Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo


I don’t know how it is in your neck of the woods, but today it’s dreary and snowing. Not really enough to stick, but enough to be slushy. What’s a better way to end a cold winter day then with a delicious home cooked meal! And what meal  then my family’s recipe for Chicken Alfredo! Now, this is the full creamy cheesy calorie version that my husband’s family makes for family gatherings. Not that we eat it all the time, it’s a nice treat. I am figuring out a way to make it healthier with cauliflower. If it passes my family’s seal of approval, I’ll share it!

Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo

Ingredients

  • 1 stick of butter
  • 2 quarts of heavy cream
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 8 oz of freshly grated Asiago cheese
  • 8 oz of freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons of cornstarch paste
  • 1 pound of grilled or cooked chicken breast
  • 1 pound of fettuccine noodles

Instructions

  1. Pre cook chicken in manner you wish (grilled, baked)
  2. Begin to boil the noodles while you prepare the sauce
  3. Melt butter with garlic
  4. Add cream and continue to stir until it boils
  5. Take off heat and add grated cheese until melted
  6. Add cornstarch paste to thicken
  7. Add grilled chicken to sauce
  8. Drain pasta and add to the sauce.
  9. You may add any leftover grated cheese as garnish on top.
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The Day I Had Poop Painted On The Walls (Guest Post)


Today I’m having one of my favorite bloggers do a guest post for me! Mandi from Amanda Middleton and her Disney Blog, Walt Express has become a very good friend of mine! Maybe it’s our love of Disney? Or perhaps we both are moms to twin boys! (Although I’m way past the stage she’s in, the “Threatening Three’s”!) She is such a great, sweet, funny person and her stories of her boys’ antics take me back to those days! Like the times that one of the twins would become Houdini at nap time and take off all of this clothes, and paint a lovely picture with what was in his diaper all of the walls, himself, his crib,etc… When I read her story of something similar I was literally laughing and crying at the same time! Without further ado here’s her post on “The Day I Had Poop Painted On The Walls!”

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Mamas show me some love here please!

As you know, I have twin two-year old boys. They just turned two in January, Chip and Dale. They are as different as night and day. One has dark hair and one has blonde hair. Their personalities differ as much, one is very quiet and the other, very loud! They are totally different, but one way they are alike is their messes! Oh my goodness…the messes! I have walked into their room with toy cars all over the floor and Cheerios smashed into the rug.

Or how about the day I decided to go put on my makeup, five minutes max, and they decided to throw their breakfast on each other. Of all things, blueberries! Yes, I know, I heard the commotion but, I was desperate, I needed some makeup for the bags under my eyes from their bad sleeping habits. Oh and also, did I tell you that my daughter, Minnie Mouse is usually in the middle of all of it? Enjoying the sibling love and torment of their mother.

But nothing beats (my personal favorite) the day they smeared poop all over the walls! Yes, you read right, poop! The boys were having fun but mama surely was not!

This is how it went down:
It was one of those mornings that I was overly tired. I could hear two little boys bouncing and laughing in their beds. They were laughing and having fun so I sipped more coffee and took my time. I mean really, why should I be in a hurry? Everyone is happy, right? Well,…… when I finally finished sipping my good cup of coffee, proud that I got to enjoy a fine cup of coffee while all three kids were happy, that’s an accomplishment around here. (I’m sure you can relate.) I went into their room and the smell hit me. It was still rather dark in their room so I didn’t see it at first. Something told me NOT to walk any further before I turned on a light. (SO happy I made that decision!) When I turned on the light that’s when I saw it. It was everywhere! Poop in their beds, on the walls, on the canvas paintings over their beds, in the slats of the bed, in the carpet, you name it, it was there. Right around that time Minnie Mouse, my then four-year old, comes around the corner and never skips a beat and keeps walking passed the door as she gags and starts screaming, “Mom is that poop?” “Yes, it’s poop” as I fight back tears. I wanted to cry because I knew I had to clean this up and it wasn’t pretty. I didn’t even know where to start, I decided to clean the boys, they were covered from head to toe. Obviously they thought it would be fun to throw it back and forth to each other. I mean, that’s what you are supposed to do with poop, right?!  As I’m cleaning the boys my husband calls and my daughter puts him on speaker phone as all of us are panicking. I really thought I would get sympathy from him but instead he laughs and says,”take a picture, I have to see this.” Really, dude?! Not what I was expecting at all!  I was expecting a lot of sympathy and a little pep talk to say the least. (He will never be able to live that one down.) I guess he felt bad because he sent my in-laws right over so I could clean up the mess!

These are just a few stories of the messes, Sorry for all of the nasty poopy details but, I feel most of you can relate. These are the moments that at the time, are so nerve-racking and tormenting to say the least but, I’m glad I can now laugh about them. (The poop story is still too fresh, no laughing yet.)

