The Howard Johnson Hotel in Anheim is Simply the Best!

When it comes to where our family goes to “get away for a bit,” there is only one place we head to. The Howard Johnson Hotel in Anaheim is located just a few minutes away from the Disneyland Resort. It is a family friendly hotel that is stacked with things to do! From the balloon swords that are given at check-in, to the adventurous “Castaway Cove” water playground, everything is themed around pirates! My kids love to snag a chocolate treasure coin when we arrive, along with a pirate hat. The staff is always so nice to the kids and are there to help with anything we may need. Traveling with an infant or small child? No need to worry. They have cribs available to use in the rooms for your stay. We used the cribs when Kensey was smaller and it was a huge life saver to not have to bring our travel crib!

Once you’ve checked in, you get to head up to your room if it’s ready for use. The rooms in building one are fully renovated, complete with an Alexa in every room! That means dance parties on command and that is really what life is all about, right? The other buildings are being remodeled as well, and in time the entire hotel will be modernized, but still have their throwback flair. Each room around the property has a vintage feel to their decor. Scattered around the rooms are old artwork of popular rides and attractions in Disneyland Park, as well as a Mickey or two. The bathrooms also come equipped with a rubber ducky, as the rubber ducky is a HOJO staple, and often displayed in artwork around the property.

Let’s talk water play! Castaway Cay is a pirate themed water playground that has something for every age level. Are your kids more on the smaller side? The have a one foot wading pool located to the side of the water park, along with a smaller water slide option. Got bigger and taller ones? This water park comes complete with a bigger slide and the best dump bucket around! I love watching the kids rush to the center as they hear the ticking of the bucket turning over. TIDAL WAVE! What would a pirate themed water park be without some water guns! Those babies are scattered around, making it easy to shoot your target without being caught! It’s easily the best time in the late Spring and Summer, when the temperature spikes and heading to the pools is a must! I would say, it’s a better option on those days than the parks! There are some trips where we will spend the majority of the day at Castaway Cay than head to Disney, and we love it!

Looking for a more relaxing experience at the pool? There is a second pool location that is not centered around the water park. It’s a nice and relaxing option where they have towels on site for your use, as well as many lounge chairs to take a nice nap by the pool, or catch up on a good read. There is also a Jacuzzi located next to the water park side, and both locations are open until 10pm. It is hands down the coolest experience to watch the Disneyland fireworks from the Jacuzzi in Castaway Cay, I highly recommend it! A great second option for a hotel fireworks viewing is your hotel balcony! Lots of rooms have a perfect view of the show, and weather permitting, you don’t need to be inside Disneyland to enjoy one of it’s major attractions!

Aside from the walking distance to Disney parks and great entertainment the hotel has to offer, this mom especially loves that there is a Keurig coffee machine in every room! Complete with little coffee pods, it’s the absolute best thing to have when you need to be up at dawn for a Rise Of The Resistance boarding pass. Another favorite amenity of mine is the beauty ring that surrounds the mirror in the bathroom. I have never looked more glam getting ready in my life! The lighting makes the perfect tool for getting ready in the morning and looking your best!

Whether you’re looking for a fun getaway with the family, or are trying to map out your next Disney trip, be sure to make the Howard Johnson Hotel in Anaheim your home base for it. If it’s Disney you’re there for, they have all you need to make your stay enjoyable. If you’re looking to explore other things besides Disney, they offer shuttles to fun places like Universal Studios, Los Angeles and Hollywood, and more. The hotel is also located very closely to things like the Anaheim Packing District, Downtown Disney, the Honda Center, and Angel’s Stadium. Save a ton of money by not booking at a resort property, and stay at the HOJO! To book now, click on the link below:

https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.hojoanaheim.com/?utm_source%3Daffiliate%26utm_medium%3Dreferral%26utm_campaign%3Docfitmommy&sa=D&ust=1579131077002000&usg=AFQjCNGhDodN4-Ud-3MfLKJF7AgF5OKvbg

