When school started in August, I was asked to review the new Del Monte Fruit & Veggie Fusions. However, when my sample arrived, the box had apparently been on a rough ride! My samples were busted and the cardboard box was full of peach juice and squished peaches. I was sad that I couldn’t try this new snack! Del Monte Fruit & Veggie Fusions is a blend of fruit in a lightly sweetened vegetable and fruit juice that equals one combined serving of fruit and vegetables in each cup (contains 1 serving (1/2 cup) that is 75% fruit and 25% vegetables, per USDA Nutrient Data).
The cups come in three delicious flavors: Peach Mango, Apple Pear Watermelon, and Cherry Fruit Trio. They are a great source of Vitamin C and do not contain high fructose corn syrup or artificial flavors or sweeteners. Available nationwide now for a suggested retail price of $2.99 for four 4oz cups.
Last fall, our family took the best Walt Disney World vacation ever! We were able to do so much in just a week. Even with this being my 20th trip, I was still able to do new things each day. One of the new things we tried was the Pirates and Pals Fireworks Voyage. (Warning! This post has lots of pictures!)
This voyage requires a separate ticket outside of your park admission and it’s located at the Convention Center in Disney’s Contemporary Resort. We made our reservations for the voyage 180 days out, just like our dining reservations. While the price is high, if you can swing it, I would! We had so much fun! As of 9/20/15, the cost is $41 for children and $69 for adults. For a family of 4, this will cost over $220. Steep? Yes, but well worth it!
This event begins an hour prior to the scheduled Wishes Nighttime Spectacular fireworks show at the Magic Kingdom. On our specific night in November, Wishes began at 9:00pm. We were told the event at the Contemporary Convention Center began at 7:45 but were asked to check in at 7:30. Since it was a later start, we chose to have dinner at ‘Ohana at the Polynesian and rode the Monorail over to the Contemporary Resort for our Fireworks Voyage.
We knew we were there when we found THIS sign! We were so excited! We obviously knew we were doing this Voyage months before our trip, so I packed my boys pirate attire and we scheduled a visit to The Pirate’s League for C-man earlier that afternoon. He looked great, even though he didn’t want to wear all of the accessories (sash, earring, eyepatch and bandana) from the makeover!
Along with the photo ops, there were tables of activities for the kids. One table (above) had jigsaw puzzles of pirates which were about 25 pieces so kids could easily complete it in the allotted time. There were also coloring sheets and a pirate game sheet along with red, blue, and green crayons (below).
They served water, lemonade, punch, tea, and coffee- all you could drink. It was all self serve. Grab a cup, add some ice, fill your cup. There were no alcoholic drinks at the party.
As for snacks, there were PLENTY! We filled up at ‘Ohana for dinner, so we didn’t take advantage of the snacks like we should have! Next time, I’ll eat a light dinner or an early dinner so we’ll have room for all the snacks and desserts at the party. Some of the snacks on the table above are fruit, popcorn, pretzels, chips and salsa, and chocolate gold doubloons.
There were also two large sheet cakes with the Pirate and Pals logo. I was not able to get a picture of the cake before it was cut into so many pieces. Again, you could get as much as you wanted! It was a yellow cake with white icing.
Another favorite with our family was the treasure chests full of cotton candy! We each took a bag of the cotton candy and at the end of the night, before we got on the boat, and we grabbed a few extra for later. Guests were allowed to take as much of the food as they liked on the boat and drinks with a lid could be taken as well. For the amount you paid for this event, don’t feel guilty for stashing a bag of popcorn or cotton candy for later!
When our bellies were full of snacks, we decided to visit with the characters. We were actually last in line. I was too busy chasing boys, eating, opening and taking pictures to be first in line! We spent quite a bit of time with these two. We took a family picture and pictures with just the boys. They even signed our autograph books and “joked” around with us.
Since nobody else was in line to meet these two, I decided to have a solo photo shoot!
Right as we were finishing our pictures with Hook and Smee, Patch and Patch came back in the room. They asked us to get the card we received at check in and see if we were on the Hook boat or the Smee boat. The divided the group into these two groups.
We were on the Smee boat with Patch. He was very enthusiastic and happy we were all here! He held the Smee flag in the air and asked each of us to follow him to the boat. We walked through the Contemporary out to the boat dock near the pool on Bay Lake. We still had our stroller parked in “Stroller Parking” and were told the strollers would be moved and waiting for us when we returned and exited the boat.