Who can relate? I would love to hear your “poopy” details!

Have kids they said! It will be fun they said!

Thank You Mandi so much for sharing the antics of Chip and Dale! I promise, it will get better! If you’d like to connect with Mandi you can find her here:

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Why I’m living #NoExcuses!


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As you all know I’ve joined the #NoExcuses #SweatPink challenge group! It’s a challenge group that has a daily prompt for you to do, no excuses! So for example, yesterday was 5 minute meditation. Today is 90 seconds wall sit. Basically, they are just quick little ways to get yourself up and moving, and they don’t take a lot of time. So no excuses to get ‘er done!

Today the challenge group is asking those of us participating why we’re living #NoExcuses and what inspires us. So I’m going to share with you why I strive to be my very best!

It’s not an easy thing as a busy mom to make time for myself. I devote my time and energy into my family. If there’s any time left, then I would maybe do something for myself. I would make excuses as to why I couldn’t be active or I would feel the dreaded “mom guilt” if it took away time from the boys. Add the fact of my Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis that already causes me to feel tired all the time, and I was drained each day!

But I’m determined to make this a year of great things! I’m pushing past the excuses and trying my darnedest to put more time into myself! I realize I’m not perfect, no where near it! But I’m not going to let the little mess ups stop me. If I don’t get to a run today, that’s ok. Tomorrow is a fresh start. I’ve always tried to eat fairly healthy. But I am not going to deprive myself of yummy eats! I’ve tried that before and it doesn’t work! I wind up hiding in my closet eating girl scout cookies! (Yes, I really did!) So as with everything, moderation is key!

So no more excuses from me! I will take better care of myself! Not only for me but for my family too! My boys need to see me making good life choices! Going outside, being active. Or heck being inside and cooking together. And as much as I love spending time with my kiddos, I vow to take more time for myself! This is a hard one, because of the mom guilt. But I need to recharge every once in awhile so I can be a better mom and wife!

This is why I’m loving the #NoExcuses challenge group! It really holds you accountable to do each challenge. And if there’s one challenge that you are having trouble with, there’s a plethora of people to encourage you and offer tips! Plus a great way to meet new people!

If you are interested in joining the group let me know! The more the merrier!

Weekend in Durango, Colorado!


I hope you all had a fabulous weekend! My husband and I actually got a chance to get away for a few days! Man, it was much needed and entirely overdue! You know how it is as parents, sometimes it’s more work to get away than to just stay home! But, as a couple, it is so important to reconnect! So we decided to stay at our favorite Bed and Breakfast in Durango, Colorado. It’s just a few hours from here and amazing! If you’ve never been to Durango, it is a must do! There’s plenty of activities for you to chose from, or if you’re like hubby and I this weekend, nothing to do at all!

On Friday we had planned to leave around noon. But there were some issues at Brandon’s work he had to take care of delayed us. Then I had to run the kids and our old doggy Harley to my folks house. Finally, at about 3pm we left! The drive out there was uneventful. I drove the whole way. At about 7pm we finally made it to town and the only thing on my mind was food! I was starving! We went down to main street to see if we could get into a local hot spot, Steamworks. But of course at that time of night there was a 2 hour wait!! So we 86’d that idea and went to another favorite spot, Irish Embassy Pub. We got in right away and I had a beer and the “Three Cheese Curd Mac & Cheese with Bangers”. I think hubby got Buffalo Wings. I’m sorry I was so hungry I forgot to take a picture! But it was so delicious! Way to much food for me so we boxed it up to take to our B&B.

That’s another reason we were in such a hurry! Country Sunshine, the Bed and Breakfast we were staying at has the most amazing evening desserts! They only serve it until 9pm, so all of the guests always try to rush back to enjoy them! We were in luck and made it back in time! And even better, on the menu that night was my favorite, Bananas Foster! Guys, this dessert is already amazing, but the way that Walter the owner makes it, incredible!

bananas foster

So after our bellies were full we went down to our room. Brandon and I had stayed here a few years ago and fell in love with it! It is the best B&B ever! The rooms are so comfortable and charming! All of the rooms are great, but we were able to stay in the one that has a fireplace and Jacuzzi tub! Now that’s my kind of relaxing! It was so great to just be able to unwind and de-stress!

Golden Oak Room

So since we had already gotten in late we decided to just go to bed for the night. Neither Brandon or I really slept very well. Unfortunately, we both are the kind of people that it takes a few days to adjust to not being at home! But that was ok, because we were up for breakfast! Walter, the owner makes the best breakfasts in the morning as well as the evening desserts! And a fresh supply of homemade cookies throughout the day! Yeah, this was not quite a health food trip!