Photography for this blog provided by Nicole Long Photography. Be sure to book her for your next family vacation! You can visit her site at:

http://www.nicolelongsphotography.com

Easy To Make Leprechaun Play dough

It’s officially March! Time to get festive with this homemade play dough recipe that your kids can help make too! Most of these steps are completely kid friendly, but they do require some adult supervision. To begin, you will need to gather the following ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp. cream of tartar
  • 2-4 drops of green food coloring
  • 1 cup of water
  • green glitter
  • gold glitter
  • festive cookie cutters

Once you have your supplies, combine the flour, salt, cream of tartar, and water, and oil and mix well with a whisk. Once mixed, add a few drops of food coloring and continue to mix well. If you prefer a more vibrant colored play dough, add a few more drops of food coloring. These steps are easy and fun ways to get the kids involved. Depending on their age and abilities, have them help pour the ingredients into the bowl, or help stir together! Not only will it be a great bonding experience for you, they will learn just what goes into making play dough!

Once you have mixed the ingredients together, scoop up the dough mixture and drop it into a cooking pan or bowl. Cook on low to medium heat, stirring constantly. The play dough will begin to thicken and form a ball. Remove the ball of dough from the stove top and let it sit out to cool.

Once the play dough has cooled, it’s time to add the sparkle! Grab your kiddo and have him or her knead the dough until the cracks and bumps start to disappear. Once it starts to resemble the store bought thing, slowly add gold and green glitter to the center of the play dough. Have your child start to knead in the glitter until it has spread to all the parts of the dough. After that, it’s time to play! I found the cutest set of St. Patrick’s Day themed cookie cutters on Amazon, and I’ll be sure to link it at the end of this post.

I had a blast making home made play dough with Emma! It completely took me back to my childhood during the Summer, where we would make it all the time! The smell of home made play dough is just something of pure magic, don’t you agree? Plus, this activity is a really fun way to get your kids involved in something crafty, with minimal mess involved. I hope you have a blast making this shamrock colored creation! Happy March!

St. Patrick’s Day cookie cutters:

https://www.amazon.com/Pekaqose-Cutters-Patricks-Shamrock-Leprechaun/dp/B083572Q93/ref=sxin_3_ac_d_rm?ac_md=0-0-c3QgcGF0cmlja3MgZGF5IGNvb2tpZSBjdXR0ZXJz-ac_d_rm&crid=2T90TB21CNESC&cv_ct_cx=st+patricks+day+cookie+cutters&keywords=st+patricks+day+cookie+cutters&pd_rd_i=B083572Q93&pd_rd_r=5c029769-2005-4e5d-a064-42a0cd2615f4&pd_rd_w=cpVVK&pd_rd_wg=T3AAd&pf_rd_p=de19e82a-2d83-4ae8-9f5c-212586b8b9a0&pf_rd_r=R9C79EHZKWA5B90RA3WE&psc=1&qid=1583114990&sprefix=st+patricks+day+coo%2Caps%2C218

We Just Love Magic Jump Rentals

When it comes to throwing any type of party, I’ve officially got a GO-TO Team! The company is called Magic Jump Rentals, and they truly are magic and more! Magic Jump Rentals is a party rental service that covers the Los Angeles County and surrounding areas. Come March, they’ll be servicing the Antelope Valley and San Diego areas! When it comes to customer service, product quality, and safety, there is no one better!

I’ve had the pleasure of using Magic Jump Rentals for both of the girl’s parties this year, and each time I’ve had nothing but positive and memorable experiences. Not only is the process to order online so simple, they are thorough at making sure you are satisfied with your experience! They are always on time with your order, and for me they we’re flexible with pick up time! Each party we we’re able to enjoy the bouncers a bit longer than originally agreed upon, which the kids LOVED! The bouncers always showed up completely clean and they were inflated within minutes of arriving! Safety is of the highest importance to Magic Jump Rentals. The day of Emma’s party, there was a small chance of rain. Policy states that they cannot deliver if the weather calls for rain, due to safety. As much of a bummer as that sounds, the safety of the children attending our party was the most important thing to them. Did i mention that they are more than just inflatables?! Like, WAY more! They have everything from carnival games to rock walls and zip lines, concession machines, photo booths and more! There are endless possibilities to how you can amp up your next party with Magic Jump!

