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    Disneyland with a Toddler- Survival Tips

    We survived Disneyland with a toddler! And actually had a blast!

    There are so many tips and tricks to make your trip to Disney magical instead of stressful. And believe it or not, there’s actually a lot for your little one to do (as well as pregnant women). Even though you can’t do the “big” rides, it can still be a really special day!

    Disneyland is one of my favorite places on Earth. I have so many wonderful memories of the parks growing up and my husband and I actually got engaged there.

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    Educational Benefits for Toddlers at Sea World San Diego

    Disclaimer: We received media tickets to Sea World San Diego in exchange for review. All opinions are my own. Visit my disclaimer page for more information.

    We had the opportunity to visit Sea World while we were on vacation last week and had a blast! It was overcast but not too cold and the park wasn’t crowded. A perfect theme park day!

    Sawyer LOVES animals and has loved the zoo the few times we’ve taken him so we knew he would love Sea World. Sawyer is picking up new words and phrases like crazy lately. Since he’s learning so fast, we are trying our best to make sure he learns everything he needs to at this age. Colors, numbers, body parts, and animals! Our day at Sea World was perfect to teach him a few new animals and some facts about marine life.

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    Family Vacation 2017 Recap

    I’m still definitely in post-vacation funk. I haven’t fully unpacked, the house is a total mess, and I still feel exhausted from our red eye flight home. But our vacation was so amazing. 8 days of family time was just what we needed.

    We go visit my grandparents in San Diego once or twice a year. It seems repetitive but it’s our favorite way to spend a vacation. We have a Southwest card and usually have enough points to cover at least one way, plus flights to SD are usually inexpensive so the other way doesn’t break the bank.

    My grandparents have a beautiful house in Santa Luz with plenty of room for all of us, and a super fun pool out back. So, tickets usually don’t cost us much, and we have a free place to stay so we can usually do a full family vacation without spending too much money!

    I’m very close with my family so seeing my Grammy and Boppa a few times a year is good for my soul. It’s hard living so far away from them.

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    Mommy Errands with Enterprise CarShare

    Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Enterprise CarShare. All opinions are my own. Visit my disclaimer page for more information.

    Like most families, we own two cars. But, unlike most families, we really only use one of them. One car is brand new (just drove it off the lot last August), runs great and we LOVE it. The other car I bought when I was in college, long before we were married, and that’s pretty much on its last leg. It runs, and since I mainly work at home blogging, we don’t need to drive it much.

    This works out for the most part since I’m pretty busy at home but I definitely go a little stir crazy sometimes. Sawyer and I don’t get to go on a lot of “adventures” because there’s not a ton close by and I don’t feel comfortable driving the scary car down into the city.

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    Packing the Diaper Bag for 2 with JJ Cole

    There are lots of things I have to prepare for when it comes to going from 1 kiddo to 2. One thing I’ve been thinking about a lot is being out and about with them.

    The other day Kurtis, Sawyer, and I were our running a particular errand and things got a little stressful. One thing after another went wrong and it was just a long day. When we got home I said to him “can you imagine dealing with that but with two kids with us?”

    It kind of put things into perspective that things are about to get a lot more difficult around here.

    But it’s nothing we can’t handle with a little preparation!

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    The Newest Great Wolf Lodge Location- Why it Excels

    Disclaimer: I was provided a complimentary 2 night stay, meals, and activities during the Great Wolf Lodge opening celebration in exchange for review. All opinions are my own.

    Last weekend, we had the incredible privilege of checking out the newest location of the Great Wolf Lodge- Colorado Springs!

    3 years ago, construction began on what was supposed to be a grand hotel and convention center. Unfortunately, the project was scrapped, and the future hotel sat there, unfinished, for almost 2 years. Finally, the Great Wolf Lodge came along and decided to buy the property for their newest location. Because construction on the hotel had already been started, that gave Great Wolf Lodge room to be creative with the extra space.

    Because the convention center space had already been built out, Great Wolf Lodge decided to utilize it to create the first “dry” adventure park in the Great Wolf franchise. This was by far a highlight of our stay. Great Wold Lodge offers adventure passes that allows you to experience the Adventure Park. The Adventure Parks offers attractions such as a full arcade, mini golf, a climbing wall, a ropes course, the creation station, a bowling alley and MagiQuest. The addition of the Adventure Park provides entertainment for days, making it so you truly never need to leave the resort during your vacation.

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    Navigating the Airport with a Baby

    We’ve been through a lot of airports with Sawyer. At that point, he’s a pretty well traveled baby (if you count going back and forth to the west coast 3 times a year well traveled). We’ve been through Denver, Phoenix, Las Vegas, San Deigo, Orange County, and Sacramento. That’s a lot of airports! And a lot of hours spent in airports.

    But navigating the airport with your little one doesn’t have to be a horrible experience. In fact, it can be kind of enjoyable (just don’t attempt to sprint to catch a flight while pushing a stroller, it ain’t gonna happen). I love everything about traveling. I love packing, I love carry-on bags, I love passports, I love printing boarding passes, I love airports, I love airport coffee, I love plane snacks, I love hotels, I love it all!

    But I hate stress. And sometimes, I just flat out refuse to have it. Traveling is such a happy thing! Hopefully you’re going somewhere fun and get a few days off from work and real life. Getting there shouldn’t be a drag. Here are my tips for making your trek through the airport with your little one a breeze.

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