Friday Favorites 6/8

Madi had her last day of school yesterday so it was the official First Day of Summer for her or us as an entire family.  No better way to celebrate than a day at the waterpark.  We grabbed some of our besties and headed to the Island Waterpark.  We love The Island and had a great day.  We grabbed a spot around Ohana Bay which is the little kid area.  The kids are able to run by themselves to play in the water and enjoy the slides; us moms lounged in the shade.  We also enjoyed the wave pool and lazy river.  Emily and Colton were super brave and did the big slides all by themselves.  They walked up the million stairs, stood in line and slid down all on their own.   I was super impressed by these brave little ones.  We enjoyed our time so much we will be back several times this year.

A full day of sun requires lots of water so we took our new Nuby cups to survive.  The Thirsty Kids Flip-It Active cups are perfect for on the go activities.  I've purchased so many thermos cups that leak but these didn't spill a drop in my bag.  I loved their flip up handle for easy carrying and lid that protects the straw to keep the germs away.  The girls loved the colors and I like that each girl has their own so we can tell them apart.  Another huge plus versus other cups is how light weight the Active cups are.  They were the perfect way to cheers to the start of Summer.

The girls bathing suits are amazing for a long day in the sun because I don't have to worry about sunburns on half of their bodies.  They are also on sale right now (shop below).  My suit is not maternity, I just sized up (also on sale).  This is what a FULL day in the sun looks like: sun kissed cheeks, messy hair and tired eyes!  

Last weekend was the annual PINC party which benefited Children's Hospital.  It was the first year we sold out very early on and it was such a great night for a great cause.  Loved dancing to the Valley Cats and especially our silly photo session in the bathroom, lol!

We ended last weekend with a Gender Reveal BBQ for some of our best friends.  My girlfriend Rema and I are only a few weeks apart and it has been beyond special to share this journey with her.  I was the lucky one who found out the sex of the baby and ordered the confetti canons for the reveal.  I knew the sex for almost two weeks and it almost killed me.  But to say it was worth it is an understatement but it was the best reveal and surprise ever!  Rema and Kevin have two little boys and you can only imagine how Rema wanted a little girl.  When pink confetti literally covered the sky Rema just about died and I just about melted.  I can't wait to raise these two babies together (can you say 3 prearranged marriages?!?!).

Emily started swimming lessons with our favorite teacher ever: Darla of Bullfrog Swim School.  Emily is a great swimmer but working on strokes.  Madi was still in school so she will start after we get back from vacation.

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Prepping for Disneyland: Saving Money

We're almost headed to Disney and we so stinking excited.  Since it's just days away I'm in full prep mode.  I wanted to share my best tips for saving money and preparing for a Disney trip:

1. Purchase Disney Gift Cards at Target with Target Red Card to Save 5%

Set your budget ahead of time and purchase Disney Gift Cards in that amount ahead of time.  You can save 5% when you use your Target Red Card.  If you buy $500 worth of gift cards you save $25 which for me is totally worth it.  Then use your gift cards for all your meals, photo passes, souvenirs, etc.

2. Purchase Hotel & Tickets with Get Away Today

I'm always looking for the best places to book travel and for Disneyland I have to 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.

3. Pre Purchase Souvenirs

Disney Park Bag- Souveneirs

Souvenirs are wildly overpriced at the resort so buy ahead of time and hide the goodies until you get there.  You can place a new souvenir on your child's bed each morning and pull it out once you get to the park.  This cuts down the amount of begging inside the park.  Be sure to also grab bubble guns and glow sticks ahead of time for parades.  You can also make your own Autograph Books to save lots.  I used printables from Pinterest, laminated them and bound them myself.  Of course there are some items you might just have to buy if you get asked but at least you can save a few bucks.

4. Stay at Hotel with Breakfast Included

Save time and money by grabbing breakfast in your hotel.  The best case scenario is a hotel that includes continental breakfast.  You could save at least $50 a day for a family of four which can really add up.  If breakfast isn't included you could pack breakfast items to eat in your room.  If that doesn't appeal to you eating breakfast at your hotel will still be cheaper than in the park.

5. Take Snacks and Lunch into the Park

My kids could eat all day long and tell me they're hungry about once an hour.  I can't imagine the amount of money we would spend if we bought all their snacks at the resort.  Plus if I bring items with us I can choose much healthier options.  Don't get me wrong there are lots of goodies that we can't pass up in the park but those are specialty items.

6. Don't Buy Bottled Water

Carry refillable bottled waters or when making food purchases ask for complimentary ice water.  We drink a lot of water so we take in refillable bottles.  Even our waters have to be cute so when I found these refillable bottles I was giddy.  They are so cute and very functional.  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.