To learn more about Magic Jump Rentals, or to book them for your necxt party, head to:

http://www.magicjumprentals.com

Photography for this post and the birthday parties provided by:

http://www.nicolelongsphotography.com

Emma’s 8th Birthday Beach Bash

Believe it or not, it IS possible to throw a “beach party” in February. Tricky? Yes. Impossible. No.

Emma had her heart dead set on a beach party theme, and I didn’t have the heart to tell her no. So off to Pinterest I went. There were a lot of cute ideas I wanted to implement, so if you’re ever in a jam, seriously Pinterest is a miracle worker! The main highlights for Emma’s party according to Emma had to be:

  • Bounce house complete with slide
  • Cheeseballs and Gushers must be present
  • Pizza, lots and lots of pizza
  • Ice cream cake, and it must be cookies n’ cream
  • Limbo- for prizes

That didn’t seem like too bad of a list, and I am so happy to report that all of her requests were met. When it came to the bounce house, there was no other company I would go to other than Magic Jump Rentals. If you read my previous blog post about Kensey’s Frozen themed party, you know just how awesome they are! I wouldn’t count on any other party rental company for my events.

After preparing for this party for weeks, I felt like I had everything ironed out. Then the weather decided to throw a curveball at me and anticipate rain on the day of the party. With only a few days to spare before party day, I needed to figure out entertainment for a few dozen kids, and FAST. I contacted Magic Jump Rentals to see what my options were. I learned that due to safety reasons, they won’t deliver bounce houses when rain is present. They did however offer me four carnival games in exchange, which was music to my ears, because that will entertain the kids for hours, all while staying on theme. The carnival games reminded me of the fun boardwalks by the beach, so it completely worked! I was so relieved to have worked with a company that was so fast to fix the issue, and not leave me hanging without a plan. It completely turned the party around! I also ordered some “sand in a bottle kits” for each kid to create as a backup plan for the rain. No one was going to be bored on my watch.

The weather was at a 50% chance of rain come the night before the party, so we decided to play it safe and bring on the carnival games. I woke up on party day with a clear idea of how the party was going to go, and then the rain disappeared completely from the weather app! I quickly called Magic Jump Rentals and scheduled the original jumper to be delivered again, but let’s add a few carnival games, because I seriously moved furniture for this concept. I was relieved that the kids would have the bounce house she originally wanted, but now we have some extra fun to make this party complete. Again, Magic Jump Rentals was a BIG reason this party went to smoothly, so I can’t thank them enough.

It was time for the day of the party! Sunny (and cloudy) skies ahead, and a birthday girl full of excitement. After running around like a chicken with my head cut off all morning for prep, the party was ready to begin right at noon, all while I was still in my pajamas. After quickly changing into something less “swamp mom chic” I was ready to party! This beach bash had it all: tropical bounce house complete with obstacle course and slide, carnival games, a s’mores cart, as well as a ton of other fun activities and delicious food. I’m not one for pinatas, it’s just too much work for okay candy. So, we decided to create some fantastic goodie bags for the kids to take home instead.

Once the party began, it was just consistent chaos until about 5pm, which was only a few hours past the party end time. Since we had the bounce house until dark, I kept it open for the kids to stay and play if they wanted to. That was a blast for Emma, but boy was I ready for the day to end! The day began though, with s’mores. K Franco events hooked it UP for Emma’s party! Knowing her theme was a beach theme, they came fully decked out in beach aesthetic for their cart! She had a special custom sign with Emma’s name and the menu for the day. Upon ordering, she toasts the marshmallow on the spot and even melts the chocolate a bit, creating the most perfect and mouth watering s’more. Like them extra toasty? You got it! We had a full hour of on the spot s’mores and I was more than okay with this being my lunch! If you’re ever looking for that extra special touch to add to your next event, look no further. K Franco events has done everything from baby showers to weddings and more! These chic little square mallows make it a bit leveled up than your average s’more. I cant thank K Franco Events enough, and I cant wait to use them again!

