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'Tis the season for giving and what better gift to give than the biggest gift of all— adventure! This holiday season, take advantage of this special offer and save $400 per person—$1,600 for a family of 4—on select 2020 Adventures by Disney vacations.
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Never underestimate the power in a good conversation
3 5910 hours ago
I am your mother, you are my child.
I am your quiet place, you are my wild.
I am your calm face, you are my giggle.
I am your wait, you are my wiggle.
I am your water wings, you are my deep.
I am your open arms, you are my running leap.
I am your home, you are my new path. I am your dry towel, you are my wet bath.
I am your dinner, you are my chocolate cake. I am your bedtime, you are my wide awake.
I am your finish line, you are my race.
I am your praying hands, you are my saving grace.
I am your lullaby, you are my peekaboo.
I am your goodnight kiss, you are my I love you.
Such a fun weekend celebrating the end of sports seasons, family, this handsome dude’s 12th birthday, and his good grades! I could easily talk about how fast the time has gone with James, and how I can’t believe we are here (because seriously - 12!?) Instead I’ll squeeze him close and celebrate all the joy he brings to our lives. 📸: @gleanandco
9 6113 hours ago
Treat your special someone to Holiday Magic this season at the Disneyland Resort.
⭐️Here is a sample of a Walt Disney Travel Package available to book for (2) Adults:
🎄Travel Dates: 11/14/2019-11/17/2019
➡️Walt Disney Travel Package to Include:
🎁Hotel Accommodations at the Country Inn and Suites by Radisson
🎁3 Day 1 Park per Day Tickets with Disney MaxPass with Magic Morning
🎁Anaheim Resort Transportation Vouchers
🎁Round Trip Airfare from Medford, OR (MFR) into Los Angeles, CA (LAX)
🎁Round Trip Airport Transportation with Karmel Shuttle
🎅🏻Package Price: $1,742.27
✨Want to add a little extra magic to your stay? Adding a tour, dining experience, or just splurging on a sweet treat will make your special someone feel like royalty 👑.
🎄Contact your Travel Planning Elf, Fairytale Journeys by Jen for your customized quote or start your journey by clicking: https://www.fairytalejourneysbyjen.com/disneyland-resort.
➡️Terms and Conditions do apply. Rates and availability cannot be guaranteed until payment is placed on the reservation.
It is ALWAYS possible and never too late to truly connect deeper with your children. Everyone seeks connection, especially your children. If you just be the bigger person and take vulnerable steps, it is not too late.
Once you start practicing our simple principles - you will see it's possible to rekindle relationships!
It's a process that doesn't happen right away, but there's sparks, there's hope, and there's development. So give it a chance, see what happens, and be sure to circle back and let me know what happens in the comments below!
1 11122 October, 2019
This is what being a parent is about. Making your kids take pictures with a bear and thinking it’s hilarious. We’re old 😂🖤
Today’s Travel Trick: Head Left
⭐️It is no secret that Disneyland Security can take a little patience. For those of you coming through security on the Harbor Blvd. side, head left for shorter lines.
🤔I don’t know why but I always catch myself going to the closest line...that is until I found that the left lines definitely seemed shorter 🤯.
📌Here are some tips to make your line run faster:
➡️Don’t get behind a stroller as they can take a while to go through.
➡️Have all bag pockets open and ready for security to look through.
➡️If you have extra bags like a makeup bag, make sure you have those out as well.
➡️Read up on the list of prohibited items - https://disneyland.disney.go.com/park-rules/.
➡️If you don’t have a bag, find the “No Bag Line”.
➡️Take your celebration button off as these seem to trigger the security alarm.
The attention and environment you provide is crucial to your child's development
1 11522 October, 2019
Cannot believe it is already time for sweet baby’s next milestone session. Baby number five and honored to have photographed this amazing family for so many years.
Capturing each one of these kiddos Milestone Sessions:
Finished digitally painting this precious portrait yesterday. I have a second one to paint and then off to the professional printer before It goes to Jamie for it’s hand-painted brush oil finish. Love these Heirloom Art Portraits and the blending design, photography, digital art, traditional printing and the old masters technique of brush oil painting. Our creative process is truly a journey to a Masterpiece. .
