Saturday, March 25, 2017

Disney on Ice | Worlds of Enchantment

This post is sponsored by Disney on Ice and Feld Entertainment.  As always, all opinions are my own.

WHEN: March 24 - 26, 2016
Friday, March 24 7:00 PM
Saturday, March 25 - 11 AM, 3 PM & 7:00 PM
Sunday, March 26 - 11 AM, 3 PM & 7:00 PM
WHERE: Amalie Arena - Tampa, FL
TICKETS: Ticket prices starting at 18*

We had the best time yesterday at Disney On Ice!  It was fun leading up to the actual event because Em had no idea what she would be attending.  We vaguely told her about going to see princesses, but she was surprised to find out they would be ice skating!  Of course, she immediately wanted to go out there and ice skate with them.  

Disney on Ice opened with the famous Mickey and Minnie Mouse!  Em was very excited when Donald Duck and the rest of the gang joined.  Toy Story was shortly after and we loved watching the toy soldiers come to life and do a dance.  My personal favorite was watching Barbie and Ken!

This photo is courtesy of Feld Entertainment and Disney on Ice.
It was followed by my favorite childhood movie, The Little Mermaid, where they brought us along on their underwater adventure! They ice skated to some of my favorite songs and Em giggled when I started to sing along :)

After intermission, we were greeted again by Mickey and Minnie, who needed help from Tow Mater and Lightning McQueen!  It was really neat seeing some of the characters from Cars join the fun.  Em really enjoyed this part of the show.

Em's favorite part keeps changing every time we ask her, so I think it's safe to say she loved it all.  However, she was mesmerized and pretty much didn't move when Frozen was the big finale and I'd say stole the show!

If you want to see more of our time at the show, head over to my Instagram and watch our story!  There's still time to purchase tickets for Disney on Ice in your area!  Click here to see when the show is coming to you!

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

A Traditional One Year Anniversary Gift & Our Love Story

My husband and I got to celebrate our first year of marriage this week and I can't believe how quickly this year has gone by.  It might be because we have a 3 year old and a 1 one year old that keep us busy, but none the less, it has been quite the year.  I wanted to give Michael a traditional one year anniversary gift, but had no idea what I could do with paper.  I finally found the perfect gift and I can't wait to share it with you.

First, I want to share the story our little love story.  We met 5 years ago this month and if you had told me then that I would be married to him and have two beautiful girls, I wouldn't have believed you.  I love when I get the opportunity to tell people how we met.  It's not this big drawn out, romantic love story, but it's OUR story and it makes me so happy to share it with others.

He and I met on Eharmony.  I decided to join when I realized that I didn't know how to date as an adult.  I know that might sound silly, but I had just moved to a new state and didn't know very many peopleI had gone on a few dates, but nothing came of them and it was honestly exhausting.  I had been on the dating site for about a year when I made the decision to just give it a break

One of our first dates at a hockey game
I was working for a college at the time of all of this and I enjoyed showing everyone the matches I was being paired up with.  I had actually logged into my account to cancel it, when I received Michael as a match and a message from him.  I thought he was cute and sounded like a lot of fun.  I was encouraged to go out with him and I kept an open mind, but told myself this would be my last Eharmony date.  Little did I know that it actually would be my very last Eharmony date.

We decided to meet at Starbucks for coffee, which was perfect because I have a big love for coffee.  Oddly enough though, I think I ordered a green tea.  Turns out that he chose that place so he didn't have to pay for an actual meal if things didn't work out.  It was funny when I found this out and honestly, pretty smart on his part.  He ended up being an hour late, but I waited patiently (in my car to scope him out when he arrived).  He showed up in ripped jeans, sandals and shorter than he stated in his profile, which I made sure to call him out on several minutes into our date.

 We sat outside and talked and before I knew it, 3 hours had passed by and I was rushing home to complete an assignment that was due at midnight.  We had the best time and I couldn't wait to see him again....which was two days later and this time he paid for dinner :)

Our love story is one where it truly was God's perfect timing.  I say this because Michael had just recently joined Eharmony.  If I had canceled my account just a day before, I might not have met him.  I am so glad that I decided to go on that "last" first date.

Since, it is our first wedding anniversary, I wanted to gift him something special.  Something that represented both of us and the place where it all began.  We are both from different states originally and both ended up in Florida.  We both have different reasons why we moved and those reasons ultimately led us to each other.  I wanted a gift that we would be able to cherish forever and never forget where it all started.

Jackies Attique c/o

This personalized heart map art from Jackie's Attique was perfect!  I was able to customize this to show where we are both from and where we met/married.  This would be great to use for met/engaged/married and Jackie has so many other options that are wonderful!  My husband loved it and I loved watching him open it.  It looks amazing on our gallery wall in our dining room and I love that we will have this forever to remember so many special moments.