After indulging ourselves in s’mores, I decided to snag some pizza to even things out. I’m all for desserts first, but all these kids needed a legit lunch. Along with pizza, they snacked on veggies and chips, and after all of that was finished, we sang Happy Birthday with ice cream cake. I got Emma a personal sized ice cream cake as well as a much larger one for her friends. After lunch, the kiddos enjoyed making sand art. I found the bottles and small funnels as a kit on Amazon, along with the sand to compliment the project. The kids loved how they could use the colors of the rainbow to create something beautiful for their family. Each creation looked different than the one next, and it was a beautiful sight to see. We also gathered the kids together for a fun game of limbo. I was quite impressed with just how flexible these kids really are! After some food and fun, the party came to an end. Everyone took home a goodie bag filled with toys and treats, all of which i got in a kit off, of course, Amazon. The fun addition to the bags were our favorites, Sunstaches! We LOVE Sunstaches because they are actual functional sunglasses with a fun twist to them. We use them for theme parks trips, car rides, and of course, party favors. They create everything from Disney to DC and even funny avocado glasses! Seriously, name your theme, they got something for that! They were kind enough to provide the glasses for her party, and for that I’m eternally grateful. Since it was a beach theme, we went with Ariel mermaid glasses for the girls and boat captain theme for the boys. They we’re a total hit!

Bottom line is, with a little bit of patience and creativity, and an Amazon prime membership, a beach party is totally possible any time of the year. I relied heavy on Pinterest for my ideas, like using a fisherman’s net and small clips to hang pictures on it. Then i took to Amazon and tried to minimize the extra work, like decorations and goodie bags. If you have a kid over the age of two, chances are a bounce house is all the entertainment they need. Most party rental places will have a beach or tropical bouncer as an option, but I would definitely check Magic Jump Party Rentals if you’re in the Southern California area. Having carnival games was certainly not on the original list of ideas, but having it there added the “boardwalk” element I didn’t even know was missing. It allowed the traffic in the bounce house to spread out a bit, and gave kids who needed a break an option for something else to do. Magic Jump had dozens of games to choose from, and we ended up choosing the ring toss and duck hunt. I also purchased tropical style temporary tattoos and had a station all set up with a wet sponge ready to go. I felt like there was more than enough to keep the kids happy and entertained, so I’m going to consider this party a total success! A HUGE Thank You to all who came out and celebrated our incredible Emma! The party would NOT have been a success without the people we love to share in the day, and that is what truly matters most.

I would like to personally thank Nicole Long Photography for providing all of the photos used in this post. She is absolute MAGIC behind the camera and specializes in family and engagement shoots, but also content creation at theme parks and anywhere else your heart desires in So Cal! Be sure to head to her Instagram at @NicoleLongPhotography or visit her site at:

http://www.nicolelongsphotography.com

You can also have the beach party of your dreams by booking your party needs through Magic Jump Rentals. Although I originally contacted them about a bounce house, they offer SO much more than that! And that customer service… their help picked my sad state off the floor after finding out about the rain and I can never thank them enough for that! They were punctual on BOTH parties on drop off and picking up. The bouncers were clean and ready to be used! Even after a small amount of rain happened, we used towels to dry it off and the towels were practically clean after wiping! To a germ hating mom, this is music to my ears! If you’re in the So Cal or Los Angeles area, do yourself a favor and visit them at:

http://www.magicjumprentals.com

Some other important links for your beach party planning that SAVED ME:

Sand Bottles with funnels:

https://www.amazon.com/your-orders/pop?packageId=1&ref=ppx_yo2_mob_b_pop__fp_2_pp&orderId=112-9280966-0729030&lineItemId=lgnjoxppqknoqny&shipmentId=DB7TJQsqd

Colored Sand:

https://www.amazon.com/your-orders/pop?packageId=1&ref=ppx_yo2_mob_b_pop__fp_2_pp&orderId=112-9280966-0729030&lineItemId=lgnjovprkpruqny&shipmentId=DB7TJQsqd

