The Perfect Party Starts With The Perfect Invitation

It’s that time of year again….the Outlander season premiere is coming in November! And that means it’s time for me to host the Outlander Ladies Night In. This is an evening of fun discussion, great food and of course, watching Outlander on Starz (always a plus if Jamie Fraser is shirtless).

But before my Outlander premiere party, I needed the perfect invitation. To save paper and time, I made my invitations at Paperless® Post. They offer thousands of designs for parties, birthdays, weddings, etc. Plus, you can design your own or choose from the collections of top designers.

I created my own design, and used Paperless® Post Custom Foil- Gold outline. Then I uploaded Jamie and Claire’s photo and wrote my own text using my chosen font/color. For my backdrop, I chose greenery and white florals to compliment the invite. Finally, an envelope of army-green to complete the invitation.

Before sending the invitation, I uploaded my guests’ email addresses into Paperless® Post and those contacts are saved for future use. Then the invitations were sent. Looking forward to a fabulous time with great Outlander fans.

Video (See final invitation)

Now, I use my Paperless® Post dashboard to track events (RSVPs), view saved projects and add/buy coins (used to purchase online cards and add premium options like envelope liners and logos).

Or you can try for FREE, send a Paperless® Post Flyer…fun and free to create and send through text or email.

The perfect party begins with the perfect invitation! Happy Parties!

Disney Summer Vacation ’18

If you follow Modhousewife, you know I am a Disney mom! My family returned home last week after spending 7 days at Walt Disney World and then on a 3-day cruise in the Caribbean.

Here are the reviews of the new adventures we took!

Frozen Ever After Sparking Dessert Party – Many asked if this dessert party is worth the cost…..Absolutely! This party is at Epcot; and my family had exclusive seating in the World Showcase East (across from the Mexican Pavilion) to view IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth. We ate and drank delicious Frozen-themed treats and concoctions to our fill. Then we enjoyed the fireworks with 3-D eye-glasses that transformed the fireworks into snowflakes. Finally, my family was treated to a private ride on the Frozen Ever After attraction in the Norway pavilion.

   

Surfing Lessons at Typhoon Lagoon – For my daughter’s birthday, we wanted to gift her with a Disney experience. Because she is a swimmer and lover of the water, we signed her up for surf lessons at Typhoon Lagoon. The family arrived at Typhoon Lagoon Waterpark on 6:45am on Tuesday…and we enjoyed a continental breakfast ($10/person) while my daughter prepared for her lesson. The Cocoa Beach Surf School conducts the lessons by teaching safety and skills in the surf pool. Adults and children enjoyed the lessons; and by the end (10am), my daughter was standing on the board. Next time, she hopes to conquer the large waves.

     

Disney Vacation Club Moonlight Magic – We are Disney Vacation Club (DVC) members, and a perk is attending Moonlight Magic (when available) in one of the four parks. During our week at Disney, Moonlight Magic was offered at Epcot. Even though this is a free event for DVC members, you must sign up for tickets (the park closes at 9pm for all other visitors). Unfortunately, we were highly disappointed with this event at Epcot. Yes, many food items were free, but there are not enough attractions at Epcot. The World Showcase was only open for Frozen Ever After (Norway) and The Three Caballeros (Mexico)…which were very crowded along with the other lines at the Epcot attractions (Soarin, Test Track, etc). The point of this event is to enjoy short ride waits.

Then let’s talk transportation back to the resorts…..two thumbs down! The monorail was closed for the evening and there were not enough buses. We left Epcot at 11:30pm and did not return home to the Polynesian Resort until 12:30am. And our bus driver forgot where he was going, and crossed a grassy median to return to the right route. Terrible!

Overall, the trip was fantastic!  We enjoyed the new Toy Story Land at Hollywood Studios (do not wait more than 60 minutes for Slinky Dog). The August heat was no big deal; and we actually arrived the week that Florida and most U.S.students returned to school (lower crowds).

Now we must wait until spring break for our next Disney adventure….Welcome to Miami!

Disney Spring Break 2018 – Land & Sea

As you can tell by now, my family is crazy for “The Mouse”! And before we venture to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida or onto a Disney Cruise Liner, I take my time to read up on new adventures to explore that will create even more magical memories.

Here are the new experiences my family shared on our 8-day Disney Land & Sea Spring Break:

LAND

Disney’s Boardwalk Inn/Villas

Because we were only staying for one night in Disney World, we decided not to explore all the parks and only play at Hollywood Studios and Epcot. Plus, we did not want to deal with crowded public transportation. So the perfect resort for our family’s trip was Disney’s Boardwalk Inn/Villas. This charming turn-of-the-century Atlantic City hotel has spacious and comfortable rooms; and is located within walking distance to both Epcot and Hollywood Studios. And the unique eateries and nightlife really topped off a magical experience at the Boardwalk.

   

Note: The Boardwalk Bakery has the best sweet rolls in the morning!!

