Over The Top Mommy

Month: April 2018

Our Magical Night at the Happily Ever After Fireworks Dessert Party in Magic Kingdom

I was invited as a guest of Walt Disney World to attend this event. All opinions are my own. 

If you’re a Disney lover (and who isn’t?), you are most likely familiar with the sea of emotions that come over you anytime you do something Disney related. Whether you’re watching a Disney film, reading a classic Disney book with a child, or even walking into one of the Disney theme parks, the emotions that come with the territory can sometimes overwhelm you. (in a good way, of course.)happily-ever-after-dessert-party-cinderella-castle-at-dusk“Happily Ever After” is an 18-minute show that features more lasers, lights and projections than any other fireworks spectacular in the history of Magic Kingdom park! Park guests witness the many transformations of Cinderella Castle as it becomes a part of popular Disney stories—and is brought to life by awe-inspiring fireworks and rooftop pyro, state-of-the-art projections, brilliant lasers and immersive lighting and beautiful,contemporary versions of popular Disney songs.happily-ever-after-dessert-party-signOn our most recent family vacation to Walt Disney World Resort, our family was invited to attend the “Happily Ever After” Fireworks Dessert Party in Magic Kingdom. Upon arrival at Tomorrowland Terrace, my emotions were already at an all-time high! I was completely elated!
happily-ever-after-fireworks-dessert-party-elatedThe Happily Ever After Dessert Party is specially ticketed event held nightly at Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant. From the moment you check in, you feel very “VIP”! You’re greeted by cast members who give you a special wristband to wear as event identification. (My daughter didn’t take hers off for 2 weeks!) Next, a cast member shows you around the party and shows you all of the delectable drinks and house-made desserts available to you as part of the experience. It’s all set up buffet style so it’s all you care to enjoy. A cast member shows you to your very own table, which is overlooking the water, with a great view of the Happily Ever After fireworks over Cinderella Castle.Here’s a brief video giving a glimpse into our experience:
There are a variety of beverage offerings at the party including:

  • juices
  • lemonades
  • teas
  • coffee
  • milk

and my very favorite: sparkling cider! It’s the perfect occasion to make a special toast to!happily-ever-after-dessert-party-sparkling-apple-ciderhappily-ever-after-dessert-party-drinksWhen you’re ready for a snack, you’ll be giddy to see the magical spread of light bites and sweets to enjoy including:

  • cheeses
  • seasonal fresh fruit
  • chocolate-dipped strawberries
  • an ice cream sundae bar (it’s not just for kids)
  • create-your-own-cookie
  • delectable cakes, tarts, mini cupcakes, and macarons
  • Disney character-themed desserts (those were my favorite!)

happily-ever-after-fireworks-dessert-party-dessertshappily-ever-after-dessert-party-plateThere was a PhotoPass photographer at the event who snapped some family photos of us. You can access the photos on the app and if you’ve already added Memory Maker to your vacation package, you will already be able to download, save and share your photos from the party.happily-ever-after-dessert-party-photopass-family-photoHere are some tips and facts that you should know before you head to the dessert party.

  • A separate park ticket is required for entry to Magic Kingdom Park.
  • Reservations for the dessert party can be made up to 180 prior to your visit. To book your reservation, you can call (407) WDW-DINE or (407) 939-3463 or go here.
  • I suggest arriving early to maximize your time enjoying the drinks and desserts, as well as take photos. Check-in time is 60 minutes prior to fireworks.
  • Remember to bring a photo ID along, which is required to check in.
  • Bring a light jacket with you.
  • Fireworks are not guaranteed as part of the experience and may be changed and/or canceled due to inclement weather. Check the fireworks schedule when you arrive at Magic Kingdom Park.

happily-ever-after-dessert-party-cinderella-castle-1For more information about the Happily Ever After Dessert party and to make your own reservation, please visit here. You can also find information about the latest happenings at Walt Disney World Resort by visiting https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/.

A very special “Thank You!” to Walt Disney World for hosting our family at the Happily Ever After Dessert Party. 

The LEGOLAND® Castle Hotel is Officially Open at LEGOLAND® California Resort!

I received hotel accommodations in exchange for coverage. All opinions are my own. 