Goodie Bags:

https://www.amazon.com/your-orders/pop?packageId=1&ref=ppx_yo2_mob_b_pop__fp_8_pp&orderId=112-5239333-7089018&lineItemId=lgmmqumupnmnwny&shipmentId=DWJSXDMzM

Sunstaches:

Captain's Hat Sun-Staches®

Fisherman’s Net Photo Holder:

https://www.amazon.com/your-orders/pop?packageId=1&ref=ppx_yo2_mob_b_pop__fp_3_pp&orderId=112-3354331-6808217&lineItemId=lgnjrumrnqmnony&shipmentId=Dsxdtn0f3

Party Leis:

https://www.amazon.com/your-orders/pop?packageId=1&ref=ppx_yo2_mob_b_pop__fp_7_pp&orderId=112-5239333-7089018&lineItemId=lgmmqumupnmnsny&shipmentId=Dqd4XrM0M

Temporary Tattoos:

https://www.amazon.com/your-orders/pop?packageId=1&ref=ppx_yo2_mob_b_pop__fp_9_pp&orderId=112-5536253-4366620&lineItemId=lgmmquqtpjrsuny&shipmentId=DByKp6MxM

To book K Franco Events for your next event, be sure to follow them on Instagram at @kfrancoevents or online at:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/kfrancoevents

Emma’s blue tie-dye romper was from Justice and Kensey’s rainbow dress is from Cotton On Kids. The party decor was a mix of Target and Party City, and the balloons are all from Party City. The ice cream cake I custom ordered at Baskin Robbins and was delicious!

Kensey Turns Three- Frozen Style

This past weekend, we celebrated our littlest not being so little anymore. Kensey has been asking for a birthday party for months now, and not just any kind of basic party. This princess wanted a FROZEN themed party, and she had just a few ideas on how I could make it the best day ever! Those ideas included the following:

  • Frozen castle bounce house
  • Anna and Elsa MUST be in attendance
  • Pirate Booty
  • Frozen Fruit Snacks
  • Her best friend, Ruby, must also be able to come

To me, that didn’t seem too hard to accomplish, although some of those requests seemed (and still do) a bit much for someone just turning three. I mean, C’mon, I remember that day well, and i know for a fact I should be the one being celebrated. I was happy none the less to make her little dreams come true, and I think I got pretty close to hitting this one out of the park in her eyes.

This party was geared mainly towards the younger crowd, so I wanted to make sure that the activites and party favors matched the age of the guests. We had a spread of all of Kensey’s favorite foods, like chips and pizza, as well as some options for the grown ups, like a veggie tray and some gluten free options. The kids also got to enjoy some pretend play with masks and Frozen themed Sunstaches sunglasses, and they even got a pair or two in their goodie bags to take home. Click on the link below to see all of their Frozen themed options:

Disney's Frozen

For entertainment, I was lucky to find the BEST bounce house rental company in Southern California to come help with the party! Magic Jump Rentals has everything you need from inflatables to seating, to food machines and more from L.A to Orange County, and even the Inland Empire. The company was exactly on time to deliver the bouncer, and even let us keep it a few extra hours at no additional cost! The staff was super friendly and professional, and completely made my daughter’s birthday one to remember! As parents, we LOVE bouce houses because they can entertain kids for hours on end, while I get to sit back and relax and enjoy her having fun!

You can access ALL of Magic Jump Rentals options by clicking on the link below:

http://www.magicjumprentals.com

We we’re also fortunate enough to have royalty stop by at her birthday party. Kensey wanted her dearest friends, and personal heroes, Anna and Elsa to come to her party. Not because she needed to have the best party one could ask for, but because she genuinely sees Anna and Elsa as her friends and wanted them to be in on the fun! A few calls to some friends later, and we had ourselves a royal birthday party! Anna and Elsa surprised Kensey by arriving during her party and playing some fun games with her friends. We played pin the nose on Olaf and pin the snowflake on Elsa. We played freeze dance too, which basically turned into one big dance party! They even stayed to sing the birthday girl Happy Birthday, and helped her blow out her birthday candles! I think it’s safe to say, Kensey and her friends LOVED spending time with our special guests!

