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Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que Hosts Autism Awareness Fundraiser in April

I was invited to dine as a guest of Lucille’s in order to write this post. All opinions are my own. 

 

During the month of April, Autism Awareness Month, Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que, the family-owned, award-winning barbeque destination, has teamed up with three autism organizations to raise awareness and funds during the month of April to support the autism community. The three organizations include Autism Speaks, the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center and the Grant a Gift Autism Foundation.lucilles-autism-month-1Lucille’s will donate to these three worthy causes through Round It Up America contributions – in which guests “round up” their purchases to the nearest dollar – at all 23 Lucille’s locations throughout Arizona, California and Nevada during the month of April to support Autism Awareness month. For donations of $5 or more made during the month of April, Lucille’s will give guests a $10 bonus card good for a return visit between May 1 and June 30, 2018 (one per table, please).lucilles-autism-month-bonus-card Lucille’s has been participating in Round It Up America, platform that encourages restaurant guests to donate change; over the past ten years, Round It Up America has collectively raised millions of dollars for charitable organizations and programs across the country.lucilles-onionslucilles-burnt-endsAs another way to support these organizations, Lucille’s will be serving up a drink called the “Blue Bayou”, inspired by the color for autism awareness and is made from fresh blueberries & blackberries, 1800 Reposado and Coconut Tequila, Cointreau, fresh lime juice and agave nectar. For each Blue Bayou sold in April, Lucille’s will donate an additional $1 towards the cause.lucilles-autism-awareness-month-drink

“We first started this fundraiser in our Las Vegas restaurants in 2016 because this condition hits close to home for many at Lucille’s, employees and guests alike. We have since taken the fundraiser across all of our locations. We have seen that the Lucille’s community can make a difference when we come together for a common cause, and we know that this year will only prove the same for these three organizations.” – Brad Hofman, President, Hofman Hospitality Group

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About Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. We do this through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. We empower people with autism and their families with resources, online tools and information covering the life span. Go to AutismSpeaks.org to learn more, donate or join a fundraising walk.

About Grant a Gift Autism Foundation
Founded in 2009, Grant a Gift Autism Foundation grew out of the struggle of a mom whose son, Grant, was diagnosed with autism and other neuro-developmental conditions. Grant a Gift Autism Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization helping children, youth and their families fight autism by providing diagnostic and treatment funding, support services, social skills and vocational training, transition planning, and education. For additional information, please visit http://www.GrantAGiftFoundation.org.

About SARRC
Established in 1997, the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) is an internationally recognized nonprofit that conducts innovative research, provides evidence-based practices, disseminates effective training and builds inclusive communities for individuals with autism and their families. For more information on SARRC, visit http://www.autismcenter.org.

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{Giveaway} Disney ZOMBIES Zom-Pom Friendship Snack Recipe + Enter to Win a Copy

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

 

Have you watched Disney Channel’s Newest Original Movie “ZOMBIES”, yet? It’s such a fun movie! Full disclosure here: I’ve probably watched it more times than I can count on both of my hands! disney-zombies-posterDisney’s “ZOMBIES” is a music- and dance-filled story set in the fictitious world of Seabrook, a cookie-cutter community brimming with perky conformity 50 years after a zombie apocalypse. Today, the zombies pose no threat, but are required to live in Zombietown, an isolated, rundown community infused with their unique creative spirit. When zombies are finally allowed to enroll in Seabrook High School, the charming, charismatic zombie Zed, who is determined to play football, meets freshman Addison who dreams of being a cheerleader — the ultimate form of status in Seabrook. Addison takes a lot of flak for befriending Zed and his zombie friends, but comes to learn that zombies and cheerleaders aren’t so different after all. Zed and Addison work together to show Seabrook what they can achieve when they embrace their differences and celebrate what makes them a community.

The ZOMBIES cast includes:

  • Milo Manheim as Zed
  • Meg Donnelly as Addison;
  • Trevor Tordjman as Buck
  • Kylee Russell as Eliza
  • Carla Jeffery as Bree
  • Kingston Foster as Zoey
  • James Godfrey as Bonzo.

ZOMBIES will be on Disney DVD beginning April 24th and there are so many fun features included in the Bonus Material of this DVD, you won’t want to miss out.

