Disneyland is called the Happiest Place on Earth, and my family is not disagreeing.
After taking our very first trip to the West Coast park last summer, I’ve been back solo four times since, which translates to some pretty good tips to help you make the most of each visit.
And just as I did in my Walt Disney World post, I focused on basic ways you can make a long weekend at the parks that much more pixie dusted for your family. Bonus: Disneyland is a lot smaller than Walt Disney World, which means hitting a lot more attractions before the kids start getting tired.
Disneyland is always busy, making it a little tricky to figure out when the very best time to visit might be. That being said, the least busy times (it’ll still be crowded) are the first few weeks of December. The Christmas decorations are out and the general merriment in the air is awesome. Other “slower” times are usually when school is first back in session (excluding any school holidays or three-day weekends), early January, just before most schools start Spring Break, and almost any time mid-week (Tuesday-Thursday).
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I’ve got a great little DIY facial scrub for you today. Lately I’ve been seeking out more natural ways to care for my skin. I really love my cosmetics, but I also know that I taking care of my skin with good cleansing is an important part of any beauty regimen. Gentle is always better when it comes to skin care, which is why I love this oil cleansing DIY facial scrub. It’s easy and your probably have these natural ingredients in your cupboard. If not, they’re easy to find at your local market.
So here is what you need:
- 3 Tbsp Coconut oil
- 1 Tbsp castor oil
- 2 Tbsp baking soda
- couple drops of essential oils (optional but I used Lavender)
- About 4 Vitamin E capsules or 2-3 drops of Vitamin E oil
All of these things are super great for your skin. They cleanse, moisturize and rejuvenate all in one. It’s awesome. All you really do is mix the oils together, add the baking soda, essential oil drops, and vitamin E.
After you’ve mixed it all together and you’re ready to use it, here’s how I do it. Take some into your fingers and rub it all over your … >> find out more...
Ready for DIY? Let’s get it on.
Summer always makes me want to get my hands dirty and do some gardening. Herbs are my favorite things to plant because, well, I get to eat them. How nice is it to have basil in the backyard to sprinkle over yummy tomatoes all summer long?
Planter pots can quickly get expensive if you buy them new. So check out thrift stores where you can find interesting sizes and shapes for great prices. I picked up this trio of pots for 50 cents each and gave them a DIY neon-wrapped makeover.
DIY Neon Wrapped Planters + Pots Supplies:
- Planters. Smaller ones are easier to work with but you can do this project with any size.
- Neon string. I love this neon string that you find at hardware stores. The colors are so bright and happy! This project works with any kind of twine too.
- Hot glue gun.
Starting at the base of the pot, hot glue the string around the pot. Gluing all the way around gives you a good strong base for wrapping.
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You want to make this beach sand souvenir for yourself. I know, because, well, if the amount of sand we shake out of our suitcases, vacuum out of the car and wash out of our hair every summer is any kind of indicator, then we are definitely a family of beachcombers.
And no matter whether we drive to a local lakeside beach or fly to a more far flung oceanside locale, our modus operandi is always the same: build sandcastles that never stay up, hunt for pretty shells/interesting rocks until sunset, and bring a little bit of beach sand home in a bucket.
It’s become a beloved family tradition, especially now that I figured out how to make beach sand keepsakes from our found treasures.
It takes less than 20 minutes to make a display-worthy beach sand souvenir that you’ll enjoy year round, and all you need are measuring cups and a few empty jars with tight-fitting lids. Plus your beach sand and little shells, of course!
Making sure your jar is clean and dry, start by pouring sand that you’ve already sieved (to remove bits of driftwood and seaweed) into the bottom until it’s filled about halfway. Gently shake to make the sand level, then layer … >> find out more...
