Insider Video Tip: Get Into Universal Before the Gates Open!

Learn one of my favorite tips to beat the crowds at the super popular Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort.

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Doc McStuffins 7″ Square Plate, 8 Count $1.77


Are you planning a Doc McStuffins birthday party? You can pick up these American Greetings Doc McStuffins 7″ Square Plate, 8 Count, Party Supplies Novelty for just $1.77 (was $6.99) with a $25 purchase on Amazon.

  • 8 small party plates
  • Measures 7 in. x 7 in.
  • Made in the USA
  • Adorable Doc McStuffins dessert plates feature Dottie and her cuddly patients, Lambie and Stuffy!
  • Perfect American Greetings party supplies for a kid’s birthday party or Disney Junior’s Doc McStuffins themed party

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Quick Tip: Book a Cheaper Resort for Your First Night at Walt Disney World

Here is a Disney Quick Tip: book a cheaper resort for your first night at Walt Disney World. If you are going to arrive later in the day and you are planning to stay at a moderate or a deluxe resort, it might be cost effective to book your first night at a value resort.

Moving resorts with Disney is very easy. Bell Services will come to your room to pick up your luggage and they will move it to Bell Services at your next resort. If your tickets and dining plan are attached to your second reservation, you will need to go ahead and check in at that resort. Once your luggage is picked up, you can either move your car to the new resort, hail a cab (just let them know at Bell Services you need a cab and they will radio for one) or you can use Disney transportation to go a park and then transfer to transportation to the resort you are checking into.

If your tickets were attached to your first reservation, you are free to head to the parks and you can check in at your second resort later in the day.

If you just need a place to lay your head that first night, this is a great way to save money on your trip.

Another quick tip: Make sure to always carry some sort of payment with you to the parks.

Learn more tips and tricks for your next Walt Disney World vacation. Destinations in Florida can also help you add tips and tricks to your next vacation.

Disney Frozen Floor Memory Match $4.97


Disney Frozen Floor Memory Match, 54 pieces Styles Will Vary is just $4.97 (was $9.99) with a $25 purchase on Amazon. I can’t wait until the baby is ready to play Memory, it’s so much fun!

  • Colorful graphics depicting your favorite characters from the movie
  • Frozen Memory
  • Fun for the whole family
  • Based on the Disney hit movie

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Top 7 Quick Service Restaurants in Walt Disney World


If you are trying to decide where to eat, here are my top 7 Quick Service Restaurants in Walt Disney World:

Pecos Bill in the Magic Kingdom – This restaurant has the best burger and fries. You can also ordered a chicken sandwich or a southwest chicken salad. Visit the toppings bar to add lettuce, tomato, sautéed onions, mushrooms and condiments to your meal. There is ample seating throughout the restaurant and there are even some tables positioned around the outside. If Tortuga Tavern isn’t open, sometimes they have additional dining located up the ramp in this restaurant.

Pinocchio Village Haus in the Magic Kingdom – If you are a fan of pizza, this restaurant has a delicious flatbread and their garlic knots are amazing! Adults could split a flatbread pizza and an order of the knots and save on their dining costs. Grab a seat by the big glass windows and you can watch people on It’s A Small World as the boat takes off. There is also some seating located upstairs and on the deck. There is also a huge patio with seating if you want to dine outside. Don’t forget to locate the wish book and write your heart’s desire in it’s pages.


La Cantina de San Angel – This counter service location in Mexico has the best nachos I have ever had. With seating along the waterfront and more located inside the double doors just to the right of the order windows, you can take your pick of where you want to dine. We personally like the seats inside by the large picture windows that overlook the World Showcase. We usually only treat the nachos as a snack to share, but this is a great break from the heat!


Lotus Blossom Cafe – Located in China, this restaurant has some of the best Chinese food I have ever had. The food is not heavy and seating is plentiful with table areas on both the left and right side of the restaurant. You have to try the egg rolls. They are divine!


Pizza Planet – If your kids love pizza, you are going to love this restaurant in Hollywood Studios. Not only is it located indoors, but there are arcade games to enjoy. Make sure you bring a roll of quarters with you or you can change some bills there in the arcade. I recommend the pizza and salad.