  • Zombie Blooper Reel (DVD Exclusive)  – Laugh out loud at the Cast of ZOMBIES in this compilation of the funniest bloopers and outtakes from the making of the film.
  • The Zombie Survival Guide To High School (DVD Exclusive) – This piece uses a visual motif of a Zombie Survival Guide, with styled infographics and hosted by the talent. We go down the list of some of the most important survival tips for Zombies and humans on how to get along and make the best of high school.
  • Dance Tutorial – Join Meg Donnelly (Addison), Kylee Russell (Eliza) and ZOMBIES Choreographer, Christopher Scott, as they show you how to dance along to the ‘BAMM” Music Video.
  • Deleted Scene #1 (DVD Exclusive) – It’s a Cheer-tastrope
  • Deleted Scene #2 (DVD Exclusive) – New Jacket, New Name
  • Audition Tapes (DVD Exclusive) for Milo Manheim & Meg Donnelly’s Auditions
  • Music Video – “BAMM”
  • Lyric Video – “BAMM”

disney-zombies-zom-and-pom-mixAt Seabrook High, it takes GUTS to be Yourself and it’s Zoms vs.Poms, well at least at the beginning of the movie. We made a fun “Zom Pom Friendship Snack Mix” recipe that was super easy to make and perfect for watching “ZOMBIES” together! The mix represents “Zoms” with a bit of green and “Poms” with pink.

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own batch of “Zom Pom Friendship Snack Mix”:

  • 1-2 bags of microwave popcorn, popped and cooled down
  • 1 bag of pink (or lime green) candy melts
  • any kind of colorful sprinkles
  • vegetable oil
  • fun cups for serving

zombies-zom-pom-friendship-snack-mix-ingredientsInstructions

  • Pop bags of popcorn in the microwave. Allow to cool down and put into a large bowl, removing any unpopped kernels.
  • In a separate glass bowl, pour in 1/2 to 3/4 of the bag of candy melts. Heat in microwave for 30 seconds, remove and stir. Do this 2 more times. Add a little bit of vegetable oil to the melts and stir until smooth. Pour over popcorn in the bowl and mix together to coat the popcorn to your liking.
  • Shake in some fun sprinkles. (You can add other things like chocolate chips, pretzel sticks or small candies too.)
  • Serve up your mix in cute bowls for an extra fun touch and grab a seat on the couch to watch “ZOMBIES”!

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I’m also hosting a giveaway! One (1) of my readers will each win a copy of the Disney “ZOMBIEs” DVD! To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment on this blog post telling me if you’ve watched this movie yet and if so, how many times? I will accept comments as entries through Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. One (1) winner will be chosen via Random Number Generator and contacted via email. Giveaway is open to U.S. residents of the Continental U.S., ages 18 years and older. Good luck everyone!

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Universal Studios Hollywood To Open All-New DreamWorks Theatre Featuring Kung Fu Panda June 15

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. 

 

Universal Studios Hollywood has some exciting news! They announced that Friday, June 15 will be the official grand opening date of an all-new DreamWorks Theatre featuring the premier attraction, Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest.”  

All-New DreamWorks Theatre Featuring “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest” Officially Opens at Universal Studios Hollywood on June 15, 2018
All-New DreamWorks Theatre Featuring “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest” Officially Opens at Universal Studios Hollywood on June 15, 2018

Inspired by the global blockbuster franchise, the attraction will take guests on a thrilling journey that fuses captivating storytelling with state-of-the art visual effects for a highly engaging experience.

Created and produced by DreamWorks Animation and Universal Creative, “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest” recounts a plot filled story whereby on the morning of The Emperor’s Great Feast of Heroes, dragon warrior Po embarks on a wild and perilous mission to deliver the rare and precious Liquid of Limitless Power to the Palace, while enlisting guests to join him on the exciting adventure filled with raging rapids, river pirates, awesome magic and Kung Fu.

With cutting-edge technology at the forefront of the multi-sensory attraction, “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest” will introduce the first-ever integration of interior projection mapping designed to engulf guests in 180 degrees of immersive adventure. Developed by the innovative team at Universal Creative, this never-before-adapted technique will depict a series of immersive and visually dynamic scenic designs that will transform within the interior space and enhance the story. With detailing that is so precise, it will be near impossible to realize the projected imagery is a mere illusion.

