There is nothing like the magic that Disney brings to it's theme parks and resorts, with Fort Wilderness Campgrounds being no exception. From the very front parking entrance where the helping hands told fun jokes to my kids in the back seat as we checked in, to the Chip 'n' Dale campfire experience, all the way to the Magic Kingdom fireworks being in view at the beach...magic. This was our kids first camping experience and something tells me it will never be topped. I want to share all the ins and outs to camping at Ft. Wilderness with kids so you are prepared for your visit!
Last we talked, I was chatting about my future plans and how I had absolutely no idea what was ahead. Slowly but surely, things have started to come together(bless!), but today I wanted to talk about standing on your own two feet. For anyone, the first real leap “out of the nest” can be tough. Leaving mom and dad, friends and family, to venture out onto your own is not always the easiest, but it must be done. For me, I’m moving a few states away from my mom and dad to Texas! However, I also know that it can be equally as hard taking that first jump even if it is right around the corner from wherever you call home.
Oh sweet butter croissant, how you make my heart pitter patter. I wasn't sure there was something that could top a day to day croissant, but there is. Enter Kouign Amann--a beautiful, flakey, caramelized croissant and brioche combination. Originating from the region of Brittany, France, your taste buds will feel like you need to put on a beret and twist the ends of your mustache (if you have one). The best news? You don't have to purchase a ticket to fly over the Atlantic, but can get your own taste of France right here in Tampa, Florida at Petit Piquant off of Howard. As one who has been to Europe many times, these fit the bill and then some.
Piquant is under the care of celebrity chefs Rosana Rivera and Ricardo Castro and they are all things delightful. Their warm welcome is right up there with the pastries coming out of the oven. Their new addition to their patisserie family is being released today. You will find sweet flavors like guava, cinnamon sugar, raspberry, lemon and strawberry alongside more savory flavors like Lox salmon, braised short rib rib and roasted tomato with goat cheese. Well, I won't keep your taste buds waiting any longer, so I give you, the Kouign Amann...
Adventuring with littles can be overwhelming or it can be incredibly fun. Like many first time mamas, I was very reluctant to take my little man out and when I did, I somehow managed to take his entire nursery with us. Now that I have a 4 month old, I have learned the beauty of simplifying! Don't get me wrong, every now and then, my old pack rat habits try to creep in, but my hubby happily reminds me when there's just too much stuff! We bought Disney passes last fall, knowing that Kinsley was due in January, we figured we would do our best to make the most of our passes. I have listed a few convenient tips that I have quickly learned while adventuring Mickey's house with my little ones!
Three days spent in Denver. Three days I'll never forget with my sister. Three days I drank hot coffee and savored my meals. I called it my momcation and it was all things lovely. The stars just happened to align for a last minute trip to visit my sister in Denver. So--I packed a very small bag that I didn't remember being capable of doing since before kids and just hopped on a plane. I absolutely adore my kids, but OMGoodness, to only have to entertain myself was just what this momma needed.
There is so much to do in and around Denver, but I wanted to share a few of my fave foodie spots for your next trip over or a local foodie exploring all the hits. All the hiking, adventuring and even shopping can work up an appetite and these are sure to win a nomnom hashtag from your visit.
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If you sat down with me about a year and a half ago, I would’ve told you my life plan. I had it all figured out. I totally knew (or thought I knew) what I wanted to do for a career, I knew when I was going to graduate, I knew I wanted to go to grad school, I knew what the perfect internship was, I knew who my real friends were, I knew when I wanted to settle down…
I knew it all, and I wanted absolutely zero help from anyone, I was going to do it all for myself and by myself.
Well guess what? Over the last year and a half, a lot has changed. Not saying I don’t know any of the above anymore and I’m definitely NOT saying change is a bad thing (check out my last blog post for my feels on that topic ha.) I’m just saying that I’m a-okay where I’m at right now.
As we head into the new year ahead, we wanted to share some of your most favorite posts from 2016. In no particular order, here is our top 16! Thank you for supporting us and having fun alongside us. May you have a blessed year ahead!
Traveling is my job, but let's be honest, my job is hardly as glamorous as it may seem. Wearing a cute flight attendant outfit=being on your feet all day, traveling multiple days a week=living out of a suitcase, you get the idea. Being a Denver based flight attendant, the destinations I travel to are rarely exotic. Outside of work, traveling is also one of my passions, one that can be quite expensive, although it doesn't have to be. In fact, it can be done cheaply, especially on a budget. Here are a few ways I travel and not break the bank:
If you are flexible and open to options, make sure do some research on areas you would like to travel to. Currency is always fluctuating and if you are open to options, explore areas where the US Dollar is worth more. Get more for your money, literally!
If you have your heart set on a particular location. Research the best time to go. For example, one of our faves, Hawaii, is always going to be relatively expensive, but like every destination, it has its low and high seasons. Accommodation, excursions, restaurants all seem to adjust their pricing to the different seasons. For example traveling to the Caribbean during their "winter," happens to be their low season and can be easier on your wallet.
Going on vacation is almost like Christmas time. The feeling of anticipation is almost too much to bear as you countdown the days until your flight takes off. I can't be the only one that L-O-V-E loves to spruce up their wardrobe and accessories repitoire for the location they're headed. As I was dredging away at the work week and never ending piles of laundry, dreaming about getting my sun-kissed glow, gathering my must haves for Maui was a breeze and almost made me feel like I was already on vacation.
Then, it happened. The alarm clock went off and it was departure day! Even going through airport security was relaxing as I had no agenda, just me and the hubby, sans kids. Yes, you read that right, and I had absolutely no idea what to do with myself! We met up with my sister and her now fiance(as they got engaged on our trip ahhhh!) in LA and left the mainland for the gorgeous island of Maui. I R&R'd so hard and below, are my absolute fave must have finds for this trip that helped me do so.
My beach experience will never be the same. Growing up in Florida, we know the beach, but you know how the constant battle with sand goes as you fight for every square inch of a never big enough towel. My incredible new found love is called a "roundie" by Rollo Towel Co. Perfectly sized for your tushy to sit or lay upon, even with room for two. It is super light weight, made of 100% cotton, for easy drying and rolls up to perfectly fit in your beach bag. The handstamped styles shown include theLollipop with bright pops of color and the Willow in a black & white Aztec pattern, both $77. Use code #rolloyolo for 10% off your order and all orders over $100 receive free shipping.
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