I love staying at a Disneyland Resort Hotel more than anyone, but sometimes the budget just doesn’t allow. Thankfully, there are over 40 Good Neighbor Hotels to choose from in the Anaheim area.
On my recent visit, I stayed at the Staybridge Suites Anaheim Resort. This hotel is a fantastic value especially for large families. The staff was attentive and friendly. They even gave my mom some complimentary snacks for her birthday 🎁 🥳.
Some amenities offered are:
🚘 Complimentary Parking
🍳 Complimentary Breakfast
🥤 Complimentary Social Hour M/T/W
🛏 2 Bedroom Suites that sleep up to (8) 🍽 Full Kitchens in each room
🛋 Large Common Area inside and on the patio
🥩 BBQs available 💦 Large Pool (shared with the Holiday Inn)
🧳 Luggage Storage
⭐️Third Night Free Promotion Available
A drawback to this property like other Good Neighbor hotels, is that it is not walking distance. However, it is on the Anaheim Resort Transportation Route. I opted for Lyft which was definitely quicker than waiting for this bus line. For some reason, their bus line just seemed to take a long time running about every 30 minutes versus every 20 minutes. You could also choose to park in one of the Disneyland parking structures and take the tram over into the Resort.
I would say the other negative I noticed was a bit of noise from the freeway. Not a big deal for most but if you are a light sleeper, I could see where it could bother guests.
Overall, this property is a great value and will continue to recommend for my clients with large families.
0 1422 October, 2019
One of the most tragic challenges in modern life today is the disconnection of busy professionals from their families, and It's been running rampant over the last decade!
We're more connected than ever through technology which can be a great thing to assist us, but for some reason, we're getting overrun. We're getting further and further away from the people that we love.
I have so many entrepreneurs, professionals, athletes and artists that come to me and say that they feel disconnected at home. It's an absolute sin for anyone who's working so hard, with the best intentions to feel that. It doesn't have to be that way! If we can just get into some simple rhythms and get reground with our family, this feeling of disconnection can be stopped which is exactly why we're here
1 11321 October, 2019
DISNEYLAND PARK UPDATE: Tomorrowland has consolidated all of its Fastpass Distribution queues at one location.
⭐️Guests can now get their fastpasses for Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, Star Tours - The Adventures Continue, and Space Mountain at one location near the Tomorrowland Theater.
📌Couple things to note:
➡️You are still only allowed to get one fastpass at a time.
➡️You will no longer get a paper reminder ticket after you have made a fastpass reservation. Make sure that you note when your fastpass time is as well as what time you can make another fastpass reservation. Or, just take a photo of the confirmation on the final screen with your phone.
➡️Don’t want to stand in line to get a fastpass? Add Disney MaxPass to your ticket 🎉.
⭐️At $15 per person per day, this service allows you to make mobile fastpasses on the Disneyland app as well as receive complimentary photo downloads of all photos taken by a Disney PhotoPass photographer, character dining, and attraction photos. I love the convenience of Disney MaxPass. It is definitely a cost I always budget into my trips.
➡️For more information on Disney MaxPass, visit https://disneyland.disney.go.com/guest-services/maxpass/.
0 321 October, 2019
This view 🥰🥰🥰.
Sleeping Beauty Castle is so sparkly and magical during the Holidays at the Disneyland Resort ❄️🏰💙. Just 18 days till the magic of the Holidays returns😱. I can’t wait!
HOLIDAY HIGHLIGHTS TO INCLUDE:
🎄Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle
🎄Believe...in Holiday Magic Fireworks Spectacular
🎄“it’s a small world” Holiday
🎄Haunted Mansion Holiday
🎄"Holiday Time at the Disneyland Resort" Guided Tour
🎄A Christmas Fantasy Parade
🎄Disney Festival of Holidays
🎄“Disney ¡Viva Navidad!” street party celebration.
