Meeting Santa at Walt Disney World

Santa Claus is comin’ to town – and to the Walt Disney World Resort!

Planning to pay him a visit? Read on for a list of places you can spy Santa at WDW this year.

From the sparkle in his eyes to the sound of his laugh, our fave Santa to visit is the jolly old elf at Disney Springs. You’ll be able to find him at Once Upon a Toy starting Friday, November 12th. He is the absolute essence of St. Nick.

If you want some individual attention from Santa, and the chance to wave hello and share your wish list, you can head to any of these three main places.
-Once Upon a Toy at Disney Springs-Disney Very Merriest After Hours at Magic Kingdom-Epcot’s International Festival of the Holidays

And if you’re simply hoping to catch him in passing style? Keep an eye out for him floating by on the Discovery River at Animal Kingdom, or cruising down Hollywood Boulevard in a convertible Hollywood Studios. These surprise sightings are sure to delight.

But that’s not all of course. There will be other magical opportunities to spy the big guy, such as during special meals like the Santa Breakfast at T-Rex Cafe, in the After Hours parade, and in surprise pop up visits.

In honor of Santa Claus comin’ to town, here are some of my fave Santa moments with my boys.

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Best Christmas Trees at Walt Disney World

Oh Christmas Tree! 🎄 What’s you fave Christmas Tree Walt Disney World?

My top three are the trees of the Wilderness Lodge main lobby, the Grand main lobby, and the beauty on Echo Lake at Hollywood Studios.

Also somewhere on my top ten list are the trees of the World Showcase entrance, Yacht Club lobby, Animal Kingdom entrance, and this year’s Cinderella Tree at Disney Springs. I get indecisive after that because I love so many.

Are there any stunners I missed that you think should be on this list?

Enjoy the photos of my faves!

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Powder Brows

Before & After

What’s the last amazing thing you did for yourself? I just had Powder Brows done by Sharon Rojo of Brow and Beauty Cosmetic Tattoo Lounge, and the results have blown me away. If you’ve ever considered treating yourself to Powder Brows, or are curious about the process, read on for my experience.

Powder Brows, also known as Ombré Brows, are a new semi-permanent brow technique that creates a soft, powdered look that subtly fills in your brows. The technique results is natural and beautiful looking brows. And the process, in my experience, is painless, easy, and 1000% worth it.

My Powder Brow journey began three weeks ago in Sharon’s adorable and immaculate Windermere studio. The initial appointment took about four hours, and began with Sharon discussing my brow goals and the look we hoped to achieve. This was followed by her taking meticulous measurements and precisely planning every detail of her work. When she actually started applying the permanent makeup to my brows, I was pleasantly surprised to find the process quite painless. Sharon had applied a numbing agent before starting, and it was so effective that I experienced no discomfort. In fact, I was so comfortable that I actually dozed off a few times while she worked.

When Sharon completed her work, I was immediately delighted by what I saw. Powder Brows take about two weeks to heal, so I expected the initial results to be startling or severe, and that was not the case. From day one my brows looked good and they have continued to look better every day since.

Before, 1 Day After, 1 Week After, 2 Weeks After

Before I left my appointment, Sharon provided me with detailed after care instructions. I left knowing what expect through each stage of the healing process, and how to care for my new brows. Photos of the after care instructions follow below. The hardest part about the process was simply remembering not to touch them.

For me, the results have been amazing so far. My natural brows are ultra blonde, and having Powder Brows has completely elevated my make up free look. Since my new brows make my other features pop more, I can simply put on sunscreen and lip gloss, and still feel put together. It’s been perfect for my outdoor Florida lifestyle which often makes full makeup a no go. Pool days, bike rides, or even theme park hopping on a hot day used to mean facing the day brow-less, or watching my penciled in brows slowly melt away. Neither look was good, and I am so happy those days are now behind me.

