Having kids has been the biggest learning experience in my life & I know that most other mamas can relate to that! Before I had my first son, I was totally naive to everything that would come my way – the good, the bad, and the ugly. It is amazing how much you learn, about not only your baby, but about yourself. We knew we wanted another little bundle to bring Ryland a sibling & so there we had it. 2 under 2. I feel like I learned a ton from these two kiddos of mine but there are still some things I wish I knew more about! If I ever have another, I’ll have some more information. 😉 If you are expecting your first, second, or even third, stay tuned for my tips of what I have learned from 2 under 2 and what I wish I knew!
Our family absolutely loves theme parks! As we travel, making our way to new parks is always at the top of our list. I grew up coming to SeaWorld, but we have not yet had the chance to bring our boys to the park! This winter was the perfect time to go and experience everything that the theme park had to offer! With short lines and beautiful cool weather, we totally enjoyed our day to the fullest! If you have been wondering what SeaWorld has for you and your toddlers or small children, then stay tuned! I gathered up our 4 favorite attractions that were age appropriate and incredibly entertaining!
There is something about superheroes that makes a child’s imagination just soar! Over the past year, I have seen Ryland’s love of Spiderman, Captain America, & Iron Man fuel him as he runs, jumps, and “flys!” I know that the Marvel heroes make him excited, help him to feel strong, and give him a sense of adventure. When I heard that Marvel Universe Live was coming to Tampa during the time that we would be home for the new year – I knew without a doubt that my kids would love to be a part of it! The show, held at Amalie Arena, was everything I expected and more & my boys were engaged and excited for every minute of it!
It is always great to be back home in Florida, getting to see people we love & getting the chance to visit the places that have brought our family so many memories! Busch Gardens is one of those special places to my husband and I. Over the years we have had season passes and even spent Ryland’s First Birthday & Heath’s First Father’s Day there! One thing we had not yet done, however, was explore the park when it has it’s amazing Christmas Town displays. This year, with our boys so in love with the magic of the holiday season, we could not wait to bring them and experience the park not only during the day for all the fun and excitement it brings, but also after dark for the spectacular light displays and activities.
Peace. Joy. Love. Magic. These are some of the words that many of us would use to describe the holidays but when it comes down to the nitty gritty, do we usually feel that way all season? Especially with kids – this time of year can be anything but peaceful! I am all about simplifying and decluttering life & that includes a lot of the stress that comes with it! I want my kids to experience the beauty of the season in its entirety, so this year we have made sure they are involved and excited about the process! If you are looking for ways to keep the CHILL in Christmas this year, then stick around!
Are you as excited for the holidays as I am!? I know it’s super close, but some of us are still online searching for great ideas on what to get those special friends and family members. I know I am not the only one, am I right? I have been so blessed to have been given some amazing mama friends around me, and I wanted to find something that they would appreciate, that would give them a little bit of special self care, and that would make them SMILE! I realized that we don’t always get ourselves even just practical necessities around the holidays, because, as a mother, we are shopping for everyone else! This year, let’s spread a little cheer and gift one of your closest friends a gift basket that will surely make her light up from ear to ear.
I have been curious for a very long time about what my family make up is. I know, generally, where we came from, but isn’t there something always inside of you wanting to know more? I have loved that in today’s world, finding out the answers can be so very simple and easy for us to do! This Christmas, I wanted to gift my family the gift of family ancestry – knowing where we came from & what makes us, us!
DISNEY AT CHRISTMAS! Is there anything more magical!? I will answer that for you with a big NO! I could not be more excited for the Christmas season & with that, comes my love for Disney during the holidays. Every year, we make sure that we head to Orlando and experience the beauty of the parks and the resorts all decorated to perfection! The detail is just amazing to me & is totally unmatched. This is our second year heading to the amazing Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party & it surely did not disappoint. If you are thinking of attending, here are my top 4 reasons why you should book the trip!