Once Anna and Elsa needed to head back to Arendelle, we continued to bounce and play! I had bubbles set out for the kids, so that was a huge hit too. The kids continued to enjoy snacks and cupcakes, with the cutest little cupcake toppers from Glam Banners. Each kid took home a goodie bag and sunglasses, and a huge tired smile on their face! This Frozen party was a total success, and yes, her best friend Ruby did make it to the party, which was obviously most important piece of the day!

I’d like to thank the following for contributing to Kensey’s special day:

  • Magic Party Rentals- for providing the bounce house
  • Glam Banners- for providing the cupcake toppers
  • Sunstaches- for providing the Frozen sunglasses
  • Disguise Costumes- for providing the costumes and wigs for Anna & Elsa
  • Nicole Long Photography- for providing all the photography for the party.
  • Say It Now Boutique- for providing the fabric headbands for my girl’s party outfits
  • Anna & Elsa Actors- You know who you are. Thank You for your magic

Anxiety Is Tough, But So Am I

December was supposed to be my month. My month to write all the holiday blogs I’ve always wanted to write, to conquer holiday shopping like a boss, to send out cards and learn to cook new recipes. My month to create all that cute Christmas content and take my kids on new adventures. Just listing all that “stuff” had me exhausted. And that was my exact problem. I had created this vision in my head on how the month was going to go, and it didn’t occur to me that I was setting up completely unrealistic expectations. Why do we do this to ourselves? Take social media out of it for a second. We as people, especially parents, set up the most magical time of year to be the most stressful. Why? Who’s winning?

Spoiler Alert: No One Is.

I had a problem. I was no longer motivated to accomplish any of the things I set out to do. My lack of passion had me thinking “Was I not cut out for this blogger stuff? How can others do this, but I just can’t?” And then it occurred to me that there was nothing wrong with my level of passion, but my list of priorities. I did not want to sacrifice my sanity to finish some silly tasks. I didn’t want to miss out on moments that mattered, simply to get the shot “for the gram.” I needed balance. So, I went online and googled how to fix my problem, because that’s what we humans do. I found a TON of articles, many unrealistic to my lifestyle. Sorry, don’t have 12 hours to meditate or access to funds to take a “me” trip to Costa Rica. I did however, find some helpful advice that I broke down into five key points to focusing on when trying to regain balance back into your life. These drastically helped me get back to a much better place, and I hope they help you too.

Get Enough Sleep

Seriously, I know this sounds super obvious. But it’s the one thing I put by the wayside the most. I work at night from home, and my youngest is turning three this month and still nurses. So sleep is already a tough thing to come by. When i do get a full 6-8 hours, I’m a completely different person. I’m pleasant, patient, and present. If you are like me, and can’t get a consecutive 6-8 per day, try your best to find time for a nap during the day. You’ll wake up feeling refreshed and ready to tackle your life with a much better perspective.

Work That Bod

Get your body moving in some way, but with intention. That means, if you’re chasing your toddler around all day, that doesn’t count as a workout. You need to get your heart pumping at a high enough rate to release those good endorphins you feel from working out. Not an athlete? That’s okay! Just put some cute workout clothes on, open your front door, and take a nice walk around the neighborhood. Put those earbuds in and rock out to your favorite tunes while you’re at it! You’ll release some stuff that has you feeling blocked and come back a brand new person.

Find Time For A Greater Power

This can mean SO many things. I grew up in a religious household, but not one that was smothering about it. We attended church on a regular basis, and I was a part of its youth group. I had a complicated childhood, like most people, so having God in my life was a way to feel safe during a time I did not. To this day, when I’m feeling at my lowest, I head to church. I’m the one in front crying over nothing, because being there is straight therapeutic. This is my story. I know not everyone is religious, so finding a greater power can simply mean closing your eyes and finding peace in the silence. Meditation is such a powerful tool to finding balance again, although it takes a bit of practice. Whenever i hear complete silence, my mind starts racing and I can’t turn it off. So this method doesn’t work for me. Between meditation and prayer, you’ll find what works for you, even if it’s a mix of both. With all the noise of our world, silence is truly golden.