It’s standard to go back for a touch up 5-8 weeks after getting Powder Brows, and I go back July 30th. After the touch up my brows should last between one and three years. I am already excited to see Sharon again and to achieve my final look. I will definitely share a pic of the results after my touch up appointment.

Are you considering Powder Brows? Do you have questions about the process? Let me know if I can help!

Or to contact Sharon directly with your questions visit:

https://instagram.com/browandbeautyorlando

or

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Kilimanjaro Safaris

What’s your favorite attraction at Disney’s Animal Kingdom? For us, it’s Kilimanjaro Safaris. We love that they offer a meaningful animal encounter experience that not only supports the park’s mission, but is mesmerizing and different every time.

Animal Kingdom’s core mission of conservation has always set it apart as something very special amongst other theme parks and zoos. The Kilimanjaro Safaris offer a powerful way to connect people to that mission. They simultaneously educate and delight on a deeply immersive level, instilling a deep awe and respect for the animal world. And the degree of freedom the animals enjoy to move about guarantees no two rides will ever be exactly the same.

Our favorite part of the Kilimanjaro Safaris? It’s definitely how near you are to the animals! The animals sometimes walk right up to your car, and it is mind blowing every time, Coming in such close contact with so many beautiful creatures creates the best kind of core memories.

Shortly after the above photo was taken, those majestic giraffes came up so close to our vehicle that we could have reached out and touched them. It was a breathtaking moment that I will never forget. I am so thankful Disney has created an attraction that allows people the opportunity to experience that.

Have you had a close animal encounter on Kilimanjaro Safaris? When is your favorite time of day to ride? We find we see the most animals when we ride during a cooler part of the day like early morning, or just before or at sunset.

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SmoothieBox

Do you enjoy smoothies? They’re a huge hit in my house and the whole family loves them. They make a perfect breakfast or delicious snack, and they’re an easy way to sneak extra fruits, veggies, and nutrients into my kids’ diet.

My fave smoothie right now is the organic Berry Super Smoothie from SmoothieBox. It’s so good, friends, and super easy to make. You just pour, blend, and enjoy!

If you’ve never tried SmoothieBox smoothies, you are missing out. These smoothies are not only delicious and convenient, but they are full of ingredients you can feel good about. They’re made with no added sugar or artificial ingredients from the best organic produce. They come in a variety of yummy flavors- Green, Cacao, Clementine and Berry.

You just choose the flavors you want, and SmoothieBox delivers freezer-friendly, ready to blend pouches right to your door. Each SmoothieBox includes four Super Smoothie 5-packs in your flavor of choice for 20 smoothie packs total. You can choose to add on a mug and a daily dose of collagen too.

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Matches Made for Boy Moms

As a mom of three boys, I am loving this list of matches made for boy moms by Lbeabright. Boy mamas, check it out and follow her blog!

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I love to my match O, my toddler. As he’s gotten older (he’s 3 now), finding cute matches has gotten harder and harder. After seeing so many cute mom and daughter matches, I went on the hunt for mom and son matches!

I’m really looking forward to matching this summer at the pool as well as at family outings. I even found some matches to dad too! Some are on a little higher end, but most are under $30!

These family matches are my favorite. I purchased the navy floral, striped, yellow floral for us to all wear! My husband is even excited for them.

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Preventing Type 2 Diabetes – American Diabetes Alert Day

Did you know type 2 diabetes is on the rise in both children and adults? It’s a serious problem but, fortunately, it’s one we can do something about. And American Diabetes Alert Day on March 23rd is dedicated to just that.

As a mom, RN, and fitness instructor, I am all about keeping people healthy and this cause is dear to my heart. I love that American Diabetes Alert Day encourages people to identify and lower their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. So, in its honor, I want to do my part and share with you some tips I’ve found for helping you and your family develop healthy lifestyle habits that will lower your risk.

While diabetes risk can run in families, so can healthy lifestyle habits. And when it comes to preventing type 2 diabetes, small changes can make a huge impact. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), here are some simple ways you can help lower your family’s risk.

