A Perfect Date Night: Kings Bowl Orlando

Disclosure:  The awesome people at Kings provided me with the opportunity to enjoy all they have to offer.  My husband and I were treated to free food and two games of bowling.  I chose to tip my servers from my own pocket for such outstanding service.  In no way does this affect my opinions nor have any parts of this post been edited or influenced by Kings Orlando. Date nights are few and far between when you have a newborn and a toddler!  But when the grandparents are in town my husband and I go overboard with our time out of the house together alone. When given the opportunity to have a night out at Kings Orlando, I was excited.  So we set out to experience the bar, restaurant and bowling! Kings Bowl Orlando is not your normal bowling alley.  Yes there are bowling lanes and yes there is food. … Continue reading

Beach Therapy

There is something about the beach that just brings a smile to everyone’s face.  Maybe it’s the salty breeze, the peaceful sound of the waves crashing, the soft sinking sand under your feet, the sun kissing your skin or the happiness that bounces off everyone around you.  I love everything about it! When I lived in Tennessee and Alabama I would crave a trip to the beach (referred to as my beach therapy) that would only happen once a year.  One of my favorite things about living in Florida now is that I get my beach therapy more frequently and at a cheaper rate! My husband and I recently took a last minute road trip to Fort Myers beach.  Neither of us had been there before so we were so excited to check out a new beach.  And we were so impressed with this beach town! The beach is beautiful, … Continue reading

Southern Special {Link Party #2}

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Welcome to the second Southern Special Link Up! My Co-Host, Cate from Random Crafty Georgia Girl, Dawn from Spatulas on Parade  and I are so excited that we had great linkups for the very first week of this Southern Style linkup. Tuesdays bloggers can stop by to link up their posts and share with all you party goers. By joining in {both bloggers and non-bloggers} you can find new blogs, be inspired, test out a new recipe, and most importantly make new friends, Southern Style!  I loved everyone’s links and can’t wait to see what gets shared this week! So, let’s get this week’s party started with two of my favorite posts that were linked up to last week’s party: I am looking forward to trying this Coconut Banana Chia Chocolate Snack Cake from Jenn’s Random Scraps.  How yummy does this sound and look?! Living in Florida, I love a refreshing … Continue reading

Grammy’s Indoor Playground

Grammy’s Indoor Playground in Orlando is a wonderful place to take children under the age of 5 to get some old fashion playtime in. I like to support mompreneurs and local businesses, so this one is extra special to me because it is c0-owned and ran by a Mom and Daughter team!  I have taken my son here 3 times now and he loves it so much we stay for 3+ hours each time.  The last time I went, I took my baby girl (2 months old at that time) and there was a swing and bouncer for her to use as well as some tummy mats to put her on. Grammy’s Indoor Playground is organized into areas that are set up for different kinds of play including a play kitchen, workshop, garden, train table,  little jungle gym (with slide, monkey bars and pole), a log cabin, and magnet area.  … Continue reading

Coconut Oil Recipe Roundup

I have a new love for Coconut Oil.  This wonderful goodness in a jar is useful in many ways but making delicious food with coconut oil has became a favorite of mine.  Here are my favorite recipes using coconut oil.  There have been contriversy in the past about coconut oil because it is high in saturated fats.  But lately the benefits have been shown to outweigh any negatives.  Here is an interesting article on Dr. Oz.  Either way, it tastes yummy and is easy to cook with.  I hope this inspires you to try using this oil if you never have before. Coconut Oil Granola: recipe is from Cooking Pinterest Ingredients: 3 cups rolled oats 2/3 cup slivered almonds 2/3 cup sunflower seeds 1 cup coconut chips pinch of kosher salt 1 t cinnamon 1/2 t cardamom 1/2 cup coconut oil 1/4 cup honey 1/4 cup brown sugar 1 T … Continue reading

Peanut Butter Banana Cookies – Grain Free

As mentioned before we love cookies in our house.  But instead of buying the packaged, process kind, I try to make them as healthy as possible.  These are quick cookies that are GRAIN & EGG FREE and NO BUTTER!  They are are super soft and will not last long.  A perfect cookie for toddlers! What I used: 5 Tbsp  peanut butter 2 small bananas, mashed 1 tsp Agave 1/2 tsp vanilla What I did: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mash banana in a bowl. You can make it smooth or leave tiny banana lumps. Add in peanut butters,Agave and vanilla then blend till combined. Let the mixture chill in the refrigerator for a little while. Spoon the mixture onto a nonstick cookie sheet Bake 15 minutes or until edges are golden brown *These are going to be very soft cookies so make sure not over cook them   LINKED UP … Continue reading

Pure Body Naturals Colon Cleanse Detox {Product Review}

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. Pure Colon Cleanse Detox capsules by Pure Luxe is a natural purifying cleanse but unlike other cleanses this is in a pill form! The pills are easy to swallow and are successful. I have taken this for three weeks now with a week of skipping in between and happy to report that it is has worked really well.   I took the pills as directed nightly with a glass of water,  and had no unpleasant side effects like cramping that comes with other similar cleanses.  I fell like it works safely and naturally because I did not spend the entire three weeks in the bathroom, it was more of just creating a regularity for me.  One effect of the cleanse is a loss of weight, but I did not experience this (though I would not have minded if I did). … Continue reading

Nibblr {Box Subscription Review}

Nibblr is a subscription snack service very similar to all the box subscriptions that are trending.  Since I love trying new snack options, this box subscription makes me happy! Each box contains four pre-portioned snacks that fit your preferences. The single boxes are $5.99 each or you can prepay for 4 or 12 boxes at a time for discounted rates.  They can be set to deliver weekly, every two weeks or monthly for the length that you desire. What makes Nibblr unique is that you have the ability to customize your snack preferences.  When you create an account on Nibblr, you will select your snack preferences by choosing “love,” “like,” “interested” or “no thanks.”  And I think it is worth noting that more than 70% of nibblr’s snacks are 150 calories or less! Nibblr offers over 55 different snack combinations in five categories: Fruit – variety of dried fruits Fruit … Continue reading

Avocado Coconut Fudge

I love when experimenting with food turns out a big success!  What started as an idea to use up an avocado and coconut oil ended up as this yummy fudge-like avocado recipe! No butter or sugar used in this!!!  And speaking of coconut oil, it is great to use for healthy baking!  Checkout my recipe roundup here for coconut oil.   But if you like chocolate and coconut then you will love my Avocado Fudge.  For those of you skeptical about avocado mixed with chocolate, the avocado is not overpowering and makes this so creamy! What I used: 1 ripe avocado 1/4 c. honey 3 T. coconut oil, melted 1 1/3 c. shredded unsweetened coconut almond extract 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips What I did: Blend the avocado, honey, coconut, cocnut oil and almond extract in a food processor until smooth. Line a baking dish with foil Melt the chocolate … Continue reading

Hollywood & Vine: Disney Junior Character Breakfast at Disney’s Hollywood Studios {Restaurant Review}

The Hollywood and Vine restaurant has a character breakfast at Disney’s Hollywood Studios that provides a lively dining experience targeted toward toddlers that are fans of all the popular Disney Junior shows.  I have tried most of the character meals at Walt Disney World and admit this is one of our favorites because of the value.  So if you are planning to travel to Walt Disney World with a toddler then add the Disney Junior Play ‘n Dine to your list of must-do’s.  But the fun for the little ones doesn’t have to stop here.  There are so many things to do at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for toddlers.  Read my post on how to spend a full day entertaining your toddler at Disney’s Hollywood Studios here. The first time we ate here I was pleasantly surprised. There are a number of mediocre reviews so I was initially worried that we … Continue reading

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