🎄Princess Elena’s Musical Grand Arrival
🎄Luigi’s Joy to the Whirl
🎄Mater’s Jingle Jamboree.
Interested in booking a Holiday Adventure to the Merriest Place on Earth? Contact your Travel Planning Elf, Fairytale Journeys by Jen for your customized quote or start your journey by clicking: https://www.fairytalejourneysbyjen.com/disneyland-resort.
For more information about the Holidays at the Disneyland Resort, please visit: https://disneyland.disney.go.com/events-tours/holidays-at-the-disneyland-resort/.
It’s lonely down here without you baby boy! Each day I’m trying my best just to keep it together. I know I’m all over the place...just give me a moment! I miss everything about you baby! Most of all I miss our talks and text! Everyone is still searching for ways to move forward, because you were such a big part of everyone’s heart! Happy Birthday my love bug! The first of many without you by my side! I’m going to celebrate you today and everyday...BUT BIG TIME TODAY! Umi loves you baby...now and forever more! To the moon and back!❤️🥰😍 #18summers
It is possible to have a family/work-life balance! You just have to schedule the time to connect!
1 10920 October, 2019
It's your responsibility to make sure you teach your children the important lessons not taught in school. What are those lessons? Personal development, relationship skills, and financial intelligence.
1 12419 October, 2019
Some days are great for spontaneous adventures! This summer after listening to my beautiful friend @michellecox8244 talk about “18 Summers” and that time with our kids is so short, I stepped up my already intentional way of spending time with my kids. I made a point to take more time to just explore and adventure together. So today I woke up early, got the kids up and did a day trip to Split Rock Lighthouse with several stops alongside the road to enjoy Lake Superior and the beautiful North Shore. I think we all agree it’s the most beautiful spot in Minnesota!
0 1618 October, 2019
Today’s Travel Trick: Be a Disney Visa Cardholder
⭐️Disney Visa cardholders receive a long list of perks throughout the parks, shopping, and travel planning⭐️.
Some of my favorite perks are:
➡️0% vacation financing on select Disney vacation packages, Disney cruises, Adventures by Disney packages, and Aulani vacation packages.
➡️Private Character Meet n' Greets with fun characters at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
➡️Discounts on select dining & shops throughout the parks and resorts.
➡️Discounts at the Disney Store and www.disneystore.com.
➡️Disneyland packages paid for with a Disney Visa will also get a special amenity. In the past it was an insulated backpack. For 2019, Disney Visa Packages receive this lunch cooler (which was quickly stolen by my mouseketeer for her lunch today 🤣).
➡️Limited release perks are announced throughout the year as well like resort hotel discounts.
➡️ Discounts on Disneyland tours, Halloween Party tickets, and more.
➡️Many times, Disney Visa even offers a bonus Disney Gift Card just for signing up.
⭐️Terms and Conditions apply. For more information, visit https://disneyrewards.com/.
0 1318 October, 2019
Lead by example! We are our children's first and most important role models
1 12018 October, 2019
Halloween is less than 2 weeks away!
Do you have your costumes ready?
What will you be?
[pic is from our Star Wars Day at Sea onboard the Disney Fantasy]
9 518 October, 2019
Great garden portrait session with this little cutie this week! His boundless energy and infectious giggles are just the best!
2 918 October, 2019
✴️ADVENTURES BY DISNEY - CLIENT REVIEW✴️
🧡You all know that Adventures by Disney is one of my favorite travel products that the Walt Disney Travel Company offers. It makes me so happy and fills my heart knowing that my clients experienced exactly what I knew they would.
🌟”Our ABD tour to London and Paris EXCEEDED our expectations. We knew that there would be great customer service and organization, but the level to which this was performed was TRULY AMAZING and due to the wonderful adventure guides on our trip.
🗺In addition to the EXCLUSIVE access to famous must-see sites and HEAD OF THE LINE privileges, the small details were also taken care of - things like having our bags shipped ahead of time when we took the Eurostar from London to Paris so you didn't even have to think about them.
