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FUN IN THE SUN In Kissimmee Florida and a GIVEAWAY!

With all of the winter blizzards and freezing temperatures up north right now, I am beyond happy to be living back in Florida. After living in Germany for four years, where the weather was cold and rainy all year, I could not wait to be back in the sunshine state. After living here for 25 plus years, I am here to share with you guys, the best place to visit in Florida. So #EscapeTheCold, and get ready to have some fun in the sun! Here is a list of things to do in Kissimmee, Florida:

1. Visit the happiest place on earth: Disney World. 
We have been to Disney World in the past few years, more times than I can remember and believe me when I tell you, it really is the happiest place on earth. There are enough things to do there to last you a lifetime. We love staying for the fireworks show every night and meeting our favorite characters. I have never seen my family smile more than when we are here at Disney. You can meet your favorite Disney characters, dance along with one of several parades, eat dinner inside the castle, and much much more!

2. Go around the world at Epcot. 
Literally. You can visit several different countries here and taste some of the food offered in each country. They even have people working there that are actually from that country! We love visiting the France and Norway areas the most.

3. Have a day full of fun, for FREE at Disney Springs.
Disney Springs is completely free to get into, and if you pack your meals, like we do, you don't have to spend a dime here to have fun! They have recently remodeled everything and added some great new restaurants and shops. We would go every weekend if we could and with the amazing weather here, who wouldn't love to walk around and enjoy all they have to offer? You can take your kids to be dressed up as a Disney Princess or pirate, dig for fossils, enjoy the nightlife, visit the world's largest Disney store, and eat dinner with dinosaurs!

4. Explore Kissimmee Florida's nature.
It is no surprise that some of the wildlife and nature that is found in Florida, cannot be found anywhere else. Why not take an air boat ride, go zip lining over a lake full of alligators, or have an up close alligator encounter at Gator Land.

5. Get wild at the Central Florida Zoo.
I don't know about you, but my family LOVES animals and zoo's and this place is no exception. It is one of the few zoos I have seen where you can actually feed giraffes! You can also visit over 500 animals and take a night hike at the zoo.

6. Have a magical day at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
There are tons of things to do at Universal Studios, but our favorite is the World of Harry Potter. You can drink Butterbeer, pick out your own wand at Ollivanders, and ride the Hogwart's Express. You can also ride on a high speed dragon roller coaster, visit Hagrid's hut, and shop around Diagon Alley.

7. Use the force with your favorite Star Wars characters.
Are you a fan of Star Wars? Head over to Hollywood Studios and you can take a Jedi training course, take pictures with your favorite Star Wars characters, and go behind the scenes at the Launch Bay.

8. Let your imagination run wild at Lego Land.
This park has all types of activities for children ages 2-12. You can meet your favorite Lego characters, ride on one of over 50 rides, hang out at the Lego water park, and build and test out your own Lego Racers and Wave boats. This 150 acre interactive park has something fun to do for all ages.

9. Be amazed by the acrobats at Cirque Du Soleil.
If you ever get to see one show in your lifetime, make it a show from Cirque Du Soleil. I promise you won't be disappointed. This show will amaze people of all ages and have you leaving in awe. It is located in Disney Springs near the House of Blues.

10. Learn about the wonders of the ocean at Sea World. 
Ever wanted to pet a dolphin or ride a giant Manta Ray? Well here is the place for you to do that and more. They have a few new roller coasters that are different than any other in the world. You can feed and pet dolphins, see a few shows, and have a shark encounter. My husband's favorite is petting and feeding the stingrays.

Does Kissimmee sound too good to be true? Well you and your family can win a trip of a lifetime to Kissimmee Florida right now!