The heat is on, but your makeup doesn’t have to look melted and heavy. A simple summer rmakeup look is all you need. It’s funny how the weather and seasons change the way we do our hair and makeup. I guess it’s because the weather–heat, humidity, air conditioning–affects our wardrobes and skin and even our moods. I know I definitely change the way I do makeup during the summer, opting for lighter, brighter, more natural. So today I thought it would be fun to share my simple summer make routine.
Simple Summer Makeup
Yep, you guys, that’s all you need! And it will be more than enough. In fact, you could even go with less by eliminating the BB Cream and just using the bronzer. Here’s what I use to get this simple summer makeup look:
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- Eye Liner – I am currently using an eye liner I got in my Julep box and I currently love it! Any brown eye liner you can just smudge into your lash line would be perfect.
- Mascara – My favorite mascara, hands down, is this Voluminous by L’Oreal. I’ve tried the expensive stuff and the cheap stuff and it always comes back to
When did you know your life’s passion? Is there something you loved, adored more than life itself, from the time you were a small child? I think if we all went back to that place of loving something completely, with a passion we forgot we had, and made it our life’s vocation, we’d all be happier people.
TMNT – Leonardo
There’s something beautiful about stepping outside your current world to discover a new one. I don’t think we do it often enough as adults, and we could all learn a little about passion from kids. Everyone comes to this earth being really excellent at one thing, at least one thing, even if it takes some of us longer than others to figure it out.
TMNT – Michelangelo
If you’re a parent, you know what I’m talking about. Kids show up on this earth hardwired to love certain things. Maybe you remember what it felt like the first time you read a novel, or danced on a stage, or took a gorgeous photo, and how it transformed the way you moved about the world.
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Every considered living abroad? Since the age of 17, I’ve visited 21 countries and 36 U.S. states. In 14 years of marriage, we’ve made our home in 10 different houses, 4 of those in a land other than that of my citizenship. After living a combined total of five years in another country, I still have moments of frustration of trying to understand and fit into a culture that is not my own.
I grew up in small town Texas where a 45 minute trip to Dallas was considered a day trip. Moving 9,268 miles away to the southernmost country in Africa was a big deal. In high school, I dreamed of living abroad, in a different country and raising kids who had an awareness of what the world was like, not just what life in America was like. I got my wish, but I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I wouldn’t trade it for the world, but I hope this little glimpse gives you an idea of what it’s like to live in a foreign land.
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Dyeing at home, is it a thing for you? It is for me. In fact, I’ve only maybe had my hair colored at a salon once or twice in the last 10 years. Truly. There’s just no justification for me to pay someone to do it for $150 a pop when I can dye my own hair at home for under $15.
But I have simple hair. One, all-over color to cover up the greys my super fun genes have sent my way. Fun fact: my mom went completely silver when she was 35. You know how old I am? Don’t answer that, I’ll lie anyway. The point is: it’s either dyed, or silver, and mama’s not going out like that.
So, you’re afraid to do it yourself? Don’t sweat it. I’ve got all kinds of tips from the pros (me, having dyed my own hair for the last 20 years) to keep it legit, and gorgeous for less than the price of a weeks’ worth of coffee. Or Diet Dr Pepper, your choice.
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Summer is the best time of year for me to tackle the stacks, and stacks, and STACKS of books I accumulate all year long. I never really get around to reading all of them, I’m aspirational when it comes to what I think I can get through, but I do end up reading a fair amount of books in the summer. It’s just easier to read when there’s more daylight and hammocks and pool time. At least for me.
I’ve already powered through about 10 books in the last two weeks, reading at day camp pick-ups, swim practice, doctor’s offices, trips to the hospital, and late night sick watch with my daughter. Thank heaven, because the book stacks next to my bed seem to multiply in the night when I’m not watching.
I also have a few stipulations about Summer reading: nothing heavy. Period. I’m not reading Tolstoy next to the pool. The most complicated I want to get is whether Tiffanie should choose Todd the fireman or Chad, her long lost high school boyfriend to help her raise her complicated teenage daughter from a previous relationship.
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