Write Down Your Gratitudes

It is so easy to head down the path of negativity when you’re dealing with anxiety or stress. You feel like the world is against you, so why not add to the list with more negative thinking, right? The way to combat that is to literally write down what you’re grateful for everyday for 14 days. Each day has to be a completely different list than the last day, but it must be things you’re genuinely grateful for. These things can be as simple as the air you breathe and the water you drink. They can be people in your life, your home or job, etc. There is something powerful in having to think about the positive rather than focus on the negative, and then writing them down. Try this for two consecutive weeks and watch your perspective change.

Get Some Much Needed “Me” Time

Other than the sleep thing, this is the other one that’s hard for me. From the moment my eyes open, my day is filled to the brim with life and work obligations, so when am i supposed to fit in “me” time? You HAVE to find the time. Getting away to somewhere simple like Target without kids can do a number on your sanity. Grab that venti Starbucks drink and walk around a bit. I also challenge you to treat yourself from time to time. Buy yourself those cute pair of jeans or treat yourself to a manicure. It doesn’t have to be too expensive, it just has to be for YOU and you only. Ever since having kids, I got into this habit of spending all my time and money and energy on them. Don’t get me wrong, they’re super cute and all, but I was sacrificing all my happiness for theirs. I was dropping hundreds a year on custom Disney outfits, but couldn’t bring myself to buy the cute bra I saw on sale. I had a problem with rewarding myself. You see, it’s not about the item, it’s about what doing that will do to your self worth. Putting yourself first can create a better mental space for yourself, and that will reward all areas in your life. Maybe you don’t have kids but are a big saver and don’t really treat yourself. Start to shift your thinking just a bit, because life is too short, and you’re totally worth it.

Mental illness affects so many, and in no way is this blog a prescription on how to fix that. I struggle daily with anxiety and stress management, but I realized that eliminating certain things from my life helped create more balance, so this is why i wanted to share. Remember you are loved, and it’s all going to be okay. We all have seasons in our lives, both good and bad. Don’t let it define you. You got this!

Frozen Two Premiere

Frozen Two Premiere

Frozen fever is officially back, and we couldn’t be happier over here at the Block house! So you better believe that when we got invited to the Frozen Two World Premiere in Los Angeles, we screamed louder than we’ve ever screamed before! Without giving away any spoilers (because that is just not nice) I would love to recap the magical evening for you all, along with my opinion on the film.

Let me start by saying that Frozen was Emma’s first movie she attended at the age of 2 1/2. All this excitement and build up, for her to want to leave 45 minutes in. A funny memory now, but i can still remember how upset i was when i had to leave. The magic and music of the first installment had me hooked. Now, being a mom of two girls, this movie holds such a special new meaning. The bond the sisters have reminds me a lot of my own girls; their personalities a bit too. In a perfect world, I would have loved to have taken both to this once in a lifetime situation. But it is more of a grown up occasion, so I decided to take Emma and make it a girl’s date.

This premiere wasn’t just filled with stars from the movie. It was also filled with guests that are also dear friends to us, so naturally we all decided to meet up beforehand at the Dave and Busters off Hollywood and Hyland. Emma was excited to spend the evening all dressed up with her bestfriend Riley, as well as new friends! She had a bit of a costume change from lunch to the red carpet. We started the day in a beautiful Anna inspired dress and white fur snowflake purse from the Disney Store. We paired it with a pair of boots from Target, which I know are not accurate to what she wears, but with these kind of events, comfort is key.

