Why Disney+ is a Mom’s best friend…

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During this era of Stay-At-Home orders and 24/7 parenting where simultaneous homeschooling and working from home are happening, keeping a family engaged is an heroic task. And, let’s be honest, keeping a family from melting down is an heroic task as well.

Every day we wake up and try to have some sort of schedule with each person having a to-do list, but we are heavily reliant on technology. Enter Disney+. While there are lots of resources on other platforms, Disney+ has become my best friend.

Since my kids are not quite to the age where they are self-sufficient, it’s up to me to keep them entertained and Disney+ has allowed me to supplement our school activities with some fun tv-time.

Want your kids to explore Culinary Arts? Turn on Disney Be Our Chef.

One of your students interested in building or design? Enter Disney Shop Class.

Time for a history Lesson? You got it, hello, National Geographic.

Do you have a creative dreamer or budding artist in your family? Learn from the pros and watch the Imagineering Story.

These are just a few of the options we have been enjoying while at home, but there are lots more on our list like, The World According to Jeff Goldblum and all of the Disney Nature content.

The best part? As a Mom I don’t feel guilty letting them binge on this platform. Unlike other streaming services or options where the next click could be very inappropriate, almost all options on Disney+ are suitable for my elementary-aged kids.

We have even started taking “virtual field trips” over lunch and picking one of the National Geographic selections to watch while we eat our PB& J sandwiches.

Now, if I could only take a sick day…

Is Disney’s Riviera Resort for YOU?

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If you’re in the “selecting a resort” stage of your Disney vacation planning and are intrigued by Disney’s newest resort, I’ll offer up some insights from my stay at Disney’s Riviera Resort.Riviera outside

As part of the Disney Parks Moms Panel I was very lucky to be able to experience Disney’s Riviera Resort for a few nights in a 1-Bedroom Villa. While I loved everything about my stay and felt very pampered, this resort has some stark contrasts to others and strayed from my expectations in a few (not necessarily negative) ways.

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Mama Melrose’s Review at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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I’ve been thinking I should post our Mama Melrose’s review for a while now, but given the fact that the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is creeping ever closer and all eyes are on Disney’s Hollywood Studios, I thought now is the time.

On our most recent trip to the Studios, we wanted to try a “new-to-us restaurant”: insert Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano, a 1-credit table service restaurant in the area of Grand Avenue.

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A love letter to Disney’s Port Orleans Resort- French Quarter

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Of all the resorts on Disney property (and for the sake of perks and transportation, we are big fans of staying on property) there is one that continues to hold a special place in my vacation heart: Disney’s Port Orleans Resort- French Quarter. In honor of Mardi Gras, I offer up five reasons why French Quarter might be the greatest of all Disney resorts.


Happy planning! XOXO…

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Four ways to make your child’s first Broadway show a success!

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We recently took our two boys (ages 6 and 7) to their very first theater performance on Broadway. And… they loved every second!

They were at perfect ages to pay attention and still be in awe of the production. Our kids have seen local theater and smaller scale performances, but Broadway is really something special. As we reflected on the day, four things stood out as helping us create a memorable and smooth experience for our whole family and hopefully yours as well!

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Character Meal Comparisons: Chef Mickey’s vs. Garden Grill

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MinnieatChefMickeysI feel a little rusty in writing since lately our vacation blogging has taken a backseat to other life events. But, now that the holidays are over and our Disney trip is still fresh in my mind, I’m diving back in. Even though I haven’t been writing, I have been doing a lot of talking about Disney! It seems all of a sudden every friend I know is contemplating a trip to the Most Magical Place on Earth! (Which is fun for me because I can live vicariously through them!)

In those conversations, I find that everyone asks about what restaurants we love, or my opinion on what they should avoid.

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Highlights with littles from… CHICAGO!

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Our top 3 Favorite things from our latest expedition!

A few years back as part of our desire to see the nation and explore, we committed to taking our boys to all 30 Major League Ballparks before they graduate from high school. This summer we just tackled 2 more stadiums (#4 and #5 for us), however we didn’t start out with baseball.

Leg 1 of our trip was a drive from Pennsylvania to Chicago to visit with friends before heading to Milwaukee. We packed in a lot of fun over a few days and were lucky to have some great tour guides. If you are headed to Chicago it’s definitely a place easy to navigate with kids. So without further ado- here are our top three recommendations:

#3: Millennium Park lawn– in the summer Millennium park hosts a slew of free music concerts on the lawn. Our friends are Chi-town natives, so they were well prepared, but it would be easy for anyone to take advantage of this. Pack a picnic blanket and grab take-out from any of the neighboring restaurants. Obviously we had Chipotle because our 1st born dragon LOVES Chipotle, but you get the idea. If you are traveling sans kids- this is an even better idea because it’s actually relaxing! The other upside of having dinner on the lawn here with kids is that if your littles are tired after a long day of walking and won’t have good behavior at a restaurant, they can let loose a little on the lawn. Continue reading