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Do you have to plan everything for a Disney Vacation? Disney Vacation Planning, How not to stress planning a Disney World Vacation

Do you have to plan everything for a Disney Vacation? This is a question I get a lot from friends trying to prepare for the most magical place on Earth.  

My journeys around the internet have also led me to the conclusion that a lot of Guests believe that they cannot enjoy the Disney Parks without a lot of planning and stressing over every detail. 

I believe that contrary to those opinions you can do Walt Disney World and Disneyland without planning out every second of every day. Slow down, before you so kindly remind me that I said fortune favors the planners let me explain why I am writing this post. I want to help everyone make the most of their time at Disney. With so much to experience and the joy of being in the midst of the magic, I do not want anyone to feel stressed!

Do you have to plan everything for a Disney Vacation? Disney Vacation Planning, How not to stress planning a Disney World Vacation

A little note: I am a planner. It is who I am and I love it. That being said, I still do not plan my trips down to the second. I know people who do and that to me is exhausting. I know you can enjoy the magic of the Disney Parks without stressing every detail. 

Why plan?

You can choose not to plan anything when it comes to your Disney Parks visit. I say you should plan at least a few aspects of your trip, to make the most of your time there. If we are all honest with ourselves, we know in our heart of hearts any vacation that is worth taking needs some planning.  

Recently I visited Disneyland, for the first time! Nothing was planned. I only had it in my head my must-sees and dos. Anything else would be just be extra Pixie Dust on my day. 

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Disneyland, Do you have to plan everything for a Disney Vacation? Disney Vacation Planning, How not to stress planning a Disney World Vacation

I could not get any FastPass tickets, so I did Disneyland the old fashioned way. 

Like most of you, I thought I might not get to do a lot, but that was okay with me. Just being in the place where it all started was perfect enough for me.

My experiment of barely planning a one-day trip to Disneyland was a success. I was able to ride/see everything except the ones that were down- until next time Space Mountain. Thanks to Single Rider lines, I even made it onto the Cars Land ride, which is AWESOME in case you’re wondering.

Plan a lot, plan a little, or wing it, whichever you choose remember to be flexible.

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Advanced Dining Reservations. (ADRs)

I recommend planning your dining if nothing else. Dining at Disney is no different than going out on a special date in your own town. Minus the yummy Mickey inspired treats but I digress. Reservations are key or I’m standing there holding a pager waiting for a hour without any option of a FastPass. 

Who wouldn’t want to eat breakfast at Chef Mickey’s?

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If you really crave spontaneous eats let me recommend two plans of attack.

One, don’t plan your quick service meals. Just wander around a pick a place. Two, leave one or two days open and just see where you can get into that day. We did that on our last trip and ended up eating at a delicious place in Hollywood Studios. 

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See my tips for getting those ADRs.

FastPass + 

Personally I love FastPass + and the Magic Bands. Guests who stay at a Walt Disney World resort can book their FastPass + selections 60 days in advance. Those staying off property, 30 days. 

Depending on time of year I will say I wouldn’t stress scheduling every single one. The ones that you know are going to fill up- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Elsa & Anna, any of the thrill rides, schedule those. You can choose not to, but if you really want to meet Elsa and Anna be prepared to camp out in front of Fairytale Hall. 

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Research crowd calendars for your vacation dates. Our last trip (early October) and this upcoming one, we will be there during lower crowd levels. I did not schedule any FastPass selections prior to getting there other than our first day and the day I wanted my daughter to meet Rapunzel. Everything else was the night before or sometimes right there in the park.  

Do not let crowd levels scare you off! If you are visiting Walt Disney World during heavy crowd levels I would suggest planning as much as you can in advance- Dining, FastPass, which park for each day, just to ensure that your entire family gets to enjoy their days. 

Even waiting in line can be fun and a chance to discover the magical details all around. We like to play I-Spy, Hidden Mickey, and discuss our favorites from the day. The kids love it and it passes our time in line fairly quickly.

Hakuna Matata. 

However you choose to enjoy Walt Disney World or Disneyland, no worries! Take time to enjoy the parks, discover new things to do, and most importantly get lost in the magic of being at a Disney Park with the ones you love most. 

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In Adventureland, the kids are looking for clues with their treasure map near Pirates of the Caribbean.

Dale is taking my daughter to get revenge on Donald for stealing all his nuts.

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Disney On Ice presents FROZEN! , Elsa and Anna

Last night, the family and I went to see Disney On Ice presents Frozen! Two words: LOVED it! The show itself, from the sets to the cast to the special effects, was amazing. We enjoyed every minute of it. I am not ashamed to say it wasn’t just the kids singing along to all the Frozen songs. Who could resist singing Let it Go with Elsa? Or In Summer with Olaf? The entire place laughed, cheered, sang, and got up to dance along. Oh and boo Hans, seriously that guy is such a booger eating jerk! 

