As long as my kids want me to be a part of their Halloween costume theme I am here for it! My hubby on the other hand is a little harder to convince to get in on the fun! 😉 Last fall, the girls had recently watched 101 Dalmatians for the first time so we decided to dress up as Cruella De Vil and the Dalmatians from the movie. I was so excited about this theme because it was very easy to put together and I already owned most of the pieces for my costume (minus the cigarette holder). I loved getting the girl’s input on how they wanted to dress up for their 101 Dalmatians Halloween costume.
I splurged a little on my youngest’s outfit from Pottery Barn Kids because it was just too adorable to pass up. This was also her first real Halloween since she was only a month old at this time last year.
I also ordered some temporary white hair dye but it didn’t work out so I opted for baby powder instead. The baby powder instantly turned my hair white but the effect didn’t last too long so I had to re-do it a few times that night. If I had a do-over I would just get a Cruella wig like this one instead.
It’s fun seeing how others dress up for the same theme. I love how these sisters coordinated their adorable Dalmatian outfits! Check out reallyareyouserious.com to see how they created these darling costumes.
I’m still on the hunt for a cute family Halloween costume theme for this year. If you have good ideas please drop them in the comments below or feel free to reach out to www.makingmemorieswithmyminis.com/contact.
Booing our neighbors is an activity my girls love & look forward to every year! They also love the surprise of being boo’ed and trying to figure out which one of the neighbors left a fun present on our doorstep! Some years I feel like I get in a little rut on what to put in our basket besides candy since everyone gets more than enough of that on Halloween. I also don’t want to fill up a basket with a bunch of junk, so I wanted to share a few options in case anyone is in need of some new boo basket ideas!
The first place we hit up was the Target dollar spot (naturally). We ended up going to two different stores because as soon as that Halloween decor gets set out it gets snatched up – fast!!! I did end up finding a lot of great options all for $3 or less.
I love the saying “life is what happens between coffee and wine” because those two beverages are pretty much what keeps this mama going! Naturally those dark colored drinks aren’t doing any favors for my teeth. Over time I started noticing less of a white smile in a lot of our family photos so I was very excited to be approached by Smile Br!lliant to review their at-home professional kit to help teeth whitening for coffee stains.
When I learned that the first step I needed to take was to make a mold of my teeth for the whitening trays I had instant flash backs of gagging on clay molding trays at the orthodontist about 20 years ago. (That kind of torture will stay with you forever). However, the molding trays were extremely easy to use! I had no trouble making the impressions, and it was effortless to drop them in their pre-paid package and stick in the mail to send out to the lab. Not even a week later my finished trays arrived!
I received the whitening trays and began whitening my teeth every evening. I love to read a good book at night so I simply popped in my trays before reading and it became a part of my night time routine.
My teeth have always been extra sensitive so I used the desensitizing gel provided in the kit and noticed a huge difference in sensitivity when I consistantly used the gel after whitening sessions.
As mentioned this mama really can’t go a day without coffee and I was afraid that would affect my results but luckily the desensitizing gel helps close the pores on your teeth faster – which also helps prevent re-staining! I still used a straw when sipping my morning Starbucks to help minimize stains.
After just one week of using the whitening trays I could see a huge difference in the brightness of my smile, which really makes you feel confident all over. I continued using the trays every other day for a total of 12 days and I still have some product left over for touch-ups later on!
Here is a look at the before and after results of my teeth whitening. I love the noticeable difference and how easy this entire process was!
I’m so excited to partner with Smile Br!lliant to giveaway this great product! Click the link below to enter a professional at-home teeth whitening kit by Smile Brill!ant, a $150 value! Good luck!!!
As a busy mother of 3 young kids time is literally never on my side! I was never too keen on punctuality to begin with and ever since my twins came along our family has been permanently running late! Being on time is something we’re trying to improve on, which is why I was so excited to be approached by JORD Wood Watches to review one of their products and do a fun giveaway!
JORD Wood Watches allowed me to choose from a few different watches and I decided on the Fieldcrest Maple. I love the simplicity of the wood and how lightweight it feels on my wrist. I am constantly using my hands to wrangle kids so big, bulky watches with a lot of detail don’t really cut it for me anymore.
The Fieldcrest Maple Watch is simple, elegant and matches well with every outfit I wear because of it’s beautiful light wood coloring. It’s sleek and simple design makes pairing it with any of my other accessories extremely effortless.
I am really enjoying silver and gold mixed accessories right now and either pair well with this watch. I feel like it’s classic look will always stay trendy and in style.
The clasp on the back of the Fieldcrest Maple Watch is extremely easy to work which makes taking it off and on very simple.
I’ve been looking for something special to do with my twin daughters this Mother’s Day so I was very excited to be invited to a Mother’s Day Blogger Event at the Boardwalk Towne Lake. We welcomed our third baby girl recently, and life has been more than a little hectic, so I really wanted to treat my older daughters to some special mommy and me time. We started the Mother’s Day Event at Boardwalk Towne Lake at The Flying Vine Lakeside Grille. This restaurant is so beautiful and all of the food we ordered was amazing!