Mealtime Makeover

• Drink more water.

• Limit sugary drinks.

• Eat more fruits and vegetables

• Limit high calorie foods.

• Make favorite foods healthier.

• Get kids involved in making healthier meals.

•Eat slowly—it takes at least 20 minutes to start feeling full.

• Eat at the dinner table only, not in front of the TV or computer.

• Shop for food together.

•Shop on a full stomach so you’re not tempted to buy unhealthy food.

•Teach your kids to read food labels.

• Have meals together as a family as often as you can.

•Don’t insist kids clean their plates.

• Don’t put serving dishes on the table.

• Serve small portions; let kids ask for seconds.

•Reward kids with praise instead of food.

Get Physical

•Make physical activity fun and get active every day.

•Aim to get 60 minutes of physical activity a day, in several 10- or 15-minute sessions or all at once.

•Start slow and build up.

•Keep it positive—focus on progress.

• Take parent and kid fitness classes together.

•Make physical activity more fun; try new things.

•Ask kids what activities they like best—everyone is different.

• Encourage kids to join a sports team.

• Have a “fit kit” available—a jump rope, hand weights, resistance bands.

• Limit screen time to 2 hours a day.

• Plan active outings, like hiking or biking.

• Take walks together.

• Move more in and out of the house-vacuuming, raking leaves, gardening.

• Turn chores into games, like racing to see how fast you can clean the house

Whenever possible, it’s ideal to practice these healthy habits together as a family. This will help the habits stick and make the changes more fun. For example, you can both eat well and get active together by doing something enjoyable like biking or hiking to a local park and sharing a fruit salad picnic. Such activities allow you to enjoy quality fun time together, as well as reinforce healthy lifestyle choices that lower your risk. 

I hope you found these tips useful, and that they help you and your family to lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. To learn more, please visit To learn more, visit: http://gofyi.ly/A8F6E430

What tips do you have for getting active and eating well as a family? I’d love to hear them!


Sources

Community Care Plan. (2021). Type 2 diabetes and youth. CPPCares.org https://ccpcares.org/CDC/Diabetes2

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2021). Diabetes: Prevent type 2 diabetes in kids. CDC.

https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevent-type-2/type-2-kids.html

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Baby Sleep Day & National Sleep Awareness Week

How have you and your family been sleeping? If you didn’t know, March 1st is Baby Sleep Day and March 14-20 is National Sleep Awareness Week. As a registered nurse and a mom of a three-month-old, toddler and preschooler, I am all about this!

I am not only passionate about baby sleep safety, but I am also on a quest to try and get better rest myself. So, in honor of Baby Sleep Day and National Sleep Awareness Week, I did a little research and want to share with you some tips I’ve found for helping babies sleep safely and for helping tired parents get better rest.

We’ve come a long way in keeping our babies safe while they sleep in the U.S., but sadly there are still about 3,500 sleep-related deaths among babies in the U.S. each year. I’d like to see that number go down to zero, and sharing the safe sleep guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and CDC with you is the perfect place to start working toward that goal.

Here are some simple ways caregivers can help create a safe sleep area for babies.

  • Remember back is best. Lay your baby on his or her back to sleep every time.
  • Always put baby to sleep on a firm, flat sleep surface such as an approved baby mattress in an approved crib or bassinet.
  • Keep soft bedding such as blankets, pillows, bumper pads, and soft toys out of your baby’s sleep area. Use only a fitted sheet on baby’s mattress. CDC research found that soft bedding, such as blankets and pillows were the main cause of infant suffocation deaths during sleep
  • Be in the room with baby. Keep baby’s bassinet or crib in the same room where you sleep until your baby is at least 6 months old, and ideally until your baby is 12 months old.
  • Do not cover your baby’s head or allow your baby to get too hot. If you’re worried about your baby getting cold, dress them in sleep clothing, like a wearable blanket.

