You’ve Been Boo’d

The scariest night of the year is fast approaching….and have you Boo’d or been Boo’d yet?!?!

This is one of my favorite Halloween traditions for kids and adults and here are the steps to surprising one of your neighbors:

  1. Print off the FREE template of your liking….many to choose from on Pinterest.

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2. Collect Tricks & Treats.

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3. Assemble your Halloween package.

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4. Then deliver….place on front door (remember you don’t want your neighbors to know who Boo’d them)

Then your neighbors will do the same for another family and more Halloween cheer will be spread in the neighborhood.

Happy Halloween!

 

 

 

Bunco Buns!

This yummy mini-sandwich is the perfect appetizer for card night or a simple sandwich for any bridal or baby shower.

Ingredients: 2 pkgs. of King’s Hawaiian Sweet Buns (12 ct. bags), 1/2 stick of melted butter, 4 tbsp poppy seeds, 4 tbsp mustard, 4 tbsp Worcestershire sauce, 1 – 1 1/2 lb. thinly-sliced smoked ham and swiss cheese

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Directions:

1) In a bowl, mix together melted butter, poppy seeds, mustard and Worcestershire sauce. (The special dressing)

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2) Slice buns in half and spread dressing on both side of the bun. Then add cheese and ham.

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3) Bake at 350º for 15-20 minutes (cover with foil) until cheese is melted.

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Enjoy!

My Top 5 Favorite 2015 Fall Fashion Trends

It’s that time of year again, cooling temperatures, college football and the Starbucks Pumpkin Spiced Latte. That’s right, it’s time for fall fashion! And this year, the 1970’s have inspired all the latest trends.

Here are my Top 5 Favorite 2015 Fall Fashion Trends:

1. The color Brown: Designers are inspired by the 1970’s…so brown is the color palette of choice. However, liven up this color by adding reds, golds and creams.

The faux suede skirt – H&M $34.99

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2. Flare: The 70’s are inspiring jeans by adding some flare. The flare style are the most flattering for women by showing off your curves and lengthening  your legs. Add a pair of heels and  you are good to go day or night. I just bought the pair below; and I have never been so proud of my behind.

1969 Authentic Flare – Gap $69

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3. Plaid

Remember the 70’s runway models with plaid jumpers and knee-high boots, well it’s now your reality. But I am more into plaid because of Starz show “Outlander”…hmm Jamie Fraser! Plus, add a turtleneck (another hot fall trend) to this jumper and you have another look.

Too Much Fun Dress in Tartan – Modcloth.com $99

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4. Winter Florals

This trend was surfacing last year and it’s officially here to stay. I wore this look last year pairing my winter floral skirt (Gap) with a black/white sweater (contrast), black tights and suede tied heels.

Currently: Pleated Floral Print Skirt – Gap $59

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5. Military

Camo has been in style for quite a while…and continues into this fall. I am in love with the entire look!

Camo Sweatshirt – Banana Republic $69

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And those are my top picks for fall. Get shopping and enjoy how fabulous you will look!

Happy Shopping!

 

Disney……FastPass+

At 1am, 60 days out from arriving to Walt Disney World, you may begin booking your FastPass+ experiences on MyDisneyExperience.com for each day you are at the parks. Now, it’s not necessary to wake up in the middle of the night, but the earlier you book the passes the better. You may select up to three Disney FastPass+ experiences in one theme park per day.

Once your FastPasses are booked, download the MyDisneyExperience App for your phone. Then you are able to change around your FastPass+ experiences on those days. Also, your FastPass+ experiences are linked to your MagicBands.

When you arrive for example at the Magic Kingdom; and have used your three FastPass+ experiences for the day, go to the FastPass+ kiosk and redeem an additional experience (a total of 4 per day). However we learned that if one of your party does not go on a ride, then you are unable to redeem the fourth experience. Ex. Mr. and Miss Modhousewife went on Tower of Terror and I did not. We were not able to receive our fourth experience. Then the next day at Animal Kingdom, I went through the line for Everest, clicked my MagicBand at the ride’s arrival window and then I exited the ride. That way the system believes you used your FastPass+; and now it’s time to book your fourth experience.

Note: If you use the Extra Magic Hours there are many experiences that FastPasses are not needed; and then you can change your FastPasses easily in your phone app.

FastPass+ Needed – 

Magic Kingdom: Splash Mountain, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Space Mountain, Peter Pan’s Flight, Princess Fairytale Hall (Ana & Elsa), Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Wishes Fireworks

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Epcot: Mission Space, Test Track,  and Soarin

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Hollywood Studios: Star Tours, Tower of Terror, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, Fantasmic, Toy Story, Disney Junior – Live on Stage, Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage and Frozen Sing-A-Long

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Animal Kingdom: Festival of the Lion King, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Kali River Rapids, Expedition Everest and DINOSAUR

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I hope this helps you book your FastPass+ experiences.

Have a magical day!

Disney….Be In The Know Before Entering The Parks!

Here is my list of things to know before entering Disney World’s magical parks:

1.  MagicBands – This is your key to fun! These are only available to Walt Disney annual pass holders and guests staying at Disney Resort hotels. This is your all-in-one device that unlocks your hotel room door, allows park entrance, FastPass+ check-in, links to the Memory Maker/Disney Photo Pass and syncs to  your credit card to make purchases.

If you are not staying at a Disney Resort hotel and are not a Passholder, you will receive a card when you purchase park admission—and you have the option to purchase a MagicBand online or at select retail locations at Walt Disney World Resort and beyond.