The kiddos had their own table which allowed all of the moms to relax and enjoy some mimosas and delicious cheese trays! I ordered the chicken Caesar wrap for lunch and my daughters each had their favorite, grilled cheese sandwiches. The Flying Vine Lakeside Grille has a very pretty wine room for private parties, as well!
One of the coolest parts about this restaurant is the beautiful lakeside view and this fun mural wall located right outside. Who doesn’t love a good mural wall for endless Instagrammable photo ops?
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All of the gorgeous balloons at our event were provided by Glamfettico! She has the most charming event decor and balloons for the prettiest parties!
These cute sun hats and beach bags in the picture above were provided by The Royal Standard. I had never shopped there before and was completely blown away by everything this store has to offer. They literally have everything from home goods to jewelry, workout tops, dresses, and lots of extra comfy pajama options!
The store is so beautiful that when I first walked in, I expected everything to be expensive but that was not the case at all! I ended up getting a workout top for only $10!!! The Royal Standard has workout tops that are very high quality as well as extremely affordable!
I also ended up getting a gorgeous chambray shift dress and these adorable flamingo pajama shorts in the picture above. The Royal Standard personalizes everything from bags, to hats, to wine glasses in store, which is extra convenient for personalizing gifts! I saw lots of great gift ideas for Mother’s Day, graduation presents, teacher appreciation gifts and even birthdays!
Most of the other moms picked out pretty jewelry. The Royal Standard has endless options of sparkly stones on their rings, bracelets and necklaces!
After shopping we headed right across the street to get our nails done at Lux Nail Spa! This was the first time my daughters got pedicures and they were beyond excited about the entire experience!
Lux Nail Spa has the perfect kids’ area with these adorable pink butterfly chairs! They even had the ever-popular, “Paw Patrol” playing on the TVs in the kid’s room for them to watch while they were being pampered. This is definitely going to be a birthday party idea for us in the future!
All of the moms were pampered with relaxing pedicures and offered strawberry margaritas which is not something most nail salons usually provide! Lux Nail Spa also does all kinds of specialty nail designs. Check out their Facebook Page to see all of the different services they offer!
We absoultely loved our time spent at the beautiful Boardwalk Towne Lake! This gorgeous area is accessible by boat for local residents. How amazing is that? I love the dog that is enjoying an afternoon boat ride in the picture above!
Special thanks to the Boardwalk Towne Lake, The Flying Vine Lakeside Grille, Lux Nail Spa, and The Royal Standard for hosting us! All photography in this blog post was provided by Studio 154 Photography.
An important part of any trip (for me anyway) is the food! So, I figured I would share our experience dining out at Disney World. Our daughters are three years old so character dining was a huge hit with them! We went to all four parks and got to enjoy a character meal at each one as well as lots of other great food spots! There are literally endless options for dinning at Disney with young kids but I wanted to share some of the restaurants that we enjoyed the most! Also check out the best age appropriate rides at Disney World for preschool/toddlers here.
We enjoyed breakfast every morning at our resort, the Port Orleans Riverside. They have a wide variety of breakfast options to choose from, cereals, waffles, eggs, bagels, etc. and it was also easy to grab some granola bars and hit the road. The Port Orleans also has a separate restaurant for dinner, Boatwright’s Dining Hall that was perfect on a day that we were all too wiped out to stay at the park for dinner.
First of all the snacks are fantastic!!! There are so many options to choose from and if you only have time for a quick sit down meal there are tons of places to choose from for that too, here is a list of fast/casual restaurants on property. Our girls loved the snacks, of course! Mickey ice cream (pictured below) and pretzels were among their favorites. Most Disney dining plan options come with a TON of snack credits, we had about 60 leftover at the end of our trip. You can also use snack credits to purchase bottles of water throughout the day so that was a huge plus!
One of the most exciting parts of the trip for our daughters was the character dining. Each time we did a character dinner multiple characters stop by your table throughout the meal to take pictures with and hug or high-five the kiddos. This really made the trip for our girls!
The Crystal Palace at Magic Kingdom was a definite favorite of the girls! All of the Winnie The Pooh characters were there and they had a really nice buffet with something to offer for everyone.
We also went to the Be Our Guest Castle for breakfast at Magic Kingdom. They don’t do the character dining for breakfast but the ambiance there is really cool, the castle looks exactly like it does in the movie.
Our daughters loved the princess character dinner at Akershus in Epcot. All of the princesses did a great job of coming by every table and giving all of the kids equal attention. They also signed a cute card and gave it to all of the kids at the end of the dinner. This was probably our daughter’s favorite experience from the whole trip, they still talk about it all of the time! We also enjoyed delicious food and a great character dining experience at the Garden Grill Restaurant in Epcot with Chip ‘n Dale characters!
Here are a few other restaurants that are supposed to be wonderful at Epcot:
Overall our daughters had a great time at Tusker House Restaurant, in Animal Kingdom. We all enjoyed the buffet and they had interactions with Mickey, Minnie, Daffy and Pluto. A note about this restaurant – do NOT be late for your reservation! We were approximately 7 minutes late to check in with the hostess and were told they had already given our table away and we would need to wait at least an additional 20 minutes for another table. After speaking with the manager we were able to be seated a lot sooner than that. Other than that slight inconvenience we liked our experience at Tusker House.
Other restaurant options with great reviews in Animal Kingdom: