Fabulous Fun and Fantasy at Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom Mickey and Minnie in the parade
As I write this, J and I have just returned from an amazing family holiday to Florida. We spent most of our time exploring the wonders of Disney World including Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Blizzard Beach and Disney Springs which has given us incredible memories to treasure forever.

 

The Magic Kingdom is where dreams really do come true. We chose this park as our first Disney experience for J as hubby and I have both been there before and J was really excited about going to see Mickey’s Castle (he has no idea who Cinderella is.) The arrival at the park is perfectly staged to build the excitement levels. We drove, so we parked the car and then caught the Disney tram to the first entrance. Once we were through security we had a choice of travelling by monorail or boat to the Magic Kingdom. For transport mad J, this was all part of the adventure. J got a great first view of the eye catching castle across the lake and as it got closer he was already captured by the Disney magic.
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Disney Preparations – Things to get you holiday ready

Mickey Mouse headshot waving
I had always said that I wouldn’t take J to Disney until I felt he was old enough to really appreciate the Disney experience. In my head this was probably about 6 or 7. However, when an opportunity that was too good to refuse presented itself, I decided that a holiday in Florida would be amazing and if Disney worked out then that would be even better so we booked flights to Orlando and an apartment just off of International Drive. We initially planned to visit the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom for a day each and maybe one of the water parks and then see what J thought of the whole Disney experience and go back if he liked it. What I hadn’t fully appreciated when we booked the flights was how expensive a day pass to Disney World is!
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Garden Toys for Preschoolers

Playhouse for the garden with a little door and windows

As the weather is looking so good for May bank holiday weekend (I hope I am not in for a disappointment), we have been getting our new garden ready for summer. Our garden was our definite compromise when we moved at the end of last year. It is about a third of the size of our previous garden and we were all sad to loose the space. However, it is still a reasonable size and I am determined to make the most of it. We have decided not to do too many changes out there this year so that we can see what grows up when and where and (most importantly) where the sun is at different points of the day so that we know where is best for our table and chairs. We have pruned and weeded and planted some new bulbs in pots and that is all we will do except for getting the garden summer ready for J. I would love to have a climbing wall, trampoline, swing and play set but we simply don’t have the room. So what are my top garden toys for keeping J happy playing in our garden?

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Learning with Mrs Mactivity

Mrs Mactivity scissor cutting worksheets with a Christmas theme and a pair of green child's scissors

Since we are heading to Orlando this year, we will have two 10 hour flights to amuse J on. Therefore, I was rather excited when offered the opportunity to review a new educational resource website for teachers and parents called Mrs Mactivity. There is only so long that J will spend watching TV or playing with a couple of cars on a plane, so I thought it would be great to print off some fun resources for him to colour or craft with while flying across the Atlantic Ocean. There are some great resources on Mrs Mactivity for us to choose from.

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Turkey Burgers – egg free, no breadcrumbs

Turkey burger cooked and placed on a bun. Home made chips and salad on plate

On a wet, cold and miserable Sunday afternoon I asked hubby what he wanted for dinner. He replied, “A juicy burger.” Excellent! That I could do. I had some turkey mince in the fridge that needed to be eaten up or frozen, so I could use it to make home made turkey burgers. I think hubby may have been a little sceptical about the fact that my offered turkey burgers were healthy equivalents of what he had in mind, but he was happy to go with me anyway.

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