🧡Our adventure guides, @adventureguidejennae and @adventureguide.stephanie were absolutely INCREDIBLE. They worked seamlessly as a team to make sure everything went off without a hitch and had everything planned, providing snacks during outings and extensive options for dining and sightseeing on our own, and came to learn small things about every guest on the trip. At dinner on the last night of the trip, they presented a slide show of photos from the entire week that they had put together and gave it to all of us along with a small gift for every guest. It was exceptionally THOUGHTFUL with many people (including the guides) getting emotional and really spoke to the special nature of this tour.
🧳I don't know that I will ever be able to take a "normal" vacation again - the Adventures by Disney tour was truly INCREDIBLE with the level of detail and personal touch. We will absolutely do more of these in the future.” -Angela B. San Diego, CA
🤩Thank you so much Angela for sharing your experience. I cannot wait for you and your family to embark on your next adventure in Rome.
✴️Curious about Adventures by Disney? Fairytale Journeys by Jen for more information on these amazing vacations.
0 518 October, 2019
🍁🍂Fall is the best season 🍁🍂
8 44017 October, 2019
➡️Reservation Update for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at the Disneyland Resort.
💫 Starting 10/21/2019, advanced reservations for Oga’s Cantina can be made up to 60 days prior to arrival. Reservations can be made on the Disneyland app, Disneyland.com, or by calling (714) 300-7805.
💫Savi’s Workshop and the Droid Depot are still accepting advanced reservations at the 60 day window as well.
➡️New food items have also arrived on Batuu.
💫At Oga’s Cantina you will find a new charcuterie plate called the Happabore Sampler. This sampler will have cured meats, artisan cheeses, pickled and preserved rations, and crackers. Sounds like the perfect snack tray to enjoy along side one of Oga’s concoctions.
💫Docking Bay 7 Food & Cargo, younglings can now try the Garden Patty Bun featuring a bao bun, roasted carrots, house sauce, and a mandarin orange.
💫Ronto Roasters is also adding plant-based items. The Ronto-less Garden Wrap features a plant-based sausage, spicy kimchi slaw, sweet pickled cucumber, and Gochujang spread all wrapped in pita. If plant-based foods aren’t your thing, you can try the all new Kyryll Pork Rinds with cinnamon-sugar served in a MSE-6 Series Repair Droid souvenir vessel.
💫Last but not least, new popcorn can be found at Kat Saka’s Kettle. Chocolate flavored popcorn with Crait Red Salt, yes please!
😋Can’t wait to try out all of the new eats!
💫’Til the Spires!
1 2117 October, 2019
There is nothing more important than the relationships we create in our lives!
Don't be afraid to put more merit, more focus, more attention and more learning towards developing the strongest relationships that you can!
1 12117 October, 2019
Tell me your top 3 🍁Fall Bucket List items!👇🏼 Needing some fresh ideas to make memories with my kiddos
I know it's taboo to talk about Christmas before Halloween, but I think you're gonna want to see this:
Join the holiday fun as Magic Kingdom Park transforms into a joyous party, featuring a brand-new fireworks spectacular along with favorites including Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade and Mickey's Most Merriest Celebration stage show.
Send me a message or go to the link in my bio to request a complimentary personalized quote.
Busy season is in full swing I feel like I’m nonstop editing and on my phone. So we decided to take a much needed break and go hiking I didn’t really get great pictures but we had a blast 🖤
1 44316 October, 2019
Devices that seem to effortlessly connect us are in fact, dividing us! Technology has a time and a place. It's helped our world in many different ways, but when it comes to human connection, we have to do something called intermittent tech fasting. Are you familiar with this concept? Listen in as I discuss!
Everyone everywhere is striving for the same thing: Connection! You want to feel like you're connected to those around you, those who matter to you. You want to feel like you're heard, and you're seen for who you are! Connection is universal.
When you give someone your undivided attention, your focus, your respect, your time and your presence-connection will happen!
This is me.
Had the picture taken anyway.
Are you the one who usually takes the pictures?