Hear ye! Hear Ye! The brand-new LEGOLAND® Castle Hotel at LEGOLAND® California Resort is officially open!  legoland-castle-hotel-grand-opening-1After a royal ceremony complete with knights on horses, a little girl squire and boy knight plus a hawk that flew the key to the Castle to Merlin the wizard and trumpeters to announce the grand opening of in front of hundreds of media and special guests, the hotel was declared “officially open”! Here’s a short video of the Grand Opening Ceremony that also shows a little bit of the hotel too.


“We’re excited to open a second hotel having learned from the first how powerful the brand is and children love how their experience in our theme park transforms into an overnight magical memory. Not only will this 250-room hotel bring more people to the beautiful city of Carlsbad which benefits local business, but we’re adding more than 200 jobs further boosting the economy in the region. Considering that, plus the amazing locally-sourced food, great entertainment and whimsical features found throughout the new hotel, this is already a great win for us!” – Peter Ronchetti, LEGOLAND California Resort General Manager

legoland-castle-hotel-statueA royal LEGO statue marks the entrance and is just one of more than 2,100 LEGO models created out of more than three million bricks. As guests enter the Grand Hall, they are greeted by a towering LEGO wizard conjuring up spells to protect the Castle from the bad knights and dragons.legoland-castle-hotel-royal-princess-room-1In the Royal Princess rooms, the princess is joining forces with her jester friend to sneak into the grand tournament and compete with the knights. In the Knights and Dragons rooms, the knights are on a mission to defend the king’s castle and protect his treasure. In the Magic Wizard rooms, the wizards are concocting potions and fireworks for the grand tournament. Every room has a children’s sleeping area which includes:

  • bunk beds
  • a trundle bed
  • their own television
  • a LEGO building station
  • shooting stars illuminating on the ceiling.

Every adult sleeping area has an ornate head board with LED lights which could resemble a stained glass window, a canopy sparking with twinkling lights or shelves filled with potions and a magical bubbling illuminated cauldron.legoland-castle-hotel-dragons-den-restaurant-lego-wallIn Dragon’s Den, a full-service sit down restaurant, guests can watch chefs preparing their food, enjoy LEGO models and entertainers within a unique dining experience. Breakfast is included with each guest’s stay and includes made-to-order items along with a buffet.legoland-castle-hotel-dragons-den-breakfast-buffet-1legoland-castle-hotel-dragons-den-buffet-2The Royal Courtyard immerses children in a fairy tale of their own creation with multiple play areas for different age groups, a giant movie screen, resort-style pool with interactive water features and hot tub and a tented stage for live plays and shows.Iegoland-castle-hotel-royal-courtyard-playground-1legoland-castle-hotel-pool-1Interactive elements throughout LEGOLAND Castle Hotel include a knock-knock door, a royal throne that makes silly noises, LEGO caricatures to build upon, a self-playing piano and a slide from the first floor to the lobby.legoland-castle-hotel-sword-in-the-stone

For more information about LEGOLAND® Castle Hotel at LEGOLAND® California Resort or assistance with planning your trip there, please visit http://www.LEGOLAND.com or call (760) 918-LEGO (5346).

Video and some images are property of LEGOLAND California Resort and used with permission. 


Cox Communications Creates Smart Home Options for Seniors To Give Them “Connected Independence”

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

Did you know that more than 10,000 Baby Boomers turn 65 every day? My dad falls into that group and comes from the generation that values choices and individual freedom. As he gets older, I often worry about his future and his independence, especially as relating to his ability to stay in his own home.cox-smart-home-seniorsAging seniors want, and need, accessibility, which is why I’m so grateful for the smart home technologies that have been made available to them by Cox Communications. The senior phase of life encourages people to slow down and simplify but it doesn’t have to mean giving up your independence.cox-smart-home-infoNearly 90% of adults age 65+ would prefer to grow old in their current home instead of moving to an assisted living facility. The want to the ability to “age in place”. With the smart home technology readily available on the market today, this is becoming more a more realistic option for aging Americans. Not only does technology empower seniors to live independently for longer, it is likely a less expensive option than moving.cox-smart-home-welcomeCheck out this short video about Cox Communications Smart Home Living for Seniors:

