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Friday, May 4, 2018

SOLO: A Star Wars Story | New Clip Now Available

SOLO: A Star Wars Story

Happy May The 4th (Be With You)!

On STAR WARS Day, I am excited to share with you a brand-new clip from SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY which opens in theatres everywhere this Memorial Day weekend (May 25th).

And tickets are now on sale everywhere that tickets are sold! For more information about in-theater events and giveaways visit

SOLO: A Star Wars Story

Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo befriends his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and meets the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes. The film stars Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Paul Bettany.

SOLO: A Star Wars Story

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

50th Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival in Fernandina Beach, FL

Shrimp Festival Logo

This past weekend the kids and I ventured out to the Shrimp Festival in Fernandina Beach, FL. We waited until Sunday to go because McKinley had her first dance recital on Saturday {more on that later} and it had been raining for days and days prior. Sunday's forecast promised sunny skies. Yay!!!

It had been years since the last time I went to the Shrimp Fest...I was dying to get down there and people watch and antique window shop. The food, of course, was a deciding factor in our going. Who doesn't love some fresh, fried shrimp and hushpuppies?? Did someone say Fresh Squeezed Lemonade?? Funnel Cakes? Bring it on!! It can all be found at the Shrimp Fest!

Eating a Funnel Cake
{look at all of those vultures, I tell ya!}

The sights are beautiful at the Festival! There are, of course, shrimp boats.

Shrimp Boat

Jonah in front of the boat
{that's our Jonah up front there...growing up so fast!}

Capt Jack
{my favorite shot of the day!}

Shark on Dock
{Jonah and Jett spotted a shark!!}

You are sure to see a pirate, or five, while enjoying your day!

More Pirates
{we found these fellas waiting by the restrooms. the kids thought it was so funny. pirates have to potty too!}


My Little Pirates
{be sure to catch the "How To Be A Pirate" show if you do take the kiddos. my littles thoroughly enjoyed every moment!}

Kids and a Pirate Statue

What else is there to do other than eat, shop, take in the scenery and watch for pirates?? Make memories with the kiddos, of course! But, don't forget your wallet!!

Kitten Face Painting
{before we even got there McKinley was asking to have her face painted like a kitten. wish granted, baby girl!}
{{a little tip // see that ice cream in her hand? if you make your way all the way to the little Marina Shop on the water you will find ice cream treats for less than $2.00 each. that's a significant savings to what you'll pay the vendors inside the festival!}}

McKinley on a Pony
{pony rides!! McKinley's day was made right under this tent!}

Girl on a Horse

Miniature Horse
{there was a tiny horse, that was no bigger than a goat, that you could feed!}

Policeman Feeding a Horse
{out of nowhere this really HOT police officer comes over and started feeding the ponies with us!! my day was made!! #itwasHubs}

Jett on Rock Climbing Wall
{Jett braved the rock-climbing wall.}

Jett Rings the Bell
{and made it all the way to the top! proud momma moment!}

Jett at the Rock Climbing Wall

Lots of people bring their dogs to the festival too.

Meet Espy. McKinley fell in love with Espy and didn't want to leave his side.
McKinley and a Huge Dog

Espy is a Bouvier Des Flandres, a real life *dog with a blog*! {you may only know that reference if you have children who watch the actual TV show, Dog With A Blog.}

Have you ever been to the Shrimp Festival in Fernandina Beach, FL?? What is your favorite memory of going?

This is an oldie, but a goodie post. The Shrimp Festival is in its 55th year this year. We'll be going on Saturday, will I see you there?


Saturday, April 28, 2018

Fiesta on Cinco de Mayo Like There's No Maňana

I love Mexican food. Tacos, burritos, enchiladas, they're all avenues to get the sour cream, queso and salsa in my mouth. I LOVE Mexican food!

I LIVED on Mexican food with each of my pregnancies. Especially with my first one. I could put a #4 dinner special away like it was nobody's business. {that may have had something to do with the 60 pound weight gain with him...}

With Cinco de Mayo a mere 4 days away, I thought I would gather a few yummy recipes up for you to make for your own fiesta. Or, just make them because you love the food as much as I do. Add them to your weekly dinner menu. Or, eat them every day, I won't judge.