But the breakfast was actually on the healthy side! Well, I’m going to go with that anyway! It was banana walnut pancakes with bacon. I seriously didn’t thing we’d eat the whole plate, but it was so good that we just about did!

pancakes

After we were fueled up for the day we decided to just be low key and walk around Main Street. There are so many cute shops to go see! They were gearing up for “Snowdown” which is next weekend. Brandon and I were happy that we were there the week before since it was so nice and quiet!

After a few hours browsing around we decided to head back to the B&B to take a nap! Yes, we are boring old people! But it was just great being able to not do anything at all! After a short siesta we decided to head back to Steamworks for their famous “Cajun Boil”. They only serve it after 4:30pm, so you have to time it just right where you get there early enough to order it, but not so late that you’re waiting for eternity! Everyone around here knows Steamworks and it is the must not miss place to go to! The Cajun Boil we ordered is a huge portion so Brandon and I decided to split it.

steamworks

It was so yummy and messy! There was peel and eat shrimp, a whole crab, corn, potatoes, and sausage. You can also add craw fish if you want, but they’re not my thing. Plus, we had to leave room for dessert!

When we got back to the B&B we still had a little time to kill before dessert. So we decided to throw on our suits and get in the hot tub outside! It was breathtaking! Mostly at first because it was so cold outside! But then to be able to just sit there and look at all of the stars, just what we needed!

Soon though it was time to see what amazing concoction we’d be eating! It was Walter’s Chocolate Torte! I apologize but I totally forgot to take a picture before I ate it! Man, it was so smooth and creamy! He told us it was made with avocados! And luckily I picked up the recipe before we came home! All of the things he makes for the guests he happily shares the recipes!

By then we were exhausted. Isn’t it funny that when you’re so used to go,go,go that when you finally stop, you’re body takes note! We went to bed pretty early because we knew we’d be leaving the next day.

So yesterday we woke up about 8ish and I started to get ready and pack up. We had a Chile Cheese Bake with Cranberry Scones! And again, just delicious! (I know I keep using that word, but it fits!) Once we were all packed up we bid our goodbyes to our favorite hosts and made our way for one last stop.

Brandon wanted to go and see the Fish Hatchery by the Animas River. We have a little hatchery near us, but this one was way cooler! First, the view to walk over to it:

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Then we made our way to the hatchery! Here is where they breed trout for the rivers. Once the fish are big enough to hold their own, they are put into the rivers and lakes. Seeing the tiny fish were actually kind of cute! And we were able to feed them too!

Look at all of the baby trout!

Look at all of the baby trout!

Brandon feeding the fish!

Brandon feeding the fish!

The fish are pretty excited to be fed!

The fish are pretty excited to be fed!

After Brandon and I fed the fish we decided it was time to head home. No where near enough time to do a lot but luckily we’re so close to come back again! Anytime of the year there is something to do in Durango! When we went in the summer a few years ago we went horse back riding and white water rafting! But you can go zip lining, ride the train, take a jeep tour, see the ruins, and so much more! We’re already talking about next time we go back! We loved being able to just get away for awhile, disconnect for the most part to electronics, and enjoy our visit!

QOTD? Have you been to Durango, Co? What is your must do?

 

Disneyland Resort Character Dining


Did you know besides standing in line to meet the Disney characters you can have a great meal while meeting them? Many people love doing this because it’s a more relaxed environment and the characters come to you! Plus it’s a great way to take a break from the parks, enjoy a meal with your family, but still have some Disney fun! Walt Disney World also has character dining, but for today we are going to learn about the character dining at Disneyland Resort. Please note, the dining options available in the park do require you to have valid theme park admission! Also, reservations are strongly recommended, and can be made up to 60 days in advance. If you do have allergies the restaurants are very good at accommodating them! Just tell your hostess before being seated you have allergies and the chef will come out and talk to you about what they can do. One more thing to note! The prices listed are for children and adults. The less expensive prices for each category are usually for breakfast. So if you’re wanting your money’s worth, breakfast is the way to go!

Ariels Grotto

Ariel’s Grotto – in California Adventure; Paradise Pier

Here you can eat breakfast, lunch or dinner with the Disney Princesses! They will come to your table and interact with your own little princess and sign autographs! The breakfast options are typical of what you would expect, eggs, bacon, sausage, fresh fruit, etc.. For lunch and dinner they do have several seafood options but also have pasta, chicken and beef. The price point for this meal is between $17.99/$19.99 for children 3-9 and $32.99/$36.99 for adults.

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Surf’s Up Breakfast With Mickey at PCH Grill – Paradise Pier Hotel

Here you can enjoy a delicious buffet with Mickey and Pals dressed like they’re ready for the Hula! They’ll come around to meet everyone and you can take pictures and autographs while you happily munch away on your Mickey Waffles! The restaurant is open for dinner, but the character meal is only for breakfast. The price point for this meal is $15.99 for children 3-9 and $30.99 for adults.