Ale & Compass Restaurant – Yacht & Beach Club Resorts

There are so many restaurants at Disney World, we always make sure to try something new during each visit. My husband found Ale & Compass (short walk from the Boardwalk Resort); and after reading all the amazing reviews, it did not disappoint. Famous for it’s burgers and seafood, the Ale & Compass is now a family favorite. Make sure to book 180 days out from your visit.

  

Epcot Morocco Pavilion – The Art of Henna

Henna is a plant; and the dye is made from dried crushed henna leaves, lemon juice, water, sugar and eucalyptus.  Depending on the design chosen, the application will take 5-10 minutes and cost varies. Henna is a tradition in Morocco; and most commonly done on women for weddings in Morocco…. the day before the ceremony the bride’s hands and feet are decorated.

  

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

This was our first time to experience the amazing works of flower art at Epcot for the 25th Annual International Flower & Garden Festival. The grounds are absolutely gorgeous; and make sure to enjoy the festival’s food and drink pavilions too!

   

SEA 

Senses Spa Facial & RainForest Room

We love Senses Spa! And this cruise, I enjoyed a relaxing facial. Also, my husband and I both enjoyed the RainForest Room…this fabulous spa secret includes aromatherapy showers, saunas, steam room and heated stone loungers. We booked a couples RainForest 3-day pass.

     

Tequila & Margarita Tasting

My husband and I enjoyed an hour of adult time learning about the culture, region and tradition surrounding Mexico’s most popular spirit. Such a great time enjoying tequila and meeting new people. Book when reserving excursions or at guest services.

 

Star Wars Day at Sea

  • Darth Vadar Takes Over The Ship (Star Wars Day at Sea Eve) – This event is NOT in your daily Navigator. In the Lobby Atrium (Level 3) at 10:15pm the night before Star Wars Day at Sea, Darth Vadar takes over the ship. Don’t miss this super fun/secret event.
  • Star Wars Bibbity Bobbity Boutique – They can turn your little into a prince or princess, a pirate or wench and now a Jedi or Imperial Forces. This was the first time I have ever seen grown men getting into character at the Bibbity Bobbity Boutique. Make sure to reserve your spot when booking excursions…this is the BBB’s most popular day on the cruise. (prices vary)

      

Sweet On You

And I saved the best for last…..the new old-fashioned ice cream parlor offers sea-goers gelato, ice cream, candy and baked goods. Sweet On You also is the home of the Minnie Signature Sundae; and it’s amazingly yummy. (Serves 3-4 people)

 

Have a magical vacation!

#VegasStrong

I have just returned home from my first trip to Las Vegas. My first impression…this city is larger and brighter than life. And in the few weeks after the Mandalay Bay/Route 91Harvest Festival tragedy, Las Vegas has proven it’s a united community showing the world it will not be beaten….Vegas will remain strong and overcome.

My girlfriend and I enjoyed three days in Vegas, which is the perfect amount of time. With all the activity, it’s very easy to tire out. Plus, I want to save some attractions for my next visit!

Here’s our Girls’ Weekend itinerary. This was created after hours of blog reading and researching in order to have the perfect Vegas weekend. I hope it inspires you to visit Sin City:

Friday

-9:30am (12:30pm EST) Arrived at McCarran Airport  

-10:15am Dropped off luggage at our hotel..New York, New York  (Check In: 1-3pm)

-10:30am Began walking the famous Las Vegas Strip. Arrived at Planet Hollywood Box Office to retrieve our Britney Spears: Piece of Me concert tickets for that night’s show. I purchased tickets a month earlier on Vegas.com.

-11:30am Lunch at Lobster Me. Great New England Lobster Rolls and Lobster Bisque. We ate at the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood.

-1pm Walked to the Venetian Hotel and enjoyed the sites and an outside Gondola ride. Gondola ride tickets are purchased onsite.

-3:30pm Arrived back at New York, New York to check into the hotel and rest. Then prep for these evenings events.

-5:30pm Dressed and ready for a night on the town, we taxied to The Venetian for dinner on the canal: Canonita Mexican Restaurant. The Coca Pina and Vaquero Beef Rib are outstanding!

 

-7:30pm Taxied to Planet Hollywood for the 9pm Britney Spears concert. She did not make an appearance on stage until 9:30pm. She still has it. The dancing and production of the show is incredible. It’s worth it…plus the people watching is two thumbs up!

 

-11:45pm – Taxied back to New York, New York for a good night sleep.

Saturday

11:30am – We slept in! With the three hour time change and a Friday full of walking, we were exhausted. The sleep felt great.

12:30pm – Walked the Strip to find lunch. 800 Degrees is highly rated for it’s brick oven pizza….and it did not disappoint. Highly recommend for your pizza fix.

 

2pm – After browsing the Hershey Store and M&M World, we decided to spend the rest of the afternoon at the hotel pool.

7:30pm – Taxied to the Bellagio for dinner at Prime. We had a wonderful view of the fountain show and the food is 5 stars!

 

9:45pm – Taxied to the Excalibur Hotel for the 11pm show of the famous Thunder Down Under male review. This was a fabulous girls night out!

