Monday, October 20, 2014

My Grown Up Christmas List {2014 Edition}

Each year I get asked the same question, "What would you like for Christmas?" And, each year I say, "I don't know. How about ____?" After the New Year rolls around I'm always glad I got a gift card or two and some cash for means I get to go out and buy that other thing I forgot I wanted. Us girls have a lot of wants...we just forget what they are when put on the spot.

This year, when the things I'd like to have most came to mind, I decided to add them to this list of things I'm dreaming of! {it's also a sneaky ploy to gain more page views on this here blog, too. I kid. Maybe.}

Without further ado, my grown up Christmas list... {in no particular order}

Alex and Ani Christmas Bracelets

I am IN LOVE with these bracelets...and feel the need to own one of each. I currently only have one, the Disneyland one. I got it as my one special souvenir from being invited and attending Disney Social Media Moms in California this past April. I'm dying for more!

Y'all! I need these tees in my life. First, Florida is HOME. Second, I say "y'all" all of the time! It's a southern thing.

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Ariat Women's Boots in size 8
Speaking of Y'ALL, how do I live in the South and not own a pair of cowgirl boots?? I've wanted a pair for a couple of years now but, that price tag. This is a "Wish List", after all. Maybe Santa will be extra nice this year?

Since changing my eating habits and lifestyle a few months ago, I've been eager to learn. I want to know ALL of the good foods to eat and ALL of the bad! Knowledge is POWER! This Practical Paleo book looks like a wealth of information that I'm looking for.

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Olloclip for the iPhone 5
I have dreamed of one of these for a very long time. How cool would it be to capture Jett's bug finds with the Macro lens? And, the Fish Eye lens is just awesome! This is something I just wouldn't buy for much as I love it, throughout the year my family needs more important things. But, to receive it as a gift? That's a whole new ball game!

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6 Pack Fitness Tote

Eating healthy has its downfall when we go out as a family. It has effected the options I have when we go out to restaurants or even for a family outing. With the 6 Pack Fitness Tote I can pack my healthy foods in individual containers and tuck them inside this fancy cooler bag. There's room for food containers, water bottles, supplements AND the things I would normally carry in my purse. A fit girl's best friend! {In case you're wondering all about on the link under the picture and check out all of the features. If you struggle to find healthy food options, like I do, when you go out for the day you're gonna want one for yourself!}

*This momma has a million things going on in her mind at any given moment. So, this list is bound to be added to...but, my mind will not change on anything already listed. I have been dreaming of these things for a really long time. :o)

**Under each picture is a link to each product that I'm dreaming of. Some of them may be affiliate links. This simply means that in purchasing a gift for me, you're also helping me purchase gifts for my children. :o)

Friday, October 17, 2014

VTech Go! Go! Smart Animal Adventure Playset

Disclaimer: I was provided a VTech Go! Go! Forest Adventure Playset for mine and Mabry's review. All opinions on this products are my own.

I've noticed in the last six or so weeks that my house is quieter. From 9am to about 4:30pm it's just Mabry and I at home. Occasionally, Hubs will come home for lunch. Some days we have small visitors to play with. But, most days, it's just us.

It's almost like she's my first baby. The big kids are at school and so I get to watch her grow and learn new things each day...things I have forgotten that little ones do. My main focus is HER. She explores and toddles around. She's discovering  and I'm seeing her little personality shine through.

My favorite time of day is when she finds a favorite toy. Each day is like the first time she's ever seen it. Her eyes light up and she looks at me with her great big, toothy smile!

A couple of weeks ago we opened up the VTech Go! Go! Smart Animal Adventure Playset. Right away she was drawn to the animals that light up, say their name and sing silly songs. I was amazed at how long it held her undivided attention.

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Go! Go! Smart Animals™ Forest Adventure Playset™ includes:
  • The ability to explore the forest with the included SmartPoint™ bear as he plays with animal friends and responds to various SmartPoint locations with different phrases, music and fun sound effects.
  • Motor skill strengthening activities which include two SmartPoint locations and four manipulative features including a turning disc, gate, sliding squirrel and twisting butterfly.
  • Colorful tracks that can be connected to other Go! Go! Smart Animals or Go! Go! Smart Wheels playsets (each sold separately) to encourage children’s creativity.

As Mabry pushed the animals along the tracks with her tiny hands they interacted with her at the Smart Point locations. I also noticed she played with the four manipulative features; a spinning gear, turning gate, sliding squirrel and twisting butterfly. Fine motor skills being learned here, folks!

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With VTech's new line of Go! Go! Smart Animals, there are LOTS of different animals to choose from and add to your playset. There are also add-on's for the playset to make it larger and give your animals more places to play and hide. 

If you're looking for a gift for Mabry this Christmas, we'd, I mean, she'd like some more animals and add-on's. This is her new favorite toy! I'm pretty certain your little one will love it, too!

