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Give the gift of presence this year! My guide to gifting Experiences!!

 Aside from the "panic" of Chistmas gift shopping in August due to shortages of everything I had decided early on that I wanted to give the girls more experiences vs toys/presents this year.  It got me thinking of all the ways I could "gift" them items that weren't just things that would be short lived and end up in the back of their closet by February.  Here is a list of items to get the ball rolling if you too are wanting to gift much more than toys this year...gift some memories!  1. Amusement Parks .  I know this is easier for us Floridians but it doesn't have to be as extravagant as Disney or Universal Studios.  Think of local amusement parks, zoo passes, aquarium passes, resort hotels (Great Wolf Lodge etc). 2. A night away at a hotel! You can order food and watch a movie...kids love hotel stays!  3. Lessons.   This is the perfect time of year to gift lessons to anything your child has shown interest in.  Music, art, sports.  There are even amazing o
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Our new two-tone kitchen!

*Disclaimer- This post is sponsored by The Home Depot.  All opinions are my own. Thank you to The Home Depot for sponsoring this post! Post contains affiliate links.* It's finished!! I know you all have been waiting patiently for me to show pictures of this project! I tried to keep things, for the most part, underwraps because we all love a good BEFORE and AFTER! Am I right?! Talk about your mood board becoming a reality!! I am in LOVE with this kitchen. With the help of the Home Depot's mobile app product locator I was able to make sure all the items I wanted were in stock before purchasing.  Plus I was able to read the product reviews and get all the information I needed quickly!  Before I share any more looks at the new kitchen let's take a glance at it before the project got started.   Also just for some extra fun let's throw in what the kitchen looked like 5 years ago when we bought the house!   I'm pretty sure I have never shared these pictures before.  When

Our Stay At Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin

*Disclaimer: Our weekend at Swan Dolphin was a hosted event.  Thank you to Swan Dolphin Hotel and Visit Orlando for having us! All opinions on this blog post are my own.*       Hey there! If you have been around for a while you know my family and I absolutely love Orlando.  We probably take at least five trips a year! I'm not talking about theme park trips either. I am talking about relaxing weekends at Orlando's amazing hotel selection!         When we recently got the opportunity to experience Visit Orlando's Magical Nights we were all very excited! Last weekend we spent two nights at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin (we stayed in the Swan building).  FYI the Magical Nights promotion has been extended to Oct 17, 2021 if you want to check out this beautiful property at a great price!       When you hear Disney you know it's going to be GOOD! Swan and Dolphin was such a beautiful hotel.  The property is huge but not in an overwhelming way.  Everything from the mani

Visit Orlando's Magical Dining Experience + Magical Nights

*Disclaimer.  Our Visit Orlando Magical Dining + Magical Nights experience was a hosted event.  All opinions are my own.  Thank you to Visit Orlando, The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin and to Il Mulino for having us!*      Hey guys!   We literally just got back from Orlando today and I am sitting down with my laptop to share last nights Magical Dining + Magical Nights Experience! This promotion runs until October 17th so there is still plenty of time to visit Orlando and take advantage of these great prices!!      Let me start by explaining what Visit Orlando's Magical Dining is all about!  This year in particular they are showcasing 16 "sweet" years of Orlando's top cuisine.  There are more than 80 fine dining restaurants participating that offer a $37 fixed price 3 course meal! You can actually go ahead and view the restaurants and their set menus by visiting  www.magicaldining.com .  On top of that you can actually Dine, Stay and Play with Visit Orlando's