Lets be real, I filled my Insta with lots of food pics. To the point some of my friends asked- Are you doing anything else other than eating? No. I mean yeah, but eating was a big deal. Seriously, you don’t go to New Orleans and not go face down in the food.
The original Cafe Du Monde Coffee Stand was established in 1862 in the New Orleans French Market. Their speciality? Beignets. The most delicious beignets ever. We went to the original stand the first night. Each day we made a special run to get beignets at a satellite location that was attached to our hotel via the outlet mall. We may have gone enough times that the staff knew we were coming. Maybe 😉
Our hotel is located right on the river. My room overlooked the Mississippi and it was mostly a beautiful sight. I say mostly because when the barges are honking at each other in the middle of the night, it’s not so pleasant. New Orleans is a city full of character. After everything it has endured, you can feel the spirit and the resiliency in the air. The older buildings, side streets, shops, and garden areas all add their own spice to the Big Easy.
Guys. Seriously. The food. I didn’t come across anything I didn’t like. Okay, there was the weird mayo stuff they had to dip the gator in that I didn’t like but the rest of the food, yeah even the gator, was delicious. We ate at several different places and stuffed our faces with bbq, cheese, charcuterie, gumbo, jambalaya, and more. Try not to drool on your keyboard looking at these.
“I get way too much happiness from good food.” – Elizabeth Olsen
When visiting the city, the French Quarter is a must. Bourbon Street, Frenchmen Street, the whole place is buzzing with music, laughter, and fun.
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller
We may only get to see each other in person once a year, but it’s like no time has passed at all. The laughs never stopped and if you ever need an artistic photo of a towel, I know a girl.
“A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill
Have you ever been to New Orleans?
They couldn’t wait to get to breakfast with Charlie Brown and Friends!
From now until January 1st 2017 you can experience everything the Gaylord has to offer for the season. The entire resort is like a Christmas wonderland. With special shows in the atrium, activities for the whole family, and the number one holiday attraction in the Capital Region- ICE, Gaylord National is the place to be for the holidays.
Our Christmas on the Potomac started off with Breakfast with Charlie Brown and Friends!
This event includes a buffet breakfast, featuring Peanuts-themed dishes, and one-of-a-kind time with everyone’s favorite Peanuts characters!
After breakfast it was time to experience ICE! This year explore Christmas Around the World as you walk through more than TWO MILLION pounds of hand carved ice!
There are ice sculptures, two-story-tall ice slides, a live ice carving demonstration, and more!
The detail of the ice sculptures is amazing. I don’t think these pictures do it justice, you have to see these for yourself!
Brr! 9 degrees is quite cold! Time to warm up with the other holiday fun at the Gaylord. Grab your hot chocolate and decorate a Gingerbread. You might even spot a familiar Gingerbread Man! There is also The Elf on the Shelf® Scavenger Hunt, tea cups, carousel, Build-A-Bear Workshop, and more!
At night the atrium comes to life with two free new shows: Very Merry Atrium Show and Rock’n Around the Starlight Tree Atrium Show! Lights dancing, indoor snowfall, 60-feet high water jets, and more will delight the whole family. Shows begin at 6pm nightly. Check with the guide for any changes during your stay.
Christmas on the Potomac 2016
There is so much to do and see at Christmas on the Potomac. Plan your visit here today!
Our visit was hosted by the Gaylord National. All opinions are my own.
Seedling has more than 350 products that inspire kids to explore, be creative, and play! These products range from crafting to innovative tech toys and apps that merge the worlds of physical and digital play.
They just launched a new line with Disney and thought I would be interested in sharing. I wonder where they got that idea from! The only hard part about working with Seedling was figuring out which kits we wanted. I ended up choosing The Little Mermaid Design Your Own Fintastical Mermaid Tail for my Princess, for the time obsessed boy child, Alice Through the Looking Glass Design Your Own Clock, and for me, from the greatest movie of all time, The Lion King Circle of Life Drum.
The Little Mermaid Fintastical Mermaid Tail
Everything you need comes in the set minus scissors and a ruler. I recommend using the glitter glue included to glue the felt. Regular school glue that I had wouldn’t hold the pieces together.
She got right to work designing out her mermaid tail on a separate sheet of paper.
We laid it flat to dry overnight. Depending on how much of the glitter glue you use for embellishments will determine your dry time. In the end she was super excited about her new tail and quickly left me to go play Mermaids with Ariel!
Alice Through the Looking Glass Clock
Once the Mermaid tail was left to dry, my little guy couldn’t wait to get started on his very own clock.
I don’t think I realized when I picked this for him that this clock was an actual clock! When it was finished this clock would actually tick and keep the time. So cool!
After painting, we let it sit to dry for about 2 hours before finishing it.
The finished product: working custom made clock! It is now proudly on display in his room!
Not only are these crafts great for gifts during the holidays, I would give them to the kids for their birthdays or even just because. When it comes to waiting eagerly for a Disney Vacation, crafting is one thing I suggest to help pass the time. What better crafts than these by Seedling?! I am also thinking they would be perfect for our next Birthday party!
Shop the entire line of Seedling products including Disney, Maze, Digital Apps, Activity sets, and more all on their website!
You might be wondering, where is the Circle of Life drum? Well, I didn’t get a chance to finish mine but I promise to share on Instagram in the future!
This post is sponsored by Seedling. All opinions and craftiness are our own. Disney characters not included, we just happen to have a character to represent each set!
Marvel I Can Do That!
Being a superhero means facing challenges with a can-do attitude! In this game, you draw three cards that will help you train to be a superhero. Some can be pretty tricky, but if you can do it you will earn your stars! But be prepared, at any time you could draw a battle card and have to face off against Green Goblin!
I said show me your villain beating face! This is what I got lol!
Crawling under the portal with a cube on your back is not as easy as he is making it look! At least when you are a big superhero like me!
Star Wars Eye Found It
In this new Star Wars game, blast off on a location-hopping adventure through the galaxy, from Tatooine and the Death Star, to Jakku and more! Keep your eyes open for R2-D2 as you search the galaxy for over a thousand characters, starships, Droids, and artifacts!
Buy it today on Amazon!
The Lion Guard Boulder Blast
Do you have what it takes to defend The Pride Lands against a dangerous flood? Bunga’s boulder dam could burst at any time! Add water balls and build the wall higher and higher to keep the water safely inside. But watch out! It might all come tumbling down!
Also new from Wonder Forge:
You can find Wonder Forge games at Walmart, Target, Toys R Us, Amazon, and more!
Some of the highlights:
Download the complete gift guide: Teachable Mommy 2016 Gift Guide
This list is comprised of some of the fun products we have received throughout the year. Others are my kids’ top picks from the stores.
I thought about adding in my own page specifically for my husband to check out but that might be too obvious. However, if anyone asks, tell him Alex and Ani Disney bracelets, HerUniverse Marvel dress, and a Star Wars hoodie!
What is on your wish list this year?
Some of the products featured were received for review purposes. This guide may also contain Amazon affiliate links. All opinions are my own.