Restaurantosaurus – When you are at Animal Kingdom, it is nice to be able to take a break indoors. Restaurantosaurus is located in Dinoland and it is kind of hidden behind the brush on your way to Dinosaur. The food here is delicious, serving traditional favorites like burgers and nuggets. It does have a self service drink station so you can get as many refills as you would like. If you have kids with you, the kids meals come in a bucket that they can take to The Boneyard after the meal and use it to dig in the sand.


Flame Tree Barbecue – Located in Animal Kingdom, this quick service  has the most amazing barbecue. Grab your food and find a seat in multiple hidden dining areas. If there isn’t something in the first seating area, keep going. Just remember that Animal Kingdom doesn’t offer lids for their beverages, so either have someone carry drinks on a separate tray or get bottled water here. You don’t want to spill your drink on your food as you navigate the rocky path to the table.

What are your favorite Quick Service locations?

Learn more about Walt Disney World Dining and get suggestions for where to eat, how to use the Disney Dining Plan and more.

PlayStation Silver Wired Stereo Headset $21.24


PlayStation Silver Wired Stereo Headset is just $21.24 (was $69.99) on Amazon. This might be great to set aside for Christmas!

  • A Headset for Gamers: Experience everything from the big booms to whisper-quiet warnings in stunning 7.1 virtual surround sound and connect with your friends online via the retractable boom mic.
  • Exclusive Audio Modes: With the Headset Companion App, download custom modes created exclusively for PlayStation by developers that are specifically tuned to enhance the audio in your favorite games.
  • Comfortably Durable: Breathable on-ear cushions pair with lightweight, sturdy design to enable hours of gaming in comfort.
  • Multi-device Compatibility: Connect to your PS4, PS3, and home computer via USB for full 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound or detach the 3.5mm audio cable from the in-line volume and mic controls to connect to your PS Vita system or other mobile device.

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Disney’s Quick Service Dining Plan


Disney’s Quick Service Dining Plan is so popular!  I know many families enjoy visiting the Disney Parks with the Quick Service Dining Plan attached to their reservation.  It allows so much flexibility when in the parks, plus there are many Quick Service Locations with a great variety of food!  This dining plan is great for families who want to do as many attractions as they can, while stopping for a short time to eat.  That doesn’t mean you are rushing through the parks shoving a hamburger in your mouth, though.  It means that instead of working time for a table service meal, which can be an hour or so, into your schedule you only allow yourself about 30 minutes to eat.  There are many ways to enjoy Disney’s Quick Service Dining Plan, and get your money’s worth out of it!

Are children under 3 charged for meals at Quick Service locations?  At Disney, kids under three are free for everything-meals and park tickets.  That being said, that does not mean the quick service location will give you a child’s meal of your choice for free to feed your young one.  They are expected to share off of adult meals.  However, if you want something specifically for you child to eat, feel free to order it, but you will need to pay.

Are counter service locations open during special events like Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party?  Yes, they are open.  However, they may have limited hours and not all counter service locations will be open.  Be sure to check the Times Guide, or enter the park at 4PM with your party ticket to assure you’ll be able to enjoy a meal at your favorite quick service location.  Be sure to look for extra fun snacks that you can use snack credits towards while at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party!

Do Quick Service Dining locations have high chairs?  Yes, they do.  If you have trouble locating one, feel free to ask a CastMember.  In fact, at many of the locations, there is stroller parking very close by.  If possible, it is a lot easier to park your stroller and put your little one in a high chair.  The inside of many Quick Service locations aren’t very stroller friendly.

Is Be Our Guest counter service or table service?  Yes and yes.  Currently, this is the only Disney dining location that is quick service for breakfast and lunch and table service for dinner.  That being said, and due to the popularity, you do need reservations if you’d like to dine there for any of those meals.  If you choose breakfast or lunch, it will be deducted as a quick service credit  Dinner will be deducted as table service.

