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Printable: Halloween Sweets and Treats to Eat

It is officially Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort and I am soooooo excited. Fall is one of my favorite times of the year (even though it doesn’t really exist weather wise here in So Cal) and I especially love fall at Disneyland. The whole park is decked out for the season and there are so many fun things to see and do. I will be visiting this year’s Halloween Time celebrations over the next couple of weeks and I will be sure to report back on all the fun. In the meantime, feel free to check out last year’s take on Halloween Time and read all about my first experience at Mickey’s Halloween Party. As of right now I am not planning on attending the Halloween Party this year since it is on the pricey side, but I am super bummed about that because they added a cool new parade this year and it looks amazing. I might just convince myself to go, but we’ll see!




Of course one of the best part of any holiday season is the food, and Halloween Time is no different. There are so many delicious new treats to try, both sweet and savory, that I am honestly not sure whether I will have the time (and the stomach) to get to them all. But I am going to try my best! And you can bet I will be telling you all about them when I do so you know what the can’t miss items are (seriously people, the sacrifices I make). Because there are so many spooky eats to try, I decided to make up a cool little list to help keep me on track, and since I am nothing if not a giver, I am going to share that list with you! Make sure you scroll all the way down to get your own printable copy of the Halloween Time Sweets and Treats list! (Note: This list is based off of info from the official Disney Parks blog, however, offerings can change at anytime. This is also not the complete list of offerings, just the ones that sounded the best to me.)

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As of right now, I have officially marked off three items on the list! Here’s a brief review of each! First is the orange and vanilla swirl fro yo from California Adventure. This is delicious and basically tastes like an old fashioned creamsicle. It tastes more like summer than fall to me, and I was expecting the color to be a bit more dramatic, but it was tasty nonetheless!

I also sampled the Anti-Vampire Garlic Chicken Pizza from Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta. It was just okay. Not anything to write home about and definitely not as garlicky as I would have liked. Also, not a huge fan of the crust at Boardwalk. It’s pretty bland.

The Butterscotch Beignets, available in a couple of different locations (I got mine at the Mint Julep Bar behind French Market) were delicious. I mean, you really can’t go wrong with a beignet covered in butterscotch flavored powdered sugar. They were scrumptious, and I only ate one of the three and felt satisfied, so there is enough in one order to share!

Okay, I still have a whole lot of goodness to shovel into my piehole (gracefully and like a lady, of course). Come back soon to see how everything rates on the yumminess scale! And if you would like to download and print out your own copy of the Sweet and Treats list, click this link right here!




What are you most looking forward to eating this Halloween season (at the parks or at home)? What are your favorite fall treats?


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Keep Your House Clean in Just 15 Minutes a Day with Scotch-Brite Brand

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ScotchBriteSponges #CollectiveBias

All right friends, it is about to get real up in here. I don’t know about you, but I hate cleaning (sorry Mom). I mean, I go beyond the general dislike of cleaning into actual hate, and I will find pretty much any excuse to avoid it. But the catch-22 for me is that, because I grew up with a neat freak mother, I also hate living in a dirty home. So I am going to be trying a new experiment over the next couple of weeks to help me find a way to balance my desire for cleanliness with my lack of motivation to clean. Unfortunately, hiring a live-in maid is not going to be an option for us anytime soon, so it’s time to buckle down and do something practical. That something is going to involve me cleaning one specific area of the house–a task that should take about fifteen minutes–per day. I mean, I probably spend an hour a day on Instagram, so I think I can spare fifteen minutes to provide a cleaner and healthier living environment for my family and me.

There are a couple of things I’m going to do to hold myself accountable to my new plan. One, is that in this post I am going to share some before pictures with you. My mother is going to be crying with shame as she reads this, but never fear! Where there is a before picture, there is an after picture, so you can see what my house looks like after fifteen minutes of daily cleaning using Scotch-Brite® Brand cleaning products. Two, I am going to be posting my daily cleaning tasks on my Instagram Stories all this week, so if you want to keep an eye on me and make sure I’m following through, you can!

I’m going to outline my cleaning plan for you and show some highlights from how the cleaning plan worked out for me in this past week. At the end of this post you’ll find a link to a printable of my cleaning schedule, in case you would like to try it out for yourself. And as always, I am only highlighting products that I actually use in my own home and would recommend to a friend. Let’s do this! First, here are the tools you will see me using throughout the week of cleaning: Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty Scrub Sponges, Scotch-Brite® Non-Scratch Scrub Sponges, and the Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty Soap Dispensing Dishwand.