7. Plan Sit Down Meals Ahead

Plan out your budget and start looking at menus online.  Plan meals that fit within your budget.  Make sure you call 60 days ahead to make your reservations.  You can't make them more than 60 days out and you don't want to wait past that because they sell out quickly, especially during peak seasons.

8. Don't Buy Park Hopper Tickets

A Hopper Ticket can cost you as much as an additional $25 per day.  That adds up for a family who is going for several days.  We purchase tickets for 1 park per day and we never feel like we are missing out.  Especially because we have little ones so running back and forth from park to park isn't really a viable option for us anyway.  We just plan each day out ahead of time based on parades and shows so we know which park we want to hit on what day.

9. Don't Pay for Parking

If you're not staying on the resort you have the option of walking, taking a hotel shuttle or using an Uber.  Otherwise, parking at the resort is $20-$35 per day.  Again that really adds up.  Ideally pick a hotel that is within walking distance but most area hotels offer shuttles that run all day which will save you lots of money.

10. Utilize Disney Photographers

You don't have to purchase a photopass to use the professional photographers around the park.  They are happy to use your camera to take a photo.

For an extra $10 off your vacation package through Get Away Today use code: fresno10

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

Also be sure to check out Disneyland Reveal,  Packing Your Disney Park Bag and Disney Style

Friday Favorites 6/1

Madi is still in school and the First Day of Summer hasn't officially hit but we are well on our way to checking off our Summer Bucket List.  It was a full week and I just love this time of year.  Why anyone prefers any other season is beyond me.  When else can you have backyard bbq's, swim in the pool, run in the sprinklers, make ice cream just for fun and have lazy lake days?  Gimme Summer all year round!

We had a playdate at the zoo and got to see the new water exhibit which was too fun for the kids.  Love our zoo and all that it has to offer.

I know I'm not alone when I say I'm addicted to my phone.  I'm not proud about it but at least I'm not in denial.  If I leave the house without it I act like I left my right arm.  I was so excited to receive a new iPhone 8 Plus for Mother's Day and I had to protect it in style.  I snagged the Rose Gold Metallic Presidio case from Speck Products which features two layer of protection, raised bezel screen protection and slim design.  

We had our first lake day of 2018 over Memorial Weekend which seems to be our traditional launch weekend.  We went with lots of friends and just enjoyed a lazy day on the water.

Anyone else love a clean home but doesn't like to clean so much???  I have the holy grail for you...the bObi Classic Robotic Vacuum which automatically cleans your floors for you.

My goddaughter was throwing the first pitch at the Grizzly Game on Memorial Day and we were lucky enough to attend.  It was so much fun to see how brave she was and then we got to stay and enjoy the game from a suite.  I don't think our kids have any idea how good they have it.  My girls are wanting to go back and I don't think they realize it won't be the "Suite Life" every time.

In preparation for baby boy's arrival in the Fall I'm working on a revamp in the girls room before the I tackle the nursery.  It's not an overhaul but just a few small changes to make them feel special as well.  Our first new piece is this amazing sign from Pink Lemon Decor.  It's such a unique and special piece; I can't express how in love I am with it.

Madi still has a little bit of school left but she had her End of the Year Performance this week and it was too cute for words.  She smiled and performed her heart out and we are very proud of her.  Madi is so blessed to have such loving people support her and even attend a preschool event.  Thank you to everyone who came to cheer Madi on.

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

End of Year Gifts

One of the girls is out of school already and the other just around the corner.  We are extra blessed with the best teachers around so they definitely deserve a token of our appreciation.  Emily had a teacher and 3 aides and unfortunately I didn't snap pics of their gifts.  For her teacher we put together a Teacher's Summer Fun Kit which included a gift certificate for wine tasting, a Uber gift certificate, her favorite restaurant gift certificate and movie tickets.  For Emily's aides we gave them a movie ticket and dinner gift card.  We did the same for Madi's two wonderful teachers and you can see pics below of how I put those together.  Lastly, Emily had two buddies that we so sweet to her this year so we put together a movie gift basket that included candy, popcorn and a movie ticket.  You can see the tags below.

End of Year Gift- Movie Gift Basket: Movie Ticket, Popcorn, Candy

End of Year Gift- Movie Gift Basket: Movie Ticket, Popcorn, Candy

End of Year Gift- Movie Gift Basket: Movie Ticket, Popcorn, Dinner Gift Card

End of Year Gift- Movie Gift Basket: Movie Ticket, Popcorn, Dinner Gift Card

End of Year Gift- Teacher Summer Fun Kit
Emily giving her teacher her gift.