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Celebrating The Holidays In Style With Carter’s

Kids Fashion, Mom Life

beth mirelez


“This post is sponsored by Carter’s; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.”
What’s cuter than a baby all snuggled in their Christmas jammie’s while roaming the house looking for Santa’s milk and cookies?!? Absolutely NOTHING! This time of year is simply magical and when you have little ones at home,  Carter’s helps to bring the magic to life by having such a variety of holiday attire to dress your little one in! Whether you have a holiday party to attend or a day of sledding, their sweet clothes offer your baby the perfect outfit while not breaking the bank! ​Below, I’m going to share why I love their holiday line so much and how they give back with the Pajama Program.

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Talking About The Perfect Baby Onesie + Carter’s Win Every Day Sweepstakes

Kids Fashion, Mom Life

 

This post is sponsored by Carter’s; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own as we only work with companies we 100% love and believe in.

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​With your first baby, the world basically stops for a little but your life goes on–you don’t really have too much going on in the first 6 weeks of life as they eat-poop-sleep-repeat. When the second one comes along, your life is still happening. Your oldest has school, soccer, swimming, gymnastics, the list goes on. I love the Carter’s Original Bodysuits for when we are on the run, and need to quickly dress my little man. I also carry two or three in the car, because… well, kids.

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Talking Travel & Fashion With Kids: Maui Edition

Fave Finds, Kids Fashion, Mom Life, Travel
Travel with kids is nothing but blue skies, or at least one would hope! We recently took the kids with us back to Maui for their second time. Traveling all the way over from Florida equates to about 4500 miles of pulling every trick out of my Mary Poppins bag to keep the exhaustion melt downs to a minimum (mine too). Long airplane or car rides can be testing on your momma patience, but I have a few travel and fashion favorites for kids to make the journey easier for you and them.

travel with kids tips and tricks:

Surfboard Tank For Boys Hawaiian Floral Onesie For Toddler Girl Maui

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transitioning Her Baby To Solids

Kids Fashion, Mom Life
I love watching my baby grow, and I am sure that I am not alone when I say that I want to keep her small and in my arms forever! But the inevitable happens and she grows and learns new things everyday! She has recently transitioned (and is still transitioning) to solids, in addition to her several bottles of milk a day! I have listed a few tips that I have learned along the way. I hope you find these tips helpful as you are transitioning baby to solids.–Beth Mirelez

meeting milestones.

​Once your peanut is 5-6 months old and is able to sit-up with little or no support he or she is ready to transition to solid foods (along with her breastmilk/formula). Another sign that your baby is growing up and ready to take on new food textures is when your baby is eyeing and reaching for your food at every meal. If your little butterball has doubled his or her birth weight, it is another indication that your baby is ready for this exciting and very messy transition! ​So if your babe is meeting these milestones, grab some cute bibs like these from Cooper & Belle and give it a whirl!

Transition Baby To Solid Food Sippy Cup By MAM

make it fun.

Who doesn’t love a a good food presentation. Your baby is the same way, so incorporate bold colors like this pink sippy cup by MAM, unique food combos like the Power Blend Pouch with ancient grains, pineapple, banana and oatmeal from NurtureMe, fun cutlery made just for them like that from Re-Play Recycled and use your imagination to even make a picture out of the food. The more we use our imagination for them will only cultivate an environment that is fun to learn and to let their imaginations run free. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself, their breakfast can easily be pancakes with blueberries as the eyes and smile. I am queen of overthinking it, but keep it simply and most importantly, make it fun! The more they laugh and enjoy themselves the more they will want to do it all again in a few hours. 

don’t stress about the mess

​The mess of dinner time is simply inevitable for several months. If this is your second baby, then you are well aware that when babies first start eating 50% of the food on the spoon goes into their mouth and 50% ends up on their chins, ends up in their hair and really, just everywhere. And remember Mama, not stressing about a messy mealtime is a win win for everybody! Baby will always eat more when he or she is relaxed and happy rather than anxious or stressed! And we all know that a relaxed little bambino makes for a relaxed Mama =) For some of messys, I love these lavender cleansing wipes from Babo Botanicals. The smell yummy and get rid of the icky stickies.

make it a family affair.

Make it A family Affair. Babies are the best impersonators, so when they see everyone else eating, they will start join in on the fun. Life is so busy that it seems to get harder and harder for everyone to eat dinner at the same time, we try to make it a priority to turn the tv off, sit at the table and talk about our day. We have our fair share of eating dinner in the car and in front of the tv, but I cherish the dinners that we eat as a family around the table. My toddler tells us all about his day and it is the cutest ever. As life continually gets busier, there are some pass times that I am trying to make a priority in my home…& it’s kind of my favorite! 

MAM Teether For Baby

don’t let hanger happen.

Make sure your baby is hungry, but not hangry! Try to not let your baby eat for the hour leading up to the meal. The goal is to get them to eat so we want them hungry, but if the baby is passed the point of hungry, then it’s not going to be fun for anyone. This can sometimes be tricky with crazy schedules, but once accomplished it’s beautiful thing. Some things I use to occupy before hand are this MAM Teether, comedy courtesy of big brother or small age-appropriate toys. 

transition baby to solids, then celebrate!