Wishes Nighttime Spectacular was amazing from the water! As always, Disney did an excellent job. They had the music from the park piped in to the boat. We could see and hear everything just like we were inside Magic Kingdom.
All three of my boys were mesmerized by the show and loved every minute of it!
- Again, eat a light or early dinner so you’ll have room for all the treats!
- Arrive at least 10-15 minutes early to insure you have time to check in and not miss the party.
- Odd numbered rows have a better view of the fireworks. We were lucky to have these seats assigned to us. You can always request an odd row when you make reservations and see what happens.
- Make sure young ones (and old ones!) use the restroom prior to boarding the boat. There are no restrooms on the boat.
- Check the “Know Before You Go” section on the Disney web page for the Pirates and Pals Fireworks Voyage. There is a wealth of information regarding cancellations, inclement weather and more.
|Craisin products- perfect snacks for lunchboxes or after school|
When school started last month, that meant packing lunches again. My son might buy lunch from the lunchroom 2 times a month. All the other days we are packing a lunchbox struggling to keep it creative, healthy, and interesting. While I’d love to be a “Bento Box” mom making fun, themed, creative lunches each day, I just don’t have the time or energy! However, I do have a few tips of my own for packing lunches.
- Pack the non refrigerated items the night before and put them in the lunchbox. Prepare and place refrigerated items in the fridge so they are ready to go in the morning.
- If your kids are old enough, let them help make and pack the lunch.
- Keep all of your lunchbox making supplies in one place: zip top bags, cookie cutters, napkins, straws, plastic ware, plastic containers, etc.
- Purchase freezable ice packs with your favorite characters on them to help keep lunch cool. Or freeze small water bottles to keep lunch cool. When the ice melts, it can be their drink.
- Try to have the following items in each lunch you pack:
- Carbohydrates such as bread, crackers, or a pita.
- Dairy food such as yogurt, cheese or milk.
- Protein such as lean meat, peanut butter or hardboiled eggs.
- Crunchy vegetables such as carrots, edamame, celery or cucumbers.
- Fruit such as apples, berries, grapes, citrus, or cranberries!
- Consider packing Ocean Spray Fruit Clusters, Milk Chocolate Craisins or Greek Yogurt Craisins as a healthy, sweet treat in lunchboxes!
- You can always visit Ocean Spray to find tips, recipes and nutritious offerings that will help you become a professional when it comes to packing a lunch.
|Ladybugs on a Log|
Are you looking for that perfect back-to-school snack? Try Ocean Spray® Craisins® Dried Cranberries. As the official fruit snack of Walt Disney World® Parks and Disneyland® Resorts, they’re a tasty, healthy snack that the whole family will love! “Ladybugs on a Log” is one of our favorite after school snacks. The crunch of the celery along with the sweetness of the Craisins mixed with peanut butter is perfect!
|great snacks to carry into Disney parks|
My 6 year old decided he was too old for a Disney themed birthday party this year. While this did break my heart, we still had to have a party. He decided to have a football party. It wasn’t just any football party, it was a Decatur High School football party.
Being the youth minister at our church, I have several students who play varsity football and are varsity cheerleaders. I got them to help with the party activities and it was a blast! Originally, we were going to have the party in our backyard but having a January birthday makes outdoor birthdays questionable. When I was talking with one of the football players, he suggested I call the head coach. Luckily, I’m good friends with the coach and he allowed us to come to the football field house for our party!
We brought a few decorations, footballs and the party food. He provided the helmets, jerseys, mats, and hitting dummies. The boys practiced football drills such as hitting, running, catching, and throwing. The girls did jumps, cheers, stunts, and tumbling. The little brothers just ran around like fools!
While this wasn’t a Disney themed party, it was one of my favorites because we were surrounded by so many different friends and family members. The kids had a blast playing and we all ate too much! Originally I wasn’t going to post about it since it wasn’t a Disney party, but decided someone out there may benefit from it!
Earlier this summer we were invited to our cousin Alice’s first birthday party. If you have a daughter named Alice, isn’t it appropriate to have an “Alice in Wonderland” themed party? Well, this party was over. the. top! “Baby Alice” may not remember this party in the future, but her mommy went overboard to make it special. I don’t think I’ve ever been to a better themed party!
Warning: Lots of pictures! 🙂