Dress:

https://www.shopdisney.com/anna-dress-for-girls-frozen-2-5801041611333M.html

Snowflake Purse:

https://www.shopdisney.com/frozen-2-fashion-bag-427243066103.html

Tan Boots:

https://www.target.com/p/girls-lida-fashion-boots-cat-jack-153/-/A-54561598?preselect=54537113#lnk=sametab

We were gifted by Disguise Costumes, a pair of beautiful costumes to rock at the premiere, so Emma got to channel both sisters in one night! This Elsa costume is from the latest Frozen movie and looks just like it does on screen! She wore it all night and was super comfortable in the outfit! My Anna outfit was quite a showstopper. First of all, COMFORTABLE. Like seriously comfortable. I would honestly wear it everyday it’s cold. It also looked so much like the film! The quality is impeccable and i cant thank Disguise Costumes enough for sending us these beauties! I’ve linked the outfits below:

Elsa Child Costume:

https://disguise.com/elsa-prestige.html

Anna Adult Costume:

https://disguise.com/anna-deluxe-adult.html

Once we were all nice and fed, we were able to wait in line to head into the red carpet. We were invited by Disney Studios to enjoy the evening in the “fan section,” which means everyone in that section was encouraged to dress up in their Frozen best. Waiting in line with the fan section is the best because everyone looks so incredible! From costumes to ball gowns, everyone was decked out! While we were waiting in line, Emma and Riley we’re even interviewed by BBC America, in which Emma did a fantastic job keeping her composure. A natural television star!

After a short wait, we were escorted onto the red carpet. This is such a surreal moment, because it’s the first time you get a look at where the stars will be arriving. We snag our spots in the front and wait for the magic to begin. It’s a bit of a wait, but no one cares…we’re at The Frozen Premiere! As you look around, you notice where the limos pull up. You notice the news stations and camera crew. You notice Anna and Elsa and even Olaf! The magic of Disney premieres always includes characters!

Once the cast and crew of the film started to arrive, you could feel the energy lift. We were put right next to the interviewing booth, which was a great view! The cast and crew were escorted right to our direction, and we got to see them being interviewed firsthand. The girls enjoyed seeing the stars and even some Disney Channel favorites! Once everyone had made their way down the red carpet, the time had finally come to see the most anticipated film of the year!

My Thoughts On The Movie

Okay, so i want to break down my thoughts on the movie without giving anything away. Sounds impossible, right? Might be. But I’m sure going to try because i would hate to spoil the movie and its plot points for anyone. So here is what i can tell you, without telling you a thing.

This movie was the most powerful film I have seen Disney come out with in a very long time. From a story standpoint, a lot of questions are answered. When we first met this royal family from Arendelle, we didn’t know much about them. In this movie, their history is revealed in a way that answers so many questions. The emotions you will feel while seeing this movie is on another level. The complexity of the characters and what they are experiencing and feeling is not something i was quite prepared for. The messages that we’re spoken through both song and in the story were absolutely beautiful. And let’s talk about how funny this movie is. Not silly and childish funny, but actually funny. By far, my favorite takeaway from this film was the music. I still cannot listen to some songs without crying, and I’m not afraid to admit it. I absolutely feel that this movie has a place in the awards section this year, especially in best original song. Be prepared to sing “Into The Unknown” over and over like we all still do with “Let It Go.” One last film related thing: stay until after all the credits have finished rolling for a cute additional scene.

After the film had ended, we were all left with our jaws on the floor. The twist and turns that this movie takes will have you wanting to see it a few times to catch it all. I can’t encourage you all enough to see Frozen Two. It is by no means a prissy little princess movie, but it still has the innocence of those Disney classics it will be paired next to. I can’t thank Disney enough for inviting us on this special occasion, and I can’t wait for you to all enjoy the film as much as i have. Here’s to going Into the Unknown!

About Me

Hi guys! I’m Megan; a cool mom, not a regular mom. I’m a 30 something year old blogger, living in sunny Southern California. I’m married to my personal trainer and best friend and together we have two daughters, a fish, and a partridge in a pear tree. I survive on coffee, Disneyland is my cardio, and I like to think fairies are real.

Three years ago I was diagnosed with severe anxiety. Those “mom blues” had taken completely over and my postpartum depression had spiraled me into this shell the person I once was. I needed an outlet. I started this blog as a form of therapy, and an emotional outlet from the stressors of my profession and everyday triggers. My mission is simple: to relieve others of the pressures of perfection by providing an honest, transparent account of my life. Pockets turned out, flaws exposed. And if you can relate? Well, then that’s beautiful.