Goofys Kitchen

Goofy’s Kitchen – Disneyland Hotel

Want to see what’s cooking with Goofy and friends? At Goofy’s Kitchen you will have the option of an omelet station, Mickey Waffles, eggs benedict and more from the buffet. Once you’ve filled up your plate Goofy and other characters will come around to see you! They love hamming it up for the camera and giving autographs! There is also a dinner buffet available to meet characters. Here you can choose between a carving station, fish, hot dogs, pizza, etc.. So lots of choices for any palate! The price point here is $15.99 for children 3-9 and $30.99/$36.99 for adults. 

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Minnie and Friends at Plaza Inn – Disneyland Park; Main Street U.S.A.

This is probably the most popular character dining in Disneyland. One of the main reasons is this is the only character dining inside Disneyland Park. If you make breakfast reservations before park opening, you get a glimpse into the park without almost anyone in it! Many people love making the early times for breakfast that way they’re already inside the park before the crowd comes in! So, if you are wanting to do this I highly recommend calling for reservations 60 days before! The times fill up fast! Here you get to meet my main gal, Minnie Mouse! But several other characters come around to greet you! There is not a regular set of characters besides Minnie so you may meet Captain Hook, Tigger, Chip and Dale, Rabbit, etc.. The character dining is for breakfast only and consists of a buffet with many of your Disney favorites (Mickey Waffles!) as well as an omelet station and pastries. The price point for this is $12.99 for children 3-9 and $26.99 for adults. 

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Chip & Dale Critter Breakfast at Storytellers Cafe; Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel

Chip and Dale bring some of their critter friends along to meet you at this delicious buffet! This is where you can sometimes meet the less available characters such as Meeko from Pocahontas! You know that Chip and Dale are some zany chipmunks and the kids always have fun meeting them! In the buffet you’ll find an omelet station, caramel french toast, bagels and lox, eggs benedict and more! Of course they have options available for children to enjoy as well. The price point on this is $12.99 for children 3-9 and $27.99 for adults. 

QOTD: Have you been to Character Dining at Disneyland Resort? What was your best memory with your family?

 

 

What Motivates You?


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Whether you’re just getting into fitness or been at it awhile there are days it takes everything to just go do it! Those days what does it take for you to get out the door for a run? Or go to the gym, or pop in your workout video? Here’s a few things that might help you push past the “I don’t wanna’s” and just go for it!

1. Make an appointment with yourself

If you wouldn’t miss a hair appointment or something you enjoy doing for yourself than look at working out as something fun! Or at least something just for you. Especially as moms we always put our family’s needs before our own. We make excuses or feel guilty if we take time for ourselves. But just like the flight attendant’s say, make sure you take care of yourself first before putting on the oxygen mask on your child. It’s great to show your kids that being fit and healthy is important! Those little eyes see all!

2. Make attainable goals

Ok so you want to run a marathon, or triathlon. Well, that starts with just one step. Make smaller goals to reach first. Once you start feeling pretty good to accomplish those tiny little goals before you know it you’ve reached your bigger goal! Those days that you just don’t want to get out of bed make a deal with yourself. Just get up first. Ok, first goal accomplished! Now, put on your workout clothes. Next goal done! Well, heck, you’re all dressed, might as well run, or workout for 20 minutes. Another one done! Once you’re up and at ‘em then you will not have the guilty feeling that you didn’t do it!

3. Get cute workout clothes!

If you’re budgets tight then just go to Walmart or Target and pick out some new running shorts or leggings. Or some new shirts, whatever floats your boat! If you feel great and now you look pretty cute, then you’re more likely going to want to actually put them on and work out! Maybe once you’ve reached a big milestone goal then go to a bigger name fitness store and get a smokin’ hot outfit! I don’t know about you, but if I feel frumpy in sweats and my husbands old t-shirt, then I don’t feel motivated to work out.

4. Get a workout buddy!

If you can’t keep an appointment to run for yourself maybe get a running partner! It’s a whole lot harder to make excuses if you know someone is waiting for you out there! Or if you’re not a runner make it a gym buddy, workout video buddy. You get the idea. If you have someone else there to cheer you on, and someone you can cheer on then you’ll look more forward to your time together!

5. Make it a family affair!

Anytime I go running, usually one of the kids want to go with me. No, I don’t really maybe run as fast or as far as I want but at least we’re out there together. It’s a great way to spend some time together, enjoy nature and talk with your kids. However, sometimes the kids need some motivation too! You may have to pry the Xbox remote out of their hands and their thumbs are weirdly contorted and bent. But by the time you get back, they are back to a normal kid smelling like what little boys smell like after playing outside! And you will be further ahead than if you had just sat on the couch! A double win I say!