These simple guidelines are super easy to follow and very effective. They’ve been shown reduce the risk of sleep-related infant deaths, including SIDS.

Now that we’ve covered baby, what about you? Sleep has a major impact on our wellness, but it can be so hard to come by, especially with a new baby in the house. Here are a few tips for tired caregivers to get better rest, some from my personal experience and some from Johns Hopkins sleep specialist Grace W. Pien, M.D., M.S.C.E.

  • Sleep when the baby sleeps. This means trying to get a nap in during the day when baby naps and not just resting at night.
  • Skip the chores. Prioritize your sleep over things like vacuuming. Let it go and put your health first.
  • Placing baby’s crib or bassinet by your bed so it easier to tend to the baby and then go back to sleep.
  • Share nighttime baby duties. Moms who breastfeed can pump breast milk so their partner or another trusted caregiver can give a bottle to the baby so mom rests.
  • Sharing a room with the baby is OK, but do not share the bed even if you are breastfeeding. Next to bumpers, suffocating in bed with Mom while she falls asleep is a primary cause of sleep-related deaths.
  • Ask for help. Friends and family members may be able to help at night with diaper changes and feedings, or by taking work off your plate during the day like household chores and errand running.
  • Avoid or limit caffeine near bedtime. Set a cut off time and stick to it.
  • Avoid electronics use before bed and in bed.
  • Stick to a regular sleep schedule. Try to go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day.
  • Make your sleep environment look relaxing and inviting. Keep your bedroom clean. Consider painting the walls a soothing color. Use blankets that feel good to touch in a style or color that makes you feel happy or relaxed.
  • Invest in blackout blinds or other window coverings to manage light well.
  • Keep the room at a comfortable temperature.
  • Wear comfortable pajamas.
  • Utilize white noise to block out sounds that might awaken you.
  • Consider using soothing scents or essential oils like lavender to help you relax.

I hope these tips help you and your family to get safer, better rest. For more resources, Community Care Plan has put together a great page for parents: http://gofyi.ly/C42144C6

What tips do you have for getting a good night’s sleep? I’d love to hear them.


Sources

Community Care Plan. (2021). Helping babies sleep safely. CCPCares. https://ccpcares.org/CDC/BabySleep

Pien, Grace W. (2021). New parents: tips for quality rest. Hopkins Medicine. The John’s Hopkins University. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/new-parents-tips-for-quality-rest

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Lollipop Baby Monitor



Third time’s a charm!  As a mom of three, I know having the right baby gear can make life so much easier. And one baby item I did not have with my first two sons was a monitor that I really loved. I set out to change that for baby #3, and I finally found everything I was looking for in Lollipop.

With crystal clear imaging, true crying detection, sleep tracking, a built in sound machine, and so much more, Lollipop checked all our boxes and then some. And, as a HUGE bonus, it’s chic and ultra flexible. So it’s easy to put anywhere I need it, and it looks good wherever it goes.

Check out my story highlights on Insta for monitor unboxing and set up, plus adorable newborn baby footage. https://bit.ly/3pJYBhL

Parents out there, do you use a monitor with your kiddos? To what age?


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Welcome

Thanks for stopping by, friend! This blog is going to be a haven of sunshine and pixie dust where I’ll share a little slice of my life here in magical Celebration, FL. From motherhood to faith to wellness, I’ll discuss what matters most to me, along with whatever fun, fabulous things are on my radar. You can expect Disney magic, travel adventures, and Florida Fun along with a dash of style, beauty, and musings on daily life.

Mental health and authenticity matter, and this is the kind of magical place where it’s safe to come as you are. Life can be heavy and I want the content here to be a spoonful of sugar that helps the medicine go down. I am all about recognizing and releasing what threatens to weigh me down, and hope I can encourage you to do the same. You never have to fake a smile when you come here, but I will do my best to help you leave with one.


xoxo Maura

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