Disney’s Hollywood Studios for Preschoolers

We just got back from Walt Disney World, and I thought I would share how ideal Disney’s Hollywood Studios is for preschoolers and toddlers.  I have to be honest– historically, I would have said that of the 4 parks in Walt Disney World, Hollywood Studios is my least favorite.  It’s always felt more like the action and adventure side of Disney, and less about the magic and wonder.  Between the Tower of Terror, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and the emphasis on Star Wars, it’s just seemed like Hollywood Studios was a park that is geared towards the tweens and older.  However, after this last trip to Walt Disney World with my 4-year-old Peanut and 2-year-old Monkey, I can honestly say that after the Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios is the best park for preschoolers!  In case you were planning your own trip, here is how to make most of Disney’s Hollywood Studios for preschoolers (or toddlers!)

Are you planning on heading to Walt Disney World? Here are several tips and tricks to make the most of your trip to Hollywood Studios for Preschoolers and Toddlers!
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Basketball Mom Shirt: Cricut Made

It’s the middle of basketball season around here.  It’s January, and for middle school basketball, we have about 8 more weeks of games.  (Then AAU season starts, but that is another kettle of fish entirely.)  The Big One plays a lot of basketball between lessons, games, and practice, we are often running from gym to gym.  I’ve picked up a fair amount of spirit wear as a sports mom, including several basketball mom shirts, but the reality is that I can always use a few more.  I decided to use my Cricut Explore Air to create my very own Basketball Mom shirt.  I’m going to share the shirt with you today, along with a quick tutorial to show you how to turn font and images into a single Welded image.  By doing this, your designs become even easier to position on fabric, and you don’t have unexpected cut lines.

Here's an easy to make Basketball Mom Shirt that is a simple DIY project with Iron-On Vinyl. It's a perfect graphic tee to make with your Cricut machine that any mother can wear to their child's basketball games and tournaments.
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Jedo’s Traditional Beef Chili

There are certain things that you end up liking as a grown-up that you never imagined liking as a kid.  For example, when I was growing up, I hated pecans, mustard, sauerkraut, and chili.  My mother never made me eat everything, but she always asked me to taste “hated” foods each time they were served.  She said that my tastebuds might change.  Guess what!?  They did!  And now, one of my favorite fall recipes is Chili.  There are so many wonderful ways to make chili, but I learned how to make traditional beef chili from the Big One’s grandfather, who he called Jedo.   After having Jedo’s chili one night when we were visiting him, I had to learn how to make it myself.  It took a little while to learn the exact recipe– while it’s a traditional beef chili with beans and ground beef, Jedo made it without specific measurements, based on taste.  After a few years of practice, I’ve decided the seasoning proportions that work best for our family.  I’ve been trying to make sure that I got the ingredients just right before I shared it here.  I think it’s just about perfect now, so I’m delighted to share Jedo’s Traditional Beef Chili recipe with you today!

This is my son's grandfather's recipe for traditional beef chili with kidney beans and ground beef. The original recipe didn't have a complete ingredients list, but after years of practice and taking notes, I've finally can share this yummy and warming chili recipe with everyone! It's great for game day, freezes beautifully and tastes even better the next day! I can't wait to go grab a bowl!
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Gearing Up for Sports Safety

This past week I was watching the Big One at a game, and I saw a heavier boy charge directly at him, slam into his body and send him first into the air and then into the ground.  The wind was knocked out of the both of us, literally!  As you may remember, we have not allowed the Big One to play football because of the risks for severe head injuries, but that doesn’t mean that sports like soccer, flag football and basketball don’t involve contact.  And fear and worry for parents.  I strongly and firmly believe that having your children engage in athletics has wonderful benefits for their physical, social and psychological wellbeing.  That being said, mothers worry.  I do feel that Storelli is a brand that helps alleviate the anxiety that a mother feels with the creation of their BodyShield Sliders.

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DIY Natural Home Deodorizer

We are in the middle of basketball season around here, which means that most weekends (and let’s be honest, week days) are filled with practices, lessons, trainings and lots of games.  What this means is lots and lots of sweat.  Sweaty, smelly socks and stinky shoes are all over the Big One’s room, and I started to find that his room was developing a really pungent odor.  The Mellow Man and I had to come up with a solution to the smell, so we opened on the windows to air out the room, cleaned and disinfected the room a bit,  and set some DIY Natural Home Deodorizer in his room.  While it’s not an immediate fix, it definitely has reduced the smell in the Big One’s room.   What’s even better is that only two ingredients are required to make this awesome Natural Home Deodorizer!

My Mom Made That: DIY Natural Home Deodorizer that uses only two ingredients and can be in a variety in scents
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