Seaworld Shenanigans

I know I’m supposed to be better than supporting Seaworld.  What can I say?  I took a big gulp of the kool-aid and I trust that they do not mistreat the animals.  Plus my kid thinks she’s a mermaid/Octonaut.

Let me start by saying Florida was a lot colder than I expected this year.  Fortunately, I am an overpacker when it comes to Minime. She was layered up and warm for the day.  Sadly though the cool temperatures kept us from sitting in soak zone of most of the shows.  Minime wore me down at the end of the day and we sat front and center for the orca show.

Last year we spent more time walking around but this year we took in most of the shows.  I won’t ruin the shows for you because I know you are planning to visit yourself but here’s a peek at what to expect.

Dolphins

 

 

Sea Lion High

 

Orcas

 

When you visit I highly suggest getting the all day dining pass.  I get one for myself and not for Minime.  I know you’re not supposed to share but that doesn’t really count with a toddler lol.  It cost around $35 but you can eat at most of the restaurants all day long and get a full meal.  Entree, side and drink.  I routinely saw people in front of me paying more than $35 for one meal.

They also have charging stations around the park which I thought was awesome (even though I forgot my wire (the gift store sells them).

I do suggest however packing your own towel in case your children like to sit in soak zones and if you can your own rain poncho.  I packed a hand me down one Minime had from her godbrother which is still big on her but worked perfectly during the orca show.  We didn’t have to change clothes.  Of course Seaworld sells them if you want to purchase them there as souvenirs but I’m all about being frugal.

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#FatherFridays – The Glad Stork

Just as mothers sometimes need reminders that they are amazing so do dads.  I’ve decided it wouldn’t be fair to highlight awesome moms if I didn’t showcase some pretty super dads as well.

If you love to laugh you should definitely be checking out this dad, The Glad Stork.  I don’t know him personally but his Instagram makes me giggle pretty regularly.  He also has a website, Tumblr and Facebook.

He says what we all think and does a great job reminding me that it is okay to laugh at not only myself but my child.

These are a few of his hilarious memes from his Facebook page.

 

If you know a dad you would like to see featured in a future #fatherfridays email me at justabxmom@gmail.com with his name, Instagram and why you think he should be featured 🙂

3 Years And Still Going

3 years

Minime isn’t ready to stop.  Most days I am.  Some days I think how strange it will be when she no longer looks for her “baba.”  I will have to learn new ways to soothe her fears and tantrums.  Some days I want to rush her to wean and some days I pray for another day of her needing me and my milk.

Whatever you believe about breastfeeding is your prerogative.  Just know that it will be Minime’s choice when she stops breastfeeding and I don’t need anyone else’s opinion.

#MommyMondays

Mommies have a really difficult job.  We are expected to be everything, do everything and always have a smile.  Sometimes we need to know we are appreciated.  Welcome #mommymondays.  I will be featuring a Mommy every Monday on her and on Instagram as a way to let her know she is doing a GREAT job.

#MommyMondays would like to acknowledge @engravedhearts (Charlyn Severino).  She is an amazing mother, daughter, wife, sister, friend and business woman.  She is also an inspiration and motivation to many.

Your ministry is coming sis and I will be in the front pew!

cha

 

If you know a mom that should be featured in a future #mommymondays email me at justabxmom@gmail.com with her name, Instagram and why you think she should be featured 🙂

Mini Me Turned Three

I’m sure every parent can relate to the emotional rollercoaster I have been on.  We want our babies to be healthy and grow yet part of us aches as they get older.  I’m not sure why this year has been so rough.  Minime turned three this past Saturday (1/23) and I never before thought of THREE as a magical age.  Yet, her birthday made me really reflective.

My little is growing up.  She is not a big girl yet but also not quite my itty bitty baby anymore.  She has always been quite independent but daily she voices and acts a bit more like she doesn’t quite need me like she used to.  I know, at three years old she won’t be moving out anytime soon.

The saying goes that time flies when you’re having fun and these three years as her mommy have been the best of my life.  I cannot wait to see who she will become.  I cannot wait to watch her set and meet life goals.

I only pray that I am the mother that she needs.  I only hope that I supply her with the resources and necessities to become who she is meant to be.

Looking forward to spending decades more celebrating my gift from above.

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Minime through the years!

 

Sunshine State We are On Our Way (almost)

I decided that every year until she was old enough to ask for something else I would take Minime to Florida for her birthday.  Her birthday is in exactly one week (where did the time go?).  Tomorrow we head out to Orlando and are ready to start the birthday trip she has been talking about since we got back last year lol.

We have had so much fun on our past trips.  I’ve loved traveling since I took my first flight at 21 for a business trip.  I love that at such a young age Minime is already bitten by the travel bug.  She talks about going on holiday and makes me pretend to get on an airplane with her rather regularly.

I can’t wait until she is old enough to enjoy trips to places like Paris, Italy, and Spain.  For now though we will continue to enjoy Florida and the Caribbean.

I recently read a really good Disney tips article.  I wish I would have bookmarked it but just looks like I will have to share my own tips when we get back.  What are some of your favorite Disney or Seaworld hacks?  Let’s compare.

Here are a few photos from our trip last year.

 

And the winner is….ME!!!

I have never been one of those people to win contests, raffles or scratchoffs.  Probably one of the main reasons I never got into gambling or going places like Atlantic City and Las Vegas often.

However every once in a while the tides have to change right?  Yea, I didn’t think so either but at the end of the year when I saw two giveaways on Instagram that didn’t require much effort other than saying I’m in I thought why not.  And guess what… I won them both!!! What are the odds???

And when I say I won, what I really mean is Minime won. lol.  One was for a gift from one of my favorite dad accounts TheBookOfRoma and the othr was a really cool Toy Magazine account TTPM.  So, in reality I guess I’m still not one of those people that wins contests but Minime might be.

Check out her really cool prizes below.

St. Ives Voxbox

Some of you know that I’m a member of Influenster.  Over the time I have received some really cool products for review.  When I got back from Long Island last week I have a St. Ives #voxbox waiting.

This might be my favorite box so far.  Each of the products smell amazing.  And as you can see in the photo below these aren’t trial sized.  They are going to be lasting me for a while.  Minime has also taken to the lotion and body wash.  I used to have to fight to get her to wear lotion now I have to hide it from her!

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Can’t wait until our next voxbox!

 

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