#NowMoreThanEver Disney Playdate!

We had the honor of hosting a Disney #NowMoreThanEver playdate last month! Needless to say, The kids were thrilled to be part of such a fun experience. We were gifted a party box full of Disney party supplies and favors, Disney-themed games, a popped passion popcorn cake, a pillow pet, and a Disney costume and doll by JAKKS Pacific to host the ultimate playdate . I had so much fun transforming our living room into a magical Disney-themed playdate for the kids to enjoy!

The playdate was the perfect opportunity to discuss everything Disney. My family is planning our 1st trip to Walt Disney World in the next year, and I don’t know where to begin! Did you know #NowMoreThanEver is a magical time for young believers {kids ages 3 to 5} at Walt Disney World Resort. There’s new experiences such as Mickey + Minnie’s surprise Cerebration {Magic Kingdom}, Party with Pixar Friends {Disney’s Hollywood Studios}, Festival of the Lion King {Disney’s Animal Kingdom} and more! I know both of my kids will love anything and everything Disney.

In the meantime, we had a magical time hosting a Disney affair for the kids to enjoy. Everyone loved the Mickey Pillow Pet. It’s a fun stuffed animal for imaginative play that turns into a comfy pillow for bedtime or travel. The winner of “Pin the Nose” on Mickey won the adorable Pillow Pet. My daughter also loved the Disney princess costume and Ariel doll that arrived in our Ultimate Host box that we revealed during our unboxing on Instagram! The kids took turns playing dress up and taking care of their new doll. Both items were by JAKK Pacific.

Doesn’t all this Disney excitement get you in the mood to start planning a trip or a Mickey-themed party!?! Be sure to leave a comment with your favorite Disney memories + any Disney-related advice! For more information on all that’s new at Walt Disney World in the coming year, visit www.WDWNews.com.

I received free products in order to host a #NowMoreThanEver playdate party. The opinions expressed here are my own.

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NEST Salon

Do you like going to the salon as much as my daughter? I know I do!!! We made an appointment with Miss Mariah at NEST in Philadelphia for Kennedy’s birthday last month!

Kennedy wanted her hair braided with some curls for her special day. She was in awe of being able to watch her hair being curled by Miss Mariah.

The NEST salon is usually booked out 2 weeks in advance….all the cool kids in philly get their hair cut and styled there!! Miss Mariah is also a 3x LOVE Award winner for Best Kids Hair Salon. She has the patience of a saint and makes every appointment fun for all ages.

Book an appointment today for that shorter summer cut! Tell NEST we sent you!

My Superhero is FIVE

I can’t believe my Daughter is celebrating her 5th birthday. I love that she choose a Superhero theme for her party. Who doesn’t love celebrating a strong woman?! And, my friends, my daughter is strong + determined + smart! My daughter was so involved in the party planning this year which made it memorable for the both of us. She loved looking at endless photos of superhero cake designs and “Wonder Woman” outfits. With the help of mom, Kennedy designed her custom cake + cookies {The Cookie Queen}, and of course picked out her Wonder Woman swimsuit! Enjoy all the party photos below, and links to buy your own Superhero decor!

Pow! Boom! #SuperKennedyis5

Venue | Flip Out Productions

Cake | Hey, Nice Cake

Cookie Favors | The Cookie Queen

Party Bags |Amazon.com

Backdrop + Balloons | Amazon.com

City Stand | Oriental Trading

Wonder Woman Suit | Hanna Andersson

Wonder Woman Crown | Merritt + Marlee

Party Props | Oriental Trading

Chalkboard Easels | Target

Superhero + Girl Power Tattoos | Ducky Street

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Beach with the Kids

What do you need to pack for a beach trip with the kids? I try to keep it minimal whenever possible but there’s some long beach days or “hot” days that require some extra gear. My family has a shore house that I keep equipped with the “must-have” kid items to avoid unnecessary packing every summer weekend. I think our goal is the same… Keep the kids happy + let the parents enjoy some sun (and maybe some quiet). Since we are back in the infant world, I included some gear to keep our little babies happy + safe from the sun! Check out my recommendations below + leave a comment with any of your favorite beach products!

 

A few other must haves I love to pack is a baby carrier, insulated lunch box with snacks, lots of water, swim diaper, swaddle blanket, beach towel, beach toys + bucket, sunscreen, hats + sunglasses, SPF protective swimwear.

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Happy Summer! And, if you’re not already following me on Instagram….click HERE! I’ll be sharing more of my favorite products over there. XO, S

Mermaid Makeover at Bowfish Studios

What was your dream when you were a little girl?  I wanted to be a mermaid. Didn’t you, too? I will admit I use to pretend I was a mermaid in our swimming pool growing up. Well, Bowfish Studios is a place where your imagination becomes reality. Bowfish offers mermaid and unicorn makeovers…..and yes, they are magical for all ages!

Bowfish surprised my daughter with a birthday makeover over the weekend! To double the fun, we even got to invite one of her friends. I was so excited for everyone. My daughter’s imagination already runs wild so I can’t even imagine all the nerves and pure excitement she must of felt during her own transformation.

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The appointment started off with the girls deciding if they wanted to transform into mermaids or unicorns. Easy choice. Mermaids! The second choice was what mermaid they wanted to be….(aka pink, purple or blue tail).

After both deciding they wanted to become “Brighton” the purple mermaid, the girls were taken back to the sequin dressing rooms to change into their new tee (which they got to take home) and their mermaid tails!

Hair braids, eye shadow, lip stick, face paint, glitter and sparkle tattoos…the girls were in awe of all the fun! At one point, my daughter said “i really love the lipstick”….and this was her FIRST TIME wearing any kind of makeup. I am in trouble!

After the final dust of glitter was placed on their arms, the girls were officially mermaids.  Professional looking may I add.  The girls had a blast posing for the camera in their mermaid tails with their new hairdo + mermaid makeup! Okay, mommy had a blast requesting for them to pose for the camera. Seriously, if you vacation at the Jersey shore or live close by….you must go! Its seriously such a fun experience, and I loved our mommy + me time during this fun adventure! Ps. Bowfish Kids sells the cutest infant and toddler clothing + gifts too….it will be hard NOT to leave without buying something adorable. I am guilty every time.

XO, Stephanie