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Jack Link’s Cold Crafted

This post is sponsored by Jack Link’s.

It seems the older our children get the busier life seems to get. Between taking our children to preschool, piano lessons, dance and karate, it seems like we never get a moment to stop and eat. That’s why we love having the convenience of bringing Jack Link’s Cold Crafted Beef and Cheese Combo with us wherever we go. It’s the perfect snack to add extra protein on the go. It gives us a feeling that we’re snacking stronger because of the source of protein and energy!

Father and Son eating Jack Links
Jack Links

Like father, like son! My boys love conversations between Jack Link’s Beef & Pepper Jack and Jack Link’s Beef & Cheddar . I love how easy it is for them to pop up the trunk and enjoy their snacks.

Father and Son enjoying Jack Links
Jack Links
Father and son eating Jack Links
Jack Links

You can pick up Jack Link’s Cold Crafted products in the refrigerated section at your local Walmart.

Jack Links in Lunch Bag
Jack Links
Son talking to father about Jack links
Jack Links
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Disney World: What I would do Differently.

Growing up as a Floridian I have been very fortunate to have visited Disney World almost every year or every other year up until age 25. Every trip I had ever gone to as a child up to my teenage years was preplanned by my parents or my school. When I visited Disney as a young adult, I would just show up and let the Disney magic guide me.

So decided I would do the same for my first trip with my kiddos. Ladies and gentlemen please do not make the same mistake as I did. Mid way through my time at Disney I realize winging it at Disney Work does not work with little kids. Although our trip was memorable, it could have been a lot more enjoyable had I preplanned.

Here are four thing I would do differently if I were to do Disney World again with three under three.

1. Join Disney Fan-page groups on FB.

There are many dedicated Disney fan page groups on facebook that has all the information one could ever need. They are also very helpful when I comes to answering questions you may have. Although I was part of these group I didn’t do proper reacher to help me with my day at Disney. One of the very help information leads me to my next bullet point.

2. Pre-purchase your tickets.

We decided that we would pick up our tickets the day of our trip. We woke up early but not early enough. When we got to Disney, World the lines to pick up our tickets were long and slow. It took us 3 hours from parking lot, to ticket booth, to getting into the park. My children and husband were over it before we even got into the park.

3. I would go during cooler months.

This is a personal preference. The day we visited the park it was in the end of May and the temperature was 101 degrees. My kids were hot and taking pictures outside was not enjoyable. We decided coming in a cooler month would have made our trip a little more bearable.

4. Do more character meet and greets.

Meeting Mickey and Minnie was literally the highlight of my children’s trip. To this day that is all they remember about Disney world. I wish we took the time schedule more meet and greet with the characters. My son saw Peter Pan from a distance and wanted to meet him but Peter Pan was just finishing his meet and greet so we missed the opportunity. We also saw Winnie The Pooh but he was being escorted from one place to other and wasn’t able to stop for picture.

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The Start of my Natural Hair Journey

It’s been over a month since I made the decision to rock my natural hair texture. I’m not going to lie, it was hard at first but now I’m in love! I never thought that would ever happen.

When I was very young my mother relaxed my hair to make sure my coils were hidden. I grew up hating my “nappy” hair and kept it tucked away in weaves and wigs or relaxed for the bone straight look. I was thought to hid my coils and make sure my edges were brushed and gel as straight as possible.

4c Natural Hair Journey

I never thought anything of it until my curious little ones started asking questions about my fake hair. My son asked me numerous times why my hair (wig) came off and his didn’t. Beside being super embarrassing, I realized that I was hiding my hair because I was not proud of it. I also realized I have never took the time to love and learn what my hair likes to make it grow.

How could I teach my daughter to love everything about herself including her God given curl patterns if I myself didn’t love mine?

So as August 2019 I am officially what we like to call “natural”. I will no longer relax my hair to be straight ever again. I can’t say I will no longer wear extensions or wig but I will no longer use it as a means to hid my nature hair.

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Coya Taco

Our meal was sponsored but the thoughts and opinions are all mine.

Coya Taco is an authentic award-winning Mexican restaurant located in heart of Palm Beach Island at The Royal Poinciana. Their food is made with locally sourced ingredients that has been humanely harvested.