Tex Mex Chicken
/1/ Tex-Mex Chicken - This is a recipe I created for Blissfully Domestic. It's a family favorite in my house. We eat it on the regular. I'd love for you to give it a try and tell me what you think. {Top it with sour cream and guac for an added umph of flavor!}

Mexican Pizza
/2/ Mexican Pizza - Diva Eats the World call this one "Party on a Plate." Judging by the picture alone, I'm gonna have to agree with her!

/3/ Loaded Sweet Potato Nachos - I love me some nachos! Recently, I've also discovered my love for sweet potato chips. It only makes sense to make nachos with them. My nacho addiction just became healthy! After all, the calories are in the chips, right?!

Want more great recipes for your Cinco de Mayo Fiesta? Check out my recent post on Blissfully Domestic!

Friday, April 27, 2018

Disneynature's Penguins Official Trailer | Coming to Theaters Earth Day 2019

Disneynature "Penguins"

Disneynature’s all-new feature film PENGUINS is a coming-of-age story about an Adélie penguin named Steve who joins millions of fellow males in the icy Antarctic spring on a quest to build a suitable nest, find a life partner and start a family.  None of it comes easily for him, especially considering he's targeted by everything from killer whales to leopard seals, who unapologetically threaten his happily ever after. From the filmmaking team behind BEARS and CHIMPANZEE, Disneynature’s PENGUINS opens in theaters nationwide in time for Earth Day 2019.

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Courtyard by Marriot | Myrtle Beach Broadway (a Hotel Review)

Myrtle Beach Courtyard by Marriot
(This photo courtesy of Courtyard Myrtle Beach Broadway)

Cheer competitions take us to multiple hotel accommodations across our region, the Southeast region.  We've stayed in some great places. Courtyard Myrtle Beach Broadway is definitely one of my favorites. The Myrtle Beach Convention Center is only three minutes away from this hotel. The beach is five to seven minutes away. And, Broadway at the Beach, an outdoor entertainment center with restaurants, shopping, live shows & family attractions, is right across the street. Courtyard Myrtle Beach Broadway is conveniently located to all of the hot spots in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Courtyard Marriott at Broadway Myrtle Beach, SC

Courtyard Marriott at Broadway Myrtle Beach, SC

Our room was on the first floor, facing the hotel pool. We had a semi-private patio just outside our sliding glass doors. Had the weather been even a little bit warmer, our girls would've jumped into that pool as soon as they got their cheer uniforms off! 

Myrtle Beach Courtyard by Marriot
(This photo courtesy of Courtyard Myrtle Beach Broadway)

Courtyard Marriott at Broadway Myrtle Beach, SC

The sink and vanity area is separate from the toilet and shower, so you could be brushing your teeth or putting on your make-up, while the kids are taking a bath or hubby is "reading the newspaper."

Courtyard Marriott at Broadway Myrtle Beach, SC

Courtyard Marriott at Broadway Myrtle Beach, SC

I loved the Tea Tree shampoo and conditioner provided by the hotel. But, take my advice, when you see containers like these, upon entering your hotel room make sure they aren't empty. Otherwise, you'll get up at 5:00am, be in a hurry to get your daughter to her cheer competition, and the conditioner bottle will be empty. (womp, womp)

Myrtle Beach Courtyard by Marriot
(This photo courtesy of Courtyard Myrtle Beach Broadway)

As you enter the hotel, theres a large restaurant and bar area perfect for unwinding after a long day. Order a few finger foods, enjoy a refreshment, and spend time with your family or friends. Or, enjoy the free wifi offered by the hotel and grab a cup of coffee. This particular Courtyard serves Starbucks coffee. (I'm not sure if that's a company wide offering.)

Myrtle Beach Courtyard by Marriot
(This photo courtesy of Courtyard Myrtle Beach Broadway)

See that orange throw pillow? After a LOOONNG day of cheer competition, I came back to the hotel, took the girls to the lobby, so they could hang out with their friends and play a game on the lobby computers, and I sat right there enjoying conversation with other moms. This little section of the lobby is enough away from the main lobby bar/restaurant area, that it was more quiet and felt more intimate.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Courtyard by Marriot in Myrtle Beach, SC. The staff were all very friendly, our room was ready for us upon check-in, and our room was clean. I would absolutely stay here again and recommend it to my friends and family.