Coupled with seven Christie 4K Boxer Cinema Projectors and 360 degree surround sound audio, sweeping physical effects from water to wind will empower guests to feel more like participants than spectators in the adrenaline-spiked adventure.

Featuring an original score by composer Germaine Franco, the storyline begins as guests enter the pre-show area of the theatre where they meet an array of DreamWorks characters who kick-off the attraction’s narrative. From there, guests will enter the main theatre, complete with new ultra-plush, fully articulated seats that pivot and swivel in tandem with the 180degree action.

The newly constructed building that houses the DreamWorks Theatre is inspired by Mission revival architecture and harkens back to the Golden Age of Hollywood’s Art Deco period of the 1920s, including a box office ticket seller booth, reminiscent of the time period and staffed by a threedimensional usher asleep on the job.

As guests navigate past the ticket booth, through the flourishing outdoor garden and into the theatre queue, they will encounter a series of 36 movie posters that pay homage to DreamWorks Animation films. Within the lobby, a selection of over 20 award statuettes will be on display, representing a sampling of the Golden Globe, Emmy, People’s Choice, Critic’s Choice, National Board of Review and Annie awards DreamWorks Animation has amassed from 2008 to 2015. A collection of original sculpted maquettes of the “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest” characters will also be on display along with artifacts embodying magical powers that Po brought back from the Spirit Realm.time-is-only-an-illusion

We love all things Kung Fu Panda and are super excited to see all of this come to fruition! It’s just another reason to visit Universal Studios Hollywood this summer, right? For more information please visit http://www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Connect with Universal Studios Hollywood on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

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Mother’s Day Personalized Jewelry & Gifting Options by Centime

I received promotional products in order to write this post. All opinions are my own. 

 

Mother’s Day is almost here and it’s the perfect opportunity to do something nice for all of the mothers and mother figures in our lives. Mothers, stepmothers, grandmothers, aunts, mother-in-laws,  best friends, etc.mothers-day-is-sunday-may-13There are so many special women to honor and remember on this holiday that’s just for them. This year, I’m planning ahead and remembering the moms in my life with something meaningful and personalized. Centime sent me a couple of Mother Daughter Necklace sets and they are beautiful. Their personalized mother’s necklaces are beautiful quality, can arrive in a gift box if you choose, and are great gifting options for Mother’s Day. mothers-day-necklace-1Personalized Mother Necklaces
Not only will a personalized necklace for mom will be a great gift for every mother but it’ll also become a great family keepsake. Centime has a large selection of mother necklaces which include new mom necklaces, mother daughter necklaces and necklaces with kids’ names.

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The necklaces are sterling silver with 18K gold plate options and are engraved with children’s names. ,
Handwriting Jewelry

Capture those beautiful, meaningful handwritten words and keep them close to your heart with a handwritten necklace, handwriting bracelet or one of Centime’s handwriting ring gifts.These memorial handwriting jewelry pieces make the best keepsake gifts.
mothers-day-personalized-bracelets If you have an old card with your parents or grandparents’ signature or loving words on it,  you can have it made into one of these memorable pieces. This handwritten jewelry pieces are available in sterling silver with 18K gold plate options.mothers-day-handwriting-necklacesMother Daughter Necklaces
Celebrate mother and child love with this selection of mother daughter matching necklaces, such as the mother daughter heart necklace set and the mother and child necklace. These mother and daughter necklaces are 100% sterling silver with 18K gold plate options.mothers-day-mother-daughter-necklacesthe-love-between-a-mother-and-a-daughterStackable Mothers Ring
A set of stackable mother rings with kids’ names are the ultimate expression of family pride and motherly love. Perfect both as gifts for new moms and as keepsake jewelry for yourself, these beautiful rings are 100% sterling silver with 18K yellow and rose gold plate.mothers-day-stackable-ringsGrandma and Mom Necklaces
You can’t forget to order something special for Grandma, too. Centime has a collection of personalized grandmother necklace with names, which are available in sterling silver and 18K gold plated silver. when-a-child-is-born-so-are-grandmothersTheir grandmother’s necklace is handstamped or engraved with grandchildren’s names or family names. Choose from grandmother and granddaughter necklace or even a great grandma necklace. The special grandmother(s) in your life will be touched to receive this special gift full of love from the whole family.mothers-day-necklace-with-names-and-birthstonesTo view Centime’s entire collection of personalized jewelry and gifting options, perfect for Mother’s Day, please visit their site here. You can also check out their Instagram feed here.