MagicBands are shipping to your home 30 days prior to arrival. Plus, you can add fun accessorizes that can be purchased at any gift shop.

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2. Ponchos – This is a Disney Must-Have! Either purchase before your vacation or at any Disney gift shop. Don’t let the rain keep you from enjoying your Disney vacation….it rains at least once a day. Also, if there’s hours of rain, get those ponchos on and hit the parks. Patrons tend to leave and the rides have no lines……why waste a FastPass+.

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3. The Backpack – As a family of three, we are only in need of one backpack. These are the items in it: ponchos, sunscreen, antibacterial wipes and liquid, bottled water, granola bars, cell phones. (Since the MagicBand is linked to our credit card, we do not carry a wallet.)

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4. Extra Park Hours – If you are staying in a Disney Resort, take advantage of extended park hours…Extra Magic Hours. This enables your family to enjoy time at the parks above and beyond the standard operating schedule. Ex. The morning Magic Kingdom opened at 8am, we were able to ride Space Mountain without wasting a FastPass+. Then we got on the MyDisneyExperience phone app and changed to new ride FastPasses+.

View Extra Magic Hours online or ask your concierge.

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5. Memory Maker – This trip we purchased the Disney Memory Maker. Disney PhotoPass service lets you capture your vacation memories in great photos throughout the parks. Purchasing the Memory Maker allows for unlimited digital downloads of all your memories including select rides photos and videos. If purchased before your trip, there is a $30 discount. (Note: I was disappointed that there were not more Photo Cast Members in the parks…I felt like I had to hunt these people out…..especially in Epcot.)

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6. Buttons – When making your travel arrangements or checking-in at your resort’s concierge, make sure to tell them if you are celebrating any special occasions: first time at Disney, birthdays, anniversaries, honeymoon, engagement, etc. A special button will be created that you need to wear at the parks and at meals/entertainment. Magical things could come your way!

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I hope my list helps….the next few blogs will focus on each park!

Have a magical day!

Disney…..The Experience Begins & The Polynesian Resort

9 months: Flights, Resort and Park Hopper Passes booked!
180 days: Dinning and Event Reservations booked!
60 days: FastPass+ experiences booked (1am)!

Also, 60 days from arriving at Walt Disney World, your resort check-in begins on MyDisneyExperience.com. For the Polynesian, I requested early check-in, the Rorotonga Building (building closest to the Main Lobby with Monorail transportation) and a balcony (I received all options requested).

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Arrived: After arriving in Orlando, we took the complimentary Disney Magical Express (30 minute drive) to the Polynesian resort. Once the bus ride began, I received a text from the resort informing me that our room was ready along with the room number. We were able to bypass concierge to check-in since our Magic Bands were automatically synced with our room. However, when we arrived at the Polynesian, a cast member was waiting for our family with leis, double checked our reservation and answered any and all questions we had.

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This was our family’s first visit to the Polynesian resort. The decor along with the friendly and informative cast members, created a welcoming island atmosphere. We knew our lugguage would be waiting in our room later in the evening, but we wanted to drop off our carry-ons and put valuables into the safe. Our safe was malfunctioning, but with the help of the maintenance staff our problem was fixed very fast and we were on our merry way to Disney Studios.

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But let’s talk more about the Polynesian.

1. Dining Options (All dining can be purchased with your Magic Bands….charged to your credit card on file)

‘Ohana / Tambu Lounge – Reservations required – serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. We did not eat here but I heard the food is excellent; and the character dining is magical for children of all ages. But their bar holds a special place is my heart…..The Pineapple Drink!

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Kona Cafe – Reservations required – serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Voted “Best Breakfast” at Disney…probably for the Tonga Toast – Banana-stuffed Sourdough French Toast rolled in Cinnamon Sugar and served with a Strawberry Compote and your choice of Ham, Bacon, or Sausage. This was breakfast the last day:(

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Capt. Cook’s – Quick Service – serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. This was our go-to place for poolside breakfasts and lunches. The food is delicious…..try the grilled chicken sandwich on a sweet coconut bun!

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Pineapple Lanai – Quick Service for Dole Whip…need I say more! And it’s right by the pool.

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Kona Island – Quick service for coffee/pastries to cocktails/sushi. I got my iced non-fat latte’s here each morning and located right by the monorail entrance/exit doors.

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Barefoot Pool Bar – Right by the pool to make sure your afternoons/evenings are more enjoyable.

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Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Show – Reservations are required. Great food, wonderful entertainment and a Disney “Must-Do”. This is one of the hardest reservations to receive…so make sure to call immediately at 6am on your 180 day out mark. Also, this dining experience must be paid for in full while making reservations. There are two seatings: 5:15pm and 8:15pm 4 days a week.

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Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto – Stop by for some cocktails, appetizers and music on your date nights.

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2. Pool – Make sure to enjoy your resort. The pool and it’s views are amazing! We made sure to have downtime at the pool each day.

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3. Children’s Activities – Come to the pool for hours of games for the kids. Or make your child a reservation at the Lilo’s Playhouse if you need an adult night out. Miss Modhousewife participated in both. She loved the playhouse… especially dinner with new friends, making cookies, doing science experiments with the Nutty Professor, watching movies and a late night snack.

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4. Shopping – There’s a convenience shop for snacks and anything you may have forgotten at home. Plus there’s a great shop for souvenirs,  Boutiki! Note: If you purchase items in the parks, you are able to have them shipped to your resort’s main shop. Then you have the option to ship those items to your home. We had holiday ornaments shipped to our house.

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Well, I hope I am helping you begin your Disney experience. More to come….so much information to share with you!

Have a magical day!