Recently we had the opportunity to explore Pandora- The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom (review coming soon!), and while in the Orlando area, we decided to spend a day at Universal Orlando. It has been a couple of years since we visited Universal (long overdue), and even though I am a huge Harry Potter fan and couldn’t wait for a train ride on Hogwart’s Express and an escape from Gringott’s Bank, there was one newly-opened ride I was… Read more »

One of my favorite cartoons of all-time is the Smurfs. I am so excited to share my love of the Smurfs with my children when we go see the new Smurfs: The Lost Village movie that releases in theaters nationwide this weekend on April 7!     You can see a preview for the movie here. In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through… Read more »

On our most recent cruise aboard the Disney Wonder, we had the opportunity to dine at the newly-introduced Tiana’s Place. Tiana’s Place is one of three themed restaurants that guests dine in as part of Disney Cruise Line‘s signature rotation dining. It was added during a ship refurbishment just last year. I was really, really excited to try this one out, and I was definitely not disappointed! The theming of Tiana’s Place is perfection. It truly seemed as though we… Read more »

I took my first Disney Cruise nearly eighteen years ago. Since that first sailing, I was hooked. Always a Disney fan, the Disney Cruise Line does not disappoint- making every moment just as magical (and definitely more relaxing) than the parks. Since that first sailing, we have been on many cruise lines (many we have loved), but Disney holds the number one spot for me.     If you are new to cruising, considering your first, or if you are an… Read more »

Life has been full lately. With the start of a new year, I have found myself going through a transitional time. I’ve noticed that within our family, the “seasons” are changing. I don’t have to bend down quite so far to hug my son anymore. My daughter is growing and changing and no longer a toddler, rather a “big kid like her brudder.” Soon-to-be kindergarten student.  I have filled my little and newfound free time (wait, what was that?) with… Read more »

The holidays are my favorite, and over the years, we have created new traditions that we now treasure. One of our favorite things, as with most, is decorating the Christmas tree. When we moved into our current home a couple of years ago, we needed a bigger tree for our high-ceilinged living room. We purchased a new, taller tree, but my sentimental side longed to keep up the original tree my husband and I purchased together, years before we had… Read more »

I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior- yes, the Messiah, the Lord- has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!  Luke 2:10-11 Well, I couldn’t wait any longer. I really intended to wait until after Thanksgiving to put out my Christmas decorations. But last night, a burst of Christmas cheer appeared, and up to the attic went the fall decorations and down came the many Christmas boxes.  My children were… Read more »

I wrote a blog review earlier about the devotions we like to use as a family at nighttime. You can read that here. But my youngest child, my daughter, still enjoys smaller picture books. She enjoys a quick read with sight words she can recognize, which makes her feel like a “big kid reader” like her older brother. He likes to read books to us, and when the books have basic sight words, she likes to “read” also.    Recently,… Read more »

Our most recent visit to Walt Disney World included a stay in a studio villa at Disney’s Boardwalk Villas. These rooms are a part of the Disney Vacation Club “side” at the Boardwalk, but are definitely not limited to those in the Disney Vacation Club. These rooms can be booked the same as any other and are considered Deluxe Villas. We opted to receive a text when our room was ready and were pleasantly surprised to get the notification shortly… Read more »

My favorite thing to do when I get a minute to myself is to read a good book. Sometimes, I will stay up until the early morning hours reading, because when you have little children, there is little time to quietly read a book during the day. Often, I read fiction, but I also enjoy a change every  now and then and delve into other genres. When given the opporunity to review Parenting: The 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically… Read more »