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Our Disney Parks #AwakenSummer Plans and DIY!

May 24, 2016

I was provided with two (2) WDW complimentary tickets to facilitate this (one of two) blog posts, but all thoughts are all mine.
I have begun the countdown to our next Disney Parks vacation and it can’t come soon enough! After the year I have had, I definitely look forward to “going home” to my Happy Place because when I am there I can unwind and get the needed rejuvenation that I so desperately need. Probably hard to believe, but it is so true, even with all of the walking and constant activity.

Walt Disney World Resort has introduced its #AwakenSummer and who is super stoked about the attractions and events that will be taking place? Yes, THIS girl and HER band of merry family members! There is something special taking place all around Walt Disney World, and when you add in events and attractions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Epcot, and Magic Kingdom Park the possibilities are endless.

You are probably wondering why I did not mention Animal Kingdom Park. I actually have a good reason, because the theme park will awaken for some nighttime enjoyment and I am really excited to experience it next month. I have only experienced the park at night one time and that was during the limited offering of Harambe Nights, and let me tell you, if these nighttime events are anything like Harambe Nights, I know that we will not want to leave. Can you imagine getting to experience the HarambeWildlife Party, Kilimanjaro Safaris (at night), TheJungle Book: Alive with Magic and possibly satisfying our appetite at Tiffins. All I have to do it remember to add my FastPass+ selections.

I admit that there was one attraction that I looked forward to experiencing, but it looks like it will not be ready for the masses the day we are due to attend. It is a bit of a bummer, but that just means that I will be “forced” to come back on another occasion as soon as it opens. Works For Me!

So in honor of my "desire" to experience the nighttime offerings, I have a DIY Lantern that I wanted to share with you (inspired by a combination of some of the nighttime attractions and events at Animal Kingdom Park). From what I have seen, Disney’sRivers of Light will be a phenomenal attraction and will keep its viewers amazed! I noticed that there are many lights, lanterns, lotus flowers, and what looks like butterflies that seem to be part of the nighttime projection of The Tree of Life. I will definitely have conformation when we arrive in a few days. 

I have combined those elements into this super easy DIY.




Step 1: Gather Supplies
      

I cannot wait to share all that we experience at Walt Disney World Resort when we return, and in the meantime be sure to follow me on social media via TwitterFacebook Fan Page, and InstagramI will be posting live, Saturday June 11, 2016.

Please note: I did not spray the jar inside of our home, I actually took it outside to complete the process. 

Until Next Time!

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The Perfect Pet Care Package for Our Numberly - Hartz

May 22, 2016

Hartz was gracious enough to provide the products noted in this post, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Those that have been following me, have "met" the youngest member of our family (our Boston Terrier Numberly). We are always in the market for products that will work and fit into our budget and Hartz has proven to be one of those brands that we can rely on.

The Hartz brand offers an array of brands that your furriest family member will love. With summertime literally around the corner, your pet will need some additional supplies to get them through the summer months. If your pet is like our Numberly, then they go outside periodically to get out some of the built up energy and to take care of their needs. Other than that, she is a mainly a dog that stays inside. Because of that, it completely slipped my mind that flea and tick season is coming and we would need something to combat that eventually. I am so happy that Hartz has provided Numberly with the Hartz UltraGuard Pro Flea and Tick Drops along with the Shampoo.

Hartz, has also provided Numberly with an array of goodies that she is going to love and enjoy. So far, she loves playing with the lion and elephant and they are currently in her bed. Speaking of toys, chew toys are a necessity for Numberly, and the toys that Hartz has provided fit right into her daily routine. Both of her current favorite chew toys are bacon flavored and bacon smelling. If you want to get Number to stand up and pay attention, bacon flavors and smells will do it for her.
I can not wait to wait to give the other Hartz products a try, and because they are affordable they are great for our budget.

Be sure to visit the Hartz Pet Products and Supplies website for more information.

Have you tried the Hartz brand for your furry family member? If so, please share your favorites.

Until Next Time!

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TSA Pre✓® - Our Experience!!

May 19, 2016

3 hours and 27 minutes! Sounds like a long time doesn’t it? Well, IT IS in all honesty. That time represents the amount of wait time my family and I experienced when we took the plunge and signed up for the TSA Pre® Program. I know that you are thinking… Was that the result of an appointment? Of course not! I didn’t make one and thought that it was a good idea to just do a walk-in. Smart idea? Nope, but at the end of the day, we were able to get what we needed complete. You will be happy to know that once we went through the process, everything went smoothly.
Entrance to DFW Airport
We decided a few weeks ago that it would be a good idea to go through the process after seeing many news reports about the lines at airports across the United States. To be honest, it put a fire under us to get it done so that we would have a smaller chance of standing in lines that could potentially be longer than normal. We are traveling in the summer, so this was really important for us to follow through with.
We stared at this for hours while we waited! :o)
We arrived at the airport, and parked in Terminal D, and proceeded inside. Thankfully, the location was close to the entrance and was easy to find. We got in line and was the 5th family in line, about 8:50 AM. The location opened and the representative took down the names of the individuals in line and directed us to wait, but I found the perfect seat behind the desk area. This was a good thing because little did we know that we would be there for a while. 


Again, we did not have an appointment, so we had to wait for those that had an appointment and the ones that were there before us. Bless the agent's heart, she was the only one working but she remained pleasant, courteous, and professional.
This was after the first hour. Look at that smile!

This is after three hours, right before she called us in!
Once she called our names, we were escorted into the room, where she gave us plenty of information and told us what to expect.  The first thing she did was ask for our identification, and then instructed us where to place our fingers for finger printing. Before I go any further, I have to say that finger printing my thumbs was not the most comfortable thing. Can you imagine having to squeeze your upper body just to get the perfect print? Interesting enough, Kelsey and Anthony did not have the same “issues” I did – Go Figure! Can you say Cirque Du Soleil?? **Note: No photos are allowed in the secured area**

After taking our finger prints, she then reviewed the information on our applications (which I filled out prior to our arrival), and verified that everything was correct. She then accepted our form of payment for $85 each, and asked for our signatures (Yes, Kelsey had to sign as well). When it was completed, she gave us our individual receipts, and directed us to the website to check on the status of our application, should we need to. We spent that 3 hours and 27 minutes with them, but at the end of the day, it was worth it. HOWEVER, when we do it again in 5 years, we will be sure to make an advanced reservation to bypass the wait.

There are some advantages to joining TSA Pre✓® Program which include the availability at 160 airports and 12 participating airlines. Oh and we can't forget that you will NOT have to remove your shoes, laptops, 3-1-1 liquids, belts, and light jackets. Sweet!!

If you would like more information, please be sure to visit the TSA Pre✓® Website.

Until Next Time!

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