'Throughout the 11-week entry period, three Grand Prize winners will each receive a sunny, heart-warming Kissimmee getaway for them and up to three guests. The 5-day/4-night prize package includes:
• Round trip airfare for four
• Rental Car
• 5-day/4-night stay at MeliĆ” Orlando Suite Hotel at Celebration
• Admission to Gatorland and the Screamin’ Gator Zip Line
• Wristbands for unlimited rides at FunSpot America—Kissimmee 
• Tickets to Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom provided by Kissimmee Guest Services
• Tickets to La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil
• Airboat experience with Wild Willy’s Airboat Tours

In addition to the Grand Prize, daily winners will receive a “Winter Survival Kit” containing Kissimmee branded items such as, a scarf, gloves, hand warmers, color changing mug, hot cocoa and more!  For Eligibility, Official Rules, and complete prize details, visit the giveaway landing page.'

So what are you waiting for?! The next winner could be you! #EscapetheCold #Kissimmee

Peanut Butter and Jelly Green Smoothie

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #StartWithJifPowder #CollectiveBias

Ever since day one of becoming a mom, it seems like everything else comes before you do. At meal time, you make sure your child is eating and that they have everything they need. Then if you are like me, you get your partners meal ready, and once everyone is taken care of, you can finally sit down and eat. It is hard to find a balance between, "okay, I need to get the whole house cleaned, give the kids a bath, walk the dog, etc" and somehow find time to make nutritious meals for yourself that you can scarf down quickly. One of my goals this year is to take better care of myself and that includes eating better and as often as I should be. Enter smoothies. Smoothies are quick, easy, fun to make with the kids, and you can sneak in those nutritious ingredients that you and your family need. I am striving to drink at least one smoothie a day that is full of wholesome and fresh ingredients and to get my daughter to drink them with me as well. It has been fun to create new recipes and put a spin on our favorite foods; like this smoothie recipe of ours that tastes like peanut butter and jelly! 

To make smoothie making even easier, Jif has come out with a new Peanut Powder. Instead of having to make a mess scooping out sticky peanut butter, we can easily pour some Peanut Powder into the blender and have one less thing to clean up. Jif Peanut Powder has the same nourishing protein as traditional peanut butter and 85% less fat! Its only ingredient is roasted peanuts. Seriously. No added ingredients, or sugar, or anything that your body doesn't need. This is great for anyone one who may be dieting, eating clean, or making delicious smoothies that their kids and themselves will love.

The best part is that the smoothie combinations are endless. I always add spinach since you can't taste it and my toddler doesn't even know its in there. Sometimes for dessert I make a smoothie with Jif Peanut Powder, Silk Almond Milk, dark chocolate cocoa powder, and a frozen banana. It is amazing. Go make it. You won't be sorry. And you won't have the guilt of eating something that is not good for you. My husband even uses it for his protein shakes so he doesn't get sick of the same protein powder over and over.

This year I want to better myself all around. Clean eating and working out is on the top of that list. I just feel that it so hard for me to find motivation to do either of those, on top of everything else. But this is a new year and I want a new me, a much better me. Do any of you feel this way too? How do you snap out of it? Once I get into the "zone" of eating clean and working out daily, I love it, but once I take a break I can never get back into it.

Do you any of you have issues finding time to eat better? What are your go to nutritious meals? Be sure to share your recipes in the comments section! You can find Jif Peanut Powder at your local Walmart store, down the peanut butter aisle, on the top shelf.

Three Things (I want to accomplish in 2016)

Blog ruts suck...amiright? I am in one of those and this link up is just what I need. To go back to my roots of blogging when I did link ups all the time and got to meet fun new bloggers and have some purpose to my posts. My life lately is not where I imagined it being and that makes it harder to get excited to write about it on my blog. With that said, here are three things I want to accomplish this year and get my life closer to where I want it to be!

1. Blog more. Real original? But really, I want to get back into blogging a few times a week and to where I really enjoy it. More sponsored posts would be amazing but more personal posts would be even more amazing. Thats where it I have been lacking and I know that I need to make a real effort to work on it. Do you guys get in these ruts too? I also want to start taking more pictures. I have been slacking with that also.

2. Make more. money that is. I want nothing more than for my blog to be a reliable source of income
for my family. We have never ever ever been in debt, and right now we are over our heads. I need to step it up until my husband's job works out for us (which will take some time it seems.) Any tips or bloggers who may help? Send them my way!