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Splitsville Luxury Lanes™Orlando in Disney Springs

Our family was invited to spend an afternoon at Splitsville Orlando in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own. 

 

Splitsville Luxury Lanes™ in Orlando, Florida is a such a fun place to go for some bowling, gourmet food & hand-crafted cockails! It’s located in Disney Springs and features 50,000 square feet split between 2 stories with 30 lanes for bowling, inside and outside dining options, billiards, multiple bars and even live entertainment!splitsville-luxury-lanes-orlando-outsideDuring our most recent trip to Walt Disney World Resort, we headed over to Splitsville Orlando for some family time. It was a welcomed change of pace from the hustle and bustle of the parks and is a great opportunity for your family members to bring out their competitive sides. splitsville-luxury-lanes-orlando-entryYou’re going to love the retro decor of the place! It features brightly colored accents, hand-painted murals and other fun touches.splitsville-luxury-lanes-orlando-decor-2 splitsville-luxury-lanes-orlando-decor-1They even have Minnie and Mickey details on the bowling balls! You can bet I grabbed the hot pink Minnie Mouse ball right away! It just doesn’t get any better than that!splitsville-luxury-lanes-orlando-minnie-bowling-ball

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Let’s talk about bowling at Splitsville. This isn’t ordinary bowling, it’s completely amazing bowling!.Take the yummiest food, the best drinks and add those both to your own little lane. When they say “luxury bowling” they literally mean that! splitsville-luxury-lanes-orlando-bowling-shoesOnce you’re checked in and your bowling shoes are ready, you are shown to your lane, where you have unlimited bowling for the duration of your reservation. splitsville-luxury-lanes-orlando-lane-1splitsville-luxury-lanes-orlando-blue-minnie-mouse-ballYou can sit comfortably at your lane-side dining table while you wait for your next turn to bowl and your friendly Splitsville server will keep any food and drinks coming that you order from their amazing menu. (Keep reading for more about the food.)splitsville-luxury-lanes-orlando-hurricane-bowl-drinksplitsville-dineDining at Splitsville is like nothing you’ve experienced at a bowling alley before! You have the option of dining inside or outside at Splitsville and don’t even have to be there for bowling to dine there. However, eating and bowling is like the ultimate way to make yourself feel like a kingpin!splitsville-luxury-lanes-orlando-chicken-chopped-saladSplitsville has taken “typical” bowling alley food and turned it up about 10 notches, to offer things such as:

  • Pizzas – You can choose from a variety of different pizzas such as cheese, pepperoni, BBQ Chicken, Veggie, Margherita, Firehouse, Hawaiian, and Meat Lovers.
  • Entrees – Choose from items such as Fish n’ Chips, Grilled Salmon with Mango Chutney, Sweet n’ Spicy Chicken Bowl and more.
  • Salads – Freshly made salads include Chicken Chopped, Ahi Tuna, BBQ Chicken, and Blackened Caesar.
  • Handhelds – You’ll love handhelds such as a Cheeseburger Deluxe, a Bacon Cheeseburger, a BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich and a Turkey Club Supreme.
  • Sushi – Splitsville also offers an extensive sushi menu which is prepared fresh on site and made-to-order! I can’t wait to try some of that on my next visit.

splitsville-luxury-lanes-orlando-pizzaOther dining offerings at Splitsville  include appetizers, desserts, and a Kids Menu.splitsville-luxury-lanes-orlando-kids-hamburger-mealThe drink menu at Splitsville Luxury Lanes is as extensive as the food menu and includes Frozen Drinks, Bowl Drinks, and Specialty Cocktails, as well as draft beer, bottle beer, and wine. There are also non-alcoholic options including 130+ varieties of sodas and teas. Any drink, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, can be ordered and served in a 28 oz. Splitsville Pin Sipper Souvenir for an extra charge, Sounds like the perfect souvenir to me, which is why we brought home 2 of them! splitsville-luxury-lanes-orlando-souvenir-pin-sipper-purpleHere’s a short video showing some of our fun day out at Splitsville.