I recommend getting to the show at least one hour early. This gives you time to park, get inside and experience all the Disney On Ice Frozen fun! Yes, there is more to this show than the show itself. Your little ones will be thrilled for the Face Painting, Photo Booths, special treats, and souvenirs fit for a Queen or King! 

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Elsa and Jake the Pirate were excited and ready to see their first ever Disney On Ice show!

Disney On Ice presents FROZEN!

Disney On Ice transported us to Arendelle with beautiful sets that captured the essence of the movie. 

Disney On Ice presents FROZEN!

Our hosts for the evening, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, along with several other familiar faces, introduced what this show is all about: Discovering that true love is ultimately the most magical power of all! 

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The sky is awake so I’m awake! Oh Anna… I feel this way every morning when my son wakes me up…

Disney On Ice presents FROZEN! , Elsa and Anna The Sky is awake so I'm awake!

 It’s finally coronation day, Elsa does her best to conceal it, not feel it.

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After Elsa skips out, Anna goes searching the countryside trying to find her. There she meets our favorite duo, Kristoff and Sven. Kristoff stares at her in disbelief as she talks about her true love Hans. What if you hate the way he picks his nose? And eats it? These are the questions we must ask ourselves ladies!

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Elsa emerges to a huge cheer and transforms into the dynamic, fierce Queen that we all love. The entire arena sang along as she belted out Let it Go! 

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Let it Go! Let it Go! Can’t hold it back anymore!

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Olaf? Yes and you are? 

Disney On Ice presents FROZEN! , Olaf

What are you doing here Anna? Just go!

Disney On Ice presents FROZEN!

The snow is swirling as Elsa tries to hold in her fear.

Disney On Ice presents FROZEN! , Elsa

Oh no Anna! My friends can help.

Disney On Ice presents FROZEN! , Anna and Kristoff

Uh oh, time to go!

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Clearly we need some troll magic to save Anna. They have another idea though, a match making one. Poor Kristoff and Anna they can’t seem to get through to his family that they aren’t getting married. Awkward.

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Anna sacrifices herself to save Elsa, and we all learn the power of true love.

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Oh Anna! You’re alive! You saved me! I love you!

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Love, of course!

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Disney On Ice presents FROZEN! , Anna

Disney On Ice presents FROZEN! , Elsa and Anna

What are you waiting for? Don’t let it go without seeing this show! See what I did there? 

New shows added! Tickets are on sale now! Get yours today at Ticketmaster outlets via charge, by phone at 800-745 -3000; via www.ticketmaster.com; at the Patriot Center box office and at BaltimoreArena.com.

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I am a Feld Family Ambassador, and in exchange for this post and all time and efforts put into sharing my opinions and anything Feld Entertainment is offering, I was provided with complimentary tickets to this Feld show.

Superfoods from Bonga Foods

 Superfoods from Bonga Foods

Bonga Foods are Superfood products packed with super nutrition! Their secret is the Baoba fruit which is packed with vitamin C, fiber, electrolytes and more. Currently they offer two types of products: the superfood chews and the superfood powder. Either way you choose, you are getting a great dose of super!

Not only are they packed with a superior nutritious punch but Bonga Foods are tasty too! I love that they aren’t super sweet. The sugar is naturally occurring from the fruit itself so no sensory overload is happening here. 

I used the drink mix in my morning smoothies. Or if I don’t have time to make a smoothie, I will stir it into my yogurt. The mix itself has a light flavor to it, so you could even mix it in plain water for nutrition on the go. Any way I go, I will get the benefits of the Baoba fruit and the good stuff my body needs to stay healthy and happy. 

Superfoods from Bonga Foods

Bonga means gratitude. The Baoba fruit tree is called the “Tree of Life” or “Upside Down” tree. The trees don’t begin to produce fruit until they’re 200 years old!

Superfoods from Bonga Foods

The superfood chews are my midmorning snack that helps me to power through whatever work is thrown at me. I also feel like I’m sneaking in a treat! Thrown in lunch boxes or sports bags, the Bonga chews are perfect snacks for the kids too. 

Delicous fruit chews, and drink mix but what makes Bonga Foods different?

  • Bonga Foods are products made using Baoba, a wild harvested, raw, superfood bursting with antioxidants and naturally rich in fiber, vitamin C, minerals, alkaline, and electrolytes.
  • This amazing superfood dehydrates naturally inside the fruit of the baobab tree so the nutrients remain intact, and falls off the tree when mature allowing for sustainable harvesting of the fruit. 
  • The unique combination of nutrients found synergistically in baobab is not compromised since the fruit does not need to be pasteurized, heat extracted, freeze dried or concentrated.
  • Bonga Foods works with the women in Southern Arfrica who harvest this fruit. Not only does it allow these women to make a living but it encourages protection of ancient trees.
  • Bonga Foods donates 10% of its profits to the Bonga Foundation, supporting the women who sustainably harvest the baobab fruit in sub-Saharan African and other women’s health causes here in the US.

I love businesses with a purpose!  

Learn more about Bonga Foods and place your order free shipping! at BongaFoods.com. Also connect with them on Facebook and Twitter.