Have you ever stayed here? How was your stay? Did you make it across the street to Broadway at the Beach? Let me know in the comments. 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Laundry Made Easy with LG's TwinWash System - Available at Best Buy

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

LG TwinWash laundry_Family

We have a large family; two adults, five children, one dog, and two hamsters. In our family, we play hard. In the fall, two of my boys play football, and my girls both participate in competitive all-star cheerleading. In the spring, cheerleading is still going on, but baseball season kicks off, as well. We're a large, BUSY family. And we create a LOT of dirty laundry! 

In our house, at least two loads of laundry is washed a day, yet we're never ahead. I mean, think about it, after each person comes home and takes off today's clothes, I instantly have two new loads of laundry; lights and darks. Add to that their sports clothes, pajamas, and bath towels. I have given up on the thought of ever being completely caught up on laundry. What's that saying? "Enjoy the chaos now. Before you know it, all of the kids will be grown and gone." Maybe I just made that one up, but you get what I'm saying; before long I'll be wishing for dirty cheer uniforms and grass-stained baseball pants to wash and practice clothes and school uniforms to fold. 

I was so excited to learn about LG's NEW TwinWash system! With LG’s TwinWash system you can wash TWO LOADS of laundry at the same time.  For small loads that can’t wait (the sweatpants after hot yoga, the red shirt in a pile of whites, the dirty school uniform on a Sunday night) there is the LG SideKick pedestal washer. You can even use it simultaneously while you do a bigger load up top on your LG Front Load Washer
Remember how I said I did two loads of laundry a day, yet never stayed caught up on dirty laundry? Now, I can double that to four loads a day. Maybe there's hope for me yet. LOL
Not only do these washers have mega capacity to tackle any size load, they are energy efficient while giving you the best cleaning performance. No wonder more households have chosen LG laundry over any other brand!

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How many loads of laundry do you think you have each week? Would the LG TwinWash system make your laundry life much easier? 

7 St. Patrick's Day Crafts for Kids

St. Patrick's Day may be the most overlooked holiday in my home. Well, there's Arbor Day and Groundhog Day...but, do those count? I should probably care more about Arbor Day. Trees give us oxygen. We need oxygen to survive. I digress.

I like to think of myself as a pretty crafty mom. I enjoy doing crafts with the kids. I LOVE to hang their art up around our home. I was once told that my house looked more like a daycare than a home because of all of my kid's art. And to that I think to myself, that's okay. My kids LOVE seeing their art hanging on the four walls that are their safe place. {Do you hang your kid's art? In one place or all over?}

St Patty's Day Kids Crafts

This year I plan to do more St. Patty's Day crafts! Today I've gathered 7 St. Patrick's Day Crafts that you and your kiddos can do together. I love each one of them for a different reason. But, my favorite is probably the last one. You'll see why!


/1/ Toilet Paper Roll Leprechauns - There's something about his yarn beard that caught my eye. I can't wait to make these with my kiddos!


/2/ Eraser-Stamped St Patrick's Day Tee - Did you know you can use freezer paper to create cute tees?? You totally can! This tutorial shows you how.

rainbow pony bead bracelet 420

/3/ 5-Minute Rainbow Bracelet - McKinley LOVES making and wearing {and gifting} jewelry. This bracelet would be perfect for every little girl. And her friends.


/4/ Cereal Box Leprechaun Hat - These hats will be cute on your St. Patty's Day table OR you can use them as favor bags. The glitter buckle is my favorite!


/5/ Fruit Loop Craft - Remember when crafts were simple? A piece of paper and some dry cereal? Some days I like to do those kinds of crafts with the kids. Simpler days, I tell ya.


/6/ Mail a Rainbow - The original idea is for party invitations. But, who wouldn't want to receive a rainbow in the mail? Snail mail, for the WIN!


/7/ Mickey and Minnie St Patrick's Day Headbands - Headed to Walt Disney World or Disneyland this month?? Make these cute ears before you head out!

Do you do crafts for St. Patrick's Day? I'd love to see. Share a link in the comments!

Want to see even more festive St. Patrick's Day Crafts for Kids? Check out this post!