There is an Amazon affiliate link within this post. This simply means that should you decide to click through and purchase the product from said link, you will be supporting my family through this little blog. :o) Thank you in advance for your support!

Monday, October 13, 2014

5 Reasons You Must Go To Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

Disclaimer: I received two complimentary tickets to attend Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party in Walt Disney World. I was not asked to write this post nor was I given the words to say. All opinions are my own.

{Photo credit, Disney}

In my family we have a HUGE love for Disney. Some might call it obsessive, we like to call it...obsessed. Okay, we're completely fine with loving all things Disney. No shame in our game.

Before five kids we went to every theme park multiple times a year. We were Season Pass Holders. We even went to the special events! Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party is one of our most favorite events of year at the Magic Kingdom! I'm going to share 5 reasons why you MUST go to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party {MNSSHP} THIS YEAR!

1. The Park is "Dressed to the Nines" - I love going to the Magic Kingdom ANY time of year but, I especially love the park when it's decorated for a holiday. Fall/Halloween is right on the top of my list of my favorite decorated time! The window fronts are made festive, the flags on the buildings are color coordinating, there are pumpkins and scarecrows galore! And did I mention the lights? As soon as I step foot onto Main St, USA I become a kid again. EVERY. TIME.
Walt Disney World during Fall and Halloween
{Thank you, shellybellyfoster for these photos!}

2. Ride more rides! - While not every ride/attraction is open during the party, there are a BUNCH of rides/attractions open and ready for you to jump on to. Because the park sells a limited number of tickets to the party, the attendance is lower than it is during the day thus, the lines may be much shorter. {sometimes, not always...if you go on October 31 it's going to be busy but, still FUN!}
Space Mountain with my 5 year old
Ever wondered if your 5-year-old would love Space Mountain? Look at the smile on this girl's face! As soon as we got to the park we walked straight to Tomorrowland and right on Space Mountain. Our wait was less than 15 minutes.

Twice, y'all. TWICE she got me on those Tea Cups. #MNSSHP #sponsored
Next stop, Mad Tea Party! Better known as the Tea Cups. AKA, I-never-ride-this-ride-because-just-watching-them-go-round-and-round-makes-me-sick. McKinley LOVED the Tea Cups. That cute little face coaxed me on TWICE!
Tea Cups at Magic Kingdom
I made the comment on Instagram that if anyone saw me looking a bit green it was all because of my little girl!

{Tea Cup photos and selfies are the best! Even if the ride isn't your favorite, the pictures will be!}

Aladdin's Carpets at Magic Kingdom
The Magic Carpets of Aladdin was another favorite. And, again we rode twice. We got off and jumped right back on. {I don't remember a time that I went to the Magic Kingdom and rode so many rides all in one day}

Mine Train Ride at Magic Kingdom
Since the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train first opened in May 2014, I have dreamed of feeling the wind in my hair as I raced through the Mine to work with those seven little men. My dream came true on October 2!! McKinley and I hopped into our mine car and rode into the, into the mine...and up and down the track so fast! Her little arms raised the entire ride, I can't even handle the cute! {Best part? We hopped off and RIGHT.BACK.ON!}

We also rode The Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean and Prince Charming Regal Carousel. We stood in line for The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh but, there seemed to have been a Honey Spill so we weren't able to ride at that time. Goodness, I love Disney and their wit.

3. The Treats - In numerous locations around the Magic Kingdom you will find Cast Members waiting eagerly to fill your {provided} trick-or-treat bag full of treats! You are welcome to bring in your own treat bag...and it might be a great idea since you'll be leaving the park with a TON of candy! Second to the rides, looking for candy locations was McKinley's favorite!
Trick or Treat at MNSSHP

The Halloween Party is also a great time to get special treats that are only made during the season. Like, a Spiced Pumpkin Waffle Sundae {at Sleepy Hollow}, Ghost Cupcakes {at Gaston's Tavern}, Candy Corn Soft-serve Ice Cream {at Storybook Treats}, Candy Corn Cotton Candy {at outdoor carts} or Specialty Cupcakes and Cookies {at Main Street Bakery}.

4. See Creative Guest Costumes - If I would've had more time, I would've stopped to capture a photo of each and every guest that was wearing a creative costume. We saw a new mom dressed as Daisy Duck. She was holding a teeny Donald Duck {her newborn son!}. The were quite a few Mouseketeers, FROZEN families galore, Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head, and many, many more! Here's only a sample of the creative guests we encountered.
 Costumes at MNSSHP
How cute is this family all dressed as the Seven Dwarfs?!

Costume at MNSSHP
It's the evil Dr. Doofenshmirtz and his Dance-inator {said in my most evil voice}! His son was dressed as Perry the Platypus from Phineas and Ferb.

Ghosts at MNSSHP
These two {or were there four....buwahahaha} were maybe my favorite of the night. Dressed as Haunted Mansion Ghosts, and well done!