QOTD: What motivates you to get up and get active?

WDW Moderate Resort-Caribbean Beach Resort


We’re continuing on our journey through the Moderate resorts! We’ve already learned more about Port Orleans Riverside and Port Orleans French Quarter. So today we’re talking about Caribbean Beach Resort!

This beautifully lush resort is an Epcot Area Resort. In fact, some guests have said they can actually see and here the fireworks from Epcot! Talk about close! This resort is the largest resort out of all of the WDW resorts I believe with 2,112 guest rooms and over 200 acres. However with the 33 buildings grouped in 6 different villages the lush greenery makes you feel like it’s not crowded. The one complaint I’ve heard about this resort is if you’re in a standard or the Pirate rooms, then you have a long walk to the main building. But as we all know, the walking can be different for each person. To some, a 5 minute walk might as well be 5 miles, and to others it’s no big deal.

As I’ve said there are 6 different villages the resort is divided into; Martinque, Aruba, Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad North and Trinidad South. The Preferred buildings are Martinque, and Trinidad North.

This resort has just recently went through a major refurbishment and will be complete later this year. The rooms used to be based off “Nemo”. Which quite frankly doesn’t make sense to me! Nemo is based in Australia, not the Caribbean! Also, when we thought about staying here, in my opinion, the rooms were well, yikes! I fell in love with everything BUT the rooms! Here’s a picture before renovation:

old CBR room

So they’re not terribly awful, and some people love it! However they did a total overhaul and they look totally different, and they are beautiful!

new CBR rooms

As you can see they are gorgeous! They now have 2 queen beds instead of the full size before. Of course you can also get a king size bed instead. As with all the rooms there is a tv, fridge, coffee maker, and dresser. But the new thing is in some of these rooms they now have a murphy bed, much like Port Orleans Riverside. So those of us with a family of 5 have a new option to stay here! I was so pumped about this! The rooms are larger than the standard 314 square feet that other moderates are at 340 square feet. So more room for our family! Here’s a picture of the murphy bed!

CBR murphy

I have heard that these murphy beds and the new queen mattresses are pretty great! On the murphy bed a smaller person (5 feet-ish or smaller) would be comfortable here.

In the bathroom is of course the vanity with the double sinks. The new feature they have added to the bathrooms is the sliding door instead of a curtain. It works well at blocking out the light if you have someone still sleeping! Of course they do offer handicap accessible rooms for those needing it.

One thing I will point out for those who need handicap rooms or those needing to lug a stroller into their room. This resort does not have elevators to the 2nd level. So keep that in mind for your needs.

Now, the other type of rooms available at this resort is the favorite Pirate Rooms! These are great for your swashbuckling kid who wants to experience the pirate life! These sleep 4 guests and one under the age of 3. These rooms are themed wonderfully with a boat bed and lots of fun stuff from the movie! These rooms will be refurbished by the end of May I think. Right now they still have the full size beds. I don’t know what they will look like after being refurbished, but here’s a peak at what they are now:

CBR pirate

One thing I hope they do put in these rooms are the murphy beds! As a mom to 3 boys, they would love it! But we could never stay here unless we got 2 rooms. I’ll be anxious to see the change!

For each village of building there is a quiet pool, courtyard and a sandy beach to overlook Barefoot Bay. There you can relax on a lounge chair or hammock. There is no swimming in the lake however because well, besides fish there may be some other critters hanging out!

CBR beach

Also surrounding Barefoot Bay is a 1.4 mile path that winds through the resort. This is a great way to get around the resort, or go running or rent a bike! You can also get to the center of the action, Caribbean Cay. This is where the playground and the Fuentes del Morro pool and splash area is located. This pool is what sold my boys on the resort! It boasts a fun water slide, cannons, zero entry pool and hot tub! There are also towels and life jackets available for those needing them.

CBR pool

The splash pool area are for those 48 inches or less. This place looks awesome, so awesome I wish I could shrink!

CBR splash

If after the pool time and running around you get hungry there are 3 places to go! The pool bar Banana Cabana, which you’ll find quick eats and treats. Or the quick service area is in the Old Port Royale. Here you can get the typical quick services meals you know and love. (Mickey waffles anyone?) But there is also a table service restaurant open for dinner called Shutters. Apparently this restaurant used to not have the greatest reviews. But they have revamped and have a new chef and the food is excellent. After taking a look at the menu it looks pretty tasty, and I wouldn’t say no to the bread pudding!