And here’s the breakdown of what I clean on each day of the week:

Monday: Kitchen

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  1. Clean the stove: Time to send in the Scotch-Brite Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge. The green side is perfect for scrubbing tough stains and grease off the surface, while the yellow allows you to wipe away crumbs and small spills.
  2. Clean the sink and wipe down counters: Since we have butcher block counters and a porcelain sink, I like to use the yellow side of the Scotch-Brite Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge so that the counters don’t get scratched.
  3. Scrub the microwave: I don’t even want to tell you how long it has been since we cleaned our microwave. I definitely need the “Heavy Duty” part of the Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge to tackle some of the greasy messes in there.

Tuesday: Dusting and Dishes


  1. Dust: Dust all rooms of the house including the living room, dining room, and bedrooms.
  2. Dishes: I really, really hate doing dishes. I usually leave them for my husband, but (sorry Babe!) he just doesn’t clean them as well as I would like (but A+ for effort!). I love using the Scotch-Brite Heavy Duty Soap Dispensing Dishwand for all our pots and pans because it tackles yucky stuck on food, but prevents me from getting my hands dirty.

Wednesday: Bathroom #1

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  1. Scrub the shower and tub: For our bathrooms, I like to use the Scotch-Brite Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge. I like to keep kitchen and bathroom sponges separate and I like that I can use a Blue sponge in the Bathroom, alliteration y’all! It means I don’t ever get them confused, which is important because you don’t want to be cleaning your stove with the same sponge you used on your toilet. Ew.
  2. Clean the mirror and sink: Our sink gets pretty gross in our bathroom since that’s where the hubs does his shaving so I use both sides of the Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge to make sure it is super clean.
  3. Clean the toilet: AKA everyone’s least favorite part of cleaning. Look, the only thing I can say to make this task at least a little better is that with a good sponge like Scotch-Brite Brand’s, you only have to wipe once and the mess is gone. No repeated scrubbing necessary.

Thursday: Floors and Dishes

  1. Floors: Mop or vacuum all floors, including the kitchen, living and dining rooms, bedrooms, and bathrooms.
  2. Dishes: See instructions for Tuesday. If your house is anything like mine, we constantly have to dishes to wash!

Friday: Bathroom #2

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  1. Repeat all instructions from Wednesday in your second bathroom (assuming you have one; if not, lucky you!).


Saturday and Sunday: Declutter and Laundry

  1. Declutter all rooms and surfaces: Pick up and put away all stray items in kitchen, living and dining rooms, bedrooms, and bathrooms. This way you are ready for your cleaning cycle to start on Monday.
  2. Laundry: Wash, dry, fold, and put away. I know, I know, it’s asking a lot, but doesn’t it always feel so much better when it’s done? And since it’s the weekend, you have two days to get it done!

Really, truly, honestly, I think I can keep up with this plan. Even though it seems like a lot to do each day, if I keep up with the schedule, it really is only about fifteen minutes of cleaning each day. If I knock that out in the first fifteen minutes of Squirt’s nap each day, I still have two hours to relax and watch Real Housewives work on the blog! I would love it if you would try this cleaning experiment with me! If you are interested in trying out the Scotch-Brite Brand products yourself, you can find them at your local Target (and really, don’t we all love an excuse to go to Target?). Plus, if you use this Target Cartwheel offer, you can save 10% on Scotch-Brite Brand sponges from 8/28-9/3.

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Don’t worry! I didn’t forget about your free printable! If you would like to download the handy (and colorful!) checklist I will be using to keep myself on track, click this link right here! Hopefully this plan for fifteen minutes of daily cleaning will help keep us all on track. If you need some more Scotch-Brite cleaning inspiration, check them out here!

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What are your best cleaning tips? How do you manage your cleaning your routine? Make sure you leave me your best tips!