 

12:30am – Walked to New York, New York for a good night sleep!

Sunday

11:00am – Checked out of New York, New York; and walked the Strip for a little shopping. Then we enjoyed brisket melts from Virgils BBQ.

 

1pm – 5:30pm – Enjoyed more of the Strip. Bought cupcakes from Sprinkles and then browsed the high end shops and relaxed at the Bellagio. My favorite shop is SJP….Sex and the City Shoe Heaven.

 

 

6pm – Our last dinner in Vegas was at Holstein’s in the Cosmopolitan Hotel. Fantastic burgers, chicken and of course, the best ice cream shakes in Vegas.

 

7:30pm – Walked to New York, New York to pick up our luggage and taxied to the airport for our Red Eye flight.

Las Vegas was incredible. I hope to make lots more trips in the future with girlfriends and my husband…so many things to see, so little time. And remember, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.

Happy Travels!

Sailing Disney…Where Dreams Come True

It’s been almost two weeks since we boarded the Disney Dream…ready to set sail on our 3rd Disney Cruise. This was not only our first time on the Dream (sister ship of the Fantasy), it was our first time on a 3-night cruise to the Bahamas.

We arrived in Orlando on a Thursday afternoon, and stayed at the Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport Hotel.  We enjoyed an evening filled with wonderful food, spirits and lots of swimming in the rooftop pool.

The next morning, we walked to the Orlando Airport Disney Bus Terminal to board the Magical Express for Port Canaveral. The rain was pouring as we entered the ship (no swimming), but there was so much to explore and activities to participate in on the Disney Dream.

Here is the itinerary:

Day 1 

  • 12pm Lunch
  • 1pm Explored Ship and Youth Activity Center (Oceaneer Lab/Club)
  • 3pm Disney Vacation Club Members Celebration
  • 4pm Mandatory Guest Assembly Drill
  • 6pm The Golden Mickeys Broadway-Style Show
  • 8:15pm Dinner at Enchanted Garden Restaurant
  • 9:30pm After-dinner coffees at Cove Cafe
  • 11pm Picked up child from Oceaneer Club

 

Day 2 – Atlantis

  • 7am Mr Mod wakes to run 6 miles on Deck 4 (but he brings coffee back to the room)
  • Room Service breakfast (included in the cost of your cruise)
  • 9:45am First Port of Call – Nassau, Bahamas
  • 10:30am Exited ship for our excursion to Atlantis Resort (15 minute bus ride)
  • 11am Aquaventure – Atlantis is an amazing sight from the ship deck; and an incredible, awe-inspiring resort to visit. The Aquaventure is a 1st-class waterpark with one-of-kind slides, rivers and pools for the entire family.
  • 5pm Returned to the ship and rested in our stateroom.
  • 7pm The Pirate Night Deck Party – Dress up in your pirate finest!
  • 8:15pm Dinner at Royal Palace
  • 10pm Pirate Party Fireworks

     

Day 3 – Castaway Cay  

My family decided not to disembark on Castaway  Cay. We were very tired from Atlantis, and wanted to spend a relaxing day on the ship. Note: On port days, the ship is empty….take advantage of the quiet and enjoy all the amenities offered to your family.

  • 9am Breakfast at Cabanas buffet (Mickey waffles are the best!)
  • 10am Deck 11 Poolside and watching Cinderella and Lion King on the Funnel Vision. We also enjoyed no lines on the AquaDuck.
  • Noon Lunch at Cabanas with a gorgeous view of Castaway Cay.
  • 2pm Empty movie theater (Buena Vista Theatre) enjoying Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
  • 4:30pm Back to the stateroom to pack (bags must be out in the hallway by 10pm if taking Disney Magic Express back to airport)
  • 6pm Rest/Relaxation
  • 8:15pm Dinner at Animator’s Palate
  • 9:30pm After-Dinner Coffees at Cove Café

   

After a 3rd Disney cruise, I can honestly say that Disney knows cruising. We plan to set sail on our 4th Disney Cruise Spring Break 2018. Please see my earlier Disney Cruise blogs for more information….and have a magical time.

Laser Hair Removal

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After turning 30, I began getting chin hair. I have been plucking for years, and it’s a pain in my a**. This was the main reason for my visit to Radiant Laser Hair Removal. I was welcomed by Michelle Bicknell, C.T., licensed by the State Medical Board of Ohio; and started working in the laser field in 1994.

The office is fresh and inviting; and I began my visit with a consultation by their in-house physician to review my health history, skin sensitivity, etc. Michelle described how hair removal works and when I would need to return to the office.  Then I entered the treatment room where Michelle explained the procedure and the equipment. Then it was time to laser my chin, upper lip, unibrow and under arms.

Is a fear of pain holding you back from have laser hair removal? Well, no need to worry.  I am a big baby when it comes to vaccinations or drawing blood. This is so easy and relaxing.  The whole procedure took 10 minutes; and it felt like tiny pinching or a tickle (ice and air were used to numb the areas). My follow-up appointment is in two weeks to review the areas….and I may have another area done😉

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