEHIND 5 CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS

Hello all,

We all celebrate Christmas every year, following the same traditions. But do you know how those traditions came about? They are very interesting and I'll share them with you. Here are fascinating facts behind 5  Christmas traditions:



1. Santa Claus - The story of Santa Claus began in the 4th century about a real man. He was Saint Nicolas. He was a bishop living in Turkey. He was a very rich kind man who actually gave secret gifts to the poor. His popularity grew throughout Europe, and stories were told that he could perform miracles. Because of his kindness he became a saint. He became the patron saint of Russia where he is drawn as having a red cape, and white beard.




 FASCINATING FACTS BEHIND 5 CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS -SAINT NICOLAS



2. Christmas trees -  Fir trees were decorated in 16th century Germany. The first person to bring the tree inside was a 16th century German preacher Martin Luther. He said the beauty of the stars coming through trees he saw in the forest made him recreate it by placing candles on a tree he brought inside. The first tree were decorated with apples and gingerbread. The first Christmas trees were brought to England by Queen Victoria's husband, Prince Albert who was from Germany.




 FASCINATING FACTS BEHIND 5 CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS - CHRISTMAS TREES





3. Christmas Stockings - The story of Christmas stockings started as a story in ancient times. A noblemen had 3 daughters. When  his wife dies, and  the daughters were old enough to marry, the man had nothing to give as dowries. So one night  the 3 girls washed their stocking and hung them to dry on the fireplace. Saint Nicolas heard about their plight, and filled each stocking with a bag of gold. The daughters were able to marry, and kids have been hanging stockings ever since.




 FASCINATING FACTS BEHIND 5 CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS - CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS





4. Mistletoe - The tradition of hanging mistletoe goes back to goes back to the times of the ancient druids. They believed it had healing powers for poison, infertility, and to ward off evil spirits. The custom of kissing under it came from England. A berry was picked from the Mistletoe for each kiss. When the berries were gone, then the kissing was done.



 FASCINATING FACTS BEHIND 5 CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS - MISTLETOE




5. Candy Canes - The story of candy canes goes back to the 17th century. Craftsmen created the candy in the shape of  a shepherd's crook. It was done at the request of a choirmaster who wanted to remind children of the story about the Nativity and to keep them quiet during ceremonies. They became  very popular when a Georgian named Bob McCormack invented a machine that made them.



 FASCINATING FACTS BEHIND 5 CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS - CANDY CANES