splitsville-make-a-reservationWalk-ins are always welcome but you can also make a reservation at Splitsville for either a lane or a party. Some fun party ideas for Splitsville include: birthday parties, office team building, and even corporate events. To make your reservation, please go here and fill out the form and wait for a social director to get back to you via email or phone to finalize your reservation.splitsville-luxury-lanes-orlando-family-photoI had no idea I was going to love Splitsville so much. I don’t think I can go back to “regular” bowling again! It’s definitely true what they say…“Fine dining is better in rented shoes”splitsville-luxury-lanes-orlando-sundaeSo…, are you ready to “Roll in and Rock Out” at Splitsville Orlando?  We can’t wait to go back! To find a location closest to you, go hereconnect-with-splitsvillesplitsville-luxury-lanes-orlando-shirtConnect with Splitsville on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can join in on the conversation and share about your own experience using #SplitsvilleOrlando + #DisneySprings on social.

 

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{Giveaway} Disney Junior’s Puppy Dog Pals Now on DVD + Enter to Win

I received promotional products in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own. 

 

Hey, are you a fan of Disney Junior’s “Puppy Dog Pals”? We are! We are huge pet lovers and absoluetly adore watching it! Now you can join fun-loving Pug Puppy Brothers Bingo and Rolly on Paw-some Adventures Around Their Neighborhood and the World, when you bring home Puppy Dog Pals on DVD!puppy-dog-pals-dvd

Here’s a synopsis of the DVD:
They’re cute, cuddly and all collared up for pup-tacular adventures! While their owner Bob is away, adorable puppy brothers Bingo and Rolly embark on exciting missions stretching from their own backyard to amazing locations all around the world! With support from their “big sister” Hissy, a neighborhood full of animal friends and Bob’s high-tech inventions, these hilarious heroes are always ready to unleash totally paw-some fun!
The Voice Cast features:

  • Issac Ryan Brown as Bingo
  • Sam Lavagnino as Rolly
  • Harland Williams as Bob
  • Jessica DiCicco as Hissy
  • Tom Kenny as A.R.F.

The run time is 144 minutes.
Get ready for a tail wagging fun time for the whole family! Bring it home today on Disney DVD for a doggone good time, it’s sure to have you barking with laughter!

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I’m also hosting a giveaway! One (1) of my readers will each win a copy of the “Puppy Dog Pals: Going on a Mission!” DVD! To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment on this blog post telling me which character is your favorite from the show. I will accept comments as entries through Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. One (1) winner will be chosen via Random Number Generator and contacted via email. Giveaway is open to U.S. residents of the Continental U.S., ages 18 years and older. Good luck everyone!

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Woody’s Lunch Box Menu at Toy Story Land

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

 

As if we weren’t already excited enough about the upcoming opening of all-new Toy Story Land at Walt Disney World, set to open June 30, yesterday they announced the menu for Woody’s Lunch Box, the new eatery that’ll be located inside Toy Story Land. Meal time at Woody’s Lunch Box will include a heavy helping of nostalgia as they serve up classic on-the-go menu items with a creative twist!toy-story-land-woodys-lunch-box

“Everyone has a special food memory, so it can be tricky putting a modern spin on the favorites. We honored these classic dishes by using the best ingredients to elevate the flavors. How we constructed the sandwiches was important, such as layering the ingredients in a specific order, to maximize textures and flavors. Why have a cold sandwich when you can have a toasted hot, gooey, cheese-filled one?” – Lenny DeGeorge, Concept Development Culinary Director for Walt Disney World.

Here are some of the of menu items they revealed. Wow, the words “lunch box” and “cuisine” never described anything I brought to school! I cannot wait!