Cox Communications partnered with senior living experts to showcase a new era in digital living that provides older adults with the ability to age in place, and be able to stay in their own homes and recently featured a “Connected Independence” Smart Home in Lake Forest, California, as part of a Cox Communications multi-city tour of its Aging in Place Experience. The home has more than 50 connected devices designed for seniors spread throughout a single-family home. The Aging in Place Experience event included senior living experts and internet-enabled smart devices, demonstrating how seniors can use new technology to live safely, independently and more comfortably at home while providing their adult children and caregivers with peace of mind. Also on hand were national and San Diego-based senior living innovators, businesses and experts. More than 35 interactive demonstrations, powered by Cox Communications’ broadband network, ran simultaneously throughout the home, including:

  • Rendever, which offers a virtual reality platform so seniors can “travel” to favorite destinationsCox-Senior-Smart-Home-virtual-reality
  • Trapollo telemedicine services so doctors can diagnose and treat seniors from the comfort of their own home;
  • A voice-activated TV remote control, giving seniors the ability to find their favorite shows without pressing buttons or navigating through menusCox-Senior-Smart-Home-voice-activation
  • Telehealth technology that allows patients to have live, personal interaction with doctors via video while at home. This technology relieves patients from travel to a medical facility for every consultation.
  • Double Robotics Telepresence Robot – Provides a way to check on older adults when their loved ones can’t be there in person. People can see and be seen as they steer the robot via remote control from anywhere in the world.
  • Smart Window/Door Sensor – Wireless device detects when doors and windows are opened.
  • Pill Dispensers – Helps seniors stay on schedule with their medications. Helps prevent forgotten dosages or mixed medications, and sends audible and visual alerts up to 30 minutes before pills are scheduled to be taken.Cox-Senior-Smart-Home-pilldispenser
  • Extensive home automation and security features, including the ability to see who is at the front door and lock and unlock doors remotely through Cox Homelife, making it easier for seniors to let visitors and caregivers in and out of the home safely.
  • An automatic pet feeder controlled through an app
  • Amazon Kindle, giving users access to a vast library of books at their fingertips
  • Readable Voice Mail – Sends transcripts of voice messages to email
  • Clarity P300 Handset Landline Telephone – Makes sounds louder and easier to understand. Seniors can call people by pushing a photo button.
  • GeniCan – Garbage can that scans items as they’re thrown away. The GeniCan app builds a shopping list based on what needs to be replaced, and schedules home delivery through Amazon Dash.
  • Parrot Pot – Seniors never have to worry about their plants again. The Parrot Pot gives plants the right amount of water at the right time. This smart flowerpot has four sensors that monitor light, temperature, and soil moisture and fertilizer levels in real time. The simple app even has a database of over 8,000 plants to give seniors advice on how to help their favorite flowers thrive

Additional stations at the event included a Wi-Fi Slow Cooker, Wi-Fi vacuum, Wi-Fi cat (Joy for All Orange Tabby Cat), electronic pet feeder, electronic fork that tracks eating habits, smart door locks and video cameras, glass break sensors, water/flood sensors, motion sensors and other safety devices.

Smart home technology can help families avoid the wrenching decision and the expense of moving an aging parent to an assisted living facility. A connected home ensures seniors can continue their daily routine while maintaining, and even enhancing, their quality of life in their own home.” – said Ryland Madison, director of product marketing, Cox Communications.

Cox Communications continues to aggressively invest in its network as well as new ventures such as healthcare and Internet of Things to better power smart homes, smart businesses and smart cities of the future. Cox has invested $15 billion in its infrastructure in the past 10 years and is investing another $10 billion in the next five years to bring fiber closer to homes, increase speeds and improve products.

For more information about Cox Communications, please visit here.

Some images and video are property of Cox Communications and used with permission.

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

lucilles-teams-upConnect with Lucille’s on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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.

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.

Some images are property of Lucille’s and used with permission.

{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


  • 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”!

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!

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

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.

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.

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.

Images are property of Centime and used with permission.

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


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.


{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!

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!

Cover art is property of Disney and used with permission.