I received free products for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.

Artterro Eco-Friendly Arts and Crafts Kits for kids,  easy craft projects for kids, gift guide for girls #Giftguide

Do you have an artist in your home? At my house, my princess loves to draw, write, craft, and perform. She gets it from her mother. I am always on the lookout for materials she can use to create her masterpieces with. Bonus points if we can reuse or repurpose something in her art. Eco-Friendly is the way to be a superior artist after all. 
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Awhile back, I reviewed a box of back to school goodies including an Artterro doll kit. My girl adored the kit and ended up making dolls for her friends too. When Artterro got in touch with me a little while ago and asked if I would want to show off more of their products I said yes of course! After agonizing over which kit she wanted, a decision was finally made.

The Artterro Collage Jewelry Art Kit and an Art Journal Kit were delivered and I was relentlessly hounded until it was time to have a crafting playdate. 

Her friend is a lot like her, always making something. I knew these two would make excellent use of the jewelry kit. It took awhile to get started since choosing colors and patterns is soooooooo hard! But they finally were happy with their choices and got to work.

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Artterro Eco-Friendly Arts and Crafts Kits for kids,  easy craft projects for kids, gift guide for girls #Giftguide

These girls are serious about their work. 

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Artterro Eco-Friendly Arts and Crafts Kits for kids,  easy craft projects for kids, gift guide for girls #Giftguide

Words from the artists:

The colors are so pretty, look at these!

This is a lot of fun, can we get more kits?

I could do this ALL day!

Now I can make jewelry like we see at the store, and my dolls can wear matching necklaces.

Ooooo love it! - okay this one was me, but they did such a great job!

We could make jewelry to wear too!- my friend 

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The finished products came out super cute and they had so much fun making them. They are planning on cranking out more eco jewelry pieces for me and her mommy too. Cute one-of-a-kind jewelry? Love! My daughter is saving the Art Journal for a “super, special project.” Whenever that is finished I will show it off. 

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I love that Artterro was made by two moms on a mission! 

We are Forrest Espinoza and Jennifer Conn, two artists and mothers from Madison, WI. Years ago, we searched high and low for eco-friendly, creative art projects with beautiful materials, but they were nowhere to be found.  We started Artterro because we believe everyone is born creative. Sometimes the pace of our modern lives keeps us from making time for art; that’s where Artterro comes in! Our goal is to make it fun, easy and affordable for people to explore creativity with family and friends.

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The Artterro web store is relaunching later this month.  Along with the full line of Eco Art Kits, the store will feature affordable, quality artist tools and extra materials, plus unique gift sets to make birthday and holiday shopping a breeze.  Be sure to follow Artterro on Facebook or sign up for their e-newsletter to hear about grand-opening promotions and specials later this month! 

Teachable Mommy readers are getting a special discount through the month of October. Enter “TM20″ during checkout for 20% off!

Which Artterro Kit will your artist love?

 

This post is sponsored by Artterro. I received free products for the purpose of this review, all opinions are my own.

Johnsonville Pear sponsorship


If you are a soccer mom, football mom, or any sport mom you know how expensive team sports can be! For that reason and to tell everyone about this great FREE way to get money for your events/teams, I was excited to write this post about Pear. Johnsonville is partnering with Pear to sponsor your group. My Pear was created to help with the team sports at a local private school, the Virginia Academy Patriots

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Johnsonville apparel and charity sponsorship on PearUp.com is a simple way to raise money for your group. 

How it works:

  • Groups earn sponsorship money by creating a Pear for their group and sharing with others who complete digital incentives to earn more money.
  • Each group can earn up to $1,000 within a 10-day time frame.
  • That $1,000 can be used toward team apparel or can simply be a donation to the soccer team for team/league fees.
  • Each team member completes digital steps to earn dollars –
  • For every step team members complete, they’ll get dollars towards their goal.
  • The more tasks you complete, the more dollars you earn for your sponsorship.
  • At the end of the 10-day period, group leaders claim an online certificate for the amount earned redeemable at any Pear printer or a check will be made out to the individual responsible for handing financials for the soccer team or organization.

Johnsonville Sponsorship Program 

It’s family time! Attention moms, aunts and girlfriends whose friends are like family. If you are in the Philadelphia, Pittsburgh or Baltimore areas, your social network can help raise $1,000 or more toward custom apparel! How? By getting sponsored by Johnsonville on Pear! Not a part of a group but your child is? You still qualify! To get started, create a sponsorship page on Pear & invite friends to join in. The more people who join, the more money your group can earn toward apparel and merchandise!
You can support the team I’m highlighting, the Virginia Academy Pear and create your own while you’re there! All it takes is a few simple steps and you are on your way to raising money for your team!
 
Free money for teams, group sponsorships with PearUp.com #JohnsonvilleSponsors
 

If you choose to create a Pear leave the link to your group in the comment section so we can all band together to support one another! Spread love and money :) 

*This post is sponsored by Global Influence. I was compensated for my time. All opinions are my own.

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