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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:

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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!

   

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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!

Back To The 90’s

This fall, I am definitely taking a trip down memory lane….more specifically, the 1990’s. Fall 2016 fashion is reminiscent of my late grade school and high school years; and I find myself walking through stores thinking, “I used to wear this”.

However, these 90’s trends have resurrected with less of an alternative, grunge edge. They are sleek and more sophisticated…..perfect for who you are now.

Here are my top 5 favorite fall trends:

  1. Chokers – Anthropologie & Nordstrom

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2.  Plaid – Abercrombie & GAP

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3. Shoulders – Abercrombie

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4. Jumpers – Abercrombie

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5. Drop Waist Dresses – Abercrobie & GAP

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So, listen to your favorite Seattle-based band, marathon watch Beverly Hills 90210 and try on some familiar fashion.

Happy Shopping!

Lilly Craze At Target

Lilly Pulitzer® released its limited time Target fashion/home decor collection today. In the past decade, Target has been introducing high-end designers; and Lilly Pulitzer® is now placing and pricing their merchandise for the masses….making an even bigger profit on their quality products.

And “limited” is completely true. The collection went on sale online at midnight causing the website to crash due to the masses ordering. The online merchandise sold out within a few hours.

I was at Target at 7:40am (Sunday Store Hours: 8:00am) and I was greeted with a long line of waiting women….two girls in front of me left their after prom party for a chance at Lilly! While waiting, Starbucks gave samples of their Creme Brûlée drink; and the Target manager passed out maps to locate the merchandise easily within the stores.

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But that was before the crazy train came! When the stores opened at 8:00am, women in the front of the line took their carts and blocked other women from entering the store. I had to RUN around an obstacle course of 4 red carts just to pass through the front doors.

When I was finally in the store, I was racing other women to the FOUR racks of women’s clothing. Women were tearing clothes from the racks and filling carts without even looking at sizes……obvious that these items will be sold on eBay! Others grabbed handfuls of clothing and headed to the fitting rooms with others following behind to get any items that did not fit correctly. The racks were empty in five minutes! To quote a manger, “This was worse than Black Friday”.

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Since, I had done previous research, I knew exactly what I wanted to purchase. I was able to locate the wanted clothing, grab my size and head directly to the girls’ department. However, others were not so lucky. A friend of mine was elbowed in the ribs; and another lady’s items were stolen from her hands. It was not the best show of humanity.

In the end, I was happy with what I was able to purchase for myself and Miss Modhousewife with a total bill of $100 and the quality is great. In the Lilly stores, I would not be able to purchase one dress for $100…so the savings are super!

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Target managers also told me that they will not be getting more merchandise.

It was truly an adventure in shopping!

Happy Shopping!

“I Only Wore It Once……”

This week, Mr. Modhousewife and I are celebrating “my”…I mean “our” 10th year of marriage. To honor this achievement, on my Facebook page, I will post a funny picture, realization or advice about weddings/marriage. However, today I want to discuss the wedding dress. Did you know that Queen Victoria set the style to wear white? Before her 1840 wedding to Prince Albert, brides typically wore any color of their choosing, especially red or black.

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To me, the wedding dress is the most important piece of fashion any woman will wear. This dress gave you the brightest smile and possibly happy tears. You felt amazing and beautiful.  You associate this dress with one of the happiest days of your life. To this day, I still love my dress. I remember finding it in a bridal magazine; and knew right away it was “the one”. It was the first dress I tried on…..and fell in love. If I could redo that day, I would still keep the same groom (love you Nick) and dress (but this time a beach or Vegas wedding).

That’s why it’s sad to only wear it once. So maybe that should change! After watching a “Friends” episode (you know the one where Monica tries on Emma’s wedding dress. Then Rachel and Phoebe put on wedding dresses and their moods change from sad to happy instantly), I decided it would be fun to put on my wedding dress again with my besties and just chill.

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These dresses were only worn once and needed to be removed from their confines to breathe and create new happy memories! (BTW…I have the best neighborhood friends!!!)

Watching a movie together!

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Playing cards! 

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Book Club!

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Neighborhood Walk!

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It’s true….your wedding dress is the best dress EVER! We felt like it was our wedding days again. We should probably do this more often since your dress was only worn once.

Happy Dress Up!

Mr. Modhousewife Makeover

That’s right….makeovers are not just for the ladies!

Last spring, Mr. Modhousewife saw a few pictures of himself and was not happy. Even though he worked out (weights/cardio) everyday, he was still unable to loose weight.

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At the time, I had just lost 10 pounds using the MyFitnessPal app. I lowered my carb intake each day to now maintain my current weight. So, Mr. Modhouswife decided to use this application and lower his carbs and calories, plus add weights and long-distance running.

Ten months later, he has lost 35 lbs. and created a lifestyle of low carbs/calories plus exercise. His diet is about portion control since we eat exactly the same meals. And we have made this a family lifestyle too! (Bonus: He no longer snores at night!)

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So, now that he lost all the weight, I took him shopping for some summer outfits. Here’s three classic looks for our Florida trip (Gap and Polo). He also had to buy a whole new work wardrobe, but it’s not as fun as casual wear.

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Three pictures is about all Mr. Modhousewife’s modeling career could handle. I am very proud of him and he looks amazing!

Inspiration!

 

 

 

My Two Favorite “F” Words!

Fashion & Food are my two favorite “F” words. And if I can combine them, the possibilities are endless.

This spring/summer, I guarantee you will be invited to several outings that require you to not only bring a dish but also look fantastic in this season’s hottest fashion trends. So, I teamed up again with my favorite new virtual shop, Honey & Vine, to show you the perfect outfit to wear and a crowd pleasing recipe to bring to your special event.

1. Wedding Shower/Baby Shower

Are you planning a wedding shower for a bride-to-be or a baby shower for a mommy-to-be? Here’s the perfect fashion and food.

Fashion: Celine Maxi Skirt, Denim Top Megan Stretch Belt, Wood You Be Mine Clutch and Linx Bracelet – Total $118

Food: Pasta Salad

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2. Couples Neighborhood Progressive Dinner

If your house is slated for the appetizer portion of the meal, tapas is an excellent choice. And your significant other will love you in the Courtney Dress.

Fashion: Courtney Dress & White Rosette Necklace – Total $42

Food: Tapas – Antipasta Kabobs & Shrimp Bruschetta

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3. Memorial Day/4th of July/Labor Day Picnics

Picnics are a staple of spring and summer. A flirty dress and a yummy side dish are the perfect ensemble.

Fashion: Esther Dress – Total $28  

Food: Party Potatoes

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Enjoy your fashion and food!