Who doesn’t love to be celebrated?! Good news is babies are the same way! Babies love excitement & high pitched everything! Celebrating them as they eat and continue to eat makes for a fun & productive meal time! And who doesn’t love a happy baby & their toothless smiles! Nothing sweeter to fill your love tank! As we are all on this baby feeding journey together, we always love to hear some of your own tips or how you knew your baby was ready!

Camping At Disney’s Fort Wilderness With Kids

Fun With Kids, Kids Fashion, Mom Life, Travel

There is nothing like the magic that Disney brings to it’s theme parks and resorts, with Fort Wilderness Campgrounds being no exception. From the very front parking entrance where the helping hands told fun jokes to my kids in the back seat as we checked in, to the Chip ‘n’ Dale campfire experience, all the way to the Magic Kingdom fireworks being in view at the beach…magic. This was our kids first camping experience and something tells me it will never be topped. I want to share all the ins and outs to camping at Ft. Wilderness with kids so you are prepared for your visit!
There is nothing like the magic that Disney brings to it’s theme parks and resorts, with Fort Wilderness Campgrounds being no exception. From the very front parking entrance where the helping hands told fun jokes to my kids in the back seat as we checked in, to the Chip ‘n’ Dale campfire experience, all the way to the Magic Kingdom fireworks being in view at the beach…magic. This was our kids first camping experience and something tells me it will never be topped. I want to share all the ins and outs to camping at Ft. Wilderness with kids so you are prepared for your visit!
Camping At Disney Fort Wilderness Guide

Campfire Fun At Disney Ft Wilderness

There is nothing like the magic that Disney brings to it’s theme parks and resorts, with camping at Fort Wilderness being no exception. From the very front parking entrance where the helping hands told fun jokes to my kids in the back seat as we checked in, to the Chip ‘n’ Dale campfire experience, all the way to the Magic Kingdom fireworks being in view at the beach…magic. This was our kids first camping experience and something tells me it will never be topped. I want to share all the ins and outs to camping at Ft. Wilderness with kids so you are prepared for your visit!
Disney Tee With Stripes And Bow Mickey Minnie Mouse

Minnie Tee by Piggy Had Tea

lodging

Tent or Pop Up Camper Sites: These start at $59 per night and are great for the full camping experience. Definitely doable with toddlers, but I’d advise the next few options until they are a little older.
RV Hook Up Site: Starting at $73 per night, these are a fabulous option to get your camping on while meeting in the middle. You have a bed or bunk to sleep in, electrical hook up which means A/C in the Florida heat and sewage hook up. While I don’t recommend anyone going number two in such a small, small space, it’s nice to have in the event of an emergency. There are nice bath houses in each area so don’t worry, no toilet paper leaves needed.
Cabins: Starting at $309 per night, these fall more under glamping, but they are fabulous. We’ve stayed in the cabins at a past visit and they have all the amenities of a hotel, but with a rustic feel. Sleeping up to 6 adults, they make great use of the space and include a kitchen for meals. I hear these days, you can even have groceries delivered so you can make a delicious meal to be enjoyed on your patio.
The Lodge: Starting at $307 per night, if you just aren’t a fan of even being close to anything outdoorsy, the lodge is for you. This is beautiful resort with all the bells and whistles–detailed native decor, multiple pools, restaurants and turn down service of course! *Keep in mind, this is it’s own resort entity and is on a separate location from the campsite, but can be reached by a short boat ride.

​All Disney lodging options or reservations can be reached here.


what to do:

Grab Your S’mores Gear: Join Chip ‘n’ Dale for their campfire sing-a-long and movie nights. The fires are blazing for lots of marshmallow melting and don’t worry, if you forget s’mores supplies, they have a food truck with full kits for $10. They start off the evening with the sing-a-long as the characters mingle with the crowd, taking time to visit with each family, then as it gets dark, transition to movie time, a Disney one of course. There are ample benches and bleachers, but this is a camp favorite, so try to arrive a little early for a great spot. 
Activities For Camping At Disney Fort Wilderness

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Watch The Pyrotechnics: With the resort sharing a lake with The Magic Kingdom, you can catch the fireworks show by the lake at 9PM. If you grab a spot by the dock, the live music feed from the theme park is over the speaker system and the view will not disappoint.  
Fireworks At Lake Buena Vista Disney Fort Wilderness

Take A Dip: Take a dip at one of the pools onsite. The largest pool, the Meadow Swimmin’ Pool, features a 67 foot slide and kids splash pad area. My three year old twins braved the big slide, but mostly got their excitement from going down the mini slides in the gated splash pad area. This pool is central to many other activities like the tennis courts and archery. The other pool is the Wilderness Swimmin’ Pool. This pool is more for leisure, but still meant for all ages to enjoy and even has movies under the stars. If you stay at the Lodge or happen to be dining over there, their largest pool also features a large slide and amazing kids splash pad with a mini flume.
Fort Wilderness Pool Flumes For Kids Camping at Disney