Also in the Old Port Royale is the Calypso Trading Post and Straw Market. Here you can find anything you might have forgotten for your trip and lots of fun Disney merchandise. Also the arcade Goombay Games and resort concierge. Now, the difference between this and other resorts is the Check in area is not located here. The building, the Custom House is where you will come to check in. This resort as I’ve said before is pretty large and there is an internal bus system to get you around. However, each village has their own parking lot and bus stop for the buses to get you to the parks. So even though this resort is huge, Disney has made it to fit your needs.

Here is a map of the resort:

CBRBusMap

Here are the rack rates for the resort in 2015. Keep in mind Disney will often have discounts, like right now the 20% off Moderate Resorts. Often times you can get a better deal booking a Moderate at the discount price versus a Value on the 15% discount!

Date Range Rate Standard View Water or Pool View King Bed Preferred Room
Jan 1-Jan 3 New Years $274 $308 $308 $356
Jan 4-Jan 7 Value $182/$201 $210/$227 $210/$236 $248/$267
Jan 8-Jan 10 Marathon $210 $244 $278 $267
Jan 11-Jan 15 Value $182/$201 $210/$227 $210/$236 $248/$267
Jan 16-Jan 18 MLK $213 $238 $250 $278
Jan 19-Feb 11 Value $182/$201 $210/$227 $210/$236 $248/$267
Feb 12 Peak $237/$260 $268/$290 $268/$290 $284/$309
Feb 13-Feb 15 Presidents Weekend $271 $302 $302 $320
Feb 16-Feb 21 Peak $237/$260 $268/$290 $268/$290 $284/$309
Feb 22-Mar 5 Regular $212/$245 $242/$270 $249/$282 $285/$317
Mar 6-Mar 28 Peak $237/$260 $268/$290 $268/$290 $284/$309
Mar 29-Apr 11 Easter $277 $307 $307 $313
Apr 12-May 21 Regular $212/$245 $242/$270 $249/$282 $285/$317
May 22-May 24 Memorial Day $258 $284 $297 $334
May 25-May 28 Regular $212/$245 $242/$270 $249/$282 $285/$317
May 29-Jul 2 Summer $220 $251 $251 $295
Jul 3-Jul 5 July 4th $232 $264 $264 $310
Jul 6-Aug 15 Summer $220 $251 $251 $295
Aug 16-Sep 10 Value 2 $191/$214 $224/$246 $224/$246 $259/$287
Sep 11-Oct 8 Fall $204/$226 $226/$243 $226/$251 $266/$272
Oct 9-Oct 11 Columbus Day $236 $254 $254 $299
Oct 12-Nov 5 Fall $204/$226 $226/$243 $226/$251 $266/$272
Nov 6-Nov 8 Veterans Day $234 $251 $259 $281
Nov 9-Nov 20 Fall $204/$226 $226/$243 $226/$251 $266/$272
Nov 21-Nov 27 Thanksgiving $238 $267 $267 $297
Nov 28-Dec 10 Fall $204/$226 $226/$243 $226/$251 $266/$272
Dec 11-Dec 17 Regular $212/$245 $242/$270 $249/$282 $285/$317
Dec 18-Dec 31 Holiday $285 $318 $318 $324

There is also a different rack rate price for the Pirate rooms. Here they are:

Date Range Rate Pirate – Standard View Pirate – Water View
Jan 1-Jan 3 New Years $367 $372
Jan 4-Jan 7 Value $259/$278 $264/$284
Jan 8-Jan 10 Marathon $285 $290
Jan 11-Jan 15 Value $259/$278 $264/$284
Jan 16-Jan 18 MLK $289 $295
Jan 19-Feb 11 Value $259/$278 $264/$284
Feb 12 Peak $306/$327 $317/$341
Feb 13-Feb 15 Presidents Weekend $331 $341
Feb 16-Feb 21 Peak $306/$327 $317/$341
Feb 22-Mar 5 Regular $296/$328 $302/$334
Mar 6-Mar 28 Peak $306/$327 $317/$341
Mar 29-Apr 11 Easter $327 $345
Apr 12-May 21 Regular $296/$328 $302/$334
May 22-May 24 Memorial Day $345 $351
May 25-May 28 Regular $296/$328 $302/$334
May 29-Jul 2 Summer $306 $312
Jul 3-Jul 5 July 4th $322 $327
Jul 6-Aug 15 Summer $306 $312
Aug 16-Sep 10 Value 2 $270/$298 $276/$304
Sep 11-Oct 8 Fall $277/$284 $282/$289
Oct 9-Oct 11 Columbus Day $310 $316
Oct 12-Nov 5 Fall $277/$284 $282/$289
Nov 6-Nov 8 Veterans Day $292 $298
Nov 9-Nov 20 Fall $277/$284 $282/$289
Nov 21-Nov 27 Thanksgiving $308 $314
Nov 28-Dec 10 Fall $277/$284 $282/$289
Dec 11-Dec 17 Regular $296/$328 $302/$334
Dec 18-Dec 31 Holiday $335 $368

QOTD: Have you stayed at this resort before? How about now with the newly refurbished rooms?

