How to Make a Perfect Yogurt Parfait

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? Unless you’re me. Then breakfast is the most ignored meal of the day. Sure, I can get my kids out of the house with full bellies in the morning but that usually leaves me with no time to eat anything and I wind up eating chips or something once I realize I’m starving. Recently, though, I discovered Bear Naked Custom Granola and I’m now feeling inspired to kick up my breakfast a notch by preparing a delicious yogurt parfait every morning! I usually make mine once I get back from dropping my kids off; it’s like a special treat just for me! 

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Five Things to Save Money On Before Getting to Walt Disney World

About 6 weeks ago, my family and I packed up our SUV and headed south to Walt Disney World where we spent 3 days at the Magic Kingdom. I’m no Disney expert but I am a mega-planner so I felt pretty confident in how we prepared for the trip and how we saved a few dollars here and there. I’ve already shared four things your should spend a little extra on and so today I’m sharing a few things to buy in advance to save a little money.

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Four Things Worth Spending the Extra Money on at Walt Disney World

It’s been 6 weeks since our surprise family vacation to Walt Disney World and we’re all still reeling from excitement. My girls can’t stop talking about how much fun they had! I hadn’t been to Walt Disney World since their free-admission-on-your-birthday promotion back 2009 and I was a Florida resident then (and didn’t have kids). Well, a lot has changed and navigating everything during the planning phase felt slightly overwhelming at times. In an effort to help you not feel so overwhelmed in planning your upcoming Disney World vacation, here are four things I think are definitely worth the extra money.

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8 Reasons to Take a Family Vacation to Jekyll Ocean Club in Jekyll Island, GA

Having not been to the beach even once this year, our young family of four decided to take a short, fall vacation to Jekyll Island, GA, before the weather got too chilly to enjoy the sand and ocean. We moved to Atlanta 6 years ago and never heard of Jekyll Island until just recently. Now that we’ve been there, I feel like it’s one of Georgia’s hidden treasures and best kept secrets! We stayed at the brand new, oceanfront Jekyll Ocean Club boutique hotel. Opened in Summer 2017, the JOC is owned by the historic Jekyll Island Club Resort and, though completely different in aesthetic and vibe than its parent-property, is equally as beautiful (in my opinion). To say we had an amazing time would be the understatement of the year. So, if you’re on the fence about your next family vacation destination, here are 8 reasons you should visit Jekyll Island, GA, and stay at the Jekyll Ocean Club (listed in no particular order).

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Five Things We Love About Fall

Fall in the south is a funny thing. The temperatures don’t feel “fall-ish” until the end of October/early November and the leaves don’t change colors until around that time either – but then it feels like they fall off the trees immediately, leaving little time to enjoy the foliage. It’s probably not really that quickly but it sure feels that way. But nevertheless, having spent my adolescent and young adult years in FL, I’m grateful to be able to say we actually have the season at all. In fact, I get really excited about it. Spoiler: We’re super basic.

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Mom Hack: Hidden Nutrition with Daily Sunshine

It’s no secret that my kids can be fussy eaters (or complete non-eaters) sometimes, so I’m always looking for mom hacks to make sure they’re getting what they need nutritionally, despite their poor eating habits. I’ve mentioned in the past that I like to sneak fruits and veggies into smoothies for my girls so today I’m sharing a new 3-in-1 favorite that’s a great alternative to junk food (or, no food), Daily Sunshine. Even though it comes dairy-free and is great mixed with just water, we put our own little spin on it to make it even more delicious.

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Juice I Don’t Water Down for My Kids

Someone please tell me that I’m not the only one who gives their kids half water half juice cocktails. While I’m a juice lover myself, I cringe at the thought of my girls drinking so much sugar. If I had my way, they’d drink plain water and/or coconut water all the time but they get bored with both. Thankfully, I found a brand new, delicious and refreshing juice from Welch’s that’s 100% juice with 30% less sugar! Oh, and the best part? It has coconut water in it!

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“But I Want the Braid, Mama”

8.5 years ago I went wedding dress shopping with my mom who was visiting from out of town. I was so excited. I had already found the dress but just needed her approval and validation. I came out of the fitting room so in love but was immediately, completely deflated when my mom said it “looked like everything else” and that she “wasn’t impressed”. She wasn’t mean about it at all. In fact, she probably had no idea how her words impacted me at the time. I was heartbroken. Later that day, at another bridal salon, I ended up choosing the dress my mom loved – the one that elicited her “now this is a wedding dress” remark. I chose it not because I had to, but because I wanted my mom to love my dress. It was a beautiful gown, but it wasn’t the one. See, my mom had a vision of what I would look like on my wedding day. The dress we purchased fit her vision but it didn’t fit mine.

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