3. Make more time for fun! I feel so stressed out 90% of the day and I need to make more of an effort to let go and have fun. Like our Christmas trip to Disney last month. I felt so beyond stressed about spending the money on tickets (thank you credit cards travel points for fixing that) and wasn't even excited to go. Until that morning we woke up and got all dressed up and surprised Mila....it was all worth it. Every penny. Best day I have had in a long time and Mila was so ecstatic and shocked and it was just priceless. The perfect way to end the year.

I am not one for New Years Resolutions but these are what I really want to accomplish this year to better my life and myself! What about you guys? What are you working on?

Survival Tips for New Moms featuring BabyNes

One of the best things I have ever done in my life, is having Mila.
Seriously, once you have a child you don't know what you did before having them.
But being a new mom is tough. There are so many ups and downs and its like you are being thrown into a job where you have no idea what you are doing. But eventually you figure out what works best for you and your baby. Here a list of things I have learned along the way and would have helped me out tons if I would have known these beforehand.

Sleep whenever you get the chance.
I feel like this is the one piece of advice I always blew off. When your baby is napping, it is literally the only time that you have to get things done. It may sound smarter to take that time for yourself but GO TO SLEEP. The more exhausted you are, the harder it is going to be on those nights when the baby just won't sleep. And you will then have those moments that I did where I would load up the Keurig and hit start without putting a mug under it. The dishes and Netflix can wait. Go catch up on sleep every chance you get!

Don't be hard on yourself.
I was constantly comparing myself to these moms on instagram who just seemed like they always had their lives together. They would be sharing photos of their newborns and their picture perfect houses and be fully dressed with makeup on....meanwhile I could barely take a shower once a week and find time to do anything for myself. Don't compare yourself to other moms. Don't you do it! You are doing the best that you can and doing what works for you and your baby! I guarantee you those other moms also have those moments where they feel like nothing is working for them either. Keep your chin up. You've got this motherhood thing down.

Get out of the house.
You will go stir crazy if you stay locked up in your house with a newborn or toddler or child of any age. The best memories I have are when we went out to town when Mila was only a few days old and pushed her around in the stroller. We would take long walks and I would get a coffee and any worries I had would completely disappear. Take a run to Target, go for a walk around the block with your partner, do anything to get yourself out there!

Don't be afraid to ask for help.
When Mila was born, I refused any help. I still refuse help 2 years later. I blame it on wanting to do everything myself at first and then it just continued on and on and makes for emotional breakdowns when they are unnecessary and could be prevented. I always felt like I was the mom, I should be doing everything. One thing I never wanted to trust anyone else with was measuring out formula. I never even wanted my own husband to do it. It led to me missing out on so much sleep because I was the one who had to get up every few hours to make bottles. 

Luckily, I have a fix for those of you who have the same control issues I do. And for those of you who don't, this will save you and your partner tons of time...The Gerber BabyNes. It is like a Keurig for babies. But better.

The BabyNes makes bottles in less than a minute. The best feature to me, is the fact that the BabyNes capsules have 6 stages of formula that are inspired by breast milk. Just as the fat, protein and calorie content of breast milk changes naturally, BabyNes formulas evolve to meet your baby’s changing nutritional needs. 

It even runs on WiFi and can alert your phone when it is time to feed your baby. No more worrying that it is past time for baby to eat, the BabyNes machine takes care of that for you.

Expecting mothers, add it to your registry here!

All of my mom friends, what advice do you wish you would have gotten before becoming a mother? Do you relate to any of the things on this list?

Christmas Shopping on a Tight Budget

At the beginning of this year, my husband decided to leave the military and we agreed that when his contract was up in October we would move back stateside as civilians....
You guys, it is terrifying to start completely over from scratch. And if that wasn't scary enough, we had to do it from 5,000 miles away. We had to pick a state to live in, try and find a home that we wouldn't see before moving in, and my husband had to find a job that would hire him before even meeting him.
Here we are, 3 months into being back in Florida and he has just now found a job and we have had to learn to budget like CRAZY. The one thing I didn't want to happen was Mila ending up with no presents, on the one year she is old enough to get excited about Christmas. I know presents aren't a huge ordeal and aren't why we have Christmas and la la la, but to me, it was important for her to get at least some things.
Here is how I have shopped for her on an extremely tight budget this year:

1. Shop past season sales.

Once Halloween was over and all of the goodies went on sale, I snatched them up. Target had their Halloween items on sale for 75% off the next day! This is the best time to stock up on candy and stocking stuffers. They also had a ton of trick-or-treat goodies like this Olaf bag that I got for 50 cents. I stuffed it completely full with candy, glow sticks, and other little sale items, all for 5$ total. 