My Grandmother’s White Christmas Cookies


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I just realized I never shared with you my grandmother’s recipe for her cookies! (Yeah I know, half way into January…save it for next year!) This year I went with the easy route with my Holiday baking, except for these cookies. I remember many many Christmases when she would make these and send them to us. Or if we were visiting, her kitchen was lined full of these! Many people know these as “Pecan Sandies”, “Italian Wedding Cookies”and”Russian Tea Cookies”. But to my family it’s always been “Grandma’s cookies”. She made these so well that people actually would put in orders  to buy them! My Aunt has carried on the tradition since my grandmother passed away. A few years ago I tried my hand at it and I got my Dad’s seal of approval, saying they may even be better than my grandma’s!

Ingredients:

1 cup of butter (not margarine!)

1/3 cup of sugar

2 teaspoons of water

2 teaspoons of vanilla

2 cups of sifted flour

1 cup of chopped pecans

2 cups of powdered sugar (to roll cookie in) (My grandmother’s secret ingredient was to put a few vanilla beans in the sugar a few days before baking!)

Directions:

Cream butter, sugar, vanilla and water together. Begin to add the sifted flour in small amounts. Add the pecans. Once combined put in refrigerator for at least 4 hours.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Begin to make round ball either with a Tablespoon or a cookie scooper. Place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Cook for 20 minutes. Let cool. Gently roll in powdered sugar. When putting in tin be sure to put a piece of wax paper in between layers.

This cookie is melt in your mouth good! I think it’s the combination of using real butter and sifted flour to make them so delicate!

QOTD Have you made this type of cookie before?

6 Not To Miss Things To Do In Walt Disney World!


I’m working on the next installment of my series on the Resorts in Walt Disney World. But I thought I would take a break to share with you some things you can do in WDW that you may not know of! Sure, everyone knows about the rides and shows, but these are things you may miss! Some of them are in the parks, and some are on the property throughout! So please, enjoy!


 

photo courtesy of https://disneyworld.disney.go.com

photo courtesy of https://disneyworld.disney.go.com

6. Behind The Seeds Tour-Epcot: Future World

Did you know that WDW has a real working fish farm and greenhouse? If you’ve ever been on the ride “Living With The Land” you’ve had the chance to take a peak into it! Here is a walking tour diving a bit more into how it runs, what they do, and maybe participate in some activities! And next time you dine at The Garden Grill you’ll have the knowledge how Disney is using what they grow or catch in the greenhouses to make your meal! (Yes, they really do serve the veggies and fish from there!) The cost of this tour is $16.00 for children and $20 for adults. This is the least expensive tour WDW offers.


 

photo courtesy of https://disneyworld.disney.go.com

photo courtesy of https://disneyworld.disney.go.com

5. Harmony Barber Shop-Magic Kingdom:Main Street USA.

Who knew you could get your hair cut in Disney? This Barber Shop takes you back in time when maybe Walt himself would have gone in to get spiffied up! The barbers are very experienced and offer a fun atmosphere while you get your hair cut for Mickey! They have even a fun surprise at the end for kids! As well as a super fun 1st haircut package for babies including commemorative Mickey ears, certificate and a lock of the hair! What a way to celebrate a special Milestone!


 

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4. Pirates and Pals Fireworks Voyage-Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Have your kids ever wanted to experience life as a pirate? Before the adventure begins your little buccaneer will have a feast before the long journey! After their tummies are full, hop aboard the fine vessel to start their cruise! Here you’ll sing songs, answer trivia and live the Pirates Life! This is also a great way to see the Wishes fireworks on sea! Before your travels take you back on land there are a few surprises that the pirates crewing the ship have for you! This adventure costs $34.00 for children and $59.00 for adults. Many people who have taken this voyage give it 1 thumb, and 1 hook up!


 

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3. AMC Movies:Downtown Disney, Westside

Are you a movie buff? Or do you just need a break to slow down? You can go to Downtown Disney and catch the latest flick of your choosing! Or if you want to really indulge, you can go to the Fork And Screen Dine In Theaters. It’s literally dinner and a movie at the same time!