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Get some R & R: Something we never do enough of, so instead of always having a vacation agenda, we leave room for downtime. Some things we love doing: Grab the kid’s sleeping bags, like these from Olive Kids, to stare at the stars, have a picnic on a lawn or just enjoy all the little things.
Kids Sleeping Bag For Camping

Dinosaur Sleeping Bag For Kids

Butterfly Sleeping Bag For Camping With Kids

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Explore The Wilderness: You’re in the great outdoors, so take a long walk along the jogging trails, let the kids get up close and personal with leaves, pine cones or even some good old fashion dirt. 
Get your blood pumping: The grounds has basketball and tennis courts, jogging trails and a sand volleyball court lakeside. For the little ones, there are multiple playground sites, all fenced in for extra safety. If you have a pup, there is even a little obstacle dog park that sits in the meadow with the largest play areas. If you prefer to explore by bike, the Bike Barn has rentals for $18 per person.
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Playground At Disney's Fort Wilderness

Hang With The Horses: For the littlest campers, there are pony rides within the corral  for $8 each. If you head to the Tri-Circle-D Ranch, you can do a horseback trail ride for $55, wagon ride for adults $8/kids $5, or even a carriage ride for $45. 
Horseback Riding At Disney Ranch Ft Wilderness

Horses and Petting Zoo at Fort Wilderness Disney

Head out on the water: Lots of options here–boating in all shapes and sizes. You can head down to the lake to rent large pontoon boats for $45 per half-hour or even hop in their two person mini speed boats for $32 per half hour. If you want to stay in the inland waterways of the campgrounds, you can rent a kayak or canoe for $13 per person with no time limit, but likely the adventure will take about an hour. There are also great spots for fishing alongside the waterway fun as well, so bring your gear!
Get Your Game On: There are two arcades for the gamers to enjoy, cutely named the Davy Crockett and Daniel Boon Arcades. You can load credits onto a card at the arcade, so no need for change.

All recreational activities can be found here.

Magic Kingdom Boat From Resorts Transport At Disney


where to eat

PSA-You will save yourself from having to sell a kidney if you make your own meals at your campsite or cabin. We generally try to do breakfast and lunch on our own, but usually treat ourselves to dinner out. Each campsite is equip with small square grill and large picnic table. We brought lots of non-perishables, but planned ahead on some cold items to make sure they’d keep. If you don’t have access to a stove in your camper, a large griddle or portable stove will do the trick and keep you creative on meal prep. The kids loved watching us cook things in new ways they were’t used to. 

For camping appropriate dinnerware for kids, we chose Re-Play as they are environmentally friendly, BPA free and easy to wash. They have their massive collections (the Sorbet Collection is shown, $110) with everything you’d ever need for a meal, or they break down products into mini sets of plates, bowls, utensils and cups. Most six piece sets are around $18 or you can grab a two pack of plates for $5.99.

Re-Play Recycled Kids Plates and Cups For Camping

Snack Cup By Re-Play Camping With Kids

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Hoop-Dee-Doo Review: A frontier musical for interactive family styled fun accompanied by good for the soul food. Prices start at $64 for adults and $38 for children under 10.
Mickey’s Backyard BBQ: A character dining experience under a large pavilion with all the fixins. Prices start at $67 for adults and $37 for children under 10.
Trails End Restaurant: Old-fashioned Americana flair ranging from $15-34.99 for adults.
Crockett’s Tavern: Walk-up and order dining with items like pizza, wings and nachos. All items priced under $14.99.
Meadow Snack Bar: Located at the Meadow Swimmin’ Pool, this option is great for poolside snacks and drinks including frozen lemonade.
P&J’s Southern Take Out: All the yummy fixins, but to be enjoyed anywhere you please. Prices under $14.99.
The General Store: Down by the lake, this store is a mix of souvenirs, candy and most importantly, Mickey pops.
Don’t forget, you can take the boat over to the lodge and there are additional dining options of varied prices as well. 

​For all dining options or to make reservations, click here.

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Mickey and Minnie Tees by Piggy Had Tea
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getting around

Golf Cart Rental At Disney's Fort Wilderness

Once you get your camper unhitched, you really shouldn’t need your vehicle again. For travel within the resort, the golf cart rentals at $59 per day, you can ride your bike or even take the bus routes that are within the resort only. If you want to leave the park to head to Disney Springs (which is ah-may-zing since they remodeled)  or the theme parks, you can head to the front of the resort and catch the bus system that travels within all of Disney. The bus system wait times are posted on screens so you know how long you have to entertain your littles, but should only be about 5-10 minutes. If you prefer the water route, you can take of of the two boat routes, one of which heads to the Magic Kingdom.
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magical, right?

See, who would have thought camping could still be so wonderful, but that is Disney for you! No detail is ever missed and you are sure to make some incredible, magical memories at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campgrounds. Be sure to tell us below if we should add any tips to our list! Thanks for reading and hope you enjoy your own magical adventures ahead!
Stronger Than Fear Kids Tee

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