Kevin and I could easily taste the difference in their organically fresh made cuisine. I was thrilled to learn that their tortillas are made from scratch and their guacamole is prepared daily in-house.

We started our afternoon at Coyo Taco with fresh guacamole and homemade tortilla chips. This delicious guacamole appetizers is made up of hand smashed Hass avocado, cilantro and pico de gallo.

For Starters

We loved their twist on the old classic corn on the cob. It was made perfectly with chipotle aioli covered in cotija cheese.

ELOTE DE CALLE

While waiting on our taco’s we sipped on their fresh Tortilla Soup a roasted tomato and tomatillo broth served over crispy tortilla strips queso fresco, avocado, cilantro and crema.

Tortilla Soup

QUESADILLA

The kids enjoyed the cheese quesadilla while Kevin and I enjoyed the Carne Asada Quesadilla: thinly sliced grilled beef, Mexican cheese blend and pico de gallo in a large flour tortilla.

Carne Asada Quesadilla

TACOS

Their hand pressed corn tortillas tacos were some of the best tacos I’ve had in long time. There were so many options to choose from. My favorites were the Grouper Frito Taco (beer battered grouper) and Carnitas de Pati Taco (a michoacana style duck confit). We also tried their delicious Al Pastor Taco (marinated pork) and the Carne Asada Taco (char-grilled certified Angus Sirloin Steak). If you want to skip the meat, make sure you try their Hongos taco which is a vegetarian option made with seasonal mushrooms.

DESSERTS

I’m sure the kids thought everything was delicious but when we asked what their favorite part of the afternoon was, they both said the popsicles. These weren’t just any popsicles but homemade Mexican ice popsicles from La Michoacana.

So if you’re looking for the perfect place to go out for a family lunch, Taco Tuesday or Ladies Night on a Thursday, Coyo Taco in Palm Beach has something for everyone.

For more about the menu, exact location and time check out their website at here. We had such a wonderful experience, we will definitely be back.

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Orlando B Resort and Spa

My hotel stay was sponsored but the thoughts and opinions are all mine.

This past month we had the pleasure of staying at the B Resort and Spa. This four star resort located in heart of Central Florida offers fun for every member of your family. The B Resort and Spa is an official Walt Disney World hotel near the Disney Springs resort area. For those looking to visit the Disney parks one of the perks of this resort is that guests have access to an exclusive Walt Disney World complimentary shuttle. Shuttles visit all Walt Disney World theme parks and the Disney Springs Resort area. They also offer extended hours access to the Disney parks with Extra Magic Hours and queue jumping with FastPass+ Access.

The Lobby at the B Resort and Spa

From the moment you walk into the B Resort and Spa you get a sense of grandeur. I was greeted by a friendly front desk staff and a super chic lobby area. I really loved how everything was all white with a splash of color.

Our Room at the B Resort and Spa

What I loved about our room is that it had a touch of modern and chic mixed with comfortability. The room was spacious enough for a family of four but could totally fit a family of 6 comfortably. The kids really enjoyed hanging out on the pull-out bed/couch. The large glass patio window gave an amazing skyline view of the surrounding hotels, but if you have little ones no need to worry, there was no outdoor patio access. The bathroom was complete with modern fixtures and had a large all glass shower.

Room at the B Resort and Spa

The Pool at the B Resort and Spa

Our favorite part of our whole stay was the pool area. The pool zero entry access was perfect for our little ones. There were plenty of lounge chairs and a poolside bar offered drinks, yummy appetizers and full meal (see menu below).

Pool at the B Resort and Spa

The Restaurant the B Resort and Spa

American Kitchen Bar and Grill is the resort’s onsite restaurant. They offer a verity of American cuisine made with with locally sourced ingredients. We enjoyed their full breakfast buffet which had all of our favorites breakfast food (eggs, sausage, bacon, biscuits, fruits and more). My son especially loved the Mickey Mouse waffles.

Extra fun at the B Resort and Spa

Outdoor Fun

Kids Zone

24 Hour Fitness Center

The Pick-Up ( On location store)

Our stay at the B Resort and Spa was very fun but way too short, we loved every moment of it. Everything was super clean and all the staff were helpful and attentive. We will definitely be back soon. To book your stay or for more information check out their website here.

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Just for Me Hair Care Routine

This post has been sponsored by Just for Me but the thought and opinions are all mine.