5. The Parade and Fireworks - The "Boo to You" Halloween Parade is a special parade that only makes it's rounds on MNSSHP event nights. The Headless Horseman kicks things off by riding though the streets, head in hand. When the parade makes it's way to where you're seated you're sure to see characters that you may not see everyday at the Magic Kingdom. We saw Wreck It Ralph, the Hyenas from Lion King, Haunted Mansion Ballroom Dancers, Villians GALORE!, Jack Sparrow....and many, many more! Tip: there are TWO parades. Stop and enjoy the second one. It's less crowded and your feet will be begging for a break around the time of the second showing anyway. Grab a snack, pop a squat and relax! The show is amazing!
Boo to You! Halloween Parade

Minnie at MNSSHP

Snow White at MNSSHP

Eeyore at MNSSHP

Aladdin and Jasmine at MNSSHP

Wreck it Ralph at MNSSHP

Wendy at MNSSHP

The Evil Queen at MNSSHP

Queen of Heart at MNSSHP

Be sure to catch the Hallowishes Fireworks show, too. It's common knowledge that the very best place to view the fireworks is on Main St. However, you get a pretty good view of the show no matter where you are in the park. We happened to be in Frontierland when the fireworks started going off...and had a spectacular view. A 360 degree view, at that! They were popping all around us. It was breathtaking! Don't miss it!

There's so much more that goes on throughout the Magic Kingdom during Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. Check your guide map for the times and locations for Celebrate the Magic, Monstrous Scream-O-Ween Ball and Club Villian {McKinley and I popped in to this dance party for a few minutes and saw Villians that you otherwise may not see; the Evil Stepsisters from Cinderella, Doctor Facilier from Princess and the Frog and Cruella Deville from 101 Dalmations.}. Also, look for Villians Mix and Mingle Live on Stage and Special Disney Character Appearances.

Bonus Tip: As long as the Magic Kingdom is NOT at maximum capacity, you may enter MNSSHP as early as 4:00PM!!!

Have you been to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party?? What is your favorite part? Do you have a tip to share? Let us know in the comments!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Blissfully Domestic Happenings {for Fall}

Y'all, I LOVE FALL! The back-to-school season, the weather change, the color changes in our surroundings, PUMPKINS {!!}, Mums and Halloween. Fall is also the time to dust off your baking dishes and make homemade baked goods. Mmmm...

If you've been following jonahbonah for the last year, you know I'm also a writer/curator over at Blissfully Domestic. I'm trying to get better at sharing with you guys what I post over there. I don't want you to miss a thing!

The following four posts are my latest. Each of them are Fall related. Are you ready for Fall? What about Halloween? The ideas in these posts will get you excited!

october posts for blissfully domestic

Paleo-Friendly Pumpkin Cupcakes {my kids LOVED these!}
How to Sew a Simple Bunting
DIY Halloween Costumes for the Entire Family
13 DIY Spooky Halloween Party Ideas

*click the above titles to be taken to the related post.

Go check these out! I've got a few more before Halloween to help you make your home SPooKy!!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Disney's Tomorrowland {a New Feature Film Coming Soon}


This trailer for Disney's Tomorrowland was just released today. As with all Disney films, in my opinion, it's going to be one we won't want to miss. Need an explanation? George Clooney. I see you checking the calendar for it's release date!

From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s riveting, mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever.

Featuring a screenplay by “Lost” writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen, “Tomorrowland” promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of.

TOMORROWLAND opens in theaters everywhere on May 22, 2015!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Little Bit Kisses

It's my favorite when my babies all learn how to kiss. A big, wet open-mouth kiss from a baby is AWESOME! Am I right? Mabry has recently starting giving me kisses when I ask her.

The best time to ask her for kisses is right after she wakes up from a nap. She wakes up and wraps her little arms around my neck and pats my back. When she lifts her head from my shoulder she leans in for the kiss. There just isn't anything sweeter!

Afternap kisses from this cutie. She's so snuggly and loveable when she wakes up. Any other time she's Miss Independent.  #mabrymaeeveryday #mabrymaehutchins

These are the days I never want to forget!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

An Opportunity You Don't Want to Miss

Join My Plexus Team

Plexus is offering an exciting promotion for the month of October for ALL Ambassadors. You can earn an iPad and a case!! When bonuses like this roll around you don't want to waste any time.

First, we need to get YOU signed up as an Ambassador! What does that mean? For $34.95 you can join my team and change the lives of others. Together we can help our friends lose weight, heal their body from the inside and get more healthy than they've been in a long time! And, we'll earn a paycheck!

If you think this sounds like something you'd like to do, please email me at jonahbonahinjax at gmail dot com. I'd love to tell you more!

ALSO, I have a gift for the first FIVE Ambassadors that sign up to join my team!!

I can't wait to tell you more!