 

 

photo courtesy of  https://disneyworld.disney.go.com

photo courtesy of https://disneyworld.disney.go.com

2. Captain Jack Sparrow’s Pirate Tutorial: Magic Kingdom Adventureland

Is your little pirate wanting to learn what it takes to be a pirate? Well why not learn from the best,er well the most infamous captain in all the land and sea! Captain Jack himself shows what it takes to join his crew! This is a great show and when my son was picked to join, he had so much fun! It’s a great sporadic thing to participate in if you happen to be in the area during the shows. (There is a schedule available on park maps)


 

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1. Electrical Water Pageant: Magic Kingdom Park, Various Resort Locations

Sure you knew that Wishes is the best firework show in all the world. But did you know you can watch it, and the Water Pageant from several different resorts? If you’ve ever seen my favorite Electric Light Parade in Magic Kingdom then you will love this Pageant! Who knew there were so many way Disney could wow us?

So there you have 6 things you may not have known about in Disney?

QOTD: Have you experienced any of these?

Sweat Pink Madlib, #Noexcuses!


sweat pink madlibDid you play madlibs as a kid? I loved being able to read the silly crazy things we wrote! Well if you’ve noticed I’ve joined the Sweat Pink Challenge Group #NoExcuses. It’s a fun way to get your fitness on and start the new year off right! Every day there is a challenge you do and show off your skills! So far it’s Day 3 and I did the planking on Monday. Tougher than I thought! Day 2 was yesterday which was to run/walk a mile. I didn’t have a chance to do that because I don’t have a treadmill and the weather outside was nasty and I almost fell just taking the boys to the bus stop! But I did the stairs at work to make up for it! Today is Burbees! Yikes! I’ll post my picture on Instagram once I’m done! If you’d like to join the challenge it’s not too late! Go here to fill out the form. Don’t do it just for your health, but also for the awesome prizes they are giving away from  Augusta Active, ShowerPill, ActivMotion Bar, WIN Detergent, Actio926, Beaming with Health, and Sasquatch Racing.

Now, this madlib was to go out on Monday here but I already had scheduled a post so I’m doing it today! So let’s call it the “Wacky Wednesday Madlibs!”

  • Hey 2015, it’s me __Shayna____(nickname, spirit animal, real name, blog name)

  • This year I would like to _run at least 10K______, __eat healthier_____, and __be my best______.

  • It would also be super duper awesome if I also did__a few races_______ this year. It’s not a resolution, though, just a reminder to myself to try and have the best year yet because _I kick butt!______.

  • The thing I am looking forward to most this year is_be active and healthy_____.

  • I’ll use the one thing that truly gets me out of bed in the morning which is__my passion to get fit_______to help me get up, get __going___ (verb) and get after my #NoExcuses 2015.

  • Speaking of excuses (ahem), my very favorite excuse is_I’m too busy____ and I have used it to get out of doing _running_____ and _staying active___ on more than _a million____ (number) occasions.

  • I vow to move my body and be more healthy this year even if it means I have to _get up early, yikes!_______.

  • Even if my alarm clock gets eaten by the dog in the middle of the night, I’ll still _get my booty up!_____

  • I will stop blaming the _kids (sorry boys!)_____ [ex: kids, dog, husband] for eating the rest of the _cookies___ when everyone knows it was really me.

  • My _job and family____ [job, hair, car, husband, kids] are not the reason I make excuses. I will show my _job and family____ [same as before] who’s boss this year and get my _run____[type of sweaty activity] on

  • I know that _running____[type of workout] is better than _sitting on the couch!____ [noun]

  • I will reward myself by _cute work out clothes!_____

  • No Excuses 2015 has just begun and already I am imagining myself a winner. I can’t wait to rock a __performance bottoms!_____(article of clothing) from Augusta Active. I can’t wait till my sweaty friends are jealous of how fresh, clean and _awesome_____ (adj) I am between workouts with help from ShowerPill body wipes. I can see myself rocking _planking!___[yoga pose / workout move] in new _Perfect Stride Leggings___ [article of clothing from Actio926] from Actio926 and looking fit and fly while doing it. And of course, I’ll be taking my workouts to the next level and improving my _core____ [noun] with my new ActivMotion Bar to help me train for my next  __5K_____ [distance] race with Sasquatch Racing.

  • Oh, and let’s not forget how amazing my _leggings_____ [article of clothing] will smell in my / during my _run____ [favorite type of workout] after washing with some WIN Detergent. And lastly, I’ll keep rocking my 2015 with clean eats and nutrition from Beaming with Health!

  • Tag, Tweet, shout-out, call, text, fax or email 3 friends to take this survey and share how they will have a #NoExcuses 2015. Remind your friends to simply fill in the underlined parts!

  • Use the #NoExcuses hashtag and post to win prizes from Augusta Active, ShowerPill, ActivMotion Bar, WIN Detergent, Actio926, Beaming with Health, and Sasquatch Racing.

So there’s my awesome Madlibs for Sweat Pink and #NoExcuses! Fill it out and either comment or send it to my Facebook so I can see what your #NoExcuses are for this year!