We love our little curly haired babies but getting their cute little curls to come out just right can be a bit of work. Luckily, we found a great product line – the new Just For Me® Curl Peace collection.

It is made specifically for children to leave their kinks, coils and curls tangle free, moisturized, and soft. Of course when we look for products for our curly haired kids we make sure there are natural ingredients. Luckily, their products are formulated with ingredients like shea butter, raw honey, and marshmallow root extract.

Our Daily Routine

We are still learning but here is how we get their curls on point:

  • The night before we wash and condition their hair with the Just For Me® Curl Peace ultimate detangling shampoo and conditioner. This leaves their hair feeling soft and ready for the morning style. Alissa goes to bed with protective styling.
  • In the morning we start with the easy to use Just For Me® Curl Peace 5-in-1 wonder spray. After some sprays and some combing their hair is ready to style.
Just For Me hair care great for boys
  • Then we use the Just For Me® Curl Peace defining curl & coil cream. It is real easy to lather it through their hair and style it (for Alexander) or comb it up (for Alissa).
Just For Me hair care great for girls

Our thoughts

How do we know it works? When we leave the house people of all ages want to run their fingers through our kids’ hair.

We all know getting your little ones to sit and let you do their hair is difficult. That’s why getting a great product like the Just For Me® Curl Peace collection will allow you to make the most of the short time when your child sits still. Of course when raising a family you are always on a budget so Just For Me® makes their products affordable and accessible at local stores like Walmart, Sally Beauty, Target, and Beauty Supply locations.

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Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa Review

My hotel stay was sponsored but the thoughts and opinions are all mine.

Going to Disney World is such an exciting feeling but finding the perfect accommodations can be just as exciting. As a family of five we take up a lot of room so we knew whatever resort we decided to stay for the week needed to be big and spacious. We were invited to check out Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa. The apartment style accommodation had everything we needed for a comfortable stay. The location of the resort is ideal for those looking to visit the parks. It takes about 15 minutes by car to get to Disney World and SeaWorld and about 25 minutes to Universal Studios.

Our room at the resort had everything a big family could want from a full kitchen with updated appliances to a washer and dryer. We were in a two bedroom, two bathroom hotel room with a big spacious balcony that had a pool view.

Our Kitchen in our hotel room at Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa
The Kitchen in our hotel room at Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa

Bedroom at Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa

Traveling with two toddlers and a baby and being in the same bedroom can be tough.  Since my toddlers are usually in bed hours before my husband and I go to sleep, being able to put my children in their own bedroom for bedtime was a big plus.

The master suite had everything we could dream of. We had a king size bed, a jacuzzi style bathtub and a rainforest type shower. We had a lot fun in our jetted bathtub after we would come in from an evening of swimming. It seems like our kids loved our bedroom more than their room.

Jet tub in Master Bedroom at Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa
Shower and Jetted tub in Master Bedroom at Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa
Second Bedroom in our hotel room at Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa

Pirates Plunge Pool at Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa

Our favorite part of our entire stay was lounging around the pool area with the big pirate ship. My children loved the beach style pool because they were able to go very far in shallow waters. My husband and I enjoyed the drinks we ordered at the pool bar while relaxing poolside.

Family photo by the pool at the Pirates Plunge Pool

Stay Reflections Spa & Salon

Although the pool was nice nothing topped my 50 minute full body massage at the Stay Reflection Spa and Salon the spa is conveniently located on the sixth floor of the resort’s lobby building. My day there was nothing short of glorious, after my massage I had a cool glass of fresh orange juice and champagne waiting for me. I enjoyed my yummy Mimosa in their peaceful common area while admiring the in-house aquarium. 

Relaxing at Stay Reflection Spa and Salon at Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa

There’s also something for your little ones at the spa. Your children can enjoy a hair and makeup makeover catered to them. It’s a great option for the budget conscious family looking give the princess and/or pirate in their life a fun makeover without breaking the bank. Bring your costume and they’ll take care of the rest.

Visit here to plan you next stay or check out more of what this beautiful resort has to offer.

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Boynton Harbor Marina

Boynton Beach is a city in Palm Beach County, Florida. This small, family friendly town has something for everyone. Recently we decided to visit the Boynton Harbor Marina. This marina is located ½ mile south of the Boynton Inlet. Since our family enjoys anything water related, this made the perfect day trip.