* Single mom here; I get it! *
Do you hide from the camera?
* Yep, that’s me too. *
If someone asked you for a photo of yourself, would you be able to provide one?
Each year a family member creates a family calendar containing important dates (birthdays, anniversaries, graduations…). Each year, I struggle to find pictures of myself to send for the calendar. Pictures of my son are a completely different story!
This was taken while livin’ it up on the Disney Fantasy with my kiddo; having the time of our lives.
When available, I ALWAYS add the photo package to my vacation plans.
Words of wisdom from a self-conscious mama:
-Suck it up buttercup and get in the picture!
-Put the phone or camera down and let someone else capture the moments WITH YOU IN THEM!
Spring Break will be here before you know it, have you made plans yet?
Not to worry- I gotcha!
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18 SUMMERS: Well this caused quite the reaction on my stories last night. With the vast majority of you telling me how utterly shite this quote (that’s been doing the rounds for the past couple of years) has made you feel. Yes, we get it, it’s meant to be uplifting and positive, but what it actually does is make a hell of a lot of us feel not enough. It fuels our guilt. It says we must do more, be more. We have failed. The expectation this sets in place is one that too easily leads to negativity, competition and guilt. And let’s just talk about the pressure for a moment. The pressure to get it right, the pressure not to mess up one of these precious 18 summers: to make the list of outings/activities, expensive trips we can’t afford, to do this, go here. And what if we don’t carry them all out? What if we don’t have time or energy to do it all? What if we can’t afford it? What if you work? Are sick? Your children are sick? You’re depressed and even the idea of a “delicious” summer can’t shake it? And let’s not start on parents who sadly do not have 1 summer with their children let alone 18, or those children who get far less than 18 with their parents.
What we see here in these squares doesn’t help either, it is a show reel of the best bits, but the vast majority of our lives do not look picture perfect. Some do, sure, but most do not. And even those who do have incredibly fortunate lives will likely admit it’s not rosy all the time. .
And this is just my two pennies worth, but probably the best summers are the ones with less in them not more. A little bit of nothing. Nothing, boring, crappy ‘nothing goes right’ days are ok and very very normal. This shit is hard!
Also my final point is they never stop being our kids. Parenting doesn’t stop however old they get. Sure they might usually move out around 18, but they also might not. Or they might do, and then like a lot of us, move right back in. We (hopefully) have the rest of our lifetimes with our kids, let’s stop the counting, stop the crap, stop feeling guilty, stop beating ourselves up, stop the what ifs, and know you’re doing a great job! If that’s not perspective, I don’t know what is.
224 95411 August, 2019
Hearing her laugh and play is the sweetest sound I know 💗 Today we choose joy, to be thankful, to play, and love. With so many things that need to be done, this right here is the most important of them all.
16 41321 May, 2019
✨Twirling into the weekend ✨I’m feeling summer coming to an end soon and I have mixed feelings about it! I know most of you are back in school already, but we have a few more weeks 🙏 We’ve only got 18 summers (and really only 10 where they 1. Remember and 2. Want to hang with us) I hope we made the most of this summer and that they’ll have these memories always!
19 6001 hour ago
All these posts of #18summers with your kids is giving me straight up ANXIETY! I’m not ready for back to school. I’m not ready for early mornings. I’m not ready for middle school. The babies will start preschool/daycare 2 days a week. And I’m just wanting to stay in our breakfast stained pajamas and go to the pool everyday still. Are you back at school? When is everyone starting?
“Do not ask your children
to strive for extraordinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable,
but it is the way of foolishness.
Help them instead to find the wonder
and the marvel of an ordinary life.
Show them the joy of tasting
tomatoes, apples and pears.
Show them how to cry
when pets and people die.
Show them the infinite pleasure
in the touch of a hand.
And make the ordinary come alive for them.
The extraordinary will take care of itself.” -William Martin
Trying to show my kids the extraordinary pleasure in the simple act of jumping in the waves 🌊 And I think they’re pretty extraordinary already 🌟