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Printable Toddler Travel Packing List

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By the time you read this, we will have returned from our first successful (hopefully) major trip with Squirt in tow. I will be sharing all the details of our trip up the coast to San Francisco in upcoming posts, but first, a wee bit about what it takes to pack for a toddler. Now, making the list for packing does seem daunting, but honestly, it doesn’t have to be. The most important thing to keep in mind is that while it is important to be prepared with irreplaceable items (like your kid’s favorite stuffed animal that he refuses to sleep without), you can be a little lax with your everyday items like diapers. Unless you are planning on traveling somewhere without a grocery store/Wal Mart/Target/drugstore, you have access to diapers, wipes, medicine, shampoo, food, milk, etc. if you really really need it. At the end of this post you’ll find a link to a printable version of my toddler travel packing list, but first here are some details on what I packed for Squirt on our travels:




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Disneyland Food and Drink Checklist

We all know one of the best parts about visiting the Disneyland Resort is the noms. There is so much delicious food at the parks and the hotels that it is hard to decide what to try first.  So I, being the selfless giver that I am, have decided to take on a challenge of sorts. I am going to be sampling some of the most popular foods (and drinks!) available to guests at the Disneyland Resort (both theme parks and hotels). Some of these are items I have already had, but many are not. I put together this list by going through the menus of all the different restaurants and seeing what looked good. I also thought about some of the most popular Disney food items (Dole Whips, pretzels, etc.) and added them as well. I am going to be bringing my list along with me when I go on my trips and will eventually sample every item listed (so long as they remain available, as Disneyland is ever-changing). I’ll offer you my thoughts on the items as time rolls along, and then when I have completed my task, I will offer you my favorites.

Here a peek at the list I will be using to guide my task…

If you want to get crazy with me, feel free to download my printable Food and Drink brochure! I printed mine out on cardstock (make sure you use two sided printing) and folded it to make a cute little brochure that will be easy to stash in the diaper bag or in my back pack.  By the time you read this, I will have already crossed a couple of items off of the list! Follow me on Instagram, @adisneymomblog, for updated pics and check back often over the next couple of months for updates!

You can click here to download the brochure! 




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My 2015 Goals

Happy New Year everyone!  I hope the holiday season has been good to you and yours!  At the beginning of every year, I tend to sit down and make some goals for the year.  Sometimes I just think about them, sometimes I discuss them with the hubs, sometimes I even write them down.  This year I am going to take things one step further and publish my goals on the internet for all the world to see, that way there is no hiding from them.  Many of my goals for this year are related to this blog, so I will keep you posted as I (hopefully) accomplish them!

Blog/Social Media Goals:

1.  Tweet at least twice a day
2.  Get up to 500 twitter followers (currently at 300)
3.  Post at least one pic on Instagram each day
4.  Get up to 300 followers on Instagram (currently at 50)
5.  Post at least two new blog posts each week
6.  Get up to 10,000 pageviews a month (currently at 1,000)
7.  Get up to 2,500 followers on Pinterest (currently at 2,100)
8.  Make some income from the blog
9.  Be invited to some sort of event because my affiliation with the blog (preferably a Disney event)
10.  Actually utilize my Facebook page for the blog

Personal Goals:

1.  Actually do some running in the Never Land 5k (which I am participating in in May)–the past two years I have walked the whole thing, this year I would like to run most of it
2.  Complete the Disneyland 10k in September
3.  Buy a new house, which means selling our current house, and of course moving
4.  Maintain the healthier lifestyle I started this year (before holiday splurging)
5.  Apply for the 2016 Disney Parks Moms Panel and make it to round three.

I created this print out that I am going to frame so that I can a) see my goals every day and b) mark them off when I accomplish them:

And as a Happy New Year present to you all, I created these free printables you can download and fill in with your own goals!

Click here to download the pink goals printable.  Click here to download the blue goals printable.

I hope you all have an amazing New Year and may this be the beginning of a year where dreams come true!

P.S.  If you would like to help me out in my gain-more-followers goals, you can click the links above or on the right sidebar (they’re bright yellow, can’t miss ’em!)!

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Free Printable Stroller Sign

I am just now getting used to traveling to Disneyland with a stroller in tow and I’m not going to lie, it comes along with some difficulties I hadn’t thought about pre-child.  One of those is the fact that there are a lot of strollers in the park.  Like a lot.  And chances are someone has the same stroller that you do.  To avoid confusion when picking up your stroller from the parking area, most families put some sort of sign on their stroller to identify it.  So of course I had to come up with something specifically Disney themed for our stroller!  I used my Microsoft Publisher program to come up with this design:

I printed out the sign on cardstock, stuck it in a plastic sheet protector and used some pretty ribbon to tie it on our stroller.  Easy peasy, and a cute way to identify our wheels when we are at the park!

And I figured I would offer it to you if you would like to create your own personalized stroller sign!  There is a link below to the PDF version of the sign.  Feel free to alter it on your own if that’s something you can do!  If you are as technology challenged as I usually am, shoot me an email here and I would be happy to create an individual file for you!

Click here to download!

Happy strolling!

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