We visited on a Sunday afternoon and to our surprise parking at the marina was a breeze. They do offer valet parking but you can easily find self parking. Everything at the Boynton Harbor Marina is walking distance. The marina also provides clean public bathroom for those visiting.

The Boynton Harbor Marina is not only beautiful and clean but they offer many different water activities. You can rent jet-ski or go on a fishing charters. They also offer scuba diving, boat rentals, and more.

Not looking to get in water? That’s totally fine because there are two waterfront restaurants nearby. (Banana Boat Restaurant and Two Georges Waterfront Restaurant). Both restaurants are located at the marina. Being that both are on the water, it is the perfect place to order a drink, sit back, relax, and watch the countless yachts and boats pass by.

Our children had the best time at the marina watching countless boat and yacht pass by. They were even lucky enough to see manatees and feed seagulls from scraps the fisherman were throwing away. The marina also provides many secret path ways and places with a view. We felt perfectly safe and even found a place where we could allow the kids to play freely.

This marina embodies everything we love about South Florida. And with palm tree and boats everywhere, its the perfect place to take family pictures. (For fashion tips on how to look great as a busy mom, checkout my article here.)

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Residence Inn Orlando Lake Buena Vista Review

Pool area at Residence Inn Orlando lake buena vista

Traveling with Toddlers

Before marriage and children, as a single growing up in South Florida and living only three hours away from Orlando, I’ve had my fair share of travels and stays at various hotels and motels in Orlando.
From 5 star hotels to sketchy motels there is something for everyone and every price budget in the beautiful city of Orlando.
Traveling with two toddlers and finding the perfect hotel in Orlando that is comfortable, safe, and affordable can be a bit of task with so many options. Location is also a big deal, especially if your hotel doesn’t offer a shuttle to the theme park you are trying to visit.
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Finding the Best Accommodations

On this trip we were visiting Sea World in Orlando, so hotel location was our number one priority. Equal to location was cleanliness, because if your toddlers are anything like mine, they’re still eating off the floor. A hot, free breakfast was also top on our list. When traveling with toddlers ones, you soon realize that the cost of things add up quickly in Orlando.  Not having to worry about breakfast was one less expense to take off our plate (pun intended).
Luckily, we were able to find everything that fit all our needs for this trip at Residence Inn by Marriott.
Just 15 minutes from Sea World, our hotel was very easy to find and thankfully at 12 am we were able to easily find parking. Check-in was seamless and the front desk staff was extra friendly.  The best part was they had freshly baked cookies waiting for us. (Parking was $10 a night.)

Hotel Room at Residence Inn Orlando Lake Buena Vista
Kids Jumping on our Bed in our Hotel Room

Our Hotel Room

It was super nice to find out our room was actually a suite with a full kitchen and living room. We had a bedroom with a king sized bed, which the kids almost enjoyed more than my husband and I 😉  Our room and the entire hotel was very clean and spacious, and the staff was very responsive to our housekeeping requests.
We can’t say enough about how much fun our kids had the hotel.  Our son sprawled out on the pullout couch in the living room and was so happy he had a hug bed. My daughter slept in a pack and play provided by the hotel (no mattress), but brand new clean sheets were provided. My husband and I slept in our own bedroom in the comfy king sized bed.
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Free Hotel Breakfast

Breakfast was super busy being a holiday weekend, and it was almost impossible to find a table. Although it was crazy it was so worth it! The food was actually really good. They had pretty much everything you could desire for a yummy breakfast, eggs, sausage, hash potatoes, waffles, you name it. My husband who has to eat gluten free and eats a lot found plenty of great options.  For those on the go, there were a lot of continental options.
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Relaxing by the Pool

The pool area was perfect to relax after getting worn out at Sea World or enough fun for a pool day for the kids.  There were waterfalls and even a kiddie-sized pool that we could relax by and not worry about the kids’ safety.
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Community® coffee American Classic™ Blend

This post is sponsored by Community Coffee Company but the opinions are my own. 

There’s no doubt that life looks a lot different for us now that we have three little ones at home. Kevin and I met six years ago around this time, we were full of energy and often dreamed of our future together. At the time we didn’t realize how much coffee we would consume as parents. Between the baby waking up multiple times in the middle of the night and our sweet little Alissa waking up every morning right before sunrise, Kevin and I don’t get much sleep. Thank God for Community® coffee. 