What are some unique Quick Service Dining locations I should try?  Mara at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge has some very unique, African inspired foods.  In fact, the soups they serve are the same ones served at Boma!  Another great location is Pepper Market at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort is amazing!  The fun aspect of this location is that they have various “bars”.  Pasta bar, hamburger bar, fajita and taco bar, etc.  So good!  Another great option is the Landscape of Flavors at Disney’s Art of Animation.  This location has some very healthy options to enjoy.  Multigrain rice, flatbreads, buckwheat pastas and waffles, etc.  Eating at these fun locations gets you out of the parks and gives you a chance to see some of the fun Disney resorts!

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Crayola MF Double Doodle $7.99


Crayola MF Double Doodle is just $7.99 (was $11.99) on Amazon. I love these Crayola Mess-Free things, they help out life so much!

  • My First Crayola provides unique worry-free solutions with developmentally appropriate creative experiences for 1 to 3 year olds
  • Easy-grip triangular crayons help develop find motor skills
  • Washable formulas, wipe off surfaces, mess free painting

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Couponing at Kroger: Money Maker on Quorn Meatless Entree and Other Deals!


Quorn Meatless Entree- $1.99 (wyb 5 participating items) 
Use $2.00/1 printable
Submit to Ibotta for $2.00/1
Total: $2.00 Money Maker!

Silver Palate

The Silver Palate Oatmeal- $1.00 (wyb 5 participating items) 
Use $1.00/1 Silver Palate Oatmeal Or Pasta Sauce from 5/17 RP (exp 10/31)
Total: FREE


Barilla Collezione Pasta- $1.19 (wyb 5 participating items) 
Use $1.00/1 Barilla Collezione Product from 07/12 RP (exp 9/6)
Total: $0.19Kraft BBQ

Kraft Barbecue Sauce- $0.79 (wyb 5 participating items) 
Use $0.55/1 printable
Total: $0.24


Suave Body Wash (Men’s, Women’s and Kid’s)- $0.99 (wyb 5 participating items) 
Use $0.75/1 Suave Body Wash Product from 08/23 RP (exp 9/20)
Total: $0.24


Buy (6) Campbell’s Chunky Healthy Request Soups- $0.99 ea. (wyb 5 participating items) 
Use (2) $1.00/3 printable
Get a Catalina for $2.00 OYNO
Total: $0.32 ea.

MeatballsCooked Perfect Meatballs- $1.99 (wyb 5 participating items)
Use $1.50/1 printable (zipcode 98040)
Total: $0.49

Ball Park

Buy (2) Ball Park Franks- $1.25 ea. 
Submit to Find & Save for $1.00 on a $2.00 purchase of Ball Park Franks (9/2 – 9/6)
Total: $0.75 ea.

(Thanks, Holly & Kroger Krazy)

Costume Express review

PicMonkey Collage

The kids have already been talking for months about what they would like to be for Halloween. My goal this year was to find costumes of better quality than what I found last year. After just a few hours their costumes were already fallen apart. When I was given the opportunity to let my children try out costumes from Costume Express, I was so excited.

My girls are absolutely in love with all things Frozen, and were Elsa and Anna last year also. I’ve been browsing costumes for the last several months. I just received these costumes from Costume Express and they are made so much better than the ones I found last year! I find them to be of great quality, true to size, and adorable. My children were so excited to try them on, even the baby loved his costume and didn’t try to rip it off!

My kids wore their new costumes several times before I took these pictures, they couldn’t wait until I was ready to try them on. They are already holding up to their play so well, I know that they will last for a long time.

Costume Express is having some great deals on their costumes. They carry a large and varied supply of costumes, from infant to plus size adult. I love that they even have some that are labeled “tween”, that are just a little different than the child style and in bigger sizes. It can be so hard to find character costumes for things like Frozen once your child reaches a certain age. You can follow Costume Express on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, and YouTube. Make sure you sign up for emails, you can receive 15% off your first purchase through email.

Marisa is one of the resident reviewers for She lives with her Disney loving kids in Michigan.


I was provided with Elsa, Anna, and Olaf costumes from Costume Express to facilitate the review. All words and opinions are my own.