Thursday, April 23, 2015

Everything You Need to Pack for Your Next Cruise

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Getting ready to embark on your first cruise? Maybe you're a seasoned cruise-goer, but you need a refresher on what to bring with you. I wrote a post filled with 9 Essentials You Need to Pack for Your Next Cruise over at BlissfullyDomestic.com. There's even a bonus item that you won't want to forget! I'd love it if you head on over and check it out! Click here.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Watch the Newest TOMORROWLAND Trailer by Disney Pictures HERE!

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Disney's newest full-length feature film Tomorrowland is sure to be nothing short of amazing! {I mean, George Clooney. Need I say more?}

When the most recent trailer was released yesterday, and I saw it, I knew it was a movie I did NOT want to miss!

In Disney’s riveting mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” a jaded scientist and an optimistic teen embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space.

Watch this.



Right?! You don't need to be a George Clooney fan, a Disney fan OR a Sci-Fi fan to see that this movie is going to be an edge-of-your-seat kind of film. May 22, 2015 it hits theaters. Mark your calendar. Make it a date night! 

Which movie are YOU most excited to go see this summer?? Tell me in the comments or tweet me @jonahbonah.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Salad Recipes that are Perfect for Spring

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Are you looking for the perfect salad for Springtime? One that's not too heavy, not too filling, but is light, colorful and just right? I just curated a post over at Blissfully Domestic that I think you'll find to be the solution to your Spring salad woes! Click here to check it out!


Monday, April 6, 2015

How PLEXUS Changed My Easter Photo This Year

We had such a wonderful day yesterday! Our day started, as it does every Sunday, at church. After church we went out to our family's house in Starke, FL and enjoyed spending time with loved ones that we don't see often enough.

When we got home last night I was thinking of how different this Easter was from last Easter. For starters, I wore a sleeveless dress. I'm not a fan of anything that shows parts of me that I'm not happy with and my arms have always been a part I wasn't happy with. Until now. I love my dress and how I felt in it. Another difference in this Easter from last was that I had more energy to help Mabry with hunting eggs. Instead of sitting back and watching my kids RUN and pick up every brightly colored, plastic, treasure-filled egg, I was ready and willing to get out there WITH them!!! The last difference I noticed from this Easter to last years was that I am not hiding behind my family in our photo. I didn't think that I did that before...but, as I search for before photos to show you on my weight loss journey, I am having a hard time finding any that I'm not behind my kids or that it's not just my face.

Happy Easter from all of us! {two times in one week, y'all.}
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Happy Easter from all of us!
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If you follow me on any social media platform, you know that I started taking Plexus in September of 2014. And that I've been working out in a gym quite regularly. I made a decision that enough is enough and it was time to break the hold that sugar and processed foods had on me. Since September, I've lost about 30 pounds and I've lost count of the inches. I'm down TWO pants sizes. 

The struggle is real, you guys. Weight loss is hard work. If you're trying SO HARD to lose the weight, or to just get healthy in general, remind yourself that you didn't put that weight on overnight, so it isn't going to come off overnight. Persistence will lead to perseverance! Never give up! How ever you need to boost your self confidence to not quit, tell yourself that over and over!!!

If you want to learn more about Plexus, email me {jonahbonahinjax@gmail.com}, call me, text me, DM me....GET IN CONTACT WITH ME! Together we can make your goals a reality!!

Disclaimer: I am a Plexus Ambassador. All opinions/photos in this post are mine. 

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Disney on Ice! Presents Let's Celebrate {Coming to Jacksonville, FL}

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It's been quite a few years since I've gone to a Disney on Ice! production. Just like anything Disney puts their name on, it was a spectacular show. My kids loved it. I loved it. We looked forward to when it would come back to town. Unfortunately, we moved away for 3 years and have missed every show since then. When I recently heard it was coming again this year, I got very excited!


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You are invited to make an ordinary day extraordinary and enjoy some of the world's most popular festivites, including a winter wonderland with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, a Halloween haunt with the Disney Villains, a Hawaiian luau with Lilo and Stitch, a Royal Ball with the Disney Princesses, a Very Merry Unbirthday Party and more in one action-packed and positively unforgettable celebration!

Disney on Ice presents Let's Celebrate! features more than 50 characters from 16 Disney stories live on ice, including Tiana from Walt Disney Pictures' The Princess and the Frog.

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I have good news! Disney on Ice! presents Let's Celebrate! is coming to Jacksonville, FL Veterans Memorial Arena April 9-12, 2015 for EIGHT shows! What's more, on Friday, April 10, after the 10:30 am show there's a special post-show clinic for the audience that gives a behind-the-scenes look at how the show comes together. How fun is that?!

And, guess what? I have a discount code for YOU! Use coupon code LZPR for $5 off admission tickets. Tickets start at $15.

I have EVEN BETTER NEWS! If you live local to Jacksonville, FL, I have TWO family 4-packs of tickets to giveaway to a couple of YOU! Enter in the Rafflecopter below.