Honestly, thinking about the deliciousness of the Community® coffee 37-ounce canister of American Classic™ Blend, which can be found exclusively at Walmart, is what gets us up early. Kevin and I often love to wake up very early right before the kids wake up and enjoy a warm cup of Community® coffee American Classic™ Blend, it’s enough to keep us going for the day.
Community Coffee Company is a family-owned business that started in 1919. For four generations Community® has been selecting, roasting and perfecting their great-tasting blends of coffee. Community Coffee Company is the largest family-owned and operated retail coffee brand in America. Community® coffee beans are sourced from coffee farms around the globe. As noted on their website the past 100 years they’ve “maintained an unwavering dedication to making the best tasting highest quality coffee” they possibly can while “developing a better method of sourcing, superior roasting techniques, and innovative ideas to keep their coffee at its peak of flavor and freshness.” 


I can really taste the care and dedication Community® puts into making the perfect blend in every cup of coffee I drink. Don’t just take our words for it, head over to your Walmart today and try the Walmart exclusive 37-ounce canister of the American Classic™ Blend for yourself. Community® coffee will make the perfect coffee for hosting and entertaining your guests this holiday season. 

Easter at The Royal Poinciana Plaza

We had such a fun time at The Royal Poinciana Plaza egg hunt. It was the best mix of elegance and fun. My Wee Royal indulged on yummy deserts and bubbly water while they enjoyed one on one time with the impeccably dressed Easter Bunny.

Royal Ponicana Plaza
Yummy treats at the Royal Ponicana Plaza
Royal Ponicana Plaza
Royal Ponicana Plaza

There were plenty treats for the adults to enjoy but the cold delicious cocktails made this one of our favorite Easter egg hunt of the season. We will definitely be there next year.

Why vaccinating my children was an easy choice for me.

This post is sponsored by the Florida Department of Health; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

What I’ve Learned About Vaccinations

When you have a child you start to think differently. You start to question things you never put much thought into before. That’s a good thing because there are important decisions you have to make for your child and healthcare is definitely one of them. When I went looking for answers to some of those first-time mom questions, it was daunting and overwhelming with the amount of opinions and information out there. After going through this with 3 children, I want to share what I’ve learned to make it less stressful for a first time mom.

Here is what I have learned:

Know where you are getting your information from.

Moms love to talk and share stories, and we love to ask Dr. Google our burning questions but it’s most important to know where you are getting your information from. If a mom is giving you an opinion it may only be coming from her experience or that of someone she knows. A few people’s experiences are not as reliable as medical studies. Secondly, if you go sifting through the sites provided by Dr. Google you will find more information than you can make sense of. (To clarify there is no Dr. Google feature. I’m just referring to the search box). Whether you are listening to a mom or reading sites here are 2 things to consider: 1. Is the claim backed up by data? 2. Does this person or site have an ulterior motive?

Vaccinations Facts

Unfortunately, on Google the top returned search results can be companies that are trying to be the first to drive traffic to the advertisements on their sites. Many of them do not have extensive medical studies to back up their claims. So who can you trust?

I found lots of information based on facts, research, and studies through the Florida Department of Health (http://www.floridahealth.gov.) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov). You can go through your state’s health department as well.

Here are a few points I felt were important in my decision to vaccinate my 3 children:

– Getting vaccines while pregnant protects me and my baby. – Millions of children are vaccinated every year and have been for decades. – Outbreaks of diseases like whooping cough, mumps, and measles can still happen.

– Vaccines are given at the optimum times to protect children when they are most vulnerable. The CDC has posted a vaccine schedule as well www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules .

– Vaccines are studied for years before they are made available to the public.

It can be overwhelming to make sense of all the information out there while trying to figure out how to parent. I hope some of my points will help you, but my last recommendation is to talk to your child’s pediatrician. Finding a pediatrician that you can communicate well with is probably the most important thing to do. Asking my doctor questions and letting her know my concerns was probably the best decision I made. She actually explained the research and safety behind vaccines and I felt very confident in my decision to vaccinate my children.

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My Three beautiful fully vaccinated babies.