Ain't No Hood Like Motherhood

So here's the real deal!  98% of photos actually look more like this than the cute smiles and I'm actually super excited to share these because this circus is just too true.  And to think we're adding to this circus!!!!

Packing Your Disney Park Bag

I'm still planning away for our upcoming Disney trip and we just can't wait.  Packing for a trip like Disneyland can be so overwhelming but I've put a ton of thought into exactly what you need in the park and tested it out as well.

I am a purse girl but ditch the purse for a Disney trip and bring a backpack.  I have some tips and suggestions of what to bring into the park daily in your backpack.  Here's my list of items:

If your kids are old enough dump some of the weight on them and have them carry a backpack as well.  My girls are too young to be responsible for a bag so my husband or I will have to carry everything.  Remember to keep everything as light as possible; buy travel size items if possible.  Don't carry everything you would in your every day purse.  Keep it to the essential park items; so no Target gift cards along with 500 other coupons, cards and receipts.  The items I have listed also keep the budget in mind.  I don't want to have to buy over priced (and unhealthy) snacks every hour so I bring in snacks as well as a light lunch so we don't have to purchase a lunch for everyone every day.  Souvenirs add up very quickly and several of the items you can buy ahead of time online or at the dollar store.

If you know me I couldn't just get a generic backpack, lunchpail, etc.  I wanted everything to go together and take the Disney theme all out!  I found the cutest backpack and lunchpail from Thirty-One Gifts that are completely useable outside of a Disney trip as well.

The reusable water bottles I snagged are just to die for.  Not only are they adorable but they are super functional as well.  They are double-walled 18/8 stainless steel thermal bottle which keeps hot drinks hot for 12 hours and cold drinks cold for 24 hours! You can grab yours from Isty Bitsy Wear.

Lastly, normal Minnie ears just weren't going to cut it.  I ordered customized ears for me and the girls to coordinate with our outfits.  I am so happy with how these turned out; they are absolutely adorable!  Snag a pair or two or three from  Shop My Mouse.

Leave these items at home:
Large Camera
Selfie Stick (Banned in the parks)
Purse & Wallet

You too can have a backpack and lunch pail from Thirty-One Gifts.  Check out my Instagram for details on how to enter.

If you still need to book your Disney vacation I recommend Get Away Today.  They have won several awards and offer discounted travel that can't be beat.  Please be careful where you buy your Disneyland tickets because not everyone is an authorized dealer.  With Get Away Today you can get $10 off any 2+ night Southern California package with my code (exclusive for my readers only) below.  On top of discounts Get Away Today offers free travel insurance and a Layaway Payment Plan.

Get Away Today is not just for hotel and park entrance but also offers discounted Character Dining which is a must for every trip.  If you're taking a long vacation and attending other So Cal parks Get Away Today offers discounts to many of those parks as well.

Be sure to check back to see all the details from our vacation which will include reviews, tips and way too many pictures.

I've made the rest of your shopping really easy for you and you can get it finished in nearly one stop shopping.  Click the links below to order most of what you will need for your Disney Park Bag:

Friday Favorites 5/4

Just like that we are in May!  Emily only has a few shorts weeks left of school and Madi is right behind her.  Where does the time go?  As per usual it was a busy month; we wouldn't have it any other way.

Emily participated in a cheer camp at school and then performed at the school rally at the end of the week.  Emily loves these types of activities but gets nervous to perform so I'm super proud of her for being brave and doing something even when she's scared.

Last call for Mother's Day shopping.  I love giving and receiving personal gifts.  Check out some of my ideas HERE.

Like I said we are on the short count down to Summer and already planning all of our activities.  If you need some help with things to do check out my post HERE.

Bump Update- 16 Weeks

16 Weeks: Baby is the size of an avocado
I Avo-can't fit in my jeans!

I don't know if it's my age, the baby's gender, or that it's my third pregnancy but boy this has been different!  I've been "growing" much faster this pregnancy even though I'm working out.  However, it's not a total shock because I'm starving 24/7 and still love my sweets more than anything.  With the girls I never had a single craving and thought maybe people made that up as an excuse, lol.  This time I do get cravings for something very specific but nothing that I wouldn't eat before.  

I continue to feel quite yucky with a sour stomach most of the time, headaches, and extreme tiredness and congestion.  It's improved from the first trimester and is manageable but I'm very ready to start feeling better.

I'm still in utter shock that baby #3 is a boy and all of us are just so excited.  It's the main topic in our household most days.  Please send all boy advice; I have no idea what to do with a boy.

I feel like I've been pregnant forever and already counting down the months.  I'll keep counting down with updates on the blog; so check back here.  Thanks to Felt Like Sharing for helping me with my bump-dates.

This is a sponsored post.  All opinions are honest and my own.

Jeans & Graphic Tee

Outside of work I think I could live in jeans and a tee; they are true staples in my closet.  Lucky for me baggy shirts are in because my tummy is growing (along with other expanding areas).  I have dozens of tees in my closet and almost a dozen jeans but these are definitely my go-to pair.  The accessories also change up the look.  I believe switching the shoes and the purse can really transform an outfit.

With this extreme bi-polar weather I'm afraid we are going to go from Winter to Summer very quickly so I hope for some true Spring weather which is perfect for the jeans and tee look.

Summer Bucket List & Survival Kit

This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are my own.

We are just under one month away from Summer Break for Emily and the weather finally warmed up!!!!  Summer is my absolute favorite time of year and I just can't wait; I'm counting the seconds until it begins.  Since it will be here before you know it I'm already planning all the fun we are going to have.  I also have two girls who are used to being in school and if Spring Break taught me anything it's that we need lots of activities to keep my busy bees entertained.  Here are some ideas so help inspire you and if you're local these are items that I definitely recommend:

With activities in order you and your little ones are going to need a survival kit to get through Summer.  Here's what our survival kit looks like:

Disney Style

We don't get to travel to Disneyland several times a year or even annually so when we get a trip on the calendar it's a HUGE deal!  I never know who's more excited me or the girls???  Part of the fun of the trip is planning for it.  I'm that crazy mom who has every detail of an outfit planned and several activities for each day on the calendar {more planning posts to come}.  Because a Disney trip is such a special occasion I think it's totally acceptable to go over the top with the outfits.  Plus I have girls so it's even more appropriate.  I wanted to share with you some of the outfits I have planned for our upcoming trip.

Getting to  work with and collaborate with some small business is one of my favorite parts of authoring a blog.  I am so thrilled to share with you these boutiques: Disney Tribe Shirts from Splatter Customer Apparel / Bling Shoes from Sassy Soles Shoetique / Minnie Ears from Shop My Mouse / Backpack & Lunch Pail from Thirty-One Gifts / Thermos from Itsy Bitsy Wear