Disclaimer: My family and I received tickets for Disney on Ice in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.










Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Hot Ham and Cheese Sliders {a Hillshire Naturals Review}

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Last week was Spring Break for my kids. Admittedly, I'm usually at a loss as to what to feed them for lunch when they are home. Of course, I can think of lots of things to feed them, but feeding them something they won't grumble at is a whole nother story! I love the simplicity of this Hot Ham and Cheese Sliders recipe. I assembled the sandwiches in only a few minutes, baked them for 10 minutes and we devoured them in less than the time it took to make them! My boys were asking for more...but, they were all gone.

Hillshire Farms Main Ingredients

First, gather the ingredients for your sliders. 

You'll need:
1 pkg. Hillshire Farms Naturals Honey Roasted Ham
1 pkg. King's Hawaiian Sweet Rolls
6 slices of deli Baby Swiss cheese
2 Tbls. of Mayonnaise {not pictured}

Hillshire Farms Ingredients

You'll also need these few ingredients for the topping:
1/2 Tbls. onion powder
1/2 Tbls. poppy seeds
1/4 tsp. worcestershire sauce
3/4 Tbls. dijon mustard
1/4 cup melted butter
Hillshire Farms Cut Bread

To assemble sliders, begin by cutting your rolls in half. You could cut each one individually, or leave them as a loaf, like I did. Then, spread a thin layer of mayonnaise on the inside of your bread.

Hillshire Farms Loaded Ham

Next comes a layer of Hillshire Farms Naturals Ham. You can put a single layer or double it up...we like a lot of meat, so we doubled it up!

Hillshire Farms Swiss Cheese

Last step of your slider prep, add a layer of Baby Swiss cheese. I say Baby Swiss because it's less pungent than other Swiss Cheese. You're gonna want the ham to shine through in this little slider! 

Hillshire Farms Top Bread

It's looking good, huh?! You could stop here and just dig in...but, wait! This last step puts these over the top!

Hillshire Farms Finish Sandwich

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. While waiting for oven to heat, mix all of the ingredients for the topping and brush or pour over the top of your sliders. Cover with foil and let sit for 10 minutes. After they've sat, put them in the oven for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. remove from oven and ENJOY!

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Now, watch your family devour the ooey-gooey, goodness that is this Hot Ham and Cheese Slider!

Disclosure: I'm required to disclose a relationship between my site and Hillshire. This could include Hillshire providing me w/content, product, access or other forms of payment. This recipe was adapted from KingsHawaiian.com

Monday, March 30, 2015

3 Souvenirs You MUST Get While at Walt Disney World Resort

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Our family has been to the Walt Disney World Resort a time or two...or twenty, in our 14 years of togetherness. {We had seasonal passes for a few years and would take weekend or day trips.} Over those years, we haven't bought a whole lot of toys or gifts. We kind of pride ourselves on not bringing home souvenirs that will be tossed aside or left at the wayside. When we DO let the kids pick a souvenir we have them think about it and come back to it. If it's something they really want, they'll still be thinking about it hours later, after they've seen other things. 

We've come home with Glow with the Show Mickey Ears, a Rapunzel princess dress from Bibbiti Bobbiti Boutique, a stuffed animal snake and leopard for my animal lovers.

When I make my way back down to the MAGIC that is in Walt Disney World, I have a short list of souvenirs that I would love to bring home with me, for me. After all, adults love bringing home fun things, too!

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I shared with you in my 2014 Holiday Gifts Wish List that I would love more Alex and Ani bracelets. It's been a few months and I would still love to have more of these fun bracelets! I was lucky enough to snag my one and only Alex and Ani while in Disneyland last year. This year, I'm hoping to add Walt Disney World, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Epcot to my collection!

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My husband has a coffee cup collection. He has collected mugs from just about every location he went to an Army training for, we have mugs from when we lived in Fort Campbell and I've made him a few mugs with the kids pictures on them. Recently, we started buying mugs from places we visit. Our most recent mug is from Portland, ME. {We LOVE Maine! Especially a select group of people there that we now call family!} His collection has become our collection and I like to add one or two here and there, too! I mean, we both drink coffee...I should be able to drink from a mug I like. :)

I've heard these You Are Here Starbucks mugs are hard to find, but that's not going to stop me from putting it on my list and looking. First stop when we walk into Magic Kingdom? Starbucks!

Golden Thread [12/365]
{photo credit - huffmans on flickr}

I dream of having a pair of Mickey Ears with my Instagram and Twitter handle, @jonahbonah, embroidered on them. Okay, maybe I don't really dream about them, but I've been talking about them for a couple of years now. The last time I was at the Parks, I was told they couldn't embroider the @ symbol. Hmmpph. That spoiled my plans. But, I asked a few of my Disney pals, and even a few folks employed with Disney, and turns out they CAN do the @ symbol...it just depends on who you ask. Second stop after walking into Magic Kingdom? Le Chapeau on Main Street, USA!

What is on your short list for Disney Souvenirs? Tell me in the comments or tweet me!

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