Friday, February 6, 2015

Fun Finds Friday.

Easter stuff is already out.
Can you believe it?


Isn't this 'bunny bum' banner adorable?


Over at the Targ in their $ bins...


I spied these cute little erasers and instantly thought they would make fun Valentines.

Attach a tag that reads:
 I'm so FORTUNE-ate to have you as a friend.


They also had these test tubes of office/desk supplies.
Each one is only $1. 
It'd be cute to tie a ribbon around a few of them 
and give to a teacher.  

Over at Wally-World....


These mustache glasses {in their Vday section} instantly caught my eye. {My Carson LOVES mustache ANYTHING. See the 'Mustache Bash' themed baptism party we threw him last year HERE.}



And yes...I'll be purchasing this shirt for him as well!


LOVING these chalkboard label chevron treat sacks.

Back at Target....


They had these large character bubbles.
Would be fun for a Birthday party favor or for a Valentine treat to your 'princess loving' child.

Oh...and one more thing spotted at Hobby Lobby....


These cute light up MARQUEE initials.
{I am LOVING this trend right now!}
They're on sale for $35.

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And just because I love a good laugh --- I couldn't help but chuckle when I came across one of my ALL TIME favorite SNL skits this past week.


Do you remember this one?
Amy Poehler is a classic.
Watch HERE


Thursday, February 5, 2015

Highlights from our Trip + More Disneyland Tips.

For ALL of my Disneyland tips and tricks {we've been A LOT!} search the word DISNEYLAND on my sidebar.  


Back from another FUN FILLED trip to Disneyland.
This time we went with my sister, her family and my nephew.

It was the PERFECT time of year to go.


Not to mention - - the measles outbreak helped skim the crowds out so we didn't have to wait very long at any of the rides. {Score! And yes...luckily...we've all been vaccinated!}

This trip we did something different.

Instead of buying a 2 DAY Park Hopper pass - - we bought
 2 - 1 Day park passes.  Which meant we spent the first entire day over at California Adventure and the 2nd day entirely at Disneyland.

I would DEFINITELY recommend doing this.

No darting back and forth between parks and 
we were able to accomplish EVERYTHING we wanted to at each park this way without feeling shorted.

PLUS.....it saved us $20 per person on tickets.

Hands down my very favorite picture of the entire trip....


....was this one of London 
on the Ferris Wheel at CA Adventrue.

If you ride the Ferris Wheel {which you should!} you MUST pick to go on the 'swinging' carts.  TOO fun!


Cars Land is a must as well.
As soon as CA Adventure opens up in the morning - - you need to head straight to get fast passes for 
Radiator Springs Racers.

This might be my favorite ride in whole park.

This line is ALWAYS the longest so skip the waiting and get the fast pass FOR SURE!

Also make sure to get fast passes for......  


......meeting Elsa and Anna AND 
the sing along at Frozen Land.
{You HAVE to have fast passes for BOTH to even do them}.

Be prepared though...we had fast passes for the meet and greet and STILL waited 45 minutes. It was VERY worth it though in the eyes of my daughter. Trip. Made.


ALSO....be SURE to check out Olaf's Snow Land.
It is a MUST!
You can play in the snow, have snowball fights and even go sledding.  This is also where you can get in line to meet Olaf.


If your goal is to MEET Disney characters while you are there - - the very best time and place to do this is RIGHT at the opening of the park. Most of the characters will be walking around and posing for pictures right at the top of Main Street.

 One of my FAVORITE things about the Diz?
Hands down...the food.
It does not get any better.

Yes...it is WAY over priced but dang it is GOOD!


Their corndogs are the greatest thing on earth.
If I had to choose ONE thing to eat every day for the rest of my life {without gaining any weight of course!} it would be their corndogs.  You can find them in Disneyland at the little red cart at the bottom of Main Street AND over at CA Adventure down by Goofy's Sky Coaster.

We also tried a couple of new places this trip:


Joe and I each LOVED what we got: a grilled chicken sandwich with the most delicious basil mayo sauce
 and the BLT flatbread pizza. 
They had burgers, mac and cheese, etc. for the kids.

Cafe Orleans in New Orleans Square.
{For this one..since it was a little pricey...we ditched the kids ...ok not totally - my 16 year old nephew and 14 year old niece were with them riding rides!}

We ordered the Pommes Fritas....



which were SOOOO delish.

And.....the famous Monte Cristo...


...which was every bit as good as everyone has always said it was. Tip: SPLIT this with someone.  It comes with 4 HUGE sections and this entree is VERY rich.  Not something you could eat EVERY night...but definitely something you HAVE to try. Double Tip: Time it right so that you get there about 6:30 pm. That way WHILE you eat there...you have the best seats in the whole park to watch Fantasmic, the water show.


The whole trip was SO much fun.
We're already looking forward to returning. 
With or without the measles.

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Fun Fact: We FINALLY found a place in Blthye worth stopping at.  For those of you who drive to and from the Diz and you have to drive through this awkward little town.... 



Sooooo much better than all of the nasty little fast food joints there. I promise. We discovered it on Yelp and we all LOVED it.  Super super yummy.  

Sunday, February 1, 2015

February Visiting Teaching Handouts.


This month's Visiting Teaching message is on:

First - - can I just say HOW MUCH I LOVE hearing back from my readers on you how you choose to use my handouts? It warms my heart to know that people are actually using my ideas! Thank you thank you! It makes staying in my sweats for the most of the day, typing away and taking picures - worth it! {Wink}.

Now - - onto the handout options...

This message is SO dang important.

Once I started brainstorming, I kept coming up with more and more ideas....But the MAIN message I wanted to get across was this quote by Preisdent Uchtdorf. 


There's actually a short video clip that goes with this talk on the right hand side of the VT page called "All Have Sinned" and this quote comes from that original talk called 
"Point of Safe Return".  Read it.  It's a goody.

So here's my thought process:
You can download the above tag {for FREE of course} and bring it to your sisters with a plate of Valentine cookies or anything else that you think they would enjoy.

OR.......


Since the message stresses 
"YOU ARE the CAPTAIN of YOUR LIFE"
{seriously...how much do you LOVE that statement?}
you can attach it to a box of CAPTAIN CRUNCH cereal.
{The BEST cereal in my opinion}.

OR....
Print out the above tag to give them and then attach one of these simple sentiments to go along with it....






You like?
There are PLENTY of things you can do so...EnJoY!!!




Download Tags HERE and HERE.

P.S. I'm at the happiest place on earth right now with my cute little family.  We are beyond thrilled to be having some good quality family/Mickey Mouse time together.  I will be back to regular posting later this week when we return!

If you'd like to follow along our adventures such as .... funny people I spot {Disneyland is THE BEST people watching around!} and good eats that we delight in - - you can follow me on Instgram HERE or Twitter HERE.

As always - if you plan to download any of my tags - I 

just ask that you PLEASE make sure to become 

an official follower of my blog

{right hand side under 'Join Site'}.


You can also follow me on 

my social media sites




 *Ideas are posted daily!*


Also - - I am MORE than flattered when others

 'replicate' my ideas and come up with their 

'own' tags.  I just 

PLEASE ask that you give credit where credit 

is due when posting, and please link back to 

this original post.  xoxo

Happy Visiting Teaching!