Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween

We took the girls to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween last weekend at the Magic Kingdom. This visit was all about the princesses! Maggie and Amelia both wore Elsa costumes, and were so happy to meet and get autographs from their favorite characters. Amelia and I rode the new Mine Train ride, which was super fun, and we all enjoyed the special Halloween parade with all of our favorite Disney villains, a spectacular firework display, and trick or treating throughout the park. It was a special night we are sure to remember, and I am happy to have these photos of my girls with the princesses. I know they will grow out of this phase all too soon.

Cabana Bay Beach Resort

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We just got back from a super fun long weekend in Orlando. We stayed at the brand new Universal property Cabana Bay Beach Resort. Let me start by saying, that we all agreed this is our very favorite Orlando hotel, and you all know that we’ve stayed at dozens of resorts in Orlando. The retro theming throughout the hotel had me swooning the entire time! Vo5 toiletries, mid century furniture, and oh the vintage fonts!

The kids loved the two pools. The pool off the main lobby had an awesome slide, beach area, and bar. On one afternoon, a cupcake food truck was in this area, and I had the tastiest tiramisu cupcake. The other pool area was right near the Continental building where we stayed, and there was a lazy river complete with waterfalls! How awesome is that? They show movies on a big screen at night in both pool areas, and there are fire pits in both areas, too.

We had one meal at the resorts food court area, and it was delicious and surprisingly affordable. The girls enjoyed a slurpee there one afternoon, complete with a retro ICEE cup. There is also a Starbucks on property, which made me very happy. It too had great retro features. Upstairs from the lobby was a bowling alley, and a place for late night eats. Again, how awesome is that?!

We took a free shuttle from the resort over to Universal Citywalk, and I was impressed at how efficient and quick the experience was. It would be very easy to get to the Universal Parks from this resort.

The rooms were very well appointed with a table and chairs, small fridge, flat screen t.v., comfy beds & pillows, an in room safe, and beautiful terrazzo floors in the bathroom.

I really can’t say enough great things about this resort. We are already planning our next trip back!

*I also posted several photos from our visit to my Instagram account. You can check them out @modernmommyblog.

Sunday Beach Day

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We’ve just concluded a successful first week back to school, and I figured a trip to the beach was in order. Amelia had a stellar first week as a first grader, and my step daughter started middle school. (yikes!) Maggie starts back to preschool after Labor Day. I made a big breakfast this morning of bacon, potatoes, and eggs, then we drove to Clearwater Beach to swim in the ocean, and play in the powder white sand. I hope you and your kiddos are having a smooth transition back in to your school time routines. 

I just wanted to give you guys an update on our recent rescue dog. I am happy to tell you our Einstein has doubled in weight, his skin has completely healed, and his fur has grown back. He loves his little bed, and spends most of his time with Amelia, his favorite human. I think he looks so handsome in his new collar. A little love and care is all a pup needs for a second chance at a happy life. High-res

I just wanted to give you guys an update on our recent rescue dog. I am happy to tell you our Einstein has doubled in weight, his skin has completely healed, and his fur has grown back. He loves his little bed, and spends most of his time with Amelia, his favorite human. I think he looks so handsome in his new collar. A little love and care is all a pup needs for a second chance at a happy life.

You’re the One That I Want

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The girls and I watched the movie Grease last night. (well, I watched the entire movie, they fell asleep half way through) So, I thought is would be fun to have dinner tonight at Biff Burger. Biff Burger was a fast growing national burger chain in the 1950”s, and now there are only two locations left, including the one we visited here in St. Petersburg, Florida. On Friday nights, they have classic car shows, so we drove 20 minutes south to enjoy dinner at this retro establishment. I hadn’t been since I was a child, and I can tell you that not much has really changed. This is a CASH ONLY establishment, so come prepared, and bring your appetite, there are lots of yummy choices.