2. Online shopping Cash Back Sites

Any shopping that you do online, take advantage of cash back websites! 
Ebates and Swagbucks are my favorite. 
Ebates gives you cash back on your purchases, right into your paypal account. Things that I would normally buy in stores, I now buy online and get money back for it. How amazing is that?! 
Swagbucks automatically applies all online coupons to your purchase, that way you don't have to go hunting for them online. Every purchase also earns you points that you can redeem for gift cards or cash!

I scored this kitchen set for Mila. Originally $120. I could never stomach spending that much right now. I kept checking for it online and one day Swagbucks applied a 30% off coupon and 15% off coupon automatically, then Ebates gave me back an additional 5$ for the purchase! I got it for 60$ and couldn't pass that deal up.

3. Cartwheel

The only time I make an exception to shop in store for gifts and toys, is when I use the Cartwheel App at Target. Every day they have a new toy for 50% off in store. Most of these toys are already on sale at Target at as well so you get double discounts! 
This Frozen tent was 30% off one day and it was also the 50% off daily toy on the Cartwheel app. After stacking the two discounts, I got it for 8$ instead of the original 40$.

4. Take advantage of store sales

I always assumed black Friday had the best deals of the year, but after keeping track of sales so closely this year, the best sales seem to happen the weeks before and after black Friday. Instead of only certain items being on sale for that one day, you will see buy one get one 50% or even buy one get one free on all these items that weren't even on sale Black Friday. I waited for that play kitchen for weeks and kept putting it off because I just wasn't happy with the 10% discount offered on Cyber Monday or anything that wasn't a substantial amount off of the total. A few days later, the 30% off sale happened for ALL toys and then I added another 20% off coupon on top of that. Which leads me to....

5. Never buy anything full priced

There is always somewhere with a better deal, so don't impulse buy. I do so much research and price comparing before buying an item. The best places to price compare for me have been Target, Amazon, and Walmart. The money you save from that large item going on sale, can be used towards other items you weren't able to afford before!

6. Buy items used

I have found some treasures on Craigslist, Bookoo, and at yard sales. Buying something used and giving it a face lift can save tons of money. We have always bought most of Mila's toys used and just cleaned them up. Kid's don't care if their toys are used or brand new, so why spend the extra money on something just as good. 

Do you guys have any other budgeting tips to share for the holiday season? Please let me know below!

Holiday Gift Guide Part 2: STAR WARS at Hallmark Gold Crown

With Star Wars: The Force Awakens in theaters this month, what better than to give the Star Wars fan in your life the perfect gifts for the holidays?! 

You can find all of these gifts and more at Hallmark Gold Crown! My personal favorites are the itty bitty's and the Bobafett apron. The r2d2 mug plays music and how awesome is that light saber pizza cutter? Who else is as excited for this movie release as I am?!

Holiday Gift Guide Part 1 : Disney and Hallmark Gold Crown

Today’s post is sponsored by Hallmark Gold Crown, but my love for their products is all my own!

I am back at it once again with Hallmark Gold Crown, bringing you our favorite gift choices for this Holiday season. I let my toddler walk around the store and pick out her favorites as well as my own, so they are kid and mom approved! 

You can find all of the above items and much more here! We chose the Frozen ornaments and the Rapunzel from Tangled itty bitty for our tree topper. It is the first year that Mila really understands Christmas so we wanted to get her own tree to make it that much more special. She had the most amazing time in the Hallmark Gold Crown store and even got to decorate her tree by herself! 

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