  • S’more French Toast breakfast sandwich – Oozy goodness in a chocolate ganache- and marshmallow-stuffed French toast topped with graham cracker crumbles. Inspired by the classic American campfire treat.woodys-lunch-box-smores-french-toast-sandwich
  • Grilled three-cheese sandwich – To ensure a soft gooey middle, Disney chefs created a sharp cheddar cream cheese spread, layered in provolone and cheddar and wrapped the sandwich in garlic butter-grilled French bread.
  • BBQ brisket melt -With a nod to cowboy Woody, this Texas-style smoked brisket features cheddar, Monterey Jack, pickles, BBQ sauce and garlic butter-grilled sourdough.woodys-lunch-box-bbq-brisket
  • Monte Cristo – Woody’s version of this classic sandwich has layers of ham, turkey, Swiss cheese, and raspberry jam…and is grilled to a golden brown.woodys-lunch-box-monte-cristo
  • Totchos – Bite-sized potato barrels, corn chips, chili and queso. ‘Nuf said.woodys-lunch-box-totchos
  • Lunch box tarts – A modern interpretation of a breakfast toaster pastry as a hand-held dessert, these feature a uniquely delicate crust. Layer in high-quality ingredients for fillings, add a decorative garnish, and these tasty tarts beat anything mom packed. Choice of Raspberry Lunch Box Tart garnished with Icing and Dried Fruit and Chocolate-Hazelnut Lunch Box Tart garnished with Icing and Caramelized Bacon, woodys-lunch-box-tarts

Here are a couple of the healthier menu options:

  • Smoked turkey, tomato, and lettuce on multigrain bread – The quintessential lunch box sandwich. To give it a kick of flavor, Disney chefs add a creamy Dijonnaise.woodys-lunch-box-smoked-turkey-sandwich
  • Banana Split Yogurt Parfait – Layers of banana-vanilla Greek yogurt (with a hint of honey), fresh bananas, strawberries, and pineapple topped with granola and chocolate chips. A delicious way to start the day!woodys-lunch-box-banana-split-yogurt-parfait

Other healthy options available at Disney’s Hollywood Studios include fresh fruits and vegetables, salads, and grilled meats and fish.kids-offerings-at-woodys-lunch-boxKids’ offerings include grilled cheese sandwich or turkey sandwich, both with potato barrels and mandarin oranges. Sides include tomato basil soup, vegetable macaroni salad, potato barrels and Mini Babybel® snack cheese, the official snack cheese of Walt Disney World Resort.woodys-luncy-box-alien-sipperIn addition to fountain drinks and refreshing lemonade, beverage offerings include a classic Barq’s root beer float and a Mystic Portal Punch (PowerAde Mountain Berry Blast with flavors of lemon-lime and tangerine). For the big kids there’s a Grown Up’s Lemonade with cherry vodka, Odwalla Lemonade, and black cherry purée.woodys-lunch-box-drinksWoody’s Lunch Box in Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is set to open on June 30, 2018. What are you most excited to try first? I can’t pick just one!

For more information about Toy Story Land at Walt Disney World Resort, including assistance with vacation planning, please visit here.

Images are property of Walt Disney World Resort and used with permission. 

 

 

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Tips for Teaching Your Child to Be a Responsible Cat Owner

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #LoveTheseCleanPaws #CollectiveBias
A couple of years ago, our family adopted two cats from a local animal shelter. Although the adoption process was lengthy and thorough and required a lot of patience, I can honestly say it was one of the best bonding experiences we’ve been through together as a family.tips-for-teaching-your-child-to-be-a-responsible-cat-owner-plus-printable-kitty-accountability-chartFrom the moment we brought home our cats, a momma and her kitten, we vowed to shower them with love and cuddles and pamper them as much as possible.tips-for-teaching-your-child-to-be-a-responsible-cat-owner-1tips-for-teaching-your-child-to-be-a-responsible-cat-owner-2After such a rough start to their lives, our cats deserve to be spoiled. “Lucy” and “Lilly Belle” have filled our hearts and taken over our home. The sky’s the limit at our house for these two. They have special food, a hand-decorated water dish, pretty homemade blankets to lay on, a plethora of toys, and of course, only the finest kitty litter for their box: Fresh Step® Clean Paws™ Multi-Cat Scented Litter with the power of Febreze™! It works so well for us and is formulated for homes like ours that have more than 1 cat.Because it’s formulated with a special blend of larger particles, Fresh Step® Clean Paws™ is designed to stick less to your cat’s fur and stay in the box, which is a win-win. (Click on the image below to shop for this amazing product.)