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How did you meet your significant other?  What's the best anniversary gift you have received or given?

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Beach Bag Essentials | Toddler Edition

This post is sponsored by Re-play and contains affiliate links.  All opinions are my own.
Now that my girls are older, I definitely plan on taking advantage of living so close to the beach.  The weather has been amazing and I'm pretty sure the winter season is over here in Florida.

I attempted to take my girls last Friday to the beach, but it ended up being too windy. I can't wait to try again today for Kite Day and I wanted to share what I'll be bringing along with us. 

1.  Beach Bag - This bag is amazing.  It's big enough to fit everything that we need and my favorite part about it is that it is water resistant.  It has plenty of pockets on the outside and the inside for smaller items like sunglasses, phone, chap-stick and more.  I love how easy it is to clean!

2.  Beach towel - I just ordered this mermaid beach towel for my oldest and she is going to scream when she sees it.  It is the perfect beach towel/cover up for little girls, but they make fun ones like sharks and superheros for boys too.  However, my little girl would love the shark towel too!

3. Sunscreen - Coppertone Water Babies is the sunscreen that I use on our girls.  I've tried a few different ones from spray to natural to organic and this is the one I like.  Honestly, as long as it is at least 50SPF for kids then any brand will work.  It's so important to protect our babies skin!

4.  I know this is a list for toddlers, but "Being a Mom is my Jam" water bottle is my favorite to take along with me.  It helps keep me hydrated in the sun and keeps my drink (that might actually be wine) cold.  You can use code 'mom10' for 10% off one for yourself!

5. Snack Containers and snacks -If you have toddlers, then you know it's crucial to take plenty of snacks. Re-play Recycled snack stacks are amazing and perfect for any of our outings and holding our snacks (our favorites are frozen grapes, pretzels and fruit/veggie pouches).  We've taken them to the park and most recently to an outdoor movie downtown.  I can't wait to take them to the beach with us next.  I love that I can stack two at a time, which is perfect for my girls.  Em gets one and Charlotte gets the other.  I put the same snack inside and they don't have to share.  And if you have toddlers, then you know sharing is not always easy.  They each come with lids so you can also use them individually and they are made out of recycled milk jugs.  How cool is that?!  Use code 'thelittlestfunk2017' for 20% off of your purchase!  You can also enter to win a set on Instagram!

6. Water Bottle - I've talked about Hydroflask before and how much we like it, but I can't stress enough how amazing this is for the beach.  The fact that it doesn't sweat and keeps the girls drinks extremely cold is great because you don't get toddler hand covered in sand stuck all over it, which could result in sand in your mouth and nobody wants that.

7. First Aid Kit - You never know what could happen with toddlers, so you definitely want to be prepared.  You don't have to carry around anything big.  A travel size will work fine or even just throwing some band aids, hand sanitizer and ointment in a Ziploc would work.

8. Baby Powder - Did you know that baby powder removes sand?  Best mom hack for the beach!

9. Sunglasses and hats - You want to protect your little ones eyes and face as much as you protect the rest of them. 

10. Portable Potty - This one stays in the car with us.  Em has been potty trained for a while, but you never know when she will have to go and isn't able to hold it.  This is a must.

11. All-weather blanket - We take ours everywhere we go.  It's another item we keep in our car and it's perfect to lay out on the sand.  It folds and cleans up easy.

12. Beach toys - It's hard to go to the beach without fun things to keep you entertained.  My girls love playing in the sand and these toys keep them busy for hours!

13. Beach Umbrella - Right now we have a small beach umbrella, but I'm hoping to get this large sport's umbrella when they girls get a little older and want to go to the beach more.  It's nice to have something shaded to cool off under.

14. Life jacket/Swimsuits/Water shoes - If your toddlers are anything like mine, then they love the water.  It's so important to me to be extra careful even though I watch them like a hawk near the water.  Toddlers are quick and this makes me feel better about us being so close to a large body of water. Of course, it's a given to have the perfect swimsuit and water shoes help to keep your little one's feet from burning in the sand or getting cut on a shell.

15. Wagon/Stroller - Now you can't haul all of these items, plus your toddlers without help.  This beach wagon is perfect for holding your toddlers and all of your beach essentials.  The tires are big enough that they glide through the sand pretty easily.

Miscellaneous things not to forget:
  • Comb and detangler
  • Change of clothes
  • Diapers - Regular and Swim
  • Ziploc bag for trash
  • Ziploc bag for wet clothes
  • Chap-stick
  • Camera 
  • Beach Chairs
What are some of your favorite things to take to the beach?