Amelia’s Frozen Birthday Party

We celebrated Amelia’s 7th birthday party last Saturday at home with family and friends. It was such a great night! I kept the party simple, and created most of the decorations with items I found in the Christmas section of our local dollar store. We had a hot chocolate bar, blue “frozen” punch, frozen grapes, snowflake waffle cookies, a homemade cake, powdered “snow’ doughnuts, and pizza.  It was super fun night, and Amelia was showered with love and presents. Hooray for family! Hooray for awesome friends! Hooray for Amelia!

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.

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.

Einstein

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Two weeks ago, we rescued a little three year old chihuahua named Einstein. He was in pretty bad shape when we got him. Einstein was underweight, had some fur missing, his nails were very overgrown, and he was *ahem* stinky. After a bath, nail trim, and a big meal, we could already see him perking up. Now, two weeks later, he is a different dog. I am so happy we made room in our home and our hearts for this sweet little pup.

Staycation-Hyatt Regency Orlando

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I don’t know about you, but for me, summer school break is flying by! We are at about the half way mark, and a few weeks ago, I decided we needed a little weekend getaway before school started. I knew I wanted a fabulous resort with a fun pool, and the Hyatt Regency in Orlando did not disappoint! The Hyatt (formerly the Peabody) is located on International Drive, really close to SeaWorld, and in between the Disney and Universal parks. The property is well maintained, the beds were comfortable, the towels were soft and fluffy, and the girls were very excited about the t.v. in the bathroom! The resort is located right next door to Pointe Orlando, a large shopping/movie/restaurant complex, so we were able to walk there and have dinner at Johnny Rockets. The resort has many restaurants on-site , so if you don’t want to leave the property, you wouldn’t have to. Most of the pictures I have posted are of the girls at the pool, because that is where we spent most of our time. The pool area is PERFECT for children, with it’s zero entry, basketball hoop, and shallow water. There is also a grotto pool with waterfalls (the kids loved jumping through them), and a small wading pool/beach for the really little ones. I enjoyed a couple of yummy frozen cocktails, and felt very relaxed poolside with my happy children. Sometimes it’s just nice to just get away for a weekend, and I know we will definitely be back to stay at the Hyatt Regency Resort.

*this is not a sponsored post, and all opinions are my own. I booked our room through Priceline, and I think we got a great deal on a beautiful resort!

Happy Birthday, America!

We celebrated the Fourth of July with my family in our backyard yesterday. It is a tradition I look forward to every summer. In the morning, we went to a parade in downtown Safety Harbor, and in the afternoon we swam, made homemade ice cream, cooked out on the grill, swam in the pool, and did some small fireworks in our yard. We did have some rain to contend with, but it cooled down the air, and we didn’t let it spoil the festivities. 

Let’s Go Fly a Kite (and have a picnic, too!)

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If you have grown tired of my beach photos, I do apologize. It’s what we’ve been doing lately! I picked up some kites from the dollar store, and the girls had a blast flying them at the beach today. We had a picnic with my husband’s family, and we all had the best time! (a highlight was feeding our leftover lunch to the seagulls)

We will be taking a little staycation in Orlando in a few weeks, at a super fun resort, so check back, soon!

Summer, We Love You.

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We kicked the official start of summer of right with a family bbq, and a trip to the beach. We have spent endless hours in our pool and at the beach, which is the only way to beat the heat here in sunny Florida. Now that Amelia and Maggie are a bit older, (4 & 7),  and they are both strong swimmers, I find these activities to be much more enjoyable.

I hope there is a sandy beach, or a crystal clear pool in your near future. Happy summer!