I’d never want my cats to be embarrassed and have others know they were just doing their business in the litter box! Some things are just better when they’re kept private!teach-your-child-how-to-care-for-a-family-petI purchased my Fresh Step® Clean Paws™ litter at Target in the Pet Food & Supplies area. Can’t you tell by the red shopping cart? Be sure to be on the lookout for a Cartwheel offer running from 4/1-4/7 to find even greater savings on this game changing product.fresh-step-at-targetI adore watching my daughter interact with our cats. She has such a special bond with them, especially the younger one. Prior to their adoption, she begged for a pet and now that we have them, I like to involve her in helping out with some of their daily pampering.bond-with-the-catsTeaching her to be a responsible pet owner is something I feel is important. I think it also helps her to see that there’s more to life than just her own needs.tips-for-teaching-your-child-become-a-responsible-cat-owner-5I created a “Kitty Accountability Chart” to help track my daughter’s daily cat-related responsibilities. She helps out with feeding them, making sure they have fresh water each day, brushing them, and making sure they get their exercise. (I handle the litter box myself, which is so much easier with Fresh Step® Clean Paws™.)tips-for-teaching-your-child-to-be-a-responsible-cat-owner-3tips-for-teaching-your-child-to-be-a-responsible-cat-owner-4The chart is a great tool to have posted somewhere visible and I also use it as an incentive to earn extra screen time. Download your own printable copy of my “Kitty Accountability Chart” for free here.printable-kitty-accountability-chartAre you a cat owner? Do you have anything special you do to pamper your cats or other pets? I’d love to hear about it. Please share with me in the comments.

Febreze and the Febreze Freshness logo are registered trademarks of The Procter & Gamble Company, Cincinnati, Ohio used under license by The Clorox Pet Products Company. © 2018 The Clorox Company.

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New Disney Eats Collection by shopDisney

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A great way for parents to connect with their kids is in the kitchen. There’s something to be said about spending time together cooking or baking up something special to enjoy together, like these Mickey Mouse cookies we made together. (To recreate this simple recipe, click here.) simple-mickey-mouse-cookiesWell, shopDisney just created the most adorable “big” and little” sets for chefs of all sizes to wear and use in the kitchen together and you’re going to want to get your hands on all of it! This exclusive collection is available online, and in stores starting 4/23. Now you can cook and bake together looking extra cute!

Here are a couple of the items you might deem as necessities on your list:

  • Mickey Mouse Chef’s Hat and Apron Set for Kids – Your little Mouseketeer will be excited to join you in the kitchen to make fa-mouse treats with this apron and hat set. With dimensional Mickey ears and a fun ”Hi!” apron, this set from Disney Eats makes cooking fun.disney-eats-mickey-mouse-hat-and-apron-set
  • Minnie Mouse Chef’s Hat and Apron Set for Kids – Cook up something wonderful in this polka dot apron and chef’s hat featuring Minnie Mouse EARs. This essential set is the perfect ingredient to make family meal times magical.disney-eats-minnie-mouse-chefs-hat-and-apron-setMickey Mouse Measuring Cup Set – Mickey cooks up a fun mood for measuring with these expandable silicone cups. Each size shows Mickey with a different expression on his face and it’s a great way to teach kids about fractions.disney-eats-mickey-mouse-measuring-cup-set
  • Mickey Mouse Food Mold Set – You can now mold fun treats in the shape of Mickey Mouse. Cut out your favorite toppings in the shape of Mickey’s eyes and smile and add extra flavor to your finished product.disney-eats-mickey-mouse-food-mold-setMickey Mouse Food Storage Container – Mickey will be the most popular companion at the lunch tables and keeps food fresh with the storage container. This leak-proof design features a flexible silicone tray and snap-tight plastic lid with a winking Mickey and built-in spork.disney-eats-mickey-mouse-food-storage-container

How cute are all of these pieces? Which one is your favorite? To check out the entire collection, please visit here.shopdisney-disney-eats-collection

Join in on the conversation on social by using #DisneyEats and share your fun Disney creations from your own kitchen! Be sure to tag @shopDisney in your posts, too! For some Disney-style cooking and baking inspiration, check out our friends over at The Healthy Mouse, a blog that has the most adorable, edible Disney creations!

Some images and logo are property of shopDisney and used with permission. 

 
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